Sunday, July 14, 2013

SNIPS, SNAILS AND PUPPY DOG TAILS


Welcome to our back yard where there's lots of stuff to sniff.
Good evening loyal viewers. This is The Daily Bone, and I’m your humble doggie host, Chester L. W. Stephens. Peace and squeaky toys to all!

Well, we had another visit with our favorite small human, Ryan. He has gotten so big that his feet are now sticking out of the bottom of his interstellar space ship. Maybe he’ll consider giving it to me when finally outgrows it. I found out that this device is actually called a baby car carrier seat. You strap it into a car and it will protect him if the car crashes. I've had a few experiences with riding in a car. Most of the time it takes us to the vet for shots, ear cleaning, or possibly a bath and a haircut from Miss Jacquie. Usually my colleague Joseph (Joey dog) Stephens and I spend the entire trip cowering in the back seat, worrying about impending doom. I don’t think a special carrier device would change our minds, now that I think about it. So I guess Ryan can keep his traveling device when he outgrows it. I think the best defense against getting destroyed in a car crash is not to get in a car in the first place!

After dinner, we went outside to the back yard where Ryan tested out the grass with his little baby feet. (I still think his ears are fun to sniff.) Wow, look how he can stand up with his Dad’s help. Pretty soon he’ll be crawling and walking. That will be a lot of fun! Joey dog and I would gladly show him around the yard and point out all the wonderful attractions. First there is the compost pile. Joey dog says that if you’re lucky you'll find a moldy pepper, or a pineapple core full of fruit flies. Yum. Then we’ll have to show him all the pee spots, and teach him how to examine them carefully. There are lots of interesting bugs and spiders under the bushes, and bumblebees too. Pretty soon it will be time for all the slugs and snails to come out and make slime trails in the garden. Hooray! He must be sure to explore the edges of the foundation where those sneaky mousies go, and then look for the giant toad who lives under the ramp to the shed. Don’t forget to look behind the air conditioner unit too, and trample through the chives and lavender. Oh, and we’ll show him the trees where those evil squirrels and chipmunks go, and the piles of bird poop and seeds under the feeders. If we’re really lucky, we’ll find a dead worm to roll on. And if it’s rainy out, there will be lots of glorious mud to stomp through! Doesn’t that sound like fun? We doggies can’t wait! And that's a memo.

Look Ryan! You can eat pears right off the tree!
There'll be slugs here soon. I can hear them munching on leaves already.
Mr. Toad lives under here.

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