Thursday, December 29, 2022

Do It Again

 Every night at bedtime Mackey jumps on the bed and rolls over for a bellyrub. She's not a cuddly dog and this is the one time that she enjoys being handled. 

Boston is totally different. He likes to cuddle and to be held. But they do have something in common. He likes bellyrubs, too.

He runs up to Rob and rolls over expecting one. And who can resist?

Tuesday, December 27, 2022


 Toddlers go thru that wonderful stage in life when everything is theirs. Their favorite word becomes MINE!!! Well, Boston is going through that stage now.

 His first night here we spread his blanket in the middle of the living room. The next day he began gathering toys. Each toy he found that looked interesting he dragged onto his blanket until he had a pretty good pile.
One time he dragged Mackey's basket onto his pile and I removed it and told him NO, that is not yours.He's  pretty comfy now and extends his exploration range a bit each day. He's still adding to his toy pile. Today he found a leaf outside and brought it in to his collection.

 Rob likes to take a few of the toys and spread them out around the house. Then he watches Boston find them and bring them back to the pile. 

He's very proud of his toy collection but Bunny, a small blue rabbit seems to be his favorite. Each morning when he gets up he runs to check on Bunny.
Gathering toys is tiring work and a pup needs a nap afterwards.
Shhhh, don't wake him.

Saturday, December 24, 2022


 Happy Christmas to all, 

And to all a good night!

Friday, December 23, 2022

Settling In

 Boston had a rough first night but last night went better. He sleeps in a carrier next to the bed. Mackey has been sleeping beside the carrier so she can check on him and let me know if he needs me. He whimpered a couple times during the night but went right back to sleep. We're all feeling less sleep deprived today.

The living room looks like a puppy is in residence. There are toys scattered everywhere. His attention span is pretty short and he goes from one toy to another, then falls asleep to refresh his battery.

He really likes his dinner and has no trouble digging in. I'm feeding him in a crate so he learns to associate the crate with good things.  After he eats he usually naps for awhile. Yesterday he discovered the water bowl in the kitchen and makes numerous trips to drink. I expect to find him splashing in the bowl soon.

Today was his first vet visit and it went great. Dr B was taken with him and told me how happy he is for us. Boston checked out perfectly and didn't even complain about his vaccination. I asked Dr B if Boston's eyes would turn brown and after checking them out closely he said that they're green and probably will stay that color. How odd.

The big storm has put a damper on our house training because of the temperature but we'll get back to it soon. I think he's going to be pretty easy to train He likes to go outside to pee and look around.

Thursday, December 22, 2022


 Santa came early to our house.

He brought us a special gift.

His name is Boston. He was born November 12.  Mom is a chocolate Lab and Dad is an Australian Shepherd.

Boston is very active, very nippy and very loud. We all had a short noisy night and he is currently complaining about being confined in a crate. Who else would bring home a new puppy at the start of a major winter storm?
I hope Santa brings just what you want for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Winter Begins

 Hi everyone. 

I want to wish each of you a most wonderful Winter Solstice.

Many of us will be facing a big winter storm starting later today, so stay safe and warm and keep your pups and kitties close.

Monday, December 19, 2022

Holiday Cheer

I promised more holiday items and here they are.

First is a Chilly the Reindeer.

Next is a big silly dog. At first I wasn't pleased with him but he's grown on me and now I'm actually quite fond of him.
I'm running out of both time and inspiration before the holidays hit so there may not be more till afterwards. We'll see.


Thursday, November 24, 2022


 Hi Everybody,

Happy Thanksgiving. What are you all thankful for? I'm thankful for the box of cupcakes with sprinkles that is sitting in the kitchen right now. You can see that a couple of the chocolate ones are missing. Mom said she had to test them to make sure they were good enough but we all know that Mom has a chocolate problem. Anyway, the cupcakes are for us because today is Syd and my 10th birthday. So I guess you can all be thankful for us.

 It's been an eventful 10 years. We arrived here to be greeted by very many big dogs. The first ones we met were Fudge and Sebastian and they were like friends and protectors to us. 

 Then we met all the others. Some liked us a lot, like Tess and Noah. Some didn't like us at all, like Morgan and most just kind of accepted us into the pack.

Now the others have all gone to live at the bridge and it's just the two of us here with Mom and Dad. Things are quieter but I bark a lot to keep the peeps on their toes.  So today while the rest of you are enjoying your turkey, we'll be savoring those little cupcakes and thinking about how thankful we are for all of you.

 I think I'll grab a nap before the party.

Your 10 year old pal,  Mackey

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Holidays Anyone?

 I'm trying to capture a little holiday spirit.  The last few years have been tough ones for everyone so we need all the fun we can get. Right?

. First the elusive Holiday Zebra. 

Next we have a couple of jolly old gnomes. How can you not smile at these rotund little ones?
Finally  we have the Party Animal. In this case he's a reindeer that didn't get chosen as one of the super eight because he liked to party too much.
That's the start. I still have a few weeks so let's see what other traditional holiday creatures I can come up with.

Friday, November 11, 2022

The Start Of Winter

Forget what the calendar says, today was the start of winter. How do I know? Because this morning as I was standing by the window drinking my first cup of coffee a flock of about thirty birds flew into the back yard. The Robins have arrived.

