Category Archives: Dog

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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The Easy Life

Yesterday was a stay-at-home day with me battling the Christmas tree and my husband baking his annual mound of delicious little pumpkin breads to give away to friends.  The dogs laid around cozily enjoying being in the bosom of the family … Continue reading

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Chicken Sport

Beezee just loves those chickens.  When I walk out to visit the chickens a couple times a day, Beezee thunders by me at the speed of light, (or at least the blur of white fur), drooling with anticipation of the hunt.  As she … Continue reading

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Bath Day

Beezee and Fionn were getting gray and stringy or matted, respectively, and it called for a good washing.  They hate having it done, but once it is over they are thrilled with their fluffy, sweet smelling locks and cannot contain their … Continue reading

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Joining the Pack

We are the happy grandparents… of a new dog in the family!  Our daughter has adopted an adorable little mutt named Addie, and after just her first week we got the opportunity to babysit down at the farm.  Addie has … Continue reading

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Chicken Nipples

Silly name, but we really do have a working mechanism now that provides four “nipples” from which our flock can get water on demand.  The good thing about it is that I only have to fill the water bucket every … Continue reading

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My Pretty Dogs

My husband was working in the garden and looked up to see the dogs posing so charmingly.  Aren’t we lucky to have cell phones with cameras for moments like this? Fionny was anxious to go out and play while we … Continue reading

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Spring Haircut

I put this off as long as I could, but with the warmer weather the time had come for Fionn to get his winter coat trimmed.  It had gotten so long and thick it just begged for hugs.  Wheaten Terriers … Continue reading

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Summer Fionn, Winter Fionn

I’m looking for something to do, now that my mother is no longer living here and requiring so much of my attention.  I had set aside my needle-felting supplies after filling a large order of felted dogs and finding it … Continue reading

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