This week I travelled to a lot of fun libraries in Colorado! I shared my Super Dog tales with the libraries in the Jefferson County library district. I rescued some cute sheep from a wily wolf by hypnotizing him! I convinced that wolf he really wants to eat grass and vegetables such as carrots, beets, and celery!
I enjoyed our show in the beautiful town of Evergreen, CO. In between shows, my upright walked me around the lake. I was mesmerized by some uprights walking on water!!! Okay, so my upright, Denise, informed me that they weren’t really walking on water; they were paddle boarding. It sure looked like they were walking on water!
I had a lot of fun at the beautiful Columbine Library in Denver. They also had a huge lake and park. My upright is very good to me. We took a nice walk around the lake and I even rolled in some grass that cooled my tummy!
We also performed outside at the Platteville Library! The kids were fun there and I had an awesome stage upon which to perform! I enjoy performing outside, but sometimes the wind blows my chute around and I almost got stuck inside it!!! The audience enjoyed our Brave Dog show about hero dogs of WWII!
We performed outside at the Bookmobile stop at the Fox Ridge mobile home park. Although the audience was small, they laughed a lot. It might have been because these squirrels named Woody and Chuck distracted me. I wanted to chase those chattering squirrels, corner them, and maybe teach them a lesson. After all, they were making fun of my Super Dog costume! How rude!!! But I listened to my upright and ignored them. It’s best to ignore bullies! But in my dreams I chased them, caught them, and tossed the one named Woody up high into the sky. He became a flying squirrel until he went splat on the pavement! Heee, Heee, Hee! He resembled a furry pancake!
During my travels this week to Colorado libraries such as Bailey, Firestone, Colorado Springs, and Denver, I dreamed I was Super Dog!
In my dream…I was Super Dog to the rescue:
Some cuddly sheep were being tormented by a crazed wolf who wanted to make sheep stew! I needed to protect the sheep, but that wily wolf howled, moaned, and growled. He refused to leave my sheep alone! At first I was stupefied by this wily wolf, but I soon learned that I had “Super Powers.” I had courage, good eyesight, a powerful nose, an awesome costume, and eyes that can bore holes right into you! Okay, so maybe not “Super” powers, but I felt heroic! Did you know that staring intently at cuddly sheep is how Border Collies herd them? I think Border Collies are really able to “hypnotize” sheep into submission. I might be able to hypnotize that wily wolf too! And if I succeed in hypnotizing that wily wolf, I’ll make him my servant. He’ll do my laundry and feed my sheep. He might even have to clean out the sheep barn which is mighty smelly, if you know what I mean! In my next dream, I’ll try to hypnotize him! I’ll let you all know how it goes.
But in the meantime, I think I’ll read a couple of good stories about cats. One of my favorite bedtime tales is Hero Cat by Eileen Spinelli. It’s about a cat who rescues her kittens from a fire. I also enjoy Scarlett the Cat to the Rescue: Fire Hero by Nancy Loewen. These stories are about true cat heroes! I guess even cats are brave (just don’t tell them that). I’d hate for my Kitty to think she doesn’t need me to scare away wolves, coyotes, monsters, and aliens!
Did you know that one of my favorite activities is hiking? My upright takes me hiking almost every weekend. We went on a great hike on Saturday to the Horse Thief Falls area. We even took the jeep. My upright buckled me into the jeep with my new Solvit Safety Harness. It’s important to make sure your pet is properly secured in a vehicle when you’re driving. I don’t want to fall out as the jeep bumps down the road! Wooooof!!
Woof, WOOOOOOF!!! It’s been a long week, but I’ve had so much fun! I’d first like to thank Rachel P. for answering my question in last week’s blog, “What’s my favorite part to performing?” She answered, “Treats.” And that is one hundred percent correct! So Rachel P. needs to email me her address at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can send her an autographed photo of my gorgeous furry face!
