Monday 31 October 2011

Frankenstein's Dog

More Halloween goodies

Sunday 30 October 2011

End of the pumpkins

The last of our pumpkin photos,  unless I snap a shot of the muffins and bread that the little ones are to become, yum, love Halloween.  All the leftovers will be cooked down and added to the dogs meals, they always enjoy pumpkin.

Saturday 29 October 2011

The Colours of Autumn

 Who would of thought rabbits wear shades of Autumn, some are down right Halloween in nature.  These kits are just over 2 weeks of age, just out of their nest box, some very shy, others more bold and inquisitive. 

 I find it fascinating to witness the growth of a puppy from birth to when they leave me for their new homes at 8 weeks old.  SUPER fast forward that further when talking about rabbits.  The rabbits below are only six weeks older, amazing!

Friday 28 October 2011

Sweeter then Pumpkin Pie

Love LOVE this photo of Fiddle.  However, you should see the out-takes, mostly Fiddle giving me her best stink eye glare, threatening to do evil to me with those pumpkins.  Makes getting this lovely photo out of over 100 shots (thanks for cooperating Fiddle) all the sweeter.

Wednesday 26 October 2011

more from the pumpkin patch

 A couple more Hexe photos taken yesterday.

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Halloween's Coming

Hexe Our Favorite Witch

Monday 24 October 2011

Sgt Pepper

 Sgt Pepper is a pup from Hexe's first litter, sired by Beamish.  When I received an update from his owners yesterday I couldn't get over how much Sgt looked like his daddy Beamish!
He was the only Pepper & Salt male in Hexe's litter (baby photo above) a stunning bright silver pup with a gorgeous coat, yep just like Daddy.   I got the biggest kick out of this pup as he loved to sleep 'under' the pillow, funny little character.  When his future owners first came to visit me they were pretty stuck on getting a black pup, later they told me that meeting future Dad Beamish made the difference and they were happy to take either colour.  I love great updates and am thankful for owners that keep an open mind about their future pup.

Below is a photo of their boy at almost 5 months of age and an update about him.  Thank you Kelly & Jon and as you can see, I did enjoy the photo :-)  Oh and check out the groomed photo of his dad in the post below, what a family resemblance!

Hi Lori

It's been a while since we sent you an update on Sgt Pepper, so I thought I'd drop you a line.

Our little pup is doing great!  He is such a wonderful addition to our family.  I don't know what we did without him!

He is teething right now, so a little uncomfortable, but we've made sure he has lots of toys and things to chew.  We are working on training, and we find him to be very smart and quick to learn.  But most of all, we are so happy with his temperament!  He is such nice pup...  Very happy and easy going.  I can't thank you enough for giving us such a wonderful puppy.

I've attached a picture we took today.  We were walking home from the dog park, and he turned his head at the perfect time.



Friday 21 October 2011


This was Beamish before I set about stripping out coat and trimming up those hairy ears.  Still looking like my Baby Beamish.  The great thing about Beamish is his fantastic coat, seriously, it took me about 15 minutes to go from this, to the handsome man below.

Formerly goofy, silly, hairy, cracker dog to a composed, coiffed, serious grown-up, amazing what you can do in a quarter of an hour.

Thursday 20 October 2011

Putting Away

Two days ago I was scanning the Internet looking for a way to convert these into something palatable.

Tada!  Combine above ingredients with 4 hours of chopping, heating, stirring and canning and you end up with this.  Spicy Salsa Verde, Tomato Chow-Chow and Pickled Hot Peppers, yum!

Still remaining in the garden are carrots and a second late season planting of beans, swiss chard and lettuce.  Hoping to stretch harvesting those to the end of October then the garden will finally be put to rest until next Spring.  

With canning out of the way and rain falling seems a great day to pop some Schnauzers on the grooming table and tame their wild and wooly coats.  Beamish I'm talking about you......

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Wordless Wednesday...

...or, no time to 'rabbit' on :-)

Tuesday 18 October 2011


 Love that the changing seasons are magnified when living on the shores of a large body of water.  Huge difference from these photos taken a few weeks ago.  Or, these photos taken in February.
Sadly with all this rain and WIND,  photos of the changing leaves hasn't been possible.  If the sun ever returns and the rain and wind don't knock all the colour from the trees, I will try to capture the last of our autumnal scenery, maybe even slip a Schnauzer into a shot or two.

Sunday 16 October 2011

Dog Lessons

Lesson one, it's all about possession, he who has the toy is seldom questioned.

Lesson two....patience is a virtue and all things come to those who wait.

Monday 10 October 2011

Working Dogs

Photos from the Park Spark Project in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Dog owners scoop dog poop into biodegradable bags placing them into the 'digester' to produce and USE methane gas.  Turning these city pets into 'working dogs'  Neat idea!  Read below about the Park Spark Project.  
Hey wasn't this the context of the Movie Thunder Dome, fueling with Pig manure? :-)

Dog owners everywhere are collecting pet waste in plastic bags and then sending it to landfills. The waste contained in these plastic bags release small amounts of methane that over time is a substantial quantity. The Park Spark Project is based on substituting the common trashcan and plastic bag with a public methane digester and biodegradable bag, so that the dog waste collected is converted into a usable form of energy (methane).

This methane will burn constantly in the form of an 'eternal flame' monument until someone proposes an idea for the use of the flame. Here the Methane produced by the Digester is being burned in the form of a lamppost for light.

Friday 7 October 2011

Thanksgiving in Canada

Wishing everyone a wonderful Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend.  We are thankful for the glorious sunshine all this week (note the wonderful squares of sunlight Amina is basking in) forecast tells us it will continue right through the holiday weekend, yeah!!!!
Enjoy the turkey.

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Shaggy girl

 Amina is staying with us for a couple of weeks while owner Bev is in Europe at the FCI Agility World Championships  followed by an extended vacation in France, I am MORE then slightly envious. 

Amina is a Mersey & Monty pup from a couple years ago, she is co-owned by myself and Bev and will be bred on her next season at Dinsdale.  She is just going out of season right now, which means another 6 months before that happens, plus I need to get her in for hip x-ray and certification next week.  She is a wonderful little girl, happy and outgoing, arriving only yesterday afternoon she fit in immediately with my crew and is hanging out today as if she has always lived with us.  Amina is training mostly in agility with Bev who has owned and bred Miniature Schnauzers for years, this is her first Standard and she has done a super job raising Amina.

Oh and I have to do something with those eye brows, or, should I say eye brow (no S) she is sporting the uni-brow and looks a little like a Kerry Blue pup.

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