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  • Someone was knocking at the door. It's not my door, since I am visiting, but a neighbor in Jen's community was came to report that someone else in the area had found a pair of dogs who seemed to be lost.


    A call to action!

    Dog rescue!

    Indeed, there were 2 large dogs, a long hair (? oh heck I don't know my breeds) and a good size poodle-like one. They were not very scared, but mellow, obviously not really on the run. They drank water. They lay calmly, very accustomed to people.

    Jen and I decided to make a mission to return them. I decided we should name them. One we calle Muffin and the other one Cupcake. They did not mind their new names.

    We decided they might have come from the neighborhood adjacent, which we got to via a path through the woods. We thought they might perk up if they got close their home. But there was no sign of recognition.

    And then I had to leave. What would become of Muffin and Cupcake? (gawd those are awful dog names, how could I suggest them?)

    Jen was going to drive around with her son and seek out lost signs. Both the dogs had collars for those invisible fence things. Shows you how useful that is.

    She's smart, she found a Lost Dog sign in the nearby market, and it was only a few hours when a call came from a thankful lady who lives not far away.

    Muffin and Cupcake went home- as Sunny and Shady.

    And the world was that much more in harmony.

    I am using Cowbird to share the story of a 15,000 mile road odyssey I took in 2011, which started with me quitting my job in March and setting out in June for a loop around the US and Canada. It's less of a day by day narrative and more of an attempt to tell a story of the story, with some amounts of imagined bits that emerge on looking at the media from the trip, including the more than 1400 images, videos, and audio files collected in my digital time capsule, the Storybox.
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