Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Injustice (or should I say - in the words of JF and Dewi - Cats are stoopid!)

The other afternoon when all the humans were getting ready to leave the house...

Typical scene. Nothing too unusual.

Eva likes a big (dog) bed.

W.T.Fudge? Mom? Please help us understand. Why do we only get a rubber toothbrush?

It's just not right.

Hope you're treated fairly today. ;)

Monday, May 30, 2011


Today, in America, it is Memorial Day.

A day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and to celebrate freedoms.

Including the freedom to get in my car and drive to Target for silly patriotic headbands...

The freedom to have a blog and to read other blogs without restriction...

And the freedom to keep and be loved by inexplicably devoted, (and sometimes hilarious) furry four-legged friends.  :)

Happy Monday, Y'all!

In memoriam:
Ernest Caviness Vaughn (d. Aug. 25, 1944, in action)
son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, soldier

Friday, May 27, 2011

Someone Else's Funny Photo Captions, an Update and a 'Bird' Song I Should've Posted Yesterday

Firstly, before anyone wonders why I've turned into an antisocial, self-centered no-commenter, I HAVEN'T! I'm just way behind reading your recent posts. I'll be back to leaving wisecrack comments on your blogs in no time! Yay!

Hey, would someone pass me a tissue? My nose is running off my face. Darn summer colds. :(


So for today I thought I'd post a couple hilarious photos that I didn't take, nor did I caption. My daughter received them in an e-mail and I copied them. They were originally posted at icanhascheezburger.com

I'm pretty sure that if Jon Farleigh and Dewi were a foot taller and had legs, they'd try this, too.

For the record, none of my cats are ever innocent. Don't you think that if this cat could speak English, it would have the same voice as Bacon Dog?


And now for the update I referred to in the title of this post.  Remember way back when I had a kitteh stowaway in my garage and then one day, it just disappeared? Well, guess who's made himself at home in my yard?

I took this photo yesterday through a window in my family room; Feral Grey Kitteh heard the dogs inside the house and planted his eyes firmly on the back door. He'd have bolted at the first sound of the knob turning. Oh, and this wasn't my first sighting of grey kitteh; no, he's been hanging around mooching food and shelter off of me and my neighbor for months. Such a shame he's wild.


Now, about the song I should've posted yesterday (with my Bird TV post). (Don't you hate it when you think of something smart that would've gone great with something you already posted?) Well, I don't know how smart this is, but this morning as I pondered those three little baby birds outside my doorstep, I thought of a song. Then I thought, dang, I should've posted this yesterday! I love this song! What a great song! :)

So, here you go. The song I should've posted yesterday. Enjoy!

Hope you have a worry-free weekend full of sweet melodies!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Avian TV for Cats - All Birds, All the Time

For the last two weeks, this has been the scene from the windows off the back of my house. (Except usually, it's just Lulabelle; Jon Farleigh was feeling left out.)

For the third year in a row, we've had at least two breedings of these birds under our covered back porch.

They're Barn Swallows, and they just fledged (left the nest); although, they have not ventured far from home.

Hanging out on an eve off the back of the house.

Mom (or Dad?) is not far from the fledgelings.

Lulabelle will miss her Bird TV.

At least until the next breeding...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dewi's Kin Folk - Photos!

So on Sunday at the CCWCC herding fun day, not only did we get to see both Jon Farleigh and Dewi demonstrate their ancient Cardigan Welsh Corgi herding instinct, but we got to meet and hang out with some wonderful people and dogs, including Dewi's dad Jack (whom we'd never met before in person) and as a surprise, Dewi's sister (littermate) Anwen (who, BTW, also has a strong herding instinct), and Wilson and Jimmy (who belong to Taryn of A Tail of Two Cardis).

Although my hands were generally occupied with leashes, the two Girl Children and Taryn managed to get a few photos of the family. (Thank you, Taryn!)

From L to R: Dewi, Anwen (sister), and Jack (daddy)
photo courtesy of Taryn at A Tail of Two Cardis

FYI: Dewi's mother, Elowyn (who lives with Anwen and the wonderful Proia family at Arian Farm kennel), has the blue merle coat like Dewi's. Herding phenom Jack is owned by Rebecca Winkler (who we got to meet, too).

Jack is a H-A-M. :)  Really, he's such a happy Cardigan boy. I could see so much of Dewi in him, including his VOICE (as you can see he's using in this photo). He and Dewi are both talkers and have the exact same unique bark (whine, yodel, howl...). :)

This is eight-month-old Winston, and his own Mini-People. Winston likes to herd, too.

Where was JF all this time? Sitting nicely beside his Girl's chair...or herding, or in the kiddie pool, or getting a snack.

We hear the next time the club gets together in August, there might be some Lure Coursing fun. We're penciling it in on the calendar. :)


Happy Wednesday, Dog (and Cat) People!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Burn baby burn! - Dewi's a herding inferno!

...Continued from yesterday

Preface: Dewi comes from a line of actual working farm dogs on his father's side. His father, Ch Chaos's Jack of Hearts (who performed a herding demo at this event), has a string of AKC Herding titles. The likelihood that Dewi inherited at least a little bit of that talent was high.

So, all of you who guessed that Dewi had as much fun as Jon Farleigh during the instinct test were right. He has instinct (that was determined within nanoseconds). If there had been a spark in the sheep pen, I do believe the friction from Dewi's full-on galloping would've set the place ablaze. :)

For optimal photo-viewing effect, I have included appropriate audio accompaniment. :)  (Go on and listen!)
(Right click and open in a new window to play in background.)

...Satisfaction came in the chain reaction. I couldn't get enough...

