|A snail galloping through Bronte Creek|
One of my friendly colleagues suggested that horses galloped. That to her it was a very horselike move.
|Worf aka Brownie in my book has white socks which make him horselike too|
Do you like that verb? Can you picture this big brown Australian cattle dog moving his legs in unison quickly off the ground like a horse?
Well, then this morning I took my dog to Bronte Creek where they have this great leash free hike and there in the path was a snail, his head all stretched out of his shell and I remembered a book I wrote called The Big Race. The kids in it competed by playing baseball, reading for crocheted bookworm prizes and racing snails. While doing research for this first chapter book, I learned that when snails move slowly, the verb used is creeping. But when snails move quickly, and quick is relative, they gallop.
I used to tell my grade 2 and 3 audiences about this little known fact. Then I would imitate the starting horn at the races and show some ceramic snails "galloping". Ah memories! Wish that book was still in print.
In any case I think it's easier to picture my fictional dog galloping.
|Same colour as my fictional dog, this horse is not galloping though|