Rusty, the Hot Dog Man and Jeb share a close encounter where trust issues abound.
Connie stops at a convenience store and has an unexpected visitor. Jeb plans an escape and pays for an alibi. Rusty heads for the campsite and sees someone from his past.
The hot dog man has a secret dream and a real name. He work his way back to the campsite as his past is revealed along with his early ties to Connie.
Cookie and Nicole continue their journey, find an unexpected meal and travel to the campsite of the Hot Dog man, where Buddy and Rover are waiting for his return.
Connie's road trip with Queenie and the pups takes a dangerous turn with someone following her car. Storm clouds gather on the horizon as she reviews her relationship with Jeb and what went wrong.
Connie and the dogs stop to rest at a low-rent motel on a busy highway. After a strange bit of news and an unexpected visit they continue on their journey.
Plans are in place to create havoc for someone as this couple resorts to crime. Jeb comes back into the picture as he confirms his devious plan is working.
Rover and Buddy follow the hot dog man to the lake and share another meal before another train rolls through.
Buddy and his new friend, Rover discover a secret about the train whistle they hear in the woods. They meet a new friend with a special talent and the blessing of generosity.
Back in the forest in their box, Cookie and Nicole work feverishly together to get free of the heavy duty cardboard container. Realization of their vulnerability sets in along with growing hunger.
The story picks up with Buddy and his new found friend, Rover, who tempts him to disobey his master. Queenie and the pups settle in after a long road trip. Connie gets a bit of unsettling news.
Queenie and her two pups set out on a road trip with their mistress. Dolly and Jeff's bloodline is brought into question along with Connie's choices for a mate.
The story shifts to Queenie, a championship full-blood Chow-Chow, winner of multiple dog show awards and her two puppies, Dolly and Jeff, whose paths are destined to cross with Cookie and company.
The journey continues as Cookie joins other strays in the forest where they meet life's challenges of hunger, danger and an array of predators.
Life was hard when I was homeless. Then my life changed and I got a family and two square meals a day. The road there was tough but I survived. This is my story.
It may seem hard to find that perfect gift for a senior or a friend confined to a nursing home. These are a few more ideas of things they will appreciate most.
People continue to shop in retail stores despite the ease of internet purchasing. Here are a few things salespeople do that help run customers out of your store.
The Strangest Secret is revealed in the pages of this easy to read and highly beneficial small book of hope. Linda Compton explains how she made the journey from bitterness to joy and how we can too.
Much is said in today's political arena about the cost of housing refugees from other countries. What are the costs to taxpayers in terms of medical, educational, housing and other related costs?
In the new Presidency, many of the past policies will play a part going forward. A review of intervention expense in other countries explains much of the national debt now standing at $18.8 Trillion.
Some books have incredible appeal and others don't. After reading a dozen novels by Lee Child with Jack Reacher as the main character, I've discovered some clues to explain the phenomenon.
Beyond political scandals and shocking headlines, the ways in which your tax dollars are being spent are disturbing.
Exploring historic places takes me back to our family traveling the U.S. by car moving to a new town or just visiting relatives. We stopped at highway markers, museums and anywhere else that was free.
From time to time, each of us wonders what might have been had romantic interest in someone panned out rather than fizzled out. When they return from the past, anything can happen.
Millionaires will tell you to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. How does that pay off? Try these proven ways to increase your salary at work. They worked for me.
This collection of short stories offers glimpses into the afterlife and the transition process after death. Author Mike Friedman is a winner of Best Fiction Writer Award multiple times on HubPages.
The day I ran out of gas on the way to the airport was one I'll never forget.
Things that go on behind the scenes in hair salons might raise your eyebrows, but attending beauty school might make the eyebrows disappear entirely.
Alien invasion - what if this could explain things? Stephenie Meyer, in her book, provides a scenario of possibilities, however remote, that may reveal the current media trend of disinformation.
Coming up with fresh, new ideas for that special day of marriage may include some non traditional things. Modern weddings combine something old and something new with flavor.
