|Good afternoon. It has been a busy morning. First off, last
night, after dinner I watered in the seed and fertilizer real good mainly
just to settle it in good to the soil. We have not had a drop of rain
since I put it out a week ago.
This morning we were up at 8am. Bob started the laundry while I
cleaned the bathrooms and vacuumed and dusted the house then he started
working on his wireless networking chapter. After the house cleaning I
ironed a shirt and some pants. After switching from jammies to shirt and
shorts, I took the dogs out while I shook the rugs then gave them a walk
down the street and back.
After a quick lunch it was outside to mow and edge the lawn followed by
the sweeping up. I brought the dogs down for a quick playtime in the back
then washed the car. After a shower and fixing a cold drink it is now just
approaching 2pm. As I said, it has been a very busy morning.
The white and dark loads are up and waiting to be put away while the
bedspread is washing. Once it dries I still have to put clean linen on the
bed. While I rest, as in sitting down at my desk, I will check my mail and
clean off my desk.
The bloodhound mystery is wonderful. Lanier's descriptions of Jo
Beth's rescue efforts put you right in the scene with her. In one of the
rescue efforts Jo Beth is using one of her tracking dogs named Susie.
Susie is afraid of heights. As they are setting off down the woods on the
trail of a little three year old who has wandered away from her mom, Jo
Beth remembers there is a bridge to cross. Jo Beth always has a
second set of dogs and tracker back at base camp just in case she needs
rescued or another team is needed. Her back up tracker is a young deaf,
nineteen year old named Wayne, who lives with his mother Rosie in a house
beside Jo Beth's on the kennel property. Rosie helps with the kennel and
takes care of both Wayne and Jo Beth.
Coming to the bridge she sees the water is too far down for Susie to
comfortable cross the bridge. Had the water level been higher creating
less of the gap between the bridge and the water, she may have
crossed. Jo Beth must decided whether to back track for an hour and get
her second team or leave Susie and take Bo on to look for the girl.
Deciding she needed to find the little girl she tied Susie up to the rail
at the bridge and she and Bo took off down the path.
This is one example of Lanier's excellent story telling abilities:
Jo Beth and Bo get hundred yards or so down the path when Susie starts
howling and crying the most pitiful sounds Jo Beth has ever heard. She and
Bo take off back to the bridge to comfort Susie as Jo Beth promises never
to leave her again like that ever. Then Lanier describes the next scene
where she has Susie crawling on her elbows inches at a time across the
bridge with Bo encouraging her all the way. I was close to tears while I
read the scene. Once Susie got all the way across the bridge she stood up,
shaking and drooling. After giving her a treat and letting her wade into
the river they once again take off after the little girl.
Not far down the path the find her curled up asleep. As they are
making their way back to base camp a horrible thunderstorm blows up. As
the rain and winds are pelting down on them, Jo Beth makes a shelter out
of her rescue equipment of plastic bags. Once it blows over, they make it
back for a successful reuniting with the little girls mom.
I still have about 100 pages left to the end of this first book. I
can't wait to find out how it all turns out. I bet you are trying to figure
out what part is the mystery. Jo Beth lives in a small southern town in
Georgia. Everyone is corrupt from the local judge to the sheriff. Jo
Beth's husband served time in jail and has just been released at the start
of the book. He once almost beat Jo Beth to death just before he went up.
He is now stalking her with hang ups and threats. The kennel is completely
surrounded by wire fencing with alarms and gates. She knows one day her
will come get her. There are some other minor plots going on that I will
not tell you about in case you decided to read the book. Some of those do
involve Jo Beth's personal life and her job as a tracker.