Charlie’s Walkabout: A Charlie Guestpost

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We have the most amazing wilderness behind our home.

It is an area I am not allowed to go to by myself.

You may recall those horrifying orange flags my Mom and Dad put up about a year ago when I moved in….  Well… I DO NOT go past that area where they used to be on my own – EVER!  The flags are gone, but I have not forgotten where they were, and I remember they represent “Charlie’s Yard!”

The only way I go outside of “Charlie’s Yard” is when Mom puts a leash on me, and we go for a walk.

Now, I am getting better and better at coming when Mom calls – even when I am outside “Charlie’s Yard” and not on the leash, so sometimes I am allowed to walk on my own outside “Charlie’s Yard” – but ONLY after we go through the “boundary line” with the leash on.  That is the only way it is safe.

So yesterday, being that it was a holiday and all, I got to go on TWO wonderful walks outside “Charlie’s Yard.”  After our long walk with my buddy, Jager and his Mom Tracy in the morning, Mom took me on a hike in the wild and wonderful woods behind our home.

And guess what?  She let me loose to run and sniff and explore at my own pace.  Oh was it F U N!  We were having so much fun that when Mom was ready to go back to “Charlie’s Yard,” I decided I wasn’t ready.

Mom, trusting “sucker” that she is, walked ahead believing I wouldn’t be far behind.  But guess what?  When she wasn’t looking, I decided to turn around and explore some more.  Mom went back in “Charlie’s Yard” (remember I told you she is a bit of a “sucker”) believing I wouldn’t be far behind.  She kept saying, “CHARLIE!”  “Come On!”

Then she would throw this guilt trip in:  “Good Boys Come!”

HA!

I am loose.

I am free.

I am in the wild and wonderful wilderness where the deer and the squirrels and the turkey play.  And oh they smell so good!

So I decided it was time to go on a little “walkabout.”

All…

by…

Myself!

Mom waited a bit, called everyone once in a while, and then headed back into the wilderness, where I believe I heard her grumbling under her breath something about somebody being in trouble if she had to come after them or something like that.

I continued to explore.

After all, it was a holiday.

And she and my Dad were gone away for almost a week in which she did NOT take me for walks…

After a while, she couldn’t find me, so she gave up.  I was there all along, but I just wasn’t ready yet so I kinda hid from her.

Mom gave up and headed back home.

She looked a little bit sad,

and I have to admit I felt a bit bad.

So when she was almost back in “Charlie’s Yard,” I decided to come back.

“Here I am Mom!”

She turned around, and – voila! – there I was!

She looked so glad to see me.  I think she wanted to be a little mad, but she was just glad.

We walked into the house, and I flopped down on the floor and took a rest right there in the hallway.  It was so cool and peaceful.

Walkabouts are great, but there’s no place like home.

Don’t you agree?

Woofs & Wags,
Charlie

Charlie is an adopted dog with brown eyes and a white-tipped tail who brings joy and laughter to his family and friends.  Charlie is a gifted writer, raving food critic, cat, chipmunk, and donut lover, and exceptionally photogenic model.  Some of his best friends are Mike theUPS Man, Cliff the Mailman, and ANYONE who delivers pizza to the house.   If you would like to read more guest posts by Charlie, simply type “Charlie” into the Search box at the top right hand corner of this link: thecreativelifeinbetween.com.   If you would enjoy a companion like Charlie, please consider pet adoption.

62 thoughts on “Charlie’s Walkabout: A Charlie Guestpost

  1. What a wonderful narrator Charlie is! And I love what he’s got to tell us. Will there be more Charlie’s adventures coming in the future? Ah ah ah….Charlie surely knows to pick his best pals well 😉

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    • Oh Alex – thank you so much! I have a bit of a fan base that asks about me when i don’t write for a while. I hope you will read some of my other past posts, and thanks for prompting Mom to allow me to write more! One time I even did a watercolor painting! have a wonderful day! love, charlie

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  2. What a wonderful place to go on a walkabout! You were a bit naughty to worry your mom like you did but that was so good of you to run to her after all. Be a good boy and she will take you on more walkabouts on your own – off the leash! That will be fun! And you can come back to WordPress and tell us about them again. Doggy kisses from Bria!

