Monday, April 12, 2021

Couple more

Here are a couple more recent photo show entries. The first was taken for the Candyland Photo Show's "Animal Farm" class. I had so much fun putting this one together. I really love my 1:9 scale farm!

The next picture was taken for Danielle Feldman's Why the Chicken Crossed the Road Photo Show.
This show's class list consists of a regular performance division, a limited halter division and a "Creativity Challenge." One of the challenge classes is called "Raining Cats and Dogs." Of course, I decided that was a typo. Clearly, she meant "Reining Cats and Dogs."
I won this Breyer collie in a raffle at the Willow Tree Live Show in Grand Junction in 2017. I had no idea what to do with a dog this big, so I stuck her on a bookshelf, where she's been gathering dust ever since. It just goes to show, if you wait long enough, everything becomes useful eventually!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

The rest of the week

So it hasn't quite been all dogs, all the time this week. In addition to a lot of boring things like going to the grocery store and cleaning, I did make time to ride Guaranteed, whose owner is recovering from surgery.

On the hobby front, I am slow but surely making Quintus medallions and mailing NaMoPaiMo prizes.
I am also slowly and painfully prepping Myrtle the pinhole pony.
Finally, slowly and sporadically I am taking and uploading photos for Heather Malone's Candyland Photo Show...
and Anne Field's Field of Dolls Online Show.
I had kind of given up on the latter until Daphne Headley made this post on the show's Facebook page.
There's nothing like being publicly called out to get my competitive juices flowing!
Here are two of the new photos. This first one was specifically taken for the "Barnstorming" class at Candyland, but I also entered it in the Field of Dolls "Bad Behavior" class.
Similarly, this summer barn party gone wild works for both "Summer Fun" and "Might As Well Jump."
Today marks the last day of Piper's first week as a Buxton. It's been a great seven days, and I am looking forward to an ever better - and more productive - week two.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

All dogs, all the time

When I was seventeen, my friend, Lori, and I went on a hike and found a stray mama dog with a litter of puppies. Of course, we both wanted to save them, so we went home to plead our cases. I was shocked and delighted when my parents said that I could take one puppy. We drove back to the parking lot where we'd found them, but it turned out that they weren't actually strays. Their owner said she'd be happy to sell me one, but not the little girl pup I really wanted. That one was already spoken for.

Rather than settle for one of the boys, I went to the pound and found another sweet tri color girl. I named her Megan, and we were inseparable for almost a week. Then she started vomiting water. We took her to the vet, and she died there. It was awful.

A couple months later, I got another puppy. Her name was Sally, and I loved her dearly, but it took a long time to get over the trauma of losing Megan.
Tuesday night, Piper was a little sneezy. She woke up coughing on Wednesday, and I freaked out. I put her in the car and took her straight to the vet. I'm not normally like that, but some scars run deep. I guess I'll never really get over Megan.
Fortunately, this story has a happy ending. Piper got a clean bill of health. She's back at home and doing just fine. 
Darcy has taken over her training. They bork at the mailman together...
and Darcy has explained the entire package inspection process.
Pipes is a natural!
She's also learned to sit, catch and wear hats.
Socializing is important, so she's gone to the pet store,
the hardware store...
and the barn.
She behaved really well and had no fear of the horses at all.
It's still a work in progress, but I think this three dog thing is going to work out.
Eventually, I promise, I'll get back to horses, but right now, it's all dogs, all the time, and I am loving every minute of it.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Almost wordless Wednesday

Seth's squirrel garden attracted had a new visitor yesterday. Emma spotted him hiding behind a tree in our across-the-street neighbor's front yard, and she and her sisters sounded the alarm. I got my camera and was able to snap a few photos as he crossed the street and came right up to the edge of our lawn. It was exciting for all us!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Three dog family

We've been flirting with the idea of a third dog for a long time - years really - but more so since the beginning of the pandemic.

"Now is the time," we proclaimed. "We're all at home anyway."

With that, we logged on to Adopt-A-Pet and chose a likely candidate. We filled in the application, but not quickly enough. Someone else got her before we could even meet her.


And that's how it's been for months. So many dogs gone so quickly.
We were beginning to think it would never happen, but late in the day on Easter Sunday, Adopt-A-Pet sent me another alert.
This one was still available. We got in the car and drove across the Denver Metro area to Westminster.
I was convinced she would be adopted while we were driving, but no. She was still there.
The adoption facilitator told us she was very shy and would probably hide from us, so I sat on the floor while she went to get her. Instead of hiding, Blanca walked right over to me and tucked herself into my lap.
She liked Seth just as much. If we could have, we'd have taken her home that day. However, the shelter wanted to see her interact with Darcy and Emma first.
We did that yesterday. It went fine, and now we are officially a three dog family.
The new addition - who is probably Piper and definitely not Blanca - was pretty smelly, so she got a bath right away.
Poor girl is very, very thin. 
We're spending a lot of time hanging out and bonding.
She's a little bit timid and anxious, but I'm seeing signs of the happy, confident, playful dog I think she will become. 
Darcy has been a saint. Everything is more complicated with Emma, but she's doing okay, too. I think they'll be a good pack eventually.
It's really nice having a white dog in my life again.
If I'm not here quite as much for the next little bit, this is why. I'm taking some time to enjoy my three dog family.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Miniature mysteries

I didn't think I needed anything from Anne Field's recent live sale, but I like  to support my friends so I attended anyway. Also, I knew deep down that I probably did need something. Specifically, I needed two tiny pony bags and a twelve dollar mystery envelope.

The pony bags are extremely cute and will prove useful should I ever get around to painting some of my Maggie micro herd.
I had no idea what to expect from the mystery envelope.
Well, that's not exactly true. Anne had stated that each envelope would have tiny money, and in fact, mine did.
There was also a sticker, a pink Starbucks cup, an energy drink, several paper plates, a tiny rolling pin, an ice cream cone and a pair of handcuffs. 
And look! I got a fifty dollar coupon towards the purchase of a custom doll or merchandise at her next live sale. Woo hoo!
I'm so glad I went to Anne's sale. I definitely needed all these things.
Thank you, Anne, and congratulations on another successful sale.