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...................
Friday, November 04, 2011
Snowflakes and Bears
No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.
A few days ago I posted that on my Facebook page. It's a Zen quote that just struck me. Gee, I wonder why?
Wellllll, the Pied Piper of Nogal has struck again ....
This handsome fellow showed up on my steps this evening.
Even with all five of my dogs standing on the other side of the gate, barking furiously at him, he stood his ground, wagging the stub of his little Australian Shepherd tail! He just wanted to be friends!
I stepped out through the gate and found him to be a wonderfully sweet dog. I tried to read his tag, but with poor lightig and his wiggling happily in my arms, it was a lost cause.
So I began the process of grabbing my kids, one at a time, getting them into the house after blocking the dog door to the deck. Then I let him onto the deck. He was still wiggling wildly, so much that his whole body was "wagging"! I finally took off the collar to read it. Sadly, it did not have his name and owner on it, and it was expired. I took a chance and called the vet, knowing she is one who takes calls any time she is in range. It went to the voice mail, so I left the message.
I was prepared to keep on the deck overnight if I didn't hear from the vet or couldn't find his home this evening. I didn't want him out wandering; one guy his size against a pack of coyotes is no match. I fixed a bed of the couch cushion, sheltering it with a couple trunks as we are supposed to have strong winds tonight and tomorrow.
I let my kids go out to meet him one at a time. Jaz was fine, in fact bossing him around about the water and food I brought to him! He lapped only a small amount of water and took one kibble from the dish, so obviously he wasn't from far away or lost for long. That was good news, and gave me hope that I might find a neighbor to give me some leads.
After an hour of calling around, getting hints and suggestions, I finally made a call that was fruitful. Yes, he was their dog, and as soon as the man got a pair of shoes on, he would be down.
It turns out that "Bear" has been in our 'hood just a week. Seems my neighbor has a coworker with a rental place. Recently the renter moved out and left Bear behind, so my neighbor said they would like to give him a try! Bear just moved in a week ago. He and his new family are adjusting, and the only problem is about him learning where is lives and his humans learning about how far to trust him! They has let him out to potty, as they have been doing all week, and a moment later Bear was gone! They had looked for him and called him for a while, and finally decided warm up and go out in the car. That's when I called.
So Bear is back home. His "dad" said they are still working on the "communication," but they are in love with his sweet personality. Boy, do I understand! The whole time he was here he was touching noses with all my dogs but Max (I knew better than to try that one!) or leaning against my leg, looking up at me with a grin on his face! A true charmer!
As I said Jazi wasn't concerned about Bear, at all. She went right up to him and wagged back. The others did OK. Joey allowed him to be close, but was happy when I let him back in the house. Lola was about the same; I could almost hear her whining "Stranger danger!" Sam just kept walking to keep a little distance but didn't freak. I didn't let Max out; my jealous boy would not have done well.
As I said at the beginning, No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place. Bear knew where to come.