December 1st 2013 5:15 pm
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Oh my dogness! I have been chosen for a Diary of the Day honor. What a thrill and an honor.
I would like to thank Dogster for choosing my jawings. I would also like to thank my friends who have taken the time to send me pressies and messages.
Thank you to: Smiley; and to the family of Sammy Jo (Forever in our Heart), Toby Jo, Cory Jo, Joey (Jo Jo) and Sarge. And thank you to the family of Mac, Ivy Legolas (Legally) Forever Loved, Zander & Zoey.
And thank you to my new friends who have sent friend requests too. Always a thrill to make new friends. Love and slobbery kisses from Java
November 29th 2013 4:34 pm
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I just want to bark a quick note of thanks to everyone for the skeletons on Halloween and the cornucopia treats for Thanksgiving. Thank you my dear friends for the gifts, notes and pictures. Love you all. Woof! (Java)
April 1st 2013 6:52 am
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Wishing all of my friends a very happy and blessed Easter.
I would like to thank Marley, Sailor, Moose,Hobo, Spencer and the rest of their family for the Easter greetings and the pretty, brightly colored Easter egg to decorate my page.
Also thank you to Amazing Gracie, Angels Sassy Foxie & Baby and to Precious for the lovely Easter baskets with purple glittery eggs and white lilies enclosed. I got one from each of them; how special is that?
Thank you all for making my page so very pretty and for sending your special wishes. Love you all. Java
April 24th 2012 11:20 am
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A Loan From God
God promised at the birth of time,
A special friend to give,
His time on earth is short, he said,
So love him while he lives.
It may be six or seven years,
Or twelve or then sixteen,
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care of him for me?
A wagging tail and cold wet nose,
And silken velvet ears,
A heart as big as all outdoors,
To love you through the years.
His puppy ways will gladden you,
And antics bring a smile,
As guardian or friend he will,
Be loyal all the while.
He'll bring his charms to grace your life,
And though his stay be brief,
When he's gone the memories,
Are solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return,
But lessons only a dog can teach,
I want you each to learn.
Whatever love you give to him,
Returns in triple measure,
Follow his lead and gain a life,
Brim full of simple pleasure.
Enjoy each day as it comes,
Allow your heart to guide,
Be loyal and steadfast in love,
As the dog there by your side.
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call,
To take him back again?
I fancy each of us would say,
"Dear Lord, thy will be done,
For all the joy this dog shall bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.
"We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.
"But shall the angels call for him,
Much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand."
April 24th 2012 11:15 am
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1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me- it is crucial to my well being.
4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.
5. You have your work, your entertainments, and your friends. I only have you.
6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand and know your voice when speaking to me.
7. Be aware that how ever you treat me, I will never forget.
8. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily hurt you, even accidentally out of fear, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.
9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, stubborn, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting to old and weak.
10. Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on the difficult journeys. Never say: "I cannot bear to watch" or "Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there, even my death. Because remember that I love you unconditionally
June 7th 2010 7:47 am
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I am just popping in to say thank you to all of my wonderful friends for their lovely birthday greetings and wishes that I received for my birthday on Sunday, June 6th. I truly appreciate each and every one. Mommy says that since I turned 3 years old that I am an adult dog now and must act my age. Pfffttt, what is she thinking? Yesterday when our human family was here, I showed them that I still have lots of puppy left in me. I played with the little girls and once I even go so excited that I zoomed, zoomed, zoomed through the house. Everyone was laughing at me and so what did I do? I turned around and zoomed some more. I can run from our family room, through the kitchen, into the living and make a little tight, quick turn; then run back through all three rooms again. I did that four or five times and then stopped to see everyone's reactions. They were all laughing; so I thought it necessary to entertain them agin. I must admit that I was a bit winded but what fun! This getting older thing isn't so bad!
Today is my Mommy's birthday and so she and I are sharing our special days and celebrating together. She doesn't seem nearly as happy over another birthday as I am. She says that getting older is not for the faint of heart. Hmmm, wonder what that means?
