From the furry side

Sallie’s deer
11/22/2008 3:06:02 PM by: Elsi

Sallie here: Mama and I were just out walking. People are funny ... they don't know how to walk! They want to keep on going, or they want to stop and chat with other people. And sometimes Mama wants to play sit and down and stay, right in the middle of a walk! Mama also has this thing about barking. Now, I know my job description, and I'm expected to keep danger away and to alert Mama to anything she might need to know about. And how can I do that, unless I bark? After all, she might miss that squirrel, or jogger, or skateboarder! Without my help, she wouldn't notice the bicycle, or stroller, or headlights-going-by-after-dark! Anyway, today we were walking around the block, and my intense beagle nose started twitching, and I tuned up my beautiful beagle bay, and ... oh, wow! Mama told me to leave it. Mama yelled at me. Mama pulled me away. I ignored her. And finally, she looked and ... she saw! She did! So we stood a long time and watched. She didn't want me to keep barking, nor could I go over and say hi, but I was allowed to stare and stare. And, a few steps farther along, I scented where it came from! Oh, my ... we need to go on more walks if there are critters like that around! Dolphin thinks it was an elk, but his description of tree branches on the head isn't quite accurate. Mama says it's a mule deer. Whatever it was, I'm sure I could learn to hunt them. And then we could be friends, and it could live in the backyard and sleep in our bed ... oh, yes, what fun!

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