I have been so busy, traveling,ya know.
So here's a little picture of me and Old Meme at Libby's Campground in York Beach Maine.
We had a lot of fun here.
Old Meme and I sat and watched the ocean which was right in front our camper.
At night we watched the moon rise right in front of us.
And then it shone across the ocean to our doorstep.
It was wonderful.
When I first came home
I was greeted by
many new family members
waiting for me
RIGHT AT THE FRONT DOOR!!
At the door was my Papa
holding my sister April 1865,
a cream colored tiger cat in one arm,
and my brother Stoney Wall in the other.
Kira, my brother collie was sitting
in the doorway next to them.
THEY WERE ALL JUST
WAITING FOR ME!
SWEETER THAN BEE POLLEN!
After all of the excitement of everyone first seeing each other
the folks took all of the animal family away
and put them in another room.
ONE BY ONE
they were brought out
so everyone could be introduced
that I could
TAKE A SNIFF.
It is really interesting what you learn from
Dogs have rather large
much larger than people so
this was an
ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THING
for all of the
CANINE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY.
When I first sniffed Mama at the airport
I knew right away that she LOVED orange jelly candies.
Mama never offered me any over the years,
WATCHED AND DROOLED
every single time that she ate one.
She said it was because all the sugar was bad for dogs.
She also said that all that sugar was bad for people.
Just one of those things I guess.
For Papa right away
I could smell deck furniture
and cigar smoke.
sitting on the deck smoking a cigar.
Many times, he has invited me to join him on the deck at night.
In the summer when the moon is waxing full;
the fireflies are twinkling in the back yard, and
the white birches are waving on the woodland edge...
it is a wonderful time for both of us.
For Stoney Wall,
THE SMELL OF RUBBER WAS EVERYWHERE!
He loved gnawing on his rubber chewy bone.
That was his delight!!
He just could not stop himself as he
chewed up more, and more rubber doggie bones,
DIGGING OUT THAT
GOLDEN SQUEAKER TREASURE
This was his own special kind of LOVE.
As for my brother Kira
You could smell "FROSTY PAWS"
on him a mile away.
Frosty Paws is ice cream for dogs in case you did not know.
WOOF DOWN A FROSTY PAW
in two minutes flat.
I saw him
MORE TIMES THAN I CAN COUNT WITH MY PAWS
an ice cream cup of it
ONE LICK AT A TIME!!
He loved them soooooo much!!
However, when I was introduced to April,
she was a totally new smell for me.
I could not get
It was like she was this exotic thing from another planet.
She was about the size of Stoney Wall
was a color I had never seen before.
She had the oddest lines on her body,
a long tail like me but short hair.
And she smelled like,
TO BE HONEST,
I DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE.
When Mama brought me through the door
THAT VERY FIRST DAY
OKAY FOLKS I AM UP FOR A NEW THING TODAY.
But when they brought April 1865
out for a SNIFF
As you can see I was so tiny then.
How do you like my picture?
was named by our Papa.
Kira was named by Mama
for Star Trek characters.
His full name is Kira Blue Aquiel.
was named by Papa
for Stonewall Jackson, from the Civil War.
THEN CAME APRIL.
Everyone who knows Papa knows that he
LOVES TALKING ABOUT THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
THE WAY SOME PEOPLE LOVE EATING CHOCOLATE.
So ... after naming the family's very first kitty, April 1865,
well let's just say he was not encouraged to name any more pets.
For anyone who does not know,
is the month and the year
the American Civil War ended.
I learned early on,
HAD NO INTEREST IN ME.
she had no interest in anyone in the family.
She was definitely a
kind of kitty.
NEVER EVEN SEEN A DOG
before moving to our
LITTLE BLUE HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY.
Which probably explains some of her
NO CUDDLY KITTY BEHAVIORS
the canine members of the family.
CAN YOU IMAGINE?
NEVER SEEING A DOG BEFORE?
HOW IS THAT
For me, I was ALWAYS amazed at her.
She could curl her body
RIGHT INTO A BALL!
Did you see her picture at the beginning?
For me being a dachshund (hot dog),
that was something I certainly had never done.
WILL NOT BEND THAT WAY!