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    • I am rather fortunate – eh Ms Sharon! I better not take advantage though – right? Sometimes it is just so darn hard! you understand – right?! Love, charlie ❤

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  3. Charlie, you are so lucky to have the wilderness behind your house. We don’t! All we have are sidewalks, trees, telephone poles, and other people’s grassy yards. We have to be leased on walks, it’s the law. I’d probably get into a lot of trouble if I was off lease. I get excited when I see a cat, or even a kid in the distance. I wanna run, and I pull hard on the leash. Sammy doesn’t act like that. I wish I could learn to run free like you do in your wilderness. Sammy says if I ever got that chance, I’d better keep Mom in my site to protect her while I sniff & smell. Yeah, Sammy’s Mom’s big protector! Sammy says you can be a Mom protector too! Wags & Woofs, Charley & Sammy 🐶

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    • Oh Charley! Sidewalks and trees and telephone poles and grass are lots of fun too. We are all lucky we have Moms who love us and for us to love! But— If you ever get the chance… I gotta tell ya – the wildnerness is Wonderful! 🙂 love, charlie

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  4. Oh Charlie to think I told your Mom to let you run free cause you were dedicated and would come back….. Well I think I didn’t realize you were such a tease , but I should have known look how you trick me with your favorite squeaky toys!!!! I love you Charlie and I hope you loved running free and teasing Mom!!!😘

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    • Oh Ms Janet – it’s not your fault. You are the bestest of all friends! I just like to tease a bit (as you know!) I love you too! Come visit again, and we can take another hike! I promise I’ll be good! ❤ love, charlie

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    • I know ms jenna. I know! do you ever know the right thing to do, but sometimes just can’t resist?! I’m going to really try next time. Mom is pretty good about giving me second and third and…. well – lots of chances 🙂 love, charlie

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  5. I know it’s hard to resist temptation, Charlie, especially when you’re off-leash in a wonderful wooded area with all those wonderful smells to check out. But you have to remember that the only way you get to keep going on those off-leash walks is by coming back when Mom and Dad call you! Otherwise, they’ll worry so much that you will always have to be on the leash, and that’s not nearly so much fun.
    And remember how happy Mom was when you finally came back yesterday? You know you always want her to be that happy, not sad or worried, or even grumbling, right? So be a “good boy” (just like Mom said you are), and always come back when you’re called! That’s my advice to you!

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    • I’m really sorry Ms. Ann – I really didn’t mean to – my nose got the best of me. I’m going to try really hard to do better next time. I’m so lucky Mom gives me lots of chances 🙂 Because there really is no place like home – you should have seen me when I got back. I was exhausted! Thanks for always caring about me and the other dogs at the shelter Ms Ann! You are a very special human!! love, charlie

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  6. Good boy Charlie for coming home to Mom.i know how hard it is for dogs to resist sniffing and running around when they are finally let outside “their yard” and are off leash. I guess your curiosity got the best of you. Now Mom and Dad won’t leave you with no walks right? Lots of petting for you Charlie and ear scratches!

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    • Thank you Ms Mandi. Yes – curiosity got the best of me, but I am going to try really hard to resist next time. I am so lucky Mom and Dad give me second and third and lots of chances. Love, Charlie

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  7. Wow Charlie, that is a beautiful, tempting forest; I’d be exploring it too, quite honestly!!
    I can see how you’d be so eager for a Forest Adventure. yes. I understand. I’m sure YOU, enjoyed yourself. A lot. It may have worried your mom!
    maybe next walk your mom might have a special steak, liver treat in her pocket. and keep calling you back every so often, & dole out a wee bit, just to let you know…. where the goodies ARE!!! we know you really are such a good boy and love you to bits. what an Adventure 🙂

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