I think it’s happening again. There is stuff everywhere.
Mama is doing laundry. She is going through the closets gathering up our things that we have stashed here at Nana and Grandpapa’s house.
Papa has been studying the big map and writing stuff down.
Mama and Papa have been watching the weather very closely. Apparently it has been a very cold winter for Ohio. With lots of snow that is not normal.
A week ago it got into the 50s for like one day. All the snow melted. But then it got cold again and more snow came.
It has been below freezing for a long time. And Mama has been worried about our camper.
Although it has been sitting safe and sound at our cousin’s place, Mama is worried about the cold. She is mostly worried about trying to get it packed up and things being frozen. So we keep watching the weather.
Today the temperatures finally made it above freezing. It’s supposed to be in the 40s this weekend. But then on Monday they say there is rain coming and the temperatures are going to drop again.
So Mama and Papa decided. They decided this weekend is the weekend to hit the road. They say we need to be outta here before the rain comes Monday and the temps drop again.
So today Papa went out to our camper and got the furnace going. Mama and Papa piled stuff up in the truck. Mama even put stuff in Grandpapa’s car.
Mama said she needed to give the camper a good scrubbing before packing it back up. So Mama and Papa went to the camper today to get some work done. While I stayed home with my Nana and Grandpapa.
We are going to have a few busy days getting things ready this weekend. Mama took out all of the food, clothes, blankets, pillows, and anything she thought might not be good to sit outside. So there’s lots to load back up.
I’m not exactly sure where we are going next. But I’m pretty sure it’s south so we can try and escape some cold temps.
And even though I am really excited for more adventures, I am going to be sad to leave this place.
I have really enjoyed the soft couch, all the room to roll around on the carpet, and all the extra love from all the people here.
I have gotten to see lots of family, and I am going to miss them. I am especially going to miss Auburn and Sophia. Auburn was so fun to run around and be goofy with. Sophia always snuggles with me, loves me, lays with me, and helps me look for squirrels.
I am going to be sad to leave this comfy place and all the people. But I am excited for new places and adventures to share with you.
Being thankful is not always an easy thing. Although it seems like it should be the easiest thing ever.
In a world that is super busy, take the time to appreciate. Don’t say there is no time, MAKE the time.
Make the time to be thankful for who you have in your life. One day they will not be there, and then it will be too late.
Make the time to spend time with those who are important to you, and who you love. You don’t have to do anything special. Just be together. Being together, in each other’s company, making sure they know that you love them.
Make the time to be thankful. And not just for one day of the year. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.
Be thankful, like me. I am thankful every day.
I am thankful I found my mama and papa. Sure, it is too bad I did not find them earlier in my life, and I didn’t have more time with them. But being with them has helped me to see what life is all about. Being with those you love and who love you.
I am thankful for my crazy sister Josie. Lots of people are surprised that two adult girl dogs were able to come together in the same house and get along. I don’t think Josie has ever been mad at me. Maybe annoyed, but not mad. We have never had an argument.
I am thankful for these past 3 months of travel. We have been on so many adventures! And it has been so much fun! I have met people and dogs and seen lots of animals and really cool places. I have been on amazing hikes and I have gotten to spend every day with my mama. It has been the best time of my life!
I am thankful to be spending this time in Ohio with family. I have gotten lots of love from Sophia, my grandparents, and the whole family. They have welcomed me to their homes and given me lots of treats and love.
It makes me sad to know, that it will not last forever. Which is why we need to be happy, now. And enjoy life, now. And spend time with those we love, now.
Last week I started getting short of breath and tired quickly. My mama and papa took me to the doctor, here in Findlay. We found out that I have an aggressive cancer in my spleen and in my chest, and my time will be over very soon.
It has been a surprise for everyone, including me. But the doctor gave me a shot to help me feel comfortable.
So now I am spending my time with my family and being even more spoiled than before! Can you believe that is even possible? Lots of food, lots of naps, lots of rub downs and lots of love.
I am thankful for where I am, it is where I want to be.
We have finally made it. Like really, made it. And after days of driving, we are done. And thank goodness for that.
We made the final trip to Findlay, Ohio. I am finally at grandpapa’s house. And it is time for a snooze.
