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My dog loves to follow the bees. Actually all kinds of bugs. If it moves, she follows it. Sometimes they get away. Sometimes they don't. Tonight she caught a spider that was trying to hide under the recliner.

But she likes bees best of all. In my garden I have huge, fat bumblebees and giant carpenter bees. They dance around the Lupines, buzz the Ceanothus trees, kiss the Clarkias and even rest, sometimes, in the heart of the Poppies. These are hardworking native bees so they are working all the time. Not like those sissy European honey bees that only come around when the sun is shining bright.

Cassie doesn't run and chase the the bees as much as she wants to get up close, nose to nose with them like she does with me. Sometimes I look out there and she is standing, nose to nose with a Lupine as tall as she is, not snapping at the bee, just watching as it hovers in place. When the bee moves, so does she.

I'm worried that she is going to get stung one day. Heck, I know she will. It's just a matter of time.

I like that every day it is the same thing for her, up close and personal with the bees, following them around the garden wherever they go. She stands up, awkwardly, on her hind legs when they fly out of reach and shoves her head into a bank of Clarkias when a bee dives under a leaf. She's brave, that dog of mine.

I follow the words.

Some days I get closer than other. Some days I have to stretch on my tippy toes to find the treasure almost hidden out of reach. And some days I have to dive into a mess and just hope to find the words on the other side.

But every day, I'm up close and personal with the words, trying to tell the truest story I can tell.

There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



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auraesque
May 7th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
My dog, Brio, does the same thing. Her favorite are the big, fat flies we have in Georgia, but she has gone after bees and wasps, too. In fact, I think she has been stung, and she was upset for a day or so, but now she is back to following buzzing things like no other.
susanwrites
May 8th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
I know I will freak out when she gets stung but I'm glad to think it won't keep her from going back and doing it again. It seems to bring her such joy.
daphnegrab
May 7th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
she sounds so sweet!
susanwrites
May 8th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
She is...more and more each day.
sealy38
May 7th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
I loved this idea. Very nice way to start my writing day. Thanks.

Some days I get closer than other. Some days I have to stretch on my tippy toes to find the treasure almost hidden out of reach. And some days I have to dive into a mess and just hope to find the words on the other side.
susanwrites
May 8th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
Here's hoping sweet words are waiting for us both on the other side.
barboconnor
May 7th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
>>In my garden I have huge, fat bumblebees and giant carpenter bees. They dance around the Lupines, buzz the Ceanothus trees, kiss the Clarkias and even rest, sometimes, in the heart of the Poppies. <<

Well, you HAVE to use those lovely words in a book....
susanwrites
May 8th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
ah, thanks, Barb! All this garden work of late has given me a hankering to go back to work on Plant Kid's story and the words might just fit there.
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susanwrites
May 8th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks, Jenn.

I have this book of poetry called UNLEASHED. It's poems by writer's dogs. I love the idea of our animals giving the inside story on us.
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