“Frederick! Come back!”
The cat tore around the barn, “I’m free!” Then he saw the dog.
Ralph had now perked up and scrambled down the porch only to be jerked backward by the rope attached to his collar.
“Freddy!” Alice called running after her cat.
By now Ralph was barking and whining but his rope jerked him just beyond the last step. Frederick had stopped two feet from him and stretched a foot closer.
“What are you yapping about, you, you hairy animal?”
“Chase, chase, I gotta chase you (gag).”
“I can slice and dice you in seconds you flea bit mongrel. Hissssss”
“I’ll get you cat,” he barked.
Frederick stretched as much as he dared toward the dog, “Yeah, you and who else?”
“If I wasn’t tied up…”
“And do what? I’ll tell you dog, first I’ll scratch your eyes out, and then I’ll rip off your silly nose. Back off!”
Ralph proceeded to bark many more times, “Let me get my teeth around you cat.”
“That’s Frederick to you, mutt,” he responded arching his back and displaying a full spread of fur standing out in all directions to make himself look even larger.
By this time Alice had caught up with Frederick just in time to see their encounter. Since Ralph was tied, she felt Frederick could handle himself.