Albert and His Friends
Sarah Ann, Linda, and Albert
Linda and Albert
Sarah Ann with Albert
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Our two dogs became Albert's friends. See the puppies in the sand castle.
For a few years, we rented a pasture and barn for Albert. This is the setting for several stories in the book, Albert, the Apple-eating Appaloosa. In one story, the children walked about 1/2 mile from Glyndale Elementary School to ride Albert. In another story, Albert walked over a broken place in the fence. He went to several places including the Winn Dixie parking lot. The police brought him home. He walked over broken places in the old fence several times. When we moved to a house on a two acre lot, we made a pasture for Albert at our house.
Our neighbors had dogs, goats, pigs, chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, peacocks, and one big cat. They supplied the livestock for the petting zoo at the fair each year. Many of their animals have fit into my stories.
Their cat, dog, and peacock are in a story named "The Cocky Peacock" which is in A Funny Dolch Word Book #2. Albert didn't like the peacock. That cocky bird spread his tail feathers and chased Albert. The neighbors put the peacock in a pen until he learned his manners.
The ducks were OK. They often ate grain which Albert dropped as he wandered around chewing a mouthful food. They are in a story of mine named "We Make It Rain" which is in A Funny Dolch Word Book #3.
Visit the page titled About Me and My Horses for pictures of Albert among the huge azaleas, in the snow, and in other interesting scenes.