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Paddy Starts His New Home
Jerry Muskrat was very much interested when he found that Paddy the Beaver, who, you know, is his cousin, was building a house. Jerry is a house builder himself. His house was down in the Smiling Pool, and Jerry thought it a very wonderful house indeed, and was very proud of it. It was built of mud and sod and little alder and willow twigs and bulrushes. Jerry had spent one winter in it, and he had decided to spend another there after he had fixed it up a little. So, as long as he didn’t have to build a brand new house, he could afford the time to watch his cousin Paddy. Perhaps, he hoped, Paddy would ask his advice.
However, Paddy did nothing of the kind. So Jerry sat on the end of an old log and watched Paddy work. The first thing to build was the foundation. This was of mud and grass with sticks worked into it to hold it together. Paddy dug the mud from the bottom of his new pond. And because the pond was new, there was a great deal of grassy sod there, which was just what Paddy needed. It was very convenient.
Jerry watched a little while and then, because Jerry is a worker himself, he just had to get busy and help. Rather timidly he told his big cousin that he would like to help in building the new house.
“All right,” replied Paddy, “that will be fine. You can bring mud while I am getting the sticks and grass.”
So Jerry, happy to help, dove down to the bottom of the pond and dug up mud and piled it on the foundation. The little stars looked down and twinkled merrily as they watched the two workers. So the foundation grew and grew down under the water. Jerry was very much surprised at the size of it. It was ever and ever so much bigger than the foundation for his own house. You see, he had forgotten how much bigger Paddy is than he.
Each night Jerry and Paddy worked, resting during the daytime. Occasionally Bobby Coon or Reddy Fox or Unc’ Billy Possum or Jimmy Skunk would come to the edge of the pond to see what was going on. Peter Rabbit came every night. They couldn’t see much though because, you know, Paddy and Jerry were working under water.
At last Peter was rewarded for his patience. There, just above the water, was a splendid platform of mud and grass and sticks. A great many sticks were carefully laid as soon as the platform was above the water, for Paddy was very particular about this. You see, it was to be the floor for the splendid room he was planning to build. When it suited him, he began to pile mud in the very middle.
Jerry puzzled and puzzled over this. Where was Paddy’s room going to be, if he piled up the mud that way? He didn’t like to ask questions though, so he kept right on helping. Paddy would dive down to the bottom and then come up with double handfuls of mud, which he held against his chest. He would scramble out onto the platform and waddle over to the pile in the middle, where he would put the mud and pat it down. Then back to the bottom for more mud.
And so the mud pile grew and grew, until it was quite two feet high. “Now,” said Paddy, “I’ll build the walls, and I guess you can’t help me much with those. I’m going to begin them tomorrow night. Perhaps you will like to see me do it, Cousin Jerry.”
“I certainly would,” replied Jerry, still puzzling over that pile of mud in the middle.
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P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series
Video 19 HERE
Tail Trail WITH Paw Prints!
Typically Paddy’s paw prints are wiped out when his tail passes by so this was a rare treat.
Video 20 HERE
Paddy the Beaver has been busy with construction work along the river’s edge.
Collection of all BEAVER videos #1-24 on PINTEREST
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