Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a land that very much resembles this one, but not quite, there lived four cousins. Well, to be specific, they were two cousins, a brother, and a sister. Their names were Mikayla, Logan, Vianna, and Xavier. Mikayla and Logan were the brother and sister, and Vianna and Xavier were the cousins.
As cousins tend to do, the four were visiting each other, and having a grand time. After a long afternoon of jumping in creeks and throwing sticks for their dogs to chase, the grown-ups sent the cousins to bed. Mikayla and Vianna were in one room, with their little dog Pixie, and Logan and Xavier were in another room, with their big dog, Bo.
Late that night, after the cousins had gone to sleep, Pixie and Bo crept out of the rooms to speak of dog things, as dogs tend to do after their humans have gone to bed. They talked of the birds they had chased, and bragged about how far their humans could throw sticks.
Now, unbeknownst to the grownups, the cousins, and indeed, unknown to humans everywhere, a little bit of magic had become stuck under the bed shared by Xavier and Logan. Dogs however, can smell these things, and nothing would do but for Pixie and Bo to investigate. Bo was too large to fit under the bed where the little bit of magic was, so Pixie crept beneath to get a closer look. Bo stuck his head under, so that he could see, and he sniffed so strong that a little bit of magic got stuck in his nose and he let out a mighty sneeze.
As you well know, Magic is nothing to sneeze at, and Bo’s sneeze was so mighty and so ill timed that it caught Pixie by surprise and before she could bark, she was blown right through the Magic and out of this world. Bo could see through the magic now, and he spied a unicorn looking back, quite surprised, before something grabbed Pixie and carried her away.
This upset Bo, for Pixie was his friend. He decided to wake the humans, for humans in their way are much smarter than dogs, and it was possible that Logan and Xavier would know what to do when dogs get stolen by magical creatures from the land under the bed.
Bo went to Xavier, who was his human, and tried to wake him. Bo intended to say ‘Woof’, but to Bo’s surprise, what he said instead was ‘Xavier, wake up!’ Xavier of course, was quite startled by this and woke up immediately. He blinked in the darkness, and said ‘I thought I heard someone tell me to wake up.’
‘Bark’, was what Bo intended to say, but instead, what came out was ‘yes, it was me!’
Xavier turned on the light and looked at Bo, very confused. ‘Bo,’ he said. ‘Dogs don’t talk’.