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Things That Go Creak in the Night

Last night was terrible. I hardly got any sleep at all. Something was going on outside. Something very noisy. Every few minutes, it would pop, or creak, snap, or crunch.

Let’s be clear. I am not talking about Elizabeth’s knees here. She wasn’t even moving until I woke her up around midnight to make her aware of the situation out there.

Sometimes it sounded like someone was walking out on our balcony. Sometimes they were jumping on the roof, I think. Once it even sounded like someone was tapping loudly on the bedroom window. That last one really startled me.

As the night went on, I grew increasingly agitated. When Elizabeth told me to lie down and go to sleep, I went over to Kay’s room to try to get her to check on what was happening. She just snored back at me.

I pounced on Elizabeth’s bed, which, most of the time, doubles as my own. At first, Elizabeth spent some time trying to make me feel better. By five, though, she was getting a bit rude. I don’t understand why she was so cranky. I was just doing my job. And I was truly unnerved by all the strange snaps and pops. It was kind of like those banging lights the summer people like so much. They drive me round the bend with anxiety. By five o’clock, I was panting constantly and pacing wherever I found a little space. I tried hiding under the bed, but I’m too big for that.

At five, Elizabeth got so fed up with my distress that she told me to go outside and “see for yourself, Stella. There’s nobody there!”

I tore out the door and ran round the house, into the woods and over to Al and Joanne’s. Elizabeth was right. There was nobody anywhere. I was out until almost seven making absolutely sure. Then I was too hungry to care about anything other than eating.

And I was getting cold. Last night when we came home from the bookshop, it was -7 C. By midnight, the temperature had dropped to -22 C. Elizabeth says that the rapid drop in temperature was what was making the house and decking creak and make all those strange noises. I’m not so sure. I think it must have been aliens. I couldn’t check the rooftop, where a lot of activity seemed to occur, for tracks.

We’ve had a very busy day today. We’re both very tired. And now, as we near closing time, it is really beginning to show.

I found the camera and took this picture of Elizabeth this afternoon.Don't drool on the computer, Elizabeth! We need it to write my blog!

I found the camera and took this picture of Elizabeth this afternoon.Don’t drool on the computer, Elizabeth! We need it to write my blog!

She got even when she found my quiet place in the storage cupboard under the stairs...

She got even when she found my quiet place in the storage cupboard under the stairs…

 

You’ll Never Know Just how much I Miss You…

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.

It’s a grey day today.

 

The back yard.

The back yard.

 

It looks really pretty along my Patrol route!

It looks really pretty along my Patrol route!

 

The main Patrol path into the Wild Woods.

The main Patrol path into the Wild Woods.

Home again and waiting for Elizabeth to take me to my Bookshop Dog job today.

Home again and waiting for Elizabeth to take me to my Bookshop Dog job today.

Working Hard to Hardly Work

People say things really slow down in the winter. That’s only partly true. For example, it is true at the bookshop.

Quiet

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!

First, one needs to carefully select the right spot. Check thoroughly for Meadow Vole runs before beginning!

 

Prepare the snow 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.

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. This is a great way to practice those dance moves without looking a fool.

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!

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 concious will take advantage of the final stages of packing to do a little grooming before going indoors to have breakfast.

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!

 

 

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