Rufus' Rants

Rufus the dog.

Hello world! My name's Rufus and I intend to use this blog to opine about whatever's on my mind. Paul belongs to me and has decided it'll be okay for me to use this part of his website to that end. So, here's the world from my perspective...


As I sometimes do, today I turn over the keypad to Pop so that he, too, can share some thoughts on my blog.  It’s been a rainy day with lots of storms passing through during the night so, since working at Rocky Creek is out of the question, the timing is perfect for him to stay inside and convey his missive.

Thanks Rufus.  (I wonder when he learned the word, missive?)

I’m sure you’ve heard the controverted expression based on “a legend in his own time” that goes “a legend in his own mind“.  It’s a connotation for an individual who has … continue reading »

The Masters

I’ll bet when you saw the topic for this blog entry you figured it had something to do with golf.  Go ahead, admit it.  You did, didn’t you?  That’s only natural considering what’s going on in Augusta right now.  Our own Bubba Watson is smacking the hide off the ball and “putting for dough” as Lee Trevino used to say.  You probably also wondered why I’d give a hoot about golf except for maybe dreaming of the fun it would be to fetch golf balls for Pop.  But, like I said, this post isn’t about golf.  It’s about Pop’s pursuit … continue reading »

How do you mend a broken heart?

I’ve been pretty doggone busy the past few months so please pardon my lack of blog posts.  Besides my usual duties of keeping things in order around the house, I’ve been helping Pop up at Rocky Creek.  He’s usually on the tractor moving dirt, rocks and such while I supervise and show him where to scoop and dump.

This has been a very interesting week.  On Tuesday Pop was doing his usual evening routine, plopped in his easy chair and watching the news, all the while tossing my ball and keeping me happy fetching which ever one I decided to drop … continue reading »


Me ‘n Pop, we’re teammates.  He’ll chunk a stick and I’ll go fetch it.  We both make sure that Lula Belle and the missus are protected and safe.  We do lotsa stuff together as a team.

Pop was talkin’ the other day about how he’s been on a bunch of teams – sports teams, work teams and even how our family is a team.  He said that although it’s only right that individuals get singled out from teams to be honored for doin’ something really good, that don’t change the fact that most of the time those individuals got that honor … continue reading »


Down here in the south, May is traditionally the month in which, “decoration day” is observed.  It all got started after the Civil War.  There were so many confederate soldiers buried that their families began meeting annually to maintain the grave sites and cemeteries.  Eventually, the commemoration evolved into to what we now recognize nationally as Memorial Day.

Pop said that when he was little, they would gather at Crane Hill where the men would trim around headstones and spruce up the plots while the women were busy spreading out food for “dinner (lunch for you non-southerners) on the grounds”.  After … continue reading »