As it is snowing here again today, it's hard to believe that this past Monday was so beautiful and warm and I went walking with Zack in my shorts and T shirt. I took Zack across the fields and then started along the dirt trails that meander along the top of the coulees (hills) about 3 km from home. Zack was having a blast off the lead and I think we were both enjoying the warm weather.
It then occurred to me that as it was so warm the rattle snakes could be out and I was in their prime habitat. They don't bother you unless you happen upon them and they are startled but I was more concerned about Zack. You couldn't see in the long grass around us so I made Zack stick to the dirt trail as we carried on. He was a good boy and just trotted along in front of me.
Then I heard a loud buzzing and there was a bumble bee I swear the size of a golf ball circling round me like a vulture. I know everyone says stay calm and they will leave you alone but when this monster got within inches of my head I lost it. I took off through the long grass doing my crazy bee dance, arms flailing letting out the occasional squeaky noises as this giant buzzy thing followed me everywhere I went. Zack thought this was a great game of chase and started barking with excitement around me - this then made me realize that I was way off the dirt trail in the long grass where there could be rattle snakes!!! Yikes, talk about phobias.
I quickly made my way back to the trail and kept on running with Zack and the bee in hot pursuit. About 100 yards away I saw the end of the trail which opened onto an open field with clearer views and which was back away from the top of the coulees where the snakes are more prone to be. I stopped running and caught my breath and gave Zack a quick cuddle and then we started on our way home. It was a calmer walk after that but that damn bee came back to visit me two more times before we got home.
I am afraid to say that these incidents have happened to me before but luckily this time there was no one around to see my little mental outbursts other than Zack - and he already knows that I am completely doolally. LOL!!!
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