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JakethePhilharmonicDog

Ruff,Ruff!Ruff,Ruff!Ruff!

Richiethoughtthesmallblackdogsoundedlikehewassinging.Onelookatthelittlefellowswishinghistailback
andforthwasenoughforRichietoknowthiswastheperfectdogforhim.Jakesmusicalbarkingandrhythmictail
wagginremindedhimofsomethingelsehelove:hisjobasprincipalstagehandforthePhilharmonicOrchestra.

JakeandRichiedidalotofthingstogether.JakelovedgoingtotheparkwithRichietoplayfetch!

Tweet!Tweet!Asbirdschirpedinanesthighabove,Jakethrewhisheadbackandanswered.

Woof!Woof!Woof!

JakeRichiealsolovedlongcarrides.

Honk!
Ruff!
Honk!
Ruff

Jakeansweredeachhonkingcar.Histailmovedbackandforth,backandforth,likewindshieldwipers.

ButtherewasonesoundthatJakedidntlike:THUNDER.Thefirsttimetheskygrewblackandlightningflashed
acrossit,followedbyaBOOM,Jakesearsflattened.Hewentaroundandaroundincircles,histailbetweenhis
legs.

Hey,pal!Doyouwanttoplayfetch?Richiethrewarolledupnewspaper,butJakedidntnotice.

Jake!Wantabiscuit,boy?Richierattledtheboxofspecialtreats,butJakejustwhimpered.

Richiedidntknowwhattodo.Musicusuallyhelpedhimthink,soheturnedontheCDplayer.Thesoundofviolins
streamedthroughtheair.Suddenly,Jakecockedhisheadandstartedthumpinghistail,backandforth,backand
forth.

Thereyougo.Thatsbetter,isntit?saidRichie,gentlyscratchingJakebehindhisears.Whoknewyouliked
musicsomuch?Youknowwhat?Imgoingtotakeyoutoworkwithmetomorrow!Andtheyshookonithandand
paw.

Thenextday,RichieandJakedrovetothegrandconcerthall.Jakeliftedhisearsasheenteredthebackstage
area.Somanynewsounds!Somanynewscents!Hiseyesswiveledasaseaoflegsweavedaroundhim.Jake
lookedproudlyatRichieashesetupchairsandmusicstandsonthestage,puttingsheetsofmusiconeachone.

Themusicianstookthestageandtheyallfoundtheirseats.Suddenly,someonewaskneelingbyJake,givinghim
theneckrubofhislife!Jake,thisisGlenn,saidRichie.Hestheconcertmaster.Helruntherehearsaluntilthe
conductorarrives.

Tweet!Tweet!
Thenbirdsongseemedtofilltheair.Jakethrewbackhishead.
Woof!Woof!Woof!

Butjustasquicklyasithadbegun,thebirdmelodystopped.TheonlysoundnowwasRichieslaughter.

Jake!Richiesaid.Therearentanybirdshere,boy.ThatstheFLUTEplayerswarmingup.Theyrepartofthe
WOODWINDsectionoftheorchestra!

Allatonce,Jakeheardtheloudestnoise.

Honk!
Ruff!
Honk!
Ruff!

Themusiciansalllookeddown.Jake!Richiepattedhimonthehead.Thatsnotacarhorn.ThatsaFRENCH
HORNSee?TheBRASSINSTRUMENTSarewarmingupnow!

Richieknewwhatwascomingnextbutbeforehecouldsayaword,aDRUMROLLstarted,quietatfirst,then
swellinglouderandlouder,followedbyCRASH!BOOM!

Arrrhmmmm!Arrrhmmmm!Jakewhimpered.EveryoneintheorchestrafrozeandwatchedwideeyedasJake
turnedquickcirclesoffstage,histailbetweenhislegs.

Jake!Jake!Itsnotthunder,boy!Itsnot!ItsjustthePERCUSSIONsection!Richiecalledout,butJakedidntstop
runningincircles.

Glennquick!Havethestringsectionplaysomething.Anything!Glennsignaledtothemusicians,andthestrings
begantoplay.Assoonasheheardthesoothingsoundofviolins,Jakesatupstraightandlistened.Histailnow
waggedbackandforth,backandforth.Goodboy,Jake!Thestringsectionisyourfavorite,isntit,pal?Richie
said,scratchingJakebehindtheears.

AsGlennsteppedtothepodium,Richiesaid,Listentohowalltheseinstrumentssoundtogetherwhentheyplay
intheorchestra!JakecockedhisheadasGlennbegantowavehisarmsattheorchestra.Whywashetryingto
shoothemaway?Jakewondered.Butthen,themostwonderfulsoundfilledtheairasthewholeorchestraplayed
together.Evenjakeknewtokeepquiet.RichieputacushioninthewingssoJakecouldhavehisownspecial
placetositwhilethemusiciansplayed.Astherehearsalwasgoingwell,Richiesaid,Comeon,buddy,letsgofor
awalkintheparkbeforetheconcert.

Bythetimethereturnedtothehall,Jakewaskindofsleepy.Illbebackinaminute,boy.Ijustneedtotakecareof
afewthings,Richiesaid.Jakewanderedlazilyacrosstheemptystage,waitingforRichie,sniffingachairhere,a
musicstandthere.Whenhereachedthepodium,Jakesawsomethingthatperkedhimupabit.Astick!Jaketook
itandwanderedoffthestagetofindRichiesotheycouldplayfetch.ButtherewasJakesplumpnewcushion,and
hecouldntresistit.Heyawned.Thestickfellfromhismouthandrolledbehindthecushion.ThenJakecurledup
andtookanap.

ThesoundoftheorchestrawarmingupwokeJakeashorttimelater.Ashestretched,someonehedneverseen
beforewalkedontothestage.Theaudienceclapped,andthemusicianspickeduptheirinstruments.Theman
wenttothepodiumandbowedtotheaudience.Everyonewasquiet.

Butthenthemanbegantosearchthepodium,lookingforsomething.

Oh,no!SaidRichie.Thebaton!IknowIputitoutbeforewewenttothepark.Whatshappenedtoit?

Jakewatchedaseveryonebegantofidgettheorchestraandtheaudience.Hetooktheoppurtunitytomeetthe
personandtrytostartagameoffetch.Jakenosedbehindthecushion,gothisstickandtrottedoutontothestage
beforeRichierealizedwhatwashappening.

Bravo!Bravo!TheaudienceburstintowildapplauseuponseeingJakewiththebatoninhismouth.

Theconductorraisedaneyebrowathissurpriseguest.Thenheturnedbowedtothelittledog,andtookthebaton
fromhismouth.Theaudiencerosetotheirfeetandcheered!Jakewassohappythathistailbegantowag,back
andforth,backandforth.Theconductorwatched,thenraisedthebatonandfollowedJakesbeat.Heturnedtothe
orchestratostartthemusic.Theaudiencequicklytooktheirseats.Jakescurriedofftothewingstotakehis.And
Jakesfirstofficialconcertbegan.

Fromthenon,JakecametoworkwithRichieeveryday.Afterall,theprincipalstagepawhadtobringtheconductor
hisbatonatthestartofeachperformance.

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