Sunday, November 29, 2015

Black and White Sunday, Bridges


November has been one heck of a month for us. We've crossed some bridges and things have changed. 

On one hand, we've had all of our kids and grandkids together. My business is exploding! We're healthy. We live in a place we love!

On the other hand, we lost my father in law a couple weeks ago. Then last night, after a long and difficult fight with Parkinson's, my dad took his last breath. He is at peace now. 

This is all a part of life. Things change and new replaces what was. We don't know why things happen the way they do; we just keep moving.

And it all somehow works out as it should. November 2015 will be a month to remember. We crossed bridges and came out on the other side.

I'll get back to writing blogs and actually including the pups soon. But right now, I am going to take just a little break and appreciate what we have.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday Tales, Aussie Style.

This is Jake from Robue River, Oregon. I featured Jake a few weeks ago.  He was surrendered by his owner with several health issues. He is a 4 year old Boxer/American Staffie/America Bulldog/Chow mix pup (DNA tested).  He needed some help but is doing much better now.  Except he has a mass in his chest.  It is benign but it is in a bad place and growing.  

The vets believe it is a benign mediastinal hemangioma. Even though this would be a benign mass. it must be removed because of its location and because it is growing. Please donate so Jake can have surgery. Kimberly Howell at the Miss Gabriel Foundation is taking care of Jake and will find his forever home after the surgery. DONATE to help Jake below or at

Jake is a playful, happy guy who would love to have a new forever home.  Once his surgery is done, he will (hopefully) find that perfect place!  

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Black and White Sunday, Aussie Style

Inter species love.  

One of those rare moments when you have the good camera on hand and can catch a unique photo.

We're joining Dachshund Nola and Sugar for the Black and White Sunday blog hop.  Check it out!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Showdog Saturday, the Basenji

Showdog Saturday is back! I love the basenjis that I've come in contact with so I figured I'd check out the "barkless" dog of Africa. I love finding out what is unique and special about each breed of dog.  Seems like they all have a purpose of some kind. As usual, much info was obtained from the internet; sites like, and  

Basenjis are considered one of the oldest breeds.  They have been documented as living in ancient Egypt and survived in Africa when the Egyptian empire declined.  They have been used for flushing out small game and controlling rodent populations, as well as alerting for approaching strangers. Some tribes valued them more highly than wives. 

They are sight hounds, which means that see motion and chase whatever moves. They have a high prey drive, which makes them excellent hunters. In a more domesticated setting; cats, squirrels, rabbits, etc. are considered prey and are fair game.  Basenjis are intelligent, resourceful and independent, which helps when they are out of site of their people. 

Basenjis are know for being barkless.  This doesn't mean they are silent, however.  They make lots of other sounds, like yodelling or screaming.  I went to a Basenji specialty once.  The dogs started yodelling to the National Anthem; pretty much all of them.  It has stuck with me.  

These guys are also known for their corkscrew tails, as well as their smooth coats and muscular little bodies.  They are said to shed only minimally, which makes grooming pretty easy.

One unique trait they have; they clean themselves like cats.  If dogs are generally too dirty, these guys might be an option to consider, although a person who has a Basenji might find that the Basenji has them instead.

Agility is a sport that they are really good at, especially if you can convince them that it is their idea.

And they are naturals at coursing since they are sight hounds.  Lure coursing is a sport in which they see a lure (usually a plastic bag) attached to a line with pulleys that they can chase.

These dogs are not "willing to please" or easy to train like many breeds, but instead decide each time whether or not they will obey.  They are more likely to teach their people; things like keeping the house picked up so things don't get chewed or doing their bidding when they need something. Basenjis may use their smarts for their own causes.

These guys are know escape artists!  They are resourceful and can figure a way out so they can go exploring.  Climbing fences or ignoring a shock collar are no big deal.

They do bond with their family and if they are in a household where consistent rules and advanced planning are included, they can be really fun companions.

Friday, November 20, 2015

{52 Snapshots of Life} Week 47, Passion

If you've been following my blog, you may recognize this picture that I included a few months ago.  In trying to figure out "Passion", I couldn't think of a better representation.  Jack, especially, LOVES playing ball.  He throws himself at it with total abandon, even if he goes head over heals (which he has).  We all should have something that we throw ourselves into.

We're joining the 52 Snapshots of Life Weekly Photo Challenge hosted by The Lazy Pitbull

And the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal And Rocco
Co hosted by Bionic BasilBarking From The Bayou, and Love Is being Owned By A Husky

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Black and White Sunday.

