Friday 29 April 2011

A Royal Affair

Yes I watched it. The British love their hats, but I have to say...what was she thinking when she plopped this bizarre Bow-hat on her head? I mean truly, could you imagine holding a conversation looking at that on her forehead??? These two are Princesses Beatrice & Eugenie, Fergie & Prince Andrew's daughters...need I say more :-)) More Crazy Hats here

Wednesday 27 April 2011

The Boy Blunder

Better known as Beamish. He is one of the most difficult of my dogs to get a 'serious' photo of, the boy has a perpetual smile on his face. Combine that with a coat so wiry that any brows he manages to grow snap off just when I think they are looking good, leaving him with a few long whispy strands and not much else. I only had my phone along for our walk today, quality isn't great, regardless his comical nature still shines through. Can we go for a walk now??? A thoughtful look, haven't a clue how I managed that one. Sniffing the wind This spectacularly bad shot is to prove that Beamish can now ride in a vehicle without up-chucking his lunch, he doesn't even drool anymore. It took some time but finally he is over his motion sickness, hooray, maybe now I can take him to a dog show...well if he ever grows proper eyebrows :-))

Monday 25 April 2011

Chuck it!

I was shopping a couple weeks ago and noticed a store that had the 'Chuck it!' ball launchers on sale. I picked one up, mostly for Hexe as she is a fantastic off leash dog and an obsessive fetcher. Tried it out today and she had a blast, took me a little while to get the hang of it, but once mastered what a super tool for exercising a dog. They have a cool website, and some neat products, I might have to purchase a couple of the different balls that whistle in the air, or perhaps the oddly shaped ones that hit the ground and bounce in a random pattern. I have used Frisbees for years with my dogs, but they are not terribly durable with Standard Schnauzers. I think as long as you have a good retriever the 'Chuck it' is a great alternative, also love that you don't have to handle the slobbery balls. Hexe and I relaxed on the deck after a busy morning gardening and fun with the 'Chuck It' launcher. Below is a photo of her wearing a 'Chuck it' tongue! Love a tired dog.


I read that if Easter arrives late that you will get a long, cool Spring. That has certainly been the case for us here. Finally the Daffodils are putting on a long awaited show.

Friday 22 April 2011

Easter Weekend

Be good and don't eat too many chocolate eggs this weekend.

Tuesday 19 April 2011

Self Diagnosis

I know how professionals such as doctors & vets get all crazy about patients looking up their symptoms and finding a diagnosis on line. But, I just had to share this video, I suffer from many of these symptoms and can now put a name to what ails me AAADD. Glad to know I am not alone.

Monday 18 April 2011

Another Fiddle daughter

Words fail me, I am so in love with this photo, it's simply wonderful. Meet Fiddle daughter Pasha, she is my Clover's litter sister. Owner Lynn tells me her mother calls them 'Pasha and the Schnauzerettes' very suitable

Friday 15 April 2011

Super Cuteness Alert

Yep the bunnies are arriving....picked some up this week. I had hoped to get photos of them in a more natural setting, but they are all a bit freaked at the move to a new home, I will just let them settle in for the first week and try to lower their stress some. The whole experience seems to have blown their little bunny minds. The little girl above is my favorite at the moment, she is the most curious (i.e.not frozen in fear at the sight of me, rabbits are not great for your self esteem)and will have a little sniff in my direction when I am feeding them. This is the oldest at almost 4 months, a buck whose name until now was Mr.Ed, kind of cute but I may change it. Right now Mr.Ed thinks I am the biggest, most scary monster ever...good thing he hasn't seen a Schnauzer yet. Two does above are 14 weeks I think...the breed is a Harlequin and the markings of these two (plus Mr.Ed) is called Chocolate Magpie This is the other little boy, not yet 8 weeks old, his coat colour is also harlequin, but this orange variation is called Black Japanese, so pretty.

Wednesday 13 April 2011

Tuesday 12 April 2011

Toy size

Mersey LOVES balls, she always has, she can amuse herself for hours playing with them. She tosses them, pounces on them, stalks them, stares at them, bats them with her paws, chews them...well you get the picture. Today we were working outside cleaning up the yard and gardens after a very long snowy Winter. Mersey spent a couple hours out with us searching for chipmunks, this involved lots of digging. She managed to scare a couple out of a wood pile, unfortunately they were too quick for her. This is the only time I miss my old farm cat, he was great at killing chipmunks. Eventually she wandered to the edge of the property and found....GOLF BALLS!!!! Oh MY Dog! Mersey heaven. I let her play for a few minutes then retrieved the balls much to her disappointment. If you check out the little video below you can see why I don't let my dogs have golf balls, perfect size to fall to the back of their throat blocking their windpipe. Not a chance I am willing to take regardless of how much Mersey loves them.

Friday 8 April 2011

Spring is in the air

Fiddle enjoys the window cocked open for the first time this year What is it Fiddle, a spring breeze? Bike riders enjoying the day? Folks taking a walk Oh NO! It's the little bastard Chipmunk here to taunt my dogs! He/she sits less then 6 foot from the front window, totally oblivious to the chaos going on in my house. Oh how I hate chipmunks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday 4 April 2011

Luv to tug

OK so it's starts as tug, then turns to keep away and finally destroy at all costs. My guys don't have access to soft toys, especially soft squeaky toys, their mission in life is to seek out and destroy them. I do use these toys for motivational training. This is their only access to soft, squeaky toys, creating intense focus, with most of my dogs toys are more enticing then food treats.
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