Thursday, October 19, 2017

Happy 6th Birthday, Toby!

The moods of a 6 year old greyhound are many. They don't want to be seen with their parents and feel that if their eyes are covered that they are invisible!
They want to wear their Superhound cape even when sleeping!
And, they want to be coddled and chillaxed all the time. We love him to bits!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Poppy Play Date

Poppy plays well with the big dogs...

Here... comes... Poppy!

Poppy came for a visit today. She is a super sweet boxer-basset hound mix.
She got to play with the big girls and boys! Trouble tried to entice Poppy to chase him!
There she goes! "Speedy" is her new nickname... She is like a barrel on short, stubby legs!
She was especially enamored with Lady Flame. 
And vice versa;-)
Gravity started to take it's toll as Poppy started to get a bit tired after chasing the hounds for an hour;-)
She is all bodacious curves! Marilyn Monroe has nothing on Poppy!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Papermill Pals

We joined Trouble and Sugaree (and their family) for a walk on the Papermill Trail today.
There were a couple of guys scoping out the fishability of the river by walking upstream from their boats.
The Sabattus River is so pretty any time of the year.
We veered off the pavement and took a short, forested trail down to the river.
The pups and people all enjoyed themselves as they investigated the river, which was rather "algified" at the moment, as there was so little water.
We also took a trail that cuts across to Mill St. so as to check out the bridge and old mill area.
This will be very pretty, in autumn, as the trees change color. Unfortunately, this is as far as we got on our walk due to Toby probably getting stung by a bee. Poor pup. Drew had to go back to the beginning of the trail to get the car, and then he drove down Mill St. to pick us up. Toby was limping, and then screaming when I tried to find the cause of his ailment. Then, he lay on the ground until his chariot arrived. Greyhounds aren't known for being stoic;-)
Queen Anne's Lace

I think this is in the "Pink" Family of disturbed roadside flowers, but I can't figure out the species.
Pretty leaves changing to a deep red as autumn is just around the corner.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Carrot Time!

When we returned from Hazel Hill Orchard (see entry on MaineNatureDiary) the pups received a well deserved treat. Lady Flame immensely enjoyed her thinly sliced carrot (sliced for easy chewing). 

Toby was exhausted from guarding the house during our absence and fell asleep with the carrot in his mouth.

Ahhh... Sweet slumber...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Toby may finally be completely blind

We've been having a rough couple of days. The house has become like a pin ball machine for Toby, who seems to have completely lost his sight. This has occurred before, but only temporarily. Unfortunately, we are thinking that he may now be permanently blind.

It is difficult for us to see our big, beautiful boy walk around so cautiously (as he hits his head constantly.) We may order a Halo Vest for Toby. It might help reduce all the head trauma.

But, our young buck can still kick up his heels with the best of them! Well, at least he can kick to mark the ground after peeing and pooping!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

High Speed Hounds in Slow-Mo

Drew worked the camera again, today. The video starts out with Trouble running at normal speed, and then switches to slow-motion so that you can see the elegance and/or goofiness of our high speed hounds. P.S. you might have to wait a few seconds for the video to load.

Just a note: Trouble is the featured hound in this video. He keeps us thoroughly entertained with his clumsy, off-kilter running style. A saying in our yard is, "If Trouble looks like he is going to run into you, then he really is going to bowl you over!" Everyone must stay on guard when the hounds run. More than one of us has been upended by these speedy hounds. Enjoy!

One more note: Billy and Shannon - I think you need to look around for traction shoes for TroublešŸ˜‰ We left out some of the more embarrassing slips and slides that Trouble took as he tried to negotiate turns...