After we visited that big hole in the ground and Mommy wouldn’t let me have my stick, we drove and drove some more. There was snow falling out of the sky so it was cold! I was glad to snuggle into my little bed and let Mommy and Auntie Debbie drive the House-that-comes-with-us-in-the-car. We drove to a city with lots and lots of cars and trucks on the road with us! It wasn’t snowing when we got to the city. It was warm again! I was really happy to be where it was still summer.
The maps on Mommy’s phone got us lost again but we finally found the camping place where Mommy’s brother had found a spot for us to stay. It is called Usery Park and it was beautiful, but the trees had lots of stickers on them! Mommy said that they were called Cactus! They were big! Mommy said that I had to be careful when I was walking around because there are scorpions and rattlesnakes! I don’t know what those are, but Mommy said they would make me really sick if I get stung or bit by one of them. So I was really careful and listened to Mommy when she said to stay by her!
After we got settled into our camping spot, Uncle Lyle came to get us in his car. It is just a regular car without a house in it. He drove us to his house and I got to see Susie and Maria again! They are Mommy’s nieces and they came to visit us at our Old House! I like them and was happy to see them again. I also got to meet my Auntie Karin! She is also really nice! We spent lots of days visiting them and they even came to our camping spot for dinner and a campfire one of the nights. They have a Kitty! I have never seen a Kitty before but Mommy said I have to learn to Get Along with Kitties! I don’t know why but I will try! That Kitty made lots of funny noises.
Uncle Lyle and Auntie Karin also have a little dog named Sammy! She is really cute but she was scared of me a little bit. I tried hard to Be Nice to her. She told me that you can Sit On your Mommy’s Lap! I have sat beside Mommy and I have sat on her feet but I did not know that you can Sit ON your Mommy! Sammy does it all the time and she says it is Very Comfy! I tried it and I LIKE IT! I will try to sit on my Mommy’s lap a lot! Mommy says it is not Comfy for her, but she will let me Sometimes!
Uncle Lyle gave me a toy but I accidently bit his head off! Uncle Lyle fixed it for me! He is very nice. Mommy said we will come visit this part of our family again!
Mommy and Auntie Debbie and I went to someplace called The Grand Canyon. It was a giant Hole in the Ground. The dog who dug that hole must have been HUGE! I wished I could dig a hole that big! Mommy won’t let me dig holes. I try to dig holes but she fills them in!
The Grand Canyon was really pretty but it was so cold! It was freezing and I had to wear my coat because I was Shivering! We stopped at a campground near there and spent the night. I was so cold that I climbed under Mommy’s covers. She turned the heater on in the House-that-Comes-With-Us-in-the-Car! There was a really fun doggy park there and I got to play with some toys but it was too cold to play outside for very long.
The next day, we drove up a really big hill and it was windy! Mommy said it was hard to keep the House-that-Comes-With-Us-in-the-Car on the road. After we drove and drove, Mommy took us to the Grand Canyon! It was fun to walk along the edge of it and look way down! Auntie Debbie took lots of pictures with her new camera!
I found a stick at the Grand Canyon and I wanted to bring it home with me. But Mommy said that you can’t take Anything out of a National Park, not even a stick for a little dog! I think that’s silly but Mommy said that, if I take a stick, and another dog takes a stick, and then another dog does the same thing, pretty soon, there won’t be any sticks left in the park. Mommy says it’s important to protect the park so that everyone to see how pretty it is! I guess she’s right. I left that stick there but I remember it. Maybe someday I’ll go back and see if it’s still there!
After we left the Grand Canyon and went back to our camping spot, it started to snow! I did not play in the snow because I do not like to have Cold Feet!
Last night we stayed in a zoo! It was New Mexico and it is called the Wildlife West Nature Park. It’s a special kind of zoo, Mommy said. They take care of wild animals that can’t live in the wild anymore. Mommy said that I could not go for a walk with her and Auntie Debbie through the zoo because Dogs are Not Allowed! But she and Auntie Debbie went for a walk and saw all the animals and told me all about them!
Mommy said that the animals in this zoo are Rescued! I am Rescued so I know what that means. That means that they were Not Safe and now they have a Safe Home to live in! Some of them are wild animals that people tried to make into pets. I like to be a pet because I get spoiled and I get a soft bed and I get lots of good food, but I don’t think coyotes and foxes and hawks are supposed to be pets! They are supposed to be Wild and Free!
