A Miracle Turns Ugly

This is a waterfall that I never knew existed.  In a recent post about Spring, I had mentioned that I had taken a long walk on Glen Road.  Our dog, JoJo, joined me as well.  It was a nice feeling being out on a beautiful Spring-like day and it was the perfect opportunity to get JoJo out for a walk.  She loves the out of doors and this Winter has not given her much of an opportunity to get out and about.  After a few new twists and turns from the path we normally take, I began to hear the sound of splashing and running water.  As I walked towards the sound, the water noises began to get louder and louder.  Rounding the corner, I came across a little miracle….a waterfall.  Maybe water from the swollen creek coming over a dam built by some busy beavers?  I had no idea that this waterfall existed.  Maybe it was just created by the melting winter snow and rain?  I stood there taking these pictures thinking about how something so lovely and peaceful could just pop up out of nowhere.  JoJo stood there in silence as well.  I think she was as surprised as I was that something so beautiful existed so close to home.  This is like a story about life, really.  The fact that you never know what you will see when you round a corner or start a new chapter in your own life.  Nature, in particular for me, gives me miracles almost every day if I look for them.  A sprouting seed, a tomato on a vine, a butterfly, a waterfall.  All signs that wonderful things are out there if you are aware and in the moment.

As JoJo and I ventured closer to the dam itself, it did indeed appear to have many traits that told us this was the work of a beaver.  Beavers are known for their natural trait of building dams on rivers and streams, and building their homes (known as “lodges”) in the resulting pond.  Beavers also build canals to float build materials that are difficult to haul over land.  They use powerful front teeth to cut trees and other plants that they use both for building and for food.  In the absence of existing ponds, beavers must construct dams before building their lodges. First they place vertical poles, then fill between the poles with a crisscross of horizontally placed branches.  They fill in the gaps between the branches with a combination of weeds and mud until the dam impounds sufficient water to surround the lodge.  This dam and the waterfall over it was spectacular.  A couple more shots from the path and then JoJo and I would be ready to walk again knowing that we would absolutely come back soon.  I picked JoJo up and we began to walk.  Then it happened…………

There was a slapping noise on the water and then the sound of feet crunching on dead leaves and grass.  I could not believe what was crawling towards us.  Before our eyes was a brave beaver now standing right by us.  You know I do not like critters, especially ones that drop by without an invitation.  I’m not sure what size a normal beaver really is, but this one was huge (in my mind).  Wet, dripping, redish-brown fur, black beady eyes and five inch razor-sharp claws.  I even think I caught a whiff of hot, steamy, foul-smelling breath coming from its nostrils and mouth.  I was terrified!  How could this be happening to me?  In my mind, I could see the beaver attacking me.  It has teeth that can cut down trees, so I knew that this beaver could easily take me with one bite.  It would knock me out with one slap of its tail on my head.  It would chew me up and store me for future meals.  Future explorers to the dam would look down to find a dirty leg bone (mine) that was used to hold back the water.  The Coroner would confirm on the news a week later that the bone did indeed belong to the man from Glen Road that went missing in the woods.  Thank God I had JoJo in my arms.  The beaver just survived a punishing winter and had to be hungry.  Maybe it was thinking that JoJo looked like an appetizer?  Do beavers have a taste for Yorkies?

I did the most manly thing I could think of while standing there paralyzed with fear.  I let out a high-pitched scream.  This scream was so loud and shrill that it could be heard by animals within a seven mile radius.  No human would ever be able to hear my scream due to the high decibel level that came out of my mouth.  Human ears just aren’t capable of hearing at this pitch.  I turned around, Yorkie in hand, and ran for my life.  I made some zig zags in my course in case the beaver used its strong legs and lunged at me.  It might miss me if I keep going to the left and then to the right.  I quit running about a hundred yards away.  I turned around to see the beast, but it was gone.  Back into the water it loves so well.  That damned dam….why did my miracle have to end so ugly?  What are some of your real-life critter stories that you can share on Acorns On Glen? 

JoJo’s Journal

This is another edition of JoJo’s Journal….bark!  This week I can’t wait to show you my new toy.  Actually, it is not really a toy, although I have a lot of fun with it and play with it almost every day.  It is actually a piece of equipment that I have fallen in love with since my roommates here on Glen Road brought it home for me.  What is it?  You all know my love for diamonds, pearls and treats, but it’s none of these.  Here it is…the big reveal.  It is a doggy high chair and here I am sitting in it!

I mainly sit in my high chair during meal time on Glen Road.  It took my roommates some time to figure out that I was not running under the table and barking at them during meal time because I wanted to eat.  That is just silly as I have my own food and treats.  I don’t want their food as well.  I just wanted that eye-level boost that keeps me from feeling left out.  I want to see everyone at eye level and be able to listen and join in on the conversation.  This clip-on high chair is a great alternative to having to pick me up and sit me in your lap while you are trying to eat.  That’s not comfortable for anyone involved.  My high chair makes me feel a part of the dinner crowd and now I don’t have to make a nuisance of myself in order to be a part of the action.  I love it! 

Let me tell you how my high chair works.  My high chair clips on to tables or counter tops up to two inches thick using the same rubber-grip technology used in child clip-on booster chairs.  Easy-slide straps help to adjust the height of my high chair without tools.  That’s good because Glen Road is not known to be very good with using tools.  There are two inner tether straps that can connect to my leash to keep me safely inside the high chair.  I have to tell you that we don’t really use this feature as I am thrilled to be in my high chair and would never jump out.  Recently, I’ve wanted to take several of my daily naps in the high chair.  It is so comfortable.  My high chair is made of easy-clean nylon with an inner, removable cushion for my comfort.  You know that I am the Queen.  The best part–it is machine washable for those rare times I eat a little treat inside of it and get it a little dirty.  I do need to tell you this….it is only for small pets up to 10 pounds.  Big dogs need not apply.  Thank god because there would be nothing more ridiculous than seeing an 80 pound dog hanging off your counter top.  🙂  You can find my high chair and other pet items at a great website called Doctors Foster and Smith, http://www.drsfostersmith.com.  Feel free to see more pictures of me in my high chair in the gallery below.  I’m glad you stopped by again at Acorns On Glen and caught up with me….bark.  I’ll see you next time!  What crazy toys or equipment do you have in your home for your furry pet?

JoJo’s Journal

This is JoJo’s  Journal….BARK!  I’m back and what a difference a week makes.  I spent most of the day on Saturday at the beauty parlor.  My salon is a very exclusive one called Bone Jour.  When I go there, my stylist takes me into the shop and bathes me, cuts my hair and then dries me very well.  She also cleans my eyes, ears and trims my paw nails.  Then I get to play with the other doggies that are there for the day in the playroom.  I know I’m spoiled, but please don’t tell anyone.  When I get home, everyone on Glen Road tells me how cute I look and then I have to take a nap.  All the excitement just wears me out!  When in doubt about grooming your dog (or any animal), a great website to visit is http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/grooming-library.aspx.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) website is a great resource to use when you have questions about the care of your pets.  Now take a look at my before and after shots.

This is before:

This is after (don’t I like like a puppy again):

Side view.  This is before:

This is after (don’t I look like I’ve lost weight?):

Do you think I look pretty?  Let me know what you think in the comments section.  As well, tell me about your pets.  I would love to know about your little ones and make some new friends.  Do you have any pet grooming tips you can share or can you tell me what you would like to read about in my upcoming posts?

  Love, JoJo  xxxooo