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Yellow Lab Finds a Surprise

May 7th, 2008

Lots of rain coming today while I’m working on moving rocks.  And it’s a great time to move a few plants around with the softer soil. In a couple of months the ground will be dry as a bone.    I’ve been taking so many pictures along the way it’s hard to keep up. 

Yesterday while working behind the barn the yellow lab found a surprise that turned out to be a Black Rat Snake.  A very common snake in the area, although we don’t see them very much.  The lab wanted to see what this new thing was, but was obviously wary.

Yellow lab finds a Black Rat Snake

I was amazed after we left it alone, to see it literally climbing up an oak tree!  I have seen them climb around branches and cavities, but never straight up the side of a tree.  The birds must think this their greatest nemesis in spring. 

Black Rat snake climbing oak tree

After it perched on a branch it reminded me of being in a jungle somewhere.  Gee, I hope I’m not losing readers with my snake pictures! :)

Black Rat snake perched in oak tree

Actually, these snakes are good to have around. They’re harmless to people really, and catch smaller rodents such as mice to keep populations in check.   But this one was about 5-6 feet long and would give you quite a surprise!

But the May Apples and Dogwoods are blooming!  The leaves are almost fully out and everything looks so lush.  Now it’s really hard to keep up with the grass and weeds, but somehow I don’t think it really matters… it’s just nice to enjoy the spring season.

May Apple in flower

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Dogwood flowering in May

Alas our geese family didn’t seem to make it this year.  On Saturday I saw two adult geese honking and swimming around by themselves.  Then the same again yesterday, and I haven’t seen the little ones since last week.  All I can think of is that a predator must have got to them.  The cycle of life perhaps, but after seeing the little guys we were hoping to watch them grow.  There’s always next year perhaps.

Yellow Labrador at 18 Months

April 13th, 2008

The pup is a year and a half old now.  Full of youthful energy with such strength and spirit that it makes me smile to see him.  He asks for nothing more than a chance to run, swim, chase a ball or bring something back to us, and is completely at ease with himself and his surroundings.  I’m no judge of the qualities of a Labrador Retriever, but he strikes me as a beautiful example of the breed. He is still intact, and comes from quality bloodlines.  In some ways I feel an obligation to explore if he can contribute to the breed. Perhaps I’ll seek an experienced opinion. But more than anything, he is simply a joyful part of the family and a good friend.  And that’s really all I can ask for I think.

Yellow Labrador Retriever at 18 months

Early March Snow is Fun for Everybody

March 5th, 2008

After an amazingly warm weekend, we were hit by 5+ inches of snow. Made for an interesting day, especially watching the animals.

Many birds hung around the feeders through the storm, especially the litttle Juncos.

Juncos at the feeder during snowfall

The snowfall covered the barn quickly.

Country barn after snowfall

A flock of Robins perched around the trees, looking out of place with the ground covered in snow.

Robin perched in tree during snowstorm

And I learned something new about Robins. Several of them flew in and out of this Juniper tree eating the juniper berries. Who knew?

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A Dog and His Boy

February 11th, 2008

I was working on the computer and some paperwork the other night, with the tv on in the background and my Labrador Retriever laying quietly asleep on the floor. The boy was taking his bath before bedtime and from down the hallway I heard, “Daddy! Daddy! Mommy! Mommy!” So using my holler-through-the-house voice I call back… “What is it…?” And then from the hallway again, the boy’s Mom calls, “Um, I think you need to come here… this is yours to handle!” And I yell back, “Okay, I’m coming…” as I get up wondering what all the fuss is about. And then I notice that the Yellow Lab is not where he was supposed to be. And with growing awareness I realize the Lab had snuck away to play with the boy (and that he loves water).

So guess who was very proud of the fact that he was sharing his bath with the dog? So proud in fact that he didn’t say a word (and closed the bathroom door!) until he was ready for us to see?! Arrgh!

Yellow Lab in bathtub

Well, they both needed a bath I suppose. The pup’s expression was like “Oh, you found me. It’s really nice in here, can’t I stay?! Pleeease?!” By the way, he really likes the “green turtle squirty thing”.

 

Snowy Fun in Winter

February 1st, 2008

We awoke to a snowy landscape, and one of those quiet days when it’s nice to enjoy being at home.  After a big breakfast, I spent a couple hours outside clearing the driveway with the tractor.   With enough wind, we have drifts at various places in the driveway, and I’m thankful the tractor really clears the snow.  As the sun came out came out, we bundled up to enjoy some fun in the snow.

The Yellow Lab had some fun of his own… he loves the snow and ran around in circles as fast as he could, and then ran again for hundreds of yards kicking up the snow.  He was smiling the whole time!

Yellow lab running in the snow

“Look at me!” the boy says, enjoying the powdery snow. We pulled a sled around the property trying out the hills.

Fun in the snow for a young boy

But fresh snow is always good for a snow angel!

Snow Angel

Our Labrador Retriever “pup” is so goofy… and look at him jump!  He leaps into the air and goes crazy chasing snowballs.  Now when you throw a snowball and it lands, well… in the snow, it’s kind of hard to find!  But the dog doesn’t know that- he tries to catch it, then runs in circles looking for it after it squishes into powder!  It’s so funny…

Yellow Lab jumps after snowball in winter

The Basset Hound and Shiba Inu watched the Labrador jumping after snowballs, wondering “What is he doing?!  Do they really taste that good?!”

Basset Hound and Shiba Inu watch the crazy Labrador

There’s something about sunlight and shadows on the snow.  It was a fun day and the landscape was beautiful.

Winter afternoon

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