Friday, February 29, 2008

Boring photo for Friday

Since I've been sick I've been lazy about taking photos. So here is a boring photo of a mostly clean kitchen.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Take a doggie body language quiz

To see more click here ------>The Quiz

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tayja's finished voice over

Here is the finished voice over project.

Oh man

Today is the first day this year that I did not take a single photo or video. Tomorrow I will do better.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Photo Tip for today

Look at some of the photos you have taken since Jan 1, and see how they look in black and white.

Winter Sky

Monday, February 25, 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Tayja does her first voice over

Tayja does her first voice over for a project that will air in Vegas next week.

She is reading the text on a computer screen.

Yes, she is really 5-years-old. She will not be six for another two weeks. And she has a cold, a runny nose and your typical child's dirty face. Sigh. Good thing none of that will show on the voice over!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world....We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” --Marianne Williamson

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Lynnda works Java on crosses

Lynnda's goal in life is to turn me in to a competent agility handler. She feels very sorry for my dogs. She is trying to explain to me the proper way to do crosses and lead changes.

Java was nice enough after to let me play with her too however we will spare you from having to watch me and my two left feet.

Friday, February 22, 2008

I love the Wulffmorgenthaler comic strips!

To see more click here ------>Wulffmorgenthaler

Warning: These are not comics for children. Most are edgy and over the top.

Did the dog grab the reporter without warning?

Watch this video a few times and observe the dog before the bite. Watch for:
1) The dog licks his nose.
2) The dog's ears go back.
3) The dog's body stiffens.
4) The dog stars directly at the reporter.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Polar Bear and Doggy Plays

This is just too cool.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

After the Eclipse

The shadow of the earth is in retreat at 10:33 pm after a total eclipse of the moon.

Total Eclipse of the Moon

This is the last total lunar eclipse until December 2010.

The photos show the changes in the moon from in front of my house in Burnsville, Minnasota. It was about -3 degrees so I did not spend a lot of time out side. I'd go out shoot some photos and come back in but I'd leave my camera out in the non-heated garage. The first full moon I shot is grossly over exposed. After each shoot, I'd look at my frames and make adjustments in how to shoot the next batch.

The moon was full and silver at 7:30 pm.

The shadow of the earth has crept in it to the bottom left corner of the moon at 8:46 pm.

More of the earth's shadow has moved across the face of the moon 8:11 pm.

Only a sliver of the moon is uncovered at 8:47 pm.

The moon turned red as it pased through the Earth's shadow at 9:07 pm.

Roxana and Tayja, who got to stay up way past her normal bed time, watched the shadow of the earth cover the full face of the moon.

Enigma - Total Eclipse Of The Moon Lyrics

Miles Away From Light At Noon
Total Eclipse Of The Moon
Many Reasons To Believe In Life
Just Listen What It`s Telling You

Come And Have A Look Inside
Total Eclipse Of The Moon
Don`t Be Childish, Don`t Be So Cruel
I`m Feeling Just Lonely Without.... Without You

I Can See The Wide Horizons
But Debts Have To Be Paid
Our Ways Will Cross Again Someday
Believe, And Come Back To You...I`ll See You Soon

Time Doesn`t Say Hello
Total Eclipse Of The Moon
Many Nights In Our Lives Before
I Was Dreaming To Be Just Beside...Beside You

Total Eclipse Of The Moon...I`ll See You Soon

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

Kitchen Limits

Roxana gated Red, Blue and Tayja out of the kitchen so she could cook in peace. Tayja and Blue wait patiently (for them) to be admitted.

Red and Blue

Reading aerobics

Photo Tip for today

Make a photo of something just for the colors. Pick anything. Fill the frame with it.

Photo for Feb 18

A four-year-old great dane stopped in to visit my 10 am puppy class.

Tux learned to roll over.

Luke learned to open a Solid Gold sample.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Tayja Reads to Roxana (while Red naps)

Tayja is reading chapter three of "Goldie" by Ellen Miles, which is part of the Puppy Patrol series. The book is listed at the 3.5 grade reading level (but I think it is easier than that.) The book is about a kid who really really wants a puppy but the kid's mother does not. So they become a foster family for a golden puppy who lost it's home because of a fire.

We will be slowly working our way through the entire series. I think all are about fostering various breeds. Maybe I can talk Tayja into fostering instead of wanting a Dalmatian puppy.

Note: This is my photo for Feb 17.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Tayja Learns the Sidekick

The side kick almost got the best of Tayja. We'll have to do some serious training at home. Think I can teach a human five-year-old to kick with a clicker?

This is the mostly finished product. She didn't seem to struggle with the kick once she learned to aim the kick at the kid in front of her.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Photo for Feb 15

"Kitchen Still Life"

Thursday, February 14, 2008

“It's not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.”

-- Francis Bacon, Sr. quotes (English Lawyer and Philosopher. 1561-1626)

How to stuff a Kong

No grapes, raisins, onions, or chocolate

Possible Kong Stuffers:

Cut very tiny pieces of any of the following ingredients. Put the Kong openning side up in a coffee mug to hold the Kong still for stuffing. Stuff Kong and freeze. Always keep a spare in the freezer. To occupy your dog during the dinner hour, feed them their regular kibble amount in the Kong. If you only have one dog, you can hide stuffed Kong throughout the house while away.

Place in dishwasher after use.

Canned dog food

Oatmeal (raw but soaked in water or chicken broth)

Rice (cooked)

Apples, Bananas, Oranges, Blueberries


Frozen green beans

Frozen carrots

Frozen corn

Canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

Peanut butter

Cream cheese

Cheese Spreads


Cottage cheese

Mashed potatoes

Canned soup

Doggy toothpaste






Baby Food

Caution: Any new food can cause a stomach upset in your puppy. Initially, experiment with small quantities every other day

Treat Dispensing Puzzles

Moving beyond the Kong

Treat dispensing puzzles are food/treat dispensing toys for dogs. Food or treats fall out of the toy as the dog plays with it, providing mental stimulation and physically active. Most dog owners have a Kong or two. Here are other toys to consider.

Amazing Ball



Note: These are also my photos for Feb 14, 2008.