Nosey Rosey: Grouse Season

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 Aaaahhh-Rooooooooo! This is Nosey Rosey for WTIP co-Myooo-ni-tee radio.

 
 I am so sad. (sniff, sniff) My dad called me a bird brain. (sniff) I am NOT a bird brain. I am a bird DOG!
 
And I can’t help it this time of year when I get that smell of a grouse and I just hafta follow the scent trail and I hafta find the bird and then I hafta chase it and then I hafta put it up a tree and then RooRooo- RooRooooo Rooooo till I’m hoarse. 
 
See… if my dad would just come and get the darn bird once I find ‘em, then it wouldn’t be a problem. He just doesn’t understand that “Rooooo Rooooo” means, “Come shoot this darn bird!”
 
I get all flustered and run all over the woods by my house then – Oh geez there’s another one. Roo Roo Roo Rooo Rooo.
 
Such is the burden of a bird dog.
 
Dad also says that if I were a real bird dog I would find the birds when he actually goes hunting. Oh, come ON! He walks right by ‘em. Right there! Can’t he smell the grouse too? Hmmm? Why should I hafta Roo roo then? I should be the one carrying the gun. Just because I don’t have prehensile fingers! I have the nose. I have the eyes. I have the legs. I have the Rooooooooo!
 
 Humans! You can’t live with ‘em and …well actually you can live with them. And you can’t live without them. At least I couldn’t.
 
Speaking of odd human tricks… Sometimes you humans do things that are pretty hard for a bird brain like me to understand. What’s the most important thing in the world to a human? Hmmmm?
 
Besides dogs I mean…
 
Their children, of course. And what’s the best thing you can give your children?
 
Besides a dog I mean…
 
Opportunity! The best thing a human can do for their child is to give them opportunities and the best way to do that is to give them the best education you can. 
 
I hear there’s this school ref –er-en-dum thing coming up ‘cuz the school needs some money to keep giving our kids better opportunities for learning. Now if you ask me, it’s kind of a no-brainer to have everybody pitch in some so your little humans can have better opportunities in the world. We gotta pretty good school and we need to keep it that way.
 
Some people kinda question why we need more money or why they should pay more taxes when they don’t have kids or whatever. 
 
We’re going to pay one way or another. 
 
Have you thought about how much it costs the rest of you humans for a young person who doesn’t get a decent education? Or what happens to a commyoonity that doesn’t have opportunities for kids, and families?
 
I think we owe the little humans the best shot at success that we can give. It’s not perfect, nothing ever is, but it’s worth helping make our school the best school we can have. Please think about how you’ll vote on the referendum. Please think about how our whole comyuoonity relies on good schools and the opportunities they bring.
 
Kids with good educations make better dog owners too!
 
OK… OK… That’s it.
 
Bark less… Wag more…  
 
Well anyway – this week all the leaves turned yellow and orangey and beeyootiful red. The whole North Shore and Gunflint Trail are at peak leaf color. I hope they hang on for a few more days before they all get blown away. I love to lay in the sun in a fresh pile of leaves. It just feels so cozy. Now if I could only get a nice smelly tennis shoe to stick my nose in, it would be perfect. Snoooooore.
 
Wha? Oh…
 
Enjoy the fall colors. Take a hike. Find a bird and RooRoo Roo RRoo till you can’t Roo any more. Maybe your human is a better shot than my dad. Then take a nice nap in the sun. You can skip the smelly tennis shoe. This is Nosey Rosey for WTIP comyoonity radio.
 
Bark Bark!
 
Airdate: October 1, 2010
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