The Adventures of RB

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By Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez (Own work) | GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0 | via Wikimedia Commons

RB was a handsome dog. He stood tall and straight with his red fur flying out behind him. He certainly knew how to pose! Back in the days when dogs were dogs, and had their own lives and adventures, RB certainly had fun.

He hated being shut up all day on his own so made sure he got away before that happened. The tricks he used to play!  His favourite one was to walk along very nicely with his owner, Callie. They normally walked across Freedom Fields park where there were plenty of good smells and lots of other dogs to play with. He would trot meekly around just about an arm’s length away from her, until he could sense that the end was nigh. It was time for her to go to work, and for him to be shut up in the house all day.  At that point he quietly and carefully turned away and before Callie realised what he was doing, he was off.  His tail slinking down between his legs, his ears flat against his head, deaf to the world!

Oh how cross she was. Callie whistled, she called, and in the end she shouted! “Get back here you flipping dog.” But no, he was well on his way to freedom. After all, he had plans for the day. There was far too much to do to be shut up, lonely and bored on his own.  He had places to go, and other dogs to see.

Many a time he had been spotted, as he was quite well known in Plymouth. “Hey RB, what are you doing out on your own?” When this happened, he normally gave them a wag of the tail and carried on his way. Once or twice a particularly good-hearted person would stop and note down the telephone number engraved on a metal disc attached to his collar. The kind person would find a public phone box and call up the number. But of course, there was no-one home – they were all out at work.

A couple of times he had been picked up by the local bobby. And deposited either in the dog pound, if it was in the day time, or in the police cells, if it was at night. He could certainly tell you a few stories about what happened there. But perhaps he will save that for another time.

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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