The sky is gray today, but there’s not a cloud in it. I don’t get it. I thought clouds were what made the sky gray. How can it be gray without clouds? Did somebody wash out the blue?
The mountains are kind of faded out and the red rocks aren’t as red. What’s going on?
I’ve never been to any of those places, but I heard that in Los Angeles, or Tokyo, or Mexico City sometimes the sky does the same thing. Maybe all those tourists we get here turned the sky gray with all their vehicle exhaust.
What? There’s what causing that gray sky?
Smoke? Where would smoke come from?
Fire? What fire? Is it coming here? It’s not going to burn up my trails, is it?
Whew! My person says the fires are a long way from here.
What about the people where the fires are? Do they have any dogs that need help? I wouldn’t want any dogs to get in the way of those fires.
Oh, that’s good. All the dogs have been taken to a safe place. But the dogs and the people had to leave their homes? I wouldn’t like it if somebody made us leave our home. Maybe we should let all the dogs stay with us. That would be awesome. All those dogs here at my house. We could have a dog party. Wouldn’t that be fun, person?
I think I’ll go out right now and leave a message for all those dogs, letting them know that this is where they’re supposed to be.
Hey person, can you get my leash?
Hey person, where did you go?
May 19, 2012 at 11:03 am
Fires like that are so nasty…it’s not only the dogs which have to run to be saved, there are squirrels, rabbits, field mice and other creatures that live in the countryside..how awful that they lost their homes, and the people of course.
You are such a kind fellow, letting all the dogs come to your house. I bet your person was well pleased with that idea,
You have a Heart of Gold Bongo my friend and I love you
May 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm
Thanks Patreciau. Maybe I should let all the other creatures come here too. I hope they can run faster than the fire.
May 20, 2012 at 7:38 am
so do I xxxxxx
May 19, 2012 at 11:47 am
That smoke looks scary, Bongo. I think a big dog party at the house will make all the frightened dogs feel better. I’m sure your person will agree and get shopping for some treats and toys.
Love and licks,
May 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm
Cupcake, those dogs might miss their houses, but the dog party will be so much fun. I think I’ll send my person off to the pet store now.
May 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm
I hope you don’t have to leave your home!
May 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm
Rumpy, there’s no danger for us. Not many people live in the area. There are some very small towns and many of the places are summer cabins. But it’s apparently the #1 priority fire in the nation right now.
May 19, 2012 at 11:56 pm
Bongo, what caused the fire? That sounds scary….we sometimes see fires happening on the mountain areas in foreign countries and I’ve heard that the heat in summer causes it sometimes….if so, nobody can help it, can’t they? How sweet you are to hold a party for those dogs who lost their places!
May 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm
Kevin, this particular fire originally started as a house fire. We haven’t had rain for awhile so everything is dry and the fire spread. We often get fires in Arizona in the summer, but most of them aren’t this big. Many are started by careless campers who don’t keep their campfires under control. Some are started by lightning.
May 20, 2012 at 12:42 am
That’s scary, Bongo, is everything under control now? Bongo, you’re a fire-brigade-dog now: you’re willing to save all the animals, how good is that 🙂
May 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm
Angel’s Whisper, I guess I’ll have to get a fire hat to add to my collection. My person just checked online and while the smoke isn’t coming our direction right now the fire is only 12% contained. So far they’ve only lost 4 residences but lots of forest has been burned and people still can’t go to their homes in that area. They’re working hard to keep the fire away from the residential areas.
May 20, 2012 at 5:03 am
Look at those mountains! Beautiful! I envy you, Bongo!
May 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm
Dianda, we really do live in a beautiful area. It’s even prettier when it’s not full of smoke.
May 20, 2012 at 7:36 am
Hey bongo, jet here. So sorry for your smokey skies. That happens in our skies a few times a year. Very, very scary. I won’t leave the house to do my business when that happens. Hope everyone is safe.
May 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Hey Jet, the smoke must be blowing the other direction today because my person says the fire is still burning. She doesn’t think anyone has been hurt in the fire but some people – and dogs – have to stay away from their homes right now.
May 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm
Hey Bongo, that direction stuff happens here, too… crossing paws that all will be better soon.
May 20, 2012 at 10:13 am
I hope the fire dies down and your skies clear very soon.
May 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm
Shary, I guess the smoke is blowing the other way today because the sky is clear here but my person says the fire is still burning.
May 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm
Isnt it interesting Bongo how far the smoke travels? There was once a huge fire up in Canada about 300 miles north of here. The wind blew just right and we could smell the burning wood, had smoke and even huge pieces of ash fell like snow for a day. It was interesting! We are glad you are okay and safe and we hope many take safe shelter as we pray for their safety!
May 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm
Collies, once there was a large fire in California that we got smoke from over here. This fire’s much closer than that but still a ways away. The people who live in the area of the fire are safe, but can’t go to their homes. We’re praying for the firefighters as they are the ones in the most danger.
Paws To Talk
May 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm
Bongo we’re glad to hear that you are far away from the fires. We heard about them on the big bright thing the other day and worried about you.
Bella and DiDi
May 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm
Bella and DiDi, thanks for being concerned about me. The smoke’s still a problem, but not nearly as bad as it is closer to the fire.
Paws To Talk
May 21, 2012 at 7:15 pm
We hope the smoke goes away soon.
May 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm
Bella and DiDi, me too. It was pretty bad when I was out on my trails awhile ago. They’re recommending that people stay inside, but I’ve got to take my person for walks.
Paws To Talk
May 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm
What a dilema! People need to be walked or else they become so restless.
May 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm
It’s awful that the sky is filled with smoke from the fires. thankfully it is far away from your home.
May 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm
Bassetmomma, my person says last night she went to a town that is 20 miles closer to the fire, but still a long way from it, and the smoke was way worse. I’m glad it’s as far away as it is.
May 21, 2012 at 1:01 am
I hope by now the fire is out and left as little damage as possible!
May 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm
Marina, the fire is still going and doesn’t look like it will be out any time soon. It has gotten very large.
May 22, 2012 at 12:11 am
Oh, no! I hate fires! I’ve see some up close and it’s a terrible and very frightening sight with the destruction it brings… I just hope people and animals are safe.
May 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm
Marina, my people went to the Phoenix area today and saw smoke from two different fires on their way down and back. My person says only one of the several fires burning right now in Arizona is threatening structures.
May 30, 2012 at 3:13 am
i hope the fire has been put out….! If the far away place needs help, we’re all ready to jump in with our gears and help out anyway possible. By the way Bongo… is the pawty’s still on? 😀
May 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm
Popcorn, the fire is now 65% contained and the people and dogs were able to return to their homes last weekend – so all my pawty buddies went back home.