These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Monday, June 23, 2008

Rainbows and Puppy-dog Tales

Sam cuddled up with China last night. How sweet is that?

The three new boys ... tuckered out!

Put a puppy (Joey) in Caroline's arms and see what happens?

It works with Sam, too!!

The trip home went well. They all slept most of the way. Ali was not happy for the first hour or so. He woke this morning looking like he didn't feel good at all and he wouldn't eat breakfast. I gave him some Pepto Bismol, and it seemed to help, as he went back and ate a little before we left. He could have been "hung over" from the night before. I don't know what got into him, but he was acting like there was a horrible thunderstorm (he hasn't had a problem with those for a couple years!!) and, as you see here,

.... he was looking for a place to hide!

There were storms in the area last night, and I wonder if the atmospheric conditions in the Midwest are different from those here. He used to go crazy when it stormed in KC, but I've had no problem here when it storms. Poor guy.

I really think he was not feeling well and that caused him to be restless in the car. I stopped and gave him a "chill pill," an herbal thing that helps him relax, and it worked. The rest of the trip was good.

Max and Joey are doing pretty well on the leash now. It seems that they needed some examples (China & Ali) about how it works. There will be an occasional problem, but for the trip home, there wasn't anything big. Once hooked up and on the ground, they did their business and off we went!

Sam, however........ sigh. On the leash, he just turns into a statue! He just sits on the ground with his neck stretched as long as he can make it, and doesn't move much but his eyes!!! I don't pull him or do anything to scare him, but he just goes stiff! I tried lifting him enough to make him stand, hoping that he would take a step or two, but the only thing that happened is that Caroline and I became hysterical with laughter while watching him, stiff legged, looking like a furry piece of work from a taxidermist! I guess that leash training him is going to take a bit more work than the others, to say the least!! Why would I expect otherwise? That is his M.O.!! It's a good thing he is so sweet and lovable!!

Caroline really fell for Sam. After I was on the road, I thought maybe I should consider letting him go with her. And immediately I said huh-uh!! He's already my baby!!

The drive was uneventful, too, but a short while after we were in New Mexico we had a very hard rain. It was so heavy for a couple minutes that driving at 35 mph, I could barely see the car ahead of me and could not see the road, at all. That couple minutes seemed like a long, long time, however!!! I really hate driving in that kind of rain! There was a brief time, too, when a slushy mixture was hitting the windshield. It looked like someone was throwing tablespoons full of Icee against it! Weird weather!

Just before that storm, the temperature was in the mid 80s, a drop from the 90s I'd experienced most of the day, and right after the center of the cell passed over, dropping the Icee and torrential rain, I looked up at the thermometer as it seemed cold in the car, and it was 52° outside!! As the rain cleared, the temp rose again to the low 90s. It was really odd!

As I neared home, I saw another heavy storm ahead of me. I was about thirty miles or so from home, hoping I could get here before the rain did. It rained off and on all the way but never very hard. The coolest thing happened during this. About 10 miles from my turn at Carrizozo, there was an awesome double rainbow, very bright, vivid and distinct! It stretched from around Corrizo Peak across the valley that I would drive through to go home to the Sierra Blanca range. It was as if it arched over the way home!

This is where I first saw it, the south end of it.

Have you ever noticed how cool it is that rainbows "follow" you? As I drove along, it just moved with me, and when I turned East, for the few miles before the last southern leg to the house, the rainbows just moved ahead of the car as if guiding me. About a mile before the turn, they finally faded out.

At home, I brought the dogs in, then went back to unload the car. When I turned from the front door, the rainbows were back!

Those mountains in the background are the Capitans.

They stretched completely across to the southern sky.

Look at those colors!!

Could there be a better way to come home?

What could make me feel more welcome .... a gorgeous double rainbow and three darling new family members to join me, Ali and China!

Life is beautiful!!!!


  1. I'm glad you guys had a great trip! The rainbow is beautiful.

  2. I'm glad you made it home safely. Awesome rainbow!!!

  3. Julie, thank you, and yes, it was breathtaking!

    Daisy, thanks. It was one of those "larger than life" rainbows! Whew!

  4. Congratulations on your newest baby!! I'm not at all surprised and when you mentioned that Caroline was running an errand for you - well...I just knew! :)

    A house full of love. All the way around. :)

  5. Casey, LOL! I am pretty transparent these days, aren't I? :D

    I can't tell you how love-filled this house is!! :)

  6. Oh how I miss your babies. And Sam....yea he stole my heart. I loved that he slept next to me all night along with Joey. I wish you lived closer then 14 hours so I could come by and visit them often.

  7. OH, and I have never laughed so hard as I did watching Sam on the leash. I wish we had video taped it because we could have possibly won some money from America's Home Videos.

  8. Caroline, I wish you were closer, too. Then you could come over and help me train them! Especially Sam on a leash!! You're right, he is funny enough to make the cut on AFV. Maybe I should set it up and see what I can get! I notice that "we" in the last sentence!! LOL!!!

  9. This post is so full of gratitude. It brought tears to my eyes.

    I'm still thinking of taking on a new puppy after reading of your canine adventures, but I'm hesitant because I have to travel to the west coast in late September (job seeking!). I wouldn't want to place a puppy in a kennel for 5 days. We'll see.


  10. Betty, good luck on your decision about the dog. I must say, knowing you have a chihuahua, that there are thousands of them out there in need of adoption. Of all the small breeds, I think there are more needing rescued than any other. It’s really sad. I blame the whole Paris and Nicole thing from a while back. People thought they were cute and just had to have one. The thing about pets is you need to research their personalities and know what will fit with your own personality and life style. Chihuahuas are not always easy to live with. I had 2 that were great, but I’ve known others that were “high maintenance”!!

    Good luck on the job search for you and that boy, too. Hugs!

  11. Loved hearing of your adventures. Sam on a leash..priceless.

  12. I can see i'm going to really enjoy your doggie adventures and pics!

  13. MJ, Sam is a character, to say the least! His quirks are endearing, actually!

    MQ, LOL! Stay tuned, 'cause I'm guessing there will be plenty!!

  14. You got the rainbow as God's thanks for saving more beautiful lives...

  15. Sherry, oh, I like to think that! :)


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