Home » Columns »Sushi's Corner » Currently Reading:

Merdog …

July 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader filed under Columns, Sushi's Corner No Comments
sushi

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

Comment on this article


By commenting, you agree to abide by our Terms of Service.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

2016 in the Books

noerpel_new

(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017) “The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the …

A Rainy Romance

moore-sobelnewmug

By Samuel Moore-Sobel “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene …

Concerned Parents

drmikenewpic

By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son is out of control and we don’t know what to do anymore. He smokes pot and drinks, disobeys us left and right, is truant from school often, comes home whenever he …

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics

Smith0035

Beginners and billionaires alike should refresh their knowledge of these basic estate planning terms and concepts. The word “estate” tends to conjure up images of billionaires and aristocrats, but estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s widely believed …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: George Marshall Center

George Marshall Center

I used to wonder why – after an assignment to visit the interior of this place, I’d return feeling exhausted – both mentally and physically worn out – as if I’d been carrying an extra couple hundred pounds or so …

Meeting the “Other America”

blueridge2

By Nicholas Reid Ever since the presidential election last November, there has been a lot of talk about the “two Americas”: coastal and continental America. The many differences between these two sections of the United States are numerous and oftentimes …

The Trump Effect

noerpel_new

“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

grads_woodgrove

Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

(Be the first to comment)

Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

buckland

Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

(Be the first to comment)

Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

adamspromoted

Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

(Be the first to comment)

Calendar

February 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

Yoga for Men
February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
February 5, 2017
February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

Yoga for Men
February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing
February 12, 2017

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out
February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017 February 15, 2017

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers
February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH
February 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend

BALLET THEATRE OF ASHBURN AND EDGE PERFORMANCE COMPANY: MALONE BENEFIT CONCERT

BALLET THEATRE OF ASHBURN AND EDGE PERFORMANCE COMPANY: MALONE BENEFIT CONCERT

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis
February 19, 2017
February 20, 2017 February 21, 2017 February 22, 2017 February 23, 2017 February 24, 2017

February Fourth Friday

February Fourth Friday
February 25, 2017

Samedi Gras Celebration

Samedi Gras Celebration
February 26, 2017
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
Current Print Issue:
Sign up for our email newsletter:

Recent Comments

Steady and NoBull

Lifestyle

LCSO Announces Project Emergency Response

22 Feb 2017

sheriff

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools, has developed a pilot program to assist emergency responders and individuals with Autism and their families to successfully manage emergency situations. The program, called Project Emergency Response, will allow family members and other caregivers to provide crucial information about their loved ones to first responders. The information will …

(Be the first to comment)

Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

20 Feb 2017

nothing else main in hillsboro grey

Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. …

(Be the first to comment)

Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017

younghistorians

The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

(Be the first to comment)

Around Virginia

Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

Tia walbridge

Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

(Be the first to comment)

Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

image002

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

(Be the first to comment)

Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

barbaracomstock

Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

(Be the first to comment)

Sports

WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

WLVBC300

The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

(Be the first to comment)

Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

gymnastics Snare

Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

(Be the first to comment)

Archives

  • +2017
  • +2016
  • +2015
  • +2014
  • +2013
  • +2012
  • +2011
  • +2010
  • +2009