Mommy said that the coyotes were really cute and friendly. They came right up to the fence beside Mommy and Auntie Debbie. I don’t think that is a Good Thing! I don’t like Wild Animals right next to my Mommy! The Zoo Lady said that the Coyotes were very Tame. I don’t know if we would be friends, though!
There was a bear at the zoo who has lived there for a Long Time! When he was young, he kept getting into houseboats and the police were going to Put Him Down! I don’t think that’s a good thing. Mommy said that the zoo let him come live there so he could keep living but not get in Trouble! I think that’s Good!
There were some foxes at the zoo that like to sleep in trees! I think that is Very Weird! I like to sleep in my comfortable bed, not in a tree! I would not like to have to climb a tree and balance on a branch in order to sleep, but I guess those foxes like it!
Mommy said that there were some very beautiful birds at the zoo. Some of them used to be wild but people shot them! I think that is Horrible! But the Nice People at the zoo made them better and let them live at the zoo, even though they cannot fly anymore!
I like the people at this zoo! I think that they are Wonderful because they take care of Animals who cannot be Wild anymore! (And they let us sleep in their parking lot in the House-that-Comes-With-Us-In-The-Car!)
Today we drove part of the time in Oklahoma and part of the time in Texas! We drove on the bumpy road again and the House-that-comes-with-us-in-the-Car shook and shook! Mommy said it was okay but I didn’t like it. We stopped at a place and Mommy had breakfast with a friend from when she was in the Army. I liked her. Baron had told me about her. She used to come visit when Mommy and Baron and Copper lived in Kansas. That was a long time ago!
Oklahoma is very long. We drove and drove in Oklahoma. There are no Rest Stops on the highway there so I didn’t like it very much. I like Rest Stops because Mommy lets me sniff and sniff and takes me for long walks. We did stop in one place, though, that I thought was very interesting. I found some Very Giant Cows!
They were so big and hairy! Mommy said that they were Buffalo and that there used to be millions of them. I only saw two real ones and two fake ones. I told the real ones that, if they got loose from their pasture, I would herd them back in because I am a Cattle Dog and they look like Cattle to me! They just looked at me! I don’t think they understood Barking.
After we saw the Buffalo, Mommy drove and drove again! Then we got to Texas! Mommy said Texas is Very, Very Big but we only saw a little bit of it. We are going to spend the night in Amarillo. After we got a little bit lost, Mommy and Auntie Debbie found the place where we are going to spend the night. It is a beautiful place on the edge of a canyon.
I sniffed and sniffed at that place. After we went to bed, it rained and rained very hard. Mommy said it was a storm but that the House-that-comes-with-us-in-the-Car will keep us safe.
Mommy said we did not have internet for a long time so I couldn’t send out my blog! I wrote it anyway so I will get caught up very soon!
Mommy says I can’t call the New House, the New House anymore. She says it is just Our House. I’m going to call it the House-that-comes-with-us-in-the-Car, because that is what it does! It is really weird to have your house come with you in your car but sometimes it’s good. My bed and my dish are right there with me! I can lay right in my bed, in my House-that-comes-with-us-in-the-Car, and look at my Mommy. I like that. Auntie Debbie says that now I am a Travelling Dog! She rubs my head when she says that so I guess it’s a good thing!
Yesterday, we went to Little Rock, Arkansas. Mommy said that a President used to live here! I did not think that was interesting. My friend, Haley’s, mom came here once though, so I guess that is interesting. I did find a little rock and I did pee on it so I have left my mark on Arkansas! We did not meet anyone interesting or any other dogs at that stopping place. This morning we drove and drove and drove. I decided to take a nap because it was boring to be a Travelling Dog, even if I get my ears rubbed! Then Mommy stopped at a New Place! It had so many trees! I sniffed and sniffed all of the trees. I found a big stick and I carried it all around with me. It was so much fun! Auntie Debbie took lots of pictures of me with my stick but she couldn’t get them from her Camera to Mommy’s Computer!
After we went to Arkansas, we went to Oklahoma! We drove and drove and drove! The roads are kind of bumpy in Oklahoma. Even bumpier than they are in Arkansas! Then we drove on the bumpiest road ever! Everything in the House-that-comes-with-us-in-the-Car was shaking really hard, even me! I thought that Our House would shake apart! Mommy did not like driving on that road. But then we stopped at a really nice place! There was a dog there, named Cocoa! He played with me. I did not bite him because he was so gentle and nice. His eyes were different colors. Mommy said he might be from Australia, too! After I played with Cocoa, I was tired so I went into the House-that-comes-with-us-in-the-Car and I went to sleep.
