July 6 and 7, 2021
Well it's been a hectic few days. After New Mexico's rough welcome, we did start to enjoy it more. We left the confining little cottage and moved uptown! This is how it should be! We have a house this time. Up in the Rio Rancho hills. It's nice too. It has a full fenced-in back yard and view that stretches for miles over Albuquerque and the surrounding Sandia Mountains. The back yard has no grass however, just a bunch of small rocks that can get quite hot in the afternoons, but finally a quiet and private spot to do my business!
The house is cool, in style and literally cool with much better and quiet air conditioning. And just a short walk down the street is a green space where I can visit as well. Snack Guy finally found some time to play fetch with me in the new, rocky back yard. A real powerful storm blew in the night we arrived, but my humans and I just sat out under the nice porch and watched it roll in; they were drinking something called Mojito. It smelled pretty good, minty. I like to eat mint.
My Humans have been busy trying to find the Jeep. Yes, as near as I can figure, they've lost it. Too bad too, it was comfy. Hope we get it back. Snack Guy is on the phone most of the day with different people talking about it. I guess it's pretty complicated because he gets frustrated you can tell. His bottom lip gets tight, and you can see the vein in his forehead throb. Usually, I have to give him a licking all over his head to get him to calm down.
We're in a different car now, not as nice, but hey, it's a car! And now that we have it, they're back on the road again, and taking me with them. We went to a high desert place the other day….I think they called it the Petroglyph National Monument. Same place we tried to go before, but the sand was too hot to walk on; however, in the meantime, a storm had come through, and we got up really early in the morning to beat the heat, and oh, my the smells….lizards, jackrabbits, other dogs, flowers, cacti (you really have to be careful sniffing them I found out). My Humans kept stopping to look at the rocks, and I'm not sure why. Snack Guy said they had markings on them but couldn't really tell. He said people put marks on there about 1300 years ago. I couldn't figure out how many dog years that was because I can't count that high, and I'm not sure why people would want to put marks on rocks so long ago, and I also don't get why we had to stop every five minutes to look at them. My Humans are kind of strange. But I love them.
We must have walked a long time because I was pretty tired when we were through. I flopped into the new back seat and was soon fast asleep. A bit later we were in an outdoor restaurant while my Humans ate. Obviously, I had to bark at several people there to make sure they kept their distance. That evening we moved to the new place, and we were all happy about that.
This morning, it was nice to be able to go out into my own rocky back yard and do my business. Food Lady and Snack Guy got up and made some food, then Snack Guy was on the phone with more people trying to find our Jeep. He'd really better be more careful with it if we get it back. But I can't say anything, really. I lose stuff all the time. When he was done, we loaded into the car and were on the Turquoise road to Santa Fe. I slept through most of it, but my Humans were clearly amazed by what they saw out the window. I looked a few times and all I saw was tall mountains and desert. They do confuse me sometimes. We took a detour up into Cibola National Forest. We drove way up high on a mountain top; Food Lady said it was 10, 678 ft tall. How she knows it was this high, I don't know, but it must be. She kept saying, "It's like La Paz….it's almost like La Paz" I wonder what's a La Paz? Finally it was time to get out of the car. I bolted out. It was way colder here, but we went on a nice long walk through the woods and all along the tippy top of this mountain. It was harder to breathe up there. I was huffing and Snack Guy was puffing. Food Lady said it was because of our Gringo hearts and lungs, not used to being this high up. It was high up. I crawled up to edge a few times to look over, but it made me dizzy. You could see forever. It was quite a thing. So many smells: Aspen trees, rocky outcroppings, birds, mice, lizards, and so many things I'd never smelled before. It was overwhelming. Every now and then we saw some people too, but they kept their distance when I gave them my scary bark warning. It's kind of a low growl followed by quiet woof to get their attention, and when they look at me or reach out to grab me and hurt me, I lunge and give them the loud serious bark. It's funny how fast they jerk back. I think it seems to embarrass my Humans, but they have to be protected from these kinds of things, and that's my job. After a long hike we got back in the car, and we proceeded back towards Santa Fe on the Turquoise trail. My Humans were clearly impressed, but with little time we could only drive through Santa Fe, but they say we'll be back to see it more properly. Looks OK from what I can see. Adobe building, people walking along, pretty much like every other place we've been, but I'll know more once we get out and really get a good smell of it.
Then Snack Guy's phone rang again, for about the 300th time, and for what I can tell someone found his Jeep key, so we must be getting close to it. We had to turn around and drive all the way back to Albuquerque to get the key, then drive to the other side of town to give the key to someone else. I really don't know what's going on with this, but we finally got back home where Snack Guy and Food Lady finally found some more time to play with me outside. And that's what life is all about, running around outside. I really don't know why they ever want to do anything different. But that's humans for you.
I'll keep you posted,