One of the great things about working at GoComics is getting to correspond with cartoonists such as Frazz creator Jef Mallett, who never fails to pass on an interesting observation or anecdote each time he uploads his strips. His most recent missive was so entertaining I had to share it with fellow Frazz fans, who will certainly get a kick out of it as well. I'm calling it "The Allegory of the Falling Squirrel."
So here’s something that doesn’t happen to you every day:
My dog Zoey is a border collie mutt who loves, loves, loves to chase squirrels. We have a routine: She spots a squirrel and freezes, kind of a border collie form of going on point. I command her to sit. When she eventually does (no small feat when you’re focused on a squirrel), I unclip her leash. She stays seated until I check for traffic and give her the release command, and then the chase is on. The squirrel always escapes, which is either a win or a draw, but definitely the preferred outcome for all concerned.
Until this past week. Zoey and I were making the rounds when a squirrel fell out of the sky and landed about 10 feet from us. It just lost its grip on the tree about 30 feet above us and proceeded to the pavement like a distracted BASE jumper. The dog had no idea what to make of such a weather pattern. Ultimately, she had no interest in chasing something that wasn’t running away, and we continued on in search of more traditional, terrestrially based squirrels that could offer up a little more of a challenge.
So the dog knows instinctively what we humans seem so slow to figure out: You can wish and wish, but treasures that just appear from nowhere aren’t nearly as appealing once they’re there.
Thanks to Jef for letting us share that, and check out more of his witty words complete with artwork over at GoComics.com/frazz.