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It’s me again, Sushi the brave and mighty Cairn Terrier. Right now I am down in the dumps. I don’t like this vacation business, no siree, I don’t like it at all. I miss my family, and I just don’t understand why I can’t go on this thing they call beach week? I want to go see an ocean some day. I wonder what lives in the sea.

“Hey diddle dee dee and diddle dee dum … a mermaid’s finger and a mermaid’s tongue. The flip of her scaly tail and a swish of her hair … a wink from her eye and you will die … ”

Aye Tiki, that’s a creep tune. What is a mermaid anyway?

“Well now Sushi,” said Tiki, “come under the story tree in the shade, lay down and I will tell you all about them.” I love it! I do love it when Tiki tells a story. There is no one better at tall tales than the queen bee herself. She gets that far away look and when her Chihuahua brown eyes start twitching in the delightful way of hers, you know it is going to be a doozy!

“Now you see Sushi, Mermaids or Muruchs in Gaelic, are the same as Maighdean Mhara’s or sea maidens.” Seriously Tiki, how do you know all these things and funny words? “Sushi, shhh. Lay on your back and watch the clouds float by and let me tell the story.”

“Just like anything in life Sushi, there is the good and the bad, and my mother always taught me to know myself and love myself; for when you can be true to yourself, you will get through life much easier.”

Well, that was just the lesson one little merdog had not learned yet. His name was Sushi and he lived near a cove by Fenwick Lighthouse. He loved swimming in the waves and dodging reefs with his best friend – a mermaid named Angel of Light.

“Cling to your soul before you grow old … We will steal your heart and then tear you apart …”

Sushi loved to swim and dive among the out cropping of rocks that divided the island from the ocean yonder that joined the world together beyond the lands.

He loved playing in this area because he was entertained not only by the constant wave pool provided by the wakes of the boats coming and going, but also by these creatures called humans that fished off the rocks.

Often times he tickled himself pink and in fits of laughter as he grabbed a fishing hook and made the fisherman believe they had caught something significant. Then swimming swiftly he tied the line to the propellers of a boat only to have the creature be pulled from the rocks into the crashing waters.

Now, Sushi’s best friend Angel warned Sushi this was a dangerous sport, and he should play and work like a good little merdog. Sushi was stubborn and did not like being told anything by anyone. He did not think about his actions and how he would hurt those who loved him most when he was the funny and smart Sushi. You might say when his evil twin side came out, he was very selfish.

One day Angel and Sushi got into a big fight. Angel told Sushi she would not play with him until he could find satisfaction in diving and riding the waves without snagging dangerous hooks andy playing with other people’s lives. Sushi growled and stormed off in spite. He sobbed to himself, feeling very sorry that no one ever understood him. His evil twin inside his soul screamed in his head.

Cling to your soul before you grow old … We will steal your heart and then tear you apart …

Sushi swished his tail and swam straight for the fishing lines. He grabbed a hook and swiftly tied it to the propeller of a super powerful boat; wickedly laughing in the face of all who loved him. He was so much smarter than everyone else. Suddenly, the powerful boat lunged forward unexpectedly – Sushi’s merdog mane caught in the tangled line around the propeller. Unable to free himself, Sushi flipped and sloshed like a rag dog banging against the bottom of the boat. His life flashed before him as he went unconscious.

Rays of light beamed through the waters as the Angel of Light worked quickly and deftly cutting the line that dragged Sushi out into the open sea. Using the cut lines, Angel tied Sushi to her back and shrilled into the water for help. She swished her mertail with tremendous strength, carrying the lifeless dog to safety. Teams of merdoctors were waiting on the shore ready to take action to save Sushi.

Upon awakening days later the young defiant Sushi realized he had been given a second chance in life. A new miraculous life! Angel of Light left no words unspoken that somber day. Once alone she spoke to Sushi in her stern but calm voice.

‘Sushi, my dear little merdog, said Angel calmly. ‘You jeopardized others not to mention your own life. Thank the great mer God that no one else was killed or hurt! Don’t be an idiot and try not to get too tied up in life.’

Sushi’s mertail, as beat up, broken and bruised as it was, slumped in the sand – and, with tears in his eyes, said to Angel, “I get it.” – ‘Til next time, Love, Sushi

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