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Searching for Century Plants

Bongo near a century plantMy person and I went out on an extra long walk. A century plant trek.

We started out on the trail where most of the century plants were last year. We figured we’d find lots of them. Well, my person figured. I was just happy for the walk.

We found some century plants.

The old dead ones from last year.

But there were only a couple new century plants on this whole trail, and they weren’t even in full bloom yet.

So we headed back. The trail is a loop so we kept looking for century plants on the way back.

And then we found it.


Century plants on a hill

Century Plant Hill.

Century plants with sunlit rocks behind

There were lots of century plants on this hill. Last year there were only two.

Century plant against blue sky

Century plant with red rocks behind

Century plant with intense yellow and red colors

close up of century plant blossoms

If you look really close you can even see the bugs flying around the flowers.

Speaking of bugs, they were everywhere. Especially on my person because she doesn’t have lots of hair to protect her like I do. Those little “no see ‘ems” that come out this time of year were all over her arms.

So we headed back home.

Century plant against a cloudy sky

But my person still couldn’t stop taking pictures, even though the bugs were worse around the plants.

I thought maybe if I turned the color off…

Century plant silhouette against a cloudy sky

the bugs would go away. But they didn’t…

Century plant with Coffee Pot Rock in the background

so I turned the color back on again.

Century plants, trees, and Mogollon Rim

One last look at Century Plant Hill and we headed home.

Century plant with bird in a blossom

Come on, person. I said we were heading home. I don’t care if there’s a bird in that plant. You have to look really close to see it.

Well, if you’re going to stop and take pictures of birds, then you’d better show the picture of me…

Bongo and little white and black dog

and the new friend I made on the way to Century Plant Hill.

This part was way more fun than looking for century plants.


Posted by on June 6, 2013 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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I Like the Old One

Bongo on a short leashMy person is definitely the mischief maker today. You see, I had the perfect leash. Well, perfect would have been walking without a leash, but if I’ve got to walk my person with a leash, this one was the best. When my person tried to keep me from going out further on that leash, it didn’t work. That leash was definitely on my side. I could go get loves from people my person tried to keep me away from, and meet up with dogs I didn’t know yet. I mean, how am I going to add to my list of girlfriends if I don’t get a chance to meet any? But now, I have a new leash. . .

Bongo looking at the leash

Come on person, ease up! I’ve got places to go, smells to sniff, and people and dogs to meet.

Bongo tight on a leash and looking back

Can you give me a little more slack? You’re cramping my style, person.

Bongo on a tight leash looking at a distant dog

This is not good at all. That dog – you see that dog way over there? Well that dog came right up near me, and if I’d had the old leash attached to my person I would have been able to get to that dog and give him what for. He pretends he’s being friendly, but I know what he’s really thinking.

Wait a minute. It was because of that dog that I got my old leash working just right. I guess I’d better be nice to him next time he comes over.

Hey person, you’ve got to let me go. I’ve got to go tell that dog we’re buddies now.

I think the power of this new leash has gone to my person’s head.

She is such a mischief maker.

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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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Walk Challenge

Bongo following behind his younger personOver the weekend I took both my person and my younger person for a walk at the same time. That was really a challenge because I only had one leash and I wasn’t sure how I was going to keep both of them in line.

My younger person has been hanging out at his computer for most of his break from school, and I figured since he wasn’t used to our walks he’d probably stick close. So I let him go off leash.

Yeah, I know there’s a rule that all people are supposed to be walked on a leash, but sometimes a dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do.

We headed out and the first thing I had to do was convince my younger person that we were not going on a little five minute walk. This walking stuff is serious business and he’d better get used to it.

Then, a little while later he wanted to stick to the trails instead of scrambling over the rocks like I’m used to doing. I don’t think he understood that you have to go over the rocks to get to my puddle. That route is non-negotiable.

When I started to head into the wash I was really afraid my younger person was going to run off.

Younger person looking back at Bongo

Don’t You Run Off!


I had to follow him and go the other way because I thought I’d lose him.

Younger Person, you’ve got to understand – I’m supposed to be taking you for a walk – not the other way around.

