Tess the Mess & The Little Sister Hi! It’s me, Tess! I just wanted to pop in and let you know what has been goin on out at the farm. Coco has moved back out to the farm. Coco is my buddy. We were adopted from the same pound and are about the same age. I am a few months older which makes me her big sister. We are soo happy to have her back. She had to stay in town with Mom and Dad for a while because last summer she hurt her hip and it was bothering her. Dr Angie put her on a diet and said that she should rest it for a while. She looks really good now, but her hip still bothers her some.
The only problem I have with her being back is that she likes to go on my runs with me. I really don’t mind her goin it’s just that she can’t keep up and so I have to slow down for her and I really don’t like to go slooooooow.
Today was a really nice day to run, so while Coco was taking her mid morning nap I decided to slip away. First I gave her a small nudge with my nose to see if she was really asleep. No response. Good. I slowly belly crawled to the front of the barn. Just as I was about to bolt out, there she was right beside me. She is pretty quiet for a chubby dog.
“Where are you going? Are you going for a walk? I want to go for a walk! Please take me with you!”
Little sisters can be so aggravating at times! I did not want to take her with me, so I lied.
“I was just going to get a drink of water from the pond. Why don’t you go finish your nap? I will be right back.”
“Oh! I would love to go to the pond with you! I can soak my hip in the cool water! I’m really not tired anymore.”
Darn, I thought. I will have to wait till later for my long run.
“Okay, let’s go,” I said, “but be careful. I don’t want you to hurt yourself.”
Sometimes it is soooo hard being the big sister.
I am enclosing a picture of Coco so you will know what she looks like. She is really sweet, just really slow. I will slip away later to to take my run. Right now we are goin to go for a nice long soak and swim in the pond.
My Little Sister Coco
Written By My Mom Cathy Collar
Because I Tess Do Not Have Thumbs or Fingers
here I am stuck in jail, again. It’s not my fault. Nobody understands
me. I can’t be enclosed in a pen or yard. I go crazy! I have to be able
to run, run, run. Have I mentioned I’m a dog? No? Well I am.
name is Tess. I have a short redish brown coat, beautiful brown eyes
and legs that never quit. I think I am a greyhound/ lab mix, but no one
really knows for sure. I keep running away from home, because I am very
claustrophobic. I also might be a little ADHD and to top it all off the
neighbors think I am a Kleptomaniac!
so I have a few problems to work out. My human parents probably won’t
be able to afford my bail this time. I heard Dad say the other day that
my antics (whatever that is) were driving him to bankruptcy. I don’t
know what the fuss was all about. It was just a tennis shoe from the
neighbor's house. You would have thought I had stolen something valuable
like a steak. Anyway, dad had to pay the man and he was not happy with
me, so I got put in time out, on a tie out, in a pen.
tried to be good, but I panicked. I gnawed my way through the tie and
jumped over the six foot fence to my FREEDOM! It didn’t last long. I
didn’t get two blocks before the dogcatcher caught me. I think this
would make a good case for harassment, but I’m just a dog so I don’t
here I am, again in prison. There is a fierce pit bull beside me. He
really scares me. I need to plan an escape. I already feel the walls
hear voices. It’s the nice lady that takes us to the T.V. station. I
really like her, but this also means that I’m running out of time. If
no one adopts me in three days I will be domed! I have to escape! I’ll
have to make my break when we go to the holding pen. It’s my only hope!
handlers are gone, now to enforce my plan. The fence is only four foot,
an easy hop for a dog like me. I hear voices. There’s another dog in
the pen by ours waiting to meet her new family. I must wait until they
women are laughing as they enter her pen. I try to look uninterested.
They pet the dog and talk to her so sweet. They seem very nice. I think
she is going to have a very good home.
get up on the fence to get a better look. Oh no. One of them saw me.
She’s walking over here. Dang ADHD! Oh well, I’d better make the best of
it. She pets my head and tells me how pretty I am. She somehow knows
that I’m afraid of the big pit and tells me that it’ll be all right. No
one will let him hurt me. I feel instant comfort. I look into her eyes.
Her eyes smile back into mine. I really want to go home with her, but
how do I let her know?
“Paperwork’s done,” the jailer says “you can take her home.”
“Let’s go, Coco!”
I watch them leave.
feel it coming on. PANIC ATTACK! I cannot let her leave with out me. I
must tell her how much I need her. Before I know it I’m over the fence
and racing after her. I bark and run between her and Coco. I look
pleading into her eyes and lick her face. "Please take me with you!"
She grabs my collar and pats my head. “So you think I need to take you home too,” she says.
YES! YES! I bounce with enthusiasm, or the ADHD, but YES, I want to go home with you! I need your help. I need you.
jailer comes out with a leash to take me away. I drop my head as I am
led slowly back to my cell. I know that I blew my only chance for
escape and now I don’t even get to go on T.V. I am doomed. I try to
sleep, but all I can do is think about the nice lady and how wonderful
it be to be her dog.
three. I am out of time and soon they will come to get me. I am so sad
and depressed, that it really doesn’t matter anymore. I hear them
coming. I am not long for this world. Not even a nice steak dinner to
send me on my way, oh well.
cell door opens. I don’t raise my head. They clip the lease to my
collar and lead me outside. I walk slowly, knowing my destiny. I look
up, one last look at the blue sky. My last thoughts will be of my fun
filled days of running and carefree play. I feel the panic coming on! I
tug hard at the leash and run to the open door and right into the arms
of my angel!
