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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Memory of a Special Earth Day

First, just a note about yesterday's post. Maggie and I went out for a short morning walk. Turned out it was still raining harder than I thought, and I had run out without a jacket, so I cut across the field to make it a short walk, and there was that silly ball. It's so odd how little things like that can just blindside a person. Not to mention how it had been there for so long without me ever coming across it before.

How about a more cheerful post for today?

baby rabbits

This is Earth Day, and this was the most special Earth Day present I ever had! The year was 1991, and our big, dumb, white dog, Hezekiah, was still alive. He was one of the special ones too, in his own way. He made us laugh so often! That afternoon I saw Heze nosing around in the field like he was playing with something, so I went to check it out.

There was Heze trying to get three baby bunnies to play with him. He was such a gentle dog! He hadn't harmed them, but they were soaking wet because he had licked them so much. I wasn't quite sure what to do, but I brought them to the house and dried them off before taking them back to the nest.

baby rabbits

The word "adorable" is hard to avoid. It was so cool to hold those little rabbits. I did return them to their grassy nest, and much to my surprise the mother rabbit apparently didn't have any problem with the scents they must have returned with. (As if we need more rabbits here to chew up the shrubbery, right? But I got attached to those ones!)

Hike Planning Report
Worked on food all day. Filled all the trays in the dehydrator: onions, cucumbers, broccoli soup, squash, rice salad, sausage. Packaged a bunch more stuff.

It finally stopped raining! Walked 1.5 miles with a 40 pound pack.

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Lin said...

Oh, how sweet! I would never have thought to pick them up, although I'll bet it was such a soft treat.

rainfield61 said...

Yes, they are lovely and cute.
And you are now carrying 40 pound pack. Cheers.

Sharkbytes said...

Hi Lin- I love to pick animals up! I first did it to check that these ones weren't hurt. But they were SO soft. Their little ears lying against their heads were just amazing.

Rainfield- I AM at 40 pounds, which is what I hope to carry on the hike so I want to increase to more at home, so that I'll be really ready for the real deal. Thanks for noticing!

betchai said...

oh, that is so cute, they look so soft, and must really be. it is indeed a very happy picture. wow, wish you well on your hike, 40 lbs now.

WiseAcre said...

I will hug you and squeeze you and call you George.You don't look Abominable and they don't look like ducks

Rick (Ratty) said...

Seeing those little rabbits made me smile. Sounds like a really nice memory of them.

Sharkbytes said...

Hi betchai- I'm a total sucker for baby animals, especially bunnies!

WiseAcre- should I quack or growl? Hugs and squeezes sound good!

Hi Ratty- I really do smile every time I think of that day. Any other dog probably would have killed them. Heze was just too gentle.

WiseAcre said...

I think you missed my reference.

I am a Looneytic so think:
Abominable Snowman & Daffy Duck

Sharkbytes said...

Uh, sorry... guess I didn't get it, WiseAcre.