The View From Here

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And Then There Was (Almost) One

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As is family tradition on Slim’s side, we ventured to the Baltimore area the Friday after Thanksgiving for another Thanksgiving with the kin in Maryland.  I love that part of the country, and Uncle Mike, Aunt Mary and Anastasia have a beautiful home and property.  It’s always great to see everyone, and as usual, there was an abundance of food – including a bushel of Chesapeake Bay Oysters, thanks to Karl & Barb.  There is nothing like fresh shucked Oysters !

Mike & Mary have a nicely landscaped back yard that sits on a hillside, and includes a couple of ponds.  The yard is mostly fenced in, so we thought we’d leave Roxie & Terra off of their leashes to explore the vast yard.  Every now and again I would get a “visual” to make sure that Rox didn’t run off, and that Terra didn’t get abducted by a chupacabra or something.  Also, many of us were outside enjoying the sun and some fresh pirozhki – footballs as we call them.

All was going smoothly until I heard a large splash !  Since I knew that Terra – aka Fatty – would be where the food was I yelled for Roxie. “Roxie COME !  ROXIE COME !” – nothing.  I ran down the hill to find that she had fallen through the ice on the larger pond !  She was about in the middle, with her top half exposed, nails digging into the ice.  I called her but she wouldn’t even look in my direction – she was paralyzed with fear, wimpering lightly.  I pulled off my socks and shoes and went in and got her, delivering 45 pounds of wet, shivering canine safely back to shore.

Roxie HATES water, so this was a nightmare scenario for her !  Even bathing her is very traumatic, and she shakes the whole time – tries to escape the tub also.  I can only think that because the pond was algae covered and frozen that she thought it was just more of the yard.  I am obviously very thankful that we were outside and that I heard what happened, or we might be one dog short today !  I can’t wait to visit again to see if Roxie has a flashback when I take her back to that spot.  She may not be smartest dog in the yard, but she’s got the memory of an elephant…


Written by johntheirishman

Tuesday, 2 December, 2008 @ 12:43 at 12:43

Posted in Randoms

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  1. When you gonna do a post on your other two new pets? You’re gonna keep ’em, right?


    Wednesday, 14 January, 2009 @ 9:51 at 9:51

  2. Ya know, it really hasn’t been that bad ~ except for the barking, evening howling and dead banana tree. Oh, and the extra piles of crap in the yard…


    Wednesday, 14 January, 2009 @ 11:49 at 11:49

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