“Well, hello again,” I hear her say as she grabs my collar. “You are a bit impatient aren’t you?”
am confused, but so happy to see her! I bounce for joy. At least I will
get one last big hug before I pass over the rainbow bridge. This is
much better than any steak.
sit lovingly by her side as she finishes writing on the paper. She
gives the paper to the man and leads me to the door. The FRONT DOOR!
think I have the perfect place for you,” she says, as I jump into her
car. “How does two hundred an fifty acres of running ground sound to
I bark! “Just like Heaven!”
To read more about Tess just click on the Tessy's Tales tab at the top of my page.
kleptomaniac dog? I just had to drop by and tell you about my wonderful new
adventure! You see, Mom had to go to Oklahoma City for the weekend and she and
Dad decided I was well enough to spend a few days at the farm. (I had gotten
sick from a nasty tick bite and had been grounded to the backyard in town until
I got well.)
Mom told Dad that
I was bored, and she thought that some time at the farm would be good for me. I
don't know how she knew that I was bored. She must be a dog whisperer or
something like that. I'm sure it had nothing to do with the fact that I had
slipped my collar twice in one day and had myself a small jaunt around town. It
is a very small town, so you really couldn't call it a run, and it was kinda
hot and since there was no pond in town, I had to come back home to get a drink
of water. Mom was not happy about my jaunt. I got a new much smaller collar for my efforts and a
very stern scolding, but that was okay because now I got to spend two fabulous
days with my buddies at the farm.
I love the farm.
It is where my furry family lives. There are all kinds of critters to chase, a
cool pond to swim in, and freedom to run as much as I want! I was so excited
that I jumped out of the pickup bed as soon as Dad stopped the truck. Big Black
Mama, Shadow and Chubby Coco Puff, were sooooo happy to see me! They bounced
and wagged their tails, and then we went for a nice long run! Coco stopped at
the pond for a swim while Shadow and I dashed across the pasture and bounded
through the trees. It was so much fun! We finished our run by joining Coco for
a dip in the pond. Sopping wet and exhausted, we slowly walked back to the
When we got back Dad
was still there. I thought that he would have gone back to town by now, but he
was busy doing something in one of the pens. We all went to check it out and,
of course, to get a little attention from Daddy. He patted each of us on the
head and then went out the pen gate. Shadow and Coco followed him, but just as
I got to the gate, he shut it! He locked me in! What was this all about? I
always got to run free on the farm. I whined, and whined, and whined.
“You have to stay
in the pen unless I’m here,” said Dad. “We don’t want you to overdo and get
sick again. I’ll be back tomorrow to let you out for a run while I mow.”
I hung my head and
pouted. Not that it was a bad pen. It was very large with a huge elm tree for
shade, a nice doghouse to sleep in, and a swimming pool all my own, but it was
still a pen! It even had electricity! Yes, a nice new shiny hot wire all the
way around to keep dangerous critters out. I am sure it was not meant to keep
me in. That would just be ridiculous. I was kinda tired from my run, so I ate
my food and then settled down for a nice long nap.
As the cool air
ruffled my fur, I awoke to the wonderful sounds and smells of night. When I
sniffed the breeze, I caught a whiff of something that should not have been
there. I snuck
closer to the fence and honed my
fine sense of smell; yes, it was definitely something that shouldn’t have been
there. It was one of those pesky, stupid, sneaky armadillos. I absolutely HATE
armadillos. They do not play fair, wearing all that armor, and they always try
to steal our food! I had to get out of my pen and drive this armored fiend
away. I smelled the wire. It was definitely hot. I stretched my long legs over
the silver thread and grabbed the fence with my front paws. One good leap and I
was out! Now I needed to get reinforcements and get rid of that pesky thief. I
saw Shadow slowly moving around the barn.
“Shhh.” She said. “I think it is in here. If
it knows we are here, it will run away and then just come back when we go to
“Do you want me to
get Coco?” I asked. “The three of us could surround it, and it wouldn’t stand a
here.” Coco’s voice came as a whisper against my ear. I jumped, just a little.
It always amazed me how quiet this chubby dog could be.
We slowly began
our search by smelling for our prey. All of us were ready to pounce on the
obnoxious armadillo the minute it tried to escape. Wait, what was that?We all stopped and listened. There it was
again, a slight shuffling sound coming from the back of the barn. That was where
Dad kept all the old tires. I snarled. The culprit was hiding in there. We all
surrounded the tires and began barking loudly, pouncing and growling at the
tires to let him know that there was no place to run. Our strategy worked.
dug himself a nice hole behind the tires and burrowed in for the night. There was nothing
else we could do now but wait until Dad came back the next day, so we all
bedded down in a circle around our victim.
