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Thursday, October 25, 2012

I'm surprised I made it back alive.

After going through a very frustrating hour this morning trying to boot up my creaky old Dell computer, I decided to just let it take its good old time and I would walk away from it (and therefore not be tempted pound it into shards).  I decided to take the dogs for their morning walk earlier than usual.  Since there is very little light these early mornings, we all put on our safety vests and I added my headlamp, which clips to the visor of my hat.  I had gotten both dogs special collars that have running lights - but if I happen to look at them, I get dizzy and nauseous.  It's weird.  Out we go on our adventure - halfway down the driveway, two rabbits bolted across our path.  Thankfully, I had a firm grip on the leashes, as the rabbits went in opposite directions and the dogs divided their attentions as well.  As we got to the road, a flock of turkeys exploded out of the woods, scaring the Jiminy Christmas out of all of us.  I should have turned around right then.

We were at about the halfway point in our walk when Bernice (aka Bernie - everyone was referring to her as "him"), shot ahead and to the left.  I figured squirrel or rabbit.  Oh, no.  It was some carrion that the coyotes had worked over and she decided she'd take up where they left off.  Even Scrappy was horrified.  I pried her off and we continued with B on a six-inch lead.  Finally, after all business had been done, we headed back towards home.  I managed to remember the carrion and had B on a short lead until we were safely out of her reach.  It was a good thing since a car came whipping down the road, throwing up gravel and clouds of dust and just missed us.  It was the town supervisor's wife, Mrs. Leadfoot.  I was never so glad to see my own front door!

I am so glad I moved the country for the peace and quiet.  It's a jungle out there!!!

20 comments:

Sandy Livesay said...

Nothing like living in the country! I love walking/jogging in the country.

DFW said...

Glad you made it back. We have to watch out for rattlesnakes this time of year. They are moving around a lot. There have been at least 4 or 5 killed in the last week or so, near our country house. One more reason to keep the grass mowed.

Susan said...

Sandy - Usually, it's fairly peaceful (on weekends). I love walking up the mountain with the dogs.

Susan said...

DFW - Holey Moley! I am glad I don't have to worry about rattlesnakes!! A very good motivator for keeping your grass mowed! Do snakes have a mating season?

Sylvie said...

Someone had dumped a bunch of donuts along the road and my friend was stuffing them in her mouth as fast as she could before I realized what was happening. She looks a bit heavier today!

Susan said...

Sylvie - OMG! I could just see her frantically gulping them down! Well, better donuts than deer guts.

Jane @ Hard Work Homestead said...

I often wish there was something that thrilled me as much as dead, rotten animals do, or in the case of my one dog, poop does. She rolls in it, eats it, tries to bring it in the house for later. Yep, not one thing I like that much. And while you may have found your morning walk trying, I bet your pups dream about how great it was. The only thing that could have made it better was an overturned milkbone truck in your driveway.

Susan said...

Jane - Even I would get excited about an overturned Milkbone truck in my driveway! I wouldn't be able to get out and drive to work!!!! I have learned to watch Bernice very closely. She will take a tentative sniff at something highly nasty and then dive into it. I have to be quick!

Kelly said...

Sounds like a "should've stayed home" morning to me! Glad you and your dogs made it back in one piece!

Candy C. said...

Dang, walking the dogs could be hazardous to your health! ;-)

Unknown said...

So much for peace and quiet! Hey thanks for the giveaway book! It's awesome!!! :)

DFW said...

Yes, but it's like other animals, in the spring time. They just move about a lot in the fall, getting ready for their 'dens'. Scary when you walk your property. My Dad can 'smell' them but he isn't always around when we go for a walk.

DFW said...

Oh yeah, forgot to ask if you are ready for the big storm this weekend? Hope you can hunker down & be prepared.

Tami said...

Yikes! What an adventure! I'm really sensitive to flashing lights (police) and even tail lights on some of the newer cars. BE CAREFUL GIRL!!!

Susan said...

Kelly - Thanks - I am not leaving the house until there's light this morning!

Susan said...

Candy - I KNOW!! Another reason that exercise might kill me.....

Susan said...

Nancy - Great, you got it! Enjoy!

Susan said...

Tami - Me, too! It's nice to know I'm not the only one. Can't wait for this night-time driving.

Kristina said...

I have to worry about walking into a giant orb weaver web, spider and all. Ugh.

LindaCO said...

Geez. That's a lot of elements to deal with so very early in the morning. Those are lucky dogs to get a morning walk. Sal has to wait until the end of the day. Please don't tell her.