Today’s Walk   Leave a comment

It was a rather nasty morning; hot and smoggy.  We are all so tired of hot weather, critters included.  Nevertheless, we got out for a walk.

When my knitting group gave me a puppy shower, one of the gifts was a ball-thrower called a ChuckIt.  Peaches doesn’t appreciate it yet, but Xena sure does.  I think it’s a fascinating object, as it so much resembles the primitive spear-thrower sometimes called an atlatl.  Just as that invention gave hunters more range, the ChuckIt helps a ball to go farther.  I needed one.

We went down the row of young cottonwoods we planted a few years ago.  Other than the old poplar, they’re about the only trees that aren’t coming back after the fire.  I suppose they weren’t yet rooted deep enough.  It’s too bad.  They made a lovely shady lane.

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Xena was happily chasing the ball down the road.  Peaches was following her, but suddenly realized how far ahead she was and came running back, with her tongue hanging out a mile.  it was already nearly 80 degrees.

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On the way back, we stopped at the memorial grove.  This is where a brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and son all have their own trees.  We were so grateful that the firemen worked hard to save it — and succeeded.

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It was somewhere in these bushes that Xena lost her ball.  We looked for several minutes, but never found it.

Peaches helped.

bushes

I discovered the problem with the ChuckIt.  Since I still had the thrower, Xena thought I must have another ball somewhere.  She spent all of the way back walking backward in a state of high anticipation.

lostball

I don’t have a ball, Xena.

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I don’t have a ball, Xena.

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I don’t have a . . . oh, never mind.  And how did you and Peaches wind up with identical ash smudges on your foreheads?

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Posted September 9, 2013 by stablewoman in Dogs

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