Murdo Girl…Cyndie Lou

We lost our Cyndie Lou yesterday. Our hearts are hurting, but we have many wonderful memories of the twelves years we were blessed to have her in our lives. She even helped write some of the blogs.

Hi MG readers! My name is Cyndie Lou, and I’m going to tell you about the first few days of our epic RV trip from a dog’s eye view. I don’t intend to take over the blog or anything. That would make MG’s eye start twitching, and that’s not a “good girl” thing.

These are my sisters Pattie and Sammie. They’re sleeping on our couch at home. Kip and MG made us get up at 4:00 o’clock Monday morning, so they were still tired.

I like to sleep on that couch too.

“Sammie! Pattie!…the cat is eating your food!”

They fall for that one every time…

Kip and I sitting in the RV waiting to pull out of our driveway. My sisters and the cat are in the RV too. MG is going to follow us down the street with the jeep so we can hook it up and tow it.


Here I am riding in the RV. It was a long day. It wore me out. I like to use Pattie’s head for a pillow.

We left our house around 7:00 a.m. and drove 479 miles to Palo Duro Canyon which is in the Texas panhandle. We drove through miles and miles of flatness where you can see farther than anywhere and still see nothing.

We pulled into Palo Duro State Park at 5:00 p.m. and it was pouring down rain. There were flash flood warnings which worried me.

This is me looking worried. I don’t know if I can swim.

Sammie gets worried too. Kip is hooking us up outside. MG is doing stuff to get the inside ready for us to live in.

“Shouldn’t Kip come inside, MG?”

He’ll be fine Pattie.

It’s finally bone time!

Dollie can’t go outside when we’re camping so she sits in the window.

The Palo Duro Canyon musical, Texas, was incredible. It was also armed services night. The service men and women were honored with a flag presentation, which included the songs and flags representing each branch of the service. At the end of the musical, which tells the story of how Texas came to be, there was a patriotic finale complete with fireworks and a water show.

The talent was outstanding and so was the choreography.

Except for the rain the night we got there, we were blessed with perfect weather the remainder of our stay.


The Red River wars ended in much the same way as the Indian wars of the western plains. In the battle of Palo Duro, the cavalry killed most of the buffalo and eleven hundred of the tribe’s horses which forced the surrender of the Indians whose settlement was in the Palo Duro Canyon.

Palo Duro is Spanish for hard wood. I don’t think Kip and MG would have taken us to see a place called Hard Wood Canyon.

If you haven’t read about Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped by the Comanche when she was nine…you should.It’s a fascinating story. Her son, Quahna Parker, was a prominant leader and successful businessman.

Another tidbit of information.

Did you know General George Armstrong Custer graduated from West Point? He was at the very bottom of his class.

The Red River War…the battle of Palo Duro described on utube.


We are planning to stay tonight at a KOA campground between Pueblo and Colorado Springs. We should be there soon which is good, because I really need a walk and a bone.

MG was without internet and phone service while we were at the bottom of the canyon. She’s not used to being unplugged, but she survived and enjoyed herself immensely.

Tomorrow, we’ll be off to Laramie, WY.


13 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…Cyndie Lou

  1. Valerie Halla October 17, 2019 / 9:17 pm

    Ninny, Ken and I send our love and sympathy. Never an easy time. Good girl, good dog…Easy
    Girl, Crossing over the rainbow bridge.


  2. scoper07 October 17, 2019 / 9:12 am

    Sorry to hear of your loss MG and Kip. It always hurts when you
    Lose a family member like Cyndie. Thanks for the memories Cyndie.


    • Mary Francis McNinch October 17, 2019 / 9:23 am

      Thank you 07. It’s very hard, but we’re grateful for wonderful memories.


  3. lifelessons October 17, 2019 / 8:26 am

    Mary, I included Frida in my Day of the Dead altar this year. Would it bring you any comfort to set up a little memory altar in her honor? I included Frida’s jar of ashes, her leash, some dog bones, a little bowl of water, a battery-driven candle for safety sake

    and a favorite toy. And I put it on the floor so she could reach it! (Diego has sneaked into the house twice and eaten her bones for her.) I guess since your doggies are inside dogs that you might have to put it up on a table out of jaw-reach.


    • Mary Francis McNinch October 17, 2019 / 9:08 am

      Thank you, Judy. We are going to miss so many things about her. We are having her cremated so when we get her back, we might do as you suggested. We have several pet’s ashes. Maybe we could fix up something for all of them.💖


      • lifelessons October 17, 2019 / 9:17 am

        My cousin Sarah has an entire set of shelves with their pets’ ashes on it. They intend to be buried with them all when they die. I think of all of you in your would be an extension of that.


      • lifelessons October 17, 2019 / 9:17 am

        Your photos are such a tender memorial for her.


  4. lifelessons October 17, 2019 / 8:21 am

    I am so so sorry to hear that Cyndy Lou has gone on ahead of you! She was such a beautiful girl and had such a nice life. It’s obvious from the story and photos above that you never left her behind!!!oxoxoxo


  5. Jean Robinson August 10, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    One of my favorite shows! I’m glad Sammie, Patty and the cat enjoyed the scenery, too. I was impressed with your knowledge of the history in that area. Thanks for the pictures so I could reminesce about the days we took our children on picnics there. Loved Kip’s shirt!


  6. scoper07 August 10, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    Hi CL, my name is Timmy Tabby. I am a kitty and live with 07. I never get to go anywhere because 07’s house isn’t on wheels. I wish I could go with you so I could get in the window with Dollie. I will follow your story and really like the pictures. Keep up the great work CL. This is fun!

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  7. sanjuan831 August 10, 2017 / 9:32 am

    This was really fun to read and such a beautiful area to visit via your pictures. Man, Cyndie is so observant! Thanks for taking us on your trip.

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  8. countrygirl57 August 10, 2017 / 8:32 am

    Beautiful pictures! Loved the story as told by Cyndie Lou!

    Sent from my iPhone



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