Flits de Herder en Bull de Dog, 1943
The Fellow Players
This is Flash, the German shepherd,
And next to him: Bull, the dog!
The rooster, the bear, slim little Kees.
And what happens with them you will read
Here in this very same little book.
A little book that will tell you
About all these animals,
Because there is a lot going on with them
As you’ll understand — just listen.
In battle dress
At any rate, it turned into a fight
Of almost all of them, against one…
Pa Flash was able to hold his own for a while,
But in the end he was all alone.
And that was not because he was not strong.
But when he fought with all of them,
He did not notice that
The rats ate his family out of house and home.
It was simple famine.
Shortages and poverty ruled the day.
While others were rejoicing
And had a great time dancing together.
And Bull laughed — quite satisfied.
For mother Flash died, and, oh my,
Father Flash also died.
Only little Flash was left.
Little Flash grows up
There they go, wow, and fast too!
In all directions, all over the place.
And little Flash wags his little tail…
He comes from a good bloodline!
That’s how that rascal grew tough and firm,
Soon he was a sturdy German shepherd.
Which really annoyed Bull,
Because he did not like it.
Flash frees himself
That might have had a sad ending.
But… that was once, and never again!
He kept his eyes wide open
His father’s death had taught him something!
Because Flash understands:
Bull, who wants the garden for himself, must be tied down…
So he pulls himself loose, and with his teeth
He bites through the fence.