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This is a true story about a dog without equal in my  opinion.  I will be posting a picture of him & the truck when I can find them.  We have no photo's of him riding on top of the truck as at the time we were in fear of his life in retrospect it's a shame we did not get someone to film it as we had a Super-8 Camera that we recorded much on.  I will post more on Prince's adventures as he was a real character.  I hope you have pleasure reading.

49 years past; a puppy was bought, picked up out of his pen on a pet shop floor; he had honey brown eyes & an inquisitive way. He grew to be so loyal and true, how can I say, with just one blaze of white upon his chest. Mark Twain coined a saying that describes him best, “he had overlong ears for his compact body size, a sort of long legged corgi that was big on surprise.” Many was the fight in which he'd be in yet 'Black Prince' had no fear that I'd ever seen, I'll tell you right now we can all learn today, from his tenacity; great heart & true winning way. Dad showed him to walk a step-ladder of wood, so up onto the back of our red Dodge he would.' We painted both sides of it black in his honour a hand width in on the steps each side, on it he'd go the Dodge truck to ride; through city & towns walking the outside paint drum line, up and down. A year plus was past along with the jobs that we'd done, now we were getting some notice the whole road along, some people pointed some folks would wave, cars sounded horns we were rather amazed. Dad said “you'd think they'd never seen a truck and a trailer in all of their days born.” Then one day at a gas station a man chanced to stop blowing his horn. He said “Hey you're the crew with the red truck; the black dog rides a'top,” Yes that was right he'd lay on the drum tops. “Well” said the guy “I'll bet you can't see; he goes away up on the cab riding free. I've seen him a few times and thought you did know he lays just above the windscreen head down & with paws out like so.” On close inspection of the cab roof, claw marks were seen; as a record of truth, here Prince had been.' We a kept a large ladder the round rung type that ran from tailgate to roof; what was this dog like? We looked at each other and after a think, “Dad how dare-devil is this dog?” I said “who won't blink.” In fear for him we decided a collar and chain; to keep him safe, that was our aim. For Dad drove up to 70 mph in those old days, on wild mountain passes and many freeways. Now we did some more runs, he had much shortened reach, we heard him clank up the big roof ladder inch by inch, all went OK up till the hairpin bend, a truck swerved toward us and Dad turned hard around him, Prince was agile, our help was the fault. The chain was a bad thing, there was a loud yelp as poor Prince hurtled down past; straight out of his collar & my heart was beating so fast, we pulled to the roadside and searched the steep mountain pass. He was recovered bruised and battered, but still alive, we wrapped him in a blanket and put him inside, he recovered to ride on the paint drums again, but never for the cab roof would he aim.' ©Joe Maverick 5-7-2017

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Date: 9/2/2017 12:41:00 AM
Hello hanna, I tried sending you an email but after I'd got through the political straitjacket I found it would not sent.' So I wonder if all the stuff poetry soup has loaded might have fouled things up.' Thanks for the contact however 'will try again'
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Date: 8/30/2017 3:54:00 PM
You ran a contest "Fire Cloud". What are the titles of the entries? I want to read poems about fire clouds, since I recently saw one.
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Date: 8/24/2017 3:38:00 PM
Nicely done Joe, enjoyed the read, a good feel story that captured me from begining to end. Regards, Craig
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Date: 8/25/2017 6:21:00 AM
Hello Craig, thank you for the comment, WOW what a dog you know; he just took things as they came 'probably thought it was his job to walk the big ladder. I remember his kennel was put in the center of the flatbed, and Dad would say I can't see that dog in those coast to coast mirrors.. He must be in his kennel.' Well we all know where he was now.)
Date: 8/19/2017 8:25:00 PM
wow, WHAT a story!!! And what an amazing dog that did such a thing!! It's all true?? Our dog ran right in front of my car one time as I pulled up in the driveway. He got hit a little bit. I did not expect him to dash in front of me that way. I think he learned his lesson. It takes just one time and they won't do it again!
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Date: 8/18/2017 9:37:00 AM
You have penned a beautiful, sentimental story about an amazing friend. Heartfelt, heartwarming read.
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Date: 8/14/2017 1:34:00 AM
Heartwarming tribute, Joe--really enjoyed the read! Thought I should call around and inquire as to how you are keeping these days? My very best regards - Cheers! :) john P.s Here's hoping you are happy and secure - God bless!
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Date: 8/9/2017 8:54:00 AM
This would make a great children's story or book, Joe. It might be worth pursuing. Wonderfully written and the thought you put into it are unmistakably those of one who loved that pet very much. Thanks for allowing us in.
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Date: 7/25/2017 4:40:00 PM
Thanks for sharing this gem. Well penned.
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Date: 7/24/2017 1:13:00 PM
I bet this is just the 1st page of a magnificent story. As you know dog spells god backward, I believe this is not by coincidence. All his behaviors are godly. The love, trust, friendship, protection.... If there is such a thing as reincarnation I'd like to come back as a dog. I miss my dog... Beautiful
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Date: 8/16/2017 12:32:00 AM
If one does not own a dog, there is not necessarily anything wrong with him, but there may be something wrong with his life...... I wish we can learn from them......
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Date: 7/24/2017 2:39:00 PM
Oh yes Pashang, I could make a story from prince, but I would need to know all his movements.' you see we lived a nomadic life as you may gather from the story, now the distance we would cover could be from 300 to 700 miles from one place to the next, every 10 days to a fortnight as a guide.. The thing is prince would often dissapear for a day or two 'he was a bit like a 'tomcat' and would fight over the bitches I'd say, but no matter where we were parked he could always find his way home.' I remember the longest time he was missing was 3 days'
Date: 7/18/2017 10:56:00 PM
Really enjoyed the story Joe, sounds like quite a dog...
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Date: 7/18/2017 5:18:00 AM
Hey Joe, Brilliant story, had a dog named Prince also, brings back many memories...
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Date: 7/15/2017 5:17:00 PM
Wow, what a great story Joe. Dogs are fearless and they sure love the freedom of not being tied up. He was a lucky dog. I would love to see the photo. : )
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Date: 7/15/2017 10:46:00 AM
Great storytelling Joe
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Date: 7/15/2017 2:15:00 PM
Hello Si, its good to see your comment, he was one of a kind an amazing dog he'd get a german shepard down when he was mad.' Saw him fight 2 dogs off once, breaks my heart a bit to think of him now, still he's going to be 'famous now' Ihope all's well there..)