As he was brooding over his misfortunes and feeling very gloomy, he saw out of the corner of his eye a flash of orange shoot out of the next-door-neighbor's backdoor. As he turned to look and see what it was, he realized that it was headed straight for where he was sitting! Without thinking about what he was doing, he started running away from the orange thing. As he ran he looked back over his shoulder to see what the orange thing actually was. As you can well imagine, he was throughly surprised to discover that the neighbor's cat, Elegant, who was, and it won't surprise you to learn this, a very dainty and dignified cat. But as he continued to look back he also discovered that the cat was running away from a very large parrot, whom he had never met.
It was unfortunate that Turner was not looking where he was going, for in his (and the cat and parrot's) path there was a tree.
"Look out!" called the parrot. Screech! Turner and Elegant halted suddenly in front of the tree barely missing it. Whoosh! The parrot swerved around it.
"Phew! That was some chase! Are you guys all right?" Panted the parrot, returning to the place where the others were sitting and feeling rather dazed in front of the tree.
"I am fine, but what I would like to know what you were doing chasing me," Turner said, addressing Elegant.
"I was trying to run away from Blue And Yellow Make Green because he was trying to get me to play with him, which I guess he succeeded in doing," responded Elegant, looking reproachfully at the parrot.
"Is your name really 'Blue And Yellow Make Green'?" Turner questioned, looking curiously at the large bird.
"Yes, it is," the parrot replied rather proudly,"And isn't it quite a name? My mother was incredibly creative with names. My brother's name is Yellow And Red Make Orange, and my sister's name is Red And Blue Make Purple."
"Those are very interesting names," Turner acknowledged.
Blue And Yellow Make Green reached down and picked up a stick in his claw, saying enthusiastically,
"C'mon! Let's go explore this forest, and I'll be the leader with a stick so you can see me."
"Explore the forest?" Turner questioned, looking around. "Why, we are in the forest and I hadn't noticed! Of course I will come, even though its not with the other Golden Retrievers." Turner said excitedly.
"I'll come to," Elegant said starting to follow, "Although I doubt you'll need a stick for us to see you Blue And Yellow Make Green, because you are so colorful!"
So they started on their exploration of the forest, talking as they went about their families. Turner found that Blue And Yellow Make Green belonged to another family who knew Elegant's owners
"If you are the Greene family's pet, why were you at Elegant's house?" Turner asked Blue And Yellow Make Green.
"Because they went on a trip and Shelby, Elegant's owner is taking care of me while the Greene's are gone," replied Blue And Yellow Make Green.
"While we are on the subject of families, I propose that we go back home because I am sure that our families are worrying about us now, if they haven't started to worry already," said Elegant turning around on the path and heading back the way they had come while the other two followed.
After a while of walking (and flying and hopping), Blue And Yellow Make Green queried,
"Where are we?"
"I'm sure I don't know, do you Elegant?" Turner asked.
"No, I do not know where in this forest we are," Elegant stated.
It was such a simple question, yet no one knew where they were, and it soon became apparent that they were lost!
"What shall we do?" Turner asked, panic showing in his voice.
"I'm not exactly sure what we should do, but I think we should probably just stay where we are and see if anyone will come find us," stated the parrot sensibly, perching on a tree branch and making himself comfortable.
About ten minutes passed and they were still sitting in the forest when then the animals heard a noise.
"What was that?" Turner wondered aloud, getting up and sniffing the air suspiciously.
"It was me, and I would like to know why you are sitting in front of my house," said a voice from behind them. All three of them turned around and were surprised to see a raccoon who was a little bigger than Elegant.
"Oh, excuse us for sitting in front of your house. We didn't know that we were sitting in front of a house," said Elegant quickly getting up and moving.
"It's quite alright if you sit there. I'm sorry to bother you, I didn't realize that you were strangers and not that pesky fox Trouble. My name is Goggle. Do you need something or are you just sitting?"
"My name is Blue And Yellow Make Green, the dog's name is Turner and the cat's name is Elegant. The reason we are sitting here, or perching here, is because we are lost and do not know which way is home."
"I think I have seen you and your house before," observed Goggle, addressing Turner,
"Have you? Do you think you could take us there? I'm sure that Daniel is definitely worried about me now, seeing that the sun is almost finished setting," Turner said excitedly.
"Of course I can lead you there! Let's go!" Goggle replied.
So the four animals started off with the raccoon leading them in the right direction. They had not gone far when they heard a voice calling, saying,
"Turner! Turner! Where are you?"
"It's Daniel!" Turner exclaimed dashing ahead toward Daniel.
"Turner! There you are! I was looking all over for you!" Daniel exclaimed when he saw Turner rush out to him from the trees and give him a big sloppy dog kiss.
Turner then turned back to where the others were and said to the raccoon,
"Thank you for helping us get to the right path Goggle!"
"You're very welcome! Goodbye! Maybe I'll see you another time!"
"Goodbye! Maybe we will meet again!" Elegant and Blue And Yellow Make Green called after Goggle, coming out of the trees.
"Hello Elegant, I didn't know you were out here as well!" Daniel said looking very surprised to see her. "Well, come on, I'll take you home, I'm sure Shelby will be glad to see you."
So the three animals followed Daniel along the path back toward their homes.