This house is perfect. There is carpet, and a comfy couch. Not to mention a wonderful bed. And a back porch for Josie to sun bathe, if the sun ever comes out. And now I am snoozing… anywhere and everywhere.
It was fun to see Sophia again and to meet Auburn in Indiana. But Auburn likes to bark. And I like the quiet. Grandpapa’s house is quiet. And I really like that while I am snoozing everywhere.
I was a little unsure at first when we got here with our Castle. Papa parked it out front on the street. I thought we would stay in the camper like when we were at Papa’s friends’ house in Canada. But then Mama started taking all of our stuff out!!
She took out all of her clothes and Papa’s clothes. Then she took out all the blankets, pillows, and even all the food. I insisted on sitting on the couch in the camper while she did this. I mean, if Mama’s stuff is coming out – mine better be coming out too!!
And it did! Mama took our food, our bowls, our basket and our beds!
Then when I finally followed Mama back into the house, I found all of our stuff in the bedroom! Sweet!
So now we are at grandpapa’s house in Findlay. I don’t know how long we are staying, but we must be staying or a while since all of our stuff is here now. And that is fine with me. Now I will get back to my snoozing.
OMG! These have been the best few days! Mama told me that all the driving would be worth it. I wasn’t sure if I really believed her for a while, but she was definitely RIGHT!
I finally got to see Sophia again! It has been so AWESOME! I was so excited when we got to her house I did my wiggle butt dance all over the place! I was crying because I was SO happy! Leda was pretty happy too. She walked right in the house like she owned the place.
I am in heaven rolling all over the carpet, the couch, and anyone who will pet me. I think I’ve made two more good friends, Sophia’s mom and dad. It is fun to hop from one person to the next, giving everyone equal chance to pet me.
I also got to meet Sophia’s pup, Auburn! Auburn can be just as crazy as me! Isn’t that great?! I’m not sure if Auburn was too happy about two new big dogs invading her house, and it took her a little bit to figure out what was going on…
But then we all three went into her fenced in backyard, and Auburn got to show us her super ball fetching skills! She is amazing! She is lightning fast! I don’t think I can keep up with her!
Turns out, me and Auburn have the same wiggle butt dance! We both get real low to the ground, spin in circles, and then run all over!! It was lots of fun to do the wiggle butt dance with Auburn! She would spin, then I would spin, then she would spin, and then I would spin until we got kicked out of the house and got to run circles together in the back yard.
Today I got to surprise Sophia AGAIN! I was waiting for her at the bus stop when she came home from school. She was super happy. And so was I! I even got to say hi to some of the other kids who got off the bus. It was like a magic bus full of kids who love dogs. I bet I would love riding on a bus.
Mama said we are going to hang out with Auburn and Sophia for a few days. Then we are going on one more drive to Ohio. But Mama said not to be sad, because we are going to get to see Auburn and Sophia a LOT while we are in Ohio for the holidays. I’m so happy to have more people to love on me and pet me. It is sure to be lots of fun.
I am so excited I can barely sit still! And that is really hard right now because we are doing a lot of driving.
Now that we have spent all this time exploring around and seeing all this wildlife, Papa says it is time to head east where there isn’t any more spectacular views.
It is November, in fact we are already a week into November. And I remember Mama saying that we were going to see family for the holidays.
As we make our trek east, before we get to Ohio, we are going to be stopping in Ft. Wayne, Indiana! That may not sound exciting for you, but it is definitely exciting for me! Let me tell you why!
My Mama’s brother lives in Ft. Wayne! But what’s even more exciting than that is SOPHIA LIVES IN FT. WAYNE!
Sophia came to visit me up in Alaska last summer. She spent three weeks with me at my house and we had a really good time. We played together and she snuggled with me. I slept on her lap when she would read her books.
It has been a long time, but I remember her. And I can’t wait to see her again!
I heard my Mama talking and apparently there is a pup who lives with Sophia, and her name is Auburn. I can’t wait to meet Auburn, I hope she likes to play!
So for now while my Papa continues to drive these miles and miles and miles… I will curl up on my pillow with Leda and dream about seeing Sophia and meeting Auburn. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
Have you ever met a buffalo? I hear that buffalo are the largest mammal on our continent. They are big, that is one thing for sure.
