My Thirteenth 12th Birthday
We all ran as fast as we could, through the Back Forty, up onto the Sage Brush Hill, traveling quickly. King and Momma Deer bounding away from Kit and I, then stopping and waiting for us to catch up. Finally, we made it to the little stream where we all rested.
Actually, we all collapsed. We had stopped on the edge of the little stream, where the sun was warming a little hillside. The deer, after huge gulps of water, started grazing.
Kit and I went hunting for mice.
Yes…food! It had been a long, long time since any of us had had any real food.
Then we all laid down on the sunny warm hillside and took a nap!
A long nap in the warm sunshine, on a warm hill. Everyone slept until the shadows started cooling the earth and thereby us also.
“WAKE UP! WAKE UP, EVERY ONE!” I bayed “It’s starting to get dark. And it’s starting to rain/snow! I’ve got to get home. You, all can stay here, but I’m on my way back.” I jumped up and shook myself off. Realizing I was rather stiff and sore I started stretching this way and that…first my front legs, then my back legs, next my neck…and another really good whole body shake.
“Each one of you is welcome to come back to the farmyard and live safe close by. King you and Momma can live in the haystack yard and Kit there are some pretty nice underground irrigation pipes you could overwinter in.” I looked at each one very sincerely. “You can all come now or later. But for me, it’s time to head home.”
“It’s dark” King announced. “You sure you want to head on out?”
“Yes! I’ve been gone too long. I’m sure Mom is worried and to be frank with you I need my bed! Yes, I’m a soft fluffy house dog when it comes to sleeping in my bed. So Off I go. You are all welcome to come if you wish.”
“Let’s go with Boomer, King. The hay stackyard sounds like it just might be warm and full of — well, hay—and those two things can make a couple of deer rather happy, don’t you think?” Momma Deer put her hoof on King’s right hoof.
“Oh alright. Let’s go to the farm!” King gave a huge smile to Momma Deer.
“You are welcome also Kit” Kit turned to me and said…”I’ll follow you home, but I really think the whole farm is my domain.”
So as night deepend we all started off for the farm.