Thursday, November 30, 2006

Family Fun

We love when our kids visit, and that includes are niece and nephews. They are just like our own kids and we love them very much. Snickers feels the same way. My nephew was waiting in our driveway to visit and have dinner when we got home from work. We all went into the house together. My nephew went into the family room and so Snickers didn't see him when she came running downstairs from her kennel. I let Snickers out right away and had a hard time getting her to do her business. She had picked up on my nephew's scent and all she wanted to do was play with her new human visitor. I had to chase her back out to "go potty"! Finally, she finished her job and so I let her back in to play. We all had dinner together. Even though Snickers begs for table food, she is restricted to her dog food and a few treats. Here she is trying to beg and the two men playing with her. Can you feel the love?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Dog Treats

One of Wisconsin's treasures is the wonderful frozen custard. It is different than what is thought of as custard in other parts of the states or the world. It is similar to ice cream, made with fresh cream and sugar. Other ingredients are added to give various flavors or treats. My favorite is plain vanilla ice cream drowning in fresh berries. Yummy! Snickers likes to lick the bowl when we are done.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


We have discovered Sudoku puzzles. I purchased a wooden set with tiles. I thought that would be a good idea. Guess who else thinks wooden tiles are a good idea? I need to keep a close watch on Snickers so she doesn't steal my tiles. She thinks it would be more fun to run away with them and destroy them!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Toy Babies

Snickers has bonded with her stuffed animals and often treats them as though they are her little babies. She takes them out to go potty, she takes them to the food dish, and she takes them to bed with her at night. She doesn't always run around with them, but she always seems to know where they are. Her little rituals are so fun to watch. When we get home from work, after she and her baby go out, they come and get their tummy rub, then it's time for play. Snickers gives those toys a good shaking to wake them up, then bites on the squeeze noisemaker inside. Now that she knows it is awake, she can go about her business bossing us around.

Sunday, November 26, 2006


Snickers has been sleeping quite a bit since her exciting Thanksgiving day. She is keeping her "babies" around her, even bringing them to us and dropping them at our feet, then she will hold her current favorite in her mouth and jump into our laps for a nap. At night, she has quiet howls and rapid foot movement. Isn't it interesting how change affects our pets?

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Tails of Woe

Snickers and Ralphie at Thanksgiving

Mom, please don't make me be nice to him!

Friday, November 24, 2006


Snickers didn't like the dachshund, Ralphie. Ralphie is a young male that has not been neutered. He is a beautiful dog with a sweet personality and a lovely shiny coat. But, he had one thing on his mind and that was playing "caboose" with Snickers. She knew right from the start what he was after and let him know that she wasn't happy about it. By the end of the day, she couldn't wait to jump in my arms to rest. A girl works hard trying to keep her reputation intact!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bad news. While I was making my Caramel Apple Pie for Thanksgiving dinner, I spilled caramel sauce all over Snickers back! OOPS...... Now Snickers needs a bath. It's not fair for Snickers. The sauce is where she can't lick it off and she just had a bath a couple days ago. She hears Bob downstairs putting warm water in the laundry tub and tries to hide beneath my legs. Too bad, so sad! Her fur is soooo sticky.
So down to the laundry tub we go. I went upstairs to get my camera and when I got downstairs Snickers was already in the laundry tub getting soaped up. As soon as she saw me she growled at me as if to say, "See what you caused?"
Well, the water was nice and warm and just as Snickers hit the floor, she shook herself to remove the water. Once Bob caught her he toweled her off and it was as if the fast switch was pushed. She ran from one room to another at break neck speed, stopping on a dime and spinning and running the next way.
Hope the dachshund we see today won't think he can pick on Snickers because of how sweet she smells. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Home From the Hunt

Bob returned home from deer hunting today. Snickers has been running around the house like a little lost soul with him gone. She kept looking for him in all the dark corners and at night insisted on sleeping on top of me.
Hooray, today he's home! The group of guys got two deer. One large doe and one four point buck. Wisconsin is working toward keeping the deer herd under control. This year the guys were able to buy extra permits in our area.
Tonight, I will get to sleep without playing mattress for Snickers.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Wisconsin Forest

Here is a wonderful site that talks about Wisconsin forests and the influence of people on the land. Forest is actually increasing in the state thanks to mother nature herself. There are some places, including our property in northern Wisconsin where you are able to identify a plant over because of the tidy rows of trees. Here is a picture Snickers and I took on our walk. Don't we have beautiful blue skies and green trees during our winter months? I'm looking forward to the fresh snow "frosting".

Monday, November 20, 2006

No Butt Sitting Allowed!

