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Back Off

Rain cloud over Thunder MountainHey person, we can’t go on a walk.

Look at that. There’s rain on its way.

It’s going to engulf us any minute now.

And you know what the rain brings with it.





Bongo between the trees and the rain

Maybe these trees will protect me from the rain.

Look, I can hardly see it now.

But I still think we need to go back.

I’m not sure if these trees are trustworthy.

Bongo in front of cactus with his leash taut

And now the clouds are closing in from the other direction too.

Okay, that’s it person.

I’m not going anywhere.

What, you don’t believe me?

You don’t think I’m serious?

Well check this out.

I’m so serious…

Bongo about to back into cactus

…that I’d rather back into this cactus –

than go anywhere near that thunder.

Just try to get me to move.


Posted by on September 20, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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Not Even Ripe

Bongo looking away from the cameraI don’t believe it!








The prickly pear fruit isn’t even ripe yet and my person is taking pictures of it.

Prickly pear fruit

Prickly pear fruit and the sun

Hey person, don’t you know the color is much better when they’re ripe?

Let’s get moving!


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


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The Rain Changes Everything

Bongo looking away from a prickly pear blossomIt rained last night.

Really hard.

For a long time.

It’s been a very long time since we had rain.

So today when I went out on my trails, everything looked different.

The first different thing I found was my girlfriend Lucy.

The rain must have brought her out, because I haven’t seen her in a very long time.

And then I saw…

Hey person, look over there.

No, not that direction.

There’s nothing for you to take pictures of that you would be interested in looking at in that direction.


There have been no flowers on my trails for awhile now.

It’s been nice.


But a late blooming prickly pear popped out after the rain and of course my person had to take a picture.

Prickly pear blossom

At least there were only two blossoms on all of my trails so I got my person moving along fairly quickly.

And then I saw it!!!

My puddle!

Bongo by his puddle

My puddle had returned!

It’s been so long since I’ve seen my puddle that I almost forgot about it.

But my person said we couldn’t stay forever – it was getting dark.

So we saw a few ho hum things on our way back from my puddle.

Javelina tracks in the mud

Javelina tracks in the mud.

Clouds lit by the setting sun

And some clouds.


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Posted by on July 7, 2014 in Bongo, humor


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Enough Already

Bongo and a hedgehog cactus in bloomWhat is going on here?

These hedgehog cactus should have been done blooming a long time ago.

They’re torturing me, because my person won’t stop taking pictures of them.

Why don’t they just go away?

I keep thinking they’re gone and then some more of this colorful stuff pops up on my trails.

C’mon person. Haven’t you taken enough pictures of these cacti?



Hedgehog cactus in bloomThere she goes again.

Hedgehog cactus blossom

And again.

Okay person, that’s enough.

I’m taking you home now.

You’re going to wear out your camera.


Hey person, what are you doing?

You are so misbehaved.

You’ve got to stop wandering off like that.

Oh no, look at this!

My person is so obsessed with her camera…

Prickly pear blossoms with an ant inside

…that she’s started taking pictures of ants.

Person, wouldn’t it have made more sense to wait until you had that ant in full view before you took the picture of it?


Posted by on June 5, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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Bongo next to a healing prickly pear cactusI’ve got some good news to share with you.

You see, a little over a year ago there was some serious mischief on my trails.

A crime actually.

Someone had murdered some of my prickly pear cacti.

If you want to know how terrible this crime was you can click on this link here.

Ever since then I’ve been sad every time I walk by and see them.

But those prickly pear are hardy.

And they’re beginning to show signs of healing.

They must have only been almost murdered.

How do I know?


Because dead cacti don’t grow flowers.

Damaged prickly pear cactus with blossoms

It’s like a miracle on my trails.

And things have gotten even better.

The injured prickly pear keep getting more flowers.

Damaged prickly pear with blossoms

But please be careful around these prickly pear.

If you tell them they still look ugly…

they might shed a few flowers.


Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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Too Many Flowers

Bongo in front of hedgehog cactus blossomsThey’re everywhere this year.

Spots of magenta peeking out from the browns and greens of my trails.






It’s kind of like an Easter egg hunt.

Hedgehog cactus blossoms hidden in the woods

Little spots of color popping up when you least expect it.

But I’m going to have to practice my photobombing.

Because my person has to get her camera out every time we pass one of those things.

Hedgehog cactus blossoms

Hedgehog blossom close up

I don’t know what she sees in those things.

They don’t even smell good.

And none of my friends leave messages on them.

That could be disastrous.

All I can hope for is that their blooming season is over very soon.


Wait! What?

This is terrible!

The hedgehogs are still in full bloom and the prickly pear are already starting up?

Prickly Pear blossom

Prickly pear blossom

What am I going to do?

Two kinds of cacti blooming at the same time.

I think I’ve got a lot of boring walks to look forward to.

Time for another photobomb.

Bongo in front of blooming prickly pear


Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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Confused Cactus

Bongo and prickly pear cactus in the sunThere is a lot of prickly pear cactus on my trails.

Most of the time if you stay away from the cactus, it will stay away from you.

That’s how we get along, that cactus and I.

All winter that cactus sits around and doesn’t do much of anything – except maybe get eaten by javelina.

But in the spring the prickly pear has blossoms.

They’re not quite here yet.



Prickly pear cactus with buds

And it will be bad when they do come out because my person will stop and take all kinds of pictures of them.

Pink flowers next to a prickly pear cactus

Hey wait a minute!

The prickly pear around here don’t have pink blossoms.

What’s going on?

If I were a pink flower I would not be growing there.

They must be stuck.


But back to the prickly pear.

In the fall they have fruit.

Big, red, juicy fruit.

Like pears with prickles.

But I found this one prickly pear that doesn’t seem to know what time of year it is.

Prickly pear cactus with one fruit

Or maybe this prickly pear is trying to be my friend.

No flower pictures.

This one cut right to the fruit.


Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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