This past weekend, my folks put on their space helmets and moon boots. I knew this meant I was being left home because I don’t go motorcycling. My folks had quite the excitement, but I can’t tell you about it since I didn’t go. You’ll have to read my mom’s blog.
Anyway, extra nap time means I can re-live previous adventures, all from the safety of my comfy dog bed. For some reason, I had our visit to Spotted Fever Ranch on my mind. My dad used to work with Pat, and after retiring, she at Rick (her husband) bought a ranch. They invited us all down to see the ranch: Spotted Fever located at 12525 Rd R.5, San Acacio, CO 81151. The town isn’t anything to write home about with a population of around 40, but the ranch is nestled in the heart of the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado with spectacular views.
Upon entering the ranch, I noticed some strange creatures. I was still a young pup then and all the scents were overwhelming. They had a huge yard, too! Their fences went for miles and miles! My mom said it was a real ranch, whatever that means.
Rick and Pat took us for a tour, and I got to ride their car. Poor folks couldn’t afford a full car I guess as it didn’t have a roof or sides. Mom said, “Silly pup; It’s a ranch truck.” Okay, fine. As I was saying…they introduced me to these creatures they call cows. They certainly didn’t smell like anything I knew; I wasn’t sure what I thought of them, but they seemed friendly enough. Back then, I wasn’t snake trained, and we walked through some tall grasses. We were lucky we didn’t encounter any because they have them. Be aware!
We had a lovely dinner and stayed over in their house. When we got up, horses were being loaded up for a ride. I took one look at those tall beasts and decided I was quite content staying behind—thank you very much! Mom and dad would go riding in hopes of seeing some wild Mustangs.
They were gone for hours and hours, but they got to see the Mustangs. What’s the big deal? Apparently, these particular horses date back 400 years and are not protected by the Bureau of Land Management, so they are not subjected to rescue operations. These horses still roam on original Spanish land grants dating back to the 1600s…not on BLM land. On any given day, you can spot 30 to 40 of them near the Spotted Fever Ranch. Interested in a real-life western experience? Go to: http://spottedfeverranch.com and tell Rick & Pat Kuma sent you! Woof!
That night, Pat put out some pretty dishes on the floor. Looked like treats to me, so I sniffed them. I didn’t eat any, but my mom didn’t know that. All she saw was rat poisoning on the floor and me near it. So, our fun adventure ended with me being taken to the emergency pet clinic. Doh. I was tested and was fine, as I knew. My mom fretted so, and I felt bad. Note to humans: Please don’t put poison on the floor where animals can get to them. Note to doggies: If you don’t know what it is, best to leave it and be a good dog.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula™) is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight 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!