Without further ado, here is my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Birthday contest. The idea is to write a children’s story about a creative or unique birthday celebration in 300 words or less, poetry or prose. Susanna is a fun and generous blog hostess and her competitions always garner lots of delightful entries. I hope you will pop over to read them!
Lundy the hound and Captain Saltsam
Were pirates aboard the vast ship Crusty Clam.
On Saltsam’s big birthday, he had one desire:
A colorful bird for his pirate attire.
Lundy decided to cast out their net
And catch Saltsam’s present, the best ever yet.
After sailing around, Lundy pulled in the haul:
Some driftwood, a buoy, a flattened beach ball.
Snared in the net lay a sopping sea bird,
“A parrot?” asked Lundy. “Now don’t be absurd!
I’m a puffin! Release me!” the cranky bird snapped.
“I’ve no place on a ship, and I won’t be bird-napped!”
“Hush up, pesky puffin! Behave and pipe down.
You’re a pirate’s bird now. Eat crackers and frown!
Happy birthday dear Captain!” said the gift-bearing hound,
“A bird for your shoulder! Here – wear him around!”
The bird thrashed his feet and swung with his beak,
He flapped his strong wings, smacking Sam on the cheek.
He wiggled and wobbled and shrieked in alarm,
Then lifting his tail, pooped down Saltsam’s arm.
“Yuck!” yelled the captain. “Get off me! Goodbye!”
The puffin leaned over and nipped Saltsam’s eye.
Lundy was crushed, gave a low mournful howl.
“I’m sorry I gave you that terrible fowl.”
“Oh well!” said the captain. “I don’t need a bird.
I can see now quite clearly my wish was absurd.
The present I want isn’t one we can catch.
With this nifty new boo-boo, I want an eye patch!”
I have long been infatuated with this unique little dog, the Norwegian lundehund. They were originally bred to hunt and retrieve puffins, which were a vital source of meat and feathers for Norwegians living along the western fiords and islands. In the 1880’s puffins became a protected species and the lundehund breed was nearly lost. Today, there are approximately 1,100 lundehunds living in Norway and 350 in the United States.