Category Archives: Dog

Beezee

We have two Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers, an Irish breed that meets the bottom line requirement for my husband — no allergic reaction.  Beezee has the “Irish coat”, a silky wavy variety that does not grow very fast and thus does … Continue reading

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Murray

My friend’s second dog, Murray, is a real sweetheart. He is male, but I think of him as a girl because he is so affectionate and gentle. Murray follows me around the house everywhere I go, pushing his nose into … Continue reading

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Dash

My friend’s Cavalier King Charles spaniel, named “Dash” after Queen Victoria’s favorite of the same breed, is staying with us for a while with his brother Murray. Dash has a regal profile, often tipping his chin up and looking at … Continue reading

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Taco

My daughter’s other little dog is a Chihuahua-Yorkie mix named Taco. His Yorkshire Terrier heritage gives him a shed-free silky brown coat and the Chihuahua side gives him the wide-set  round eyes, fierce temper, and tendency to tremble when stressed. … Continue reading

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Addie

My daughter’s little rescue mutt is named Addie. She is part schnauzer which gives her a gray shed-free coat with black ears flopping forward and a soft white beard. Her eyes are almond-shaped with black eyeliner giving the impression of … Continue reading

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Living With The Pack

We are blessed for a couple weeks this summer to have temporarily expanded the dog population at the farm. My friend brought over her two Cavalier King Charles spaniels while traveling overseas, and then my daughter asked if we could … Continue reading

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Loving the Sunshine

Spring is surely just around the corner! It’s 34 degrees out, but the sun is shining and the wind is blowing across the muddy fields and driveway and beginning to dry them out. The goats are starting to play with … Continue reading

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Barn Cat – Reprise

I think I finally have this cat thing figured out. Emmie is living in the barn, for sure, but she does go out to roam sometimes. She left me a dead mouse in the middle of the barn floor. She … Continue reading

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The Time Between

This is that dull time between seasons, when the winter has become boring and routine and the spring’s repeated teasing and retreating is already getting old. My animals are feeling the same way, I think. The goats are impatient for … Continue reading

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Visiting Dignitaries

We are babysitting our daughter’s two little doggies for a few days and enjoying their discoveries on the farm. They are adapting gradually to our schedule and finding their places in the pack running around the house. This afternoon we … Continue reading

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Sleuthing It

I’ve got a mystery I’m trying to solve.  A couple days ago, sitting at breakfast, I noticed a strange tingling tug at the corners of my mouth. Not the poetic hint at an oncoming smile or laugh, but a strange tightness. Curious, I went … Continue reading

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Owwee! Stinging Nettles

In the hot humid Michigan climate at the end of summer, you have to do your gardening in the morning or evening if you don’t want to collapse in a pool of sweat. At least that is how it seems … Continue reading

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Dog Training

Farm life is a joy for a dog. Lots of room to run and explore, things to chase and dig for, and plenty of freedom. I love to see my dogs’ happiness, which is why I have been so conflicted … Continue reading

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Burning Day

It’s that time of year again, when you are nurturing a prairie. Time to burn it to the ground! We did it two years ago with high-priced expert help, and this year we bravely took it on all by ourselves. My … Continue reading

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Indoor Sunshine

Everyone is enjoying the return of the sunshine. Fionn and Beezee soaked it up in the living room while I perused the news on my laptop. They seem to be too comfortable to budge, but any small suspicious noise and … Continue reading

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Snowy, But Could Be Worse

My part of Michigan was supposed to be getting the most horrible snow storm on Super Bowl Sunday. We hunkered down and stayed home for the day, and it turned out that other parts of the state suffered much worse … Continue reading

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Unrepentant Criminal

I was so mad at Fionny this morning.  I had to step away from my breakfast for a moment, so I followed procedures: moved the dish to the middle of the table, pushed in my chair, and blocked the path … Continue reading

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Life Inside the Winter Coop

The freeze from the northwest keeps sweeping down on us and everything is at a standstill in southwestern Michigan.  I saw the coolest satellite photo today that shows how the “lake effect” snows develop.  Notice the outline of the great … Continue reading

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Sketching Light

I’m watching light and shadows more, now that I have had a little bit of art training.  I think I’ll try to sketch Fionn gazing out the winter window, nestled in a comfy chair. 

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The New Year, 2015

2015.  Doesn’t that number sound futuristic?  It’ll take some getting used to. So, it’s time to start assessing the past year, deciding what to improve, and setting plans for the new one.  When I look back, it seems like 2014 was fairly well … Continue reading

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