Beau July 23rd, 2008
In many places it’s a rite of passage for kids to go fishing in the summer. With a nearby pond, fishing can be a simple pleasure on a summer evening. It doesn’t have to be the normally complex undertaking with boats, tackle boxes and all kinds of other stuff. Instead, we found a long cane pole, a hook, a bobber and dug up a few worms.
The boy worked at putting the worm on the hook, but it was kind of small so I tried to help. Of course I didn’t have my glasses with me so I wasn’t much help, and he did it on his own. Then with wriggling worm he threw the line and bobber into the water, sitting on a stump to wait. After a few minutes… “Bloop!” the bobber was pulled under… “I got one!” he yells excitedly, as he pulls a big bluegill out of the water. And then again a little later, “I got another one!” this time pulling a bass out of the water.
The yellow lab was entranced by these flopping critters the boy pulled out, We threw the fish back and the dog tried to jump in the water after them! Now that would be a trick… retrieving fish. I think somewhere in the history of the Labrador Retriever they used to be fishing dogs, swimming out to bring back fish that had fallen out of nets. But on this night he was just a companion, watching the boy’s excitement and wonder at catching fish.