“As the Lodge Turns” Episode 1: Bing the Beagle…Abandoned?!
On this episode of “As the Lodge Turns”…
When I hopped into the front seat of the car this morning, I had no idea where Mom was taking me. Could it be the park near our house? Or maybe that place that smells too clean? Now, standing in this unfamiliar stretch of fenced-in yard, surrounded by panting dogs, I’m positive I’ve been…abandoned!
“Where are you from?”
“Oooh, you must have rolled in something good!”
I can’t get away from all those noses fast enough. Hurrying to the other side of the yard, I shove my snout against the impenetrable wall keeping me from reaching the road. I open my mouth and search for Mom’s scent, but it’s too faint.
‘Mom…I’m sorry that when you and Dad come home at night the trash is all over the kitchen floor and there are holes in the pillows. It’s not my fault…’
“What are you doing over here by yourself?”
A new smell startles me! I turn around and come face to face with a pretty dog; she has short, brown fur and there’s a playful twinkle in her dark eyes. But she’s taller than me so I stretch out my neck to look more imposing.
“Who are you?” I ask, taking a step back.
“My Dad calls me Lucy,” she says, moving toward me. “What’s your name?”
Our snouts come closer as we sniff each other. She seems like a dog I can trust…
“Bing,” I say, and it makes her tail whip frantically from side to side.
“Bing! Bing!” Lucy repeats, crouching to the ground with a sneeze. “Wanna play?”
“I can’t…I have to figure out how to get through the fence…”
She cocks her head to one side. “Why would you want to do that? Your parents won’t be able to take you home if you leave!”
I freeze. ‘My parents are coming back for me? But how does she know…?’
“They don’t want me anymore. I rip up their toys and make a mess…and they’ve gotten tired of it,” I say, casting my gaze to the grass between my paws.
Lucy nudges her nose against my neck. “Silly Bing! This is The Green Beagle Lodge, a place for us to have fun while they do their stuff! They haven’t abandoned you.”
“How can you be sure?” I ask, a feeling of hope rising in my chest.
“I’ve been coming here for a long time, and there hasn’t been a single day Daddy’s left me. He always comes back. All the dogs at The Green Beagle Lodge go home at some point!”
“Well…maybe you’re right. But why would they bring me here in the first place?”
“Weren’t you lonely at home while they were away? I was before I started coming here. But now I have tons of friends! Come on, I’ll introduce you to them!”
She spins in front of me, eagerness in every step. For a moment I forget about Mom and Dad; Lucy’s excitement is infectious.
“Yeah!” I agree with my best bark, and she bounds away from me.
As we run toward a group of dogs at the other end of the yard, I see…
‘Could it really be…?!’
…to be continued…