Yesterday (on my birthday), Mommy let me sneak a little piece of birthday cake and some ice cream. *rubs tummy and smiles to herself* Oooh, that was really good. Then of course, I got my usual doggie food for supper with yogurt on it. Hmmm, hmmm, I love yogurt.
Today, I am hoping that the human brothers will bring more birthday cake and that I can sneak another piece of that yummy stuff that they call cake. Heh, heh!
Mommy says that she may bake a cake for the both of us. Her favorite is black walnut cake. She says that it is vanilla cake with black walnuts in it and vanilla frosting. It was a favorite that her Mommy used to make for her when she was growing up. Now, I don't know about those walnut thingies but vanilla cake sounds pretty tasty to me. *drool*
Oh goodness, I got a little side tracked there thinking about all of those yummy goodies. I want to mention all of my special prezzies that I received yesterday. Mommy was busy babysitting and didn't get my thank you tended to as she should have,so we will thank everyone here.
First of all, I want to send a belated thank you to friends, Pooh-Angel, Hermie-RIP, Blackie, Cashew and family for the yummy hamburger that they sent on May 31st. They also sent along wishes for a happy summer. Well, this summer is starting off pretty good so far, and I truly appreciate their gift and good wishes.
I also received a yummy watermelon slice and said "enjoy your summer" from the family of Max-in loving memory, Cracker, Bowser, and Moses. That was so sweet of them and I do believe that I may really like a nice slice of watermelon. It looks quite juicy and sweet and I do love to eat, you know! BOL
I also received a chocolate cuppy cake from our dear freinds Clawdia and all of her family with the happy birthday song inside as the message. I know that is what was enclosed because Mommy sang it to me. Woo Hoo, a special song, just for me! Thank you dear friends. That was so sweet of you. I wonder how they got that song inside that message anyhow?
Then there was a cute party hat from my friend Sunny. He sent me birthday greetings and said that he has missed seeing me in our group. I must admit that Mommy has not let me play on the computer very much lately. I am going to have to have a little discussion with her about that. Sunny had a cute picture of himself enjoying some summertime water sports. That Sunny is quite the athlete, you know! Wonder if he likes to zoom through his house too?
Then there was a big chocolate cake from our special friends Marley, Sailor, Hobo and Moose. Oh my goodness, that cake looks so yummy. I wish that they lived closer so that we could share that cake. But of course, with my appetite, Mommy says that I could easily eat a whole cake by myself if she would let me. BOL
Well, thank you so much for that yummy cake and your birthday wishes dear friends.
I truly appreciate each and everyone of you and thank you all for helping me to celebrate my happy 3rd birthday. I can't understand why humans don't like these birthday thingies because I think that they are pretty fun. Well, I am off to go running and maybe sneak a piece of birthday cake and some ice cream. This is going to be a fun day. Mommy says that they are going out for dinner tonight and that she may bring me home a doggie bag too! Now what more could a girl ask for? Mmmmm, Mmmmm!
November 15th 2009 9:28 am
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Well hello friends.
I've been tagged by the very handsome and sweet Jake. I need to state 7 facts about myself and then choose some other friends to play too.
So let's see:
1. I love to eat! (Well, I AM a lab after all) BOL
2. I love to play ball. Well, I chase the ball and bring it back but what I really love is to play keep away from Mommy and Dad. Hee Hee
3. I love to pick on the cats. Mommy scolds me and tells me NO, but I just can't resist a good chase if I get the chance.
4. I really hate it when the cats swat my face. Ouch! Those toenails are really sharp.
5. I like to sneak in the bedroom and take a nice long snooze on Mommy and Dad's king-sized bed. Ahhhh!
6. My favorite thing in the whole world is to go to our farm and run through the fields and the woods. There are different sights and smells each time that we go there. A doggie's paradise.
7. I love to act goofy and make people laugh at me. (A typical lab trait) Heh Heh! We'll do anything for attention.
Now, let's see I need to tag some friends.
