Bee in the Outhouse

Dog chases a bee into an outhouse hole.

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My memory of the outhouse is when my daughter, 10, was sitting out there with her dog and she was always sicking the dog on everything. There came a bumble bee in so she sicked the dog on it and it went in the next hole so the dog went right in after it. When the dog finally got out, she went shaking all the way to the house. I guess you know we had a clean-up job to do on her, sidewalks and also the dog. 

She is 46 now and we still get a big laugh over that. At the time I could of run off instead of cleaning them up.

It wasn't funny at all at the time as I was having company for supper.

As I remember now, everyone smelled like a rose by supper time.

Marcena Leathers
Delta, Iowa


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