Well, another two weeks has flown by and it is time I sat down and brought you up to date on what’s happening in my world. But I’ve got to tell you, it ain’t much. At least, not from a “let’s go explore someplace new” standpoint. Part of that is because Bob has been busier lately. The lawn finally took hold and with all the rain we had, is growing like a weed. Partially because several spots are. But hey, they’re green.
I still get to go on rides if the weather isn’t too hot or if Bob doesn’t have to leave me in the car. Tuesday, we took Western, a rabbit to the vet for some surgery and then took him home late that afternoon. Bob has answered several requests for drivers to and from the vet, but I don’t go on all of them. If he is transporting dogs, I usually stay home because he doesn’t know how they are going to act. Cats and rabbits, being in kennels, are not a problem, so I tag along.
This Saturday, Bob is going to be participating in another free Vaccination Clinic. They are going to try and get shots for the pets of another 40 families and Bob will use the van to transport the tents and tables, dog and cat food, and fresh water. The pet food is free to anyone needing some and usually they also have collars and leashes to give out. It keeps him busy and he says he likes to do it.
We did have a little excitement around here this week and Sophie and I were smack in the middle of it. One evening Bob was walking me when we passed our neighbors house where their dog Luna lives. She was a rescue from Puerto Rico after the vicious storms they had a while back. Luna likes to bark and wasn’t very socialized when she arrived. When her dad Ed would walk her she would yank on her leash, growling and looking like she wanted to attack everyone and everything. But I noticed that she just looked a little scared. Ed finally had an electric fence installed, so Luna now has the run of her yard and is relegated to barking from a distance. Funny thing is, she doesn’t bark at me. So, this night, I decided to go visit. Bob didn’t agree, so I pitched a fit (it’s a Pekinese thing) until I managed to back out of my collar. I ran up into her yard and after going nose to nose for a second, the two of us started running around the yard. Luna was fine. Only once did she growl and that was when Ed’s wife took her by the collar and attempted to restrain her so she wouldn’t hurt me. Bob told her it was OK to let her go. We seemed to be getting along. His only worry was that it was getting dark and he was afraid I might decide to run into the woods, so he chased me down and picked me up. It seems that when Luna is left to her own devices, interfacing at her discretion, everything is cool. So, now I have another new friend.
Sophie was another story. A couple of nights later, Sophie was languishing on her lead in the back yard. She loves it out there and Bob lets her stay out after dark since he has a floodlight on the yard. However, all good things must end, and boy, did they. Sophie just turned 13 and is pretty laid back. Not much excites her. But this time, when Bob took her lead off, instead of sauntering toward the door, she instead walked toward the woods. At first, Bob wasn’t concerned because he would just get a leash and bring her back to the house. Sophie on the other hand, obviously enjoying her new found freedom, decided to take herself for a walk, or more correctly, a trot. Neither one of us thought she had it in her, but she did. Not terribly fast, but faster then Bob. He ran and got a leash and a flashlight and started walking the sub division hoping to spot her. She is going deaf, so it would do no good to call her. After about 20 minutes, he walked back toward the house and there she was, strolling down the street. By this time she had slowed to a stroll, and even when she saw Bob, kept right on strolling. Finally he caught up with her and brought her home. I don’t know is he was angry at her or happy to have seen that little spark that he didn’t know still exists. Anyway, it ended well and I suspect Sophie had happy dreams, knowing that she’s still got a lot of her old self in there. And we both agreed that Bob needs the exercise anyway. Can’t let him get complacent.
Well, I guess that’s about it for this time. This is your old pal Kramer signing off and reminding you to keep a smile on your face and a treat in your pocket. And to my homeless friends, your day is coming. Keep the faith.