The Colorful Puppy

imageedit_9_9068699702The Colorful Puppy
by Billie Jo Yeturi (used with permission)

Sitting still is hard for some puppies. Puppies like to play and run and jump and did I mention play?

But not for the colorful puppy. He liked to sit next to his human and watch people and think about what they were doing.

Some puppies thought that he was weird for not wanting to play. But the colorful puppy was content to just on the bench and smell the wind as is brushed passed his ears.

Other puppies would walk by the colorful puppy and make fun of him. Saying “you’re strange, colorful puppy, you never get off that bench and play with us.”

But those puppies didn’t know that colorful puppy had a wonderful world of fun games in his head. He liked to think about playing and running and jumping while watching the other puppies. He didn’t think he was strange in fact in his world he could jump farther, and run faster than any of the other puppies.

Colorful puppy was happy to be himself and didn’t care what others thought of him. His human loved him and that was all that mattered.

Every puppy is different you don’t have to do what everyone else does. Just do what makes you happy.

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Could it be, are we Suburbanites?

So, today I am preparing to go to a meeting tomorrow and I said to my husband, “You remember we have to go into the ‘City’ tomorrow, right?” To which he replied, “O my goodness we are total suburbanites.”
My husband and I met in a fairly large city in the midwest, fell in love there and we got married there. Then his job shifted us out to the west coast. Since neither of us knew anything about the west coast other than it is terribly overcrowded. Therefore, we decided to move outside of the city, because we understood that a fairly large city in the midwest means a small town out west. Why does the word, suburbanite carry so much negative connotation. I enjoy my suburban life. We can flit around town with ease and we even know some of the clerks at the local stores, because life is pretty simple out here in the suburbs. Although, when we were younger we never thought we would want to be away from the fast paced city life. As we have settled into our life together things have slowed down and we don’t go out as often as we used to. We do enjoy a good adventurous vacation or day tripping here and there, but friday nights these days include a movie and snuggling on the couch with our dog. Here is what the Urban Dictionary has to say about the Suburbanite:

“The most prevalent vermin in the USA, usually indigenous to the Midwest. Recognized by the following characteristics:
-Pretending that they have lots of money, but are actually broke after spending it all trying to impress people with their McMansions, SUVs, etc.
-Love of shitty chain “restaurants” such as Applebee’s, Chili’s, The Olive Garden, IHOP, etc.
-Severely lacking in social skills and intelligence, due to their refusal to interact with anyone other than their elementary/middle school classmates from 15-20 years ago.
Suburbanite: Ooh, I don’t like it in the city! I might get shot or mugged or something!
City Dweller: Stay the f@*$ out, we don’t want you around here anyway!””

And as much as I don’t like to admit it, we are suburbanites. No longer the twenty-somethings we were, but growing older and taking on more responsibilities. Who knows maybe even someday I will be a soccer mom?!?!?
As for now I will be content to be the mom of a Four Legged King.

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Any Advice About Taking a Dog to Death Valley?

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Can you believe this is 2015? And oh my goodness, Valentine’s day is right around the corner. My husband and I are planning a trip to Death Valley. We enjoy being adventurous together, several years ago for our first Valentine’s day together we went to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. We had so much fun. We were living in the MidWest and we flew to Las Vegas and then rented a car to drive to the Grand Canyon. I had no idea that it snowed at the Grand Canyon. Obviously geography was not my forte. It was great to just be spontaneous and do whatever we wanted when the mood struck. However, this year is a little different, this year we have a dog and we are trying to decide if we should take our Naayae or leave him home. We will be camping and probably will not do any major hikes, just a little site seeing of some of the major points of interest, like Ubehebe Crater, Dante’s View and the Devils Golf Course, but many people have cautioned against taking our dog. He is small under 20 pounds and will always be with us, either on a leash or in our tent. He is a good boy when walking on a leash and doesn’t bark at other animals. Since this is our first trip to Death Valley other than beautiful scenery, warm days and chilly nights we don’t have any idea what to expect. Are there really that many wild animals just waiting to eat a little dog? Anyway, we have a great dog-sitterย lined up and she is more than happy to keep our little guy, but we will miss him bunches.
Have any of you been to Death Valley? Did you take your dog? How did it go? If you didn’t take your dog, do think now that you have been there you would have?