Tess and the Two Spikes in …



Tess was staring out of the window deep in thought one rainy week day resisting the temptation to munch a rather fat meat fly.
Buzz of Tess thought, as she thought of her friends and as she thought of Jack the boat dog who lived on the canal in the city, then she thought of Billy, and all her friends she hadn’t seen for such a long time. She missed them all so much and as she missed them she became ever so slightly sad


Tess In The City third in series


It was two weeks into Billy’s summer holiday when Tess noticed all the excitement. She recognised it as the time when the family started packing for their holidays. Billy’s mum was a busy ironing clothes and his dad was climbing up to the top of the wardrobe to retrieve dusty suitcases.
Sometimes Tess was allowed to go with them and she loved to play in the sea with Billy, the seawater made her coat so clean and fluffed it all up.

Tess was playing with Billy in the garden when she found out that she would not be going.

“You’ve got to stay with aunty Marg Tess we’re going on an aeroplane and they won’t let me take you.” Said Billy. “It’s only for two weeks,” he added as he bent down to give her a cuddle.

Tess had stayed with aunty Marg before; she had made a good friend in the city where aunty Marg lived, so although she was disappointed she wouldn’t be going to the sea, she was exited that she would be able to see her friend again.

The evening before the family were going away Tess saw Billy’s Dad put her basket and bowl into the back of the car, and she got ready for the goodbyes.

Billy was sad to be leaving her.

“Why can’t she come dad? She can sit on my knee on the aeroplane.”

“Oh Billy you know we can’t take her, it’s only for two weeks and she’ll get lots of fuss at your Aunty Margs.”

Billy went over to Tess and gave her the biggest cuddle she had had all year.

“Goodbye Tess, see you in two weeks.”

“Come on Tess.”

Billy’s dad shouted her and she trotted out of the front door and sat in the front seat.

“Get in the back Tess” said Billy’s Dad.


Tess and The Fox Hunt .. second in series

imageTess and the Fox hunt.

It was two years since Tess had arrived as a puppy at the house where Billy lived. She had grown into a fine healthy dog and was still the best of friends with Billy. Tess could always be seen playing with Billy and his friends, often in the field at the back of Billy’s house.

Billy was moving through his school years, and was learning lots of new things. He had also made lots of new friends. Tess was a lot older and wiser than when she had first come to stay. She had also made new friends. In the farm next door to Billy’s house lived a family that were normally travellers.
There they had 2 puppies and as far as she knew they were called spike 1 and spike 2. Tess knew that Spike 1 and Spike 2 were not treated well at all, even as puppies they were a frightening sight. So strong and for anyone to look at them being afraid would be normal. Tess had freedom enough to visit them and she tried so much to help them. Tess didn’t know but the 2 dogs would long for the moment when she would put her nose through the bars and they would all nuzzle each other in true affection. Often Tess would try to share food with them, and she would wait with them until they fell asleep. Often they were beaten and Tess would cry for the 2 Spikes. She would go home and get into her comfy bed, but she would cry for the 2 spikes.
One day the 2 spikes were gone.
She always thought that they had left home because they were sad. She missed them, but she didn’t know that they left because of a reason that was bad.

Once when Tess was a puppy she was so sad that she had tried to leave home
She set off and walked right through the dark wood, which was very frightening for a small puppy. Here she met the Fox and the owl, who both helped her. She always remembered this and often went beyond the field at the back of the house to visit them for she counted them as true friends.


