Yesterday, Pennsylvania’s famous rodent, ol’ Punxsutawney Phil, forecast an early end to winter, but the groundhog under our shed woke (if the lazy thing even opened its eyes!!!) to a sunny morning. In Pennsylvania German varmint prognostication terms that means winter ends in 6 weeks. I just hope that nasty, smelly pest pops out of its den long enough for your Popster to send it to whistle-pig heaven. Now Ma, without media fanfare, stuck her long nose out the back door determining it was cold enough to make a trip to the dog park with reasonable certainty the ground would be frozen. No mud. No muddy Poppy to bathe for the fourth time in as many weeks. I appreciated her consideration.
My usual Saturday morning friends Buddy and Luna were missing, but I quickly made new paw pals.
Can you tell where I start and Lilly ends?
Oops! Guess Ma was wrong about the mud. Looks like Lilly will be getting a bath.
Whoa, Nellie! You’re next up in the bath tub my pretty poodle friend.
Nellie and Lilly are both 4 months old. We were soon joined by a 4-year-old miniature schnauzer, but I didn’t catch her name. She went a few rounds with us, then decided sniffing was more her speed.
Ma has a knack for catching animals in compromising situations! You should see her collection of whitetail deer “elimination” photos. Yeah, right Ma! It’s accidental! 😉
We all played well together until a Boston Terrier showed up. Wow! Did she have an attitude! As soon as she entered the pen, she went after the babies Nellie and Lilly. Gave poor Lilly a real fright. Well, I was having none of that! I keep getting invited back to Puppy Club because I know how to play with my peers. I adjusted that Boston Bully’s attitude. When she interrupted our game of tag, attacking Lilly again, I knocked her over on her side and kept her there. Ma was proud of me. But Nellie’s mom and Ma decided it was time to go. Lilly’s dad was into “encouraging” her to “toughen up” instead of intervening and protecting her. He and the Boston’s man were laughing. He called out to Ma, “I hope we didn’t chase you off.” Ma said, “I don’t have anything to prove.” It WAS time to leave.
A joyful run around the park!
Oh, and I didn’t need a bath!!! It was so cold the mud dried. Ma gave me a good brushing in the afternoon. The Popster is good as new!