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Shortcuts and Coonhounds


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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is “shortcut or cut short.” The prompt is provided by Linda Hill. You can learn more about this weekly event and read other streams by clicking this link:

And now, on with the stream of consciousness!

I took a few shortcuts in the corn maze last week in the mountains. The sign said to stay on the path. I usually follow rules, but lately, I’ve started taking a little glee in breaking minor rules like staying on the path. In the corn maze, I only got off the path and cut through the corn stalks when I could clearly see the path I was aiming for, just through the stalks a bit. My companions were hesitant but followed reluctantly, but I guess they trusted my determination. We still didn’t find all the mailboxes with the puzzle pieces, but I got some exercise in the great outdoors.

My problem step dog, Dixie Doodle, tries to take shortcuts to freedom by figuring out ways to break or squeeze through the fence. She can get through a surprisingly small space for a big dog. But she was cut short after David fixed the gate between the front and back yard so she ends up in a small space instead of squeezing through the outer gate which still needs fixing. I bet given enough time she would be able to get through anything. It’s not like she doesn’t ever get out. She has a big back yard and David takes her for a mile-long walk every night, except when we are out of town which does not happen often. But I don’t like to leave her. I’ve decided that I want to take her with us next time we are gone more than a day or two. Dogs are family, and we need to figure out a way to include her on our vacations. Our other dog, Marigold is old and doesn’t mind sleeping the day away. She is 15 and easy to take care of, easier than Doodle who is maybe 10 or 11 but shows no signs of slowing down. Doodle’s baying when anyone walks by the house and when it’s time to eat is LOUD. She has been called “The Mouth of the South.”

Doodle the Queen

Don’t let that stately look fool you.  She’s crazy.


Dixie Doodle is a Treeing Walker Coonhound who David rescued from starvation a few years before he found me again. She is serious about food. And her walks. He met someone recently who has a Walker coonhound of the same variety – treeing walker – who is named Dixie. She is also an escape artist. Are all Walker coonhounds escape artists? Once a dog learns that escape is possible, he or she will continue to try.

There were no shortcuts to my first love (who also loves dogs) finding me again. It took 39 years for him to become ready. Okay, I had some work to do, too. Or maybe there were cosmic shortcuts I don’t know about that could have kept 39 years from becoming 49 or 59. I don’t want to imagine having to wait that long. But the dogs kept me company in the meantime.

You can read more about the company of dogs and the 39 years it took for first love to return home in Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again.  I think my next book might be about Doodle, the crazy coon hound who I have come to love.

back cover painting (2)

This is the back cover painting for my book. You can spot Doodle easily.

PS: I’m writing this early because I’ll be a a writer’s conference all day Saturday. Will check in when I can.

Here are the Stream of Consciousness Saturday rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

21 thoughts on “Shortcuts and Coonhounds

  1. Love your coonhound. I think they are interesting and lovable dogs. About the escape thing. Just “police” your fence as if you were baby proofing your house. I have a Great Pyrenees and border collie cross that I recused from the streets at Salvation Army, The first year I had Sally ( named for Salvation) she found every flaw in my old wooden back fence and give me lots of potential heart attacks. Each time she got out I was scared witless that she’s go to the street and meet an untimely death. My helper has repaired the old fence probably about 5-6 times and I hope and pray that she does not find her way out again. She is now in a chain link fence by my back door that is within the wooden fenced part of my large yard.

    We do love our dogs and all in all even th0ugh they are trouble it is good to have a dog or two or more as a part of the family. At his moment she is barking as she hears a siren in the distance.

    • I bet Sally is beautiful and smart. What a great name! I’ve done many upgrades to my fencing over the years. Now, I don’t let Doodle out without keeping an eye on her. I know what you mean about the near heart attacks. They are definitely worth the work.

      • Thank you. However, I can’t say that she is beautiful but she is an attractive dog who is mostly white, short haired with black ears and large black facial mask. A white stripe in the middle of her head with a perfect diamond shape on the top of her head. On the border collie side either her mom or her dad was a smooth coated border collie which contributed to her short hair. I only knew that she was part great Pyrenees because of her size and the dew claws on the back feet. I wrote a story about her called “Saving Sally.”

  2. I love “the mouth of the south” I think Doodle must be a distant cousin of our dog. I hope the conference goes well.

  3. That caption had me cracking up! “Don’t let the stately look fool you”.

  4. So loved this JoAnna, and your dog’s name Dixie Doodle.. and what a sweetie, even if a little crazy lol.. And I so enjoyed reading and can so see why you would miss them. 🙂
    Have a wonderful day at the conference Love and Hugs xx Sue

  5. My guess is that Treeing Walker Coonhounds are bred to bay like that. On the upside, she’s quite a pretty dog.

  6. Sweet 🙂 They say scent dogs are the hardest to keep hold of, because they’re sight-seeing with their noses. It sounds like Dixie Doodle knows that!

  7. I’m a couple chapters into your book and love it so far! Just need to find my Kindle charger, darn it !

  8. I love dogs and people who don’t love dogs are missing a lot of life.

  9. I like the picture of the crazy coonhound. The love story, you once shared in a comment to encourage me not to give up on love or hope for love. 💕

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