Splash Zone

It may not sound like fun to most people, but watching these little mud puppies splashing away is one of the highlights of my afternoon!Of course, they know that we are being entertained, so they ham it up even more.Luckily, a few shakes and rolls, and they are spanking clean again……not that we would ever spank them!This dirt was caused by  a gopher. Our angels would never make such a mess!

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Rosie

Miss Rosie

We have had Shelties since we were first married. My first Christmas present was Omar, a male Shetland Sheepdog. We are baby sitting Rosie. She is a rescue dog, part Sheltie and she is going home next week-end……maybe, I might have to hide her somewhere!

Home on the ranch

Rosie is a big help, keeping a watchful eye on everything.

Good Bad Bug Dog

A dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do

Not all ranch work is done outside the casa….and there is no rest for the weary! Sky, our fearless Australian Shepherd has a new job. I think that she has been alerted to potential danger because she has heard my blood curdling screams…..sometimes in the middle of the night. I love all creatures (just ask my Mom)….but there are some creepy crawlies that give me the creeps! Last night, Sky looked at me and was staring at something under the table. I am surprised that she did not put her paws over her ears when she saw me looking at the scorpion that she had spotted. Thank you, Sky for being such a great watch dog!

Big Trouble

I knew that a little stroll with five dogs on  leashes would turn out to be a fiasco. Who wants to have their arms elongated for four miles. We have almost zero traffic on our private road. The two Pomeranians stay right by our side, as well as our Sheltie. They get tired pretty quick and Spooky the smallest wants us to carry her after about a mile. Sky and Flaca are the ones that usually can make it without too much drama. Not today….I could smell something cooking on a grill somewhere nearby and I was not the only one. Well, never one to miss a chance to crash a picnic..Sky took off to see if she could have a sample from our neighbors. We could not talk her out of running all the way to their house.She knew she was in trouble.As much trouble as she caused, it did not take long to be forgiven.

Dog Days of Winter

not sure we want to go......

Tina, Dena, BV, the princess, Macaroni and the Labs, Bear and Lil Yellow came out yesterday for a fun photo shoot. It was overcast and a little chilly, but we warmed up fast.

Lil yeller has second thoughts....

Getting through the gate where the ponies are was a little intimidating.

good bye cruel world....

It took a little while to get over the problem of sticker burrs and piles of fresh manure. Good rolling stuff!

follow me, kids

We took the long way around the field to the tank. Yeller had already had a confrontation with Mesquite Joe and we were not anxious to repeat the trama.

Carry me, Mama!

The princess, Mac had not been here since she was a baby. She is STILL a baby!

I like the view from here, Mac says.

Mac’s little legs got tired and she needed a break.

Ahhhh. This is the life!

By the time we reached the tank, Mac was ready to play

this is what you need to do

A little bossy sometimes…..

Let me tell you a little secret

Mac decided the splashing looked like too much fun!We all documented their every move.

If only I had a Canon

BV took some great macro shots that are posted on flick

We all had to protect our cameras from the splash zone.Yeller could do this all dayBear got tired of being dunked under waterAfter swallowing the brackish water and eating a little horse poop, he took a break to eat some grass

tummy not feel so good

It was all and all, a great adventure and they slept like babies all the way home. We can’t wait to do it again!

Rainy Days and Sundays

Hey people, my name is Sky. I’ve been cooped up all week because of the rain here in Tejas. When I do go outside I track in loads of sand and oak pollen. I hear it is sunny in Chicago. I am really in the mood for some good Chicago pizza and maybe a hotdog. When I’m not feeling sorry for myself, I do have quite a nice life on the ranch…..if you are bored like me, read about it HERE.

Last Night and the Night Before

I could not wait to get home Friday night. Tom and I had a cook out planned and we wanted to get started before sunset. I thought we might just walk down to the tank and sit on a blanket and eat a salad, but I should have known better. I saddled up Pony Boy and he was my couch for the evening, while the Gourmet Chef grilled bell peppers, zucchini, carrots and onions to compliment our jalapeño and cheddar cheese burgers. Pony Boy munched on hay and was content to hang out with us. We had a radio, but it was more fun to listen to the Cara Caras (Mexican eagles) and the Owls as it got later. Last night was even more fun and Tom had the whole day to plan our feast.We had corn on the cob, roasted on the fire, green beans on another grill, chicken and sausage on the 3rd one.

Spooky's first pony ride

Noche and Okie stayed home (their choice)and I was a little bit worried about bringing Spooky. I thought we might lose her when it got dark, but she stayed near us all night. She even went for a ride on Pony Boy. Sky was really good, too. She did a little exploring, but never wandered off to far.

Every day opens up new possibilities for fun that only could be realized by living out here with the solitude, open land and abundant wildlife. Just recently we have been excited to see several deer on our property for the first time ever. Last week, I started putting out corn so that they will appear on a predictable basis.There is a big buck and at least four doe in his harem. I can’t wait to see little Bambis in May. If I feed them enough, maybe they will hang out here more often and try some of Tom’s roasted corn on the cob! We took lots of photos that are posted here. Check out Just Saying to see some of the ranch recipes.

The Breakfast Club

Their are five members and one guest member. Five canines and one feline. The rules are that they compete to wake up the chief cook and bottle washer starting at 4am. If that fails they attack the assistant staff member and beg for breakfast. They have already had snacks through the night because the feline club member has demanded breakfast in bed starting at the stroke of midnight. After a hearty meal they all go back to sleep until the next servant takes over the morning shift. The lunch bunch is pretty much the same….same faces same noise, just hungrier after barking at every leaf that blows……..The only one who is patient enough to wait til dawn is Miss Piggy.

Just wake me when lunch is ready, pretty please

 

Hello, My name is Trouble, BIG Trouble

We already had a small little black Pomeranian that was a pain in the neck, so it only made sense to get another bigger dog to compound our problems and further complicate our lives.  We have four dogs, but hardly anyone notices the two that we call “No Trouble” They stay in the yard, don’t chase the pig, goats, sheep or horses and don’t bark unless it’s very important. When we go out of town NO ONE  offers to keep Little Trouble (Spooky) at least not more than once and anyone brave enough to take care of Big Trouble (Sky) has our sympathy and gratitude. I probably  should point out a few of their good points  to justify the high maintenance, but that would take all day. You just have to meet them for yourselves and see how adorable they are ! How about this week-end?  Any takers?trouble t-shirt#1