Chapter 7: The Log Puller
Later that day, Aunt Jessie carried Belle to the Pokemon pet shop, as she stared at a Chatot.
"Good afternoon, ma'am," The pet shop owner said. "What can I do for you?"
"I want a muzzle, a good, strong muzzle," Aunt Jessie said, as she placed Belle on the counter, holding her.
"Yes, ma'am, here's our latest combination leash and muzzle," the pet shop owner said. "Now, we'll just slip it on like this."
Belle began to struggle when the muzzle is on her. She continued to struggle to break free, as Aunt Jessie and the pet shop owner tried to hold her
still. She knocked a few things down, as she got out of Aunt Jessie's hands. She jumped off the counter and scrambled around Aunt Jessie, when she
tripped over the leash. She ran outside and away from the pet shop.
Belle is very frightened, as she ran out into the street, avoiding cars, bikes, and Rapidash. She ran into an alley, and knocked down a pile of
trashcans. The female Pikachu struggled to get out and ran, dragging some tin cans that are caught on her leash. Suddenly, she is being chased
by Arcanine, Houndoom, and Mightyena. They chased her throught the alley and to the train station.
Meanwhile, Rock was drinking some water when he saw Belle run by.
"Pidgeon?" He said in surprise, before he noticed Arcanine, Houndoom, and Mightyena chasing after her.
Without hesitation, Rock ran after to save her, but stopped and ran the other way, taking a shortcut.
Belle kept running, until she trapped. So, she hid behind a barrel and nervously peeked out, as Arcanine, Houndoom, and Mightyena chased after
Suddenly, Rock jumped over the fence and glared at the three doglike Pokemon, making them stop. They growled at him, preparing to strike. Belle
watched in concern, unitil the fight began and she hid back behind the barrel and watched as Rock fought the Pokemon. Rock bit Arcanine and
slammed Mightyena down hard with Iron Tail. She watched as Rock grabbed Mightyena by tail and threw him.
Mightyena got slammed against the barrel and ran off, frightened. Belle watched as Rock continued fighing Arcanine and Houndoom, as a few barrels
were knocked over. The fight was finished, as Arcanine and Houndoom ran off. Rock angrily glared at them with his teeth bared, before he calmed
down and turned to Belle.
"Hey, Pidge, what are you doing on this side of the tracks?" Rock asked her in concern. Belle came out, as he added, "I thought you..." Then he
noticed a muzzle on her face and knew in an instant what had happened. "Aww, you poor kid. We've gotta get this off. Hmmm... I think I know the
very place, come on."
Rock then lead her away from the alley and to the only place that would get her muzzle on her face off of her.
Later on, they stopped on the side of the street where a policeman was pacing in front of the place that Rock and Belle were going.
"Well, here we are," Rock said.
"The zoo?" Belle said.
"Sure," Rock nodded, before he saw Belle going toward the entrance. "No, this way. Follow me."
Belle followed Rock to the bushes and watch the policeman humming and walking around.
"Oh." Belle said.
"What's the matter, Pidge?" asked Rock.
"We can't go in there," Belle said.
"Why not?" asked Rock.
"Well, the sign says..." Belle said, as she noticed a sign saying, 'No pet Pokemon allowed.'
"Yes, well, that is the angle," Rock explained to her.
"Angle?" asked Belle.
"Look, we'll just wait for..." Rock began, before he noticed a man walking out of the zoo, reading a book. "Uh-oh, here we are now. Just lay
Rock came out of the bushes and Belle stayed put. He snuck behind the policeman and whistled. The policeman turned around to see where that
came from, until he saw Rock scurry past him, squeaking, and towards the man.
"Hey, you!" The policeman yelled.
The man closed the book and turned around, as he said, "Oh, I beg your pardon. Were adressing me?"
"What's the matter, can't you read?" as the policeman, pointing at the sign.
"Of course, in several languages," the man said.
"Oh, a wise guy, eh?" The policeman said, as Rock glared at him. "All right, what's this creature doing here?"
Rock bared his teeth and squeak angrily.
"He's not my Pikachu," the man said, as Rock jumped into his arms and licked his cheek.
"Oh, he's not, eh?" The policeman said.
"Certainly not, officer!"
"I suppose you'll be telling me it was the Pikachu that was whistling, eh?" The policeman said, as the man grabbed the book from Rock.
"I don't know, alright!"
"Oh, I'm a liar, eh?" The policeman said, grabbing the man by the collar of his shirt.
The fight began, as Rock the policeman on the behind, making him scream in pain. The argument continues as all the Pokemon and exotic
animals watch curiosly from their enclosures. That was Rock's plan; have the two men argue with each other so he and Belle could take
the opening to get in.