I think I’m going to have to teach my younger person to heel before we go out for another long walk.


Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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The New Raccoon

Bongo meeting a boy with a raccoon hatYesterday was a blustery, snowy kind of day and I didn’t want to be outside at all. But today was a different kind of day. The sun came out and the air was crisp and cool. The perfect day for a walk.

It’s a good thing today was a good walking day because I found an animal that I’ve never seen on my trails before. Today I made friends with a raccoon.

I didn’t know what to expect from a raccoon because I’ve never met one before.


The boy with the raccoon hat turning away from Bongo

At first he was kind of shy.

The boy with the raccoon hat running from Bongo

He even tried to run away from me.

Bongo, the boy, and his friends

But the raccoon’s friends tried to help. He didn’t seem to be afraid of them at all, even though they weren’t raccoons.

The boy with the raccoon hat patting Bongo's head

The boy with the raccoon hat patting Bongo's head

Finally we became friends. That little raccoon put his fear aside and patted my head.

Bongo and the boy with the raccoon hat playing

He even taught me how to play a game.

I had so much fun with my new friend today. I hope he’s just the first of a whole family of raccoons that I get to meet on my trails.

The boy with the raccoon hat

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Posted by on December 29, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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Make it Stop

Bongo unhappy with the falling snowToday seemed like an ordinary day as my person and I headed out for our walk. Well, it was cloudy and kind of chilly, but I can put up with that. Anything for a walk.

But as soon as we got out to the street I could see it coming. Have you ever watched a storm about ready to attack you? It’s like a big cloud coming toward you –ready to engulf you.

And then it did.

Snow and wind coming right in my face. And it wasn’t that light, fluffy kind of snow. This was that hard little corny kind. I didn’t like it one little bit. I don’t know what my person was thinking. She kept heading up the trail.

Bongo balking while the snow is falling

I had to put my foot down. I came to a halt.

Bongo giving the evil eye

My person still didn’t get it. I gave her the evil eye.

Finally she got the message and we headed toward home. But by then the wind and snow were bad in both directions.

Bongo looking for another route

I started looking around to see if that snow was everywhere. Maybe it was only falling on my trail.

There must be another way.

Bongo not wanting to go

I think my person should have followed me off the trail, but she made me stay on it. And it wasn’t the right way at all. By now those snowflakes were turning into monsters. More like hail if you ask me.

Bongo with snow on his back and a sad look

I finally had to try the sad look. It hasn’t worked before, but there’s got to be a first time. I’m sure my person could stop this storm if she wanted to.


I knew it. My person could stop the storm. As soon as we got back in the house that snow stopped coming down.

Now I just have to figure out why my person was picking on me.



Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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I’m Famous

BongoI’m really getting famous. People I’ve never met before know who I am. It would be kind of embarrassing if it wasn’t so much fun.

I was walking along my trails with my person and I was a little way ahead or her. We were coming up on an intersecting trail and a lady came jogging toward me.

Suddenly the lady said, “Bongo!” as if I was her long lost friend and started giving me loves.

Woo woo! This is so cool. Loves that I didn’t ask for from someone I’ve never met before.

Hey person, I bet that never happened to you.

What, person? What are you saying?

She knew me why?

No way.

My person says the other day when I ran off took a walk by myself this lady was on my trails with her dogs and my person asked her to keep an eye out for me.

My person says the lady was happy to see that I was found.

Hey person, I was never lost. I knew where I was the whole time.

And I don’t think that was the same lady. I’m sure the one who gave me loves has been reading my blog and recognized me from my pictures.


Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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How to Walk in Snow

Bongo with a Frisbee in the SnowI don’t believe it! My person let me outside Sunday morning and there was snow everywhere. And not just a little bit of that white stuff. There was bunches. Perfect for dragging my Frisbee through. It slides really well in snow. This new Frisbee I have slides so well that sometimes it slips away from me and I have to find it.

Bongo in the Snow

If you look really close you can see my Frisbee flying behind me.