This week, I travelled throughout Colorado. I performed in some amazing places that promote reading to kids! When I performed at the Kiowa library, I noticed how fun their carpet was in the Children’s area. It had books on it and worms. I enjoyed rolling on it!
I also performed at a brand new Library! The town of Hudson built an amazing new library that reflects the town’s love of reading, community, and those young people—kids and teens! I was intimidated by THE HULK, though! But I was pretty sure that in my Super Dog costume, I’d be able to calm him down with a tale or two.
In addition to those country places, I also travelled to the big city—Denver. I love performing for the Arapahoe Library district. They treat me so nice (both the librarians and the audiences), plus I have a fan base. The audiences at the Arapahoe Library district make me feel like a super star!
We (my upright and I) performed some of my favorite tales this week. I love telling stories about true dog heroes! Their heroic deeds inspire me which is why I protected our property from a loud, high-pitched mini-tank today!
After I ran four miles with my upright this morning, I still had energy. I am a Border Collie, you know. Fortunately, one of the neighbors began to ride around his yard in this loud, high pitched mini-tank. I remembered reading stories about tanks when we researched WWII. Okay, my upright calls it a “Lawn Mower,” but I think of it as a mini-tank. It whirs, it grinds, it even spits out green stuff! Come on, it must be a tank!
Because I chased it back and forth inside my fence, my upright forced me to go inside. She was worried I might pull a muscle and she thought I needed water (which I forget to drink when I’m so focused on herding a mini-tank). I had a difficult time “resting,” because I think our neighbor must be an enemy! I promise to be like my favorite war dog hero from WWI and protect our property! I shall guard it day and night.
Can you guess who my favorite war dog hero is from WWI? He’s very famous and is even featured in the WWI museum. There’s even a fun kid’s book about him. If you guess correctly, I’ll send you an autographed picture of my super gorgeous fluffy face!
Traveling to Oklahoma took nine hours and six breaks at rest areas so I could sniff the air and figure out where we were. My upright uses a GPS to direct her, but I use my nose! It’s more reliable. We crossed the state line into Oklahoma from Texas. The first thing I noticed was the red dirt. The earth matched my fur perfectly. I felt like I belonged. Looks like sheep country! I wanted to poke my nose out the window and smell that rusty red earth, but the air conditioning was on, so I contented myself with staring out the window until we found a rest area.
My upright and I performed nine shows in four days. The libraries were located in several towns such as Clinton, Weatherford, Cheyenne, Sentinel, and several more. The small towns loved us! They treated me like the superstar I am. Most of the towns didn’t even have a movie theater—so I was a live theater show and I believe much more entertaining than anything you could find at a theater. In addition to performing cool tricks, I’m also a bit of a comedian. I now start every show with a joke! When my upright, Denise, asks, “Are you ready to be a star?” I immediately fall down and play dead. I like to embellish the tales my upright tells and often “add” extra things.
I also loved how salty my upright’s legs were from sweating. Sometimes in the middle of the show, I would start licking her leg. She needed a bath, right? She’s always taking care of me, so I thought I’d make sure her legs were clean. My upright brushes my teeth and fur every morning until my teeth are white, my breath fresh, and my fur silky smooth. She even clips my nails every two weeks. I’m a lucky, well-groomed dog. And hey, kids, did you know that it’s important to brush your dog’s teeth just like it’s important to brush your own. We can get cavities too, plus our breath can smell like we just got sprayed by a skunk. But if you brush our teeth even three times a week, you’ll see our smile improve and our breath won’t stink (too much).
I enjoyed my visit to Oklahoma and look forward to visiting Enid, Oklahoma in July.
Okay, can you guess what my favorite part to performing is? I asked this question in last week’s blog, but thought I’d ask it again. If you guess correctly, I’ll send you an autographed picture of my adorable fluffy self!
Sienna, The Smartest Border Collie!
I'm a red and white Border Collie. I love performing with my upright, Denise Gard. I call all humans uprights, just so you know! This blog will detail all of my adventures and contain some useful dog tips for all dog lovers!