Jack had saddled his horse to ride away but to his wife before he went,
He said, “watch out for snakes today for their presence is a common event,
Don’t let the kids go down to the creek, for snakes lie where the water flows,
Young Jimmy’s inclined to wander away and he knows not the danger they pose.”
“Leave it an hour or two after I’ve gone and then let old Blue off the chain,
He’ll know not to follow me out by then and stay here till I’m home again,”
He then kissed his wife and bid her goodbye, before he headed away to the west,
He said, “I’m sure that I’ll be back home again before the sun sinks over the crest.”
When the sun came up over the distant range it was an orange ball of fire,
And Mary knew as the day wore on with the temperature rising higher
That she’d have to bring the children inside, out of the heat of the day,
For she was always inclined to worry a lot when her husband was away.
When time was right she let Blue off the chain and called to her children three,
She said,” come on kids, you can come inside and keep me company,
Your Dad will be home again this afternoon and it’s to hot to play outside,”
The two elder children were quite content but young Jimmy suddenly cried.
“I don’t want to come inside,” he said, “ I want to play out in the scrub,”
But his mother was firm and took him in and said, “ why your still only a bub,”
So she gave them some toys with which to play and carried on with her work,
But after lunch when she found Jimmy was gone she nearly went beserk.
First of all she yelled out his name but he failed to answer her call,
Then around the house in her frantic haste with a fear she was unable to stall,
She screamed out to her other two kids to come and help her look for Jim
And she cursed herself for a careless fool for not keeping an eye on him.
Then she suddenly realized that Blue was gone and it gave her a sudden hope,
That if the dog was watching over young Jim then he might be able to cope,
Then mum and the kids ran down to the creek yelling and calling his name
But only an eerie silence remained and she had to shoulder the blame.
Through the scrub and bushes they searched, where could Jimmy have gone,
Her brain and heart were beating so fast as she frantically hurried on,
Then through the pregnant silence she heard, her husband’s horse’s whinny clear,
Happy now that her husband was home but in her heart was a terrible fear.
The three of them ran anxiously home and fell exhausted into his arms,
Sobbing out their traumatic news, hoping Jimmy had come to no harm,
Jack said, “ we must keep a level head, it mightn’t be as bad as we think,
The fact that Blue has gone as well, perhaps they’ve gone to the creek for a drink.”
Jack climbed back on his weary horse and silently prayed to God he’d find
His little boy Jim and the old blue dog, their safety utmost on his mind,
About a half a mile through the dingo scrub he came on some open land
And the sight that greeted him beneath a tree was at first hard to understand.
The little boy sat on the dusty earth with old blue’s head in his arms
Crying as if his heart would break and on his face a sad look of alarm,
Jack didn’t know then about the snake that had risen at Jimmy to bite
Or about the fact that Blue had rushed in ever ready and willing to fight.
The little boy rose to meet his dad but his poor heart was filled with pain,
For the old blue dog was lying quite still, never would he rise again,
For there in the dust was a tangled mess that once was a six foot brown,
The dog had saved the little boys life while sacrificing that of his own.
It was with a mixture of sorrow and joy that he took Jimmy home to his wife,
God answered their prayers through the old blue dog and kept Jim free from strife,
And later that evening he fetched old Blue and buried him there in a sheltered grave,
And the sign that he painted on the cross above
“Thanks Blue for the life you saved.”