After I’d had enough of the Frisbee games, I decided it was time to take my person for a walk. I’m not sure taking my person for a walk in the snow was such a good idea though.

She kept making me stop so she could take pictures, and even when she wasn’t taking pictures she wouldn’t go fast enough.

Bongo in the trail in the snow

Hurry up, person.


Cactus in Snow

Cactus Covered in Snow


Snow on the Trails

Prickly Pear in Snow

Frozen Pricklers


I kept finding all kinds of really great smells in the bushes and every time I tried to go find where the smell came from my person yanked me back to the trails. Besides, every time she took a step her feet made such a loud crunching sound in the snow that all the critters probably heard her coming and ran for it.

Bongo Sniffing in Snow

Bongo at the Stream

I didn't know there was a stream here.


Then, guess what? I found a dead mouse sitting right on top of the snow. I picked it up and started to chomp on it. And you know what my person did. She made me drop it. I tried to ignore her but she wouldn’t give up. I figured if I dropped it for a minute she’d be happy and I could go pick it up again. But no. She wouldn’t let me get back near it. I can’t figure out why she would want to waste a good tasty morsel like that.

Bongo and Mouse in the Snow

I’d had about enough after that. I took my person home. And if she keeps spoiling my fun in the snow I’m leaving her home next time.


Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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No Dog Day?

Bongo and his FriendsWoo hoo! It was an awesome day on my trails today. The weather was perfect and the parking lot full – which meant I had a chance to meet lots of people and dogs. We headed out on the trails and met a whole lot of people coming back the other way, but no dogs. I like people, but I really like meeting dogs on my trails, so I started getting a little disappointed thinking this might be a no dog day.

Well, I was wrong – so wrong. We headed a little further along the trails and guess who showed up to greet me. You’ll never guess. The best dog ever! Lucy. My girlfriend – at least I want her to be my girlfriend. And we got to play. That is the most fun a dog can have. Playing with his girlfriend – except maybe for swimming, and eating, and catching Frisbees. Well, you know what I mean. I had fun.

Lucy headed on down the trails and I started feeling disappointed, but I hardly had a chance to feel that way because two more dogs came running to greet me. And my person knows their people, so now I have two new friends.

I would have made more friends but the other dogs were on leashes and our people wouldn’t let us get close. My person had to give directions to one person who had a dog. I could give directions to that person too. Just let your dog’s leash loose and follow along.


Posted by on March 9, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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Not My Fault

Bongo Heading Back on the TrailHey person, you’re going the wrong way. This way takes us back home sooner. We can take this trail.

You’re what? You’re not limping. Let’s go for a longer walk.

What do you mean, it’s my fault?

You could have let me off my leash yesterday so I could get to my swimming hole faster. So it was your fault. You didn’t let me off my leash.

Or you could have run down that steep trail. That way I wouldn’t have been pulling you.

I can’t help it if you started slipping on those loose rocks on that steep trail. I bet you would have slipped even if I wasn’t pulling you.

So I’m getting blamed and punished. Just because we got to go on a long hike yesterday you’re making me have a shorter walk today. No fair!

Oh look person. It’s my friend Timmy. Can I go over and say hi to him?

What? You mean if we had gone on our normal walk I wouldn’t have seen Timmy today? Yeah, I guess you’re right.

Timmy and Bongo

But person, he kissed me. And he’s not even a cute girl.


Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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Dog Heaven

Bongo Sniffing on the TrailsMy person and I passed a lady on my trails and she said she thought the trails were Dog Heaven. My trails are pretty special, but I never thought of them that way before. That means that every time I leave my house and head out on my trails I’m in heaven. That means that heaven is right here – right next to my house.

That is so awesome. Someday, way far from now, I won’t have to go to the bother of crossing over the Rainbow Bridge because I’ll just have to walk out to my trails and I’ll be in heaven. There will be other dogs there, and people too, because I always see other dogs and people on my trails.

And I won’t be so far from home, so I can just stop by whenever I want. I can take my people for a walk so they’ll be in heaven too. Hey, I think that means we’re all in heaven every time we go out on my trails.

Hey person, can we go to heaven now?

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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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