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Tucker's Day Off
Book started by nick - 2013-05-28
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Once upon a time, there was a lot. On the lot was a house and around that house there was a fence. Surrounding the fence and the house and the lot was miles upon miles of desert.

One would think that this would be enough to guaranty a man’s possessions would remain unmolested and his castle untouched by uninvited pilferers. But alas, unfortunately this lot and house and desert lay on Earth. That says it all to any familiar with Earth as we all know just how nutty a planet can get.

So the owner of the house got a dog. A large dog of a ferocious breed. Through future events he came into the possession of another dog and another. Until by the time our story starts Tucker came into a family. There was the pitbull Bright Eyes and the retriever mix Rusty and there was Tucker. Tucker wasn’t of a palatable lineage and preferred the fact. He was a mutt with questionable parents much less ancestry and he was loved.

Tucker was loved by the man in the house and by Bright Eyes and Rusty and by a lovely young lady who lived in LA and came to visit regularly.

But on the day when our story starts Tucker was troubled. His mood was not at all sympathized in the weather as it was bright sunny and cool on the desert. Winter would be coming in a few months and the bite had been taken off the sun by a continuous cool breeze throughout the valley.

Tucker however, inside, was glum. He felt winter had come early in his heart. He had been working for four long years now at this house. He had prevented with the help his associates, over 400 burglaries to the house. His man friend, Ben, was very proud of him and the other dogs and fed them regularly in reward.

It was work no doubt and tough in its way. To stay alert through days of dullness, always on ones toes, even during sleep; tends to where a dog out. Also Tucker had become aware of his age. He wasn’t getting any younger and at 6 years old he was halfway through his life. Life was short and he wanted a day off.

Not just any day off would do. Face it, even outside the fence there wasn’t much to do in Lucerne Valley. Not yet anyway, though the people folk seemed determined to make life interesting in spite of the desert and all. One human lady would ride up and down in her car splashing dust all over and shouting at midnight! Tucker reckoned that she showed the best k-9 sense of any of the rest though. Tucker knew he would do that, if he could drive.

No Tucker wanted a break. He wanted a day off from being a dog. He would like to get out there and see life through the eyes of a human for a change. Of course this was impossible but he could dream in any case.
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