Tuesday, August 02, 2011

THINKING OF NEW PALS REMINDS ME OF OLD PALS

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A SLEEPY MOTORMOUSE MORNING IN BORREGO SPRINGS,  CALIFORNIA...FEBRUARY 2010
So nice to step out the door first thing this morning into some nice cooler 71F temperatures.  I wasn't fooled by that though knowing full well the temps could ramp up fairly quickly again.  Had a few errands to run in Goderich & decided the little Motormouse might be better off staying home in the A/C.  Of course she didn't think so & made quite a fuss when she caught me sneaking out the door without her.  I skulked off to the Jeep under a huge cloud of guilt following me.   And, the cloud only got bigger when I saw that sad little furry face watching me out the window every step of the way.  I steeled myself & quickly hustled out the driveway with nary a look back.  I was off to the city of Goderich & my first stop at the Department of Transportation.
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CARLSBAD NEW MEXICO.............DECEMBER 2006

The Canadian Government did well by the Bayfield Bunch this morning.  It was time to renew all our vehicle license stickers.  $264 for the Motor Home, Santa Fe, Jeep & Motorcycle.  My drivers license was also up for renewal & a new photo & that was another $74.  My health card was due for renewal too......and that was free:))  Ya-hooie Louie:))
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POOR MAX DIDN'T MAKE THIS HIKE BECAUSE HE HAD A SORE PAW & HAD TO STAY BEHIND IN OUR RIG FAR OFF IN THE DISTANCE......DARBY WELLS ROAD NEAR AJO ARIZONA....MARCH 2008

Up until a couple years ago I always enjoyed stopping in various places for a nice mess of bacon & eggs for breakfast.  Kind of lost my taste for that plus the price of a bacon & egg breakfast just got too ridiculous!!  After I left the vehicle license bureau this morning I had an old rare hankering for bacon & eggs so stopped into the Burger Bar on Kingston Street, Goderich.  Would you believe I had a great bacon & egg, toast & jam plus coffee breakfast & even got change back from a $5 bill.   Now, where else on this planet can you get a great deal like that....especially with coffee included.
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ME & THE GUYS AT HICKIWAN TRAILS RV PARK NEAR WHY, ARIZONA JANUARY 4TH 2007

RETIRED ROD & LOYCE have fired up their rig & left Kansas City heading North to South Dakota in an attempt to escape the oppressive heat. So far they are not having much luck as Rod talks about the wind gusts burning his face & his shoes sizzling in the 105F heat. Fortunately for Rod there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,000 Wendy's burger joints stretching across North America........all with air conditioning:))
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ON THE SHORES OF LAKE HURON AT McGREGOR POINT.....OCTOBER 2006 (pre-beard days:))

James Strick has joined us as our latest Blog Follower.  Welcome aboard Jim & thanks for taking an interest in the Bayfield Bunch.  Blogging waters are not always calm here but we do try to keep things under control & interesting:))

IMG_2483OH OH, SOMEBODY IS FEELING SAD ABOUT NOT GOING FOR A JEEP RIDE
Received an email this afternoon regarding a one & a half year old Lab/Border Collie mix we had been interested in last week.  (looks a lot like Checkers) The dog had been adopted & gone to a home on Sunday but was already back at it's Foster home today.  Didn't take Kelly long to phone the lady at the Foster home for a chat about.....Lexi:))  Following that phone call we were very optimistic that Lexi would be just the right fit for the Bayfield Bunch & we have made plans to go meet her Wednesday.  We are a bit partial to Border Collies because of their easy demeanor & intelligence.  Can you spell, E.X.C.I.T.E.D.
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DOG & DONKEY PLAY DAYS AT THE RANCH NEAR McNEIL, ARIZONA...SOME DAYS WE HAD 6 HAPPY DOGGY GUYS FLYING AROUND ALL OVER THE PLACE:))  

But, there is a fly in the ointment.  Lexi is sponsored by Animal Adoption Agency so there are rules & regulations to be followed.  Another couple has also expressed an interest in Lexi so after we meet Lexi Wednesday & the other couple meets Lexi this coming Saturday, a decision will be made by a board as to who may take Lexi home.  Lexi lives 77 miles from us so we will be in for some driving tomorrow & with any luck we will be in for a second drive maybe early next week.  The Motormouse is going with us tomorrow as well to meet Lexi.  We had really hoped to bring Lexi home tomorrow if all was acceptable, but rules are rules....................
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THESE ARE A COUPLE PICS OF LEXI WE RECEIVED TODAY:))  

THE LAST PARAGRAPH:  It is very few RV'ers we have met who do not travel without their beloved best Pals at their side.  As I have said many times before, our lives have been so enriched by Max & Checkers when they were here.  Now, little Cora carries on in their place.  Wish us luck...................:))
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NOW WHAT THE HECK COULD BE SO DARN INTERESTING ABOUT AN OLD CREOSOTE SHRUB IN THE DESERT......BORREGO SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.... FEB. 2010
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Dog property laws:
1. If I like it, it's mine.
2. If it's in my mouth, it's mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it's mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
5. If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I'm chewing something up, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it just looks like mine, it's mine.
8. If I saw it first, it's mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
10. If it's broken, it's yours.
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18 comments:

Laurie and Odel said...

