Sunday, February 25, 2007

Snickers Can't Find a Place to Pee

We just got our second blizzard of the season. It is still snowing outside, but it rained earlier in the day. It sure made the snow we got last night wet and heavy and sloppy. The deck was covered with snow and there was no path for Snickers to get out onto the lawn to go potty. She made do by finding a spot on the deck. That worked until dad got out there to shovel a trail for Snickers.
There are lots of bunnies hopping around looking for food. I think they are hiding under the deck to protect themselves from the snow and wind. Snickers is finding the bunny poop and bunny tracks and following the trail. Good thing for the bunnies that the snow is too deep for our three legged Snickers. I think she would be a very good hunter.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Elephant Baby

Snickers has a new Elephant. She still plays with the unstuffed baby elephant and carries it around the house. I thought she would enjoy a new stuffed elephant and thought that she treat is a a new baby.
Was I ever wrong. She pounced on this new toy and shook it until she felt it was dead. Then she started tearing pieces off. I had to take this one away because she was so aggressive at tearing it apart, that I was afraid she would choke on pieces. Back to the unstuffed baby elephant for Snickers!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Melting Snow

Snickers is enjoying the warm weather today. As the snow melts, it forms a crust. Every bunny print and twig and turd is catching the focus of the sun and melting holes through the snow.

All the snow melt spots give Snickers a chance to hunt mice and ground squirrels. We're back in business!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Snickers Loves Yellowstone

Here is another link to an article speaking of Roosevelt's contribution to Yellowstone. It is interesting to note that his experiences and friendships developed as a young man strongly influenced his decisions later in life. Although he was considered an environmentalist, he didn't have many of the tools available to him that we have today. Many of his decisions were necessarily based on personal experience and the word of the experts of the day. He is an example of having a vision for the future, setting a goal, and working toward the reality of the goal. We all can work to help conserve and protect, no matter how young or old. Go here to to view the "Old Faithful" webcam.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Snickers and President's Day

my pimped pic!
When I was growing up, we celebrated Washington's Birthday, Lincoln's Birthday and there was talk of celebrating other President's birthdays. Finally, it was decided that we should celebrate all the President's birthdays on a single day, President's Day. Snicker's is going to Honor President Roosevelt this year. She even dressed up in costume for the occasion. President Roosevelt loved the outdoors. He is responsible for setting aside the National Parkland that makes up Yellowstone Park. When you visit the park, as you enter the northern gate, you will cross through the Roosevelt archway marking his contribution. I have added a link to the National Parkservice so you can visit this extraordinary park. We were lucky enough to visit this park two years ago and I count this as one of the highlights of my life.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine Birthday Adoption Day

Snickers has a new love. (Sorry Boo)! Ben Benjamin is wonderful. What a guy, sending pink roses and babies breath to Snickers! You have won her over.

Snickers received so many thoughtful good wishes from her puppy friends. We celebrated two years with Snickers by having a wonderful salad and fresh ham chunks. Yum Yum.

Snickers loves salad, but you can see what she likes best. The ham is the first to go.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!! May all your dreams come true.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Snickers Gets Snowed In

Brrrrr...... Enough already! We're just glad we're on the west side of the Great Lakes instead of the East side. Here we are getting "inches" of snow and there they are getting "feet" of snow.

Snickers is pretty mad at me for making her wear this jacket. She likes to think she is the boss and tougher than anybody else. She's really not. She ran and hid behind the couch when she saw me pull out this penguin suit. I think she looks cute in it.

Good thing the snow was light and fluffy. We are on our third day of it and we expect to wake up to more shoveling in the morning. I had to bribe Snickers with a shot and a beer to get her to go out and help shovel.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Happiness is a New Bone

There's nothing like a warm quilt and a new bone after a cold winter walk.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Parakeet Teasing Rat Terrier

    Buddy loves to do tricks. One of her favorite games is to sit on the bow of my glasses, then I take them off and swing her. She will sit and swing until she is bored.

    Then she drops herself and hangs upside down and chatters at Snickers. I think Snickers would love to catch her and eat her.

    Look at Snickers watching Buddy play on the table. Sometimes I wonder who is watching who?

    Tuesday, February 06, 2007

    Parakeet Dream Catcher

    Snickers is part Cherokee. Not really, but I am. Buddy is my second parakeet. She is a female and doesn't talk very much, but loves to snuggle. My first parakeet was a male and he spoke over 35 words. Once I was having a meeting at my house with a volunteer group. Hank wouldn't stop talking, he was so excited to have all the company. Finally, one lady leaned over to shush him. Hank walked over to her side of his cage and said, "Hey Baby. How about a kiss." That bird was the talk of the town! I had saved Hanks tail feathers as he dropped them over the years. When he died, my sister made a beautiful dream catcher out of his feathers. I have it hanging in my office. It reminds me what a wonderful sister I have and what a special gift Hank was to me.

    Sunday, February 04, 2007

    Bird Watching

    What's a girl to do when it's 8 below with a -22 degree wind chill? Hmmm... How about bird watching?

    Well, maybe bird hunting??

    Okay, maybe we can be friends.

    Better yet, how about dinner?

    I'll catch you tomorrow. Time for my nap.

    Saturday, February 03, 2007

    Too Cold for a Walk

    Today is a good day for staying inside,curled up in the master's lap with the new baby. Yep, Snickers is taking good care of her new toy, but still has the remains of the baby elephant. I think I will add new stuffing and give it back to her. She had it for so long and took such good care of it, it will be fun to see what happens with the elephant now that she has adopted a new baby. It is only 1 degree outside today and we expect 10 below zero tonight. That's weather you need to plan for. All the beer and brandy has gone into the basement from the garage. All the cupboard doors that have plumbing have been opened to the house to keep the pipes from freezing. Snickers needs to wear her coat when she steps outside and even she is leaving her baby at the door and not taking her out. If we need to go out, the cell phone rides along so help can be summoned if needed.

    Friday, February 02, 2007

    Brrrr, Cold Dogs

    You can't call us "hot dogs" now! It's only 1 degree outside and it's going to get even colder this weekend. The snow that is out side is just crackling. Snickers runs outside, does her business, turns and looks surprised at what she's done, sniffs, and runs back inside. No barking for Harley, or chasing rabbits for this little terrier. Let's get back inside and curl up on Master's lap.