I’ve said it before: adventures come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, adventures are in your own backyard! This past weekend, we didn’t leave the house. Mom and Dad decided that just being home together was the adventure we needed. This year has involved a lot of stress due to COVID along with tons of things breaking, so rest was in order.
Mom and dad wanted to sleep in. Me, not so much. I squeaked, whined and was an overall pill until I got my way. Mom shuffled her way to let me out. Once in the backyard, I had to do my perimeter check of my domain. Something scurried right by mom’s feet and startled her. She jumped, and I was on the scene in a nanosecond. Something was invading my turf, and that just wouldn’t do.
My defender mechanism kicked in, and I chased that beast around the hot tub, over to the lemon tree and cornered it on the brick wall. It had no place to go as it tried to scrambled up the slick cement. My hunting instinct from my ancient breed took over as I leapt up about 4 ½ feet, and just about nailed its tail. Just at that moment, it got traction and made it to the top of the wall and ran away.
Mom says it was chipmunk, but I swear, it appeared much larger and scarier up close. Woof! I am the great protector of my yard, and I proudly ran around in circles to display my amazing skills. Mom wasn’t very impressed, and dad missed the entire ordeal.
Weekends mean dad cooks a most delicious breakfast, and I always get some of mom’s plate. I don’t know what Spam is, but I like it! Afterward, dad decided to put up the Christmas tree. I know it is still the fall season as mom has all those decorations out, so I was confused. This seemed early, and dad said it is but he wanted my brother, Edmond, to enjoy the tree. Lying under the tree is my bro’s most favorite place, and he turned 18 this year. I guess when I turn 18, I can get everything I want, too. Okay, who am I kidding? I get what I want now. Ha!!
Anyway, we all enjoyed the lights of the tree and watched some movies. In between, mom baked three loafs of pumpkin bread to freeze. She also made some homemade pumpkin soup. The house smelled heavenly.
Since I woke mom up too early, we took a nap. I love naps with my mom, and Edmond likes resting with dad in the family room. Dinner was a T-bone steak, and I got the bone. Yowsa! I annihilated that bone and showed it who was boss. Tasty indeed!
The next morning, I let mom sleep in. What a nice boy I can be, eh? However, I raced down the stairs faster than her and jumped into the cat tree where my brother’s special-diet dry food is and gobbled up the bowl before mom could reach me. I have four legs, silly human! She wasn’t happy with me at all. What can I say! Edmond’s dish is the forbidden fruit, and I just have to have it!
This day, mom painted two new projects. She’s done a lot of that this year due to the quarantine. She’s made lots of gifts, and she spent the rest of the day wrapping them up. The Christmas season must be near as she is playing those songs we hear only at that time of year. Dad isn’t quite ready for it yet, but mom is in the spirit. If mom is happy, I’m okay with it.
I wonder what Santa Dog will bring me this year? Mom says if I keep it up, I’ll get a big pile of poop in my stocking. I licked mom’s leg to make up. She took one look in my eyes, and all was forgiven. Even though we didn’t leave our house, our weekend was enjoyable. We had each other, and sometimes, that’s all that matters. Now, excuse me, but I must go check to see if that chipmunk is back!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!