Monday, July 4, 2011


It's been hot and dry here for weeks. Though we've had threats of storms, none ever actually happened. But yesterday afternoon that all changed. We were getting used to hearing fireworks on and off all day, then the wind picked up and Mother Nature had her own 4th of July celebration.
Lots of thunder boomers and tons of rain. We went from dusty yard to muddy yard in minutes.

What made those muddy footprints? Ten guesses!

In between storms we decided it was a good time for a watermelon break. This time we didn't put the melon pieces in the big pink tub. Tsar and Sky don't like sticking their heads in the tub and Samba gobbles everything is sight, so instead Rob handed out the pieces. Bailey invited Monkey.

Everyone thought this was a good idea.

Notice that Tsar is always a bit separated from the pack. He likes his space and the others usually respect his wishes.
Sometimes Tsar eats melon and sometimes not. This time he liked it a lot and asked for more.

Everyone did pretty well with the manners thing.

Rob tried to make sure everyone got their fair share of melon.

It's not easy to remember manners when melon is involved.

While holding the camera, I kept reminding everyone to sit nicely.

It didn't always register.

And you ask, where was Monkey during all this melon eating?

Forgotten in the grass. Poor Monkey!

Shortly after the snack another storm came thru, then after dinner still another one. It was a noisy evening with fireworks in between storms. Morgan climbed in bed with us because of all the noise. This time she kicked Rob until he decided to sleep downstairs. Then she stretched out and slept till  breakfast.

Happy 4th to all our friends. We hope your holiday isn't too noisy.


gMarie said...

Sounds like a lovely melon party. I hope Monkey didn't have to weather the storm outside. g

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

My kinda party Sue!!! Storms rolled through here too, and we're expecting more this evening, just in time for the other kind of fireworks!

Zona said...

Poor monkey... but if melon is up for grabs... everyone for themselves, right??

I have to confess, I crawled into bed with mom, papa & Phoenix last night too! Too much thunder and fireworks for me!!


Two French Bulldogs said...

We are on our way ever, please save some...Monkey is in need of a spa treatment, BOL
Happee 4th!
Benny & Lily

Jan said...

Morgan is our hero protecting the humans.

Stella said...

I am hoping for a quieter, more sleep filled night tonight. Last was lots of boomers, and Stella barks at them and felt better about doing that up on my bed.

Hoping for a more peaceful evening tonight! for me and For You!


Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Hope Monkey didn't get left in the storm...

Looks like everyone had a fantastic time with the watermelon. Hope they're over all the noise.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

rottrover said...

jWhat a fun 4th of July Portie Party!!

-Rottie Kisses!

Molly the Airedale said...

Poor monkey - forgotten while you guys enjoy your watermelon!
Happy 4th of July to all of you!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Another Phantom/Tsar similarity, although Phantom has been surprising Mom lately in getting closer in group photos.

We are amazed that Rob can remember who got a taste and who didn't - that is quite a group.

We had a few downpours yesterday too, but all it did was make it hotter and more humid.

Happy 4th of July!!!

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

The Race Against Time said...

Happy 4th of July Sue & Rob! Its so nice to see all of them sit so nicely for melons :)

The Daily Pip said...

Happy 4th! Hope you had a happy and safe holiday!

Your pal, Pip

Chewy said...

That is awesome how tsar got to have some melons! Have a great 4th!


bichonpawz said...

Hi there! We have found you via Sierra Rose! What a bunch of beautiful pups!! Great Melon Party for everybody!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Lapdog Creations said...

Love your watermelon times with the pack!

Soggibottom said...

Think Monkey needs a banana for being so forgiving :-) x x x
Thanks Sue loved seeing them all. X

SissySees said...

Love that Morgan kicked Rob out of bed. The boys used to do that to Mark; then we got a king-sized bed and smaller girl-dogs!

Marjie said...

We had a 4 hour long thunderstorm Saturday night/Sunday morning, and Thor was not amused. We've been lucky to go 3 days without drowning rains, so it was probably your turn.

I'm glad Bailey left Monkey out of the melon party. It would not have been fun to have a melon sticky Monkey hanging around.