I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.

For me they are the role model for being alive.

~ Gilda Radner

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Stumpy's neglected

Dirtville is a sprawling community tied together by a series of dirt roads. Locals accurately describe the roads as washboards. They are bumpy, to put it mildly.

Speaking metaphorically,Stumpy and I have run into a few bumps in the road, recently. Poor Stumpy has been left home way more than we would like. Things are almost back to normal. It may be another week or so before we can get back to reading, commenting and posting.

Many thanks to those who have checked in! Knowing we have been missed brought much needed smiles!

Stumpy's friend Baby did come over to visit one day. Stumpy was happy to see her. Baby? Not so much...

Stumpy has three kennels around the house. This is her first kennel, purchased when she was 6 months old and the one she prefers.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Stumpy can't wait to get to work!

Sometimes I feel the pressure

and I have to remind her to be patient


She carefully inspects every corner

And washes everything thoroughly

She'd eat it, if I would let her

No part of it goes unwashed

"Don't you think you should have some desert desert, now?"

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Nosy Neighbor

Stumpy IS one!

The trashy trailer next door has been (thankfully) vacant for over a year. Two weeks ago we noticed some activity and before long we had new neighbors.

Stumpy insists, that although she doesn't go over there, it is part of her kingdom. She wasn't happy and let the interlopers know it every time she saw them. Not being very brave, she preferred to let her opinion be known from the deck.

Since her return from boot camp, Stumpy has been on her best behavior. There are only few things that will tempt her to leave her yard: chasing a coyote, or a feral cat and visiting with other dogs. I don't leave her much opportunity to actually do any of these things, however.

The other day the new neighbors appeared to be fully moved in, now with dogs. Stumpy can't resist the idea of a new friend.

She's snuck off twice, to go visiting, when my back was turned.

Poor girl, she's on restriction, again.

And she ain't happy.

Typical of dirtville, we just heard our new neighbors now have 9 puppies... Arizona is a hot bed of raging parvo and distemper epidemics. I asked the new neighbor if her dogs vaccinations were UTD. Silly me. What was I thinking? We don't vaccinate or spay/neuter dogs in dirtville...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Torturing ... Oops! I mean STIMULATING Stumpy (#5)

Stumpy loves her Holee-Roller!

It's a great toy for tugging and playing fetch, in the house.

She loves it even better, when It's stuffed with something.

Like a pigs ear

or rawhide chews

The holes in it are varying sizes, so there's a few different things I can stick inside of it, that are useful tools for torturing stimulating and expending energy. More on that in another post.

* this is not a review of the Holee-roller Ball. I have not been compensated, in any way. Nor, was I solicitated to review this product.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunday's SnooZzzzzzzzzzzze (#21)

"What? Huh? Did somebody say something?"

"This couldn't wait?"






"AGAIN with the camera???"

"Lady, you need a hobby!"


Friday, June 3, 2011

Help a veteran obtain a service dog

For every 5,000 people who click "like" on the page between May 27 and July 4, one dog will be given to a veteran with PTSD. They hope to reach 500,000 new "likes" on Facebook to meet their goal of providing 100 service dogs to returning veterans.

Visit the Facebook page, and click the "like" button.

What's not to like???

Stumpy says:

"DO IT NOW!!!"

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Front Row Seats???

Stumpy's got 'em!!!

And with her keen, laser, night vision, she can see a coyote approaching from miles away (she wishes)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A bit of color

in an otherwise drab dirtville

I believe it's a Western Tanager. I have an annual visit when the palo verde tree blooms. The visiting bees attract the birds.

The pictures are taken through the window.

In other news, blogger is right on top of the problem some of us are having commenting, as evidenced by this quote taken from the blogger help page.

"We're investigating an issue which is preventing login and comment posting for some users, and hope to have a fix released shortly.

Thanks for your patience in the meantime. — latest update on Tuesday, May 24, 2011"

I mean they were on top of it, over a freaking week ago!!!