Oct. 18, 2021

WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, OR FALL---CUBBY IS MY "ALL IN ALL."

THE "LOOK" AROUND US IS CHANGING--AS CUBBY AND I ENJOY OUR MORNING HIKES. YES, FALL HAS ARRIVED OR---AS SOME LIKE TO SAY---IT'S AUTUMN.

FORGIVE ME FOR SHOWING CUBBY BEAR'S BACKSIDE IN SO-MANY PHOTOS BUT--CUBBY LEADS THE WAY-- AS WE CLIMB AND FAST-WALK THE TRAILS, DAY AFTER DAY. LIKE MY OFFICIAL SCOUT, BIG-DOG--CUBBY-DOG ALERTS ME TO EVERYTHING SUSPICIOUS OR ALARMING---LIKE A POSSIBLE--SNAKE.

ONE DAY THIS PAST SPRING, CUBBY AND I HAD FINISHED OUR HIKE AND WERE RETURNING TO THE CAR WHEN WE MET THREE VILLAGE POLICEMEN WALKING OUR WAY. WHEN THEY SAW US, THEY BEGAN SMILING AND REACHING OUT TO CUBBY. SEEMS THEY WERE RESPONDING TO A PHONE CALL FROM A VERY-EXCITED WOMAN SAYING---- SHE'D JUST BEEN TO THE SPILLWAY TRAIL--- WHERE SHE SAW A WOMAN WALKING A LARGE BEAR CUB!!! THE WOMAN URGED THE POLICE TO ARREST THE WOMAN WHO WAS OBVIOUSLY INSANE!!!!

THE ASSISTANT CHIEF OF POLICE LIVES NEAR ME, KNOWS ME, AND IS GOOD FRIENDS WITH BOTH ME AND CUBBY. HE SENT THE POLICEMEN TO CHECK-OUT THE INSANE WOMAN WITH A BEAR CUB--- WHILE CONFIDENT--- CUBBY AND I WERE THE "SCARY TWOSOME."

NATURE---WONDERFUL NATURE---IS THE REASON I RE-LOCATED TO HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE. I DON'T PLAY GOLF, DON'T FISH, AND DON'T OWN A BOAT BUT--- MY "RETURN TO NATURE" PUTS ME CLOSER TO GOD.

STAY CLOSE!

SALLY

PS. JUST SO YOU KNOW---CUBBY'S FULL NAME IS "CUBBY BEAR."