Hello, hello everybuddy! Did you miss us? We missed you! We were just SO busy showing Flat Brutus around that we didn’t gets a chance to post on Sunday morning.
Okay, so’s me and Brudder Ranger decided to tell you about Flat Brutus’ visit togethers cuz, well, he’s all into the history of where we lives but, um, I’m kinda not.
What is Most Unfortunate is that we normally haves all kinds of sun here. But not this last weekend. This last weekend it was kinda cold and rainy.
So in the morning, we just hung out at the house and Flat Brutus gots a chance to meet the kitteh siblings. He was a little nervous cuz he’s kinda smaller than them.
But they real quick made furends.
Between you and me, I’m kinda jealous cuz Kitteh Sister Abby liked Flat Brutus way better than she likes me.
Even though we told Flat Brutus that it was okay to relax after all his travels, he insisted that he should lend a paw by helping dad clean out the garage. (He’s Most Mannerly.)
Well, after awhiles it stopped raining so we real quick jumped in the truck and headed out. But first mom and dad wanted to eat some noms at this place called Marigold’s. Most Unfortunately, due to some sort of silly thing called “health codes,” me and Brudder Ranger couldn’t go in. But apparently, “health codes” don’t applies to dogs who are two dimensional and laminated so we waited in the truck while they went inside to eat.
Since Flat Brutus is a French Bulldog, mom wanted to order him something that would makes him feel at home. French onion soup!
Now, I knows onions are bad for dogs. But I guess that being two-dimensional and laminated also means that you can eats onions. You wouldn’t believes it looking at how skinny he is but he ates the whole thing and then hads dessert, too!
After they FINALLY got done eating, off we went to something that Collie-rado Springs is real famous for. This place is called Garden of the Gods. It has lots of BIIIIIIIIIIIG rocks in it. The first thing we did was stop by the visitor’s center so that Flat Brutus could see the most photographed place in all of Collie-rado:
Most Unfortunately, THIS isn’t the view Flat Brutus got to see cuz the clouds were covering up Pike’s Peak. But Flat Brutus wasn’t worried about it. He decided this would be a great time to show us some of his agility moves. Isn’t he Most Amazing?
So after that, we went on in to the Main Garden part of the park. And this is where I’m gonna lets Brudder Ranger take over, ‘kay?
Thank you, Mayzie.
The history of the Garden of the Gods is an interesting one. Colorado Springs was founded by General William Jackson Palmer in 1871. A close friend of his, Charles Elliott Perkins, the head of the Burlington Railroad, purchased 240 acres in the Garden of the Gods for a summer home in 1879.
He later added to the property but luckily for all of us, he decided to leave his land in its natural state for the enjoyment of the public. Mr. Perkins died in 1907 and in 1909, his children gave his land to the City of Colorado Springs. To this day, it is free and open to the public and has been never been developed.
You may wonder how it came to be called the Garden of the Gods. The name dates to August 1859 when two surveyors helping to set up nearby Colorado City were exploring the area. Upon discovering the site, one of the surveyors, M. S. Beach, suggested that it would be a “capital place for a beer garden.” His companion, one Rufus Cable, awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaimed, “Beer garden! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods.”
Now, observant readers may have noticed in the sign above that rock climbing is permitted in the Garden but with a permit only. Several people each year have to be rescued from the rocks for disregarding this advice. However…
I am a terrier. And it is part of the terrier creed that one must, on a semi-regular basis, flaunt authority. While Flat Brutus is outstanding at agility, the authorities at the Garden of the Gods would not grant him a rock-climbing permit and giggled rather unbecomingly at the suggestion. Well, between you and me, I felt this was unreasonable and that Flat Brutus should have the opportunity to climb at least one rock if he so desired. Therefore, Mayzie and I took it upon ourselves to stand sentry duty…
…while Flat Brutus climbed a nearby rock.
And discovered a geological wonder that we unofficially dubbed the Flat Brutus Caverns.
Soon we nonchalantly summoned him to return:
Despite Mayzie’s dire and rather dramatic prediction, we did not go to jail and exited the park with the authorities none the wiser. And I trust that you all will keep our little secret safe, yes?
To be continued…