We’ve been driving around all these places and seeing all these animals – sometimes I think it’s just too much! There were SO many buffalo when we were in that Yellowstone place.
But then we came here to Custer State Park in South Dakota and I got to meet a buffalo! Okay, well maybe not actually meet a buffalo. But I came really close! About as close as anyone. Or at least, as close as my Mama would let me.
It’s no secret I get a little crazy sometimes. And when you wake up from being curled up snoozing in the back seat, and you see nothing but buffalo all around the truck, well you just have to get a little crazy. Sorry Papa, but you just have to. At least you do if your name is Josie, like me.
I couldn’t believe it when I saw all the buffalo around our truck. I mean, why didn’t Leda wake me up? I look over and Leda is just sitting there looking out the window like we are not surrounded by buffalo. Seriously? Get with the program, Leda!
Then Papa pulled the truck into the fence area, where there’s a wildlife center. The buffalo were surrounding this place. Wildlife Center is definitely a fitting name, for sure with all the wildlife everywhere. Apparently, the buffalo can’t come inside the fence. But there was no gate. Just some weird metal thing for a ground and metal sides. I thought for sure a buffalo was going to come walk right over to us.
You’ll never believe what happened next… my Papa let me out of the truck!! He said it was an excellent opportunity to help me learn how to act around wildlife so I didn’t always go so crazy.
I was super excited, or at least I thought I was. Until I jumped out and saw how gigantic these buffalo are!! It freaked me out – just a little. I cried and whined, only a little.
But then I realized my Papa was with me and I got a little more courage. I sat and looked at the buffalo, who were looking at me! There was one guy who had his head over the fence to get a closer look. I wonder if they had ever seen a golden girl before. Pretty sure they thought I was gorgeous.
Leda got to come out of the truck too. But don’t you know she didn’t make a peep? She just stood next to Mama and looked around at all the buffalo. She even smiled for her picture. But then one of the buffalo at the fence started making a really weird loud noise, and Mama said it was time to go.
We hoped back in the truck and left.
And you know what? I didn’t even go crazy when we drove through those buffalo to head down the road.
If there’s one thing our Mama worries about a lot, it’s whether or not we are comfy. Are we comfy? What do you think…
There are more blankets, towels, pillows, and beds for us than there are for our people on this trip of a lifetime. Yup, believe it. It’s true. Much to our Papa’s dismay.
Some people have wondered if we are comfy riding around in our diesel. Well let me tell you, not only is Mama worried about us being comfy, she is also concerned about us being safe.
You can see that we have everything we need. The seat is covered in sheets and towels to keep us comfy. No, it’s not to protect the new truck Papa, quit thinking about your awesome diesel and think about us, like Mama.
Mama even took two action packers, and put them in the people foot space. But not before she put big pads on them and covered them with fabric to give us more comfy space.
And yes, that is a big pillow between me and Josie, just to give us more comfyness. Is that a word? I think I just made it up.
And you can see, we are buckled in, just like our people. But do not worry, we can stand, spin around, sit, and yes, lay down and be comfy. All while staying on our own side. Truthfully, I am kinda thankful to be hooked in. It keeps Josie from taking up the entire back seat. Now she has to stay on her side.
Papa is also very thankful for us being hooked in. He says it keeps his mocha safe – from me. I sure do like me a mocha!
But don’t worry, I can stand and put my nose out the window to see everything that’s happening. And I like that, because I am a sightseer. I want to see everything that is going on. I can also put my head right next to Mama’s. She really loves it when I breathe in her ear and constantly lick her head. I am not the menace that Papa says I am!
So what do you think? Are we comfy?
Rest easy knowing that yes, we are indeed comfy.
Ever have those moments where you sit in deep thought, contemplating the big questions of this world?
Now, you might be wondering what big questions a golden girl like me has to contemplate. You might be thinking I just lay around and look pretty all day. And you would be right. But sometimes, I do some thinking too.
That’s right, I’ve got the looks and the brains!
Well today I am have been thinking about birthdays. What exactly is a birthday anyways? A day to celebrate someone? Well, I am a golden girl and I should be celebrated EVERY day. But I am okay with some extra celebration.
