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What exactly is a Shaggy Dog story?

Kathleen Williams-Miller
Lily is a three-year-old female border collie/Lab mix who would love a home with no cats but she does love other dogs.

I grew up with the Shaggy Dog movies starring Fred MacMurray, so I assumed that a Shaggy Dog story was about a shaggy dog. I was way off base on that assumption because Shaggy Dog stories are stories that meander along and eventually end in a bad punchline. With that in mind, I would like to share my favorite Shaggy Dog story.

A knight rode through the English countryside on a cold, dark, stormy night. He was to deliver an important message to the king ASAP, but his horse was badly hurt. He noticed a light through the woods, and with all his strength he maneuvered his way to the source. It was an inn, and after he secured his horse he went inside.

The innkeeper fed him a bowl of warm soup and a tankard of ale. After he had eaten he asked the innkeeper if he might buy a horse to carry him the rest of the journey. The innkeeper replied that he had no horse but in the morning they could go to a local stable and secure a steed. The knight assured him that he could not wait and had to leave immediately.

Lying by the fire was the most incredibly huge dog the knight had ever seen. It was bigger than a small pony. He asked the innkeeper if he could use the dog instead of a horse. The innkeeper replied, “I could never send a knight out on a dog like this.”

OK, now you know what a Shaggy Dog story is, are you groaning at the punchline?


Pet owners to dress their pet up for the Spooktacular events that will take place on Maine Street. Yes, on Oct. 31 the Lahontan Valley News will sponsor an opportunity for your pet to be photographed. Dress your BFF (best furry friend) in an outrageous costume and come down to the Lahontan Valley News between 4:30 and 5 p.m. The winners will be published in the Lahontan Valley Dogs section of the paper.

Bales of pine shavings to bed our outside kennels.

Volunteers to walk dogs or play with cats. Call 775-423-7500 for details.

Aluminum cans, which we recycle to augment our shelter funds. We are unable to pick up cans because of trailer problems, but please continue to save them.


Betty Duncan the absolute best professor of punctuation. Your help with editing our article is invaluable and you make sure that every “I” is dotted and “T” is crossed. A Paws up Salute to you!

Mary Carter and Rema White for collecting bags of cans for CAPS. You certainly have a can-do attitude. Thanks!


CAPS will be at Walmart on Oct. 21 with the Kissin’ Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by to get your pooch smooch. We also have caps, shirts, and mugs so be sure to check out the merchandise after you have loved on our pup.


October pet holidays:

National Service Dog Month

Flower Tree Nursery will be raffling a 20-gallon blue spruce tree on Dec. 16, and the winner doesn’t have to be present to win. The raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets.


CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is caps@cccomm.net. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnevada.com) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likable. CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Do you have questions, comments or a great story? Contact me jkwmil@outlook.com.

Kathleen Williams-Miller, a CAPS volunteer, contributed this week’s column.