Benny and the Fig
When the temperature gauge hits 90 plus, I grab my possibles bag, which has everything I need in case I get stuck and have to hang out longer than anticipated, I fill up some water bottles, find Benny my Yellow Lab who is usually already in the water or laying in the shade drying off after his last trip into the water, load it all into the boat and off we go… Our destination? A little stretch of beach that is barely visible at high tide but as the tide recedes it reveals my version of a tropical paradise. The sand is nice and firm, it is fairly free of the rocks and vegetation that are inherent to life on the river. In short, it is the perfect place to beach the boat and jump into the river for some much needed relief from the heat.
Most days I float around and watch Benny do what Benny does, Benny needs no one to stay amused whether it be a stick, rock, crawdad crawling along the shore or in this case a fig Benny is all action from the time we arrive till the time we leave.
While sitting in the water trying to figure out what to do next, Benny got that what’s that look?The look he gets when he see’s something that he deems retrievable, that one item he thinks he may be able to con me into throwing for him. As his interest heightens he assumes the retrieve position.and off he goes, while I sit there wondering what the heck is he after now.With the efficiency of a Swiss watch he swims out and retrieves the mystery item post haste,he swoops it up as I’m sitting there thinking that I sure hope it’s not something dead or disgusting and back he comes item in hand… er… mouth.Thanks Benny for the….Fig? Great now I have to go through the whole fake Benny left while I throw right into the bushes and hope he doesn’t see me do it routine.