So I’m at this really strange place with Dee, my two-legged companion. It’s got all these big white machines. Dee put her and Brian clothes in the machines. Then she fed it a bunch of quarters. Then she put soap in. Then she pushed a button and the machine filled with water and the water got all full of soap bubbles. I could tell because one of the machines had this window on the side where I could see everything.
Let me tell you it was kinda scarey. See I thought maybe it was a dog washing machine. There’s no way I’d get into to one of those machines.
After a while the machines stopped. Then Dee took out all the clothes. They were wet. She put them in another big machine that had a window on the side so I could look in. She fed that machine lots of quarters. Then turned it on. I hope it’s just a clothes drying machine and not a dog drying machine.
Let’s ask her…it sounds like she’s singing something…
Kate: “Well, anyways, I’m standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona;
What a dog-friendly place to be.
We’ll find an eating place–with a patio space,
And a cheeseburger just for me!
“Take it easy, take it easy,
Don’t let the sound of your own howling drive you crazy…”
Brian: “You sang/howled that tune beautifully, Kate, and I’m sure the ‘Eagles’ rock group appreciates your tribute to them. But actually, we’re in Prescott, Arizona…
We won’t be in Winslow until next week.”
Kate: “Oh. Okay. But I still get a cheeseburger today, right?”
They made these picnic tables just for me. I love to hide under things. I used to do that a lot when I was a puppy and could fit under the chairs. Now I like to sit in the shade under the picnic tables when we camp which is like all the time. Of course I’m still on a leash. It’s a long leash. Brian is a messy cook and drops food all the time. So I help him clean up. I mean we don’t want to attract those smelly black and white critters now do we? Once he dropped a piece of chicken. I cleaned that up real fast.
Rose went to heaven. Her back legs didn’t work very good anymore. She couldn’t stand up long enough to pee or poop so Dee or Brian had to hold her up. She didn’t want to eat any more and Rose loves to eat. She once ate an entire chocolate cream pie. Now she doesn’t even want her chicken and potatoes that Dee makes her.
I’m sad but I don’t want her hurting. She told me the day Dee and Brian took her to the vet that she wasn’t scared. She was looking forward to playing with Patches. Patches is already in puppy heaven. She kissed me. She’s a very friendly dog but she doesn’t give kisses. She told me not to worry. And that it was up to me to take care of Brian and Dee now.
Anyways. We said goodbye. I know she’s not coming back from the vet but I was hoping. I was hoping
Kate, a very sad Kate.
I got bit by a rattlesnake when I was young. It was my second summer. It was in the yard. We had a fenced yard but somehow it got in.
Brian was digging in the yard and I tried and tried to get him away from the snake but he wouldn’t listen. So the snake bit me instead of Brian. I saved Brian. I still get treats for that today even though it was a long time ago.
Now there are rattlesnakes in the desert. Most of the time you don’t see them or hear them. There is nothing that sounds like a rattlesnake.
When you’re out with your two-legged companion, keep them on the trail. Don’t go off into the bushes. Don’t put your nose where you can’t see like behind a rock. Snakes like to hide behind rocks when it gets hot because the rocks provide shade.
A couple more things. Rattlesnakes don’t always rattle before they strike. The one in our backyard didn’t rattle. Also rattlesnakes don’t hafta be coiled up to strike. They can strike more than half their length, which means if the snake is four feet long it can bite you up to two feet away. And it’s hard to tell how long a snake is when they’re all coiled up.
Some gopher snakes — I dunno why they call them gopher snakes, I mean do they like gopher pizza, or gopher a walk — look sort like rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes have eyes with slit pupils and gopher snakes have round pupils. Yeah, like I’m gonna look a snake right in the eyes to see if its poisonous. No way.
Always be careful for snakes in the desert.
