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Part Of The Pack, Part Of Our Hearts

Buster belongs to us now. We can’t imagine giving him up. Well ok sometimes I do imagine it. Just for a minute. While he is jumping up and down and up and down in front of me. When he is racing through our small house threatening to knock over lamps. Whenever we come home and find that we stupidly left a glass sitting out and now the contents are all over the carpet. Along with a cigarette butt ( not mine) meaning he hate the other half! And a spoon, a wet napkin and my husband’s reading glasses.

I think of it when he chases the cat up onto the washing machine and I see the look of hate in her eyes. Actually they aren’t doing that bad together most of the time.

I think about it when I wake up in the middle of a dog tiff in the middle of the bed with all three! Or when he won’t stop his yappy, very loud bark to ask the other two to please play with him. Or when he makes them mad by constantly nipping at them and bumping them to play.

I especially think about it whenever he wakes us up at eight-thirty and we are used to getting up at maybe eleven o’clock. And he doesn’t just get up. He starts jumping and running and playing! And he wants us to do those things also. The other two dogs don’t want to do that anymore than I do. Often times I have laid in the bed with him beside me while I dangle a chew toy rope for him to play with. All the while my eyes are shut. It buys me a few minutes. Once in a while he will lay there and chew his Nyla bone and then fall back to sleep from boredom. Not often though.


Then there are the times that he melts my heart. Laying in bed at night with him all snuggled up next to me like a newborn baby. He wants me to rub his little tummy. He looks at me with those big funny eyes. And gives me big, sloppy, happy kisses.

I love to see him running like a lightening bolt around the yard chasing one of the other two dogs in exuberant play that they haven’t engaged in for many years. He mostly does this with Darla. She loves it. She will come up to me laughing as if to say, “I’m having so much fun mommy!”

I love the tender little moments when he is so happy to be part of the pack like when one of them lets him snuggle up to them in bed. Or if he has a bad dream and one of them checks on him. Often when they are playing and he gets reprimanded by one dog, the other dog will jump to his aid.

Last night I saw him bring Luna’s favorite, purple ball to her, lay it down beside her and then touch her paw with his as if to say, “let’s play.” It just melted my heart.

It amazes me how fast he learns new things. How to sit and shake. Especially for a morning treat when he does not really need to pee. How to lick the number one dogs ears because number two does it. How to get the food out of his food puzzle toy. He learned to play Frisbee and the other two never have.

It is really like having a lovable, adorable, jumping, bumping, bouncing, running Tigger! Winnie The Pooh would be more our speed but oh well we will manage. Or loose our minds eventually.

Dogs-1 A rare moment of stillness. They are looking at the woodpecker on the tree. Buster a.k.a  The Flash, Lightening Bolt, Tigger, Speedy González, Yappy, Crazy Dog, Little Man is the one in the middle.


Tuesday January 27, 2015

buster-1-for-blog We named him Buster. We should have named him Digger.






“Momma, I didn’t want a little brother”


“Just look at what he did to the yard momma!”


Darla says, “You mean you will help me dig bigger holes?!”



The Beautiful Crow

I found this gorgeous albeit dead crow today on my way home from walking one of my dogs. I think crows are fascinating and beautiful.












For the last photo I photoshopped him a new eyeball so you could see how majestic he was in life.

Pitbull Safety

I had an interesting experience this afternoon. A friend in my neighborhood recently took in two dogs from a rescue to foster. When she got the first one, a large, strong, handsome faced blue Pit, I walked over to the fence to meet him. He was very friendly. No problems at all. I visited them several more times with no problem, even after she obtained another dog who was possibly a Pit mix. A very nice dog who was no problem either. So I thought how nice, they are treated well and have a great home and they are good dogs. No problem to be around. Until today.

They came outside and I along with another neighbor who has petted them many times before went to the fence as usual to pet them and the first one barked a bark from hell and acted very aggressive! The bark alone scared the daylights out of me. I didn’t try to pet him. My nieghbor did carefully put his hand towards him to see if he would calm down and lick him. NO! He tried to bite him! The foster-mother said that he seemed to have become very possessive of her in the last few days.

So my advice is not to fear all Pitbulls and never rescue one but to proceed with extreme caution and keep an eye on how the dogs attitude might change over time. The dog might appear calm and friendly for a while and then change for the worse. If a child was involved that would be very dangerous.

As I have mentioned before in another post, I have been chased and bitten by a Golden Retriever and kissed by a Pitbull who was days later given away because his owners thought he was getting dangerous. Be careful and extra observant if you have a dog who breed is considered by many to be dangerous. Don’t leave children alone with them or leave the dogs loose where they could possibly hurt other people or animals. When a neighbors small dog came outside the big dog ran to the fence aggressively and stood by him ready to grab if he decided to jump the fence. Then she took them inside because she recognized that this was not a safe situation.

In a few days they will unfortunately have to move on to another foster family. As much as we all want to think of dogs as cuddly and sweet man’s best friends they do have to have proper assessment and supervision.

Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My!

Ok so no lions or bears. There was a tiger but he was far away with his back turned to us. While in Roanoke, Virginia last weekend we visited a Safari Zoo. It was great! I wish I could have gotten out of the car and walked amounst the animals. They were all so beautiful and friendly. They all got along well with each other and as you will see in the first pic some were a little too uninhibited with us humans. My husband wasn’t really thrilled with his close encounter.















Moth Beauty

Moths are so beautiful yet delicate. They really should not be handled as I did this one. If you must for whatever reason handle a moth put in your hand a cotton ball or something similiar soaked in a solution of sugar water 1-4 ratio and let the moth come to it. Just like a butterfly it’s wings should never be touched.



Oh and they pee just like any other creature, not something I ever really thought about.



I went outside later and found that it had a wound that looked as if a bird had tried to peck at it so I gently picked it up and laid it in the this potted plant where it would be safe to die in peace instead of being eatean alive. After awhile another moth just like it came in and rested beside it. It stayed there with it for most of the day as if it were trying to comfort a dying loved one. I don’t know enough about moths to know if that is indeed the case or not. I would sure like to think so. The injured moth appeared to stroke the other moth as if to say “thank you”. I noticed today that the non-injured one was gone. At the time I looked anyway. Maybe it is off getting food.  In the photo the moth on the right is the non-injured one.







Such amazing beauty our Lord God created for us to enjoy. Praise Him all creatures great and small.

Check out Apronhead-Lilly to read of her lovely job as a foster mom to a baby hummingbird.

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