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Rock Pile Wars

Bongo looking at new rock piles on the trailThey’re at it again.

More rock piles on my trails.

Right near the part of my trail that everybody passes by.

They should leave the rock piles on the part of my trails where hardly anybody goes.

Those rock piles keep multiplying.

But here there are rock pile wars.

Somebody puts them up – somebody takes them down.

Rock piles don’t last long here.

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But it looks like someone worked hard to make sure these rock piles stay.

That one pile has a double column of rocks.

Bongo checking out the rock piles

I’m getting a bad feeling about these rocks.

I rarely growl, but these rocks deserve one.

Just a low, quiet growl – enough to put those rocks in their place.

Bongo slinking away from the rock piles

And now I’m outta here.

Carefully, so those rock piles don’t get suspicious.

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Guess what!

I went by that spot again the next day and the rock piles were gone.

Up again – down again.

Rock pile wars.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor

 

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Gone with the Century

Bongo and a fallen down century plantHmmm. What’s this?

It looks like it’s from another century.

Last year’s century.

I know last year was only a year, but it had centuries in it too.

How do I know?

Because here’s one of them right here.

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Bongo looking at the fallen down century plant

This century plant grew up right next to my trail last year.

And now it’s gone. Splat!

Bongo walking away from the century plant

I guess that’s the end of the centuries on my trails.

I’ll have to take it year by year now.

One of these big things only shows up once in a hundred years.

I don’t think I’ll be around for the next one.

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Hey, what’s this smell?

Bongo sniffing near a new century plant

It smells like that century plant.

Bongo walking away from the century plant

Naw. There’s not a chance in a hundred that another century plant would show up on my trails.

Probably a good thing.

My person takes too many pictures of them.

Tall century plant stalk

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor

 

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One Little Escape

Bongo in dog jail looking sadA few nights ago I was hanging out in the backyard and I didn’t want to come back inside.

I’ve never escaped at night before, so I convinced my person to let me stay in the yard.

What I didn’t tell her was that the meter person hadn’t latched one of the gates – the one you can’t see unless you walk over to it because it’s hiding behind the shed.

So I was hanging out in the yard and I decided to expand my boundaries, and I left.

It wasn’t really escaping – the gate was open.

And I didn’t go very far. My person got in her car and found me a little ways down the street.

She could have walked to where I was.

But then my person did something really bad.

A couple nights ago she locked me in dog jail and escaped from the house without me.

I could hear her out there.

And here’s what’s really bad.

She was hanging out with my neighbor dog Toby and another neighbor dog that I haven’t met yet.

And a whole bunch of my neighbors.

I don’t know why she didn’t take me.

Do I have to pay forever for one little jaunt down the street?

She could have at least brought some treats back for me.

But all she brought were a bunch of pictures of the moon.

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I don’t get it.

What’s such a big deal about the moon?

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor

 

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Curtailed Jumping

Gizmo asleep on the bedDoesn’t Gizmo look sweet sleeping on the bed?

Well, don’t you believe it for a minute.

It’s all a ruse – a clever disguise.

There’s nothing sweet about Gizmo.

Here’s what’s been going on.

You see, it’s my job to get my person up in the morning.

When it’s time for her to get out of bed I start jumping – right next to the bed.

And sometimes my front paws land right on the bed.

And it works.

Because I keep jumping till my person gets up.

I’m persistent that way.

She can’t ignore me like she ignores her alarm clock.

But a couple days ago Gizmo was sleeping on the end of my person’s bed when I started jumping.

And he took a big swipe at me – claws and all.

So when Gizmo’s on the bed I don’t dare jump anymore.

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I’m taking my life in my paws if I do.

Gizmo awake on the bed

Look at him. He’s awake now.

He doesn’t look so sweet and innocent anymore, does he?

He’s probably thinking about swiping at me with those claws of his.

Bongo on the floor - Gizmo on the bed

Hey person, I think you’d better ban Gizmo from your bed.

Otherwise, I’m taking no blame if you don’t get up on time.

***

Note from Bongo’s person: Gizmo is staying on the bed.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor

 

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It’s Not Over Yet

Jesus Crucifixion

Photo taken by Kabir Bakie at the Cincinnati Zoo

Hey person, I’ve been worried all week about what’s going to happen to Jesus.

You ended the story too soon.

They arrested Him, but I don’t know what happened after that.

He didn’t do anything wrong.

They let Him go, didn’t they?

What!?

They didn’t!

Those garbaldy goo good for nothing people that arrested Him. I’ll give them what for.

Okay, I’ll listen.

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Jesus was put on trial and even though Pilate, the Roman governor, didn’t find anything he’d done wrong the Jews wanted Him crucified.

So Pilate finally agreed and sent Jesus to be crucified.

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I’m giving Pilate what for too!

I am listening.

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Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with Jesus to be executed.

When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified Him, along with the criminals – one on His right, the other on His left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

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I don’t get it. They just nailed Jesus to a cross and He wants to forgive them?

I’m gonna give them all what for.

I’m listening. I’m listening.

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And they divided up Jesus’ clothes by casting lots.

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It’s too bad I don’t wear clothes, or I’d give Him some of mine.

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The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at Him. They said, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”

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Those rulers better watch it. If Jesus doesn’t give them what for I sure will.

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The soldiers also came up and mocked Him. They offered him wine vinegar and said “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

There was a written notice above Him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

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How come those people don’t believe what they’re reading?

They should be worshipping The King of the Jews.

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One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.

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I don’t get it. The only man who is making any sense is hanging on a cross along with Jesus.

