The World According to Bella | "On Top of the World"

Here I am with Mr. C and I feel like we're on top of the world! Well it's really only 6,000 feet above Tucson on Mt. Lemmon (Catalina Mountains) but seemed pretty high up to me. But I am getting ahead of myself. Here's how it all started.

We went on a very long car ride which seemed forever to get from Minnesota to AZ. Mr. C and Mrs.S thought I was a real good car rider but really I was so bored looking out the window that I mostly napped. I even got tired of rest stops and trash sniffing. The last rest stop before Tucson was just plain scary. With one look at the sign NO PETS IN THIS AREA POISONOUS SNAKES AND INSECTS INHABIT THIS AREA Mrs. S and I hopped right back into the car. I was beginning to worry about this place called the desert.

When I am not on some field trip, going to the dog park, walking around the neighborhood, I spend much of my time out in the back yard working on my tan, looking out through the fence and keeping track of morning doves, roadrunners and bunnies running by. I have yet to figure out how to get over the fence. I've tried several things but nothing has worked so far.

But back to Mt. Lemmon. It's one field trip I wish they'd left me behind. The drive up to Skyview, a ski area at 9,000 feet, was some 29 miles that went up and up and up. It was hard to nap with all the windy turns. When I checked out the window to see where we were I got confused. I saw snow and knew we hadn't gone back to Minnesota yet. But I did like our lunch stop at the Cookie Cabin. The cookies were so big one covered the whole plate.

But Mrs. S and I wish we hadn't had lunch. The drive down was terrifying. Mr. C's race car skills went into high gear as he whipped the car down taking sharp turns at a very high speed. He might have been having fun but my paws were gripping the seat so I wouldn't slide off and Mrs. S held on tightly to the door handle. My stomach was churning. I hardly noticed any of these sights on the way down because Mr. C was going too fast for me to look out the window and not fall over. The 29 miles down went much faster than the 29 going up. I was happy to make it back safely.

Now for the best part about my trip. It's a miracle. I have been cured and we only had to go 1,600 miles for me to feel better. I haven't limped once since we've gotten to AZ. Maybe it's the warm weather or dry heat but whatever it's worked wonders for me. I'm up to four walks a day now and Mrs. S doesn't even bug me about my weight and eating too many snacks anymore. Life is good.

Love, Bella

(Sue Ready)

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