This story happens at the beach. I can
see a crab. What other animal can you
see?... A dog, yes. Actually, I know
this dog. His name is Davey D. He’s a
very nice dog, although sometimes he’s a
bit silly. Do you know anyone who’s
sometimes a bit silly? Actually, I also
know the crab. His name is Jimmy C. He’s
a very nice crab, although he’s always
very busy. Do you know anyone who’s
always very busy?
“Hey, Jimmy. Why do you walk sideways?”
The dog asked the crab.
“Davey D. Why do you walk forwards?”
responded the crab.
“Walk?!” cries the dog, surprised and
laughing. “I never walk. I always run. I
can run as fast as the wind and that is
“Do you want a race then?,” asked Jimmy
C the crab.
“Hah! I enjoy a challenge,” says Davey D
the dog, trying not to laugh too much.
Who do you think will win the race, the
crab or the dog?
“Ready, steady, go!” shouts the crab.
Davey D is running very fast and now he
is already halfway to the finish. Jimmy
C is doing quite well considering he
runs sideways. He does have eight legs
which really helps. Suddenly Davey D the
dog smells something really interesting.
He stops and runs up the beach and finds
the spot where the smell is coming from.
Davey D starts digging. Eventually he
finds a bone. He is very happy about
this and sits down for a chew.
“Crikey,” barks Davey D, “the race!”
Davey D runs toward the finish. He runs
as fast as the wind but just as he
arrives, Jimmy C the crab crosses the
“You beat me,” pants the dog,
“Thank you, Davey D,” says the crab. “Do
you fancy a swim in the sea to freshen
The dog and the crab run into the sea
and have a splendid time. In the water,
Jimmy really is faster than Davey.
Privately the dog realises he has
underestimated his friend the crab. This
means he didn’t think properly about
what his friend can do. After half an
hour they come out of the sea and rest.
“I’m tired,” yawns Jimmy C.
“Me too,” yawns Davey D, his eyes
feeling heavy. They both had that nice
sleepy feeling after all that exercise
and bathing. The crab buries himself in
“Listen, I’m sorry I laughed at you
before,” says Davey D.
“That’s alright,” says the crab.
“Can we have another race tomorrow?”
asks the dog.
“Sure,” says Jimmy C, “but this time in
The dog knows he will probably lose a
race in the sea because Jimmy C is a
very fast swimmer but Davey D loves
sport and agrees with the race in the
sea. He also realise that in the sea the
crab can get distracted by something and
so the dog has a real chance to win.
Davey D isn’t so silly anymore. The crab
is now sleeping and the dog feels the
orange sun on his closed eyes and hears
the soothing sound of the sea.
“The sound of the sea is all we need to
send us off to sleep. Very soon Davey D
is also sleeping. The sound of the sea
is all they need to send them off to
sleep. Sweet dreams, my friends. The
sound of the sea is all we need to send
us off to sleep.