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Then the man said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

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I bet that upset all the people who were giving Jesus a bad time.

I’m listening.

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It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining.

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That was what time?

The middle of the day?

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And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When He had said this He breathed His last.

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What!?

That’s not how the story’s supposed to end.

It doesn’t end there?

Okay, I’m listening.

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The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”

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That’s it!?

That’s the end?

Oh. It’s not over yet?

What do you mean, I have to wait till next Sunday to hear the rest of the story?

This is gonna be a long week.

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Packing up the Cats

Bongo looking at a cat cageFinally!

I’ve been putting up with three cats for far too long.

Today is my big day!

Those two extra cats are getting picked up and taken back home today.

Now all I have to put up with is Scratchy.

I guess I can tolerate one cat after putting up with three cats for so long.

There they go. Locked up in the cat cage.

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Cat cage held in the air with Bongo looking up

The house is mine again. Mine!

I can put Scratchy in his place now that he’s the only one.

You know how hard it is to put three cats in their place?

You get one taken care of and the other two run wild.

Then you get those two and the first one is at it again.

It’s gonna be so nice around here.

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Hey, wait a minute.

What?

Gizmo lying on his back

Gizmo!

What are you still doing here?

You missed the bus. You’d better go run and catch it.

What!?

You’re staying?

Oh no!

I’m still outnumbered.

Hey person, you’ve got to get me a puppy.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor

 

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Yard Contraband

Bongo with a flower in front of his faceSomebody must be out to get me.

Here’s what happened.

A long time ago – way before I came to live here, my person planted some bulbs in the yard.

She says flowers used to come up from them every year.

I’m not sure if I believe her.

All I’ve ever seen come up in this spot are long green things.

But today, when we came back from our walk on my trails I spotted them.

Right in my yard!

This is terrible!

I don’t know who made them grow like this, but my person will probably want to come out here and take pictures of them – and leave me in the house.

What to do? What to do?

Bongo's nose sniffing a flower

They don’t smell good enough to eat.

But I’ve got to do something with them before my person discovers they’re here.

Oh well, here goes!

Bongo with the leaves but no flower showing

Whew! Problem solved.

Now on to my next snack adventure.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor

 

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Something Strange on the Ground

Bongo above a tiny bird nestThere’s something strange here on the ground.

I’m not sure what it is, but it’s little and round.

It’s not a rock.

There are lots of little round rocks on my trails, but this isn’t one of them.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like this little round thing before.

Guess I’d better check it out.

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Bongo checking out the nest

It has a smell to it.

Some kind of animal smell.

But it’s a smell that usually doesn’t come this close.

It comes from a distance. From up in the trees.

What kind of bird would put their nest on the ground?

Well, I guess the quail hang out on the ground a lot, but even the baby quail would barely fit in this little nest.

It must belong to some hummingbirds.

They’re the only birds small enough around here.

I’d better warn them.

If they lay their eggs in this nest on the ground somebody might eat them.

Like me.

Or maybe those up to no good javelina.

They’d probably like some dessert after eating all those prickly pear cactus.

But why would those hummingbirds put this little nest on the ground in the first place?

Small bird's nest on the ground

What, person?

It’s been really windy lately?

You think they’re trying to protect their nest from the wind?

They’d better watch it.

Those javelina are scarier than the wind.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor

 

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A Good Day

Bongo in front of the fence he jumpedToday was a good day.

I had one of the most fun adventures I’ve had in a long time.

Here’s what happened.

My person let me outside this morning and it was a beautiful morning.

Warm and sunny.

I wanted to stay outside.

Usually my person won’t let me stay outside by myself, but I curled up in a sunny spot looking innocent and she let me this time.

Something about being too busy to chase me all over the yard.

Usually I don’t like it when she’s too busy, but sometimes busy can be a good thing.

So she went back in the house and I couldn’t resist.

You see that fence behind me?

I jumped it.

And I was free!

I wandered around the neighborhood having a great time.

I think I saw my person’s car driving by after awhile.

Guess I should head back closer to home.

Oh, here comes my person walking out of the house now.

Oh great! Time to play chase.

Come on person. I’m right here across the street.

Bongo on the corner of the street

I love it when she comes after me.

I stay just far enough away so she can’t get me.

And look, she’s so insecure she can’t go anywhere without that leash in her hand.

I don’t want it attached to me so I think I’ll go say hi to the neighbor.

I’m sure he’s good for some loves.

Hey wait neighbor. You didn’t tell me you were in cahoots with my person.

That old grabbing me by the collar trick.

I fall for it every time.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor

 

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Decorating the Cactus

Prickly pear cactus with gum on itLook at this!

Somebody’s decorating the cactus on my trails.

And it isn’t even Christmas.

Oh, I know.

It’s almost Easter and this is kind of an Eastery color.

It must be an Easter decoration.

I saw a bunny today. Maybe it was the Easter Bunny coming to decorate.

But wait.

Is this really an Easter decoration?

Gum on prickly pear cactus

This looks like it might be a balloon.

A balloon that had the bad luck of landing on these pricklers and popping.

Maybe I should investigate this and find out what’s really going on.

Bongo looking like he wants something done about the rocks across the trail

Hey person, can you go get my Detective Dog hat for me?

I’ve got an important investigation and I don’t have time to get it myself.

What do you mean, I don’t need my Detective Dog hat?

What clue?

You’ve got a clue for me?

Three sticks of gum

What kind of a clue is that?

If you won’t get my Detective Dog hat for me I guess I’m going to have to get it myself.

I’ve got some serious investigating to do.

And I don’t think I’m going to ask my person to help.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor

 

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