Spunky Tales: Welcome to 2021


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Welcome to 2021

by Linda Suit


Happy 2021! It's time to grab a tiger by the tail and make this a great year! You know tigers can eat you right, specially itty bitty Doodles like me, so if you see any tigers do not get close. WIDDLE BUDDIES, WARNING! DO NO TRY THIS AT HOME!


Speaking of stuffed, Mommy and Jerry Boy, you do know those tigers you are rolling around with are real, right? BIG, fanged, clawed, REAL tigers! What were you thinking? So, good thing they weren't stuffed when they got through with you! Eeek! That's plumb skeery! Those guys live in Thailand. Mommy and Jerry Boy had a trainer with them and they went in with widdle ones and BIG two year old males.


What did you say? The trainer had an itty bitty stick as big around as your pinky and if the big guys got "naughty" the trainer tapped him on the nose? Well, I guess that makes it ok, huh? Mommy, we need to have a talk, cause I think sometimes your marbles are not rolling around in the right place. Just saying. Look at Jerry Boy! That tiger's tail is wrapped around him, and he did what to Jerry Boy…kicked him to the ground? Ok, you are NOT doing that again, ever, ok? I'm smart, you guys gotta listen to me. Whaddya think, widdle buddies, you think Mommy and Jerry Boy were smart to do this? Hmmm. I'm gonna learn the song..."I've Got a Tiger By The Tail".


Well I haven't seen any tigers here lately but Mommy and Jerry Boy saw a young mountain lion a coupla days before Christmas! Wowza, how cool is that!


After eating all those Christmas goodies it's time to get up and at em! SPUNKY SPA is ready for business! All you gotta do is sign on the dotted line, bring me nuts and goodies, then come one, come all, and give it your best shot following me around the house all day. If you don't lose weight, well it sure won't be my fault cause you will be up, down, over, under, then if you do happen to catch up with me, you will certainly be squirming, twisting, and exercising your lungs while trying to keep my razor sharp nails and terrifying teeth off of you. Nah, just kidding...sort of.


Anywho, I think ya get the general idea? I will provide water, and maybe I'll teach you to make a peanut butter and jelly sammich for lunch? I am really good at that. Just ask Mommy. I like to smack my hand in the jelly then take off running before she can wash it off. But you will have to clean up the kitchen after the PBJ making episode...and have you ever seen me in the kitchen when flour is involved? I slap it and make it snow all over the place, so more bending, stretching, reaching, to clean up that mess too.


Remember when I posted How to Catch a Doodle in 101 easy lessons? Well, here's a hint. Lesson #1: If the Doodle doesn't wanna be caught, it ain't happening! Lessons 2-101, refer to Lesson #1. So, I decided there are some of you that might need to get back in shape. Hurry and sign up, space is filling up fast. You gotta be able to run at warp speed, hang upside down by one foot, your diet will be veggies, acorns and nuts, oh, and you have to go to bed when the sun goes down. That's the rules.


So, today Jerry Boy heard Mommy tell me I was kinda fat! Whaaa??? You know what he said? He kinda liked fat girls. Ruh roh. Mommy is way skinny! I think she waited just a wee bit before she called 911 just to let him know she was kinda sorta upset. Last update was that he would probably be about a month in rehab after he is discharged from the hospital. Moral of that story, watch what you say around Mommy.


So, tomorrow morning, 8am sharp, have your running shoes on and we'll rock n roll! Dress code is casual sloppy, although I always wear fur. I think I'm getting tired after thinking about all this exercise.


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I'm supposed to be helping Mommy in the travel agent office but I got tired again. I had already shredded one nut and made a mess on top of the bookshelf and now I'm guarding this one so Mommy can't hide it. Hmm, South America huh? Do you guys know where that is? Mommy and Jerry Boy have been a bunch of places there. We already talked about the tigers in Thailand but you know what they did in S. America?


Well, they got on a boat (not a cruise ship) and went down several rivers 500 miles deep into the Amazon jungle. They slept in hammocks on an open deck. The people they worked with down there used to be head hunters! Used to be? Well I hope so! Jerry Boy even swam in the water with piranha, the grouchy black ones with bunches of teeth. Nuh uh, no way. Mommy volunteered to "hold" a MONSTER anaconda. If you are skeered of sneaky no shoulders creatures, you'd better keep scrolling cause this one is skeery!


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So, 2020 is a wrap, lots of stuff we would like to forget, but lots of blessings too. Spend your time counting those...Spunky wisdom is always best, ya know.


I'll see ya in February...remember, keep smiling, keep helping others, take good care of yourselves, and always always remember, Spunky Doodle loves ya!


Spunky Doodle

Doodleville, USA

About the Author



Linda Suit at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Linda Suit is a city girl turned country. A travel agent by trade, she and her husband, Jerry, live in rural Arkansas with their animals including an amazing pet squirrel, Spunky Doodle. Spunky has brightened the lives of many with her stories. She is quite a character and definitely lives up to her name of Spunky.



Linda has traveled the world. Her passion for missions comes alive in her stories from remote areas. She will make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings.


Come along and share the adventures. It has been an amazing journey. You can learn more about Linda on Facebook and on Twitter.


You can read Linda’s “Spunky Tales” column on the 2nd Saturday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.