Halloween Greetings



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It’s a wrap and I don’t mean a leg wrap. I got my last boat ride a few days ago. Mr.C took the boat out of the water and said no more for this year. Lucky he remembered my usual milk bone treat since I was feeling rather sad about all of this. Guess the water is too cold and Mr. C and Mrs. S don’t think boat riding is much fun when they have to wear gloves, hat and a jacket.

Sadie came to visit as Mr. C needed help taking out the dock. I was sure I was one up  on her having this new light up collar. Seems like Sadie has everything-like the fully loaded camouflage back pack she brings for overnights and super thick orthopedic bed but sadly I was wrong. She does have this very same one!


Once I  got over my disappointment we had fun playing with my ball. She at least didn’t have this one.

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Did you know it’s only days away from the opening of deer hunting season? Mrs. S thinks we need to leave soon and head for the cities. She is not convinced that wearing orange will really save me from some crazy hunter.  I must say I have gotten tired of my orange vest. I feel so stuffed in when I have to wear it plus I am just tired of the color.


But I did perk up with Mrs. S‘s recent gift for me even though it is orange. My new collar is pretty cool. It lights up. I’m all aglow so it’s just like having your very own night lite.

Do you remember last year when I had a meltdown over my Halloween costume?  Mrs. S had this dumb idea I should wear a fairy costume with an itchy headband and silly looking wings. So I’m thinking this new light up collar is the answer to my prayers. It’s festive enough and you can see me at night just in case Mrs. S decides we should go trick or treating.

I need to share some good news. First I got mail two times this week from Chunk, my doggie cousin. He sent me two Halloween cards each with a doggie treat inside. That makes the 2 mile trek roundtrip to the mailbox so worth it.

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My other news is I scored big finding a huge deer leg out in the woods.

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I was pretty proud of myself. It’s my largest find of the season.  I carried it all the way home to show Mrs. S but she wasn’t there. So Mr. C made me a decent trade of a piece of turkey. He assured me he’d save the bone to show Mrs. S. when she returned.

Hope you scare up some good fun on Halloween and get lots of treats.

Love, Bella


All Aglow

I was beginning to think Mrs. S would never return. The days seemed long waiting so I mostly laid around the house and took a few walks with Mr. C. He does good taking care of me but it’s more fun when Mrs. S is here. She thinks up lots of things for us to do and I miss her cooking. There’s hardly been a crumb on the floor.


Upon her return from the cities she did not disappoint. A rawhide bone is  one treat that fully commands my attention for a long time. But I only took a few chews and  I was

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off and running to Paul’s house next door. I wanted to bury it with all my other secret stash. Mr. C and Mrs. S have yet to find where as I am real sneaky about the exact place.

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My second gift from Mrs.S may prevent me from having another Halloween meltdown. If you remember last year Mrs S stressed me out totally with HER costume choice.


It was embarrassing and I felt just plain dumb wearing fairy wings and an itchy headband. Lucky for me I was saved by the rain which cancelled the dog park Halloween parade.Here’s a link to that post. bellasworldblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/saved-by-the-rain/

Check out my new collar. It may look like an ordinary bright orange one BUT it


lights up! I’m all aglow and it’s perfect for Halloween. And now I have my very own night-light.

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Love, Bella




A Tight Fit-But I’m In

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My recent physical exam report card from Dr. Steve left me feeling a bit euphoric (Mrs. S helped me find this word). For a middle-aged dog it doesn’t get any better when Mrs. S read Bella appears to be in excellent health and she has beautiful teeth.  The sentences were even highlighted.in yellow. But the best part was my weight-finally in the normal range. Which means Mrs. S will NOT be putting me through last year’s boot camp to lose weight to fit into my orange neoprene vest. If you recall the Velcro on the vest would not come together and I could hardly breathe it was so tight.

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Mrs. S’s boot camp diet meant less food at breakfast and dinner and any in between snacks were monitored to be only healthy ones like snap peas. Many days I was so hungry I begged for dinner starting mid-afternoon. Several days my hunger pains forced me to scavenge the woods looking for food.  But this year it’s a whole new story. The vest fits and with only 35 days left until opening deer season I’m in good shape.

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It won’t be hard to maintain my weight since Mr. C and Mrs. S have upped our daily walks and guard duty keeps me busy with increased intruder activity. Squirrels and chipmunks are chewing up pine cones leaving a huge mess behind on the deck. It’s a challenge keeping up with the steady flow of deer traffic across the yard into the woods. Chipmunks seem to be everywhere dashing from place to place burying their stash for the winter.  Yesterday I spied two bunnies racing to safety under the porch.

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Some days I hardly have any time for my naps as I’m busy chasing, running and barking.  Last week I wanted a pass on a car trip to the cities . It would be a long time leaving the yard unattended but I was forced to vacate my guard position and go along for the long car ride. Upon our return my job went into high gear clearing the yard of critters. Mr. C and Mrs. S think I’m doing a great job being a watch dog. Today I got a boat ride, Mr. C and Mrs. S wanted to look at fall colors.

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I was surprised there were no loons in sight. In fact nothing all to bark at. It was a rather boring ride but at least I got my usual milkbone treat.

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Love, Bella