Four On The Floor

It was a year ago today that Susan and I found these four abandoned furballs on the side of the highway while coming through Monument Valley in Utah on the latter part of our 4,500-mile roadtrip vacation:


July 11, 2006: We successfully smuggled them into our room at the Cliff Dwellers Lodge near Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona. We nicknamed the quartet (from left) Squeaker, Shortcut, Ranger and Blackjack.

With no hesitation we nurtured them back to health and rambunction, bringing them with us to Vermilion Cliffs and then to the north and south sides of the Grand Canyon and back to Los Angeles where we found homes for Squeaker, Shortcut (now Indie) and Blackjack, and made Ranger a part of the family.

I kept the box for the occasion and for scale:


Ranger wasn’t sure why I trundled this artifact up from the basement so I just gave her a big one-year anniversary hug after she obliged my request to have a seat next to it. She must’ve recently been rummaging around and in the backyard rosemary bush because that’s what she smelled like and I buried my nose in the hair on her neck because I gotta say the mixture of that dog and that herb is just about my favorite smell in the world.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."