5. Cat (who is actually a dog) *Giggles*
November 2nd 2009 2:28 pm
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Oh my dogness, I am literally dog-tired. I absolutely love going to the woods and running but today was something new. Daddy said that we were going to the farm to cut wood. Oh boy! I love the farm! I love the woods! This should be an ideal day.
Well, things started out as usual, but Daddy took the van and trailer and Mommy and I followed in the car. When we got about half-way back the lane, Mommy asked if I wanted out to run. Well, of course! I love to run; so I gladly hopped out and took off down the lane. When I got to the woods, Daddy was already there and making all sorts of loud noise. Eek! What is that sound? Bzzz, Bzzz, Bzzz! I cautiously approach to see what is going on; by then Mommy is there too. She heads off into the woods and so I boldy and bravely preceed her. When we got there, I could see that Daddy was cutting up logs and that explained the loud noise. Well, nothing that I could do here and besides that noise hurt my very sensitive ears. So I decided to explore.
I ran and ran but kept on checking back with Mom and Dad and they kept a very close eye on me. If I got a little too far away, one of them would call me and I would come running right back to them. Then all of a sudden, they came out of the woods with the smaller trailer and unloaded the wood into the big trailer. Well, looky here---an empty trailer and no one to ride in it? I could take care of that little problem; so I hopped right in. Mommy got in with me too and we rode the trailer back into the woods. What fun!
Then they were busy cutting and loading wood into the little trailer again; so I proceeded with my explorations. I found all sorts of good things to smell and to paw at. I even did some serious digging but I still kept checking back with Mommy and Dad. Only problem was that I kept getting all covered in saw dust. It was all over my fur and on my face. Mommy kept telling me that I should be careful or I would get saw dust in my eyes; so I decided to leave there and check out the field behind the woods.
Pretty soon, I saw the little trailer going back through the woods and to the outside edge where they unloaded the little trailer onto the big trailer again. Well, happy days! This has been quite exciting and fun but I think that it is getting time to go home and hit the couch for my nap. But, wait! What's this? Oh no, the little trailer heads back into the woods again. So I hop a ride and go along to see what is going to happen next. We rode quite a ways further this time and then Mommy told me to hop out. There was more logs that were already cut up and so they busily began loading them. Then back out to the big trailer to unload. Well, I say that it is surely time to go home now! So I start back down the lane and head towards home. If Mommy won't take me, I will go all by myself. But it sure is a long ways. Pretty soon Dad called my name and I had to turn around and go all the way back to the woods. Whew! This doggie is starting to be one pooped puppy.
OK, One more trip into the woods and I hope that we will be done. I tried to get Mommy to let me hop in the car but she was too busy walking along the edge of the woods. Well, I decide to follow along and try to speed things up. One more load, Daddy promises and then we will be done. At last! I start picking up some of the smaller pieces of wood and trying to help out but Mommy says that the ones that I choose are too long; so they cannot be used. Besides when I would try to carry them to the trailer, I would get caught up by another tree and couldn't get through the pathway. I was stuck! Mommy, help! But she didn't come to my aide; she was too busy carrying wood. Oh well, off to do some more exploring while they finish up.
Finally! The little trailer makes it's way back out of the woods and over to the big trailer. I stand by and watch as they throw the last pieces onto the big trailer. Then I most helpfully try to lead Mommy to the car so that we can go. These people are seriously cutting into my nap time now and I am one tired pooch. Mommy says that we can't go yet because we have to hitch up the little trailer behind the big trailer and do some other stuff. We finally walk back to the car and I hop in. Mommy backs up but then we just sit there! Well, what is this all about? I'm ready to go Mom, what's the hold up? She says that we have to follow Daddy and the big trailer all the way home so that he doesn't lose any pieces of wood or chainsaws or anything. Well, this is just the pits. I think that I am finally on my way to napland and then we only travel at about 35 miles an hour. (I could almost run as fast as this if I weren't so tired).
We finally get home and Mommy parks the car and let's me out. Ahhh, nap time! But NOOOOO! Now we have to water the chickens, feed the chickens, get the mail and help Daddy put things away. Is there no end to this punishment? My tail's dragging Mom. This pooch is used to veggin' out on the couch every day but today things are just not working out.
