Wednesday, November 11

The Dog Who Can Count Geese

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Here's a story to make you groan!

A farmer and his dog, Shep, had a very close bond.

After the farmer had finished his plowing one day, the farmer and Shep stopped at a roadside tavern for the afternoon gathering. The farmer began bragging about Shep.

"Shep's the smartest dog, ever," he said. "He's especially good at arithmetic."

Someone said that was nonsense. However, the farmer, to prove how smart Shep was, sent him out to count the geese on the pond.

"Woof, woof, woof, woof woof" Shep said when he returned.

The farmer said Shep counted five geese. They looked outside and sure enough, there were five. They told the farmer it was just a coincidence.

"Shep, go count the geese again," the farmer said several minutes later.

"Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof," Shep said when he came back.

They looked outside. Six geese on the pond! Everyone laughed at the farmer and Shep. Another lucky coincidence.

As the afternoon wore on and it was near dusk, the bartender said the farmer should have Shep count the geese again. Everyone laughed.

But Shep ran out the door and the returned with a stick. He dropped it on the floor in the middle of the tavern.

"What's that supposed to mean?" the bartender asked. "That he can find a stick?"

They all laughed again.

"It's easy," the farmer said. "He's telling you there are more geese out there right now than you can shake a stick at."

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