Summertime and The Livin’s Easy

“Oh we want to go outside!  Food Lady we wanna go outside!  Let us out!  We’re bored :(  Come on come on come on!!!”

(relents, as tired of dogs leaping at me)

“Yay!  Outside!  AT LAST!  Now we can lie in the shade of the trampoline and do nothing at all.”

Stupid dogs.  It’s too hot to do anything outside!  We tried to go for a walk and ended up with dogs folding into the shade of shrubbery everywhere.  Even the heat seeking missiles aka Italian Greyhounds lost the war with the sun.

Wootie just evaporated altogether.  Heat melts lard, you know.

I almost never see the Iggies panting … even when it’s hot, Ender likes to be under a fleece blankie and Addy insists on cozying up to a hairier dog.

If they’re going to make me go outside in this weather, I’m going to make them work for it!

Actually, I really don’t mind the sun and heat.  It doesn’t wear me down, it makes me jazzed to get stuff done.  So yesterday I busted out the weedwhacker and started taking down as much of the tall grasses around the lower pasture perimeter as I could, to give Mr. Coyote fewer places to hide.

I enthusiastically took down a huge stand of extra tall grass at the back fence and discovered this:

I think it’s a finch nest, as there was one egg in it also that looks finchy.

I am glad I didn’t take the whole nest down, but I feel pretty bad because I took down all the cover for the nest, which happens to be at dog-nose height.  This loosely translates to These Birds Will Be A Snack For TWooie In The Near Future.

He knows they are out there, somewhere.

I now spend all of our outdoor time jumping around and making monkey sounds and standing on my head, anything to keep TWooie from wandering over to the nest, which he is determined to do, because he can hear them cheeping and he really wants to find them.

Speaking of finding birds, my bantam hen … of whom I have seen neither hide nor ha-err, feather in a month or more, came strutting across the lawn this morning to partake of breakfast with the big chickens.  I have zero idea where she is living now.  She is worse than a stray cat.

And speaking of little birds that TWooie would like to eat, I snapped a photo of one of the peeps a hen hatched out – she has three of them peep-peeing around after her everywhere she goes, it’s super cute!

With my luck, all three will turn out to be roosters.

I picked up for Piper her FAVOURITEST TOY EVER at a thrift store and despite the heat, she was in her glory.

Wootie was NOT allowed to play with it until Piper was tired, because he popped the last one before Piper even made it off the front porch.  So by the time he finally had a go, he was maniacal, like a shark in a feeding frenzy.

It’s the most activity I’ve seen out of Wootie in ages.

Of course, he is almost 9 years old – hardly a puppy anymore.  And not everydog can be ageless, like 14 year old Tweed.

I’d like to enjoy his old age (as would he, I’m sure) without a kabillion extra dogs around the house.  So don’t forget that Alibi is still looking for a home of her own!

As Miss Piper gets older, Springaling is stepping up to the plate to take over Matriarchal duties more and more.  One of her duties, she feels, is to make Alibi’s life miserable whenever possible.  I guess two female terriers in the house is asking for trouble.  So Alibi has to find her own home, before Spring eats her for breakfast.  I think the only reason she hasn’t yet is because Spring is fundamentally a nice dog.

I will leave you with a guessing game … what do you suppose this puppy is?

She is about 5 weeks old; someone gave her to some random kid in a park.  She weighs about a lb at the moment.  Any ideas?


  1. Kelly B says:

    I don’t know about the breeds, but at that angle, with those ears, her name is Leia. Princess Leia.

  2. Great shot of Woo in the air with the ball, made me really laugh out loud! Hey nice tattoo, I could do that one. Tweed rocks as usual!

  3. There are 10 dogs on that trampoline! Impressive, to say the least. Yours is the blog I refer all my dog friends to. Keep it coming, please!!!

  4. Cavalier King Charles spaniel + Greater Swiss Mountain dog + Jack Russell + Princess Leia = mystery pupster

    Heck, I have no idea! What do you think?

  5. Wendy Marsh says:

    Could that little angel have some jack russell in her?
    Poor little waif! Please keep us posted about her!

  6. I’m going to guess cocker spaniel/rat terrier. The dogs look like they are having so much fun with the ball — more so than any humans ever do.

  7. Looks like a Parson Russell Terrier to me, maybe something mixed in? She’s a cutie though.

  8. Your dogs are so funny!! I love your blog. I found you a while ago when you posted about the “evil” malingator puppy you accidentally brought home!! :D

  9. “Heat melts lard, you know…” — snort

  10. riosmom says:

    The pup is that universal breed known as ‘very cute’. Love the picture of Woo and “Heat melts lard, you know…” I heart Woo in case you haven’t noticed.

  11. C & Eliot says:

    Not sure if this will reach you before Twooie has yet another terrible breakfast – but you *should* be able to place the whole finch/sparrow nest in a shallow Tupperware or basket and wire it higher in a tree or in better cover. As long as Momfinch can hear the chicks she will likely continue to care for them – and it might buy them a little more time! There is the slight chance that mom has already booked it (although she deserves a Darwin award for building a nose-level nest in Food Lady’s yard) but it might be worth trying.

  12. If heat melts lard, why is my butt still big? One of the great mysteries of the universe….

    I would guess Cavalier and toy fox terrier. Please name her Leia.

  13. My guess on the pup would be jack or parson russell, at least for part of her. Leia is the perfect name:)
    I’m also guessing that your bantam hen has got a nest of eggs hidden away somewhere, that she is trying to hatch. They are famous for doing that.

  14. Lorrian says:

    I LOVE the pic of Wootie and the ball! The way you captured them both in flight and in shadow is wonderful.

  15. Love the group photo on the trampoline! I’m in awe of how you get them to stay together ! did I miss something? is Gemma still with you, or have you placed her ? poor Mystery puppy, I wonder how many there were in the litter…. at least this ones got a great chance now, lucky girl, she does have the Leia hairdo though lol!

  16. What ever happened to Gemma??

  17. Silly hot dogs! Love the blog :) i too am curious about Gemma Beans…

  18. Aw, I’ve just named my Cavalier ‘Leah’ and yes, the same face, so cute!

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