The Dog that lost it’s wag

The dog that lost it’s wag

Tess arrived as a small bundle of fur at Billy’s house on a Monday. Billy’s mum and Dad had always said that they would not have a dog.
“They take too much looking after!” Billy’s dad would say whenever the subject came up. Of course, they changed their minds when they met Jess.
Jess belonged to one of Billy’s Mum’s friends and was a very special dog. Both Billy’s Mum and Dad were secret admirers of Jess.
“Please can we have a dog Dad!” Billy would plead, “I’ll look after it and take it walks.”
Well of course, it was not long after Billy’s parents found out about Jess having pups that they decided. He could.
They picked the black and white puppy, out of the litter, and it was named Tess. It would prove to be a remarkable dog, that the family would take to their hearts and remember.
Billy was true to his word, and took Tess for lots of walks. He and Tess were the best of friends; they played together all through the summer, wherever Billy was, you could be sure that Tess was not far behind. They played in the garden, and they played in Billy’s room, they even played in the field at the back of the house when Billy’s mother allowed them. For a while, it seemed that the summer would never end. The two of them were so happy. Billy always had the biggest smile on his face and sometimes Tess wagged her tail so hard it looked like it would be wagged right off!
One day towards the end of the summer, the time came for Billy to go to school. The holidays had come to an end and Billy’s mother had got a special uniform for him to wear and prepared a lunch for him in a special box. He was full of excitement. He was so exited he almost forgot to say goodbye to Tess as his mother hurried him out of the door to start the journey to school.
“Goodbye Tess” he called as a puzzled Tess looked on with her head tilted to one side. She raced to the window just in time to see Billy and his mother driving off up the road, she was very sad; she was too young to understand that Billy had to go to school.
For a while, Tess waited at the door for Billy to return, and then she started to play to take her mind off her sadness. She played in Billy’s bedroom but it was not the same without Billy so she walked back to the front door to wait again. After a while, she found a very chewy pair of slippers that helped her forget all about Billy. She chewed and she chewed, they were so good.
As she chewed, the hours passed and Billy’s father returned from work for his lunch, imagine his horror to find his lovely slippers all chewed up.
“You naughty dog” he shouted at Tess, who was very frightened. She ran and hid behind the sofa until Billy’s father shouted to her and let her into the garden.
“You can stay out here for a while to keep you out of trouble” he said as he closed the door.
Tess had never been in the garden on her own before, she was very sad, her friend Billy had gone away and now she was being thrown out into the garden!
By now Tess felt very unwanted, she decided that the only thing she could do was to find a new life for herself, and after casting a backward glance at the house where she had been so happy, she walked through the garden and into the field where she and Billy had played so often during the summer.
In no time at all she had walked right through the field to the other side, occasionally looking back until the house was a very small speck in the distance. At the end of the field Tess found herself in a dark wood, she looked around nervously as she hurried through. After what seemed like an age, she finally found her way through and soon found herself beside a large pond. However, when she bent down to drink some water from the pond, she noticed something very strange about her reflection in the water, her wag; her wag that she had all summer had gone her lovely wag that made Billy laugh had gone! She looked around the pond for it but could not find it anywhere, she asked a passing rabbit if he had seen a wag, but he was too busy.
“Ask the fox said the rabbit, he’ll be along in a minute, yes ask the fox.”
Sure enough a few minutes later the fox came racing through the wood.
“Have you seen my wag?” said Tess to the fox.
“No, sorry” said the fox.” Have you seen the rabbit?”
“Well the rabbit ran through a while ago, but he’ll be far away by now,” said Tess
“Then I’m going home,” said the fox as he turned back into the darkness of the wood, I am very tired, you might try the owl, he might know where your wag is.
“But where can I find the owl?” shouted Tess after the fox.
“Oh just look up” said the fox, “just look up!”
As the fox’s bushy tail disappeared amongst the trees, Tess looked above her head and sure enough sitting high in the tree sat the wise old owl.
“Hello” called Tess I’m sorry to disturb you but I’m looking for my wag and the fox said you might be able to help me.”
“But how did you come to lose it?” said the owl to Tess. It was not long before Tess had told the owl all about her trouble, and why she had decided to leave her home. The owl thought for a while until finally he said to Tess.
“Follow your foot steps, keep to your path at all cost,
And there you will find the lovely wag that you lost.”
Tess thanked the owl, and carefully walked back through the wood taking extra care to keep to the path she had used on her way through before. All the time she looked to the ground, expecting to find her wag at any minute. Before long she had got all the way through and arrived at the field, where she had played with Billy during the summer. However, what could she hear? Someone was calling her name.
“Tess, Tess.”
Tess looked towards the house and whom did she see but Billy at the other end of the field, he was calling her name very loud. She was so surprised and full of happiness, she ran as fast as she could towards Billy who soon saw her running at full speed towards him. But better than that Tess could feel something very familiar happening to her, although she couldn’t see it in her reflection, she could certainly feel her wag, her wag had returned, and the closer she got to Billy the faster it got.
Tess and Billy were soon reunited, and safely back in the house, even Billy’s father was pleased to see her, and it wasn’t long before she learnt that Billy got home from school at 4.o clock and then they could play until bedtime. Nevertheless, she still looked forward to the summer, when she knew they could play all day.

The End