We just got back from a vacation in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. It's a lovely remote travel area that reminded me of Branson, Missouri, 20 years ago.
We stayed in a luxury cabin that only charged $10 extra for both our dogs. The cabin was nestled in the woods, a very short distance from a national forest. Our cabin was a one bedroom with the entire wall of the bedroom covered in windows that looked out over a 40 foot drop to a creek. It was lovely but I was concerned about going because of the woodsy location. I was afraid the cabin would have cob webs or spider webs (an occupants!) or even mice (like a cabin we visited on vacation in Estes Park one year).
But this city girl loved the clean, new log-type cabin. It was so clean that I didn't mind Bella and DaniGirl being on the floor. It was safe and they slept so well because there were no neighbors close by. To take them outside we only had to walk out the front door. The stainless steel kitchen had a great refrigerator that kept meals for us and the dogs.
The name of the cabins were Hidden Hills Cabins and the web site (which you'll have to type into your browser) is www.hiddenhillscabinsok.com
Nancy - I went to the web site, and lingered. Looks like a truly fabulous place! I'd love to take Camellia there (but it's too far away from us; haha; not to mention, no way could I afford that!)
All the same, I had a delightful time looking at their web site. I could feel the peace there.
Unlike you, I'm a country gal; raised rural, and though I've lived in cities at times in my life, I retired to a rural area. But we don't have enough seclusion to keep my Camellia from encountering dogs she's afraid of (namely, all dogs! - she has some post-traumatic stress disorder).
About spiders - I was always afraid of spiders, in the sense that I never ever wanted to get too near one. UNTIL - when I had Australian Terriers (35 years of that), first, one (Kumbi) ruptured his cranial cruciate ligament (2004), required surgery and prolonged nursing and restriction - so I had to restrict the other, too, without confining, but we couldn't go for our walks, because I wouldn't leave Kumbi alone at home. The the following year, almost exactly a year later - my elder, Kwali, ruptured HER cranial cruciate ligament, and required surgery and the restrictions and nursing that followed - JUST when Kumbi's knee had healed enough so it was safe to take Kwali and Kumbi for walks again.
Well, during these extended restricted periods, I spent quite a lot of time standing on my front stoop, imagining myself a prisoner in my own house. I thought about enjoying whatever was within my limited range.
SPIDERS were in that range! I started to watch them. The more I watched them, the less afraid I became. They were quite fascinating! I still couldnt' TOUCH one, or let one crawl on me, but I could watch them with pleasure. They became a feature on my web site.
First was Carlotta; she is the high-mucky-muck Senior and Ancestor of them all (Carlotta's Web, you know - after E.B. White, Charlotte's Web).Then her sister, CarLily joined us, too.
Then later came her daughter, Carlova, after which, the Car-sisters followed, named according to their colors.
I'll provide a few links here, for those of you who don't mind looking at spiders - real and faked.
As for the surgery, more links. Kumbi's knee surgery:
Kwali's knee surgery:
CarLily (a real photo) is in the banner on this page:
JUST when Kwali's knee was fully healed (a year later), Kumbi was diagnosed with diabetes. This ended our walks, except along the roadsides, on-leash.
Kwali and Kumbi coped, and led very decently happy lives.
I needed a narrator-teacher to help me help others whose dogs had diabetes, so Vekkie was born.
And the CarSisters became Vekkie's allies and helpers.
And here are the CarSisters (there are other stories with them, too).
So - so much developed out of my restricted times on the Front Stoop!
Hope I can get in a picture or two here - despite the extreme length of this post. Hope nobody is too revolted by the spiders. If you are, I recommend skipping reading this post. Oh, too late? Sorry! (This is CarRedLa.)
Fri, 24 Feb 2012 15:42:36 (PST)