Cosmo surprised me last night.
While I was letting the dogs out for their final nature call, rather than taking care of business as usual, Cosmo zoomed back to her favorite spot like a rocket toward outer space. Since it was too dark to investigate, I made a mental note to check the area this morning.
Later, while in bed, I recalled an off-hand comment my husband made about the fence a couple of weeks ago. I remembered him saying something about there being a gap in the fence somewhere behind his office. At the time, he admitted to being puzzled as to why the dogs — and in particular, our naughty Scottie Cosmo — hadn’t taken advantage of the opening to explore the forbidden unknown on their own. I’m pretty sure we shared a good chuckle over it — and even pride at our superior intelligence — at the expense of the canine members of our household.
After seeing the size of the gap, I’ve no doubt Cosmo has been exploring far and wide, not once, but many, many times. Was it only a couple of weeks ago now, that I wondered in a previous post, what was keeping Cosmo so occupied behind the garden shed? All I can say it that I was stupid, stupid, stupid not to check this out before today. And if it weren’t for last night’s brazen midnight dash — which offered up serious evidence that Cosmo was charting out new territories to terrorize — Cosmo would still in the space exploration business.
I closed the hatch this morning, with stones leftover from our landscape project. The opening was about ten feet long and six inches high in most places — wide enough for Cosmo to have her pick of escape hatches and tall enough to offer an enterprising gigantic poodle (or two) their own peep-hole to watch Cosmo and the rest of the world go by.
The stones are too heavy for a Scottie muzzle to push around — or even a Scottie girl’s best canine friends — I know since my sad Scottie inspector has given then her seal of disapproval. With defense once again secure, I’ve accomplished my mission. And Cosmic Cosmo’s missions are over.
Not surprisingly, Cosmo has spent most of the day inside with me. We’re getting reacquainted.
I wondered why you’d not been posting anything! It was the title change that did me in – I skimmed right past it in my blog surfer, thinking, “I wonder who that is? Must be some new blog I decided to follow….”
Finally, this morning, I thought, “where in the dickens is Janelle?” and did some exploring. You’re here!
And I’ll be here, too, only I’ll be here tonight. Gotta get to work….
Cosmos was ready for Spring Break, just like the rest of us! Luckily, you can have a change for more together time.
I like the new look of your blog and the personal photos!
You made me laugh with your “must be some new blog I decided to follow…”
I know you follow quite a few blogs — how you make the time to keep track of us — and comment as you do — truly amazes me.
Anyway — glad you found me. Still pondering your latest post. It fits in so well with my current read for my new class.
Spring Break? Too cute? Maybe you’re on spring break this week since you dropped in this morning. The break in Oklahoma fell last week.
I guess Cosmo was trying to cut in on everyone’s Spring Break action.
I think I’m going to like the new format. Thanks for the compliment. The space between the lines makes it easier to read (I hope).
It’s good to have a new look every so often. I know you were experimenting a while back.
Oh, did I laugh, myself – only at Cosmo. It reminds me of a wonderful story about my squirrel, Smackers. He used to make a mad dash for the back of the fridge every time the icemaker filled. After walking through water puddles a few times, we discovered he’d chewed through the plastic fitting for the copper water line, and every time the water came on, he’d go back and get a drink from his personal squirrel-fountain.
If the animals ever decide to gang up on us, we’re finished.
Cute story. I seem to remember the photo of your ‘pet’ squirrel, sunning himself on your porch railing.
But I don’t recall the water fountain story. And now, I have pictures in my mind of squirrels convening around your squirrel water fountain, exchanging the latest gossip!