Crocodile to the Rescue

Photo of Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffy), with her squeaky crocodile toy. Caption reads: "I don't get over excited when I'm carrying my crocodile."

Crocodile to the Rescue by Fantasia Dog

I have a bit of a problem. I can’t manage my behaviour when I’m over excited.

When a human I like visits, or when my own humans come home after being out, I get really excited. My tail flails wildly, in fact my whole back end flails with it, and I jump up on people.

The humans don’t like getting jumped on because I’m too big and too heavy and my claws are too sharp. That’s what the humans keep telling me. I try, but I can’t control it.

One day my human noticed, I didn’t jump if I was carrying my squeaky toy crocodile. So then, every time someone came to visit, the human would tell me to “Get Crocodile,” before she opened the door.

Then when the visiting human came in, I wouldn’t jump. My whole back end would still wiggle and flail, and if anyone got in the way of the flying tail they’d get a hard tail slap, but I wouldn’t jump.

Well, I’m a smart dog. I learned from this. The other day my human and the upstairs human went out. They seemed to be gone for ever.

Then I heard the car come in, and I could hear another voice with them. It was my favourite human! It was the human who is the same age as me, and we grew up together until she moved further away. She was coming to visit.

I almost exploded with excitement. Then I heard through the door, my favourite human saying, “I hope Fanta doesn’t jump on me.”

I knew exactly what I had to do. When they opened the door, I already had my crocodile in my mouth to show them. I waggled furiously, but I managed to not jump. Crocodile came to the rescue! My human told me I was a good dog and she was proud of me.

I had such a great visit with my favourite human, and I’m glad I didn’t jump on her and hurt her.

Do you know why squeaky crocodiles are my favourite toys? My favourite human gave me my first one. Crocodiles always make me think about how much she loves me and I love her. (My human understands this stuff, and she always makes sure I get a new crocodile when an old one wears out.) So it was extra special to have my crocodile with me when my favourite human came in the front door.

Since that day, when my human’s gone out without me, I’ve grabbed my crocodile before she’s got in the door, and she’s told me what a very good dog I was for doing that.

I do try to be a good dog, even though I get very excited some times.

Photo of Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (Staffie) on a red couch, "smiling" at the camera.

Fantasia Dog

Fanta is a graduate of the Animal Welfare League Qld shelter, where she was known as Fantasia. On arrival at her forever home, her full name was declared too pretentious, and she became known as Fanta. Occasionally, when she emits noxious gases, she is known as Fartica or Fartica the Hellhound. She likes walks, playing, eating, more eating, and cats when they don’t bite her ears. She dislikes baths, cats when they do bite her ears, and dogs who bark at her when she’s out walking. Although she owns approximately a zillion toys, she only likes to play with Bear, Crocodile and Elephant.

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


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