The World According to Bella | "End of the Line"

I thought the trip from Santa Fe to MN would never end. It was two very long days being in the car with not much to do. Time passed slowly for me. The only things to do were look out the window, which became boring after awhile, napping, checking on Mr. C's driving, making sure we were headed in the right direction and occasional rest stops.

We've been gone what seemed like forever, though Mrs. S said it was only 68 days. I'm worried all my buddies may have forgotten me and I've got so many stories to tell.

I did not realize until after Mr. C and Mrs. S signed on for this trip that the desert can be a dangerous place. Perhaps I should have paid more attention on day one in Tucson to the sign at the rest stop that said No Pets Allowed in the Area, Poisonous Snakes and Insects. But each day Mr.C and I got braver on our daily walks through the desert paths to the dog park. We had only seen desert rats and roadrunners, no snakes. Then two very scary things happened. I want you to know I did my best to protect Mr.C. First a coyote came running out of the desert. It crossed the street right in front of us. I gave my bravest, loudest bark and that scared it right off as I quickly dragged Mr. C. in the other direction. But the other time was more than scary. I could barely get out a bark. I was sure Mr. C and I were in BIG trouble. We were on our usual walk when out of nowhere came 8, and I mean 8, javelinas! We were definitely outnumbered. And they're just plain UGLY and HUGE as they're out and about looking for garbage.

But once I got going on to the barking thing I couldn't stop. I managed to scare them off. Lucky for Mr. C he was still holding on to my leash. Neither of us ever looked back.

Even though most of the trip was fun with lots of field trips I was soooooooo happy to be home. I almost knocked Mrs. S over trying to be the first in the house. I ran and ran and ran around in and out of each room and checking out all my stuff I had to leave behind. The next day I was up extra early. I didn't even want breakfast. I just wanted to get to the park. And what a glorious time I had being what Mr. C said was a bit crazy. Running around chasing tennis balls, swimming in the lake (didn't care that the water was cold) and just playing with Mulligan who did NOT forget me. Oh, what a happy day!

I'm hoping they have no more long trips planned, we're here for good and the spring weather stays warm as I left a lot of my fur coat back in Tucson.

Love, Bella

(Sue Ready)

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