This post is a bit different than my usual.  I usually don't involve alot of personal detail.  But this time I will.

See, I was an RN for lots of years and retired from nursing a few years ago to start my business and help run the farm.  I didn't think I would really use those skills again.


You may have noticed that I've missed several days of posting lately.  I hate to share issues because I don't want to sound whiny or be a downer.  However, as much as death is generally considered a downer, this experience was also one of the most rewarding, special experiences I've ever had.

I have just finished an experience that was hard and important and rewarding.  As I type this I have tears in my eyes; not so much of sadness but of shear gratitude.

My father in law, who has a ranch a few miles away, was diagnosed with cancer a few months back.  He has always been a hard worker, never letting anyone know he had pain or problems. 

He tried to fight this off, but the cancer won.  He decided to come home to his ranch and finish his days with hospice.  I started helping him with medications, meals and mobility.  He fought with all he had to keep his independence, even when we all knew he really wasn't safe.

A few days ago, he could no longer fight it and became bedridden.  I've spent the last several days as his primary caregiver, pretty much 24 hours a day.  It was hard.  And I am tired.  But I feel such a sense of peace and accomplishment because he got to stay home, I got to know him much more than I ever did before, and I was able to help him leave this world with peace and as much grace as possible.  

His passing was a relief.  No more pain.  No more struggle.  Great memories of his past life history as we all sat with him.  I would do it again, even though it was so difficult.  This is what makes life worthwhile. Not all the things.  Not any money.  Just REALLY getting to be an important part of someone's life and being able to make it better.

I know my picture isn't dog related.  But it expresses the hope I feel with each sunrise.  Hope of a new day and renewal.

I hope to get back on track soon, but may be a couple more days resting and refreshing.

Hope you are all having a great Sunday.

We're joining the Black and White blog hop hosted by Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retreiver.  

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tuesday Tales, Black Dog Animal Rescue

This is Tuesday, so I'm posting about an organization that I really think is doing some great work. The Black Dog Animal Rescue is here in Wyoming. They have a program called The Mod Squad that helps retrain dogs with issues so they can have a second chance.

Ellie is one of the dogs who has been in the program.

What a great thing to do. They are also part of #givingtuesday on December 1st. This is an effort to encourage volunteer and donation activities around the holidays. I'm going to have to post more about this. I love to see generosity encouraged!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Black and White Sunday, Aussie Style

Sera knows!

It is a very good thing that she is such a good-hearted dog.  She's so smart that she'd be into all kinds of mischief all the time instead of just occasionally.  Just look into those eyes!

We're joining the Black and White Sunday Bloghop today, hosted by Nola and Sugar.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Dog Show Saturday, the Afghan Hound

It's Dog Show Saturday once again.  I'm not running out of breeds yet, so I've chosen another breed to research.  The internet is an amazing place to find facts and opinions, as well as pictures.  And I always learn something when I post about a breed.

This week I took a look at the Afghan Hound.  They are known for the long flowing locks and elegance.  I've seen plenty of pictures such as this one comparing humans with Afghans using a little humor. From the back, at the right angle, they can actually look like a long haired woman.

They come from the middle east and at some point wound up in Afghanistan; go figure.  But before that may have been in Persia and one source said they were loaded on the Ark with Noah.  Carvings of these guys were found in caves by troops under Alexander the Great.  The origin is a bit murky, but they sure do seem to have been around a LONG time.

Afghan hounds are sight hounds and built for speed.  If you can see the dog under the long longs, they are lean and efficiently built. That long, gorgeous coat has a purpose; protection from the harsh climates of Afghanistan.  These dogs were used for hunting larger prey. They could cover large distances at great speed. They could hold leopards at bay until the horses could catch up.  Being independent thinkers, they were a valuable asset for hunting.

Pablo Picasso owned an Afghan Hound and featured it in a painting in 1962, which sold for a whole lot of money in 2012.

They weren't introduced here in the U.S. until the 1920s, when the Marx brothers brought one over. The breed got a huge boost in popularity when Mattel's Barbie had an Afghan Hound.  

These dogs are awesome to watch in the show ring with their grace and flowing locks!  If they are cooperating with their handler, they often do very well.

Lots of grooming is required for these guys to keep them looking good.  Clothing such as this snood and these booties are fairly common to help decrease the work. If they aren't show dogs, sometimes they have their coat cut short, but grooming is still necessary to keep it maintained.

