You must think I’ve been quiet for a few days. Not really. That Bonnie two-legger came to visit on Monday morning and my scribe got into Bonnie’s growly beast and they disappeared. Elizabeth’s last words to me were, “Now you be a good girl and guard Mom while I’m away. I’m coming back. Don’t worry. I love you.”
She doesn’t seem to understand that, even though I have a whole bunch of titles and jobs to do, my REAL job is to guard HER.
She was gone a long time.
I did a good job guarding Kay. Elizabeth asked me to, and I love her.
But she was gone a long time and I missed her.
I missed her so much that I almost didn’t notice that most of the snow melted while she was away. No Elizabeth. No snow. What was the world coming to?
Then Bonnie’s growly beast turned up in our driveway on Tuesday night. I was so excited that I almost crashed through the door before Kay got it open for me! I ran up to greet my wonderful, wonderful scribe; she did come back, just like she’d promised! She had all sorts of things to carry into the house and also to put in our growly beast to take to the bookshop. I was just so glad to see my two-legger again. She’s back and I’m not letting her out of my sight!
And just in time, too. Look at what else is back…
It’s a grey day today.
The back yard.
It looks really pretty along my Patrol route!
The main Patrol path into the Wild Woods.
Home again and waiting for Elizabeth to take me to my Bookshop Dog job today.
People say things really slow down in the winter. That’s only partly true. For example, it is true at the bookshop.
But there is much more work to do at home on the Campbell Estate. Especially after a significant white fluffy stuff event. After a big fall of white fluffy stuff, I need to get outside and build my special watching beds at strategic vantage points if I am to continue to guard the estate effectively. It’s exhausting work, as you can see:
First, one needs to carefully select the right spot. Check thoroughly for Meadow Vole runs before beginning!
Prepare the fluffy white stuff by clearing and aerating it thoroughly. This allows for a better pack and forces later Meadow Vole arrivals to go around your bed rather than through it.
Begin packing the white fluffy stuff. Keep your tail out of the way or you may trip on it! This also is a great way to practice those dance moves without looking a fool.
Remember to rest and rehydrate frequently. Winter air is dry, so if you are panting a lot from the exertion (and you will), this is very important. You can do it without going anywhere, too. Just gobble up some of the excess fluffy white stuff. So refreshing!
The energy conscious will take advantage of the final stages of packing to do a little grooming before going indoors to have breakfast.
Sadly, I was called in to work at the bookshop again before I could test this particular watching post out. I tried it out after my evening patrol, though, and it proved a great place both to wait for one of my two-leggers to call me in for the night, and to guard the main entrance to their house!
It’s Saturday morning. I’ve completed my patrol and now I’m just relaxing – in a vigilant sort of way – while I wait for our ride into my other job at the bookshop. All’s well.
I get wind of a vaguely familiar and thoroughly exciting scent!
Is that…? Could it be?
It’s SNOW! WOOOOOO HOOOO HOOO!
Strangely, some of the locals don’t seem too thrilled…