Walt and Bert and Dondi are living in Dumas Texas, in a motel transformed into apartments when commercial oil production brought transient workers to the area. This particular motel complex is set back from the road behind a dismal mechanic’s garage, overlooking nothing, nothing, nothing.
The mechanic owns the whole shootin’ match: the garage, the motel, and the land. This mechanic fellow travels to Colorado a few times a year and rounds up wild horses in order to sell them off.
The horse pictured with Dondi is not one of those horses — this is Babe. Babe lives in a half-assed corral, littered with cast-off items, and Dondi has attached herself to this gentle giant in no small way.
Dondi has no real experience with horses, and yet she is a natural, flinging her leg up and over the horse, riding around the property bareback because Babe never was afforded a saddle.
Rebecca Regnier saysJune 3, 2009 at 9:32 pm
I expect the Joad family to wander through the back of the shot.
And Dondi here looks like she’s about to beat out all young starlets for the lead in National Velvet. So pretty.
steph saysJune 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm
Oh, I’m afraid. Is this going to lead to another devastating loss for Dondi?
Joie saysJune 3, 2009 at 11:48 pm
Love the update. Wish I had the photos and stories like you do. Probably one reason so many of us are glued to this story.
Grandma J saysJune 4, 2009 at 9:15 am
Of course Dondi can just fling her leg up and over Babe…she inherited Bossy’s long legs. Yeah, I said that.
I can picture her riding off in search of Pug. Please tell me Dondi and Babe have a lasting relationship, with lasting meaning at least a year.
corrie saysJune 4, 2009 at 9:43 am
Dondi and her indominable spirit!
bdaiss saysJune 4, 2009 at 10:11 am
You are so blessed to have such wonderful stories and photos from your families history…and I’m thankful you decided to keep up with the Family Tree posts!
And just look at those coltish legs! (On both the colt and Dondi…) Once upon a time I could ride bareback. I’d say Dondi truly is a natural!
sherry saysJune 4, 2009 at 10:15 am
If there is a glue factory in Babe’s future, please, please, please don’t tell us!
julie saysJune 4, 2009 at 10:42 am
Can I just say that everytime I see a new picture off on the sidebar I do a little happy dance?
foolery saysJune 4, 2009 at 6:48 pm
Bareback riding builds character and grace. I’m pretty sure Dondi did a lot of it.
Eliza saysJune 5, 2009 at 1:08 pm
Please don’t let this end badly. Poor Dondi has had it so hard already.
Buck up little girl–someday you’ll have the best kids and grandkids in the world!!
dgm saysJune 6, 2009 at 5:19 pm
I’m so glad Dondi found Babe after the pug incident.
Momo Fali saysJune 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm
I second what dgm said. What a relief!
Eloise saysJune 7, 2009 at 10:04 pm
I always enjoy these installments!
MJ Krech saysJune 30, 2009 at 4:42 pm
I’m so inspired by how you write your family’s story! I love your idea of telling the family history by lining photos up and writing a short narrative for each, filled with humor and sadness and advancing over time. Just a yummy way to tell the story! Way to go! And Keep It Up! I come back every few months to catch up and always APPRECIATE the telling of your family’s story!
Joie saysJuly 1, 2009 at 7:39 pm
Hey there, Bossy, don’t leave us hanging! We love your family story and want more. Maybe you should write a book.
Bev saysAugust 5, 2009 at 9:58 am
As a fairly new follower of your blog, I just read the entire Family Tree this morning and love, love, love the photos and stories! I do hope you continue. I’m enjoying your camping vacation this week too…we bought a small camper last weekend and will be heading out with it tomorrow.
Nat saysAugust 11, 2009 at 11:08 am
I never comment, but I have been following the family tree and I hope you keep posting more even after these long breaks inbetween because I want to know this story, know it all turns out for the best
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No pressure. 🙂
Martha saysOctober 11, 2009 at 8:43 pm
oh come on, Bossy…..please finish the story! You posted the other day that your mom has a much younger brother…..an uncle/cousin to you. So there has to be MORE to this story!!
Joie saysOctober 14, 2009 at 10:39 pm
Um, Bossy, over here. Yeah. Don’t you see me? This is your family story begging to be told.
Grandma J saysOctober 27, 2009 at 12:37 pm
I’m still waiting for Dondi and Babe to get out of that dusty corral.
Eloise saysDecember 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm
Adding to the chorus of Bert and Dondi fans begging for more of the story!
Joie saysDecember 30, 2009 at 11:25 am
I hope you New Year’s resolution will have something to do with this story!
confused saysJanuary 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm
Okay, I’m ready now for more here; no pressure!
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What exactly does soon mean?
Eloise saysFebruary 8, 2010 at 11:02 pm
Boo hoo! Sad to see Bossy’s Family Tree disappear from the sidebar. I hope this doesn’t mean you’re not going to finish the story. 🙁
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No new posts since 2009? That’s such a shame. I just found your blog yesterday and I’ve already cleared through this entire section! Loved it!
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