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Something New and Scary!

>> Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Well, Mom finally took us for a walk. Most of the snow melted and I guess she just decided it was time we got some exercise.

What Mom didn't tell us was that something new and really scary was approaching...or at least I thought it was. As you can see, I was braver than Annabelle gives me credit for...I pointed like a springer spaniel.

Annabelle stood behind me just so I couldn't see that she was shaking...not because she was cold!

At first I thought it was a monster. Then I thought it was something from the woods behind our house. Annabelle told me she thought it was related to us in some way. Quite an imagination that girl has!

I took a sideways glance to see if Annabelle was even close to the truth. That glance gave me the whole story! The biggest dog I've ever seen moved into our neighborhood. Anabelle said it was a fire dog. It didn't look like it was on fire to me, but I didn't want to steal Belle's thunder so I kept quiet. Anyway, I convinced Annabelle that we should approach cautiously and try to look inconspicuous so that's just what we did.

Don't look! I told Annabelle. No eye contact is the way to go with this big brute!

My suggestion seemed to work. The gigantic spotted beast never moved a muscle. It didn't even growl. We've got it made, I told Annabelle.

Let's leave just like we came!

After we rounded the corner I barked and Annabelle cried. Mom said that Annabelle sounded like coyote bait. I wonder what that means?

It probably means we won't get to walk again for at least a week. I wonder what will be new then? I'm hoping there will be exciting smells by every hydrant we pass. Do you like fire hydrants as much as me?

Hey! Maybe Annbelle's right. Maybe that beast is a fire dog and we just happen to have the best fire hydrants in the whole city!


Unknown January 20, 2010 at 6:50 PM  

WOW! You two were REALLY brave! My Billy would have tried to be brave and start barking at the fire dog, but if it had moved one muscle, he would have hi-tailed it outta there!

Susan B January 20, 2010 at 7:43 PM  

A cute post...loved it!

Two French Bulldogs January 20, 2010 at 8:43 PM  

Oh My goodness. A cow!
Benny & Lily

TC January 20, 2010 at 8:54 PM  

Sort of like when Dis saw the target in the field? LOL cute post!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ January 20, 2010 at 9:26 PM  

I can hear a couple of my dogs saying "no sudden movements, don't make eye contact, back away slowly" and no one will get hurt! ;-)

Tweedles -- that's me January 20, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

Hi Maddie and Annabelle,
I was so happy to hear you were going on a nice relaxing walk with your mommy
And then it got suspenseful.
Your story was exciting! I sat on the edge of my seat- waiting to hear what was going to happen next!
A fire dog of all things!
I have never seen a fire dog before.
The suspense was getting to me sooo much
I am not sure I could get near it, but you were smart in not looking it in the eye!
What brave hearts you are.
I am glad it remained calm, and no growling came from its lips.
I also wanted to tell you that I have never seen a fire hydrant.
Thank you for this wonderful story!

BeadedTail January 20, 2010 at 10:09 PM  

That was a scary fire dog but luckily you made it through your meeting with him okay!

Oklahoma Granny January 20, 2010 at 10:55 PM  

What brave girls you were!

CATachresis January 21, 2010 at 4:22 AM  

lol it's a 101 dalmatian spots! Very cute :>)

SANDY January 22, 2010 at 10:00 AM  

Cute pictures. Everytime I see that Dalmatian

I think what a great picture it would make; but thought they might wonder who the strange woman is taking pictures from her car window. lol

Glad you girls got to take a walk and were soooooooo brave!

Sandy January 22, 2010 at 10:01 AM  

Hey Jan,
Looks like you have a big (whole page)empty spot in this post. Try to look in your edit and delete spaces after your post and resave. I think that should take care of it.

You have to scroll down a bit to find the area to leave a comment.


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