Children Non-Fiction posted January 18, 2013

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The age old story about a boy and his dog

A dog named Butch

by G.B. Smith

The Adventures in Glenny Land
The Adventures in Glenny Land
A dog named BUTCH
By Author Glen Bear Smith

One morning very long ago, Glenny got up really early, even before his mom and dad did. He went out on the back porch. The summer sun had just begun to cover its warm blanket of sunlight all over the porch. The sun shone right in Glenny's eyes, but he was sure that he saw a very young dog, maybe even a puppy. Glenny put his hand over his eyes to shade out the sun, and saw a little brown and white puppy coming out from under the bottom step.

The puppy let out a little, "Woof," and ran next door to the Roper's house.
Glenny was quick to run after him, calling, "Here puppy. Nice boy. Don't run away." The puppy must have known that Glenny was his friend, because he came running over to Glenny and jumped right into his little outstretched arms.

Glenny fell backwards with his new friend and they rolled on the ground. Glenny, still holding on to the puppy, went into the house, threw open his mom and dad's bedroom door and shouted, "Look what I found! Can I keep him?"

His daddy looked at the puppy ever so long, and asked, "What is his name?"

Glenny thought for a minute, and then said, "His name is Butch."

So, Butch it was. Glenny and Butch were buddies through adventure after adventure. Here is one just of them.

The mountains around Glenny Land are very big. They stand up thousands and thousands of feet, straight up in the air. There are so many trees, rocks, hills, and valleys there, and they are all for exploring.

Whenever Glenny and his friends would go down into the toolies (or woods), they went through the sagebrush, and that is where the bunny rabbits lived. There were jackrabbits and cottontails. Guess who just had to chase the rabbits? You guessed it, Butch did.

He started to bark, and as he got close to the rabbits, he started yapping. He ran this way and then that. He was not very tall, so he had to stand up on his hind paws to get his head high enough to see where the bunnies were. It didn't take long for the bunnies to lose Butch, but that doesn't stop him. That silly dog kept right on running around, barking and yapping. Yapping and barking. This was his way of showing those tricky rabbits that he was still the boss. He never did catch one until the day of the big hike.

Glenny and his buddies got up one hot summer morning. Standing there right behind all their homes stood First Peak, and it was a big mountain over 12,000 feet tall.
On this particular day it was calling to the boys as if to say, "Oh, boys, come up to the mountain. Look how big I am. You can see to the end of the earth from up on top of here. Just think, you'll be heroes for climbing up on me, and you can post a white flag for everyone down below to see."

Their young imaginations were now filled with the stories of the mighty Paul Bunyan and all the great explorers of the world. The time had come to go climb that ol' mountain and show it who was the boss.

With lunches in hand that their mothers had made for them, Glenny, his buddies, and Butch took off up the base of the mountain. They were Georgie, Jay, Glenny, and Butch; little boys with great big ideas of being mountain climbing heroes. The image in their heads was of conquering heroes, all set for the climb of a lifetime.

Along the way there were so many distractions though. First, there was a horny toad sitting on a rock. He was just enjoying the hot sun on his back when Georgie had to go and try to pick him up.

All of a sudden that ugly old toad ran straight at Georgie. Glenny jumped back because he was afraid, too. That old horny toad ran up to the top of a scrub pine tree. Sitting up there on the top branch, that ol' toad seemed to say, "Nanah, nanah, nanah" to them all. There were lizards on top of the rocks and under them, as well. It was while they are chasing lizards, that's when they heard Butch off in the distance howling a different howl than ever before. The boys decided that they better go find out what was the matter.

They looked behind rocks, on top of rocks, behind trees, and finally they found Butch on top of a little hill where the two valleys push up together and formed a ridge. There he had a little cottontail rabbit between his paws. Every time the bunny tried to run off, Butch gently pulled it back between his paws. When Glenny got to him, Butch looked so proud of himself, but he was also looking very worried. You see, all the times he had spent chasing bunnies, he had never caught one. He just did not know what to do if he actually caught one.

Well, now that he had caught one, what was he supposed to do? Glenny gently lifted the frightened bunny up and let him go. Butch looked at Glenny as if to say, If all you're going to do is let them go, then I'm not going to chase them anymore, and do you know what? He never did, again.

Just before coming down off the mountain, they hung up the old white sheet that Mrs. Richards had given to them. That afternoon three little boys and a very tired puppy came down off the mountain. Each one was feeling just like a hero.

From down by company store everyone in town could look up to see the flag, and then hear of the tale of "Butch the rabbit catcher.


This was a wonderful time in the lives of Glenny and his friends. Look for more "Adventures in Glenny Land Books and stories"
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