October 16th, 2013

Swan vs. Dog

Zwei is the German word for two, and it takes 2 to tango, right?

Why are we talking about fighting?

I saw this blissful scene on the Rhine River yesterday. Two swans going about their business.



Even if you don’t like quaint and beautiful river scenes, the sight of two swans has a relaxing effect. Mating for life, and all that, right?

Bull Terrier, enter left. The dog went in the water up to his knees, barking. I could see how he wanted to sink his teeth into that swan’s long, slender neck.

Even though you can’t see it or hear it here, that swan hissed like a cat. If you’ve never heard a swan hissing, it sounded like that thhffffffft! when you open a new bottle of soda.

Like the never-ending flow of the river itself, the conflict ended in a mellow way. The dog was called off by its owner as the swans drifted further downriver.


Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and followed with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred's entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December 2013, and was followed by its sequel, Inferno, in June 2014.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.

When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.

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5 thoughts on “Swan vs. Dog

  1. Small Footprints

    Just a reminder that there’s always another side to things … nature, while beautiful, has it’s dark side. And I suppose that we have to accept both, right? Love how you tell a story with two pictures. 🙂

  2. Ruthann

    So glad the dog was called off so the swan could go about there swim. I have heard the swan hissing before and they do mean “go away”

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