Running Away From Home

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February 22, 2007

February 22nd 2007 7:10 am
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Dear Diary,

I am very upset. We're moving. I don't want to go. All my stuff is moved. My bed, my sofa, my toys, my food dish, my yard. Last night we had to stay with Mimi and Poppy and Uncle Stanley. Uncle Stanley went for a walk with Poppy and left Diggy and me in the yard. I noticed that the gate didn't latch behind them so I got Diggy and we made a run for it.

Almost immediately, Mommy was calling for us. Diggy and I looked back at her, but we kept going. Running. So fast. It feels so good to run fast! We ran through other dog's yards and up a hill and then Diggy said he wanted to go home. I called him a wimp and kept going myself. There were too many good smells to investigate!

I could have kept going all night! I smelled each house, each tree and then on to the next one! It was cold and dark and I knew there were critters out there.

After a long time, my conscience started to get the better of my spirit of adventure. I could hear Mommy and Mimi and Poppy calling for me in the distance. I started to head back. That was a big mistake. I ran right to Mimi but instead of hugging me and giving me a snack, she carried me back to the house and called me a bad dog.

I'm not permitted to go outside without a leash and a person. Diggy, the master of escape, and Uncle Stanley, aka: Mister Perfect can go in the yard together.

Well, I don't really care. I'm not moving. If I have to strike out on my own, I'm not going to that cold place with the water. It is so cold there, I can't even smell the critters. Last week when we were there, it snowed over my head. Mommy made us walk in it and it got stuck in my paws and the wind kept blowing under my coat. I miss my yard and my house.

 

February 24, 2007

February 24th 2007 3:29 pm
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Dear Diary,

Well, yesterday Diggy and Mommy and I returned to our house at the cold place. I was glad to leave Uncle Stanley's house, but I wanted to go HOME, not to this new place. But after a long, uncomfortable car ride with Diggy sleeping on my head, here we are. Today was a sunny day and we went for a walk to the beach. The tide was in, which means there is no beach and we have to stay on the sidewalk or get wet. Burrr!

 

March 8, 2008

March 8th 2007 3:28 pm
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Dear Diary,

Yesterday we went to "grooming." It was a new place that we had never been to before. As soon as we got there I knew it was not a place I wanted to be. Diggy didn't have a clue. He went waltzing right in as if he were going to a bar-b-que. I tried to resist. I sat down and refused to move. I pretended I was a heavy cinderblock. The man pulled me by my leash and Mommy pushed me from behind and before I knew it. Clap! I was in. Now I have no hair. I am freezing. I am so cold that Mommy put my Fido Fleece sweater on me and I have to wear it around the house. I look silly.

 

March 11, 2007

March 11th 2007 8:50 am
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This weekend has been boring. Mommy is sick with the flu and just sleeps. Diggy sleeps next to her and he tries to push me away. Mommy needs me so I sleep next to her on the other side of the bed, away from Diggy. Mommy was so sick we had to wait for Daddy to get home from work to take us on our walk. At least it is not so cold anymore and the snow is melting. We haven't been to the beach in at least a week. If Mommy is feeling better today, she is going to take us. I hope we get to go! Another terrible thing happened: the squirell that has been running over our house and trees has met an untimely demise in the road. Now I'll never catch him!

 

March 22, 2007

March 23rd 2007 6:23 am
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Dear Diary,

Well, it seems that we have left HOME for good now. Last week we went back there for a few days. My favorite sleeping chair was gone. Everything was gone. Nothing smelled right. It was very disturbing.

Diggy was so nervous he developed an itchy rash. Mommy took him to see Dr. Ken. Now Diggy has to have extra baths and get his spray every night. Thankfully, I do not have to have extra baths.

We stayed at Uncle Stanley's again. Uncle Stanley told me that we were probably getting a new home. He said we would get used to how it smells. I told him that the new home doesn't smell like HOME and that it is in a cold place with a lot of snow and water. He said he was sorry that that's where we had to live. Like me, Uncle Stanley tries to keep away from wetness and cold. He's smart.

He was right, too. We came back here to the cold place with all the snow. Mommy brought some things that smelled like HOME, including my little bed. I spend a lot of the day sleeping in my little bed. I don't get a good night's sleep because Diggy has to be closest to Mommy and he kicks me and pushes me to try to get closer to her at night. So I have to do more sleeping in the day.

One good thing about our new home is that is close to the ocean. Mommy says that yeti crabs live in the ocean. Every day, on our walk, I sniff for yeti crabs. I haven't found one yet, but I know they are out there. If I find one, I am going to keep it as a pet.

 

March 27, 2007

March 27th 2007 6:42 am
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Dear Diary,

I am certainly not sad that Spring has arrived early again this year. Mommy keeps complaining that it is too hot and that there is no more snow. I am so glad that the snow is gone. I am getting used to my new home and I am resigned now to the fact that this is where we will stay. It is not so bad. This morning when we went out, I smelled some cats. Not just one cat, but at least three! I really want to go out and chase them, but Mommy won't let us go out without our leashes because we don't stay in the yard.

