At least for the time being. I have been blogging here since 2008, it has been a fun place to share photos and adventures of my Standard Schnauzers and the rest of my menagerie. It does seem that my blogging has puttered out, so I will say goodbye to the blog and concentrate my effort elsewhere. I will leave it up on the web for now, I think there is probably some actual posts of interest on Schnauzer ownership, training, feeding and grooming along with lots of pretty schnauzer photos :-)
You can always find me over on my Dinsdale Standard Schnauzer Facebook page HERE
Or on our Dinsdale Website HERE
Monday, 11 August 2014
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Friday, 18 July 2014
Monday, 14 July 2014
So, plans are in order now to breed the two in December (we obviously know they are not opposed to the idea) as originally planned when Hazel is next in season, which would mean pups would be ready Spring 2015 for their new homes.
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Friday, 4 July 2014
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Monday, 30 June 2014
Thursday, 26 June 2014
Please note they are doing the stare/stalk while I finish up on the computer.
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Thursday, 19 June 2014
What did Cyrus get for his birthday, well, on the day nothing, but, he managed to sneak a breeding of Hazel, unplanned, unwanted (on my part) and hopefully....un-fertile last week. We will know in a month if Hazel is actually pregnant, in the meantime...Happy Birthday you randy bugger!
Saturday, 14 June 2014
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Mick has been working double time, doing his normal job, trying to finish up early to get home and do all the things that I have not been able to do. It has certainly messed up all my plans to get the garden planted and for us to start some home renovations. I actually decided to skip a Spring/Summer litter of pups so that I would have time for all the things that need to be done here. What is it they say about the best laid plans??? We are getting things done, slowly, but, we are having to make do and cut lots of corners, the yard and garden work suffered the most, but at least the many critters are being looked after, we (read Mick) was able to get most of our seedlings planted, we even cut the grass...once :-)
With all of this happening, Hazel came into season and I finally made the decision to skip breeding her. I hope to be feeling a lot better in a couple of months, but, I am paranoid that hulling a litter of pups around will have my back injured again. I have cancelled the breeding and will hold off on pups until early Spring 2015. Seems a long time away, but, it will be here soon enough and with fingers crossed, my back will be healed, I will be refreshed and we can raise pups with energy.
I am sorry to anyone that is waiting for a pup from us this Fall, I will post news on my website, if anyone wishes to remain on my waiting list for a Spring 2015 litter be sure to touch base and I will keep your name on our list and update you as I have news. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, 31 May 2014
We have been blessed with some gorgeous weather this week and Fiddle knows how to enjoy it
Ducks and Geese have been outside for a couple of weeks now and are enjoying roaming over the property, they graze on the grass (haven't had to mow anything in the farmyard area this year) grub around for bugs, mess up all the water bowls, generally annoy the hell out of the chickens and make me laugh every day. I call them...'the collective' this is truly a flock, they move as one unit, if a duck or goose is accidentally separated they all work themselves into a tizzy until they are all together again. Very different from the chickens who are much more independent of each other, choosing one or two friends that they hang out with and only getting together when I feed them and at night to go to roost. This bird thing is all very interesting.
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Monday, 5 May 2014
|Hello Toulouse Goose|
They are also incredibly MESSY, oh my goodness, they want to play in their drinking water and with that comes endless scooping up of wet shavings. They have doubled themselves in size in 9 days and we have moved them to this big pen, about 12 feet by 4 feet which is a little easier to keep dry. I am looking forward to the weather warming up and being able to get them out on the grass, even if only during a few hours each day.
Look out for lots of photos over the coming weeks, I think I may have to fill up the tub in my grooming room and let them have a 'real' swim soon. I will be sure to share video of that!
|Khaki Campbell Ducklings|
|A group shot, the black duckings are the Cayugas'|
|One of our Embden goslings|
Saturday, 3 May 2014
Dinsdale Mersey Beat April 13th 2003-May 2nd 2014
Seems that lately my blog has become one endless cyberspace of doom and gloom. Yesterday I said goodbye to Mersey. I knew she wasn't 100% for the last couple of months, most owners have a sense when their dogs are not....quite right and I knew that with Mersey. Not that she was unhappy, she was eating, playful, energetic, but, she was ageing so much faster than what I expect from my dogs. We tried a couple of different things and she seemed to be doing much better through the early Spring, than a couple weeks ago she began having some issues. The dots all started to connect and I made an appointment with the Vet to seek out their opinion. An examination and an x-ray confirmed what I was afraid of and I had to make the terrible decision to put her down. The alternative may have garnered a few weeks, but, those weeks would of been uncomfortable and I decided to let her go while she was still happy.... and happy she was, right until I walked up the steps to the clinic and she started to panic, God I hate this last journey.
Most of us that share our lives with pets will one day be stood where I was, either at home, or, in a clinic with a Vet, petting the head of our dog as they take their last breath, they relax and their heads drop, it is awful, heartbreaking and a bit of a relief. As Mersey drifted away she did a final little tail wag, I am sure it was involuntary, yet, it was so Mersey, that silly little waggle she would do when she was very happy and content. I like to think that was what she felt as she left me. Rest well big girl, you were a good dog
Thursday, 1 May 2014
Friday, 18 April 2014
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
I have my seedlings growing under lights, I have boxes full of seed envelopes to direct plant. I have ducks and geese on order, fingers crossed the hatching goes well and I get to add these fun birds to my flock.
So, for the next few days we wait...and the dogs snooze, and soon we will be outside.
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
|A little privacy please!|
Monday, 31 March 2014
In three weeks I am hoping to have ducklings and goslings arrive (big smile :-)))) I sure hope that once Spring does finally get here it does so quickly, not wanting to have to keep them inside for too long.
Hurry hurry Spring we have so many projects planned for when you do make an appearance!
Friday, 28 March 2014
My heart goes out to the owners who most recently said goodbye to their friends...Indy, Damon, Lucy, Darwin and Moosie.
Thank you for giving each of these schnauzers a great life, I cannot ask for anything more for my dogs than that.