When I lived in New York State we always observed the beginning of spring as the day we saw the first Robin. Well, when I moved to Missouri I learned where the Robins winter. They come to Missouri and today was the day. They were hopping around the yard looking under fallen leaves for worms or bugs and they were flying in groups from the yard to the roof and back again. I don't know why they do that but they spend a lot of time doing it. 
Today a pair of noisy Blue Jays also came to the feeder and discovered the kibble that we had put out for the Woodpeckers.  The Jays, Woodpeckers, Cardinals and Titmice all eat kibble. There were so many today that I had to refill the feeder three times.

I also had to refill the platter with seeds for the Chickadees, Doves, Finches, Sparrows and Cardinals.

It was a very busy bird day and my inside birds, Summer and Winter were fascinated watching all the activity.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Possum Party

 We're still putting kibble and other treats out each night for the wild critters that come by.  I turn on the porch light so they know that we're open for business. Then I wait near the kitchen window. I don't usually have to wait long. The opossums tend to come first, sometimes singularly and sometimes together. Occasionally a raccoon, usually Gabby, will join them. After they eat their fill, they leave and the raccoons come to clean up whatever is left over.

Remember this little baby opossum? This photo was taken on September 26, about six weeks ago.

They don't stay little for long. Last night I mixed some mashed sweet potato with the kibble and my critters thought it was pretty tasty. About ten minutes after setting out their meal I had my first customer.
Then about two minutes later she had company.
I was getting ready to walk away when the third member of the group showed up. 
They are big round opossums now, not little skinny babies. I really enjoy watching them, especially when they chase the raccoons. Gaby is the only raccoon that isn't afraid of them. I'm hoping they stick around thru the winter but opossums are nomadic so they could move on at any time.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Then and Now

 Today we were featured on the Zoolatry blog. 


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Last weekend a couple of pics of Syd and Mac together were requested. I looked thru my enormous photo library and there weren't any good recent ones so I called the girls to go outside and pose for some new pics. Instead I got a surprise.

Sydney and Mackey are litter mates and when they came to live with us they were six weeks old. They were inseparable. 

 Then this weekend when I opened the door they ran out in different directions. Syd ran to check the trees for low hanging squirrels and Mackey raced to the fence where she's sure a lizard is living. I called them to me but Mac refused to come. Even a cookie couldn't drag her away from that invisible lizard. After several minutes of trying to get them together I enlisted Rob's help. He put them on leashes and this is what I got. 

The girls used to be so close, but now they tend to ignore each other. I finally got a couple of decent pictures but I realized how much they have changed over the years.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Fall Is In The Air

 It's been a hot dry summer here. We had many days over 100 degrees and we've had no rain in a couple months. The grass is brown and crunchy and the trees are droopy. My rock garden looks terrible. The plants were very stressed so Rob started watering them daily for the last couple weeks. He let the hose drip a little and the bees and butterflies loved the water droplets. This morning we got a little, and I do mean little, thunderstorm. It got very dark and very windy and the thunder rolled. There was some rain but not much. Still, the trees seem grateful. I noticed this afternoon that the Maple in my neighbor's yard has turned a glorious orange. 

My big Maple is still green and hanging onto most of the leaves but there is a tiny touch of color in parts. The leaves on most of the trees have been falling like crazy for the past week without any color change at all.
So what have we been up to? Well, since it was so hot and dry we started putting out a big bowl of water for the wildlife. The raccoons come by and soak in the cool water, then they sometimes nap on the porch. 

 We have three baby opossums that showed up about a month ago. They come every evening, sometimes together, sometimes separately. At first the raccoons were afraid of the tiny creatures and would run away, but now they're used to each other and often share the platter of kibble that we put out each evening.  Here is one of the babies eating and having a drink.

 All three have grown significantly in the past month and from the amount of kibble they pack away they'll all be nice and fat for winter. The raccoons are also putting on winter fat. One of them, Gabby, is huge, much larger than Mackey.

Today as I was reading on the porch I had a visitor. He was poking around in the hedge, then went into the yard looking for bugs and worms. Last year we saw a pair of large armadillos in the yard but this one is pretty small. This year's baby, perhaps.

Here, inside, where the air is cooler and water more plentiful, the Christmas cactus are flowering. I thought the big one was going to die earlier in the year. It got all droopy and the leaves were soft. I cut away some dead parts and babied the rest of the plant thru the summer. It paid off. The plant looks healthy again and look at all the flowers this week.

One of the new little plants is also in bloom. The other is waiting, presumably for Christmas.
 I have a new plant feeding mixture that my houseplants seem to love. Rob eats a lot of bananas. Now he puts the skins in a jar and adds warm water. After they sit for about 48 hours I mix them with plain tap water and feed the plants with the banana flavored water. They have responded well and I don't need to water as frequently.

 I lost my knitting mojo earlier in the summer and now I'm trying to get it back. I thought Bernie looked lonely sitting on his bench with only a squirrel for company, so I made a Ruth Bader Ginsburg for him to chat with. I'm not thrilled with her but she helped me get back into knitting, so there's that.

Mackey has a story for you but it'll wait till tomorrow. We'll see you soon.