Ben Nevis Is In Trouble Again
(C) 1998 Elaine Ingalls Hogg
Ben Nevis was
growing up but he still had some mischief in him. What would he do next? He could sit when he was told. He did not chew slippers
and shoes. He did not chew telephone cords and he did not tug the tablecloth off the table. Elaine would take him visiting.
She brushed his fur. She cleaned his paws. When he was all ready, she took him for a car ride to visit a friend named Rilla.
Rilla invited Ben to sit in her livingroom. But this was his first time visiting so Elaine put his lead under a chair
leg so he could not reach the plants and ornaments. Ben listened to Elaine and Rilla talk. After awhile he curled up and went
Ben heard Christmas music and he dreamed about what he would find in his stocking. Rilla and Elaine were busy
putting ornaments on the Christmas tree. All was quiet. Too quiet!
Suddenly, the silence was shattered.
crash! What was that? Elaine looked. She saw a little white dog chasing a yellow cat named Ginger Mittens. The cat was sleeping
under the sofa. When Ginger Mitts woke up from her nap, she was sure she saw a monster. She h-i-s-s-e-d at the white monster.
Her fur stood straight up. Her eyes grew as big as her milk saucer. Ginger Mittens was scared. She did not like monsters.
She ran as fast as her four paws would go. Ginger Mittens went straight for the basement to find a good hiding spot.
chased kitty. But he had a problem. He was still fastened to the leg of the large chair. He pulled the chair behind him. Every
time Ben moved, Christmas ornaments fell on the floor. Books, and plants and lamps fell on the floor. "Ben Nevis," Elaine
said in a loud voice. Ben was in trouble again!