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November 5, 2015

Truth is Stranger than Fiction -- An Odd Odyssey

TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION -- AN ODD ODYSSEY

(As always, click on the hyperlinked words for an audiovisual surprise!)


"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." ~ Andy RooneyOTW1115.jpg

NOT EVERYONE APPROVES OF A STYLE OF WRITING REFERRED TO AS POETRY,

BUT "LISTEN MY CHILDREN AND YE SHALL HEAR" -- PRE WINTER -- A SUMMERTIME REVERIE.

TREACHEROUS ROADTRIPS TRAVERSING RIBBONS OF  BUSY HIGHWAYS BOTH CURVED AND NARROW --

SWERVES, HORNS HONKING, LIVES IN PERIL, SCREECHING, SPEED RIVALING AN ARC OF AN ARROW.

 

 AUGUST, CURTAIN TIME IN AN ANN ARBOR PARK, MUSICAL "URINETOWN" NEARING START!

PET DOG IN MY LAP, SUN GOING DOWN,  ROVING "AUSSIE SHEPHERD" (HERDING IMAGINARY SHEEP) NEARLY TORN APART!

"GET OUT AND GET UNDER"!  LIFTED SKITTISH MUTT INTO BACK SEAT--ALIVE!  SAFE... BUT SPOOKED!

SAVIORS RUSHING TO OUR DESTINATION!  WHAT IF SOMEONE'S (PAMPERED COLLARLESS, UNMICROCHIPPED) PET POOCH WE HAD JUST "TOOKED"?

 

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PACING DRIVEWAY, OUR SON COSTUMED AS  FIERCE COP--BERMUDAS, BADGE, GOATEE -- NAME "LOCKSTOCK"?

EXPLANATIONS, RUSHING ABOUT, CRATING CANINES! (FOUR TO BE EXACT  -- LUCY, VALVOLINE, GABY AND A MONGREL EXPEDITIOUSLY NAMED "QUINCY" -- a clever salute to the neck of the woods where she'd wandered into traffic!) NO MORE TIME LEFT ON TICKING CLOCK!

MOTORED INTO SUNSET WITH FLUSTERED LEADING MAN (ANXIOUSLY REVIEWING DIALOGUE, PROP PLACEMENT, STAGE BUSINESS, SONG LYRICS AND ESSENTIALS SUCH AS THAT) WHO SEEMED CONSIDERABLY SORE...  

FRENETIC, MANIC, SLAPSTICK SHOW -- ORCHESTRAL OVERTURE, (PUNGENT MOSQUITO SPRAY FOGGING THE PREMISES, TENT, LAWNCHAIRS) -- PROMISED NEVER TO BORE!

 

(SCATTERED POP CANS, PORTA-POTTIES, UPHILL AND DOWN, APPLAUSE OVER,) WE MEANDER TO OUR VEHICLES. (IN THE DARK! IN THE PARK! WHAT A LARK!) MARTINIS! TO CELEBRATE A PRODUCTION WELL DONE!

SEARCHED HEAVEN AND EARTH -- AND FACEBOOK --  NIXED LEAVING NOMAD QUINCY WITH  EXHAUSTED SON.

(LITTLE MYSTERY TO FIGURE OUT?)  WOULD WOLVERINE-ISH "QUINCY" ADJUST TO HOOSIER LIFE OR YEARN FOR SOME LOST MASTER?

WE COULD HAVE LEANED DOWN, SCRATCHED HER BEHIND HER FUZZY EARS AND QUITE POSSIBLY ASKED HER.

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 CROSSED  STATE LINE BY DUSK, BATHED BUR-COVERED CANINE BY LIGHT OF THE MOON, PLOPPED DOWN TO VIEW (PBS SERIES) "LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX"

WHICH WE CONTINUALLY MISTAKENLY REFER TO AS OUR FAVORITE PROGRAM EVER "LAST TANGO IN PARIS"  -- AN EXTREMELY NAUGHTY BRANDO FILM WHICH SHOCKED 70S MOVIE AUDIENCES TO THE PORNOGRAPHIC MAX!

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 AS THE NEXT WEEK PROGRESSED, WE VISITED OUR FRIENDLY VET FOR CAPSTARS, INOCULATIONS,  A COMPLETE  EXAM.

THAT IS PRECISELY WHEN OUR NOBLE ADVENTURE DEVOLVED SWIFTLY INTO SURREALISTIC ALAKAZAM!

(VET ASSISTANT GIRL PERSON'S EYES TRANSFORM INTO SAUCERS WHEN:)  QUINCY'S NAME IS PROUDLY ANNOUNCED BY DON (TIMMY ) WHO HAS GROWN BEYOND SMITTEN WITH HIS PERSONAL VERSION OF LASSIE!

(FORMERLY EMPLOYED IN THAT TINY TOWN AS A MICHIGANDER VET TECH,)  GAL POUNCED UPON OUR INNOCENT ACCOUNT LIKE A "MONKEY ON A CUPCAKE" -- (I QUOTE RAY ROMANO WHO'S CLASSY!)

 (TO MAKE A LONG POEM SHORT,) OUR NEWLY ADOPTED FURRY DAUGHTER SUDDENLY BECAME THE CLUELESS,UNWITTING STAR OF "LASSIE, COME HOME"  (AS TWO CLINICS IN NEIGHBORING STATES  DISCOVERED THAT "MIA" NAMED AFTER THE FORMER WIFE OF WOODY ALLEN)

NEEDED TO RETURN TO HER FAMILY (TO SWIM IN HER HUGE INGROUND SWIMMING POOL AND ROAM ABOUT --SAY -- 28 ACRES TO HER HEART'S CONTENT) AND  LEARN TO CEASE CROSSING HIGHWAYS -- HERO DON WEPT TEARS BY THE GALLON!

