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!
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.
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!
Today, the Adventure started. I climbed up my stairs and got in my new little bed with my Blankie and Mommy put on my Harness. I hate my Harness. It hugs me and makes me Calm Down. I don’t like to Calm Down! But Mommy said I Have To Wear It because the New House is like going in a car. Going in a car is fun because I get to go to School and I get to go the see my friend, Dr. Watson. But Mommy did not tell the Truth! The New House is not like going in a car! I sit in a little bed and the Whole House goes with us in the car! I Do Not Like It! Today, I sat in my little bed, right behind Mommy while she was driving. Auntie Debbie is coming with us in the New House that is not like a car. She would pet my head when I told her I didn’t like it. She told me I was being a Very Good Boy! I did not feel like a Very Good Boy! I felt like a Sad Dog!
I decided to take a Nap and maybe I would like the New House better. When I woke up from my Nap, Mommy opened the door of the New House and we weren’t at Home! There were all kinds of things to sniff and smell! I sniffed where Other Dogs had been. They left some messages and some of them have New Houses that move too! I didn’t know that Other Dogs had Adventures!
We got in the New House again and I got in my little bed and Auntie Debbie drove the New House for a little while. I was unhappy so I held paws with Mommy for a while and then I felt better.
Mommy has a New Bed in the New House. It is softer than our old bed so I like it. I snuggled with Mommy and slept all night long! Since the New Bed is in the New House, maybe I will like it better now. We got up Really Early in the morning, which made Auntie Debbie kind of mad! She doesn’t like to get up early like me and Mommy do!
We are going to travel some more today and then we will stop someplace called Nashville for two days. Mommy says we will visit her friend, Stephanie. I met Stephanie before and I like her. She has a little dog the same size as me. I wonder if we will be friends. I’m not always friendly to Other Dogs but Mommy says I have to Learn to Get Along. I don’t know what that means but I guess I will figure it out!
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!)