Morillton, AR—Stalking out of the water for the 29th time, local Cocker Spaniel Kip has found that catching fish is much harder than everyone makes it sound.
His owner, Chuck Penderton, a Little Rock resident who is in town visiting friends, decided to take Kip down to the river and fish for a while. While Penderton has already caught two sizeable trout, Kip has had no such luck himself.
“Everybody talks all the time about how they landed this big ol’ bass or this here catfish,” Kip lamented, “so I thought this would be no sweat. Some of the people saying this are 300 pounds, by the way. How are they faster than me?”
Kip regrouped at the water’s edge and waited for a few fish to get close. Once they did, he launched into the water once again, snapping at the fish in vain.
Frustrated, Kip trudged out of the water and sat on his haunches. He glared over at Penderton, who had just landed his third trout.
“I just don’t get it!” Kip exclaimed. “He’s not even going in past his ankles. And then he’s apparently attaching them to that stringy pole thing just for fun. Looks like something the cat would play with.”
Kip is close to giving up.
“Maybe I’m just not cut out for it. I might talk to some other dogs and see what their strategies are, but I’m not real confident at this point.”