Friday, October 31, 2014

Ghosts like toast


I would have thought the dogs would alert
To another presence in which to flirt
Nothing but silence as I left the room
No portent of dismay, nor omen of doom
All was right with my breakfast upon the desk
A simple warm up of the cuppa was my quick task
So upon return, it surprised me most
To make the discovery that ghosts like toast
                                                          -d.m.black-sword

I walk into the dining room to set my fresh cup o'joe on the table. Another glorious work-from-home day, of which I am one lucky chick to have, and I'm setting the scene for a productive morning.  

A cup of my very own special-brewed version of Cowboy Coffee, a slice of peanut butter toast and a peaceful aura emanating from the still sleeping dogs. Gonna be a good day, Scooter.

Well, I pass by two sleeping dogs. Jager is at the table and does a quick spin around when I return. He is obviously going through great effort to appear casual. If dogs could whistle, he'd be puckered up.

Um, I say. What's going on?

Happy Halloween from Miss Holly

donna black-sword

Happy Halloween, y'all.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: The devil you say

At seven months old, Holly's growth is more mental than physical at this point.

I may be handy with the camera, but it's a challenge to capture the essence of her gray matter maturing as it is. So now would be a good time to adjust the weekly Holly photos to a once-a-month kinda schedule.

And speaking of the Canon, I should have put that word handy in air quotes.

What is the number one rule of photographers? What? I don't know. I was hoping you did. Anyway, one of the big rules is ... watch your background.

Don't wait until you've uploaded your photos on the laptop before you notice there's a pumpkin stem growing from your puppy's head. Or that rogue propane tank that's messing with the mood of your fall scene.

Propane tanks are so summer.

And wait, what on dog's green earth is that in the window?  Son of a ... that's Cap'n Windy. How did she get on the porch when I had her decorating the living room in her Halloween getup.





Not everybody in this house [coff husband coff]appreciates the company of Cap'n Windy, I guess. Well, no matter. I brought her back in where she can be enjoyed by all.


What is this thing?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dealing with loss

Elsa
I know, I know. Things have been rather quiet around here on the dog blog. Nuthin’ but the song of crickets over the past week.

But you see, we've had a loss.

Unexpected and sudden as these things tend to go. One moment, you’re thinking about dinner plans … think we’ll oven fry some chicken breasts tonight … and then, everything changes.

It was an unreliable gate to the dog park that couldn't withstand the strength of a setter’s prey drive of a distraction. And then the driver that wasn't expecting a dog to cross his path.

And my Favorite Kid was faced with making the impossible decision that all who are Lovers of All Things Dog hope we never have to make.

The right thing to do is, too many times, the most difficult.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Curse You, Red Baron

Holly
Bring it, Red Baron
No really. Bring it. Food Lady wants pizza.

Micron! cries Holly. She runs into the kitchen where The Mighty is licking the last of the peanut butter from inside his Kong toy.

You'll never guess what I did today! says Holly. Never in a gazillion dog years! Guess!

Sounds like the odds are against me, says Micron. But whatever it was, I know it didn't involve a peanut butter Kong on the sofa. So there.

Ooh, peanut butter Kong, sighs Holly.

Yeah, says Micron.

Dang, says Holly. But listen to this! I got to fight the Red Baron today!

You fought a frozen pizza? asks Micron. Who won?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Put treat here


Let's save some time, says Holly. Just put the treats ... here.

And this is how you train the trainer, people.  Another weekly photo shoot and a pocket full of dog cookies.  Holly is learning to respond to Cookie! as well as she does her name.

We'll be weaning her from this expectation now. I mean, for goodness sake, the pup knows how to Sit and Stay.

And to look at the camera on cue. It's just that the cue is a dog cookie.

Holly can certainly work it for the camera with the proper motivation. Here she is in a Nice Sit/Stay, all alert with ears perked.


Because I'm making wolf howl-y noises to keep her attention. You just gotta go with what works in this gig.

By the way, check out last week's photo to see our nearly leaf free backyard. Thanks to the sycamore, with leaves as large as dinner plates, we get to witness the very act of season falling upon us.
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