I’m On the Job

Death to squirrels. At least when they’re in Cody J. Dogg’s back yard. I let my dog co-write (OK, inspire) week 31’s song for #songaweek2018. In which the suggested theme was “death.”

It was a busy week with not a lot of time for writing or recording, so this is pretty rough but I too was on the job and got it done for another week!

I can see you sneaking around my back yard
I feel my hackles rise up with a growl in my throat
And that woman glares and shouts my name
But she’s in mortal danger and she doesn’t know

I’m on the job
I’m on the job
I’m on the job
So you better run

I know sooner or later she’ll open that door
You know I’m quivering with the thrill of the chase
And I’ll be off like a shot fired right at you
I’m gonna knock you down and tear off your face

I’m on the job
I’m on the job
I’m on the job
So you better run

You think you’re really something
cause you got away last time
But one of these days
I’m gonna get you

I’m on the job
I’m on the job
I’m on the job
So you better run

Cody

Day 23 in my “Leaving Loveland” challenge.

Not everything I love about Loveland has to stay behind when we move. One Saturday morning in November 2015 this sweet guy joined our family after we met him at an Animal Rescue of the Rockies adoption event at Loveland’s PetSmart. (He came from a shelter in New Mexico and was being fostered by a woman in Denver but Loveland brought us together!)

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Cody inspired a couple of my songs of the week last year (“Cody’s Theme” and “Black Dog Road“), and brings calm and play and warm snuggles to our little home. And I’m looking forward to turning him into a Minnesota dog!

Devil’s Backbone

Day eleven in my “Leaving Loveland” challenge.

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Nathan and Cody and I hiked at Devil’s Backbone today. This place is just on the west side of Loveland, miles and miles of trails that connect up with other hiking areas north of here to Fort Collins. Nathan loves to go mountain biking here. One time he killed a rattlesnake that wouldn’t leave the path. Today we only saw birds, grasshoppers, and some mule deer.

Today was a perfect day for hiking here. In the heat of summer it’s scorching, because there is practically no shade to speak of. Today the sun was warming instead of withering. And since it was a Monday, the trail was pretty quiet, unlike the crowds that descend on the weekends.

I’m feeling a bit sick today so we didn’t go as far as we like to. If you continue taking the trail we were on, you’ll gain enough elevation that you can get some beautiful views of the bigger snow-capped mountains. (Or if you take the shorter Keyhole trail, you get those views much more quickly but you’re actually right at the Backbone formation so you can’t see it like you can in these pictures.) If you look closely at the photo above, off to the right behind the foothills you can see one snowy peak peeking out.