Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Prince Budweiser


Once upon a time in the land of Lexington in the country of North Carolina a scared little iguana was found in a tree. Not only was he scared but he was also injured. The birds had pecked a hole in the top of his head and part of his tail was broken. A sweet lady from Friends in Need Animal Rescue helped him down from the tree and took him to the animal hospital. Lady Jane fell in love with the little iguana and took him to her home when he was feeling better. Lady Jane decided to name the iguana Budweiser and call him Bud. Bud fell in love with Lady Jane and was so happy. Lady Jane would rub Bud's back and scratch his head and Bud thought that was the best feeling ever! Lady Jane built Bud a big house that sat in her living room so Bud would not be alone. Bud loved the sound of Lady Jane's voice and would close his eyes in comfort each time she talked to him. Several years went by and Lady Jane was going to have back surgery. She knew that she would be unable to care for Bud for a long time and worried what to do. She decided to look very very carefully for a new home for Bud. It made her very sad but she knew he needed a home where he would get lots of love and attention. After a long search Lady Jane found Bud a new home. She loaded up Bud's house and put Bud in his carrier for the journey to his new home. Lady Jane made sure Bud was all settled in before saying goodbye. She knew that she was leaving him in a home where he would be loved and cared for. She also knew she would be able to visit Bud anytime she wished. Bud was a little nervous at first but soon he became attached and loved his new home and family. His new mom let him out of his house to explore his new home and swim in the garden tub. She even took him on walks outside. Bud was very happy. A couple of years passed and mom told Bud the family would be moving to a far away land of Hidden Haven. Bud was scared. He was happy where he was and didn't want to leave. It didn't take Bud long to fall in love with his new home. He became a prince in the land of Hidden Haven and even had his very own outdoor summer home! He hadn't got to live outdoors in years. Life as a prince was wonderful. Bud loved watching all the animals and birds. He loved being able to swim in his own pool. Sleep on his own heat rock and heating pad. When the weather got cool mom would take Bud to his inside house. Bud didn't like that at all and would stand in the corner and pout at mom. He wanted to stay outdoors and didn't understand about the cold weather coming. One spring after mom had moved him to the outside house it turned cold again. Mom had to bring Bud back inside. Bud was very angry. When it warmed up again and he was able to go back to his outside house he started looking for a way out. He wanted to go on a adventure. He wanted to play in the swamp that was behind Hidden Haven. He wanted to sun on the rocks and climb the trees. Bud soon found a way out and took off on his adventure. Mom was so sad. She spent days searching everywhere for Bud. She and Dad spent hours at night searching trees with flashlights hoping to see Bud's eyes looking back at them. Bud was gone for 4 months! Mom thought he was gone forever and that she would never see him again. It started turning cold at night and Bud missed his indoor house, heat rock and heating pad. He missed having mom rub his back and sing good morning to him. He missed all the special treats mom gave him. He even missed wearing the silly hats. Prince Bud wanted to go back to the land of Hidden Haven. Slowly he made his way back the way he thought he had traveled. Soon he was in a place he didn't recognise. He thought he was lost forever. A man found him and called his mom. Bud had made a wrong turn on the way back home and ended up right outside the land of Hidden Haven. Mom came and carried Bud home. She was so happy! She told Bud that his new house was one that could be moved inside or outside. Bud would be able to stay in his house all the time. The house would move according to the weather. Bud would no longer be able to travel on anymore adventures. And Prince Bud was very OK with that. He was getting older and he never wanted to leave Hidden Haven again.

24 comments:

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Another charming story for your collection of "animal stories for children". I would have trouble warming up to such a critter as this.

Jackie said...

Bud is one lucky fellow. Peggy you are undoubtedly one of the most gifted writers I've "met". I hope someday to see your name on the cover of children's stories. I know I'd be among the first to buy the books for my grandchildren. Of course I'd have to read the books first.

Jo said...

I am so glad that Prince Bud found his way home. I even more glad that someone didn't find him and mistreat him.... There arte so many mean spirited people out there.

