Storytime: Tikka’s Guardian Angel
This little fellow was one lucky puppy!
Thanks to the actions of a kind stranger, this runaway pup’s story has a happy ending.
Once upon a time, there was a dog named Tikka, who hated thunderstorms. She circled the backyard, pacing nervously. Lightning flashed across the night sky. She cowered lower to the ground. When a clap of thunder boomed overhead, Tikka jumped the fence and began running. Rain pelted down onto her soft, white fur and dripped into her eyes. She looked like a small coyote running scared. She kept running, not knowing or caring where she was going. Farther and farther from home she ran. She moved very quickly through the streets, dodging traffic, and soon found herself on a busy highway. Horns honked and voices shouted at her. She jumped over a barricade and vaulted over a ditch. She kept running until she was exhausted. At last she stopped and looked around. She was in a park with picnic tables all around her. She crawled beneath one and fell asleep.
When Tikka awoke the next morning, the storm was over and the sun shone brightly. She rose stiffly and crawled out into the light. Her paws were sore and bleeding, and she was hungry. She needed to get back home. But which way was home? She sniffed the air in all directions, then put her nose to the ground and set off. She ran for two days, scrounging food where she could find it and sleeping wherever she found shelter. On the third day, she discovered a vegetable garden in the corner of a backyard. Her hunger drove her to investigate. She crept inside but found only some mouldy cabbages. With a sigh, she crawled into the corner by the fence and fell asleep.
She awoke to find a lady staring at her through the fence. Her voice was soft and kind. “Hello, little one. Who are you? I’ve never seen you in our neighbourhood before. Are you lost?”
Tikka didn’t move a muscle, just watched her with tired eyes. The lady went back into her house and phoned the local SPCA to ask if anyone was missing a small, white dog. Yes?
Within minutes, Tikka’s owners were standing in the woman’s backyard, calling Tikka’s name over and over again as Tikka jumped and licked their faces with joy.
That night, the happy couple returned with a huge bouquet of flowers for the kind lady to thank her for being Tikka’s guardian angel. Tikka was one lucky dog, wouldn’t you say?