Boat Hound. - [Fearsome Critter 1922]
• About this critter: An amphibious creature with a long body, resembling a boat with a toothy grin like a gator, four small ears that face forwards and back to help it hear in both directions, it has frog-like feet to help it swim! Nocturnal, it lives at the bottom of lakes. it comes out at night to eat untied boats & rafts that careless tenderfoot forget to tie up, consuming the boats greedily in a single bite. – Truly, you are what you eat! –
• History: Yet another silly Yarn included in 1922's "Yarns of the Big Woods" by Art Childs. It's a very simple short story about a Scout who forgot to tie up a boat after fishing. so the guide invents a 'Boogey man-esc" critter on the spot to remind the scout not to forget to tie up the boat next time or else it will go missing. – Simply put, If there's a monster that eats boats, you certainly won't forget to tie it up!! – its not very deep, but the story stands as a good example of how similar aquatic folkloric monsters might’ve come to be.
[Source newpapers.com: yarns of the big woods Sept 16th 1922]
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