After much patience and a little of the pitiful, sad eyes routine, I finally win them over and we head for the house. Mommy opens the door and there is my beloved couch. Ahhhh, at long last! I hop up in my favorite spot and within two or three minutes my little eyes are closed and I am in dream-land. Daddy tells Mommy that he thinks that I am one tired little doggie; boy, he doesn't know the half of it. If he had only made half as many steps as I did today, he would be tired too. BOL
Well, I've learned one very important thing today. It is an awful lot of work to bring home all of that wood that keeps us so comfy and warm all winter long but it is worth it. I still love going to the farm and I still love running through the woods and I don't even mind helping gather up the wood and over seeing the whole process. But Daddy is going to have to change his schedule so that he doesn't cut into my precious nap time.
These humans are seriously disrupting my couch time and it just might be the death of me. Hey, a girl has to get her beauty rest each day, 'ya know. Oooh, I am one tired pooch!
September 5th 2009 7:32 pm
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Well, I am a bit behind on writing in my diary but I have been a very busy girl. Lots of things have happened in the last couple of weeks so I will try to get all of my information updated.
First of all, Mommy and Dad went on vacation the last week of August and I had to stay at home with a petsitter. Yep! Just like a babysitter but a petsitter. Well, whoever heard of such a thing! Mommy would not be content to go away for a week and leave me in the pen all alone and so she made arrangements with a friend to petsit for me. Boy, was I glad of that too. It was really hot here at home; in the 90's so I was really happy to be allowed to be in the yard and to enjoy all of the shade from our big trees. Mommy even left me two wading pools full of nice cool water so that I could cool off when it got too hot. Mommy was worried that I might be tempted by one thing or another to overstep my boundaries with the invisible fence; so she asked her friend to keep an eye on me. This friend/petsitter would stop by our house in the mornings and let me out of the pen. She would even play chuck-it ball with me until I was hot and tired and then she would leave for awhile so that we both could cool off and rest!
Pretty soon, she would be back to check on me and to play some more. This lady was pretty fun and I enjoyed her visits. She brought her own fur babies along one day but I was not happy to see them; so she left them in her car and just played with me.They watched but I was the one who got all of the attention! BOL! Mommy said that the other doggies might have played with me but I decided that I just wanted to play with the nice lady that brought me treats every day.
One day this lady even asked me to get in her car and we started towards town, but I was kind of nervous to be in someone else's vehicle and so she brought me back home. Little did I know that she had intended to take me to McDonald's for an ice cream cone, or I would have settled down and been a good doggie. I was just worried that she might take me away from my house and not bring me back or even worse that she might take me to the VET!! I should have known that she wouldn't have done that to me, but this lady was still somewhat of a stranger to me and I didn't know if I should trust her or not. Next time I will know to sit down and be a lady and maybe I can get one of those ice cream thingies.
Well, I began to look forward to this lady stopping by and she would come about three times a day to check on me and then in the evening, she would let me help put the chickens to bed and gather eggs. Then she would get my dinner ready and give me an egg in my food (just like Mommy always does); so things were pretty normal and I did enjoy having company each day. She was very nice to me and she was an excellent chuck-it ball thrower. I finally decided that she was a pretty good petsitter after all.
The first day that Mom and Dad were gone, one of the kitties that lives in the house escaped when the little grandaughters came and forgot to close the door right away. So this lady would call and call for Tuffy each time that she came, but he was in hiding and wouldn't show his face. Then one morning he came to her and she put him back in the house again. He had been gone for three days and I could tell that the petsitter was very glad to see him. I was quite happy too because now she could pay attention to me and not worry about that silly cat any more. She was very careful to not allow him or Pickles to escape again and so she got to spend more time playing chuck-it ball with me (as it should be)!
