Scooter go to Beauty Parlor
Scooter good dog. Right now Granny think Scooter bad dog. Scooter hate watr. Scooter love mud. Grandpappy put watr on grass. Grandpappy make mud. Scooter play with mud. Granny no happy. “Why did you let Scooter get in the damn mud”? Scooter hear Granny yell at Grandpappy. “He didn’t ask my permission. He just did it” say Grandpappy. Scooter think Grandpappy funny. “Well, I’m not giving him a bath. Hose him off.” say Granny “Yeah, that’ll work. You know how much he hates water. I need two hands to hold him and another two to wash him. Besides I’m going to the ballgame. Why don’t you take him to PetSmart and let them deal with his whining, crying, and howling?” say Grandpappy Grrrrrr. Scooter no whine. Scooter no cry. Scooter is tough dog. Scooter do howl. Scooter hate watr. Scooter hide. Granny know Scooter hide. Granny find Scooter and put on rope. “Come on Scooter, let’s go for ride” say Granny Scooter not sure about “Go for Ride”. Sometime "Go for Ride" is good. Sometime “Go for Ride” is fun. Sometime “Go for Ride” not end well. On time Scooter go for ride to vet. Granny say is to get Scooter fixed. Scooter not get fixed. Scooter get broke! Granny get wet rag and wipe Scooter paws. Then Granny say “OK, Scooter get in the car” Granny let Scooter ride anywhere in car, but no Granny lap. Scooter like spot back seat, with paws in middle of front seat. Scooter help Granny look both ways before cross street. Scooter good backseat driver. We Go for Ride and Scooter look. Scooter no put head out window. One time Scooter put head out window and window bite Scooter. Grrrrrr. When we get home that time Granny tell Grandpappy; “Poor Scooter, got his head stuck in the window! He was standing on the arm rest and stood on the window button, and it rolled up on him. He wouldn’t get off so I could roll it down. I had to lock the window power from the driver’s side and got him out. Now he won’t go near the window!” Granny then laugh. Scooter not think window biting Scooter is funny! Soon we stop and Granny let Scooter out. Scooter recognized this place. Lots of smells! Other dogs! Dog Treats! Scooter pull hard on rope as Granny take Scooter inside. We go to back of store, but Granny no let Scooter stop and sniff or pee. Scooter not understand this. Pee and sniff is what Scooter do! Then Scooter see Granny is leaving without Scooter! Scooter remember! This is Watr Place! Scooter be here before. Lady pet Scooter with brush! But, Lady put Scooter is watr, too! Scooter must get away!
But Scooter is on rope. Scooter does not see watr. Lady tell Scooter; “Come on Scooter. Let’s get you cleaned up” Lady pets Scooter. Lady scratch Scooter. Lady rub behind Scooter ears! Scooter like ear rub! Scooter like Lady! Scooter go with Lady. Lady take Scooter into back room. “I think you’re a little too dirty for me to pick up and put in the tub. I think we are going to have to do you here at the drain” Scooter not know what she talking about. Scooter hoping for hamburger. Lady leave and soon Lady and Other Lady come back. “Margo says he hates baths. I’m gonna need some help with this one” Scooter hear the word “Bath”. Scooter not like bath. Scooter hate watr. Scooter about to run away, when Other Lady start to pet Scooter. Other Lady rub behind Scooter ears. Scooter forget about watr. Then Lady turn watr on. Other Lady talk nice to Scooter and tell him everything “OK”. Other Lady is liar. Not “OK”. Is opposite of “OK” Scooter think about biting. But Scooter is good dog. Good dog no bite, except emergency. Scooter not like watr. But, Scooter not afraid of watr. Good dogs do howl. Scooter has seen it on TV. So Scooter howls to let everyone know Scooter not like watr. “Calm down” say Other Lady. “You would think we were torturing you” Other Lady is liar and not smart. Watr is torture. But Scooter is good dog. Soon they finish trying to drown Scooter. Scooter is very happy when watr is off. Scooter dance. Scooter shake. Other Lady and Lady not like Scooter shake. “Hey, you’re getting us wet!” Scooter think “See, watr no fun!” Then Other Lady say “He was awful dirty. Do think we should wash him twice?” Other Lady was not holding Scooter. Lady was not holding Scooter. Scooter decide to leave! Scooter run! Door was open and Scooter was in main grooming area. “Come back here!” both ladies yell. Scooter think he will not go back. Watr is back there and good smells are in PetSmart. A man walks into Grooming area, holding door open and says” “Is Skipper ready?” Scooter not know