Monday, June 30, 2008

Doggy Door

How do you teach a dog to use a doggy door?

There is one in this house that was installed before we moved in. For one thing the door is much too high.

Red used it once with me luring him back in to the house which is his prefered place to be. He banged his hip on it and will not even stick his head in the flap any more. Not even for freeze dried string cheese.

Blue is sure that the flap is trying to eat her. She will peek in if Tayja holds the flip open for her.

Both dogs stand outside and cry to come in. Neither see the doggy door as safe option.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Grass is Always Greener

on the other side of the fence.

I put up the little fence to keep the dogs from walking on the plants and Red from pee on the pots. So I guess it does the trick. I have seen both dogs (who are both dogs crossed with cows) step in to eat the grass that is growing between the pots.

Why do they eat grass? Oh, yeah. To throw it up in the middle of the living room carpet. Sigh.

Saturday, June 28, 2008


The folks next door had a huge party with a tent, noise and a crowd today. I did not take photos while the party was going on.

My dogs were able to go out and potty (with me) and not react to the people. Red did run up the fence on one outing to wag at his tail at a chicken eater but came away when called.

Blue seem to pretend that people did not exist. Good dogs!

Friday, June 27, 2008

My Garden - part 2

Blue samples a tomato leaf. Silly dog!

The peppers are starting to show themselves.

The potatoes have lovely flowers.

This sunflower will open first. Tayja started it in a cup at school as part of her science project.

One cumcumber is ready to be eaten.

The tomatoes are the size of a marble.

Blue runs the fence line to make sure tht all is right with her sunflowers. I did sneak one tomatoe plant in the sunflower border. Do you think anyone will notice?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Cow Dogs

Blue thinks that the grass is ALWAYS greener under Red.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008

My garden

Tayja planted sunflowers along the back fence. I did not do a very good job removing the grass.

The first pot has two pepper plants, two egg plants and two cucumber plants. The second pot has two tomato plants. The third pot has too many pototoe plants, one sunflower that Tayja started in school and one pumpkin plant also started in school. The fourth pot has three tomato plants. The fifth (little) pot has parsley, basil and an artichoke plant.
I think I over did the tomatoes.

I had to put up a fence to keep Blue's big feet on the sunflowers and Red from marking the pots. Darn dogs.

Friday, June 20, 2008

A Study in Red

I thought a photo study of the laziest dog in the world was in order. He did sit up for a second to see what I might be taking photos of but I did not hold his interest for very long.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Turtles at the Zoo

Prairie Dogs

I love prairie dogs, but not enough to have them in my house. They have a nice collection of them at the Minnesota Zoo.

The prairie dogs (Cynomys) are small, burrowing rodents native to the grasslands of North America. On average, these stout-bodied rodents will grow to be between 12 and 16 inches long, including the short tail.

The highly social prairie dogs live in large colonies or "towns" – collections of prairie dog families that can span hundreds of acres. Families usually consist of 1 male and 2 to 4 females living in a strict social hierarchy.

A Day at the Zoo