Oh, Al!! Just have Animal Love read back in your blog a little and Lexi will be yours! Who could possibly give a dog a better life - patient adults who will love and exercise her, travel, the little Mouse for a buddy. What a great life! Best of luck.

Oh, BTW, do you know why she was returned to her foster home?

Jean and Skip said...

Love the groaner, Louie sure lives by those rules. Wishing you luck with Lexi, she will be a lucky girl if she gets to join the Bayfield Bunch.

Ruth said...

How cruel for the poor dog. Thinks it's going to it's forever home and then BAM, back to the shelter. Probably just as well though, maybe she might end up with you guys and I'm sure that would be a much, much better home for her. Good luck, I'm as excited as you are about it.

hobopals said...

Hoping you find the perfect match for you and Motormouth. Surely, you will share pictures of Lexi if you bring her home.

Merikay said...

I will interject one thought and you can take it for what it's worth.

Lexi may look a bit like Checkers, but she is not Checkers.

She will never be as smart, as sweet, or as brave as Checkers.

She could be Checkers twin sister, but she will always be her own self.

After we lost Odie, our first wonderful yellow lab, we looked at several other breeds, but always came back to the labs.

Picabo was a good dog, but she never had the "soul" that Odie had.

W made the same mistake in trying to replace a favorite cat with a look alike.

Anyway, just a thought. If you want her, I hope you get her.

dreamjosie said...

Wishing you lots and lots of luck with the board. I'm with Laurie. If they read all the wonderful things about your previous pals, how could they not pick you? Can't wait to hear how it goes. (Loved the groaner today.)

Sue and Doug said...

we wish you luck with Lexi!..we are all 'rooting for you and Kelly and Motormouse'..but I do have to agree with Merikay..just cause they look like one another doesn't mean they will be the same..my brother-in-law and his wife have only ever had a german shepard and a german shorthair..they are on their third set..my preference was the last set...this one?..they are just a tad wild..and they really don't like the Tuckmeister..nasty 'cousins'..how could anyone not love our 'golden boy'??..good luck with the meet and greet..hope it goes well!!!
and as for the groaner..that could go for kids as well as dogs!!

Levonne said...

I can't get that first picture out of my mind. That looks like a baby seal on a bed. Is it? Hope you enjoy your visit with Lexi!

Carole said...

I can feel your excitement from down here and we are excited for you, we have all our fingers, toes and paws crossed for you! Lexi looks a lovely new friend for you all.
Loved the groaner today and it's so true!
Someone asked Cora why her Dad calls her Motormouse. Cora are you going to tell us or is it a secret?
Lots and lots of luck for Wednesay.
Carole

Jim and Sandie said...

All fingers and toes are crossed for you guys and Lexi. She will be one very lucky puppy to have you for her family.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Good luck with the interview.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with Lexi. I think the real judge will be little Motormouse-if the two of them hit it off, Lexi will be yours!
Donna

Dennis and Donna said...

We will be thinking of the Bayfield Three today, in hopes that you will soon be the Bayfield Bunch again...loved the pics of Ajo area...I envy you your early start on your mecca to the great American Southwest!!

Texas Yellow Rose said...

After my beloved Baby left this world, our home was so quiet. We began the search for our Maggie, perusing Web sites much as you and Kelly have. Found a cute pooch listed with a foundation, I went for a meet-and-greet and things looked great. The foster mother had 5 other dogs in addition to this one - 3 fosters and 2 of her own. Big dogs, house in the city, doggies with no manners. Crazy. Long and short, the foundation thought we would have given the dog a wonderful home, but the foster mother did not want to let the dog go - wanted to keep it for herself. Since she was a major financial contributor to the foundation . . . well, guess who got the dog. I could sense this on the initial meeting at her home and even told her she might want to give thought to why she was fostering . . . that it was to provide a temporary loving environment but ultimately to place the dogs in a forever home.

This is what was meant to be, as otherwise we would not be blessed with our Marvelous Maggie. Maggs was at the local shelter and actually attracted my attention when I visited. "Hey, hey, Mom! Look at me! Here I am! I've been waiting for you!" Would not have had it any other way! Paperwork done, donation made and she came home with us.

None of this nonsense of visiting your home, blah blah blah. Shelter staff can tell if folks will provide a good home. I'll never go through a foster agency again. Too great a possibility of politics, etc.

That being said, good luck with finding your next buddy. Lexi has a nice smile! What is to be, will be!

Janna and Mike said...

Good luck, good luck, good luck--hope it all works out for you guys!

Judy and Emma said...

Good luck on your journey today.

Tom _still_workin said...

Howdy from the Haul Road along the pipeline in Alaska. Paid $ 24.95 for 2 eggs over easy, 3 pieces of bacon, tater tots and two slices of white bread toast. I think the glass of OJ was free. Just like they say..Location Location Location.
Still an avid reader of your blog.
Tom

Wayne and Roberta said...

Sure hope your meeting with Lexi went well today and you get the phone call to come and get it. You would make great parents for her.