Looking off a bridge on one of my hikes
The adult eagle getting the fish
Auntie Naomi with the thing on her arm
and Uncle Fred giving me the attention I deserve
Then they packed up Uncle Fred's car and everyone went out for lunch but me (but Mommy brought me back some french fries) and then Auntie Naomi and Uncle Fred and The Sister left! It was a very strange visit.
Anyway, after that weird visit, Mommy and I had some other visitors. First off, one night I woke up around 2:00 a.m. and looked out the window. I thought I saw a big dog in the woods so I barked "Big dog! Big dog!" and woke Mommy up, but then when the thing in the woods got closer I could see it wasn't a dog so I barked, "Monster! Monster!" Mommy said, "Go back to sleep" because she doesn't worry too much about monsters since they are sometimes porcupines or tarps or Christmas decorations, but this WAS a monster. Then it stood up and I thought it was a person acting strange so I barked, "Creepy human! Creepy human!" then it dropped back down and walked by the side of the house and I barked, "Monster! Monster!" again. Then I ran to the door and told Mommy we should go chase it. Mommy said, "I am not getting up at two in the morning to go chasing werewolves through the woods in the dark. Go back to sleep and we'll track it in the morning." I didn't go back to sleep for at least a half hour though and instead I ran from window to window snuffling and snorting. As soon as it was light I got Mommy up so we could track the monster. We went out the door and there were footprints all over by the side of the house. They came out of the woods and then led down to where the salt lick for the porcupine is. The salt lick had been rolled about a foot and the ground where the lick was was all scratched up. Mommy said the footprints belonged to a black bear, not a werewolf or any other kind of monster.
Pileated woodpeckers who kept banging on the house
And this nosy turkey
That turkey kept peeking into the house and when I would go up to the window to look at her she'd run back into the woods. Then about ten minutes later she'd be back. I don't know if you have ever seen a turkey run, but Mommy says it is one of the funniest things she has ever seen and it looks something like this:
On the last evening of vacation Mommy decided to do laundry so instead of sleeping in a bed that night we slept in sleeping bags. The minute Mommy put them down on the ground I announced the red one was mine. I left Mommy the little blue sleeping bag though, so I don't know why she was grumbling.
When we got back from vacation Mommy took me to the vet. I was so nervous my ears were all the way back on my head and I was shaking. Mommy said, "What are you so scared about?" Was she stupid? Last year we went to the vet and then on vacation and then we came home and went to the vet and the vet STOLE MY TOE!! I had no idea what the vet was going to cut off this time! Well, it ended up that the vet wasn't going to cut something off. Instead I was there to start my laser treatments for my back. The vet took me into a back room without Mommy, which is ALWAYS scary, and she waved a glowing thing over my back and hips for about a half hour. I was sore after the first treatment, which the vet said was normal. The second treatment they waved the glowing thing over my knees and ankles too and I was sore after that one too. Then after the third one I started feeling really good. I'm bending my knees a bit and I don't foot scuff as much or knock my toes on the steps when I come in the house. After that I decided I LIKE these vet visits and when Mommy tells me I'm going to the vet I run to the back door. I went every-other day for two weeks and then this week I only went twice (although I woke Mommy up at 5:30 on the day I wasn't going because I thought we should be) but the effects of the treatments seem to last. Next week I'm only scheduled to go once and then Mommy says we'll see what happens. The only down side is that I'm not supposed to hike after the treatments which is making it a bit hard for Mommy and I to do the fall hiking challenge this year. I did get one hike in though and you can read about it in my previous post. I'm hoping it doesn't rain all day tomorrow and Monday like they are saying it might because Mommy and I are hoping to do two hikes this weekend since it is a holiday.