Monday, November 14, 2011

Flipper and Fish finger ..

Until recently I had a big dog...a big unfriendly dog!

He wasn’t always unfriendly, he just got grumpier as he got older, and he got old…

Regulars here will know his story and perhaps you’re wondering why I’m bringing it up… Fish, that’s why!

I also have a small pond with a couple of goldfish in it, I carefully selected gold goldfish so if they died (which they did) I could replace them without my daughter knowing her pets had been replaced.

Flipper and Fish Finger lived through many, many reincarnations.

Recently the dog died and the Grandkids could finally and for the first time ever go out into my back yard. The first time they ventured forth they were timid and constantly on the lookout for the big dog but soon learned that my yard has many cool hiding places for kids.

It came to pass that I was working on their parents car (my daughter and son-in-law) when one of the kids came to tell me that the fish ‘feel funny’.

I gave them the ‘fish are to look at and not touch’ talk but the next morning they were floating belly up.

Who’d have thought that having a big grumpy dog would mean your fish live longer?

Aside: Only a couple of years ago my now adult daughter said her goldfish must be the longest lived fish she ever heard about...I told her the truth...and about Santa and the Easter Bunny.


These are the only pics of one of the fish..(no idea which is which or which reincarnation this one was) But as you can see it was for a Photoshop trick. (no fish were harmed during this photo)


Magsx2 said...

Hi Tempo,
I must say I love the photo, you did a nice job, it looks amazing the hands holding the water the fish is in. 10 out of 10. :)

Adult daughter or not, it was mean of you to finally tell her about Santa and the Easter Bunny. LOL.

The Jules said...

How many times have you replaced Santa?

Sarah said...

That is an amazing photo.

Belle said...

We had a hamster named Sally that lived twice as long as most hamsters. I found out my daughter replaced her with a lookalike. It's a good idea to keep kids happy.

Windsmoke. said...

We all get grumpy with old age some more than others. That was a neat trick replacing the gold fish when they died with look a likes saving your kids from the heartache and pain :-).

Tempo said...

Hi Mags, The trick is to fill a balloon with water and pop it with a pin as the photo is taken, the balloon disappears in a flash and you're left with the water in a balloon shape..for a split second. many tries later....
Hi Jules, I've only replaced Santa twice...the time he fell down the chimney and that once when I mistook him for a burglar..
Thanks Sarah, I was just trying something new and was very happy with the results.
Hi Belle, It's probably a bit underhanded but it keeps the kids experiencing a death before they're ready. (are we ever ready?)
Hi Windsmoke, Old Stan got really grumpy..he would growl and snap at family and friends and was keen to kill strangers. (at least he sounded like he might) I was never game to let the kids near him just in case.

Symdaddy said...

I have a couple of bad tempered step kids that have often been on the brink of a renewed incarnation ... personally, I would prefer the fish!

Tempo said...

Hi Symdaddy, Fish are nice quiet creatures and much preferable to naughty children.
..anyone know where I can get a grumpy old dog to scare the kids with?