If you give a dog a fish she eats for a day, if you teach a dog to fish, well……….

Yes, it finally happened. For the two years we have lived here, Queenie, our Labrador Retriever, has gone down to the beach with us almost every night during the summer. While we stroll along, she walks or swims in the water waiting for fish to jump. People often comment with wonder why she stays in the water instead of walking along side of us. We reply “she thinks she is going to catch a fish.” We all have a good laugh. Meanwhile, our little dog, Bella, spends her time rummaging through the sand trying to catch ghost crabs. When she tracks one down, they head for their hole and she starts digging.

As we were watching this crabbing ritual around dusk last night, a passerby screamed “that dog just caught a fish!” Queenie had snagged a Croaker right out of mid-air just as it jumped, presumably to avoid another fish predator. Little did it know there was a larger predator waiting. We missed the entire thing. But there she was, trotting out of the water with a struggling fish hanging out of her mouth. I know dogs aren’t supposed to express emotion, but this dog wore an unmistakable look of pride! I

Sadly, no one had a camera. So a rare event went totally undocumented. Queenie doesn’t care. I know, because when I went to her bed this morning to check on her there was a note on the empty cushion ….” gone fishin’ ”

Queenie "casting her net."

Queenie “casting her net.



50 thoughts on “If you give a dog a fish she eats for a day, if you teach a dog to fish, well……….

  1. And we’re supposed to take your word for this fish-related miracle? Who do you take us for, Al? Disciples? Next thing you’ll be posting is that you baked two loaves of bread and fed them to, like, 200 seagulls. You’re good, Al. Really good. But… 😉

    • Oh ye of little faith! If you check your backyard, you will see a plague of locusts descending on you. OK, so they’re more like cicadas. I let you off lightly this time.

      • Al, my dear Pal. I know you’re Good, but does your wife know that you went and dropped an “o” from “Good?” 😉 She might not approve and then whose going to be watching for locusts?

  2. Wilson loves fish & would very happily eat one raw, I doubt it would be any harm to her, just messy. We don’t eat meat so often cook fish, the second I take it out of the fridge Wilson materialises in the kitchen to ‘help’ with the cooking 🙂

    He doesn’t care whether he gets the spare bits before or after cooking, he happily devours both! He would show Queenie how to stop evil humans taking the most delicious thing since (well I don’t want to write it cos it is even more gross than half eaten fish!) and throwing it back in the sea, and if they did manage to get it, he’d find it again 🙂

    Now that she has caught one you will never be able to keep her out of the water !

    • There is nothing stronger than that animal instinct to catch and eat another animal. We’re not that many years removed from that ourselves. Now we just kill each other for fun. Don’t know how I got in this morose mood tonight. Guess I’d better go watch a Disney movie.

  3. LOL – Like peg the first thing I thought of was Queenie down the pub arms outstretched telling the tale of ‘the fish that jumped’
    Oh well she and you can relive it in your minds eye!

  4. What fun…and congratulations to Queenie. You’ll have to take your camera with you from now on…she’s full of surprises….for dinner!

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