Pirate - The barking Kookaburra
“It's a baby,” Stelze said again, her eyes crisscrossing, trying to focus on the
kookaburra sitting on her snout. Stelze was a very tall dog. Her legs were longer
then the longest stilts. And because she was a Doberman dog of German origin,
her name was Stelze, the German word for stilts. She actually was not as stupid as
Buddha liked to portray her. She was an old dog and her life had taught her a lot
of valuable lessons. She was smart and wise. She knew what was bad for her and
she knew what was good for others. She had a big heart for all creatures of the
world. “Do you have a name?” she asked the kookaburra as gently as possible so
she would not scare it.
“Pirate,” the kookaburra peeped, his eyes wandering from Hoover to Ajax
and back to Buddha.
Stelze could sense that Pirate was a bit scared. “Don't worry about them,
Pirate,” she said. ”They are my friends. They won't do you any harm. Ajax just
loves to play. Hoover is always hungry and just eats anything that has flavour. But
by now they know that you are neither a toy nor a sandwich.” She looked at Ajax
and Hoover with stern eyes. “Don't they?”
Ajax and Hoover nodded.
“And Buddha is not interested in birds. He's too busy telling us dogs how
stupid we are. Am I right?”
Buddha did not even look up. He rolled his eyes and yawned once more.
“I am Pirate,” Pirate said again, now more proudly.
“And you look like one too,” Ajax and Hoover said at the same time.
Pirate indeed did look like a pirate. All around his left eye, in a perfect circle,
grew black feathers. At either end there was a thick line of black that went all
around his head. It looked as if he wore a black eye patch, like real pirates do.
“But I am sure he is not as naughty as real pirates are,” Stelze said. “After all
he is still a baby. He can’t fly yet.”
“I am not a baby. I am the most dreaded pirate in the world”, Pirate said,
puffing up his chest. “All the creatures in the bush fear me. Watch out for me! Or
I will come and give you a hiding until you beg for your life. And I can fly.” He
flapped his soaked wings, splashing the water into Stelze's eyes. She instantly
closed them and bit her tongue so she would not growl. Ajax, Hoover and Buddha