Mystery of the Disappearing Rabbits!
“Gosh, Boomer…that’s a whole mile and a half away!”
“It is, but we really need to find out what has happened to the rabbits. I’m thinking we might find them over at the equipment area.”
“Okay, hop on we still have lots of ground to cover.”
I started to trot up the first hill…whew! It’s hot and the squirrels are getting heavy. Slowing down I paced myself to take steps like I was pulling a train, one foot in front of the other. Gradually I made it to the top of the hill. Standing there panting I saw I still had the other hill to go.
True it isn’t a big hill, but it’s still a hill and I have four pounds on my back…I collapsed.
“I can’t do it, boys! It’s too hot and I’m too tired; you are just going to have to scamper up by yourselves. I don’t even know if I can get myself up there.”
With that I started crawling over to an old dried out rabbit brush so I could hunker down in the shade.
“WAKE-UP BOOMER! WAKE-UP!” Stewart was pulling on my dog whiskers, yelling at me.
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzort! “I’m awake. I just had to take a short rest before we traveled on.”
“We’ve got to get to going”, Stanley solemnly said, standing right in front of my muzzle…we saw two coyotes eyeballing the pond. I think they are wanting to get a drink. If they go down there they will smell our scent and track us to here!”
“HUH! Coyotes?!?!” I jumped up and started trotting…”Come on then we just have to make to the top of that rise and we are at the alfalfa field and the cement ditch. There will be lots of cows in the alfalfa field so we should be safe.”
Or at least safer, I muttered to myself.
Gradually we made it to the top of the last hill. I stood still and gave the air huge sniffs. I sniffed north, south, east and west! Nothing! Just the smell of cows and more cows!
“Safe!” I proclaimed!
“YAY!” the squirrel brothers yelled.
“Let’s see who can make it to the other end the fastest.” Stanley challenged his brother. Giving me a backward glance they were in the cement ditch scampering and dodging each other, playing roller blades on squirrel feet.
I stood and watched them for a spell, then put my nose to the ground. I followed a couple of mice trails until they buried themselves in the side of the farm road. I sniffed along for a long time but nothing interesting caught my attention.
Then I lifted my head and took a good sniff of the air—cows, many calves, crows, a couple of ravens, oh! A Hawk—red-tailed hawk by the smell. Well, nothing to be concerned about.
Okay, guess I had better get back to business. I started trotting on down the ditch.
Stanley and Stewart were waaaaaaaaaay down there. I better do a sprint and catch up with them. I see a couple of the cows have become interested in what they are doing…I don’t want the cows to spoke those squirrels and the squirrels run off.
Putting my feet to the ground I shoved off into a full out run, arriving at the squirrels long before the cows started moving toward them.
We were also at the end of the cement ditch, not far now to the equipment storage area.
“Hop on over the farm road and skitter on up on the gated pipe, boys! We are almost to our goal!” I gave Stanley a gentle shove with my nose to get him moving.
“Hey, Boom! We need a rest now. That was a long haul down that ditch.”
“And,” chimed in Stewart. “We ran the WHOLE way.”
“Okay. We’ll sit here for a spell, then we need to get on down the gated pipe. Once there I’m thinking we will find the rabbits.”
“Why do you think that, Boomer?”
“I don’t know…just a feeling.” I mused. Just a feeling.
Stay tuned for the Unexpected Find at the Equipment Storage area!