Do you know what else this petsitter did? She kept taking pictures of me and the others too. She even made a cute little album that Mommy told me about; she said that it brought tears to her eyes. I don't know why it would make tears but humans are so silly about such things sometimes. The album was a day by day account of what happened at our house; so that Mommy could see what all we did while she was gone. There were several pictures of me with my chuck-it balls, a picture of each kitty and the chickens and even a picture of one of the eggs in the nest that the lady gave me for my suppertime. Hee Hee! Isn't that silly? But it made Mommy happy to see these pictures and she said that she was going to keep this album forever and always. Well, I guess that Mommy must have really, really liked my pictures!
Anyhow, when Mommy and Dad came back from vacation, I was really happy to have them back home again. It is nice to have a petsitter, but it is really nice to have Mom and Dad back home and to have everything back to normal. They were really glad to see me too when they got home and I could tell that they had missed me. So now I am back to my old routine and I get to come in the house every day again. I really liked being in the yard and enjoying the shade trees, but you know, there is just something special about the ceiling fans and the air conditioner. Ahhhh!
And guess what? Mom and Dad have even started to let me sleep on the king sized bed for my afternoon naps. How about that? Mom thought that Dad would not allow that but I guess that he really missed me while he was gone 'cause when I slipped into the bedroom and hopped up on the bed, he just laughed at me and petted me. Boy! I should have tried that before. Hee Hee
We have been taking walks every evening now too since it has cooled off some. They will ask me if I want to go for a walk and of course I act all excited. So we hop in the car and take a short drive over to Dad's farm. There is a long drive-way that goes a mile back through the fields and we park at the end of the lane and walk all the way back to the woods. Sometimes, we even walk a little further and go back to a river that I can splash in. Only we cannot go to the river right now because the crops haven't been harvested yet. I am really anxious to have the beans harvested so that we can go on down to the river but in the meantime, I really enjoy our walks through the fields and into the woods. Boy, my nose is really in overdrive with all of the interesting smells that I find. One evening we saw 3 deer and a raccoon. Then all of a sudden, we heard this almost deafening loud noise and it kind of scared me. I had never heard such a noise before. Mom said that the neighbors were revving up their dune buggies. Wonder why they would do that? And what is a dune buggy anyhow? I don't think that I like them whatever they are because they hurt my ears.
Well, I have helped Mom put the chickens to bed and gather the eggs tonight and it is almost dark; so I have to get my supper and head off to the dog pen and my nice little secure doggie house. It has been another interesting day and I am one tired doggie. We did not go to the farm this evening but Mom took me for a nice walk down the road and we saw some more deer. Boy, that was fun but I am ready for some sleep now. So I will drift off into dreamland for another night and bask in the light of the full moon that shines in my door opening this evening. Ahhh, life in the country is very, very good for this very happy doggie.
July 18th 2009 8:19 pm
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Well, this has been one exciting day. I have been kept so busy that I am utterly exhausted this evening.
First of all I helped Mommy put up a tarp over the top of my dog pen so that I could have some shade. Well, actually I watched and she did the work. BOL. She had to climb on top of a big wood pile to reach the top of the pen and then she went inside to string a rope through the rest of the it and tie it down. I hopped on top of the doghouse and watched and she even sat on the doghouse with me for awhile while she was putting the tarp over that side of the pen. Mommy told me that I was really a good helper.
Then Daddy was upset because the raccoons have been getting into his sweet corn patch. So, he set a live trap last night and he caught one this morning. Well, I didn't even get to see it right away but I could smell that critter from way across the yard. I just kept going to the garden to see what was going on but I couldn't see anything. I am not allowed to enter the garden or I will be in REALLY big trouble and besides the underground electric fence runs right past there; so I would get shocked if I go too close. Oooh! I don't like that one little bit. So I just kept an eye on things from a distance.
Then finally, Daddy went to the garden and brought the live trap out. He set it on the ground so that I could see! WOW! I was so excited and that ole raccoon started to snarl and hiss at me right away.