Rose, the Irish setter
Javelinas are bad news for four-legged companions. They don’t look like much, sorta like pigs. But when they open their mouth they have these big canine teeth. They can’t see very well so they charge first and bite and then think about it later. Mama javelinas are the worst ’cause they think everybody is out to get their babies. Javelinas travel in packs of all females, babies and juvenile males. When the males grow up they go off by themselves.
Don’t think these piggy like animals can’t run fast. They can and do.
We used to go for walks with two Jack Russel terriers. They got chased by javelinas once and got chewed up pretty bad. Terriers are pretty fast but got caught up by the whole pack so there wasn’t any place to run.
Skunks stink. And they live in the desert. We had one at Roosevelt lake that used to come by every early evening. I would bark and he would skitter off. Or maybe he was just going that way anyway. Dee told me that tomato juice makes the stink go away but who wants a tomato juice bath? Not me.
Then we have the assorted rats and mice. The pack rats are the problem because they like to get up in the car engine and make a nest. That wouldn’t be so bad. I mean the nest is messy but the problem is that the pack rats chew up the wires and hoses. That is bad. And expensive.
Kate, The Cute One
There’s all sorts of stuff in the desert that can either sting, stick or bite you. And us four-legged companions hafta be careful. Don’t just go running around all over the place — Kate does that she sees a bird or a shadow and she’s off.
Now Brian and Dee keep us on leashes while we’re out camping, but sometimes Kate manages to get loose. Anyways here’s more stuff you hafta be careful with.
Stickery stuff like cactus: Some of the cactus have big broad needles like saguaro or barrel cactus. You hafta really work at getting one of those stickers in your paw.
Other cactus like cholla are nasty, nasty, nasty. See they have fine stickers or needles they almost look fluffy. But those needles get loose from the cactus really easy and they’re really hard to get out of your paws or anywhere else. If you try to bite the needle out of your paw you get it in your mouth. And let’s not even talk about getting the stickers in your nose. Stay away from cholla cactus.
Prickley Pear cactus hae two kinds of needles. Really tiny ones and then bigger ones. Both hurt. Prickly pears have pretty flowers in the spring and red fruit in the summer. Dee tries to pick the fruit but can’t get all the stickers off. You don’t want to eat stickers.
If you’re going to hike in the desert make sure your two-legged companion takes along a first aid kit that has pliers and a fine toothed comb. The comb gets the stickers out.
Rose, the Irish setter
HI, This is Rose the Irish setter. Anyways. Today is my 16th St. Patrick’s Day. Yup 16th. We’re camping by a beautiful lake and enjoying the sunshine. If you want you could read about St. Patrick’s Day and other stuff in the book me and Kate wrote. You can get it as a Kindle book or paperback at Amazon. Rose and Kate Unleashed.
Rose the Irish setter
Three O’clock is a long time from breakfast and a long time from dinner, so we get a snack. We used to get those snacks you buy in the store, but have you ever read the labels? Some of what they make them from is kinda yucky. Anyways, I don’t remember how it happened but one day Brian gave us a stalk of celery. It was yummy, all crunchy and juicy. Then because me and Rose liked it so much, Brian tried some kale, that was good too. The cucumbers were okay and Rose really like the carrots. Me, I like sweet peppers. We don’t like spinach, there’s no crunch and it sticks to our teeth.
Celery is the best and what we get most of the time.
Kate, who likes vegetables
I dunno. Why is everybody going around saying they want to stop this and start that? Makes no sense. I mean Brian, my two legged companion tells me I have to learn to stop barking when somebody goes by the house. Does that make any sense? At All? No. So why should it be a New Year’s Resaloootion?
And I smell just fine. So why do I need to take more baths? Okay I get it that my nails have to be clipped because when they get too long it’s hard to make the blog with the tappity thing.
If those two companions want to make resaloootions they should resaloot to take me and Kate on more walks. And give us lunch along with breakfast and dinner. And wake up early in the morning like me and Kate, not stay slug a bug in bed until the sun rises.
Now those are New Year’s Resaloootions I could go for.
Rose, the Irish Setter