Skipper. Scooter does know open door and Scooter runs for it. Man is not smart either. Ladies yell for him to close door. Man looks at them. Scooter barks “Thank You” as he zips through the door. Scooter is now is store, but ladies are right behind Scooter. Scooter has no time to explore all of the good smells. Scooter must leave! Scooter runs for front of store. At front of store little boy is opening door to go outside. Little boy’s Mommy say “Wait for me, Roger!” Roger say “I open door for you!” Roger open door for Scooter. Scooter bark another “Thank You” and run. Scooter is free! Scooter run fast. Ladies run slow. Scooter take a quick sniff of air and turn left. Scooter can smell food. Since Scooter go for ride to see Meen Man, Scooter most favorite thing in world is food. Scooter run past Kohls. Scooter run at angle (See Scooter smart dog, too) to a group of food places. Scooter see Subway. Scooter favorite is hamburger. But Scooter like Subway. One time Scooter get whole sandwich from Subway. Granny was not happy with Scooter that time. Scooter like Subway. Scooter run over to Subway and walk in as someone walk out
. Immediately someone start yelling. “Who let that dog in? Get him the hell out of here!” Scooter think that language uncalled for. Scooter take his business elsewhere. Scooter turn and run. Scooter run across street and go down other side of street. Scooter see sign. Sign say “Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli” Scooter does not know Heidi, but Heidi smell good. Scooter go over to door. But know one come in. No one come out. Scooter can not get in. Scooter decide to leave. PetSmart ladies are looking for Scooter. Scooter go to other side of Heidi’s and continue down street. Scooter see “Verizon”. Verizon not smell like food, so Scooter keep going. Scooter see “Quiznos”. Scooter know Quiznos! Scooter run to Quiznos. Again no one let Scooter in. But, wait! Scooter nose say “This way!” Scooter follow nose to table outside. On table Scooter can smell ham! Scooter like ham! Scooter jump on chair and find part of sandwich. Scooter eat sandwich! Scooter is happy! Then Scooter hear; “There he is!” It was PetSmart ladies. They look mad. Scooter does not want mad ladies to get Scooter. Scooter run fast. Scooter will run home! Granny will save Scooter from Mad Ladies. Scooter run and run and run. Scooter run past “Chilis” and then past “Taco Bell”. Chilis smell good. Taco Bell smell good. But Scooter must get away from Mad Ladies. Scooter is getting tired. Scooter is not used to running for long time. Scooter sees “Chick Fil A”. Chick Fil A smells good and Scooter decides to stop. But then Scooter hears a screech and a horn! A car stops right in front of Scooter and Scooter runs more! Scooter only runs for a little while and see a mountain! The mountain has an eagle on top. The mountain has watr coming out of it. Scooter need drink. Scooter go to mountain and find watr. This watr no get Scooter. Scooter drink. Scooter happy again. Scooter smell air. Scooter smell more food! Scooter follow nose. Scooter see “Wells Fargo”, but Wells Fargo no smell food. Scooter see “Buffalo Wild Wings”. “Buffalo Wild Wings” do smell like food. Scooter walk over to Buffalo Wild Wings. Scooter sit. Scooter think. Scooter know Scooter no go inside. Scooter have idea. Scooter sit. Scooter wait. Scooter wait. Scooter see man come out with bag. Bag smell like food. Scooter does “Sit Up” Granny teach Scooter “Sit Up”. “Sit Up” always makes Grandpappy give Scooter food. “Sit Up’ has magic powers. “Sit Up” get Scooter food. Man looks at Scooter and say “I don’t think so” and keeps walking. “Bad Man, Bad!” But Scooter will try again. Scooter knows that some peepul are meen with food. Scooter’s own Mommy is meen with food. Scooter sees a group of Mommy age girls come out of Buffalo Wild Wings. Two Girls are carrying bags that smell like food. Scooter does “Sit Up” and looks at girls. The girls all stop and then say. “Oh, isn’t he cute!” “He’s just so cute!” “He wants some chicken” “Come on, Allison give him some of your chicken. It will just make you fat!” “I’m not fat” say Allison “I said it would make you fat” “You’re just an arrogant bi-” Scooter bark and cuts girl off. Girls not paying attention to Scooter. Scooter want chicken. Scooter is doing “Sit Up” Girls look at Scooter again. Then girls look behind Scooter and one say. “Is he yours?” Then Scooter feels someone grab Scooter collar. It is the PetSmart Ladies. Scooter is caught. Scooter is scared that