Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Ghost Dogs of the South
My favorite one is from Mississippi and is a little bit scary. It is the story of a charming little girl. She is so sweet she takes a cake to her elderly neighbor for his birthday. Her neighbor loves animals and has a house filled with cats. When the girl delivers the cake, the neighbor tells her there are puppies in the back yard. She picks out a puppy and names it Buddy and the two are inseparable from then on. The dog even sleeps with the little girl every night. Time passes as it always does and the girl's mother notices that the bond between girl and dog are fading. She asks the little girl why the dog isn't going with her into her room or sleeping with her at night. The girls says that "Mildred" hates Buddy.
The mother asks about Mildred. The girls tells her mother that Mildred used to live in the house and she left her locket behind. The mother was concerned. She asked her daughter who Mildred was and the girl laughed and said that Mildred was standing behind her. Chills went up and down the mother's spine. She knew something had to be done and she asked her little girl for the locket. It took some coaxing. The girl didn't want to part with the trinket and she liked her friend Mildred, but the mother was firm and took the locket. She took the locket out to the backyard. Buddy followed her and together the two buried the locket far from the house where the little girl could never find it. She dug deep. The treasure would never be found. Mildred was never heard from again and Buddy returned to his position on the little girl's bed and in her heart, but if it hadn't have been for Buddy the mother never would have noticed her daughter's unnatural friendship with Mildred.
I think I will post a few more of these little stories because they are so wonderful, but if you want to read all of them you may have to buy the book :).