Making this practical gift for someone who depends on a walker takes a bit of sewing skill, patience and time, but the end result will bring a smile to the user.
What happens when a company decides to pay everyone the same salary no matter what job they perform? Does this increase productivity and motivate employees? What do you think?
Do you know the signs that you're about to be fired? These real world clues may give you a hint that your job is in jeopardy.
Basic duties of a cashier are to greet customers, ring up merchandise, bag the items, take the customer's payment and thank them for their business. What training or skills are needed?
How did cashiers know how much change to give a customer before computers? They counted it back by hand. This tutorial will make it easy to give back the right amount of change.
Cookie suffers the symptoms of this debilitating disease that affects canines, felines, horses and humans. Described are symptoms and treatment options for dogs.
When you go to the emergency room, they ask if you have an advanced directive or living will. This family story shares important reasons making your personal wishes known.
Stretch the food budget with this simple egg based recipe using leftovers and standard pantry items. Great meal any time of the day.
Pasta casseroles are an ideal way to stretch the food budget dollars. A package of lasagna noodles, Ricotta, Mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce makes a hearty dish for a family or social gathering.
When injury, illness or aging limits your dog's ability to walk, you can help them get back on their feet with basic sewing skills and a T-shirt. Or make one from a canvas bag with no sewing at all.
Sometimes things don't go as planned in the dating world. The following situations are true. Only the names have been changed...
Would you want to buy a house that was once the scene of a grisly crime? How would you know?
Identity theft happens to other people, right? Not true. This is what happened when I posted the wrong picture online.
Finding the right present for a nursing home resident can be challenging. Here are ten or more low cost ideas that are certain to enchant your favorite senior.
Ben Carson shares his ideas and secrets for success in this educational and fascinating book that follows his rise from poverty to a world-renowned neurosurgeon and candidate for the 2016 Presidency.
We were looking for a path to financial independence when we started in the emu business.
People decide to make a change because they're inspired to achieve more or they're desperate to improve their situation. Author, Jim Rohn, shares insight on how to make changes that work.
What are the ideal values to seek out when choosing political candidates? Here is one viewpoint examining one candidate from the past.
Enjoy the rich flavor of pecans and coconut in this moist cake topped with real homemade cream cheese icing. This step by step recipe with photos shows you how to make this yourself.
Winter days call for hot steamy bowls of homemade soup or chili. Top those hearty warming dishes with bread sticks made from refrigerator biscuits from the oven to the table in minutes. Here's how.
Making a pie crust from scratch is fun, economical and easy. It reminds me of playing with modeling clay as a youth. Follow these simple instructions, and you'll be surprised at the great results.
Freshly made banana pudding in a delicate flaky crust is the dessert my family requests most often. Follow these easy instructions to make this simple pie in your own kitchen.
The sale of T-shirts is a multi-billion dollar industry. Along with their popularity as a wardrobe staple comes the inevitable task of laundering. Here are a few quick tips for storage and care.
When pain is treated with increased doses of painkillers over a long time, the symptoms of pain may diminish but the root cause remains. Worse yet, some undesirable side effects are inevitable.
This cake is extra rich with crushed pineapple, shredded carrots, shredded coconut and fresh pecans. It's one of our family's favorite desserts.
The versatile egg can be boiled, poached, fried, scrambled, made into a quiche or a cake and more. Here you'll find some time-tested secrets for making eggs come out great.
This easy recipe uses one ripe avocado, a tomato, a boiled egg and a bit of pickle relish. Top this with some chopped pecans, a spoonful of lemon juice and salad dressing and it's ready to eat.
Someone was actually paying me to drive them around Downtown Dallas in a late-model Cadillac. What could possibly go wrong?
Dr. James Armstrong explains ways in which changing our lives can change our outcomes along with our futures.
Joe looks back at the decision to change careers and remembers the day her life changed.
