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Vagabond follows woman home

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

As many of you know, I love trash day! And not just because it's a good opportunity to get rid of a fridge full of excessive Thanksgiving leftovers. I'm always on the lookout for treasure that someone thought was fit only for Waste Management.

So I set out this foggy morning with the usual moderate hope of coming back home with something. On my way out, I stopped to visit with one of my favorite dogs, Grady, a big white shepherd mix who's always happy to see me, leans against me hard enough to knock me over, and generally inspects me all over with her nose, to see what other dogs and places I've been visiting.

After Grady, I took a slightly different route today. My motives were to see how far away a particular 3100 block was from us. I've started reading the newspaper's police log and wanted to ensure that a local homeowner who hit a fireman in the face with a shovel lives far, far away from our house. (That's a whole different story, of course. Seems the homeowner was burning fans, household appliances, and furniture in his back yard and took issue with the fire department's putting out the bonfire and dousing him as well. OIF, as they say.) While I was contemplating how comfortably remote the 3100 block was, I saw, leaning forlornly against a trash barrel, a perfectly good, life-size, stuffed scarecrow! He, lucky fellow, had escaped any bonfires on his street. I kept walking and thought over whether to come back with my car for him, then turned back and impetuously slung him, head down, over my shoulder for the 1.5-mile walk home.

The last time something odd followed me home, it was a broom, and I got some friendly remarks about whether or not I should consider using it as transportation. This time, poor Grady spied me, started waving her tail, then realized I had a body over my shoulder and went on alert, ears and tail high, a look of alarm on her sweet face. I could read her mind: ("And here I thought she was so NICE!")

I think my new friend likes it at our house. Bill thinks he looks scary. Wonder what the cat burglar will think.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/2/2012 2:14PM

    That is so cute! As they say, one man's trash is another's treasure. DH & I furnished a lot of our 1st apartment from other people's cast offs. Both sets of parents were appalled.

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CARTOONB 11/29/2012 11:10PM

    You find the greatest stuff!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/29/2012 2:29PM

    It sounds like you are trying to avoid my husband's family members who have stories of neighbors and shovels and court rooms. LOL.

Grady sounds like quite an experience, like a gynecologist I used to go to. LOL. I like friendly dogs but not the ones that use their noses as speculums and such. I'm disturbed by the over-eager dog that want to hump my leg. Can't a girl expect to be wined and dined first?

You must live in more affluent communicates because around here there are no such wonderful freebies like you find. What sits by our curbs are bags full of stinky Pampers, coffee grounds, faded upholstered furniture with dry rot and powder post beetles, etc.

I love the new bench warmer. He is just my style!!

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RD03875 11/29/2012 6:29AM

    That is so cute! Maybe your cat burglar will think it's a person and not come by.

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MNNICE 11/28/2012 9:10PM

    I can understand not wanting to store him, but too cute and in good shape to throw away! I think you should fix him up with Joy emoticon

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_LINDA 11/28/2012 9:08PM

    Wow! Can't get someone throwing out a perfectly good scarecrow -looks brand new! Though personally, it might be safer just to look up that address on a map rather then go anywhere near it!
Good for you making treasure out of trash! I hope Grady will forgive you for startling her!
Kitty won't care -he is not wearing socks ;)

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GEORGE815 11/28/2012 9:04PM

    Hope your scarecrow scares away burglars and not crows in the corn field.

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 11/28/2012 7:08PM

    A little fashion-challenged but, definently cute!!! What scarecrow doesn't take fashion risk?

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THOMASINA57 11/28/2012 5:02PM

    This is so cute! Thanks for putting a smile on my face!

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MERRYMARY42 11/28/2012 4:52PM

    love your scarecrow, my oh my someone just has no room for storage, I would never get rid of him, Congratulations on your find.

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BLUE42DOWN 11/28/2012 3:16PM

    That is an amazingly cute scarecrow. And look at that BIG smile about his new home!

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GABY1948 11/28/2012 2:28PM

    I also think he is adorable...in fact, even MORE than adorable! When I am closer in town at my kid's houses, I often walk and pick the trash...it is a fun and useful thing to do! Glad you scored big! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 11/28/2012 1:43PM

    What an adorable welcoming committee of one!
You can call him your rescue scarecrow.
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JOYINKY 11/28/2012 12:14PM

    Not what I expected. He's really cute! My kinda guy, relaxed, casual and can keep his mouth shut!

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SHOAPIE 11/28/2012 12:09PM

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LEB0401 11/28/2012 11:23AM

    Cool! You rescued him from a landfill!!

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DDHEART 11/28/2012 10:56AM

    Yet again you have provided my daily smile.

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/28/2012 10:31AM

    He's adorable!! Why would anyone pitch him to the curb?? You may want to take a treat to Grady to rebuild that trust! LOL

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/28/2012 10:27AM

    Oh he's lovely! Poor Grady. I hope she recovers her trust of you. LOL I wonder if your kitty friend will love Scarecrow?

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/28/2012 10:24AM

    LOL. Congrats on your find/new friend!

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