The end of fall and the beginning of winter is one of my favorite times of the year because we go to Brown County.
We visited Dr. Laura Hammack. I hadn’t seen her in a while, and when I heard we were going to stop at her office I trembled a little. I’m generally not a big fan of doctors offices.
She used to work for Beech Grove Schools, but now she does stuff at Brown County Schools. It was so much fun to see her. She is a nice lady.
Back home we have had a few sad days. A couple of my animal friends died: Charlie, one of my canine pals; and Alberta, one of our chickens.
I had been friends with Charlie and Libby for a long time. They come over to visit and check out the creek that is next to our yard. A couple of years ago a new friend, Rowan, started to stop by. When she visits she brings her human mom, Lora. I enjoy running with Rowan, but she likes to run for a long time. I generally stop and try to communicate to humans about our need for tasty treats.
We got word that Charlie got sick and had crossed The Rainbow Bridge. It’s sad now when we see Libby and Rowan without Charlie.
Alberta was one of my mom’s three chickens. Alberta got sick and I heard my human folks – Fred and Lyn – talking about a visit to a veterinarian’s office. I quickly passed the word to all of my animal buddies. A few hours later Mom and Dad came home without her. It was explained to me that Alberta had also crossed The Rainbow Bridge.
I still really miss Alberta and Charlie, but when I think about them my tail starts swishing from side to side.
We have been having a great time visiting at the nursing facilities, and our reading program at Beech Grove Schools is also special. I have six or seven elementary school students who read to me every Thursday. I’m sure you can understand how tough it is to have to lay quietly and have students read to me. I am one lucky fellow.
Now, I have something really important to tell everyone. Last year my neighbor Charlie O’Donkey (yes, he is a real donkey) and I spent some time at the Kroger at Madison and Edgewood avenues helping The Salvation Army. We had so much fun greeting people and thanking them for their donations. We will to do it again from 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Saturday at the same place.
Be sure to read my dad’s weekly column in this paper to get an update on our adventure.
Merry Christmas from all of us in our house and backyard!
Rowan and Libby (neighborhood dogs), Betty and Jackie (our chickens), Guessie (the neighborhood cat) and me.