This is a short story I wrote for my Grandson Gabriel based on a greeting card with the picture of a kitten and puppy sleeping in a basket. He’s seven. I hope he likes it. I really need to find a car with a big old ugly bug on it and write a story about that. He likes bugs best of all. <heh>
This is a story about a dog and cat but really it’s the story of before they became a dog and cat. It’s the story of when they were wee babies, a puppy and a kitten.The puppy’s name was Yeller because he was yellow like the sun and because when he was hungry he would yell in his funny squeaky puppy voice for his Mama to feed him her good milk. He yelled louder than all his puppy brothers and sisters.
The kitten’s name was TigerLily because she had tiger stripes but she was pretty like the summer Lilies. She had a chin that was very white like Easter Lilies but an orange nose like the Tiger Lilies. TigerLily was very gentle and sweet. She did not yell. She mewed so quietly her Mama could hardly hear her.
Yeller and TigerLily were very happy with their Mamas and their brothers and sisters. Their Mamas loved them very much and took very good care of them. It was lots of fun to play with their brothers and sisters.
They lived on a big farm called the Maple Sugar Farm by a beautiful river named The Crawfish River with a very nice Farmer, his Wife, and thier family of little boys and girls. Life was very good for puppies and kittens growing up there.
Then one day it began to rain. It rained very hard. It rained very hard the next day too. The river got very full and TigerLily’s Mama got very worried. Her hiding place for her kittens was getting soggy. She decided to move her babies.
Mama Kitties have to move their babies one by one with their mouths so TigerLily’s Mama Kitty hurried because she had five babies. She decided she would wait to move TigerLily last because TigerLily was the smallest baby and Mama Kitty knew she was going to be very tired after moving four babies.
It was raining so hard it was hard to find a dry place but Mama Kitty found a place in the barn near where Yeller and his family lived. Yeller was very excited about getting new neighbors! He watched Mama Kitty move all her other babies and he could see she was getting so very tired when she went back to get TigerLily.
He ran to the barn door and almost fell over his puppy feet with excitement to watch her make that last trip to her hiding place to get TigerLily. It was still raining very very hard. The ground was all muddy and the river was beginning to flood the farmer’s fields. Yeller could tell the Farmer was worried but he didn’t know why.
Yeller was just excited and he yelled. “Yelp, Yelp, Yelp!”
Then he saw Mama Kitty coming across the barnyard carrying little TigerLily in her mouth. The rain was coming down in great big drops and it was thundering and lightening. BOOM! CRACKLE! BOOM!
Mama Kitty was up to her knees in mud and the wind was blowing her ears against her head. She was so tired she could barely pick up her leg to take a step.
Oh my… Yeller was scared for Mama Kitty and TigerLily. He could see they were in trouble. What could he do?
He did the only thing he could. He did the thing he did best. He yelled. “Yelp! Yelp! Yelp! YELP! YELP!”
He yelled louder than he ever yelled. Then Mama kitty dropped TigerLily in a mud puddle and she meowed with fright! “Meow! Meow!” Her poor baby kitten!
TigerLily was scared and she mewed too. It was a tiny scared “mewwww!” The rain was coming down in such big drops they were almost as big as her head. The puddle was getting deeper!
Yeller yelled some more. He yelled as loud as his little puppy voice would yell “YELLLUP! YELLLUP! YELLUP!”
The farmer turned to look at him and said “What are you yelling at Yeller?”
And Yeller danced on his little puppy feet with excitement until he fell on his head. But he kept yelping while he watched Mama Kitty struggle to pull TigerLily out of the mud puddle. The Farmer looked where Yeller was looking and ran out to help Mama Kitty save TigerLily just in time.
The Farmer’s Wife cleaned poor little TigerLily up and put her on a heating pad in a little basket to warm her up. They let Yeller come in to visit so he would stop yelling.
He fell asleep snuggled up with TigerLily to help keep her warm. Soon TigerLily was just fine and the Farmer’s Wife took them both back to the barn.
It stopped raining the next day and the river stopped flooding. Pretty soon the mud dried up and the Sugar Maple Farm went back to normal.
Yeller and TigerLily became very good friends and had wonderful adventures on the Maple Sugar Farm by the Crawfish River.
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