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  DENOUEMENT

 UPON THE MASTER'S ARRIVAL TO ESCORT MIA IN THE DIRECTION OF HER ORIGINAL KINGDOM, WE NOTICED THAT MIA'S DAD'S T-SHIRT BORE A BIBLICAL MESSAGE TO THE EFFECT THAT "JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE WANDERS DOES NOT MEAN HE OR SHE IS LOST?"

MIA/QUINCY DECEIVED US A BIT ON THAT FATEFUL AFTERNOON BECAUSE SHE SEEMED TRULY OBLIVIOUS TO  HER SURROUNDINGS WHICH CONSISTED OF A PERHAPS MOMENTARY BUMPER-CAR SCATTER-JAM ANYTHING-GOES TRAFFIC PATTERN FROM HELL--TRAVEL AT YOUR OWN COST...

FRANKLY, WE BREATHED A SIGH OF RELIEF THAT OUR OWN ANN ARBOR BOUND AUTOMOBILE HAD AVOIDED  A DISASTROUS CONFRONTATION WITH THE CONFUSED CANINE  AND THAT DON'S FANNY REMAINED ATTACHED TO HIS RATHER FRAGILE AGING CHASSIS

AS WE'D WHISTLED AND BOBBED AND WEAVED WHILE OUR LITTLE RAT TERRIER SCRATCHED HIS TINY HEAD WONDERING WHY WE'D EXITED THE CAR TO CAVORT AMONG ONCOMING CARS IN THE FIRST PLACE AS HE YELPED THROUGH THE DRIVER'S SIDE WINDOW, FEARFUL YET SASSY!

 WE DECLINED REIMBURSEMENT AND SHOO-ED A NEIGHBORHOOD CAT OFF THE PORCH AND CARRIED THAT WANDERLUSTY TORTIE CAT ACROSS THE STREET TO HER HOUSE THEN CHATTED AND LAUGHED WITH MIA AND HER PAPA AND CHOMPED ON COOKIES BROUGHT FROM HIS QUINCY KITCHEN.

DURING OUR WEEK WITH HIS MIA BUT OUR QUINCY, WE'D PLAYED PITCH AND CATCH, GOTTEN HER FAMILIAR WITH OUR ROUTINE PROBABLY DULL LIFESTYLE, LET HER INSIDE AND OUTSIDE AT PRECISELY THE SAME TIMES DAILY AND NIGHTLY -- SHE BEHAVED LIKE A GRACEFUL PRINCESS...ABSOLUTELY NO BITCHIN'!

"EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON," OUR MICHIGAN VISITOR MENTIONED AS HE HEADED FOR HIS SUV, TURNING TOWARD US TO PLACE MIA'S TEMPORARY COLLAR AND LEASH ON A NEARBY BENCH WHILE SHE DUTIFULLY HOPPED UNFETTERED THROUGH ITS WELCOMING OPEN REAR DOOR?

WE ARE OVER PROTECTIVE AND BELIEVE IN FENCES (AS POET ROBERT FROST WROTE, THEY "MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS" HAPPEN?) AND LEASH LAWS AND COLLARS AND HOLDING HANDS WHILE CROSSING STREETS; BRAD AND MIA IMPRESSED US AS FREE AS THE BREEZE AS THEY RESUMED THEIR LIFE TOGETHER JUST AS BEFORE.

 SMALL WORLD, ISN'T IT?

 

  "Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." ~ Mark Twain

 READ ON...

 Eavesdropping on a typical Facebook Chat between a pair of animal rescuers...enjoy!   And welcome to our world!

 PLEASE SIGN ONLINE PETITION AND URGE THEM TO TAKE THE BABY TO A WILDLIFE REHAB CENTER..(I cannot find the petition - have asked where it is.)

 

https://fbexternal-a.akamaihd.net/safe_image.php?d=AQBiAa2lfi2c_gsa&w=470&h=246&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.yousignanimals.org%2Fphoto%2Fzq19bb9nSD.jpg&cfs=1&upscale=1&sx=0&sy=8&sw=600&sh=314

 

Ohio authorities want to take away orphaned deer and EUTHANIZE him! Save Wheezer! 

 This beautiful, gentle deer was left without a family after his mother was run over by a car. The newborn baby was picked up ...yousignanimals.org

 Susie Sexton Click YOUSIGNANIMALS.COM at bottom of above post and then scroll down...way down and the place to sign is at bottom of the screen... smile emoticon

 Mary Maday Thank you, Susie Sexton. I am not known for my patience.

 Susie Sexton Hilarious, Mary! some of these Facebook petitions can be quite tricky...which is odd...for they all matter so much...I believe in these...but have often stood on my head while scratching said head to fill out the forms! I know whereof you speak!!!!! Thanks for caring and for pursuing this! heart emoticon!!!

 Mary Maday And then there are these posts that say: "Like and then Press 1". I have worn out my finger trying this and nothing ever changes in the post (but there is supposed to be something that shows up). I end up so irritated that I delete the post. There! That will show 'em!!!

 Susie Sexton Ha...yep, it isn't easy being as nice as we are but somebody's gotta do it?

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