Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wild Thursday - Woodpecker Work

We have a lot of woodpeckers around. The dogs and I often hear them on our morning walks. We also see them around a lot. Lee and I were out exploring the yard, as the snow that was left was not deep and found some handy work at the base of a dead tree. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Trouble Tuesday - Dramatic Re-enactment

The following took place a few weeks ago. The Man was working at home as he had just had his staples removed and was still recovering from surgery. 

The players:

The bird will be played by chicken

The Man will be played by Lady

Hailey will play herself.

The scene:

Hailey kindly alerted the Man that there was something in the chimney. The Man could hear it but could not see it. He placed some food and water in to encourage it to fly down to the base of the chimney.

A while later, the bird flew down into the fireplace. The Man blocked off the top of the stairs so the dogs could not go down. He opened the patio door that is downstairs. He opened the fireplace. The bird did not fly out the open patio. The bird flies upstairs as our house is open concept.

You can see the fireplace to the left, the bird flew from the downstairs up to the dining area

The Man raced upstairs to find Hailey holding the bird in her mouth. 

The Man yelled 'drop it' but that was not happening so the Man opened Hailey's mouth and took the bird out.

The bird appeared injured, but he carried it outside and it flew away. 

The Man called the Lady at work and was like '#@%&*' and the Lady, in her loving and supportive way, laughed so hard she cried. She was laughing so hard, people came to make sure she was ok. 

The next day, when another bird (or maybe the same bird) showed up in the fireplace, the Man locked the dogs in the bathroom where the bird could not get, opened the downstairs and upstairs patio doors and after a few attempts the bird found the open upstairs patio door and left. The Man learned from his first experience (which is not the first time we have had a bird in the chimney. It seems to happen about once a year!)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Training Thursday - Coach Phod

If I put my ball just here . . . .

blurry as this happened mid-workout and Lady was likely dying

you won't be able to do that weird thing you were doing (how you can climb a mountain on the floor is beyond me)

and you can play a much more fun game of move the Precious with me!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

In the cage

Lady laughed over Easter because when Emma was not in the crate Miss Bug would go into it. She laughed because Miss Bug arrived at her home crate trained and in the first month or so destroyed two crates.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Funny Friday - Feed Me

Our Easter company dog, Tendra (the last 3 letters of Lady and her sister's names) is on very tight schedule. She starts to get antsy about 30 minutes before meal times. She eats at 8 and 5 (we still ate at our after we got up and 6:30). Tendra is very loud about waiting. She can bark a lot. Tendra also has been trained to pick up her dish and give it to her people when she is done for a cookie. She uses a slow bowl. (We keep our bowls in our eating places except when they take a trip in the dishwasher).

One night when she was visiting, Tendra's barking was not getting her what she wanted, so she went over to Lee's bowl, grabbed it and threw it! It made all the people laugh, but Tenny didn't get her dinner any sooner!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thankful Thursday - by Phod

 Dear Pals,

I am thankful for my Big Guy (aka Lady's Dad). He gives me lots of pets. When he was visiting over Easter he was a little under the weather so he spent a lot of time in the chair. He was easy to guard.

I am also thankful for my Grandma. Lady didn't capture a picture of us (she only took a few pictures all weekend - fail to her) but my Grandma calls me handsome boy and says I am the best boy. She admits she thought Lady had really lost it when she said she was bringing a Shepherd into her life, but she says I am perfect.

I am thankful they got to celebrate my birthday with me and that I got to be part of such a loving family.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Resting Tuesday!

Thank you all for the birthday wishes on Sunday. I greatly appreciated it. 

I am very exhausted from having company on the weekend and celebrating my birthday. I will just be resting in the sun.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Mischief Monday - Emma Edition

Lady's parents and their dog Tendra came to visit for Easter weekend.

Hailey, Phod and Tendra all get along. Emma had never met Tendra.

Emma decided she did not like Tendra and tried several times to attack poor Tendra (who was just minding her business across the room). Therefore, to keep everyone safe (as Tendra is a 90 lbs Lab and Emma is a 15 lbs Terrier - emphasis on Terror part), we kept them separate all weekend.

Lady moved the crate upstairs and Emma was in it, or in the bedroom resting with the Man (who is still recovering). She got to partake in all the treats and was taken outside multiple times a day too. She didn't love it, but she was safe and it was more relaxing for everyone.

At one point, when Emma was being put back into the crate, Hailey insisted on going in with her and the two spend at least an hour and a half together (napping at times). It was very sweet!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy 7th Birthday Handsome Phod!

Today is a special day, a special day for Phody, so Phody dance and Phody sing, a birthday is a special thing! Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday Phody!

We actually don't know when Phod's birthday is, but today is the day we celebrate it. It is Phod's Auntie K's birthday (the reason we picked today for his). It is also a special day for Murphy and Stanley's Dad.  Happy Birthday dear friends!

Phod had some fun celebrating!


The official birthday portrait. 

Less pictures, more playing!

Phod also got some special messages from friends.

From across the pond Princess Leah sent Phod a wonderful card.

 Our favourite feline, the Marvellous Madi, made this e-card.

Thank you Ladies!

To our dear sweet boy, you bring so much joy and love to our house. It wouldn't be the same without you. Happy, happy birthday!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy Easter!

Today we are sharing our Easter torture pictures. You will note Cousin Emma escaped this torture because she was not playing nicely with others and needed some alone time. (If the rest of us had know that was an option, things may be different!). We share these today because tomorrow is a very special day, so please pop by.

Here we are:

The first victim willing participant is Grandma and the Big Guy's dog Tendra. She got to be a duck, because Grandma has a duck bathroom. 

Next pup who hates her life is so thrilled for the opportunity is Hailey Bug. 

Last, but not least is Handsome Phod!

