Yeah, yeah, we know. Our blog has been asleep for a loooooooooooooooong time. Don't blame Me and Gus, though. We dictated and dictated and dictated until we could dictate no more. All fell on Guardian's ignorant, deaf ears. We tried writing it ourselves....but the only thing closest to writing we could manage was some punctuation.
Hey, didja see our last post? It was really to enter a contest that library-bus was having. And...oh yeah...guess who won!!
Well, I see that they've added a new name to mine....June. June Jazz...sort of catchy, huh?
We've never won anything before, so we asked Guardian what a "Zoo" was and what I (and Gus) would be doing there. She said it is a place where people come to look at animals up close. Most are animals from the wild and are in cages to protect them and us. They don't live with people normally.
This sounded exciting, but then why was I going to be there? I mean, I live with wild-pug Gus, but both of us live with a human. And I definitely do not live in a cage. Hmmmm...but Gus sleeps in a crate. Isn't that sort of a cage?
Guardian: Silly Jazz. You and Gus can't go to a Zoo.
Jazz: Why not? I mean it's named after me.
Guardian: But the only animals there are ones that live there. Some were hurt and came there to be healed. Then they couldn't go back to the wild.
Jazz: I'm confused. You mean, my name is on the paper, but I can't even go to someplace that's named for me!!?? I mean, we pugs won the prize, didn't we?
Guardian: Give it a rest, Jazz. Your name is also a kind of music. And June is a month that comes after May. So the music, Jazz, is coming to the zoo in June. Not you.
Guardian reads a lot. Maybe that's why she takes us to so many libraries..not because she reads to us, but because kids read to us. She wants kids not to like to read; she wants them to LOVE to read. That's where we come in. Kids who like dogs (you mean, there are some who DON'T!!!??), love to read to us. I don't know what this means, but she says, "Kids, dogs, and literacy...that's the best trifecta there is!" (Does literacy mean throwing stuff around in a messy way? That doesn't seem to be right. Maybe it means they throw words at us--like littering our ears with story words?! That's a good kind of littering, y'know!)
But there's one library she took us to a couple days ago that was really weird. Now, we've been to a lot of parking lots, but we never, ever saw a library there. But that's where this one was. It was small for a library and had wheels. Sort of looked like a bus without side windows. It had words on it and a couple pictures instead of windows.
There were steep steps that I was afraid of (you know, I don't see so well now), but Gus, the oblivious, just went right on up. Probably thought there was food in there.
When we got in, though, we found just two very nice people--no kids, but a lot of books. There was a very happy lady who wanted to read us a book about pigs (closely related to pugs, I'm told--just a letter off). Her name was Eileen.
The other nice person was a guy named Joe. He held some kind of signs with our pictures on it with kids reading to us in other libraries (the ones that don't park in the parking lots, but at least have parking lots).
One sign said:
And the other one said this:
Okay, so now we know this strange library is called a "Bookmobile." Whatever.
And April 16 is NATIONAL BOOKMOBILE DAY.
I guess our message to all you kids is---you can get all sorts of books and other library stuff--like movies--from this odd bus-like thing. And Guardian told us it comes to places all over the map. I bet it comes to a place near you, too! No, they haven't invited us yet. That's OK. Because there's no room for both kids and dogs along with the big people anyway.
But maybe if you kids have dogs, you can take books out from the Bookmobile, go home and read to them. And grown-ups...you can take books out, too!
Guardian also told us if they don't have a book you want, they can get it for you. Then the Bookmobile can roll right back to near where you live and hold it there for you to go get it. FREE! We like free...whatever that is. We just know it makes people smile...and smiling means people are happy...which makes us...relieved!
This was an important day! Our first adventure since the ENDLESS WINTER began to trap us inside for all except bathroom breaks. The sun was out, but it was still chilly. Guardian took us to place where lots of friends meet. That's great, I always like friendly people! More ways to get someone to put their hands all over me. Well, that's sort of what the sign says, doesn't it? OK, not the hands...just friends.
There was this BIG yard there, but there were these stones sticking up all over it.
Must make it hard to use that machine to shorten the grass.
Gus and I wanted to see one of these stones up close. So Guardian took us to see one.
It had some sort of writing on it. And it didn't look like nature made the stone or the writing. Gus wanted to see another one.
I wasn't so sure that I wanted to.
This one was hard to read, and it had some numbers---like 1741 and 1593. Wonder if that was some sort of secret code. Sort of creepy. Everywhere we looked, we saw all these crazy stones. And no friends anywhere...no sorts of people at all!
And still s***, that lousy, cold, wet white stuff....yeah much less, I know. Just hate to see ANY of it anymore.
Honestly, I wasn't sure this was a good first outing for us.
Guardian said to show a little respect. This was the final resting spot of a lot of people. Who would want to rest all the time with all these stones and the coldness outside? She explained that these people had all died in the past. Died? as in Dead? as in maybe Ghosts? Were these all the friends, and is this where they meet?
I mean, I know this was our first outing in a LONG time,