Loving Fangie and Anita

This is to honor Fangie — who this morning went back to the Great Mystery from whence he came — and his human-bean-mama, Anita.  Fang brought so much love to this world through Anita and everyone who read her delightful and touching stories of his adventures.  I am so grateful to have shared in that experience.  Thank you, Anita.  Thank you, Fangie.  Blessings on your new adventure!

Fangie getting some love from his big brother Bugs




Saving a Life — Cheap Avocados, Annoying Dogs, and Following Your Bliss

Just a quick note this morning to all of my friends and fans who have been missing me so badly.  The humans took me on another one of those road trips.  This one was a month long and we went over 8500 miles.  Oh yeah, you’ll hear more about that later.

But what I want to share this morning is about what happened yesterday.  Speedbump (as I unaffectionately refer to him because he is always in my way) went out yesterday morning to do some errands.  Let me just mention that he is a compulsive grocery shopper.  Both humans usually leave the house together, but yesterday Speedbump went out and did his own bopping around and left Mama here for me to play with.  One of his big thrills is finding cheap avocados at this certain store.  So after doing some other shopping at other places for other odds and ends, off he went in search of the avocados.  His mission was a success and he took his bag full of cheap avocados out to the car.

What he discovered in the parking lot was one of those little dog creatures going nuts in a pick-up truck next to his parked car.  Maybe I haven’t explained that Speedbump is a dog guy.  He lets his dog, Dusty, sleep in the middle of the bed.  That is my spot.  Silly man.  So anyway, Speedbump had to go see what was up with this dog that was freaking out in the truck next to him.  What he found was a man slumped over the steering wheel and this dog barking and pawing trying to rouse him.  Yikes!

Speedbump called 911 and the paramedics were there almost instantly.  Turns out this man had fallen into a diabetic coma.  The paramedics quickly revived the man and he was fine. Turns out this dog was the man’s service dog, trained to alert him when his blood sugar gets low.

Hmm, I guess there is a use for annoying barking creatures after all.

So…I think the moral of the story is do what makes you happy and you will be in the flow of Life.  So go lie in the sunshine or go shopping or bark a lot.  Whatever works for you…


Our So-Called Vacation

OK.  I know I didn’t say anything about our so-called vacation yet.  But I thought vacations were supposed to be fun, right?

Come to think of it I didn’t even tell you about leaving Florida and the whole crazy trip that got us to this house with the smelly beasts.

Mama is actually way behind in sharing my cuteness.  There are still photos and videos from our old place in Florida she never posted.  I wish I could hire some competent help.

Oh, well. Let’s just start with a picture of me.  Always a good place to begin.

Now this is my idea of “vacation”!  Relaxing.  Everything I need within reach.

So let me  just tell you about this latest vacation for now…

Yogaville??!  They don’t even allow pets to stay there!

So we had two nights at that Sai Baba Super8 with the easy-access boxsprings.  I learned quickly that check-out time means time to avoid being put into my tent and shoved into the back seat of the rental car.  Check-out time means time to become invisible.  I got very good at it.

When they did eventually corral me, we took off for State College so they could have their photo taken at another shrine.

the faces have been changed to protect the silly

No, I don’t get it either.

Worshiping me is fine, but why is the statue the wrong color?

But we got an extra big hotel room with extra windows to sit in.  So that was nice.  Until Mama opened one.  Then this stench wafted in.  Cows, she said.

Hmmm.  Cows are ungulates.  They don’t smell tasty.  Wildebeest are ungulates.  I may have to rethink my plan of following the wildebeest migration.  There may be some of that stinky poo smell involved.  Hmmm.  Any suggestions?

Then on to a nice hotel somewhere else. 

Big bed.

I was unreachable come check-out time.

The next night was the 4th of July and we hadn’t planned on seeing any fireworks.  But as soon as we got settled into our hotel room, a big display started that we could watch right from bed! That was a fun surprise!  We didn’t think we would see any fireworks.  (Except for those we were smuggling in the trunk.)

Then we heading north until we were about 13 miles from the Canadian border.  That is the furthest north I have ever been and perhaps ever will be — unless I sneak across the border.  But I don’t think they have any wildebeest up there so why bother?

We spent a couple of days at a friend’s cabin on a lake.  No ungulates, no fireworks, just quiet.  I was OK with that.  And I didn’t have to get in the car for a couple of days, so that was very nice.

This is a picture of me when they said it was time to leave the cozy cabin.  See me?  In the tent?  No.  Under the bed.  Uh-uh. In the golf bag?  Nope.  In-vis-i-ble!

Well, they finally lured me out with treats and got me in the car and took me back to that nice hotel with the big bed to hide under.  This time I let myself fully enjoy all of the amenities.

The over-sized headboard is very well-designed for climbing and scratching.

Smelled a little funny, though.

Mama’ s tie-dye clashed with the color scheme.  As usual.

On the way back home, we drove through Amish country.

Mama took these photos from the car as I considered chasing down those ungulates.

It was really hot out, though.  And it might be bad form to devour a family’s transportation.  Oh, well.  I wasn’t that hungry, anyhow.

Sleeping at the The Sai Baba Super 8

On the road again!

This time we are “on vacation”.  Heading towards Yogaville today.  Serendipitously arrived at the Sai Baba Super8 last night.  Great boxsprings that are ripped open underneath so I can explore.  Nice window ledge, too.  Mama was talking about the sitar music playing down at breakfast.

Who knows what these silly humans are up to this time.

I’m Back: I Found My Voice and Mama Found the Camera!

I am back!

Having silently endured a few weeks of travel and torture, I’ve decided that is it!  No more quietly ‘going with the flow’ and all that crap.  I want my forts, I want my caves, I want my hideouts, I want to run laps and leap up doorjambs, I want my breakfast served on time, dagnabbit!  I tried waiting patiently and silently this morning, as I have for weeks, but I just couldn’t take it any longer.  It is against my true nature.  I know what I want and I know when I want it!

I like my breakfast at 7 and my dinner at 6, thank you.  Don’t lie there with your eyes closed when it is time to feed me!  No, no, no.  I finally had to stand on Mama’s chest and scream, “Enough of this crap!  Open your eyes!  Get up!  Go fetch me foooooood!  Now!”.  Then I ran around the room repeating my demand.  She complied.  Sometimes her brain works.

Jha in window

Well, we’ve been in the same spot for a week and a half now.  I guess I can deal with it.  My room has three windows and three doorjambs.  Outside of my door is a great big room full of windows.  I have started zooming out of my room as soon as the door opens so I can explore this big room.

looking out my door

looking out my door into the sunroom

definitely not a wildebeest

But sometimes this room is populated by large furry beasts.  They don’t smell tasty.  They aren’t even ungulates.  Where are all the wildebeest?!?  I want wildebeest!

the smelly beasts leaving

The smelly beasts are leaving the sunroom. My plan of intimidation and domination is working.