By Carole McCullough
Close to an obedience ring at a dog show, a terrier was tossing a small object around. Three alert dogs, a Basset Hound, a Beagle and an Afghan Hound, heard some strange cries and rescued a small creature from the terrier. It turned out to be a little man dressed in green--one of the wee people.
The leprechaun was grateful for the rescue and decided to grant each of the dogs one wish.
The Basset thought long and hard and finally said, "I am about to go into the ring to compete and I am just not built to do the jumps. I would like to be able to jump twice as high as I can now." The leprechaun granted the wish and ZAP, the happy Basset amazed everyone by clearing every jump by at least a foot.
The Beagle was impressed. "I am pretty good at what I understand, but if I had triple my intelligence, I know I would make my owner very proud." The leprechaun granted the wish and ZAP, the Beagle passed without a mistake and even helped the judge add up the score!
The Afghan was really impressed. "There is a rumor--not true of course--that Afghans have only beauty and no brains. I would like to quadruple my intelligence."
"Wow," said the Leprechaun, "Are you sure? If I change your intelligence that much it will change your whole life. You will look at things differently, act differently, nothing will be the same. Are you sure?"
"Will I still be beautiful?" asked the Afghan.
"Yes, I can arrange that."
"Well then, grant my wish."
The Leprechaun granted the wish, and ZAP, the Afghan was turned into a corgi!!
Leprechaun graphic by Billie Stahl