[I left for convention of the Idaho State Chapter P.E.O. at Fort Hall (Blackfoot) on Thursday, May 14, and returned Monday the 18th. And now Mike and I are preparing for Hallie and Nick's visit over Memorial Day weekend. My time has been committed to activities other than writing, but here's a little essay I wrote on our last visit to the farm.]
Mike took off for one of his pavement rides, so as is customary and expected, the dogs and I went for a walk. We stayed together pretty well down the lane, but soon Nellie was dilly-dallying again and Bess was way ahead. No need to worry in this quiet place – not much anyway.
Bess danced ahead of me all the way to the mailbox, but Nellie didn’t come. That's okay. I was fairly certain I would find her at Pete’s Pond. That's about as far as she goes these days. On the return trip, Bess headed for the pond lickety-split, which confirmed my suspicion that I would find Nellie there. Yes, I saw both dogs, and Mr. and Mrs. Redgie (short for Redwing) Blackbird were having fits because their tranquil household had been disturbed. I called to the dogs and insisted they join me for the return to the farmhouse. Bess eagerly complied, but Nellie, ever the slowpoke, didn't catch me until the top of Plank’s Pitch. I immediately noticed that she was naked.
“Oh! You’ve lost your collar,” I scolded in frustration. (That’s the second lost collar this season.)
I paused briefly to consider the options before me. The collar had undoubtedly come loose as Nellie was “shaking off” at the pond -- and that's where I could expect to find it. I could:
a) Go back and look for it now – since I would never be closer, or
b) I could wait for Mike to return and send him to look for it. She’s his dog, after all. But -- he probably wouldn’t find it, and I’d still have to return to look for it.
“Come on, Girls,” I called. “We have to go back and look for Nellie’s collar.”
They understood my command because they put their tails up and their snouts to the ground. I retraced Nellie’s route as nearly as I could estimate it, but I was sure it was at the pond. And I was right. KW