Turns out, my birthday is coming up. My birthday is November 4, and I will be 8 years old this year. I know, I don’t look a day over 2. Pay no attention to those bleach blonde hairs around my eyes…
I was wondering why mama was talking about birthdays this morning. I mean, it seems a little early to be planning something special for me… but then I heard her mention my grandpapa.
Guess what? Today is my grandpapa’s birthday! I heard mama on the phone talking to him. He is out camping too. Which is good, because I know he loves to camp and I am glad he is doing something he loves to do on his birthday.
I have only seen my grandpapa once, and that was last summer when he came to see me for three weeks when I still lived in Alaska. But it didn’t take long for me to realize what a special guy he is. He must be, because my mama loves him a lot.
My grandpapa is a good guy. It seems to me that good people, even if they are not dogs, should be celebrated every day, even if it’s not their birthday.
I was thinking that when I see my grandpapa again I am going to love all over him. Even though it won’t be his birthday, I am going to treat him to some Josie snuggles and a special walk where I show him where all the good smells are (maybe he will appreciate it more than my papa).
Then I heard mama say that we will get to see grandpapa next month! And we will even get to stay at his house. This crazy trip just keeps getting better and better!
Howdy Do, this is Leda Lou, and boy do I have a lot to tell you!
We have been in this Montana place for a few days now. It is gorgeous.
The leaves are bright and there are deer everywhere. And yes, I’ve been a very good girl about not making a fuss over them – don’t ask about Josie – I just stare intently in wonder…
Am I a deer? I have long legs too. I have a skinny nose too. My ears stand up too. But my ears are pointy, not round. I have white hair on my butt too. But my tail is much longer. Things that make you wonder…
Then I realized, deer eat lots of grasses. Nope, I am not a deer.
Today we left the west side of Glacier National Park and went to the east side.
What a beautiful drive. Shiney sun, glowing colors, it was all I could do to take it all in.
Then we drove through these large open areas of grasses with rolling hills. And cattle. We saw lots of cattle. We even saw bulls – they sure did look scary.
Then we saw really tall animals in the road and we had to stop. Mama said they were horses. I was trying real hard to get my nose out the window while mama was taking a picture. Josie started to be fussy again and papa did not like that. But then the horses moved and we were on our way again.
Now we are on the east side of the park. And guess what we found here –
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
I mean, really? I thought we left that stuff back in Alaska. I don’t think papa is too crazy about it.
But truth be told, I don’t mind it so much. Snow everywhere just means more places to poop!
Nobody can get mad at me if I poop in snow, because I have no idea what’s under it.
Yup, snow is freedom. Freedom to poop without being shamed.
I am excited to venture out and discover what is here on this east side of the park.
Look closely… can you see her? Can you see the puppy?
That’s right. Even puppies are totally in love with me. Because I am the Josie. And despite how much of a rambunctious, pain in the butt I can be, everyone loves me. Even puppies.
I must admit, I really have no idea what to do with such a small little rug rat. This tiny little ball of fur is barely 5 weeks old, and her name is Ozzy.
Ozzy was rejected by her puppy mama a little early in life, but she already has a really good home with some friends of my Papa. Who we are visiting. And I must say, we are having a really good time. Well, at least I am.
Papa’s friends have another pup named Mia. Mia is a rescue dog too. She’s a little skittish, but her and I made fast friends. I wasn’t sure what to think of Mia at first, she kept standing up and pawing my back. But then I realized she just wanted to play. So we have been enjoying lots of play time.
My mama got us to stop long enough to pose for a picture. Can you see the smile on my face? I’m a happy Josie. And I think Mia is happy too.
I wasn’t sure what to think about Ozzy at first either. She’s so small. And I’m so big.
But before I knew it, that puppy was all over me. Turns out, she really digs my long hair. She likes to curl up in my hair and play with my tail.
Which I’m okay with. Except for when I didn’t know she had a hold of my tail and I got up, flicked my tail, and sent the puppy flying! But apparently the puppy doesn’t mind because she keeps following me and coming back for more.
Now as for Leda, I’m not so sure she’s having the best time. Mia is a little intimidating and Leda does not like it. So Leda is sticking close to Mama, while doing everything she can to avoid Mia, and leaves the romping and playing to me.
Which I am totally fine with.
Gotta go – my new friends are calling me!
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