Not Beginnings

Normally on Sundays we do beginnings, but yesterday we happened to see a horse, so why not take a look at the scene in Heart of Barkness where the wrangler reluctantly allows Bernie to saddle up the very difficult Mingo?

There was a long pause in which nothing happened except for Mingo rolling his crazy eyes. Then without a word, the wrangler handed Bernie the bridle. He took it in one hand, sort of wrapped his other arm around the Mingo’s head, made a soft grunt I’d never heard from him before, and the next thing I knew he had the bridle in place and that metal bar – never between my teeth, amigo, no matter who was doing it – in Mingo’s mouth. After that came the saddle pad – which Bernie let Mingo sniff at, why I didn’t know, since it reeked of horse and nothing but, of no interest to anybody – and then the saddle. In a flash Bernie got the under strap thing all tied up, muttering, “Seven, four, one,” as he did so, a complete puzzlement to me, and in one easy motion he swung himself up top. For a moment Mingo went out of his mind. It happened just like that. I could feel it, and also feel his tremendous strength. He was going to rear up and toss Bernie to the ground. And that rearing up actually started, but it turned immediately into a sort of circling trot that ended with Mingo snorting and coming to a halt. Bernie patted Mingo’s neck, not for a long time you might say, and maybe not putting a whole lot of feeling into it, but still: this day was off to a terrible start.


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11 Responses to “Not Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    10:07 am on August 11th, 2019

    Poor Chet…cats…horses….

    Good morning all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:28 pm on August 11th, 2019


    And don’t forget birds…. :^)

  3. BooBear
    8:21 pm on August 11th, 2019

    Heh! Bernie and Mingo. I’m sure Chet was glad Mingo did not go home with them.

    W&T’s Paw! Thank you for the thumbs up on the movie. Mom and her sister are captivated by the previews and ads and are happy to hear it is good! They will fit in going to see the movie before Mom leaves to go gamboling.

    And! Mom just saw on the Animal Rescue Site that the stamp collection honoring war dogs was issued Aug 1st. They look fantastic! Has anyone been able to get some? Mom will be heading to the post office tomorrow!

  4. Wookie’s and Teddy’s Paw
    8:47 pm on August 11th, 2019

    BooBear. Your mom will definitely like the movie, although she needs to beware the zebra. She will understand after seeing the movie.

    Thanks for mentioning that the war dog stamps. I had tried getting them earlier but I was obviously too early and our post office did not even know about them. I will try our post office tomorrow too.

    And Thieves. I’d stay away from that confession thing. Just saying …

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:59 pm on August 11th, 2019

    I actually was able to purchase the war dog stamps last week at post office in the Palisades Mall. The artwork is gorgeous!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:19 pm on August 11th, 2019

    Zebras!…I used to have a Newfoundland girlfriend who hated Zebras!…sniffle!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:20 pm on August 11th, 2019

    Rose!…Don’t forget Snakes!…yeeep!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:22 pm on August 11th, 2019

    ….and Bears!…gah!

  9. Wookie’s and Teddy’s Paw
    9:45 pm on August 11th, 2019

    Lions and tigers and bears and snakes, oh my!

  10. Thieves!
    9:55 pm on August 11th, 2019

    W&Ts Paw: Great minds wag alike. Wyatt, on the other paw, takes naps in that little booth. This is more evidence he has adopted.

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pugr
    10:08 pm on August 11th, 2019

    Wyatt!….The weak link of True Confessions!…snort!

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