I’m pretty technologically deficient, to say the least. I had no clue WordPress kept drafts! Turns out, I’ve got 102 of them. Who knew?
Anyway, from the annals of Tales of Run A Muck Ranch, stories written but never published, I give you this from June, 2014:
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Crabby took Morty and Slugger for a Boys’ Weekend in the cool pines in Northern Arizona.
I had to work today, so I wasn’t home when the menfolk and Slugger (he’ll never grow up) returned.
When I did get home, I found Slugger, in a condition I had never seen him in before, not even when he was plucked from the pound, mange and all.
His face, it was downcast. His movement, slow. His tail, not wagging. I swear he lost weight.
Turns out, the terrain in and around the campsite Crabby picked out was a wee bit more harsh than anticipated. Morty can scale vertical walls all day without a break. Slugger, he prefers soft ground, on no more than a 1% grade, with frequent stops.
Three of Crabby’s friends also camped with the boys. Unfortunately, when it came time to explore, none would stick to soft ground, on no more than a 1% grade, with frequent stops.
One exhausted Slugger.
Crabby has been chastised at length over Slugger’s condition, including the scratches on his (Slugger’s, not Crabby’s) groin area. Crabby said the undergrowth, like the terrain, was harsher than anticipated. If you ask me, Crabby should have carried poor Slug!
Since returning home, and under the care of his Mom, Slugger has been rehabilitated with lap time, fresh home made food, and a nap with mom. Though still not moving very fast, and more prone to sleeping rather than playing, the tail is wagging again.
In the future, I think it best if Morty and Crabby leave Slugger behind. He’s a Momma’s Boy not a Mountain Man.
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Slugger has gone camping since that traumatic experience, but his participation has been limited to those excursions that involve fishing and other stationary activities, more to Slugger’s mental and physical abilities, and his liking 🙂