The Treat Giver
by Uncle Bear
Mr. Jim is a fun loving senior who enjoys nothing more than producing outlandish
tales. He's been building a "dog-on" tale for some time, leaving the dog owners divided
on what's next?
While the humans ponder the next part of the old man's story, their pooches are
straining at their leads to get to his home. They know when they arrive there will be
a doggie treat awaiting them. Because dogs are far more intelligent than they are
given credit for, they know to sit by Mr. Jim's chair and listen to the sounds his
voice makes. Those sounds are never harsh or scolding but always gentle and filled
with love. And if a treat is not produced immediately, by being patient there is always
the possibility it will be doubled.
I'm waiting for a treat
When Mr. Jim was unable to buy the brand of dog treats he normally did, he purchased a
different kind. Sharing the new doggie biscuits with a neighborhood dog, he would tell
the animal how sorry he was that he didn't have its regular brand. Then he would
launch into a spiel explaining the new doggie biscuits had been made from kitty food -
all due to a manufacturing error. He would then go on to explain if the imposter doggie
treats were rejected there would be no hard feelings. As soon as they were given and
devoured, Mr. Jim would turn to the owner and apologize, promising to get some
"genuine doggie biscuits" next time.
Due to a quirk of fate, the next time Mr. Jim shopped for dog treats he discovered
he had to purchase a third brand.
Now while one of his hound-around-town friends waits for his doggie snack, the old man
will commend the dog for being willing to suffer the humiliation of eating treats
meant for felines. He will go on, trying to sound sorrowful, saying the treats he is
now offering are actually hamster food. Once again, after the dog has gulped down the
doggie biscuit, the old man will turn to the owner and promise to buy some "real
This leaves the dog owners divided. If Mr. Jim brings home a fourth brand of dog
biscuits, will he maintain the new doggie treats are made of "birdseed"? Or "fish
Uncle Bear is a writer and researcher in North Carolina. He can be reached through: