A mongoose battles two devious and deadly Cobras, that are bent on destroying a human family that had saved him from drowning.
One of the all time great children's stories, Rikki Tikki Tavi tells of an Indian mongoose rescued by a British family. He overhears two Cobras planning to make the walled family garden safe for their hatchlings —by killing his benefactors! Rikki, in justice & loyalty to the family, determines to defeat the deadly cobras. For a children's story, the war of wits & agility that ensues is remarkable and compelling.
Gyp never barked, but years later saw his brother Sweep at a sheepdog trial and woofed –once.
The British shepherd liked the silent Gyp as a puppy, even though he was not good at herding. "Sweep", Gyp's best playmate showed more promise but was sold (why?). Years later, Gyp's owner went to a sheep dog trial that Sweep won. Gyp recognized Sweep with one loud "Woof", and they played again as puppies. Ever after, Gyp remained silent. The story is pointlessly sad.