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and Betty Nolan of
Second Decade of 21st Century
Spring Getaway for
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By LEWIS NOLAN
Long Drive to
With Betty handling most of the driving in her
Ford Focus station wagon, we pulled out of the driveway at our
The previous morning, the dog, a part-Labrador Retriever named Pogo, was frantically barking. Another neighbor, a fellow animal lover by the name of Kitty Boren, called us to report that the stuck animal had tried to nip at her when she attempted to maneuver its head through the gate space. We gave her Cara’s work telephone number at Wright Medical, where she is director of advertising and other duties of the devices manufacturer.
We later learned that Cara is single and is age 40. Cara told Kitty that she would be home quickly and deal with the stuck animal problem.
Betty and I went next door to see if there was anything we could do to help. Oddly, Pogo somehow extricated himself when he saw his owner arrive 15 or so minutes later. The dog ran around the garage to greet Cara. Later, she arranged for a contractor friend to install some black mesh over the lower section of the gate. She was very appreciative of our efforts and those of Kitty to comfort and free the animal.
However, the next morning we again heard frenzied
barking from next door as we were loading our luggage and supplies into the
car. Upon investigation, we found that Pogo’s head
was again stuck in the gate. We again called Cara and she said she would
immediately return home to deal with the problem, assuring us that the matter
would be taken care of so we could proceed with our travel plans to begin our
all-day drive to
Thankfully, it was a delightful spring day, with lots of sunshine and the temperature expected to rise into the 70s. So we drove off on our usual route on Interstate 55 south to Jackson, Miss. (We later and happily learned that Cara had arranged for the welding installation of heavy-gauge wrought iron filler rods between the spaces of her iron gate to prevent her much-loved, sweet-dispositioned pet from repeating the stuck-in-the-gate drama.)
Once through town and on Interstate 55 heading south, we found that traffic was a little busier than usual, possibly due to it being Friday and people heading out of town on a beautiful day for driving and favorable forecast for the weekend ahead.
We stopped at a McDonald’s restaurant just outside