Today’s Adventure was very Interesting. I was in Nashville and Mommy’s friend, Stephanie came to where the New House was parked and we got to go ride in her car! We went to her house and there was a Giant Dog there! His name is Walter and he is the Biggest Dog I have ever seen!
Mommy made me wear my muzzle because she thought I would bite Walter. I thought Walter was a cow because he was so Big so I tried to herd him around. He is a puppy still and he could not stop trying to play with me. I told him “No” and he did not listen so I tried to bite him. Mommy said it’s a good thing I had my muzzle on because if Walter had bitten back it would have been a Bad Day! After a little bit, Walter and I ran around and chased and played. I was very tired when we got back in Stephanie’s car and went back to the New House.
Mommy let me stay in my crate (she bought me a special new crate for the New House) and she and Stephanie and Auntie Debbie went someplace called the Grand Ole Opry. Mommy said that Country Music Stars go there to sing. I don’t know why Mommy went there. She can’t sing!
I met a Nice Man at the New House place. He is from Australia! When Mommy told him that I am an Australian Cattle Dog, he gave me lots and lots of Cuddles! He even gave me a little Koala to clip to my collar! I love my little Koala but Mommy won’t let me chew on it! Every time he walked past, the Nice Man would say “Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie” and give me cuddles! I liked that!
Tonight, Mommy and Auntie Debbie did something Surprising! They built a Fire, on PURPOSE! I did not like that at all. Fires are dangerous! Mommy said that “it’s okay” but I did not believe her! I stayed far away from the fire. Mommy said that was being a Good Dog so I think I am right about the fire!
Tomorrow, we are going to drive and drive again! We are going to a place called Little Rock. I will find that little rock and I will pee on it!
My name is Snickers. I took over Mommy’s blog because she hasn’t had any time to write. Besides, she just writes about food and doesn’t share any of the yummy smelling things she cooks with me! Since I am much more important and interesting than food, I decided that I will write the blog this time.
My dog mother was a Schnauzer and my dog father was an Australian Cattle Dog. Mommy says that this means that I have a Lot of Energy! Someone told Mommy that my father was something called a “Yorkie” but Mommy knew that wasn’t right because I got so big and was so bouncy! She did something called a “DNA test” that told her the truth about me!
I like to run Really Fast and I like to Chase. I love to play Fetch. I go get my ball and bring it to Mommy and tell her “Throw” (she understands barking) and she throws my ball so many times! I get so happy when I can play Fetch. Mommy even got me some Cows because I am a Cattle Dog and needed some! I have five stuffed Cows with squeakies in them. I love to have Mommy throw the Cows and I go get them and let her throw them lots and lots! Sometimes I chew on them to make them squeak really loud.
I have lived with Mommy for two years. I came to live with her because the lady I lived with before didn’t have time to take care of me. I had to stay in a crate all the time and didn’t get to play or run around or chase balls, or any of the fun things that Mommy lets me do. I was very unhappy. When I first came to live with Mommy I didn’t know any Rules but I learned quickly. Mommy says that now I am a Very Good Dog. I don’t know what that means but Mommy gives me lots of tummy scratches when she says it!
Mommy was sad when I came to live with her because her friend, Copper, had just died. Her other friend, Baron, was sad too. He cried all day until I came to be his new little brother. Baron taught me how to be a Very Good Dog! He couldn’t play very much because his legs were tired and his back hurt most of the time, but he liked to watch me play and run. He told me that he used to run and play and chase and sniff, just like I do! He went to go be with Copper in December and I miss him a lot. Before he died, he told me that I have to take care of Mommy.
I do a Good Job when I take care of Mommy. I bark at all the dogs who walk past our house. I let them know that they can’t come in our house and hurt my Mommy. Sometimes, Mommy tells me to “Be Quiet” when I bark but she doesn’t know that those dogs are Dangerous! She has no idea how many times I have saved her life by telling those dogs to Go Away!
I have lots of stories to tell so I will write Mommy’s blog sometimes. Mommy said we are going to have an Adventure soon. I don’t know what an Adventure is, but Mommy says we will have fun. All I know is that the house has lots of boxes in it. But none of my Toys are in the boxes and my dish is where it belongs so everything is Okay. And I am still a Very Good Dog. (Mommy says I used too many exclamation points but that’s How I Roll!)