The warm sunlight
on my face woke me to the new day. It was very early. Shadow was still awake.
She had watched that pesky varmint all night long.
I said, "why don’t you go get some rest, and Coco and I will take it from
here. The two of us should be able to keep him cornered.”
shook her head. “No, honey child, I’ll not leave you two babes to tackle this
armored monster. It’ll take all three of us to hold him here when he wakes up
which should be any minute now. I heard a noise from those tires just before
you woke up. He is starting to stir and could make a break for it at any time.”
went over to Coco and nudged her with my nose.Nothing. I nudged her again. Nothing. I took my paw and bopped her on
that hurt.” she said opening one eye. “What do you want? It’s too early to get up.”
need your help. The armadillo is waking up, and he might try to make run for
it. So wake up!”
slowly got to her feet. “I really need to soak my hip in the pond,” she said.
“I’ll be back in just a little while. You two can handle that little thing.”
Shadow has been up all night, and I am still not at my best! We need your
okay,” said Coco, pouting, “but without a soak I won’t be able to move very
don’t need fast, sugar babe,” said Shadow. “We just need you to be very, very
loud. You can do that can’t you?”
said Coco, “I can be loud. I can bark and I can howl and I can growl.”
will be just dandy, doll. You sit right there and whenever that critter moves
you do just that.Tess and I will do all
of the pouncing and digging. Okay?”
said Coca, finally showing a little enthusiasm for our quest.
and I crept in closer to the tires, ears up, listening for any little shuffle
or sound. Nothing. We sniffed. We both agreed that the scent was still there,
but it was too dusty in the barn to tell if it was fresh.
you want me to go in and see if he is still there?” I asked.
cocked her head. “Maybe you should. There’s no sense wasting our time out here
if he slipped away.”
mode, nose down, ears up, yes both of them, eyes forward, I started into the
pile of tires. I sniffed. The smell was there, but was it fresh? As my eyes
adjusted, I slowly stepped over one tire, then through another. Wait! I saw a
movement in the shadows. I cautiously edged my way over to that side of the
barn. But wait! I spotted something else. What the heck?I poked my head through the center of a tire.
That was way over on the other side of the pile. How could he have gotten over
there so fast?
ornery armored pest was messing with my head. I’ll show him, I thought. I’ll
leap through this tire and grab his tail before he even knows I’m here. (You
have to grab an armadillo by the tail, or you can’t catch him.) I bent my legs
ready to spring. This was so exciting! My legs were shaking. My heart was
pounding, and shivers were going up and down my spine. He was mine!
flexed my legs and opened my mouth, ready to clamp down on that tail the minute
I caught sight of it. Puhhh, cough, spit, drat! All I got was a mouth full of
dirt as my long legs got caught in the middle of the tire. Yuck! I looked up
just in time to see my prey skedaddle out the back door. I was about to bark
for help when I heard Shadow growling at the other end of the barn and Coco
barking and howling like a mad dog. No way, I thought as I pried myself out of
the tire. There was no way on God’s green earth that waddling pest made it that
far that fast. Finally free, I ran over to help Shadow and Coco. By the time I
got there, they were both sitting quietly, looking at something in the
I’ll be washed in the creek and hung out to dry,” said Shadow as she gazed
across the field.
have thunk?” asked Coco staring in the same direction.
I asked. Then I spotted them. Yep, them. As I honed my fine eyesight into the
field there they were. Two armadillos scurrying away as fast as their little
legs would carry them across the field and far, far away. Just as they disappeared
from sight, I heard Dad’s pickup truck turn into the drive. We all hurried over
to him, yes, even Coco. We barked and bounced and tried to tell him that he
needed to get those pesky armored bandits before they got away, or they would
come back for our food. He just patted our heads and scolded me for getting out
of my pen. Then he put on his straw hat and jumped on the mower.
got work to do,” he said. “I’ll feed you and put you, Tess, back in your pen
after I’m done.”
was clueless about what had happened that night, and now we would have to take
turns all night long watching and waiting for those armored bandits to return.
They always returned.
said Shadow, “it’s gonna be a long night, babes. I’m gonna get some rest.”
I’m gonna go take that soak in the pond,” said Coco. “My hips hurtin' somethin’
looked at both of them shocked. “You mean we aren’t gonna go after them?”
both just looked at me like I was some kind of idiot.
They both said in unison.
I said. “I will just go after them myself. After I take a little nap under my
right," said Coco as she winked at Shadow. “We’ll go with you then.”
I woke up, it was dark and my food was waiting for me in my bowl. I gobbled it
down then headed for the gate. What was this? It was locked! Oh boy, I thought,
this was definitely going to be a long night.
that night the armored bandits did not return. Mom came home the next day, and
I had to go back to town. My adventure in the country was over, but it sure was
fun! Maybe I can go out again soon. Now, if I could just get this latch undone,
I would take a little stroll around town and get caught up on all of the gossip
I missed while I was out at the farm.