Quartzite will always be my favorite place, but Judy added a little town close to Organ Pipe National Monument called Ajo to her favs list.
In Ajo, Judy met up with an author friend, Deb Sanders. The two of them visited an open pit copper mine and attended a fiddler’s jam session in the plaza as they talked about writing, publishing and marketing while I scratched out the last chapters of my book, ACTIVATE LION MODE. I ignored Judy's jokes about “the cat and the fiddle” and “Hey diddle diddle” when she returned from touring the quaint little town.
When we moved on to Tucson I said goodbye to Jake, Deb’s kindly golden retriever and Deb’s muse, Johnny Cat.
On the way to Tucson, Az. we stopped in Gila Bend and met these creatures. Wow! I stayed safe in the motorhome.
But in Tucson, I encountered another golden retriever, Bella, a service dog, whom Judy met several years ago in St Augustine, Florida. Bella is a graduate service dog from the actual K9s For Warriors training facility in Ponte Vedra, Florida which inspired the fictional K9s For Warriors which is mentioned in Judy’s book, MASADA’S MARINE and also in her upcoming book, MASADA’S MISSION.
Bella is kindhearted, too, but, but just like Jake she rushed up to meet me. That is totally improper in my cat book. Bella’s dad Kevin and Jake’s dad Terry explained that their dogs lived with cats of their own. I can’t imagine any cat putting up with such unsophisticated behavior, but then dog's are so unsophisticated.