So seeing her curled up tight,
her stripes vibrating as her breath moved them up and down,
it was well
After that first day
I spent as much time as possible
hiding out in April's Kitty House.
I LOVED IT!
I thought it was there
JUST FOR ME.
BUT AS YOU CAN SEE
Sister April was less than happy
with my moving in.
In this picture you can see her
SPACE CADET STARING EYE THING
that she did when life was
NOT GOING HER WAY.
IT WAS AS IF SHE
WAS WILLING ME
GET OUT OF HER HOUSE!
It was like
COME ON NOW!
AREN'T YOU GOING TO GET THIS GUY
APPARENTLY NOT BECAUSE
I stayed in that Kitty House
FOR A VERY LONG TIME
as it was
JUST MY SIZE.
Just like in the story of Goldilocks.
I think that Mama and Papa
were old softies
just could not force
little baby Dharma
Ha Ha, Lucky me!
As for bro Stoney,
he was always trying to get her attention.
AS YOU CAN SEE IN THIS PICTURE
she is giving him her
as she attempts to devour his leg.
April remained a
HANDS OFF KITTY
in our family.
She never did warm up to any of us.
like Grumpy the old grandfather used to say:
"YOU DO THE BEST YOU CAN WITH WHAT YOU HAVE".
Good advice from the old Yankee.
We certainly learned to live together
I should say
AS HARMONIOUSLY AS WAS POSSIBLE.
Hope you enjoyed the story.
Another dog day of summer
and it is still raining.
What is a girl to do?
I have been thinking of my brothers
Stoney Wall, and Frodo.
Here is a great picture of Stoney Wall
He was also known as Wizzer.
Frodo my brother is a short haired
grey striped Siamese tiger-cat,
Here is his baby "kitty" photo.
He has a whole story of his own about life in the "cow barn".
I will tell it to you sometime.
Over the years we have learned
many things from each other.
Now, some folks do not believe in inter-species learning.
But if you ask me, I say, of course.
But, I am after all
only a dog
compared to some experts,
what do I know?
Well, you would be surprised!
So let me tell you my story.
My brother Merlie, the collie, will
at the back door
when NEED compels him.
This is how the old folks know he
NEEDS TO GO OUT.
For the doxies in the house
Mama placed a hanging bell on the door knob to that same back door.
She then tried to teach us how to
"RING THE BELL"
whenever we needed to go pee.
Or you know, the other stuff too.
Now my brother Stoney Wall, his response was like,
ARE YOU KIDDING?
BUT FOR ME ,
I LOVE RINGING THAT BELL
HEAR IT ECHO
THOUGH OUT THE WHOLE HOUSE!
It means for me that
I GET TO GO
OUT THE DOOR
INTO THE UNIVERSE
BIG BLUE SKY
where I could hear
THE CHIRPING BIRDS
I GOT TO RUN!!.
So I ring the bell,
and Mama takes me to the little doggie pen
in the back yard.
It is a great system I think.
Anyway, one day
I am sleeping on the couch with brother Stoney Wall
THE BELL is RINGING!!
Stoney Wall has finally learned how to
RING THE BELL.
How cool is that?
Totally forgetting of course that he was just laying on the couch
next to me.
So I am immediately flying off the couch,
running toward the sun room,
WINGS A FLYING!!
(Here's a picture of Stoney Wall and me on the couch).
Into the sun room I run
and Mama and Papa
are standing there.
They are looking very funny
with their jaws hanging low.
And they keep looking
back and forth at each other.
I am of course still thinking,
WAY TO GO STONEY WALL.
I make the corner at top speed and there is
our family cat.
HE IS THE ONE WHO IS RINGING THE BELL!
I am totally confused
AS IS FRODO
he looks at the old folks
RINGS THE BELL AGAIN
and is like,
YOU COULD SEE IT IN HIS EYES.
COME ON FOLKS LET ME OUT!!
I guess he thought that if this was the key
to the door opening
FOR MERLIE AND ME
WHY NOT HIM?
Why not indeed?
I am very proud because
HE LEARNED IT FROM ME!
And so, every once in a while
RING THE BELL.
And when he does
I JUST SMILE!
And yes, dogs do smile.
Chell Sommese is a retired teacher.