Mystery of the Disappearing Rabbits!
Momma Deer and Princess took off walking – pretty soon they were bounding away going so fast there was no way my short beagle legs could keep up with them.
Oh, well, that’s alright! There are things I need to check on before I get to the Upper End.
“Hey, Boomer, wait up! Where are you going?” Monkey meowed at me.
“Up to the Upper End, Monk. You had better not go with me, it’s a mile away and there are fox, badgers, raccoons, and coyotes up there. You would NOT be safe.”
“Oh, (shudder) the Upper End. You sure you want to go, Boomer?”
“Well, yeah. I’m checking on the rabbits. We haven’t had any rabbits in the corrals for a few days now; I want to see what has happened to them.”
Monkey flopped herself down and started rolling in the dirt, squirming this way and that. Then she started batting at her tail, causing little puffs of soil to fling up and land on her face!
“Monkey, you are making a mess of yourself. Mom will grab you before you come and give you a good brushing down.”
“Oh, well, Boomer. Sometimes a little dirt in the fur is perfect for getting rid of itchy winter skin.”
I just stared at her as she twisted this way and that…suddenly Monkey jumped up and scrammed up the hay stack back drop and scampered to the middle of the boards.
“What’s up with you?” I hollered!
“STANLEY”! She screamed back. As she hide behind the backstop boards.
Stanley…Oh, no! Stanley! I turned around just in time to see Stanley and his twin brother Stewart running straight toward me!
Both squirrels banged right into me, knocking all of us down.
“WHOA, boys! What’s the big hurry?”
“We decided to go WITH you Boomer. All the way to the Upper End! We’ve been wondering what has happened to the rabbits ourselves.”
I thought seriously of kicking up dust and high-tailing it out of here, but they said the magic words—rabbits.
“You’ve been wondering where the rabbits have disappeared too?”
“Yes”, they chirped in chorus. “We haven’t seen the rabbit family for several days now—do you think the fox have eaten them? Do you think those scheming coyotes have slipped down into the farm yard while everyone was asleep and snacked on the bunnies?”
I shuddered at the thought. Then I started to quiver and quake, my legs got weak and I felt like falling down. Coyotes. I’m not very brave around coyotes. I used to have Fuzzy to help me stay safe, but now it’s just me. All alone, I fell to the ground and lay there panting.
I looked up at those loud and noisy squirrels, they just sat there with their tails all up and forming a perfect question mark, little black shiny eyes looking right at me laying there with my head between my paws.
“Okay”, I panted, gradually getting back up, first in a sitting position, then on all four feet. “Let’s go…we MUST find out what has a happened to the rabbit family.
I reached out a paw and shook paws with Stanley and then Stewart “Okay, for now the game of Squirrels and dog is off. From this point on we are partners in the Mystery of the Disappearing Rabbits.”
“Partners” they both screamed! Bounding off they scampered past Monkey who was now hiding under the hay tarp, and headed up the road.
“Hey, Wait for ME!” I barked. “First stop at the hidey-hole by the water pipe.”
Have you ever seen a beagle run? We are fast! First I lifted my nose to the air, gave a loud bay, then I was off!
For a short ways the squirrel brothers were ahead of me, then I put all the power in my muscles and did a flat out run.
I beat them to the hidey hole! Tee Hee
I sat by the hidey hole for a good three minutes before they got to me. I wanted to pant, but I didn’t want them to see me panting. So I held my tongue, so to speak.
First Stewart got to me…he stopped and rolled over on his back …he looked like a flat pancake he was so tired. Then Stanley skidded to stop right next to Stewart and fell on the ground face forward.
“Hey, Boom! If we are going to go with you, you can’t run so hard and fast and leave us in the dust.”
“Yes”, Stanley, huffed and puffed, if you don’t want to meet any coyotes by yourself, you are going to either wait for us or let us ride once in a while. This was just way too much.”
Hummmm, maybe Stanley has a good thought, I mused to myself.
“Okay, from now on I’ll walk and if you get tired you can climb on my back and ride awhile. Will that work?”
Both Squirrels pushed themselves up and stood straight and tall, together they chattered “We are with you all the way, Boomer!”
Don’t stop reading now…Chapter Five finds us at the Upper End!