This Beau story is similar to the Wascally Wabbit one. Lassie was the hero in many rescues. Some dogs are rescuers, others rescuees.
Oldtimers such as myself, who watched the TV show Lassie, or younger folks who have seen re-runs of the show, probably remember Lassie rescuing Jeff or, later, Timmy. A familiar joke was, “What is it, Lassie? Timmy is in the well? Show me, girl.”
In a 1988 vice-presidential debate, Senator Lloyd Bentsen said to Senator Dan Quayle, “Senator, I knew Jack Kennedy and you, sir, are no Jack Kennedy.”
I knew Lassie, and you, Beau, are no Lassie.
Rather than save Timmy from the well, as did Lassie, Beau is the one who needs saving.
Miss Sugar is more like Lassie and Beau like Timmy.
Sugar called to me, “Al, Beau is whining and barking. I think you locked him in the barn when you put the rake away.”
I went to the barn, bravely, on my bum knee, enduring the pain for 100 yards. Very John Wayne-like. Very tough. …
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