Wednesday, 25 August 2010

F is for Free


He didn’t start with that name.

He was one of three ‘Heinz‘ dogs that adopted my brother many years ago, too long ago for him to remember. They appeared out of the blue, jumped on the back of the ute, and hitched a ride to where-ever. He had only gone into town for tins of soup and sliced peaches and powdered milk from the Co-op.

They answered to the call ‘dogs’. ‘Car’n dogs! Let’s go.’

A few months later, the two larger dogs, in an explosion of high spirits, jumped off the Jackaroo tray, high-tailed it across the paddock, under the fence, and into the bush. That was the last Baz saw of them, probably got lost looking for another soft-touch to hitch a ride with.

Baz turned to go inside, when he stumbled over the kelpie. ‘Car’n Free. Let’s eat.’

They have been inseparable ever since, Baz and Free.


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28 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful. Love the little dog. How lucky for both of them.

Brenda's Arizona said...

Yes, beautiful. These simple finds are the best. Free is truly a great name!

Stephanie V said...

Lovely story. All animals - and people - should have such good fortune.

Jack said...

Great photos and nice story well told. Glad they found each other.

zeal4adventure said...

Heartwarming story. They look perfect together.

altadenahiker said...

Delightful.

Mara said...

That is such a lovely story and the dog looks so cute as well.

J Bar said...

Great F post. I especially like the last shot.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Free, what a great name for the dog and for a charming story so well told. I like the two details shots in the middle.

ρομπερτ said...

May time and life continue to treat you all kind.


daily athens

Sylvia K said...

Great post for the F Day and I'm so happy for them both! Fantastic shots! Love the last one! Hope you're enjoying a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Peter said...

well written and shot

Randy said...

Now this is just what I needed to make me smile. What wonderful photos.

Jayne said...

Perfect name for a perfect dog ;)

Lily Hydrangea said...

very sweet story.
I love dogs too.

Roger Owen Green said...

First picture reminded me of a picture I had of my late dad and his dog two weeks ago.

On behalf of ABC Wednesday team, thank you! - ROG

Ann said...

In New Zealand, we had a cartoon, the dog was called DOG.

When I was growing up in Borneo, we called our dog, SEE GOU, and cat SEE Meow. Gou is dog, Meow is Cat. SEE actually means dead or hopeless. My brother in law from another dialect didn't understand why we gave our dog and cat such names. We joked it was our terms of endearment.

John's comments said...

Lovely pictures and story to go with it. I'm new in town and I post from various blogs so last week my E was a 50-word story called The Prince of Darkness is a gentleman. This week my F is a poem called The final seaside trip. It was dementia( the poem is based on looking after my in-laws last week) and the prayer refers to the opening and closing stanza'a being repeated and repeated like a mantra. So thanks for dropping by, hope you have a good week.

Cheryl said...

This is beautiful. The words, the photos, the way you captured their love for each other.

Wendy said...

This warmed my heart! I love posts about animals, esp. cats and dogs and this was fantastic! Thank you Julie :)

♣☆♥Willa♥☆♣ said...

what a very heartwarming post. Truly, a Man's Best Friend!

Thanks for visiting my ABC Wednesday

jabblog said...

Lovely! There's more than a touch of Jack Russell in Free. What great little dogs they are :-)

Gayle said...

What a great story and photos to match. I can see the tail wagging a mile a minute in the last photo - a true sign of one happy dog!

Francisca said...

This is a moving post, Julie... your words and photos capture the sweet love the between your brother and his dog wonderfully... as well as your love for them!

Julie said...

Thank you, friends. It was a challenge to be able to have it all come together and for you to be able to respond to their story.

Tumblewords: said...

Touching story - love the name, Free!

Dhemz said...

awwwww...heart moving...love the story....and the photos as well....:)

great to be here and thanks for dropping by!

Mirela said...

The last photo made me smile! :)