~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #183: Memorable Events ~


For this week’s challenge, I offer a short-short story that I wrote from Jello’s perspective. It tells of a real event from one of our walks that most certainly was memorable to me!

Jello’s Spring Adventure ~ ©Lindy Le Coq

It was early one morning last spring when we were at our forever condo. Mom was making coffee and fixing my breakfast, while I sat patiently looking out the sliding-glass door for deer. Suddenly I saw something move through the undergrowth and amble across the meadow. It was big and round, certainly not a deer, so I started baying like crazy and tried to climb through the glass. Mom came right over, but wouldn’t even open the door to let me out! I could hardly believe it, so I just kept baying and complaining until the thing disappeared into the forest. Then I had breakfast.

Mom always takes too much time getting herself organized for our walks, and this morning she was even slower than usual. When I finally was able to sniff around where I’d seen the thing, the scent was getting cold, so I just stored that smell away and focused my nose on the trail to the beach.

A day or so later, on a walk back from the beach, I smelled it again. My hackles lifted, and I started into a deep throaty growl to get Mom’s attention. Then, there it was crossing the trail just ahead of us. On stiff legs, I trotted forward and started into a full bay. Mom freaked out, and yelled at the top of her lungs the one word she knows I’ll obey, STOP!!!!! I did, and the thing took off like a shot through the underbrush into the forest, while I turned back to sniff its trail.

Mom praised me big time for doing as she had asked. She told me the thing was a young Black Bear, and we don’t want to mess with bears. I didn’t much like its odor anyway. Besides, Mom lets me chase deer through the dunes when we’re out on our walks, and though I never catch up with them, its great fun to try!

Wherever your travels take you, please remember to be kind and stay safe.🐾

Thank you Ann Christine for the opportunity to share this story.

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20 Responses to ~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #183: Memorable Events ~

  1. Ralph Becker says:

    Sometimes it’s best not to get what we want.

  2. Oh my! 😮 And then I’m scared my bestia and I will run into a boar. Beautifully told. Maybe you can collect more stories like this one for a book. I’d love to read it. Memories are forever, even if our friends have to go so soon.

  3. VJ Knutson says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. This hits close to home as one of our pups is sick at the moment.

  4. JohnRH says:

    Nooooooo! Sooooo sorry to hear about Jello. A wonderful tribute you’ve written.

    • Lindy Le Coq says:

      Thank you, John. We knew our time with Jello was limited – still her loss hurt hard. We already have two rescue beagles adopted who will arrive to our home mid February. There will be more beagle adventures in the future with 6 yr. old brother sister Max and Daisy.

  5. Janice says:

    A special dog. I’m sorry to hear Jello passed away though peacefully. Jello’s story shows how you understood each other…a pleasure to read.

  6. Leya says:

    Love her story, Lindy – and it shows how deep your relationship was. Dear Jello. So many lovely photos you have shared with her in them. I think one of my favourites was where she is spotted between the dunes, in the sun. Cameras are invaluable, memories will stay forever even without them though…Long time companions never fade.

  7. Oh, Lindy, I am so sorry you have lost sweet Jello. We almost always outlive our pets and it is just heartbreaking when they leave us. I send you a virtual hug, and thank you for sharing the story. One thing that helps me deal with death is remembering the lost loved one is not in pain, we are. I hope Jello is cavorting on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge (maybe it’s safe to chase bears there!)

  8. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved Jello. I love the story of the bear from her point of view.

  9. Rest in peace, Jello. Dogs get so woven into our lives that their loss is felt for a very long time. Take care and virtual hugs to you.

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