Diggy still has an itchy rash. Mommy put a lampshade collar on him to keep him from scratching. It's hot pink. Diggy looks like a flashlight. I'm glad I don't have an itchy rash. It is humiliating to wear a lampshade. Especially a hot pink lampshade.

I think we are about to go for a walk! Yay.

 

March 28, 2007

March 28th 2007 6:38 am
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Dear Diary,

Well, I am in the proverbial dog house today. Mommy is angry because I ran away and "got lost." I was NOT lost, I knew exactly where I was and what I was doing. I saw that deer and I had to chase it! I had to catch it! I ran from the beach, across the road and chased the deer. It ran into the woods and I followed. Suddenly, I realized that the woods was sticky and wet so I turned around. Stupid deer. I didn't want to catch it anyway. Whatever.

I sniffed around and found a bunch of lobster pots. I sniffed all the lobster pots, but no lobsters. There was a rabbit in the lobster yard. I wanted to chase it, but it was in a cage. Stupid rabbit. It didn't run, all it did was bounce in its cage.

With nothing to chase, I decided to sniff for something to eat. I came to a fence and smelled something in the yard beyond. I found a way through the fence and there it was! A huge, stinky dumpster! I sniffed out some edibles and had a tasty snack. Then I continued back to the road.

I was almost to the road when I noticed Diggy and Mommy looking for me. I didn't want to go home yet, I was having so much fun. I quickly ducked behind a shrubbery and flattened myself out like a fieldmouse going through a stone wall. They didn't see me, but I watched them. They were talking to a surfer. The surfer pet Diggy. He gave him a snack! I wanted a snack! Oooh! I almost ran out to get a snack from the surfer, but instead I turned around and went back toward the woods.

I sniffed along the woods until I found a big bank of rotting snow. I lept up onto the snow and over the wettest part of the woods. I followed a sandy trail and came to a road. I ran up that road, sniffing all the houses and trees and wow! It was garbage day! I found a few edibles in some of the buckets, but most of them had already been emptied by the garbage team.

Since the garbage buckets were a bust, I went back to skulking through yards. I came upon two pitbulls. They tried to look menacing, but they weren't. I could bite their necks! We barked at each other for a while and then I continued on along their fence. Stupid pitbulls.

When I got to the end of the fence I found myself on a dirt road. I followed it up the hill and sniffed for rodents. I chased a squirell for a bit, but then I got tired and thirsty. I wanted to go home.

I headed back to the place where I left Mommy and Diggy. They weren't there. Why didn't they wait for me? Oh well, I knew the way home. I ran the whole way. When I got home, Diggy was inside the house. Mommy wasn't there. I had to sit outside on the deck to wait because Diggy couldn't open the door. He just barked at me. The neighbor dogs barked at me too. All the dogs were so upset. Mommy came home and when she saw me she started to cry.

I don't like it when Mommy cries so I gave her kisses and snuggs. But, I was so thirsty I just wanted to go inside and sip some cool water. We finally went in. Diggy growled a 'where have you been' at me. 'Having an adventure!' I reported back to him. He left me alone as I sipped my fresh water. Something that I had snacked on gave me a terrible taste in my mouth and the water made it better. I crawled into my bed, yawned and settled down for a nap.

I was rudely awakened by Daddy who picked me up and shook me! How rude! "Where did you go?" He asked. Like he doesn't know. Whatever. I had a good adventure. I wasn't lost at all. I don't understand why everyone makes such a fuss.

 

April 5, 2007

April 5th 2007 4:49 am
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Dear Diary,

Just when I thought Spring was here, it snowed again! Mommy says that's the way it is here. She said, "If you don't like the weather in Maine, wait a minute." I wonder if that means that it will snow in July. I might like that. Except, the wet and the cold.

It's still snowing and I've waited a minute. Well, I think I will just take a nap. I love to snooze on the sofa, especially on a stormy day when I can hear the churning of the sea. The sound makes me sleepy. Yawn!

 

Pats Day Nor'Easter

April 18th 2007 5:02 am
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It's been a wet week so far. We've been inside and have taken lots of naps. It's very scary at night because when the tide comes in at midnight, we can hear the waves crashing on the road just a little way away from our house.
Last night, I slept all the way under the covers just in case the waves came into the house. They didn't, but this morning Mommy took us out and we could see seaweed on the road! Scary.

I hope the storm ends soon. Until then, I'm going to take a nap.

 

Sunshine!

April 19th 2007 5:25 am
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Today the sunshine is outside. The rain has stopped falling! Woof! I am so excited to go for our walk today and sniff all the stinky stuff that washed up onto the beach. Yesterday we found some claws from a lobster. Diggy tried to eat one and Mommy took it away from him. It sure smelled tasty, but it looked hard to eat. There were all kinds of new smells yesterday, but it was so wet and cold, I just wanted to go home. Today it is not so wet, so I will better appreciate all the stinks.

There was a cat in our yard this morning! Diggy and I barked at it. And then there was a groundhog! Slow, fat groundhog, I can probably catch it. Diggy says he knows where it lives, but I don't believe him. Besides, I'm not allowed out without my leash because I run away. Well, I don't "run away," I just go on adventures to find good, smelly things. I always come home. I love my mommy.

Yawn! Now it is time for my morning nap, then we will go for our walk!

 
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