It was a beautiful summer day at the campground. Adults taking life leisurely, the children were running around playing. Happiness and tranquility was in the air. The Ohio River was unusually high because of recent rains.
A man pointed toward the river and yelled look! There appeared to be a dog resembling a beagle on a log smack dab (always wanted to use that word) in the middle of the rain swollen river. Everyone turned toward the river and stared in disbelief.
It's true, a dog looking like a character out of a Mark Twain novel - Huck Finn riding down the mighty Mississippi. People gasped and shouted "What can we do?"
A boat was fired up and became the Ohio River Rescue Unit. The boat carefully pulled alongside the log and snatched the frightened beagle from an uncertain fate. One lucky fella, everyone agreed. People talk to him, pet him, feed him. He's now the campground mascot.
He spends part of his day sniffing and chasing up rabbits, when no ones around he becomes lonely. He takes a nap and has nightmares of the ride down the river. One day only a single family was at the campground, he was extremely Happy because he recognized them as the ones who rescued him from the river. He had companions; they took a long walk, played fetch, patted his head and talked to him. He couldn't understand a word. The beagle didn't care, he loved the company.
The couple looked in their rear view mirror as they drove away. The beagle was in pursuit, but the short legs were no match for the pickup truck. After stopping for lunch the lady said we must go back for him. Well you can just imagine how happy the beagle was to see them. He had touched their hearts. Instead of riding a log down the Ohio River, he was now riding in every dog's dream - a pickup truck.
I would like to say this is where the story ends, sadly, there is another crisis. The wonderful couple took the beagle to the veterinarian. Oh no! The log riding beagle has heart worms. He will certainly die if left untreated. Sadly enough the treatment itself might kill him. Thankfully the treatment was a success.
It's time to bring this extremely "heart warming" story to its finale. I would like to thank the kind couple who rescued a poor beagle from an uncertain fate. Max became the beagle's name. I understand Max spends his days outside, coming in at night to his very own blanket on the couch. I truly hope he has no memory of his ride on the Ohio River. Hearts have been touched by the beagle. I now add mine.