In my post about Reba, I forgot to mention something VERY, VERY important….she saved my daughter-in-law’s life this summer….She and Reba had gone hiking and they heard a noise at Jess’s feet….rattlesnake…before Jess could move, Reba attacked the snake and in the end was bitten twice. Jess carried her down the mountain and stayed by her side until she recovered…miraculous recovery actually, because Reba swelled up head to tail…and it was a hard fight to live…..was she there to protect Jess and now her job is done? I’ll never know, but always consider her a hero.
This is Reba….I know this isn’t the best shot, but it’s Reba…our Grand-dog…I grabbed it really quick when I visited my son and daughter-in-law in Montana just a month ago.
We had the chance to see our Montana kids yesterday….they had flown to Michigan, possibly to set down roots a WHOLE lot closer to home…only TWO hours away…instead of on the other side of the country……they called Saturday night and asked us to drive up to see them…we learned right away that the move wasn’t going to turn out, but it was SO GOOD just to lay eyes on them….
Later in the afternoon I learned that they had gotten a call the night before and Reba had run away from home. It had been a day and a half and she hadn’t returned …She has run away before, but always comes back…some dogs are just “runners”.
We left at the end of the afternoon and no call had come with word on Reba at that point…we got the call when we were almost back home….
Reba won’t be coming home, she was hit by a car.
Son and daughter-in-law won’t be home until two tomorrow morning…they will have waited since Friday to get back to reach Reba….
Reba was supposed to “retire” with us in the next few years….she was the sweetest thing….
Tears today, tears yesterday…I know there will be more…..Do you think people can feel virtual hugs??
The strangest thing….when I got out of the car, just after hanging up from talking with my son….church bells were ringing off in the distance.
So we mourn the loss of life ….the loss of love.
This is AMAZINGLY boring..but at least you get to meet my dog Max again…
So now you’ve met Daisy, who wore me out, throwing pine cones for her to chase…we even put one in a tree, but she retrieved it….she belongs to the boy in Montana…or should I say, he belongs to her…My Grand-dog.
Notice the big tall black boots with the spikes in them up against the wall in the last image? Also the jackets and pants hanging on the wall?…Those are the accoutrements of a “Timber-faller”….”accoutrements”..Look at me using big words…la-dee-dah!
Just a short little post……This little guy takes up his post each night a 5 p.m. when his shop closes for the night…the most amazing thing about him?…He’s made of paper………
I met this couple on the beach….she told me in no uncertain terms that she loves
the dog a WHOLE lot more than her husband…you meet the most interesting
people on the beach…
I saw Melvin again today….I decided to take him copies of the pictures that I posted
of him with “Foot” the other day…
I was really relieved that he was happy to get them…not sad…and
REALLY happy to hear that he is becoming something of a celebrity because
of the book…”‘Being Bob”.
A woman called me last night to order four books, she’s a distant relative
of Melvin’s and he was so excited to tell me that she came to his house
to see the book in person. She wants him to “sign” hers when she gets it.
She has her first grand-daughter and she wants his “autograph”!
He was so happy!
It was kind of adventure when I first got to the farm.
I had to wait for him by the barn when I first got there…he wasn’t in the house
so I thought he had gone out….as I got in my car to leave, I heard the sound
of the barn door moving..out of the cool dark barn came “beauty” his black
dog…(it’s 93 today).
Beauty came up to greet me and then walked back toward the barn..I was worried
that Melvin was in there…the door had been mostly shut, so that wasn’t like
Beauty proceeded to guide me around the side of the barn and then she just stood
staring out into the field….far, far, out in the field I could just see the top of
Melvin’s golf cart….I went back to my car, got my phone..a scarf to protect
my neck from the sun and went back to make the long trek to check on the
golf cart…as I started my hike..I realized the cart was moving.
I watched Melvin drive back to the ten acre woods, and then I saw the herd…
he had rounded them up and they came flying through the field, headed for the
barn….way behind them came Melvin in the golf cart.
I was so relieved to see him…but I didn’t let him know that..he’s very
The horses ran up for a big, long drink of water and then waited for Melvin
to open the stable door and in they went…DINNER!!
You might be asking yourself, “where did “Beauty” go???”
She walked over, climbed into the horse’s water trough, and proceeded
to be a very happy dog.
MAX AND ZERO