When the manager of a restaurant - nightclub disappears amid rumors of missing cash, its bookkeeper, Joe Mitchell, is at the center of suspicion. She gets a new manager and everything changes for her.
Cooking fresh broccoli takes only minutes using a metal steamer and the taste, texture and nutritional value is well worth the time invested.
What if that beautiful tree you found at the flea market turned out to be an invasive species? How would you know? And what needs to be done about it? A true story plus an original poem.
Whether you're just starting out and setting up a new kitchen or trying to save money on household items, there's much to be found in the local Goodwill or Charity Store.
What does it take to get ahead at work? Employers are looking for key elements in workers that set them apart from others with equal skills. Do you have these traits?
When an emergency arises requiring admission to a hospital, one of the first questions paramedics ask is, "Which hospital would you like to go to?" How do you choose?
Looking to move out of retail into an office job? What do they look for in a prospective candidate? Do have what they want? Real life examples from a placement director.
Traveling in the days of the fifties was mostly by automobile with the radio playing our favorite popular tunes. Just a few notes of those old songs can bring memories flooding back.
Our thoughts of living out in the country was only a dream until we took action. After we wrote down our goals and posted them on the refrigerator things began to happen.
When harvest brings in the butternut squash, it's time fire up the oven and bake this delicious vegetable in pies or serve it as a simple, nutritious side dish.
Getting kids to eat vegetables is easy when it's made into dessert. My young son always asked for seconds of this delicious pie.
The sixties offered a world vastly different than kids experience these days. Here are some reminders of those less complicated times from someone who lived through it.
There were many advantages to living in the Florida Keys as a child. One activity we shared as a family was salt-water fishing in the Atlantic Ocean.
The key to success in canning food at home is knowing which foods are safe to preserve and which are not. Choosing the wrong method and using improper techniques can be deadly.
Getting information for official military records is simple using online tools. By providing a little info about your veteran you can discover fascinating details contained in their service records.
In his memoirs, former Bishop James Armstrong talks about his family, his tenure in the ministry and details the circumstances that led him to resign as President of the National Council of Churches.
This recipe has been tried countless times at nearly every holiday or whenever there are over-ripe bananas that no one wants to eat. It's a family favorite great for gift giving or freezing for later.
Before graduation, Flight Attendant students were required to work an actual flight with real passengers. Sometimes we hit a bump in the air.
Worker's Compensation is supposed to provide medical coverage when a worker is injured on the job. But what happens years later when the injury worsens and the worker is employed elsewhere?
A former flight attendant tells the inside scoop about on-the-job training and practical jokes played on rookies by some of their coworkers.
Hives can be a reaction to many different things including stress. When they show up, it's often unexpected and definitely uncomfortable.
When a summons to serve on a jury arrives in the mail, it generates different reactions from the person who receives the court order for a citizen to appear.
Pan-seared chicken, served with a side vegetable and rice, is one of our family favorites. This economical meal of comfort food is hearty, quick and delicious. Make this recipe in 30 minutes or less.
Our puppy developed a common health condition that could have been fatal if not treated. Here are some of the signs and symptoms lading to an operation that saved his life.
Whenever a member of our family had a stomach ache, we used this common product found in our medicine cabinet. When supplies ran low, we'd go to the corner store to fetch a refill.
He was a collector of things: cars, jets, musical instruments, fame. His home at Graceland reveals his personal taste in furnishings and his love for the unusual and unique. But what about the man?
Enlisting in the United States Navy during World War II was a patriotic, yet dangerous option for teenagers in the nineteen-forties who felt the need to serve our country.
Sometimes one phone call is all it takes to change our lives. The call I got while on vacation in Texas about to start a new job changed my entire direction.
One stop at the animal shelter would change our lives for the next fourteen years. This poem is a tribute to our all our rescued dogs and the joy they bring.
Changing the way that we think can change our lives for the better. How to begin? Start during the daily commute to work.
For motor sports enthusiasts who love the thrill of speed, competition and precision, drag racing has it all. Share the experience here and learn the basics of how it works.