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Snooze Time…well, for Most Dogs

There is a certain time of the day when all of the dogs just lay down and take a snooze. Maybe they have their own schedule? Anyway, wherever they are, always at the same approximate time they all lay down and take a nap. Do your dogs do the same? Dixie seems to be the only one who never gets tired. She’s always wanting to play and I usually have to end our game of fetch when it’s hot out because she doesn’t know when to stop!

I snapped some photos of the little ones while they were in their favorite napping places.

Poor Stitchy has what we think may be a bad flea allergy. He’s having to wear a cone because he’s started chewing himself bloody. We’re working on ridding the house of fleas right now.

The little Murd Man sleeping beside the computer table where his mistress was sitting.

Sherlock took a snooze on a bench. (We had to remove the bench because the pups got their paws stuck in it.)

Dixie of course wanted to be different and go out and play. So we did. 🙂

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Meet Ladybird, the Cockatiel

Hello again, everyone!

Now for a proper introduction to another of our furry— or rather feathered— friends. This is Ladybird, my female cinnamon Cockatiel. She is approx. 8-9 years old and was given to me by a friend who was moving. I’ve owned her for about a year now, I believe it’s been. Now these aren’t the best photos of her but I’ll try to get more of her sometime. I had never owned a Tiel, as they are affectionately called, before but when I was about 7-8 years old, our parents bought me and my sisters each a budgie. J. G., my older sister, and I both had blue males; and P. C. my younger sister, had a green female whom she dubbed Tweety. Mine was named Stuart Little. They were by no means tame but I loved to watch them and listen to them. Tweety was constantly picked on by the other two and she died after a year. Stuart lived a bit longer and he was with me for about 2 1/2 years. J.G.’s reached the ripe old age of 5.

I had studied Cockatiels for some time before my friend asked me if I would like to give Ladybird a home. As you can imagine, I was ecstatic when my parents said that yes I could give her a home. So that’s how Ladybird came to be with me. She’s a very, very, VERY sweet bird and would like nothing better than to cuddle with you. She’s very tame but she does have her off days now and then. Her favorite toys are papers to shred; and her favorite thing to do is ride around on my dad’s shoulder and have her head scratched. Another of her favorite things to do are taking showers and staring at herself in a mirror, admiring her smooth feathers. She lets you know when she’s done with her food bowl by un-hooking it off the bars and chirping loudly. Her favorite treat is millet. Ladybird also likes spending her spare time watching the fish in the tank and exploring the bedroom floor when the dogs aren’t around. My friend’s mom said Ladybird can say “I love you” but I haven’t heard her say it yet, and she can do “Yoo-hoo” and wolf whistles. And here she is! Miss Ladybird!

Tell me I’m beautiful!

What’s this? A speck of dust on my perch! Quick somebody clean it up!

Ah, thank you. Now I can sleep in peace. Now if you’ll just cover my cage, I’d be indebted to you, my good lady.

~ P. H. Burdette

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What We’ve Been Up To

Dixie has been doing marvelous with her hoop jumping skills! So far, we’d been doing a few inches off the ground, and then add another…and another… and another. As long as she was comfortable with it and I didn’t think it would strain her. I’m so proud of her! Today she made 12 inches! It was funny because I was holding the hoop getting out my clicker and treats, and she was already going through the hoop; she couldn’t wait to start. We haven’t quite started “Sit-Up” yet but we’ll get there. Tomorrow, I’ll try to get some photos of Dixie and her hoop.

Most of the time, if you look up resource guarding dogs, it’ll be about dogs who guard against people. Dixie doesn’t have this problem; rather, her problem is guarding against other dogs. Here is an article by Pat Miller concerning this problem: http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/14_10/features/Resource-Guarding-Behavior-Modification_20368-1.html?zkPrintable=true#.T5ODCUL9XAF.facebook

 

Today, I made peanut butter fudge and Dixie decided she wanted to help. “Help clean up your mess,” she said. Every Christmas and Thanksgiving, our aunt makes fudge for everyone and this year I got the recipe from her. It’s fun and easy to make, and oh so much more fun to eat! 😉

I like helpin’!

What’s this? Empty?!

Ah ha! Guilty as charged! (Note the marshmallow on her nose)

The finished product! Mmmm….Can’t wait for it to cool off…*slurp*

~P. H. Burdette

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