The Mighty Poo Wrangler
My glamorous life.
I am author, web master, Backlist eBooks partner, and…the Mighty Poo Wrangler.
(Don’t you wish you were me?)
At times, this is more obvious than others. Like when the north slope in front of the barn is frozen for ever and ever in the wake of substantial snow, creating a weird glacier with artfully incorporated horse poo. It was 4F last night–not unusual for deep winter–and it doesn’t get warm enough, long enough, to melt any of it. That means…yes. It goes through subtle warming-freezing cycles that compact and entrench it.
The snow is now slick ice; the poo will be there for archeologists to find centuries from now. “We must surmise that the occupant of this home worshiped Poo, to have preserved it so well.”
In the meantime, daily feeding excursions to the barn are a bit challenging. Time to get crampons.
The other time Poo Wrangling duties inch into that “Really? HOW much clean-up and laundry?” zone is when the dogs pass a bug around between them. Like this past week and a half. In this case a weird little bug, with atypical incubation, atypical presentation, atypical course of illness. Mainly I spent the time going, “What? AGAIN? And you, too? NOW? Really?”
Now that I have the whole picture and have been able to pick the brains of some doggy experts (Brain Wrangling, a whole different skill), it’s obvious I was outwitted from the start. Virus Win, Durgin Stress Shed, and cleaning product manufacturers rejoice.
It’s at times like this I think, “How many dogs do I have? Why is that again?”
But of course, they’re quick to remind me. They wait until I’m off guard and then they arrange to blindside me with adorableness, thusly:
If you’ve got critters, I bet you know just what I mean!
By the way, there’s free fun for the next week, more or less--the short story A BITCH IN TIME is a freebie at Nook, Sony, and iTunes, but only until the stores pick up the directive to stick it back to 99c. That should happen fairly soon–I think!–so grab it while you can! If you have THE HEART OF DOG, you already have this story. If not…have fun!
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