Oh no!!!!  Mom pulled out that big bag again.  Know what that means?

It means she’s going to leave us again.  When she puts her clothes and things in that big bag, then she disappears for a few days.

I looked at the calendar and she has a note on it about taking care of that dog named Roz again.  I don’t like it when she leaves us for a dog!

I don’t mind too much as long as Uncle Bob remembers to feed us.  However, I’m always glad to see Mom come home again.

Well, I did a couple of things tonight so she won’t forget me.


When we were outside I caught a bird and I was carrying it around the yard so I could go show Champ and Mom made me drop it.  She took it away from me and told me she wasn’t happy.  I really don’t understand ‘cuz my birth Mom and Dad told me when I got big I was supposed to be a hunter.  I’m a little confused, but at least I know Mom won’t forget me now.

What else did you do?

She had a big cup of cold milk and I knocked it over.

That was you?  I just happened to come along and see milk all over the place so I started helping Mom clean it up.  I really like milk.

I don’t like milk so after I knocked the cup over, I got out of there.

You really are pushing your luck, but I don’t think you need to worry about Mom forgetting you!

Maybe I can squeeze into that big bag and go with Mom………..

Happy Fourth of July

This is Hemingway's "Red, White and Blue" pose.

We understand that humans like to get together on the Fourth of July and have picnics.  I had to look that up on the internet to find out what it is.  Basically it sounds like humans fix their food outside with all the bugs and flying things.

Why don’t they just eat inside and then go play outside?

I’m not sure.  Maybe it has something to do with the cold weather that hangs around here so much.

Well, Mom could fix us picnics all the time.  How hard is it to put our food in our dish and then take it outside for us?

Yes, she could do that but I don’t think she wants us outside that much.

That’s probably because you keep trying to sneak out the gate and Mom’s told you that it’s scary outside of our back yard.

Why do I get blamed for everything?  Oh, another thing humans like to do is make all sorts of pretty colors go up in the air.  I’ve seen them doing that the past few nights but I guess tonight is when there will be all sorts of pretty colors all over the sky.

Sometimes the noise bothers me, but I know Mom will keep me safe.

Let’s go see if Mom is up yet and if she’ll let us go outside and play before it gets too hot.



Hemingway, I have two questions.

Only two?  What’s the problem?

Why is Mom not at work today and why is she sitting outside all wet?

Mom told Uncle Bob that she gets today off because of the Fourth of July.

She didn’t get time off because of the Fourth of June.  Will she get time off for the Fourth of August, too?

Shakespeare, sometimes it’s so hard to talk to you.  The Fourth of July is a special celebration for the United States.  Before you ask, we live in Minnesota and that’s part of the United States.  Anyway, the humans get time off from work to celebrate the freedom that our country has.

How come you know so much?

I surf the internet!

So why is Mom all wet?  Remember, that was my other question.

She told me this morning she was going for a walk and that I couldn’t go outside ‘cuz it was a billion degrees out there.

Why did she get to go out then?

Well, she doesn’t have a big fur coat on like we do.

But she’s all wet!

Shakespeare, I’m trying to explain.  When we fur people get hot we stick our tongues out and pant.

Oh yeah……..I’ve done that!

Anyway, humans don’t do that.  They sweat….or get all wet.  It’s good they don’t have fur coats on ‘cuz their fur would get all wet and dirty.  Mom took a long walk in the heat so now she’s sweating.

She can come inside where it’s cool.

I know.  That’s what I don’t understand.  I guess it’s a Mom thing.