I just didn't know what to think about that, so I just took my big ole paw and swatted that cage. (That'll teach that sassy little ole critter). BOL
Well, that cage just rolled right over and the raccoon was upside down. *Giggles* I just thought that was tremendously funny; so I just kept doing it, over and over. That ole raccoon just kept hissing and I just kept swatting at the cage and I rolled him clear across the whole yard. Wheeee!! Mommy scolded me and told me that I shouldn't get that ole raccoon all scared but I was having so much fun. So, I just kept rolling that cage and pretty soon, Mommy joined in the chase. She was trying to catch me and I was rolling that cage as fast as I could go. Oh my dogness! I've never had so much fun. I was even frothing at the mouth because I was so excited. Mommy was chasing me and Daddy was laughing. Well, she finally grabbed me by the collar and made me go in my pen for awhile. Ahhh, Mom, I was really having fun playing roll that raccoon. Hee Hee! I was sooo tired after I went into my pen that I just slept for a couple of hours after all of that excitement.
But that wasn't the end of my fun day. This evening, I was helping Mommy get the chickens to bed (as usual). This is one of my daily duties to escort Mommy to the hen house and I stand guard while she closes the door after the chickens go to bed. I don't know how she ever managed to get those chickens to bed before I was here to stand guard and oversee things. She says that I scare the chickens by getting too close to the fence, but I know better. They just don't want to go to bed but would rather stay up and play with me. They get so excited when they see me, that they just flap their wings and squawk like crazy and run all around their pen. (Silly ole biddies).
Anyhow, after we were all done with the chickens, I turned around to escort her back to the house and I couldn't believe my eyes! There was something white running across the yard towards us. It was kind of small and about the size of a cat. I had to rub my eyes to be sure that I wasn't seeing things. It was a miniature dog! Heh! Funny looking little runt. He was mostly white with large brown spots and very muscular looking but he was a shrimp. I could walk right over the top of him. Well, things are looking up---a new play toy, I am thinking.
So I did what any other decent fun-loving hostess would do, I put my front feet out in front of me and my rear end up and wagged my tail to welcome this strange looking dog. Well, he didn't want to play; he just followed my Mommy around. Now, I am not having any of that nonsense. I don't share my food and I don't share my Mommy, buster; so you'd better be on your way. I just walked over the top of him and growled and you know what that little shrimp did? He growled back at me!! Of all the nerve! In MY yard, taking over MY Mommy and then growling at ME!!!
OK, no more nice doggie. I've had enough of this little ugly intruder; so I decided to growl again and then I pinned him to the ground. I'll show him who owns this household! Oops! Frothing at the mouth again. That'll show the little runt who's boss. (Maybe he'll think that I have rabies and he'll take off) BOL
But do you know what happened then? Mommy scolded me and grabbed me by the collar again; she made me go back into my pen!!! Well, this is getting old. I couldn't believe it. Was she actually going to let this intruder follow her around and put me in prison? Humpf. Well, I'll show her! I'll show them both, I will just jump on top of my dog house (doing my Snoopy imitation) and I will ignore this situation! Oh wait, I can't do that!! I haven't even had my supper yet so I do the only thing that a big brave doggie would do, I whine, cry, whimper and try my best to look pitiful. Well, it worked! Mommy brought me my food dish and some cold, fresh water and she told the intruder that he would have to go home. Hee Hee!
Hey, wait a minute! Mommy went back in the house and left me out here in my pen; all alone. This isn't what I wanted to happen. Yeah, it is dark and yeah the intruder left but I wanted some more play time. Mommy just told me that I had been a bad doggie and that I would have to stay in the pen. Well, phooey!! That's the thanks I get for protecting my property. I'll just hop back up on top of my doghouse and enjoy the nice cool evening breeze and dream about my busy day. I might have gotten into trouble a couple of times (well, actually three times. I forgot about that whole roll of shop towels that I tore up all over the yard.) but boy did I have fun today. Wow! This has been a banner day and I am totally exhausted.
Wonder what will happen tomorrow? Wonder if that ugly little intruder will come back again? Or maybe Dad will get another raccoon in that fun little ole rolly cage. Oh boy! Mommy, you'd better get your rest and be prepared to put on your running shoes tomorrow 'cause I'm gonna get a good night's rest. Zzzzzzzzz
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