...so I had to self-destruct...

photo courtesy of Taryn at A Tail of Two Cardis

...I herd somebody say, burn baby burn!

[Herding] inferno!

I just can't stop...when my spark gets hot...

I herd somebody say...

photo courtesy of Taryn at A Tail of Two Cardis

Burn baby burn!
photo courtesy of Taryn at A Tail of Two Cardis
My "Herding Inferno"

The instructor told me after Dewi's test that his herding style is to pin the sheep to the fence and keep them there (which isn't exactly the ultimate goal). He'd need herding lessons (and a distracting object in the pen) to teach him better control.


Coming tomorrow - Dewi family reunion photos!

Monday, May 23, 2011

You can take the dog away from the herd, but yesterday, there was no taking the herd out of the dog.

Yes, friends, it's true. That's why they call it instinct. And despite the sheep's desperate attempt to overpower it with a generous helping of freshly wafting manure odor, yesterday, Jon Farleigh's inborn faculty for driving livestock could no longer be contained. He is, in fact, a herding dog. It was a sight for a doubtful dog-mama to behold. :)

Oh great, a repeat of last time?!
Jon Farleigh says, "No, I don't think so."
photo courtesy of Taryn at A Tail of Two Cardis
(The human is well-known herding instructor Susan Rhoades of KeepStone Farm.)

I've heard other herding dog owners talk of the moment they could tell the metaphorical "light bulb turned on" during their own dogs' herding instinct tests. Now, I know what that looks like. :) There was a precise moment, after Jon Farleigh noticed the sheep moving away from him in the ring, that his expression changed and that poop on the ground was no longer interesting. But being the cautious people-pleaser he is, before he took off to do the thing he mysteriously already knew how to do, he turned to face the instructor and waited for her gesture of approval. Then he was gone. It was a free-spirited side of him that I have never seen before. It was unbridled dog beauty. :)

"Don't let these flowing locks fool you, sheeps; I'm all Corgi."
photo courtesy of Taryn at A Tail of Two Cardis

We (my two human Girl Children, two dogs and I) had a great time hanging out with the people and dogs of the Chesapeake Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club (CCWCC) (who sponsored this herding fun event) in Millersville, MD yesterday. So much fun that instead of reporting on all of it here today, I've decided to post it in chunks.

Up tomorrow? Wild man, Dewi, in the herding ring for the first time in his life.
Any predictions?

Friday, May 20, 2011

A-herding we will go, a-herding we will go...

...heigh ho, the dairy-o, a-herding we will go!
And, we'll leave the poop alone, we'll leave the poop alone...
hum, hum...

Oh, hai!
I was just sitting here thinking about the time last fall when we took Jon Farleigh for a herding instinct test. Unfortunately, we never found out whether he's got the instinct because instead of playing with the sheep, he opted for the all-you-can-eat poop buffet. It was probably the best day in his life up until that point. :)

Here we go...

Oh, wait! There's some poop.

Come on, Jon, look at those sheep!

Where are you, Jon? Oh, there you are (just past the sheep's butt).

Good boy, you can do it! Just watch the sheep...

Not her, the sheep, Jon.
"Hey nice lady, you got a treat in that pocket?"

"Hey, you, Corgi dude. You gonna chase us, or what?!"

"Hey, wait for me!"

The sheep most definitely have Jon Farleigh's number by this point...

Okay, one last attempt. This time I'm gonna try talking to the sheep (to get JF's attention).

Go get 'em, boy!  Go! Go!

"Hey, nice lady, wanna play?"

No, not a herder on his first attempt, but he did score some sweet talk and a pat on the head.  :)


Hmmm. I think it's about time we give this instinct testing another try. And not just Jon Farleigh, but Dewi, too. Yeah, I think we'll try it on Sunday. :) 
(Stay tuned.)

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Do you Bark in the Park?

How about the ballpark?

Jon Farleigh and Dewi do (dooweedoo - hee hee), thanks to Richmond, Virginia's very own Minor League Baseball team, the Flying Squirrels, who hosted Bark in the Park at the Diamond last night.

Yes, much to our relief, the threatening black rainclouds steered just clear of the ballpark and allowed hundreds of human and canine fans (including us) to enjoy a perfect evening celebrating a favorite American pastime. And as promised, here's the photographic evidence.

"Dewi, check it out. There's dogs everywhere."

"Why are you up there when you could be under here?"

"You rock, Mom!"

"I detect chemicals in my nose that make me want to have some of that, urgently, PLEEEZ."

"It's not easy being this good looking."

"Safe?!! Dude, did you get your glasses from 'Poor Eyes'?"

FREE doggie ice cream from Rita's. Dewi ate his and then stole another dog's later. Really.

The view below us.
If you look closely, you will see the team from Richmond PetLovers .com (on the right in the red T's). I'm 99.999 percent sure Sarah (of the blog) is seated on the far right. (I have met her once in person.)

And this is Yours Truly with a Dewi-dog growing out of her face.  :)

Do you follow Layne's awesome blog named for her adorable dogs, Banjo and Millie?
We were lucky enough to meet all of them in person at the game, and we hadn't even planned it!

Layne, her husband and her doggies are super nice (and so very well-behaved). (What? Are you surprised that Layne was behaved?) :)

See how nicely Banjo and Millie are sitting? I, on the other hand, am having a bit of trouble with my boys.

"Okay, quickly, take the photo while I have them in this here choke hold!"
(Notice the looks on JF's and Dewi's faces. It should be a crime to have this much fun.)

Layne, her husband, Banjo and Millie, it was great meeting you!

Now, I'm curious. Are there any other professional baseball teams that sponsor similar dog-friendly game nights? Please tell!


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