The Cardinal by Baxter Curtis Restine

Well it’s true…you are reading a blog from a dog…

Not just any dog I might add, but from a dog who lives a pretty enlightened life. You see I spend much of each day cozily tucked under my mom’s desk where she writes, prepares and practices for speaking presentations and does personal development coaching for clients. I hear it all; well most of it anyway, you might as well know that my hearing isn’t what it used to be.

So; we left Bend, Oregon last September for what my humans called “The Great Adventure!” It was an adventure alright. It started out fine. I was in the back seat of the pick up on a tall dog bed with a great view of the road, my mom gave me a “treat” to help me relax and off we went. This was fun for about 3 hours or so; then…BORING! I quickly realized they would stop and take me on a walk if I started barking, so that is what I did. As soon as I got bored with the drive I would bark. At first, Dad just turned the music up, but it turns out I have a stronger will than he does apparently because when I refused to stop barking no matter how loud the music he would eventually stop! Worked like a charm!

After a couple of days, we arrived in North Dakota to visit Riley…I love Riley and she loves me! She calls me “Mr. Gorgeous” … anyway; at the last minute, she decided to make the long trek to Texas with us, so I was no longer alone in the back seat! I was so content that I completely stopped barking! She was the perfect Nanny!

After a few more days on the road we made it to our new home in Georgetown, Texas. The humans were all very happy to be here. My brother and sister in law; Ryan and Brittany came and brought their dog, my nephew Augie (boy he’s a pain). Oh, it was a love fest, every one of them were babbling on and on! All I could think about was how hot it was in Texas! Our new house is cool I guess, but I can’t go in the front yard because of the deer. In the back yard is a swimming pool which is scary to me. Mom says I will get used to it but I’m not sure.

There are so many animals around here… again, something I am not used to. There are squirrels who play in my oak tree, big fat bunnies on the far back side of our property, too many deer to count and the latest creature to make his debut is a bright red cardinal who sings at the top of his lungs every single morning. My mom loves this cardinal. She looked him up on Google and said they symbolize strength, leadership and confidence…oh she REALLY loved that! She whistles and that bird whistles back…honestly; I see it with my own eyes every single morning! This makes my mom so happy! For those of you who may not know it, my mom has had a rough go of things lately. She was diagnosed with Lymphoma right before we moved and had tons of treatment and medical stuff all during the fall and winter. It was so scary for me…she was really, really sick, but thankfully she is better now. I suppose at some point I will need to tell you all about it, but not right now; all this blogging has worn me out. I think I should go downstairs and see if I can scrounge up a treat from someone…seriously, what’s a dog got to do to get a treat around here anyway…sing like a bird?

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