For those who celebrate, Happy Easter! For those who celebrate, Happy Passover. For those who don't celebrate anything, happy weekend! 

Friday, March 30, 2018

FFF - A Poem by Lee

It is Final Fiction Friday hosted by the lovely Yamini. Make sure to pop by her blog for the rules.

This month's entry is taken from a book randomly selected from my bookcase. Timothy Findley's Dust to Dust.

Phrases on the lines:
blue beyond the trees
no quite all the way to spring
all morning and all afternoon

They seem very appropriate for the weather we are having here in early spring!

Here is Lee's poem using words from the book.

On the deck I do stand,
surveying all my wonderful land.
In the tree what do I spy?
A cheeky, squeaky little guy,
who sits out there all morning and afternoon,
if I am lucky he will be my lunch soon.
But the railing blocks my way,
he is safe for another day!
Watch out Red John here I come,
There will be nothing left, not even a crumb!

Can you spot Red John the Squirrel?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Taking Good Care of The Man

Dear Blogville,

My Man came home the other day smelling very funny. He smelt a bit like the Vet. I felt bad for him. The Lady smelt like the vet too, but she seemed fine. My Man did not seem so fine. I was very worried about him. I have made it my job to guard him. I guard him in bed. One of the best ways to guard him is to cuddle him. I am sure my cuddles are helping him feel better. 

Sorry we haven't been around this week, but we have been busying helping the Man feel better. 

Zaphod aka Suck-a-bear

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Thank You and an Update

The Man October 2017
Thank you all for all your POTP. The Man's surgery went very well. The surgeon was very happy how it went and the Man was happy because they gave him really good drugs  it was over. He will spend the next few days resting in bed.

In a comment yesterday, someone suggest take out. In another life, one where the Lady could eat gluten and soy and not get really, really sick, and where we lived close to anything (we are so far out there is no take out - it would be about a 45 minute drive to anywhere the would do takeout), that would be an option. Instead we have a list of things Lady is willing and able to cook. She makes really great nachos and grilled cheese. On a good day she can scramble an egg. She makes vegetarian soups and chilis but the Man doesn't like that sort of thing. They are going to be fine. The Lady has stocked the house with things she can cook and her mom will be here on Friday and will likely take pity on her (and sigh because she really did try to raise her better) and keep everyone fed.

As of the writing of this, the Man had given the Lady an A+ for her nursing skills. But she had only driven him home (going through a drive thru of a fave place as he was starving - it was like the Lady's 5th time ever going through - she is a go in person), gotten his drugs (trying to do this when the person at the pharmacy's English was only slightly better than the Lady's French was amusing), and given him drugs. Her goal is to be like grad stats (why art students needed a graduate level statistics course is beyond her), she needs a B- to pass:). We will see if she can keep that up.

Thanks again for you POTP, it is much appreciated!

Monday, March 26, 2018

POTP For The Man Please

Our Man helping us to pose for our fall photoshop, October 2017

Today the Man is having surgery to remove a lipoma (a benign tumour made of fat) from his thigh. We know his surgery will go well, it is the recover that will be a problem. See the Lady will be responsible for this. The Lady is good and talented at many things and has the patience for sick dogs and children, but nursing adults is not in a strength (and that is putting it nicely). So Man needs POTP that he heals quickly and can escape her nursing and her cooking. (Did we mention the Man keeps the peeps fed. Lady can cook enough she can keep herself alive, and what she can cook is not the Man's favourite. The Man is also a wonderful cook so the peeps are use to fancy dining).

If you could please send some POTP his way, we would greatly appreciate it.

The good news is that for the rest of the week the Man will be resting in bed, and the Lady will be working from home so she can try really hard not to smoother the Man do an excellent job nursing. Then on Friday, Lady's parents and their dog Tendra are arriving for Easter. It is going to be a crazy time. The Man recovering, our Big Guy with his limitation from his illness in 2016, Grandma, and 4 dogs. Lady says it is a good thing she will be able to drink! 

We will let you know how it goes tomorrow.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Feline Friday - Another Visit to the Feline Cafe

Spent time last Saturday with a friend at the Feline Cafe. It was super busy and we had to wait to go in and we only got to be int he cat room for our 40 minutes.  The cats were all very sleepy during our visit. Here are a few who are waiting for their forever homes. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Out The Office Window

For Christmas I asked for a bird feeder. I got one and we have hung it under our deck, outside my office window (our house is a bungalow with a walk out basement and my office is in the basement). I haven't been able to capture awesome pictures from it (I never have my camera in my office) but have gotten a few on my phone. [Quality issues are due to my phone and the fact I really need to wash my window]. I wanted to share a little of the action that is distracting me (in a good way) from work.

A Red John (red squirrel

The deer we call Bucky as we think it is male (as he is always alone and the females are not alone at this time of year)

So many blue jays, I have seen as many as 12 at a time (Red John is also in this picture)

Some wild turkeys

We also get nuthatches (which I had to Google to figure out what they are), chickadees, woodpeckers, and some sort of sparrow. Somedays the ravens come by too. We see small creature footprints in the snow under it (probably mice, we have caught 4 in the house this month). It is a very happening place and I love the distraction!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tasty Tuesday - Sunday Morning Treats

First, happy first day of spring! It sure hasn't felt like spring here. We got 20 cm/8 inches of snow last week and the temperature was very cold on the weekend (-15C/5F - Ottawas was the coldest capital in the world for 2 days at least). We look forward spring coming.

In the mean time, this is what Sunday mornings look like in our house (Lady took this picture on her phone sitting at the island).

Why are we sitting so intently? Sunday morning is pancake morning in our house, and we have Man well trained. He makes us a pancake to share, and puts it in our bowl. We wait patiently.

Can you blame us?