The Prodigal Dog

17 Jun

The Return of the Prodigal Son (Leonello Spada, Louvre, Paris) Image via Wikipedia

Hey person, will you tell me another one of those stories Jesus told about the two bulls.

Yeah, that’s what I mean. One of those pair a bulls that Jesus told.

My person says one of Jesus’ famous parables is about a son who just wants to party. So he talks his father into giving him his inheritance early and he goes to a faraway land and spends it all partying. After the son’s money is gone there’s a famine in the land and the only job he can get is one feeding pigs.

Hey, there’s animals in this story. Did he get all muddy with the pigs?

I am listening person.

He what? He didn’t have anything to eat? Those pigs had something to eat.

Okay. I’ll listen.

The son decided to go home and work for his father like a hired servant. At least he would have something to eat. But when he was still a long way off his father saw him and ran to him. He was so happy that his son was home that he treated him royally and had a big feast for him.

The older son, who had been home serving his father the whole time got really upset that his younger brother, who had squandered all his father’s money, was getting a feast in his honor. The older son felt that he’d never had such special treatment and he’d always done everything right.

Didn’t that older son even get a birthday party?

Okay, I’m listening. I promise.

The father told the older son that he has always been with him, and everything the father has belongs to the older son. But his brother was dead and now is alive, was lost and is found.

Hey person, can I try updating this story so my friends will understand it better?

Okay, here goes.

A young pup talked his person into giving him an extra share of meaty bones and then he ran off with them. He had a big party and treated his friends to some of the bones and gave some to girl dogs so they’d let him make more young pups.

Then he ran out of bones and he couldn’t find anything to eat. His friends he’d shared his bones with had all disappeared and the girl dogs were too busy feeding their puppies.

So he tucked his tail between his legs and headed back home, hoping he could do something to earn his keep and his person would let him stay.

When he got close to home his person saw him and ran out to him. His person gave him a great big bowl of the best dog food and some more meaty bones too.

But the other dog that lived there got really upset. He was always a good dog and he didn’t get any meaty bones.

The dog’s person gave the other dog some loves and told him he always had a home and love there, but he had thought the young pup was dead or lost, and now he was alive and found.

Hey person, if I run off and come back will you give me some meaty bones?


Posted by on June 17, 2012 in Bongo, Dogology, dogs, humor


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22 responses to “The Prodigal Dog

  1. Misty Shores Chesapeakes

    June 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Always a good story Bongo and very fitting for Father’s Day!

    • Bongo

      June 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Misty Shores. It is a perfect story for Father’s Day isn’t it?

  2. Chancy and Mumsy

    June 17, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Another great story. Sweet Bongo just pretend to run off and see if you get Meaty Bones…we would not want you to run off for real that would be scary. Hugs and nose kisses

    • Bongo

      June 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Chancy and Mumsy, I did run off last night and my person said she was very worried about me. I don’t know why. I knew where I was the whole time. And she didn’t give me any meaty bones.

      • Chancy and Mumsy

        June 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm

        Oh, no!!! Sweet Bones please don’t ever run off again. You be good so you can get those Meaty Bones.

      • Bongo

        June 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm

        Chancy and Mumsy, I’m staying home today. I didn’t like those cactus pricklers that got stuck in me. I’m still waiting for the meaty bones though.

  3. Hawk (@browndogcbr)

    June 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Y’all,

    Always like to stop and read your special stories, Bongo.

    How y’all doin’? Just stoppin’ by to see how y’all are. Hope y’all are enjoying a fantastic weekend.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    • Bongo

      June 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Glad you enjoy my stories Hawk. I’m doing great except it’s getting hot here. Have a great week.

  4. marina kanavaki

    June 18, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Oh, but why would you leave, Bongo? [rhetorical question really, as I know you love your home!] Have you considered of becoming a writer, Bongo?!

    • Bongo

      June 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Marina, I like to run off sometimes because it’s fun – but not forever.

  5. angelswhisper2011

    June 18, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I like your kind of interpretation of the story, Bongo, makes it so much clearer. Did you get some meaty bones yet 😉

    • Bongo

      June 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Angels Whisper, I’m still waiting for my meaty bones.

  6. eripanwkevin

    June 18, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Great story, Bongo!!! Your doggie version was much more understandable to me!!! Thanks!
    I wish my Mom was like their father….who is very tolerant! 🙂

    • Bongo

      June 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks Kevin. I’m glad you like the doggie version. My person says the father in the story represents God – who is very tolerant with us. But I bet you Mom is pretty cool.

  7. snoopys@snoopysdogblog

    June 18, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Hey Bongo,

    You’re super good at interpreting those stories buddy!! I don’t think I’ll bother running off, cos I know where the best treats are!! 🙂

    Have fun and I’m super excited to hear about your Mischief – Way to go Buddy!! 🙂

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Bongo

      June 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Snoopy. My mischief story is almost ready to go. My person will be sending it to your person soon.

  8. Long Life Cats and Dogs

    June 18, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Of course, this story is rather difficult for dogs to understand, as they are always equally elated, ever time they see us. Well done on getting the other dogs to understand it

    • Bongo

      June 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Susan – and thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  9. Bassas Blog

    June 19, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Don’t ever run off to test out the moral of this story Bongo.

    • Bongo

      June 19, 2012 at 12:22 am

      Bassa, I have to admit that I did run off – and I didn’t get any meaty bones when I got back home, but my person still loves me.

  10. colliesofthemeadow

    June 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Bongo!
    Great story!!! Thank you for another story of our faith! 🙂 Ginger says you both should run off together and take all the treats with you so you can have treats galore and when you run out come back and do it all over again! 🙂

    Your naughty friends,
    the collies and chuck who is shaking his head…

    • Bongo

      June 19, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Ginger, I’m packing my bags and treats. Let’s go!!!


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