Friday, July 31, 2015

Story Time

"Hey donkey, you want to hear another story?"

"Oh, must I?  It's awfully hot for this ya know?"

"Well, what else you got to do?  It's hot right?"

"Alright.  Tell me a story, I'm listening."

"OK, see, there was this rabbit hiding out under the brush pile...I just love rabbits ya know, hmmm, yum, yum.  Anyway, there was this rabbit...."

"....hey wait, what's that?!"

"Did you see that???  Was that a mouse?"

*sigh*  "I should know better than to listen to a cat, we're gonna be here all day"

"Well, we will if I get my way:)"

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Swimming Weather

Connor learned to swim this Spring and, once he figured out that he could swim, he took to it with his usual unalloyed enthusiasm.

My winter puppy does not appreciate the heat and he swims in the pond 2-3 time a day every day.

The shark in his natural element.

I think it's time to join him.

Into the Sunset

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Several people have wondered about Connor and his teddy.  What can I say? 

Connor is one of the more interesting dogs I've known.  He is all wild enthusiasm, exuberance and nearly manic energy.  He is ultra high octane (even more than most Border Collies) and beneath that fluffy coat, he is nothing but whipcord and muscle.  Connor has a very different relationship with gravity than the rest of us mere mortals.

He is also fiercely intelligent and under all of that kinetic energy is a highly sensitive and somewhat fragile soul.  Given a job to do, all that energy, enthusiasm and intelligence come together into a quiet, focused powerhouse.  I think he could be an exceptional stock dog if he was allowed to develop his skills and focus his energy without scaring him.  Not much frightens Connor, but once he does get scared of something, there is no changing it.  You don't get any second chances with Connor.

Like any mortal creature though, even Connor needs a certain amount of rest and downtime, but those are the things that come hardest to him.  This is where the blue rabbit comes in, hideous and grubby as it is despite regular washing.

Connor has used his stuffed toys as a kind of surrogate right from the start and he began "nursing" on them the day I brought him home.   The blue bunny, which was a hand-me-down from a friend, is the one that has held up.  The nursing is clearly a self-soothing, somewhat compulsive behavior.  He puts his whole mouth over the teddy's face and sucks on it with all of his unquenchable enthusiasm,  sometimes for hours at a time.  He kneads it with his paws and goes into a kind of meditative trance and afterward, gravity wins for just a bit and he sleeps.

For all his meteoric energy, exuberance and drive, I often think that this is when you can see Connor's true personality the clearest.

Monday, July 27, 2015

All Grown Up

Emma turns five today.  Hard to believe how much this one little donkey brought into my life when I brought her home to be a "safe, easy" companion for Tessa.  Little did I know that she would sneak right past all my defenses.  It's the unexpected treasures that always steal the heart.


Happy Birthday my sweet Emma girl.  Thanks for teaching me about the joy of donkeys.  

Sunday, July 26, 2015


A sizable chunk of Riding Buddy's hay supply, all dry, raked, ready to bale.....

...and getting rained on.  Such a sad, sorry sight.

At least the puppies had a great time.