I’m so excited!  My mom and dad said that most of the spring yard work should be done by tomorrow.  The only thing left to do would be to cut the grass.  Then it will be time to kick back and relax. 

‘Well, it’s about time,’ I quietly say to myself.

Ahhh, I can see it now, snoozing under the big old maple tree, rolling in the grass. A little sun, a little shade, lots of water and a few tasty treats.  Yep, this proud member of the wolf family will be taking a well-deserved rest. 

Hey, what’s with all the racket?  Now what are those two up to?  They’re standing across the yard with their heads together laughing like a couple of silly kids.  Now they’re looking over at me and laughing even harder.  Something is going on and I don’t like the looks of it…at all! 

Here they come with that grass cutting thing. My mom is laughing so hard she has the hiccups. 

Great, my tummy is doing flip-flops.

Then my dad says to me, ‘Lucy, your mom and I have talked and we think that since you spend so much time in the backyard snoozing and rolling on the grass that it seems only fair that you take your turn cutting it.’

‘Wait a minute here!’

As he and my mom walked away laughing, my dad looked over his shoulder at me and said ‘Watch your tail, Lucy’.   

‘Are you serious?  Come back.  Please, I can’t do this.  I’m a dog, a distant relative of the wolf.’  I whined!

Then I heard a whisper, ‘Oh great domesticated wolf, Lucy. You must remind them that you do not have thumbs.  You would not be able to animate the mystical grass cutter or control it.’

I trotted over to my mom and dad to convey this very important fact to them.  I then proceeded to lay under the maple tree in a nice patch of long green grass.

Oh, thank you, great and wise wolf ancestor!