Monday, October 8, 2012

Columbus Day Story

See Ferdinand? Columbus left him on the BOAT!!!!

We all know about the man-of-the-hour Christopher Columbus. You learn about it in school, you see it on TV, you KNOW the poem: "In nineteen hundred and forty-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. . ."
He "found" America, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Maybe he did, maybe he didn't. There is some controversy about what Columbus actually discovered. All I know is SOME PEOPLE got today off work and my Mommys did NOT.

So I wanted to know more about this SEMI-holiday really only celebrated by government workers, bankers and SOME LUCKY schoolkids. What I found was shocking. . . nay. . . Appalling!

*Did you know Columbus had a DOG on board. Yes he did - a Spanish spaniel of some sort named Ferdinand. Anypug, this here DOG was not only Columbus's BEST FURiend but also his NAVIGATOR. Yes, that is not a well know fact. Ferdinand is why up until the America thing, Columbus was known as an extremely accurate WORLD FAMOUS explorer and discoverer. It was FERDINAND who pointed the boat in the RIGHT direction again and again and again. Columbus, left to his own devices, got lost going from the poop deck to the bridge. Really!

So one day Ferdinand was at the helm when he sniffed land nearby. He ran to his BFF Columbus and excitedly danced around saying "Land! Land! Land!" Columbus, ever the contrarian, said NO WAY JOSE. . . I mean Ferdinand! There is NO LAND around here just miles and miles of ocean blue. But Ferdinand was SURE he smelled land so he kept up the dancing and the whining and the barking. Again Columbus said that there is nothing but ocean blue. He did NOT expect to land in India for another month or so. Not only that, Columbus said, but we are headed to the FAR EAST and you are pointing WEST. We all know there is NOTHING in the WEST.

So he took Ferdinand to the POOP DECK cuz he was sure all the dancing and prancing was the result of needing to do his BIDNESS.

FERDINAND let some time go by until he KNEW even the most clogged sinus aboard the boat could SMELL land nearby. He again ran to Columbus and barked up a storm. This irritated Columbus so much he grabbed his telescope and pretended to look just to quiet down the DOG. Just as he was making a sweep of the horizon, Columbus spotted something. LAND!!! Just like Ferdinand said!

"Wow!" said Columbus. I made it to INDIA way ahead of schedule. I AM a great explorer.

And that is how Columbus FERDINAND discovered America.


* This is pure fabrication made up by a bored pug with no Mommys at home. He may have had dogs, I don't really know. He may not have even LIKED dogs, that is beside the point. I said this was a STORY, sheesh!


Idaho PugRanch said...

Great story Noodles!!


Bailey, Hazel & Greta

Molly The Wally said...

Have a happy Columbus day.
Best wishes Molly

Payton's Gampy said...

You sure can spin some yarn, Noodles! Loved it!


stellaroselong said...

because my mom is a robot mom she actually believed your story till the very end...just like she believed we were getting real backpacks from sarge's mom and i actually would be enrolled in now she is wondering if exchanging presents on blogville is real yes i did get to go into a real foodie place it must have been my tough harley clothes exterior...cos they were afraid to tell me NO! hehehehhe
stella rose

Casey said...

BOL! That's a grreat story, Noodles! I bet ol' Chris would've figured out where he was going a whole lot better if he'd had a Ferdinand with him.

Not ALL government employees get today off, though. My momma works for the government and had to go to work today. Or at least she SAID she was going to work. Maybe she's out there playing right now without us!!

Southern Fried Pugs said...

Our mom works for city government and didn't have the day off. But she took vacation time so we could have our 1000 Pugs trip.

We totally believe your story. Every pug knows that dogs always know where they are going.

Otis and Black Pearl said...

Hurray for Ferdinand! You betcha it was ALL Ferdinand who pointed the boat Westward. As a matter of fact, Ferdinand was our great, great, great, great Uncle! Black Pearl & Otis

jen said...

Awesome story Noodles!!

Two French Bulldogs said...

we never heard that Columbus had a doggy on board
Benny & Lily

Noodles said...

It is actually a fact that Columbus brought some dogs with him on his trip to "India." Whether they were navigators is cause for speculation only.
Love Noodles

Sankissjuice said...

Haha, actually the story is rather believable! Or maybe I am just too gullible. What? The word gullible is not in the dictionary? (Yeah, I bought that). Hahaha