PetSmart Ladies will be mad at Scooter. “Finally! We didn’t think we would ever catch you!” say Lady “Your Mommy would have killed us if you had gotten away” say Other Lady. But PetSmart Ladies do not hit Scooter. PetSmart Ladies just put rope on Scooter and take Scooter for walk. Scooter walk past “Super Target”. Scooter walk past “Kohls”. Scooter walk past “Dollar Store” Scooter smell air. Scooter smell other dogs. Scooter pull on rope hard. Scooter see “PetSmart” The PetSmart Ladies take Scooter inside and to the back. “Do you think we should wash him again? say Lady. “No time. We still have to brush him, trim his nails, and do his anal glands” say Other Lady. “Margo is due back here in ten minutes” The PetSmart Ladies put Scooter on bench and attach rope to bench. Then PetSmart Ladies do stuff to Scooter. They talk to Scooter and tell Scooter “Hold Still”. Scooter does not like this. But, Scooter likes it better than watr, so Scooter holds still.” Then Scooter hears “There’s my good boy!” It is Granny! Granny has come to save Scooter. Scooter is happy. Scooter barks and barks and barks. “My goodness! We’re they beating you?” say Granny “You would think so, by the way he is carrying on” say Other Lady. “Did he give you any trouble?” say Granny “Nope. He was a little angel” say Lady. Scooter always knew Scooter was good dog. Granny take Scooter home. Granny take Scooter inside. Scooter see Grandpapy. Scooter run to Grandpappy. Scooter dance. Scooter bark. Grandpappy pet Scooter. Grandpappy rub Scooter ears. Grandpappy hold Scooter chin up and say. “They didn’t do a very good job at PetSmart. He’s got a yellow spot on his chin." It looks like mustard” “That’s probably just some leftover shampoo or conditioner. How would he get mustard on his chin? Unless you gave him something to eat that he wasn’t supposed to get.” “Hey, you were the one that gave him your Subway sandwich that time” say Grandpappy “I didn’t give it him, he stole it” Scooter walk away and go look for Maddie, Eve, and Enzo. They are my step sisters and step brother. They will be so jealous when I tell them the story.
Prairie Center is a master planned, multi-use complex that is still under construction and likely will be for a decade. It will eventually have a residential community, entertainment complex, parks, and a nature preserve. Phase One was the retail center, which consists of 400 acres of retail shops anchored by a Super Target and Home Depot. Currently the list of stores and restaurants, in addition to Super Target and Home Depot, that are open are; Kohl’s, PetSmart; Office Depot, Dollar Tree, Buffalo Wild Wings, Michael’s, Chilis, Famous Footwear, Taco Bell and Lowes (in Prairie Center North). Included in Phase One is a 12 building pedestrian mall called The Streets at Prairie Center. Establishments here are Subway, Heidi's Brooklyn Deli, Quizno's, GNC, Elite Nails, Verizon, Sprint and Dental One. More will follow as there are still plenty of vacancies. Phase Two (of five), which includes more retail shops is currently under construction. Already completed and open is a JC Pennys. A Dick’s Sporting Good store is nearing completion and scheduled for opening this summer. The center piece for Prairie Center is an incredible water feature at the intersection of Prairie Center Parkway and 144th Ave. The feature is an approximately 50 foot tall mountain of rocks and boulders, capped by a bronze statue of an eagle in flight. Cascading down the rocks are two streams, emptying into the base. The eagle is the symbol of Prairie Center as near by Barr Lake is a bird sanctuary and home to at least one nesting pair of Bald Eagles each spring. Plans are for a 65 acre wildlife sanctuary in heart of the complex when it is completed. It is currently being called Prairie Lakes Regional Wildlife Sanctuary and Reservoir. With the exception of The Streets, Prairie Center is not terribly pedestrian friendly. Each area is anchored by a large retail “name”, with a few smaller ones connected. Then the next area is at least a quarter mile away. It is easier to drive. But, that is small potatoes compared to convenience of having all of these shops and restaurants in one general area. This lack of shopping has been a complaint of the Brighton area for decades. This complaint is rapidly falling on deaf ears thanks to Prairie Center. Construction for the residential area has not started. While the devolpers of Prairie Center are looking forward to this. Most current residents of Brighton think the town is large enough.