Monday, May 31, 2010

Looking for leftovers

Here's Bonnie, VERY early Monday morning, hoping for leftovers from Sunday evening's hamburgers.

I vacummed yesterday!!!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010


I am sooo cute.

And it is sooo comfortable up here on my persons' bed. 

I just don't understand why my male person won't let me sleep up here.

He claims I shed too much.

Can you imagine that? *

* If you've ever had a Corgi, you can!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

I hope they made a wish

On Sunday, I was trying to take an artsy photo of the dandelion puff I noticed in the lawn.  I intended to take several different shots, using different exposures, angles etc.

Neither of the two photos I managed to take turned out well at all.  Here is the better of the two (you can imagine how bad the other one was):

But, I didn't have a chance to take any better shots, because within seconds of me crouching down to take the photo, the girls rushed over to see what I was doing, and:
Oh, well!

I hope they made a wish!

P.S.  I suppose I could have tried to perfect the after shot, but I lost interest at that point!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Miniature golf anyone?

Hopefully, we won't be seeing anymore holes like these if Leda's Magic Gopher Cure continues to work. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Yard Art

We've got to do something with the pounds of old marrow bones that are piling up around the yard!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Many years ago when an adored dog died, a great friend, a bishop, said to me, "You must always remember that, as far as the Bible is concerned, God only threw the humans out of Paradise." -- Unknown

Our dear friends Cindy and Dan are grieving the loss of their 11 year old kitty, Theo.

Those of us who love animals and believe in an afterlife, have a hard time believing that the pets we have loved aren't up there along with our friends and relatives who have passed on before us.

The nuns who taught me all through grade school and high school must have had the patience of Job to deal with, year after year, the question "Are there animals in heaven?"

I remember those very practical, sensible women taking something of the same stand as Rev. Billy Graham when he said: God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there”

P.S.  Theo looked VERY much like my kitty, Harry (below.) They could have been brothers.



Monday, May 24, 2010



I give up!  I'll do anything you ask!

Just stop lookin' at me like that!

Those big, brown eyes are killin' me!

Sunday, May 23, 2010


OK.  So one of those photos isn't a tongue.  But, the color looks so pretty with the real tongues, I couldn't resist.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Update on the Gopher Wars

Score:  Leda 10; gophers 0

I'm hesitant to claim victory in the gopher wars, BUT!  Two mornings after I pushed ammonia-soaked Bounce softener sheets down 5 gopher holes, there is no new gopher activity in the backyard! 

Keep your fingers crossed!  Leda's suggestion just might be working!

P.S.  It only makes sense now, but I didn't occur to me that a gopher hole would only head downward for a short while before it turned sideways.  So, a flexible stick is helpful when cramming those dryer sheets in there.

The three of us--redux

Did you notice Bonnie?

Thursday, May 20, 2010


You own a dog, but you only feed a cat. -- Unknown* 

* OK.  I know some people believe we can't (or at least shouldn't) "own" dogs, either.  But, until we come up with a better legal definition of the relationship I have with my dog--and my cat, for that matter!--I'm sticking with "own."

Black and White

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The challenge...and the response

Someone who truly understands dog behavior, like Patricia McConnell whose advice you can read on her blog here,  might disagree with me, but this looks like a challenge to me.

See how Darby is staring straight on at Bonnie:

Here, she is picking up her right front foot, about to take a step forward:

Step taken.  (Notice Bonnie's tail--straight up and still.)

And, while I wasn't quick enough to snap a photo at the exact moment Bonnie responded, this is what followed:

It must be fun; they do it all day long.  Inside and out.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Leda said there'd be days like this

When coaching me about femur bones for the girls, Leda commented that she has a veritable bone yard at her house.

I have one IN my house.

And, the collection is increasing almost daily...

Monday, May 17, 2010


A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. 

A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker. -- Chuang-tzu

Sunday, May 16, 2010

What we might be

I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better. 

They fight for honor at the first challenge, make love with no moral restraint, and they do not for all their marvelous instincts appear to know about death.  

Being such wonderfully uncomplicated beings, they need us to do their worrying.  ~George Bird Evans, Troubles with Bird Dogs