Flat Brutus Week Part 1: Garden of the Gods

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.

Heh heh..niiiiice kitties...

But they real quick made furends.

Yarrrr...make one wrong move and I'll shoot ye with me laser eyes, I will.

Between you and me, I’m kinda jealous cuz Kitteh Sister Abby liked Flat Brutus way better than she likes me.

Dah-ling boy...you wouldn't happen to have any catnip on you, would you?

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?

He can leaps tall rocks in a single bound!

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.

Flat Brutus sitting on the fence post - taking in the view.

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…

All right, FB! The coast is clear! GO!

…while Flat Brutus climbed a nearby rock.

And discovered a geological wonder that we unofficially dubbed the Flat Brutus Caverns.

Welcome to 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…



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27 responses to “Flat Brutus Week Part 1: Garden of the Gods

  1. Shady

    Wow, we were going to sign up for Flat Brutus, but I am not sure we could show him a good time like you are. Collie-rado is beautiful. I guess we could go to the Jersey Shore…do you think we’d get in trouble if we got him a tattoo?


  2. Hi, Mayzie!
    I am sure Flab Brutus is having a great time with you all!
    You took him out for a pawesome adventure!
    Glad you were not sent to jail!
    Kisses and hugs

  3. I have never laughed so hard. It could be the catnip too.

  4. Wow!

    Is he having a blast in KholWOOrado!

    Did he get to see any of the sleet/hail/whatever woo khall it?

    I khan’t wait to see more of your fun!


  5. miss mayzie,
    wowsers, ya’ll are off to a grrreat start showing flat brutus around!! i promise i won’t spill the beans about flat brutus and the rock climbing. heehee.
    the booker man

  6. Mom says that when she was much younger, she went to the Garden of the Gods, too. It looks like a really beautiful place. I’ll bet Flat Brutus is having a great time there with you! I had no idea he was such an explorer and adventurer!

    It was good to hear from you, Ranger!


  7. Looks like FB is having a “ROCKING” good time!!!

    Wags and Licks,
    Mollie Jo & Bobo

  8. What a great time you have showing Flat Brutus! He is getting to do so many fun things and eat great foods! He isn’t going to want to leave! You and your Brudder are great hosts, Mayzie!

    The Country Corgis

  9. Thank you for the tour! We cheer for beer in the Garden of the Gods!! Very interesting background information! Happy Week of June 14 – 18! xoxoxo

  10. Thank you for telling us about your wonderful adventures!
    It sounds like you had lots of fun with Brutus, how exciting 🙂

    Love, Bella.

  11. Kendra, Daisy and Bella

    Fantabulous tour. Flat Brutus is certainly being entertained like a king! (We think we’d be a bit nervous near those cats–especially laser eyes.)

    Thanks for explaining all about the great rocks.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  12. Well it’s a good thing Flat Brutus didn’t haves to be rescued. I just wonders who would haves actually gone to do it…hehehe!
    Why on earths did that mans offspring gives all that land to da state? I mean, coulds you imagine what I could do with ALL that beatimous property….you talkin outs having some good times ….woooooweeeeee!
    I thinks FB would likes to go sky diving next.

  13. Mango

    Flat Brutus is quite the daredevil. I think you were a good hostess to help him achieve his rock climbing goals.


  14. You sure showed Flat Brutus a pawsome place. You are wonderful hosts and hostesses. I’m so glad that no one went to jail, too. That might not have been a pawsitive experience for any of you.

    wags, Lola

  15. Mayzie,

    I missed you too! It sure looks like you and brudder Ranger are having lots of fun in Collie-rado with Flat Brutus, the Garden of the Gods must be a wonderful place to explore! I can’t waits for Part II of your adventures!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  16. Mayzie and Ranger,
    What a GREAT POST!!! Oh my stars Madi and I are wondering if your Mom and Dad would like to adopt us. You all do the most fun and interesting things..we don’t eat much (well Mom doesn’t)…we will work (well Mom will) and we are quiet (well Mom is)…..uuummm what do you say?
    If Flat Brutus’ brain isn’t too flat to think he best think twice before he leaves your humble abode…he has it made there,
    Madi and Mom

  17. What a great Adventure with flat Brutus – my lips are sealed about the rock climbing.

    woof – Tucker

  18. Oh, I just love it! The French Onion soup BOL! How amazing he was still light enough to soar over that rock after eating such a ginormous meal! Flat Brutus certainly takes after me, since mom calls me a mountain goat for climbing all over things (although it’s usually furniture, not rocks). And to think we drove right by Collie-rado and never visited Flat Brutus Caverns – shucks! Keep it coming guys!

    Brutus the (traveling) Frenchie

  19. That looks like a great hike. Mayzie, the first rule of being the lookout is: Chill.

  20. I love seeing so much of where you live. It looks so beautiful; we really miss nature out here. It looks like Flat Brutus is quite a nice houseguest also.

  21. Ha ha, I see after your cat’s debut… you’re getting braver and terrorizing poor FB. No matter, I had fun reading your post.
    As for your idea to name one of the kittens after Max…really smart. How come I hadn’t thought of it? Oh, that’s right, I’m all excited and goofy all the time because of daily injections of kitten cuteness.

  22. Kittehs AND Caverns?? WOW…we can’t wait to hear more!!

    Smileys & Snuggles!
    Dory, Jacob and Bilbo

  23. You are certainly showing Flat Brutus a pawsome time….he is going to want to stay in Colorado for a long, long time!

    I am still BOL at the expression on your Kitteh Sister Abby’s face…she is looking at Flat Brutus like “What the ……???”

    Can’t wait to see more…..


  24. wow he really did leap a large rock in one bound!

  25. That looks like the most beautimous place! Flat Brutus is lucky you were there to be the look-outs!!

    I’m sure you’re right… Puddles wouldn’t tell ANYONE my suprise. BOL!


  26. Oh wow, Mayzie – what an AMAZING time you’re showing Flat Brutus! Kitties and onion soups and rock climbing – talk about a packed visit! 🙂

    Honey the Great Dane

  27. Fun adventures with Flat Brutus! Although, I think Kitty #1 sat of Brutus, and that’s not really making friends. 🙂

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