A long time ago we decided to go to a store every one of our friends had told us about.
It was in the middle of nowhere. The directions went something like this Take the road that goes to Conway. Turn right at the grocery store. Go until you see a farm on your left with a sign at the end of the fence that says Meat Packing 1 mile. Turn left there and go down that dirt road until you come to a fork. Take the fork to the left and go until you see the store on your left. The road gets worse and worse, but keep going. You are in the right place.
This is part of the explanation of how we ended up with 9 dogs and six cats.
One Saturday morning we got in the old Suburban we used as a farm vehicle. Can't drive it in the rain because it has some holes in the side and we don't want it to rust. Can't drive it in the freezing weather because the only heat comes through the vent and there is not enough to defrost the windshield.
Can sell it because it has 4 new Michelin tires that are worth more than the SUV. We also use it to take small animals to the vet.
Ah, I am going in the wrong direction. We got about six miles down the road and a Bassett hound was laying in the middle of the road. We stopped the car to see if it was hurt. That dog did not move a muscle.
My passenger jumped out of the car and ran to the dog. I sat in the Suburban with cars honking and going around while she took a look at the dog.
As soon as she got to the dog and leaned over to check it out, the dog up, ran to the open car door and jumped in. She didn't stop there. She went over the back seat and the third seat and ended up in the cargo area.
I was so busy sitting with my mouth wide open in utter amazement that I almost missed the other two dogs who ran out of the tall grass off the shoulder of the road and followed her exact path.
We now had three dogs in the back of the car.
We needed to move off the road and assess the situation.
My idea was to leave the dogs and if they were there when we came back we would pick them up.
The answer was. "I couldn't live with myself if we came back and one of them was actually smashed on the road."
I left all the windows down in the car while we were in the store so if they wanted to leave, they could.
The Bassett hound had just had babies, the Rat Terrier was an intact male and the puppy looked like you would expect that match up to look like.
I wanted to add a picture of Odie, the youngest one, but it is too dark outside.
Zoi, the Bassett, crossed the Rainbow Bridge last year. Jack is sixteen and follows my every step. Odie is twelve.
Sometimes the seemingly most unhandy events turn out to be a big blessing.
Come back and visit me again, There is always something going on at the farm.
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