These hounds, with their natural hunting ability, are excellent at lure coursing.  Lure coursing is a sport that tests the ability of a dog to hunt by sight. Afghans have a high prey drive which is great for hunting or lure coursing but not so great when it comes to smaller househould pets or neighborhood animals.

Afghans are very active dogs and need a good amount of exercise to keep them fit and healthy.  They are described as aloof and independent.  These qualities make them more difficult to train, especially for first time dog owners.  They don't often care to please and don't seek attention except on their own terms.

Note: these guys are excellent escape artists so an Afghan owner should plan accordingly.  If they do manage to get loose they can be very hard to catch because of their speed and aloofness.

Known to have a sense of humor, they can be pretty comical.  Also known to be sensitive and to have a low pain tolerance, Afghans aren't the best kid dogs.  They can be socialized and do ok if they are raised around kids but they aren't naturals. Older children who understand the needs of the breed do better. Afghan Hounds are laid back and calm if they get enough exercise.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Flashback Friday, Aussie Style

This is Sera, short for Serendipity, when she was about 6 months old.  We found each other when she was 3 months old. She was being walked at an agility event and we just locked eyes.  

She is now almost 6 years old.

How time flies!  I have to remind myself that she's been here that long.  Love this girl!!!

Today we're joining the Pet Paraade blog hop, hosted by Rascal and Rocco
Co hosted by Bionic BasilBarking From The Bayou and  Love Is Being Owned By A Husky

We're also joining Flashback Friday. Flashback Friday blog hop is hosted by:
Five Sibe's Mom
Co hosted by Love Is Being Owned By A Husky

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wordless Wednesday, {52 Snapshots of Life} Week 45, Fall

Having a mild fall this year.  This photo shows the historical wooden bridge and the modern concrete/asphalt bridge that go over the North Platte River toward the old fort.  Kind of a cool contrast I thought!

We're joining the Wordless Wednesday blog hop today, hosted by Blog Paws.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tuesday Tales, Miss Heidi

This girl has been taken in by the Miss Gabriel Foundation so she can regain her health and find a new home.  These people are doing a great job of helping dogs with difficult histories find a new life. Here's what they say.

Hi my name is Miss Heidi. Dr's think I am 1-2 years old. I am a German Shepherd. Here is my story from my POV.

I was brought in as a stray on October 18th 2015 to Merced County Animal Control, after the Officers took me to a veterinarian. This is where I got some help and started on a medical treatment plan. I still needed more help and I can only be released to another rescue agency.

On October 26th 2015 Miss Gabriel Foundation (MGF) stepped in. They arranged for a local puller, Ms Dagmar, to pick me up and transport me to Oregon to MGF. Thank you Dagmar!

At MGF they will foster me and give me the 24/7 medical care I will need. They have a motto and it is "Giving a second chance to dogs who never had a first chance." MGF needs your help to make this happen.

I saw my new Dr (Dr April) on October 30th 2015. She has a medical plan she believes will help me.

I am emaciated and Dr April believes I had not been fed often. My toe nails are long and need to be cut. My skin has a severe disease where I lost some of my hair, I have many bald patches, I smell very badly, my body is covered in scars and scabs. I am also suffering from kennel cough. I lack in muscles and I stumble a bit. My paws are also swollen. All of these are very painful and uncomfortable. 

I am a little anemic from lack of food and my bleeding/oozing sores. I have wounds and scars all over my body and I am missing fur from about 1/4 of my body. My white blood cell is high due to my many infections. I am also very afraid of everything and everyone.

You can get detailed information on me at Miss Heidi's Facebook. You can follow me on many of my social medias to see how your generous donations are helping me.

You can also follow Miss Heidi and cheer her on. Anything helps, even  cheerleaders and that is you.

Miss Heidi's Youtube 

Miss Heidi's Google + 

Miss Heidi's Twitter 
If you want to donate in another way you can send funds to her Dr's at:

Riverside Park Veterinary Clinic
111 E. Park Street
Grants Pass, OR 97527
Memo account of Kimberly Howell
All Creatures Animal Hospital
14790 OR-62
Eagle Point, OR 97524
Memo account of Kimberly Howell

Send funds or donated items to:
Miss Gabriel Foundation
P.O. Box 718
Rogue River, OR 97537

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Black and White Sunday, Aussie Style

Thoughtful Jessie

I wonder what she is thinking about.  I'm pretty sure it has to do with world domination!

We're joining the Black and White Sunday blog hop hosted by Dachshund Nola and Sugar. Check it out!