One of my favorite morning activities is hanging out on the patio before the sun gets too hot. I can nap or keep an eye on the desert critters from a safe distance. I really wished I could catch one of those darn birds that do fly bys above the wall but they are just too quick for me. Listening to the news recent stories of rattlesnakes on the prowl have sent shivers down my spine. I was happy Mr. C did NOT sign me up for what local residents call a needed class for dogs on Rattlesnake Avoidance/Proofing Training offered by Southwest Snake Avoidance Experts. I didn’t care if it’s advertised The Best in the Southwest! and Veterinarian Recommended.
When Mrs. S read me the description below I began to pant and shake. Just the fear of going to this training class makes my hair stand straight up.
Southwest Snake Avoidance Experts uses a unique approach to train your dog to avoid rattlesnakes, and even to avoid the potential danger of Colorado River toads. These toads (Bufo alvarius) are now commonly referred to as Sonoran Desert Toads. We focus on what we call “SSSS.” Safety, sight, sound and smell. Of course, safety always comes first, especially when venomous reptiles are involved. Snakes used in our avoidance classes are not capable of biting a dog or person. Each snake is fitted with a muzzle, ensuring the utmost in safety for your dog and anyone in the training area. As we know, dogs instinctively react to sight, sound and smell, and can also be conditioned or trained to react in a positive manner to such senses. That is where we come in!
I was happy to hear Mr.C was not going to spend $85.00 on this training class. But the best part was when I heard we were leaving, heading back to Minnesota where I’d be safe from javelinas, rattlesnakes and coyotes. Right now even a bear doesn’t sound bad compared to these dangerous desert critters.
I’ve been wearing my summer fur coat for some time so I suppose I will be cold. Minnesota springs are not anything like Arizona springs. And then I’m wondering if my friends will remember me after such a long time. I never got one piece of mail while I was here. Lucky for me Mr.C and Mrs. S’s friends have remembered me with a treat or two. Of course my favorites are the milk bones and raw hide bones.
I have gotten a lot of attention here. People stop Mrs. S all the time when we are out walking to tell her what a pretty dog I am and petting me. Everyone is real nice. And they don’t even know my survival story of being lost in the desert for four hours. They’d be impressed with my bravery.
You will notice that very few people treats were left on the plate before Mrs. S took her picture. Guess they must have liked them. I liked the smell but was not offered even one. I must say I did like the Cheeky Chews from Lucy’s owner.
Here’s the recipe for Crab Puff Appetizers
- 1 can white crab meat
- 1 jar Old English cheese spread
- 1/2 tsp. mayonnaise
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
- 1 tsp. chopped green onion
- Tabasco, cayenne to taste
- 6 English muffins, split
Mix together all ingredients, except muffins, adding the crab meat last. Spread on the
English muffin halves. Put in freezer 45 minutes. Take out and cut in 4ths. You may put
these in freezer bags after cutting and pop in the oven when unexpected guests arrive.
May also serve these whole with soup. Bake for 10 minutes at 450ºF.
It’s not often I get a playdate invite along with Mr. C and Mrs. S. I did not have to be asked twice to get into the van. Mr. C and Mrs. S wanted to experience a mountain sunset viewing from a neighbor’s backyard and I went along to play with Lucy.
But in all the excitement of arriving I did forgot my manners. I proceeded to finish off all Lucy’s dinner.
And if that wasn’t enough being Miss Piggy ( that’s what Mrs. S called me) I found Lucy’s bone and started in on that.
While Mr. C and Mrs. S were enjoying this view
I decided to take a look myself.
When all of a sudden Mrs. S looked to her right in the yard next door and shouted “Get Bella in the house!”
Not two but a whole herd of javelinas (6) were heading our way. Lucky for us there was a wall.
Since I was sent inside I missed all the excitement watching them nibble on Yucca blossoms.
I tried to be on best behavior the rest of the evening so I’d get invited back. But I did think Lucy was a bit naughty too. Mrs. S set her purse on the floor which was unzipped.
Lucy managed to get into the purse. She helped herself to one of the dog biscuits Mrs. S had brought along for us.
In spite of all the extra treats we ate Lucy’s owner thought we were still sweet. She even went into her stash for gourmet cheeky chips.
Clearly Mrs. S needs to place an Amazon order for these. Really, really good.
P.S. Check back tomorrow for a people treat recipe from Lucy’ s owner.
Seems like I’ve been gone forever from home. It’s been over two months and I’m wondering if any of my friends will even remember me. Then today I looked in the mirror and noticed more white hairs around my nose. I feel old.
And Mr. C is not much of a day brightener when he goes on and on about all the fur I’ve shed everywhere. He thinks there’s enough in the house to practically knit a sweater. I do think he exaggerates. But it’s cooler for me with a lot of my fur coat gone. Afternoons can be really warm so I stay inside until it cools off. Besides my paws hurt walking on blistering hot sidewalks.
I’m a little worried about Mrs S. She has had a few problems on some of our walks lately. And it’s not even been my fault. One day we were on our usual afternoon walk when this wasp attacked her and she got stung several times. Mrs. S screamed and even though she was in a lot of pain, she still held on to my leash so I did not get lost. Another day we were hurrying along on our walk, she tripped on the sidewalk, fell and skinned her arm.Even though she was in a lot of pain, she still held onto my leash so I did not get lost. Lucky for Mrs. S that Mr. C is back to walking me a few times day. I think she needs a break.
I am beginning to wonder when we are going to leave since I see no signs of packing. In fact I am hearing about more people coming to visit. I hope whoever is coming at least remembers me with a treat.
One good thing, I’m having fewer and fewer nightmares about javelinas and coyotes chasing me. Mostly I’ve been dreaming about food and trying to catch the rabbit I saw running in the arroyo.