We are really lucky. We have so many parks nearby that Snickers and I can keep walking as long as we want. I just read that if you walk 10,000 steps a day that you will be able to easily make your ideal weight. I put a podometer on myself early in the day and went about my daily routine. It didn't take long to realize that there is no way in God's green earth that I would reach 10,000 footsteps a day staying at home. Snickers and I went out to the park and did a couple walks around. An hour later, we were up to 2500 steps. Oh my! It is now very clear to me that if you want to reach that goal, there will be NO BUTT SITTING! Unfortunately, I butt sit for a living. So, besides the daily walks for Snickers, we are going to have to invest in some sort of exercise equipment in order to get into shape.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

My Constant Companion

When I am home, Snickers is always by my side. When I work on the computer, she sits in my lap or lays in the sun by my side. Last night, when I woke in the middle of the night, I went into the family room to watch TV. She woke up to find me gone, and came running down the stairs to search for me. Once she found me, she jumped into my lap and curled back up to go to sleep, content in knowing that she had found me and all was well.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Pet Toys

I knew that Snickers needed some new toys to keep her interested when I caught her chewing up a new spool of quilting thread I brought home. Fortunately, I caught her within a minute of her "attack" so she didn't have time to swallow any thread. That could have been a disaster!
I looked around and pulled together some of her toys. This Barbie airplane was one of her first toys. She has long since killed this one and gutted it, even going so far as to turn it inside out. I discarded this toy, and several that were in a similar condition.
Snickers and I went on a run to the Pet Store. Everyone was very helpful. I think that they felt sorry for this little three legged dog. She showed them. Snickers was jumping and playing and pulling on her leash just so she could show everyone how strong she was. We found an airplane toy and an octopus toy, both in a pretty lime green. The clerks all commented on how strong Snickers was. We couldn't wait to get home to try out those new toys!

Friday, November 17, 2006


Grooming is important for pets just as it is for people. My little terrier is quite good at shedding her fur. She requires frequent combing to remove the loose undercoat. This isn't her favorite activity. She much prefers a good game of catch!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Quilted Family Heirloom

My mother-in-law (age 94) gave me this quilt top when she realized that I loved hand made quilts. This was made by my husband's grandmother who passed away before she was able to quilt it. I completed the quilt using buttons to quilt the top to the back. It is a wonderful memory for my husband. He is able to remember his grandmother and think of me whenever he looks at this quilt. Many of the fabrics were used in his grandfather's shirts, his grandmother's dresses and his mother's aprons. This wouldn't be a good quilt for a very young child because of the buttons used for quilting, but it makes a really good finish for this antique top.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Early Sunsets

The oncoming winter and loss of "Daylight Savings Time" bring early nightfall. We need to rush to get Snickers ready for the evening (late afternoon) walk.

We have had some rain, so there are some wet ditches.

The sun is low in the sky this time of year and it makes for some spectacular sunsets.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


It is important to keep your dog socialized. A dog that remains in the house might become fearful or overprotective of its owners. Snickers will be more of a house dog because of her amputation, but we will continue to keep her socialized. She is best friends with the Golden Retriever next door and always watches for him so they can play together. I have a dog because my brother loved his new pet so much, it convinced me that we couldn't live without one. Here is a picture of Snickers with Toby. They sure had a lot of fun playing together. It is funny that when Snickers is around bigger dogs, she has to be the boss. But when there are other dogs her size around, she tends to let them do a little of the bossing. Aren't they cute?

Monday, November 13, 2006

Tummy Rubs

Snickers needs are often very simple, but are very, very important. One of the most important needs is to have a tummy rub as soon as we get home from work. Everything else in the world stops, and nothing else can happen until Snickers gets a "Glad to be home" tummy rub. Once that happens, life is good and everything is as it should be.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Life's Measure

Congratulations to Gerald Ford who today became the oldest living former President. He is known to have said, "The length of one's days matters less than the love of one's family and friends."

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Balance Is Everything

When I watch Snickers, I am reminded that even though she is very much a typical dog, she is not a usual dog. Snickers has made adjustments to compensate for the loss of a leg and we will need to intervene to help her to compensate. Snickers will jump and beg whenever she gets the chance or thinks she has a soft target around (Grandma) that might give her food. Her remaining hind leg is unbelievably strong. But, because we live in the North, we will need to move her bathroom facilities to another entrance so she doesn't need to walk across the icy deck. We don't want to risk a slip and fall that might damage another leg. When she squats or bends, she uses the front legs in different ways, and actually seems to place them in a tripod position in order to support her body. Other than her physical adjustments, she doesn't behave any differently than other dogs her age. She lives to play and to have her humans pet her.

Friday, November 10, 2006


We have had an honest to goodness Bigfoot sighting in the area. Most people are very skeptical, some think it must have been a bear. The man that saw it was collecting roadkill carcasses. He said that he put a carcass in his pickup and all of a sudden the truck began to shake. The creature was furry and over seven feet tall. He swears it was not a bear.
To top it off, we had very unusual weather today, Thundersnow. This is quite rare and really is quite spooky. Lightening and thunder in the middle of a snowstorm with hail and rain is not the type of weather you might expect.
Snickers was nervous, and so was I. We don't like lightening (mostly me). Snickers was busy protecting me and her babies from whatever was trying to break in. Can you see our very own Bigfoot hiding on a shelf?

Thursday, November 09, 2006


Dandelions are only weeds if you think so. They are also a vegetable that can be eaten raw or fried. The flower makes a beautiful bouquet, especially for a youngster bringing the flowers to his favorite mom. The fluffy seed head is wonderful for making a wish, blowing it into the wind, then waiting to see if it comes true. Have you ever had old fashioned dandelion wine? This is a pretty little, pesky wildflower that is one of the last to give up in the fall and one of the first you see in the spring. Just have a minute to check out the dandelion, before Snickers needs to try to catch that tail!