"C'mon, Pidge," Rock said, as he and Belle went in. "The place is ours." They walked around the zoo, trying to the perfect animal or
Pokemon to get rid of Belle's muzzle. "We better go through this place from A to Z," Rock said, as he and Belle saw a sign. "Apes?"
He and Belle glanced in and saw a few Mankeys and Primapes and Rock shook his head and said, "No, no point in asking theml they
wouldn't be understanding."
"They wouldn't?" asked Belle.
"Nope, too closely related to humans. Well, not exactly, but you get the idea," Rock explained, until he saw a Feraligatr. "Say, there's
an idea. Say Al, do you suppose you can be nipping this contraption off for us?"
"Glad to oblige," the Feraligatr replied, as he opened his mouth wide and Belle curiously glanced in at his teeth and Rock noticed what
was about to happen.
"Whoa, WHOA, WHOA!" Rock yelled, before he grabbed Belle and quickly backed away, just as the Feraligatr snapped his jaws. They saw
the hyenas Giggles(from New Adventures of Batman), Bud and Lou(from Batman the Animated Series) laughing their heads off at what
happened, before he and Belle walked off. "If anyone's needing a muzzle, it's them," Rock said.
"Timber!" Someone shouted.
"Pidgeon, look out!" Rock yelled, as he and Belle scurried away, just as a tree slammed down on the ground. "What hare-brained idiot would... hey, look, a
Bibarel!" They saw a Biberal, who was chewing a log. "Here's the answer to our problem," Rock said.
"Let me see.." Bibarel said, as he measured the log. "6 foot 6 and 17 inches."
"Pardon me, friend," Rock said, as Biberal began chewing the log. "I was wondering if you could use a little..."
"Busy, sonny, busy," Bibarel said, as he began trying to push the log. "Can't stop to gossip now. Got to slide this sycamore to the swamp."
"This will only be taking a second of your time," Rock said.
"Only a second?" Bibarel said. "Listen, sonny, do you realize every second 70 centimeters of water is wasted over that spillway?"
Bibarel pointed at the pond and Rock said, "Well, yes, but..."
Biberal struggled to push the log as he said, "Got to get this log moving, sonny. Got to get this moving... it's not the time.. it's the dog-gone
Rock smiled, getting an idea, as he stared at Belle's muzzle and then at the log, and said, "The hauling, exactly. Now what you need is..."
"Better bisect this section here," Bibarel said.
"What you need is a log puller," Rock said, but Bibarel ignored him, as he chewed on the log. "I SAID A LOG PULLER!" Rock yelled, as Bibarel covered
"I ain't deaf, sonny," Bibarel said, "there's no need to... did you say log puller?"
Rock nodded and said, "And, by a lucky coincidence, you are seeing before you, modeled by the lovely little lady, the new and improved, patented,
handy-dandy, never-fail, giant puller. The busy Bibarel's friend."
"You don't say?" Bibarel said.
"Guaranteed not to wear, tear, rip, or unravel," Rock said, like an expert salesman, as Bibarel looked closely at Belle's muzzle. "Turn around, sister,
and show the customer the merchandise and it cuts log-hauling time 66%!"
"66%, eh?" asked Biberal. "I've figured that. Well, how does it work?"
"Why, it's no work at all," Rock said. "You simply slip this ring over the limb like this," he placed the ring leash on the limb, "And haul it off."
"Say, you mind if I slip it on for size?" asked Bibarel.
"Help yourself, friend, help yourself," Rock said.
"Okay, don't mind if I do," Bibarel said, as he began to try to pull the muzzle off, but couldn't. "How do you get this dadgum thing off, sonny?"
"Glad you brought that up, friend," Rock said. "To remove it, just place the strap between your teeth."
"Like this?" Bibarel said, placing the strap close to his teeth.
"Correct, friend. Now, bite, hard!" Rock said and Bibarel bit the strap off of Belle. "You see?"
"It's off!" Belle said, happily.
"Say, that is simple," Bibarel said, holding the muzzle.
"Well, friend, we'll be on our way, so..." Rock said.
Bibarel stopped him and said, "Not so fast, sonny. I'll have to make certain it's satisfactory before we settle the price."
"Oh, no, it's all yours," Rock said. "You can keep it."
"Uh, I can, huh? I can?" Bibarel said.
Belle nodded and said, playing along with Rock, "It's a free sample."
Rock smiled at her.
"Well, thanks a lot," Bibarel said. "Thanks ever so..." Suddenly the ring of the muzzle pulled the log and it rolled down the hill, taking Bibarel
with it. Bibarel held on tight, as the log landed in the water. Rock and Belle watched, as the log floated towards the place where the leak was
and covered it up. Biberal surfaced and, noticed that the leak had stopped, and said, "Say, it works swell!"