We lost Oak this month and things have changed a great deal. Patches and Fred
went back to their own home and Hans and Gretchen have new homes. It's very hard to lose
everyone within a few weeks of each other. We're down to just Sassy, J and Will. The food bill has
dropped and I have a lot more time for other things but I miss them - especially Oak
who was diagnosed with Ostesarcoma in August.
We have new folks and dogs in the house. My son, his wife, her mother, and my two
granddaughters have come to stay with us. Between the five of them, they have seven dogs.
I've set up a special page for the other dogs I mention here so
that my readers can get to know them.
Will loves Rosita (Rosie Posie the pit bull) and she is quite fond of him.
He plays and has a great time with Boomer (Boom Boom the Patterdale) and Squishy
(whose real name might be offensive to some). He also plays with Strawberry
(Shortcake) who stays outside except for cold nights (she won't go into her dog
house at all.)
Strawberry, Tinkerbell, Cantoo and Squishy LOVE Jourie and Sassy and exert
a lot of effort towards tormenting - I mean showing their affection. Being an
overprotective mom, I try to keep Will away from Tink and Cantoo. They're quite
boisterous adolescents and Tink has the startle factor added in. Willie doesn't
have the patience with them that he had when they were babies and I don't want
his discipline efforts to become his downfall. I should say that Mac the boxer
loves all the pit bulls.
Our extra family and pack members will be leaving us this month. They have
found a new home. It will be much quieter without them, although the dogs are
generally quiet. Something (someone) has been prowling the back of the property
and my neighbors' dog was shot with an arrow a few days ago. (We do live next to
a hunting camp.) Annabel is okay but she was very lucky that the arrow didn't
hit anything vital. It really scared me so we've been more watchful and moved
the little dogs to the front yard. We're trying to get a fence put up but they
are on cables at the moment. I hate that but I'd rather have them alive on
cables than dead in the back yard. We should have the fence finished in another
day or two.
I got a good picture of Will yesterday. He usually has his
nose in the dirt but he was watching the girls run. I wish I had been sitting
down but it's still a nice shot of him.