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Seaman's Journal August 20, 1805
(delivered secretly to Gail Seffens)

When we left Missouri we had good food all the way to Fort Mandan. I had fun playing in the snow that winter, but my master and the other men said it was cold. Swimming in the water was fun but running up the hills was hard for meand the men carrying and pushing the canoes. We had good buffalo steaks on the trek to Missoula and then we had to eat some of our horses. 

However, by the time we got to the Snake River and the cook served dog, I knew it was time to look for nuts and berries. Maybe I should turn vegetarian. Will we have fish soon?

 More Seamanís Journal Sept 12, 1805

 One reason why I was invited on this trip across this vast country is because Iím part of the CIA Ė Canine Intelligence Agency. After we left Ft. Mandan and before we reached the Great Falls, I began hearing rumors that Coyote was planning some kind of mischief. As I was patrolling camp one night I saw him with the Grizzly Bear and the Sacred White Buffalo. I crept close enough to hear what they were saying.

They were all curious about the group of white men traveling along the rivers. They looked something like the Indians but dressed differently, smelled differently, and acted differently. Coyote suggested the bear and buffalo run these interlopers off the prairie. 

It was a good thing I heard them and could warn my master and his men. From then on we kept a very sharp outlook and made it safely across the hills and valleys. My master only had one major run-in with a grizzly, and we dined many times on buffalo. We out-foxed Coyote. Here's a picture of the conspirators that I drew.

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