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Barking Up the Right Poem

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Lily, the bull terrier, was not your average dog. She was a canine of many talents, including but not limited to: eating an entire loaf of bread in under a minute, barking at her own reflection, and most importantly, being the best friend to a ten-year-old boy named Timmy.

Timmy was a quiet kid. He was the kind of kid who would rather read a book than play a game of tag, the kind of kid who would rather draw pictures than kick a soccer ball. And he was the kind of kid who had a crippling fear of public speaking.

Now, you might be wondering, “What does a bull terrier have to do with a kid’s stage fright?” Well, let me tell you, Lily was not just any bull terrier. She was a bull terrier with a mission. A mission to help Timmy overcome his fear.

It all started when Timmy was chosen to recite a poem in front of his entire school. The thought of standing on a stage, under a spotlight, with hundreds of eyes staring at him, made Timmy’s stomach churn. He tried to practice at home, but every time he stood in front of the mirror, his words would get stuck in his throat.

Seeing Timmy’s distress, Lily decided to take matters into her own paws. She started following Timmy around the house, sitting in front of him whenever he tried to practice. At first, Timmy was confused. “Lily, I can’t practice if you’re sitting there,” he said. But Lily just wagged her tail and stayed put.

After a few days, Timmy realized something. When he was speaking to Lily, his words didn’t get stuck. He didn’t feel the usual knot in his stomach. He didn’t feel scared. He felt…comfortable.

So, Timmy started practicing his poem with Lily. He would stand in front of her, recite his lines, and Lily would sit there, wagging her tail, listening attentively. It was the perfect audience.

The day of the recital came. Timmy was nervous, but he remembered his practice sessions with Lily. He remembered how comfortable he felt when he was speaking to her. He imagined Lily sitting in the audience, wagging her tail, listening attentively.

And you know what? It worked. Timmy recited his poem without a hitch. He didn’t stumble over his words. He didn’t feel the knot in his stomach. He didn’t feel scared. He felt…comfortable.

After the recital, Timmy ran home, straight to Lily. He hugged her tight and said, “Thank you, Lily. You helped me overcome my fear.”

And Lily, being the affectionate, loyal, intelligent bull terrier that she was, just wagged her tail and gave Timmy a lick on the face. Because that’s what best friends do. They help each other overcome their fears, one wagging tail at a time.

So, the next time you see a bull terrier, don’t just see a dog. See a friend. A friend who can help you overcome your fears, just like Lily helped Timmy. Because sometimes, all you need is a wagging tail and a listening ear to make you feel comfortable. And who knows, maybe that bull terrier can help you recite a poem, eat an entire loaf of bread in under a minute, or even bark at your own reflection. Because that’s what bull terriers do. They surprise you in the most wonderful ways.

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