River Bottom Beagles


Rocky Roads

That irritating part of my brain that can’t ever be late for anything was telling me “Wake UP! Almost time to go!” The alarm wasn’t going off yet so I was determined to stay asleep and make the most of a short night, it was going to be a long day. I could feel dog feet walking across my legs and even smell dog. Tried to stay sleeping. Woke the rest of the way. No dogs. They are all out in the kennel tonight. Weird. Must have been the cold medicine I took before bed?


We left early and made the long drive down to the Mayo in Rochester. Lisa had a busy day going to appointments. We got a sandwich for lunch and Lisa struck up a conversation with an older gentleman that touched on all the important things in life. She can do that. He was there making another run at his battle with cancer. Part of the conversation I remember went like “Doesn’t do any good to complain. You just get up every day and be thankful your still here and then maybe do something to help someone.”

Today was supposed to be a big day for Lisa. Happy’s puppies started leaving home. Lisa is always a little sad to see them leave after all the time they have spent together, but at the same time she loves visiting with all the great people that come to get their new puppy. Seeing how happy little kids, and even older “kids” get when they hold a beagle puppy is what makes Lisa happy. But today Lisa was too sick to get outside. She made herself go when the first puppy left but never left the house after that except for a trip to the emergency room.

The people that came later got short changed as I have a personality that is much better suited to entertaining dogs than people. When Lisa is at her best sometimes people stay for hours and she has two or three groups here at the same time.

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Lisa would say this is just another bump in the road. The weather is getting nicer, the trees are starting to bloom, the yard is full of birds. There are better days coming soon. Sometimes I just wish Lisa’s road wasn’t so rough!

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Big Tree Forest

She calls this The Big Tree Forest, a place of magic and mystery. Always wanting to pitch a tent under the pines by the river and can’t understand why grandpa¬†doesn’t¬†like to sleep all night on the hard ground.

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Left Over

A way of life came and went, leaving behind a few old buildings to remind anyone that happens to notice that things weren’t always like they are now.

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No Trespassing

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Just the sight makes you a little uneasy.
A bad place to be.
Don’t stop, just get through it fast as you can.
Leave this city behind and get back to the woods where a person can feel at home.

A little bit spoiled

And taking full advantage of it.

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