Joey the Wonder Dog

1513318_631692490225236_1125635132_n‘What will happen?’ Eliza asked Joey the wonder dog.

‘Everything’s going to be alright. Your Dad’s driving home. I’ll say it was me who messed up the leaf pile. He won’t be angry with you.’

‘But what about you?’

‘I’ll be okay, I’m man’s best friend. Your Dad and I will just talk things over.’

Dad’s car pulled into the drive.

‘Wow! You are a wonder dog!’ Eliza ran to greet her father.

‘Remember, don’t tell…’ Joey sighed. Eliza was only a kid, she’d let slip about Joey’s secret power, not the talking; the fact he could see the future.


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  1. #1 by Sandra on January 1, 2014 - 13:39

    Really sweet story Mike. I kind of liked Joey, a dog after my own heart.

    • #2 by mike olley on January 1, 2014 - 14:51

      Thanks, Sandra. I don’t know what happened, I just came over all Disney… : )

  2. #3 by Mike on January 1, 2014 - 14:18

    That’s one hell of a dog – talking and seeing into the future!
    I enjoyed your tale.

    • #4 by mike olley on January 1, 2014 - 14:57

      Thanks, Mike. There’s a lot he could tell us : )

  3. #5 by Björn Rudberg (brudberg) on January 1, 2014 - 15:12

    Wonderful tale… Love such a wonder-dog.

    A happy New year to you.

    • #6 by mike olley on January 1, 2014 - 16:59

      Thanks, Bjorn. If only Joey could sort out the ‘like’ button too.

  4. #7 by jwdwrites on January 1, 2014 - 16:24

    In the absence of a ‘like’ button I am posting a smiley. 

    • #8 by mike olley on January 1, 2014 - 16:52

      Thank you, JWD. I don’t know what’s happened to the ‘like’ button.

      • #9 by jwdwrites on January 1, 2014 - 18:21

        Perhaps I wore it out! :)

      • #10 by mike olley on January 1, 2014 - 18:37

        Hahaha! : )

  5. #11 by sustainabilitea on January 1, 2014 - 18:41

    I can see the “like” button here but not on some of the other sites, either last night or today. WordPress gremlins at work, I guess. Maybe the wonder dog could look into it. :-)


    • #12 by mike olley on January 1, 2014 - 22:53

      ‘Like’ is back! At least, that’s how Joey put it across : )

  6. #13 by silentlyheardonce on January 1, 2014 - 19:11

    Sweet story. Joey does sound like a faithful and sweet dog. Good imagination.

    • #14 by mike olley on January 1, 2014 - 22:55

      Thank you. All dogs are good really, it’s the owners that sometimes let them (and us) down.

  7. #15 by JackieP on January 1, 2014 - 21:06

    Here I thought my dog was smart! Your dog is much more. Great story.

    • #16 by mike olley on January 1, 2014 - 23:08

      Thanks, Jackie. I’d say Joey and Ralph have a lot in common.

      • #17 by JackieP on January 2, 2014 - 00:54

        I do believe you are right about that.

  8. #18 by rochellewisoff on January 1, 2014 - 23:41

    Dear Mike,

    Joey the Wonderdog. Any relationship to Manfred who was Tom Terrific’s faithful companion? Cute story. As for the “like” buttons, I’d like to know what’s going on. Mine’s been on and off all day.



    • #19 by mike olley on January 2, 2014 - 09:43

      Thanks, Rochelle. The ‘like’ buttons seem to be back on: Tom Terrific, Manfred, Joey – one of them must have sorted it out : ) Good boy!

  9. #20 by lingeringvisions by Dawn on January 2, 2014 - 01:28

    I was reading something so much darker into this story. The ending made me smile; thankfully.

    • #21 by mike olley on January 2, 2014 - 09:45

      Thanks, Dawn. No darkness here this time, only light : )

  10. #22 by Adam Ickes on January 2, 2014 - 13:02

    Joey puts my dog to shame, though most dogs do. He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. Dumber than a box of rocks actually, but he’s one of the happiest dogs I’ve ever know so he’s got that going for him.

    • #23 by mike olley on January 2, 2014 - 14:04

      Ahh, don’t be too hard on your dog, Adam, not everyone needs to be sharp. When you remember that one of the greatest pleasures in life is to hang your head out of a car window as it zips along, then everything else is put into perspective : )

      • #24 by Adam Ickes on January 2, 2014 - 14:51

        I didn’t mean it as a negative. Sometimes intelligence is over rated. Looking at a stupid dog you can’t help but smile at how happy he is with the mundane, which kind of makes me wonder which of us is actually the unintelligent one.

      • #25 by mike olley on January 2, 2014 - 15:01

        Ah no, sorry, I didn’t take it as a negative comment. You’re right, sometimes mundane is good – although a game of ‘stick’ does get boring after a while, doesn’t matter if you’re throwing or fetching.

  11. #26 by patrickprinsloo on January 2, 2014 - 19:47

    Lovely tale. Can he predict the outcome of horse races? That’d be really useful.

  12. #28 by rgayer55 on January 2, 2014 - 21:33

    Dear Mike,
    I’d like to borrow Joey for a few minutes and go buy a lottery ticket.

    • #29 by mike olley on January 3, 2014 - 11:07

      Hi Russell, he’s suddenly snowed under with offers of being taken for walkies.

  13. #30 by lizy on January 2, 2014 - 22:06

    Does Joey need a good home? My cat is too old now to chase him!

    • #31 by mike olley on January 3, 2014 - 11:18

      Thanks for the offer, Lizy, when Joey’s on tour he always needs a network of places to sofa surf : )

  14. #32 by talesfromthemotherland on January 3, 2014 - 09:03

    We could all use a Joey! Charming, Mike.

    • #33 by mike olley on January 3, 2014 - 11:40

      For moral support, yes, but it’s his position in the tree that helps with his ability to see into the future.

    • #34 by lizy on January 3, 2014 - 17:35

      How does Tenerife in Januray grab him?

  15. #35 by zookyworld on January 3, 2014 - 10:08

    Joey is full of wonders. Not the least of which is taking the “fall” for messing up the leaf pile. A classy move, Joey.

  16. #37 by AnElephantCant on January 3, 2014 - 10:09

    Clever and amusing, Mike, well done.

    • #38 by mike olley on January 3, 2014 - 11:50

      Thanks, AnElephant. I’m just dabbling with the softer side of life.

  17. #39 by kz on January 4, 2014 - 03:12

    i want a dog that’s exactly like that :) a sweet magical tale :) happy 2014

    • #40 by mike olley on January 4, 2014 - 18:23

      Thank you, kz, and happy 2014 to you too. It’s always nice to start the year with a bit of magic whether it be sweet or horrific : )

  18. #41 by annisik51 on January 4, 2014 - 17:57

    Good story, based on fact. Of course dogs can talk and see into the future. So can cats. They really think we humans are a bit backward, you know! Nice read. I don’t know about that last semi-colon … Ann

    • #42 by mike olley on January 4, 2014 - 18:33

      Thanks, Ann. I agree about that last semi-colon, I wasn’t sure either – I suppose if in doubt, use a comma.

      As for animal intelligence: my cats definitely think I’m stupid but they put up with me because I’m punctual with the food and am quite a good source of heat.

  19. #44 by draliman on January 5, 2014 - 18:24

    That’s quite a dog. I wonder if another of his powers is levitation – he must have got up there somehow!

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