Thursday, May 28, 2009

First Home Bath (DOT)

Well, my first attempt at a bath for MaggieMae ended up fine except for me having to clean the bathroom walls with a dry towel. And I hadn't thot she shed much... but the walls were covered with loose hair along with the water drops! The hardest part was bending over the bathtub. She didn't like it much but she was very tolerant. When I let her outside to dry (after the toweling) she got a good run in... She was ready to take on any and every little critter in the back yard! "Look out, Maggie's feeling frisky!"
She even had to show off to the neighbor dog!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Happy DOT to All You "Hunting Dogs"

Sometimes now I feel bad for MaggieMae. She seems to have put the squirrels on notice, and when I let her out in the mornings, she runs and bounds out to chase them away, and alas, there is nothing there! Occasionally I see her looking up a tree. I guess they have gotten wise to her at last. She so enjoyed the chase and now looks kind of dejected when there is none. I am glad to not have the little tree rats in my yard as much, but I hate to see her with no "game".

Yesterday we did have a bit of a surprise on our walk. I took her back a path we'd taken frequently in the late winter and early spring, before the green grass and foliage took over. Suddenly something large sprung from the thickets and bounded away... it was a deer. She sure thought the chase was on and I had to hang on with all my strength, and turn her back the way we'd come. She would have chased it to Lord knows where if she'd not been on the leash! She sure has a strong hunting instinct, whatever her mix is! So now she sits and watches the little critters on the "other side" of the fence. This time it was a rabbit in the neighbor's yard.

Well, as I was writing this I heard her barking outside. I went to see what got her attention, and it was a cat in the field behind us. At first I thought it was a groundhog (they have burrows there) until I saw it run away. Perhaps my sympathy for her is a little misplaced, she can still find occasions to get excited over a "possible" hunt!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Squirrel Chaser (DOT)

Short post today. Have to run out for an oil change in Angel (my minivan). What? You don't name your cars? I didn't used to either till my boss told me she named hers, and started naming mine for me. But this one is my idea..... it's a white van.

Anyway, here you see a picture of MaggieMae's favorite past time in the back yard... treeing squirrels! I am not sure what she would do if she were ever to catch one! I hope I never have to find out. She's thankfully just a little to slow for them to be caught. But I have to give her an A for effort!! She does keep them on the run when she's out there.

She gave me a bit of a scare the other day. I had let her out, and went to check on her later and she was not in the back yard. She'd found an opening (behind the lattice you see in the picture) and got out. When I called her she was standing behind the fence in the side yard, looking at me like, "Why are you in there and I'm out here?" Needless to say I tied the lattice up to the post so she can't escape again. The entire field behind me is supposed to be fenced in by the people who own the kennel back there this year. I hope they get on it soon.

Happy DOT to all you puppies out there!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

One Crazy Week and Happy Dogs on Thursday

It has been one very crazy week. I have been doing major spring cleaning. Partly because my daughter is going to have a garage sale (and I'm donating things I haven't looked at for years!), and partly because I have a bible study group coming here this weekend. Needless to say, I am very happy with the clean look, after a long winter... and more space after weeding things out.

However my cleaning did wait till after the weekend because I had my 4 grand-daughters spending the night last friday night. It was a three ring circus with them here and MaggieMae spotting rabbits out the front window who had no remorse about teasing the dickens out of her. She ran from window to door and back and forth most of the evening, whining the whole time. Saturday the girls were playing in the back yard (after a raucus evening the night before) and one informed me I had a pile of dog poop to clean up. As I was going to do that she also informed me the 3 yr. old had stepped in it! After cleaning that up and cleaning the bottom of her shoes with the garden hose, this same one who'd been my informer slipped in the mud soiling her shoes and feet! So then I had to hose her shoes off, and they were soaked, meaning she had to go home in bare feet. I then came in the house to find the 3 yr. old crying because the other had used "her" wet wipes to clean her feet. The next thing I knew they were headed outside again, and the 3 yr. old had pullups and wetwipes in her arms. They were hers and no one was getting them!!!! But I did manage to wrestle them away from her and keep them in the house. We then had pizza for lunch (after me being a short order cook the night before). By that time I was ready for parental pickups. I was telling my older daughter (on the phone as her and her dh were on their way to pick up the oldest grand-daughter) about all the happenings and she kindly asked me if I'd like them to bring me a cup of coffee from Tim Hortons. I immediately told her how I like it!

A couple of other crazy things this week was some unexpected chuckles from MaggieMae. The first was when I threw a rotting apple toward the fence in the back of my yard where I have flowers that come back every year. I usually deposit organic stuff there rather than throw it away. Knowing she likes apples, I told her to leave it alone. I came in the house and watched out the door to see what she would do. She did go pick it up and I thought she would then eat it. No, she had other ideas. She took it around the one side of the yard, and went near a lilac bush where there was lots of leaves from last year. She proceeded to dig a hole and bury it, then covered it with the dirt and leaves with her nose! I was standing and watching all this and laughing my head off! I'd never seen a dog (or even heard of one) burying an apple!

Another crazy thing that happened was when I was out filling my finch feeder (along the fence again) one evening, and looked down and saw a mouse foraging a few feet away. So I called MaggieMae over and when she went after it, and where did that little sucker go? Right toward my feet!!! I can tell you I was doing a jig!!! Yuck!! She never did get it but I got out of there right quick! I never did see where it went because it was dusk and I was just hoping it had not gone up my pantleg! (Thankfully it did not!)

One more thing that made me laugh (although not at first) this week that MaggieMae did was to dig near my burn barrel. I think she was after a mouse (hopefully the one that had me dancing) but as she dug, she covered a spot of flowers (cheddar pinks) that I had nearby! So I had to go out and rake the dirt off them, and back into the hole she dug. (I was warned by her previous owner about her propensity to dig.) I did give her a stearn talking to... but dogs and kids seem to have a mind of their own, so I imagine it went in one ear and out the other. Time will tell.

To top it off, I broke a storm window I was cleaning in my kitchen (but have all summer to get it fixed), and yesterday I was refilling my regular bird feeder, and the top came off the container I was pouring it from so the squirrels will have easy feed on the ground, and of course I will let MaggieMae out to chase them from the yard when I see them feasting on it! She loves the chase!

Maybe now things will "calm down"? Oh yeh, I am babysitting 3 grand-daughters tonight... but at their house! So much easier! (But I still love them to no end!)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

I Just Love Spring Flowers

Stopped by Walmart today to pick up a few paper products and decided to visit the plant department. I got one perennial to plant and three annuals. The perennial is Red Bellis, and the annuals are two different types of purple dahlias, and then I got one beautiful pink Gerber Daisy. Oh so pretty! Still have to make my annual trip for annuals for my deck to a place I usually buy at. Hopefully soon, before they are all gone! Oh, and Maggie did sniff the daisy, but didn't eat it!