Best wishes to Prince Bud and you have a good day!

Stephanie said...

he is so cute

Lib said...

Hi Peggy,
Another Great post! I still think you should write a book.
When I die I want to come back as one of your animals.Lol :o)
Blessins',Lib

Flip Flop Floozie said...

I loved this story!! Just like all of the ones that you write about your pets!! This one was a good one. i remember when he was gone but did not know it was a whole 4 months!! WOW!! He had a big adventure...Wonder if he found any other ones like himself out there???

Blessings to you this day,
Sandy

amelia said...

Peggy, you are quite something!

Your animals are truly blessed to have you and I have to agree with Jackie. You are such a gifted writer and could be writing childrens books for extra money but where would you find the time!!!!!

Jeanette said...

Gday Peggy, Another wonderful story from your happy homestead of much loved creatures great and small...

Iowa Gal said...

I truly believe that the Lord above sends all of his needy creatures to you. I wish you would write a book as I have 8 grandchildren whom I would love to read it to. God bless Hidden Haven and the human mommy who lives there.

Brenda said...

What an awesome story.Bud is one lucky fellow.I just don't see how you find enough time in the day to take care of all you do.

Donna said...

Perhaps you are an iguana whisperer!

Juli said...

(((((((((((Bud))))))))))))

Iguanas are such cool people, I'm so glad Jane found him and they found you :)

You're very right about the goats milk, I grew up with fresh cows milk and all my friends would say no way until they tried it. I just have to find some local and fresh for him to try :)

Janera said...

Peggy, thanks so much for the visit and the great comment you left at Garden Hat.

May I confide in you that I have always had a secret longing to have some goats? One day. . .

Janera said...

eta: goats, yes. But Prince Bud can keep right on living with you. He looks verrrrry happy there. lol

Marci said...

He is huge. I love to hear about Bud and his adventures.

City Mouse said...

Glad the Prince is back in his Kingdom! I have to admit, I'm a little afraid of him - I'm not so good with reptiles. Good lookin' beastie though! All hail Prince Bud!

Lady P said...

Once upon a time this chick brought home an iguana as a surprise pet. She had NO idea that husband was deathly afraid of such critters. As luck would have it the little pet shop in the town of 7,000 where they lived....had a fully grown iguana lounging in the window a few days later. The family walked by the window on the way to the library and husband just about passed out when he saw the size of a fully grown iguana. Chick and her chicklets thought it was really cool but husband did not. Little Izzy the iguana was packed off back to the store. Chick learned to never EVER suprise husband with a reptile again....*sigh*.... the end.....

p.s. it's nice to read about the adventures of Bud. Makes chick miss her little Izzy just a little.

zzop357 said...

Sounds like a teenager,,,, can't wait to leave home. Then times get hard, they can't wait to come back home.
Hi, I'm Donna... Started reading here about 3 weeks ago. I really enjoyed reading about your family of critters. I don't think any would ever want to leave there.
I like your wringer washer too, brings back a lot of memories too.
Bless Bud, and his Mommy too.
Donna
P.S. I think you should print your blog and sell copies to the ones that want it.

regina barnett said...

I love the story of prince Bud... So glad he found his way back home..

debi said...

Oh this is a good story. I was kind of afraid it was gonna have a sad ending and I was ready to cry. Thank you for tha happy ending. My husband had a thing with critters too. Me,not so much. Maybe we need a few more acres.

Gypsy said...

Peggy,
I agree with Jackie- I would love to see you animal stories in a book for kids! I know that my niece would love them.

Twinville said...

What a beautiful story about a special reptile and the people who love him.

Mary said...

Thanks for another great story Peggy - I agree that you would make a fantastic childrens' book author. I will share with my grandchildren!

judypatooote said...

Well Peggy, I can see that not only are your animals loved by bloggers but so are you...that was a heartfelt story that anyone would love to read....it should be in book form....your blog is one of my favorites....i love animals, and your stories are wonderful and keep me coming back....not only your stories, but you pictures too... thnaks for sharing that wonderful story.... judy