We've had a bug issue outside our house. Lots and lots and LOTS of these things:
Here's a close-up:
These bugs are super duper scary looking and super duper icky looking. And they're BIG. They actually live in burrows in the ground, up close to the front of our building.
We've had mornings where there were probably 50 of those icky things flying around when I went out for my morning potty! Mom called the condo association and they said that the bugs are cicada killer wasps. They look ferocious, but "supposedly" won't hurt us if we leave them alone.
That doesn't really make Mom feel much better. You see, the bugs don't really bother me, but they really freak Mom out. She's worried, of course, that one of the bugs will "get" me. In her mind, these wasps are more like this:
It's hard to take pictures of our ferocious bugs. Here's me checking them out one morning, though (for as long as Mom would let me, of course, which wasn't very long...).
I've actually had two "run-ins" with the big bugs. Mom nearly had a heart attack both times, too. My first run-in happened when I stepped out onto our stoop one morning and came face to face with a wasp, just hovering on the stoop.
Here's a re-enactment. Just imagine there's a huge bug right by my nose.
The bug and I just stayed right there, having a staring contest. Mom ended up pulling my leash to get me away from it.
The second bug run-in was when Mom and I were coming inside from our evening walk the other night. I was heading up to the door...
...when I was bonked in the head by one of the wasps carrying a cicada! It looked just like this picture (this one came from the internet, though, and not from Mom's camera...).
Yep. The wasp/cicada just bonked me in the forehead, and then it flew off!
The condo people told Mom that the bugs would be disappearing as soon as the cicadas disappeared. Mom's hoping that happens soon...
Guess what...Mom and I went to see Grandma again this past weekend! This time I took my new Snoopy with me. I played with him in the car.
Snoopy makes a great pillow for naps, too!
While we were at Grandma's house, Mom and I went for a ride in Grandma's car.
"Yep...corn. That means we're near Grandma's house!"
We took Grandma's car to a car wash. I kept close watch on the action outside of the car.
"What the heck is all of that noise?!"
The car wash scared me a little. I'll admit it.
And I kept watching outside to see if those washer things were about done.
When we left the car wash, I was super tired. I could barely stay awake on the drive back to Grandma's house.
Grandma was super happy that Mom and I washed her car. And I had fun, of course, romping in Grandma's yard, too. I love visiting my Grandma! Mom and Grandma did some other stuff over the weekend, but the car wash was the "highlight" for me, I think.
On the ride back to our house, Mom said I acted like a drama queen. I panted like crazy most of the drive because the sun made me hot. I couldn't help it! Mom even had the air conditioning going full blast on me, but I was a panting fool anyway!
Well, when I wasn't using Snoopy for a pillow, of course!
Mom decided that she needs to get more exercise, and to do that, she wants to go for longer walks. My little legs won't make it on longer walks, though, so that means I'd need to stay home.
But not anymore. Look at what Mom got tonight...
That's right. I've got a new ride.
It's got a sun roof, too.
And it's even a convertible!
I was a little freaked out at first 'cause I didn't understand what the stroller was. But, I did get used to it pretty quickly. Mom's hoping to go for our first long walk together tomorrow. We'll see how this works out...