Flit and Flutter

Happy Friday!  It’s been a busy week, and I still have a few things on my to-do list before I can kick back and relax, but I’ll tend to one item after lunch, and the other three when I get home… right after I hang out with the fur-girls, work out, eat…

I love our butterfly bush.   My dear aunt gifted it to us after Pop’s death two years ago, and it delights me to no end to see a host of butterflies on it.  It’s planted between where I park and the boys’ garden, so I have a great view.

So, what’s ahead for your weekend?  Do you have more fun in mind than submitting proposed changes to bylaws and policies and procedures?   Don’t feel sorry for me; I like that stuff, and have some changes I’d like to see implemented.

Whatever you do, enjoy it!

Back Seat Riders

Happy Dogs on Thursday, little friday and thankful Thursday to you.   Gretchen’s got a cute, fun post up, all about HER new pool…

Since she took care of the awwww factor, that leaves me free to play a little catch-up.    I have a question for you this week…

Anyone have any experience with these back seat hammocks?

Courtesy of In the Company of Dogs

Now that we’re getting a grip on Gretchen’s car anxiety, we need to figure out how to keep her safely in the back seat.  Left to her own devices, she’d like to hop around and finally settle on the center console, but now that we aren’t worried about her having a stroke from being so upset, it’s time for her to be properly restrained.

This particular model has nifty little slits – I think? – that will allow us to seatbelt her harness again, which is my favorite way to restrain the dogs when we travel.  Other models also have a piece that drops down at the doors to cover THAT part of the seat as well.

I’d love to hear from you if you or someone you know is using something similar.  I’m slightly concerned about being able to reach either dog in case one does get car sick, but it’s fabric, so I should be able to get it out of the way, right?

Thankful Thursday.   I’m really thankful for my husband.  I don’t know that I give him enough credit here on my blog.  I’m sure sometimes it sounds as though he’s rather an absentee part of our pack, and nothing could be further from the truth. 

See his hand there, trying to “encourage” Sis to give the water a better chance?  (That’s a hint of what you’ll see on Gretchie’s post too.)  What Gretchen couldn’t tell you about that pool is that we had to go to about six stores in three towns to find it, here in late July.  I insisted we needed the “small” kiddie pool, and that made our search a little more difficult, but he agreed that the slightly lower sides would make it easier for Gretch to hop in and out.  He’s generally very tolerant of my whims, and loves those fur-girls dearly.

Happy little friday!

Art Update

Here’s the link I couldn’t find yesterday.   The Knight said last night that he’s not sure the one I wanted Monday was black and white; he thinks it could have just faded over time, especially in fairly direct sunlight.

Cue the crickets...

And that’s all I’ve got today.  I need to get photos off the camera and into Flickr, so tomorrow, a real post!

Art you pretty?

We have very little “real” art in our home, because frankly, I love photos.   However, yesterday I fell in love with a print, and it just doesn’t seem to be available. 

Now, I’m hoping some of you more internet and/or art savvy than I am can help.  The print had this at the bottom of it:

By Fred Morgan  Supplement to The Family Herald and Weekly Star, Montreal, Can.   Produced by C. W. Faulkner & Co. London ED

The title of the work, done in a script across the bottom of the print was Queen Alexandra, her Grandchildren and dogs.

Borrowed from Wikipedia

I’ve found a color version online, but I can’t find it now to link.  It looks as though Frederick Morgan is the same guy, because the style is identical.   I’ve admired some of his work in vets’ offices, but nevertheless…

It isn’t flat-out dog art.   I think that’s why I like it.  I liked the particular print I saw yesterday because it was black & white-ish and the hounds (we’ll call them bassets) reminded me a lot of a young Fred (on the right, on all fours, if you find the print) and Sissy (standing on her hind legs, just about center, feet in the lap of a young grand-princess).

Please let me know if you have any clues that might point me in the right direction!

Thinking Pink…

Gretchen says it's too hot to be called "dog days of summer"

Today’s THAT day for me.  I’m rewarding myself with an afternoon out of the office.  

How was your weekend?

Different Bone

I’m sure if you’ve been here more than once, if I wrote “bone” in the title, you’d assure I meant a dog bone.  Not this time!  There are dogs involved, but I mean bone china.  However, you’ll have to see this post to its conclusion to get back to the bone…

Another spectacular birthday box arrived yesterday from Ruth.

Hem.  Have you noticed that sometimes, I drop in a photo, then talk about it, and others (above), I talk then show?  Do you care?  Do you have a preference?

You have to see three of the goodies up close and personal.

The Knight and I are calling that a darling little Westie.  It’s MUCH larger than life in that photo.  It’s an adorable keychain, obviously from Ruth’s recent trip abroad.   I’ve always thought I’d like a Westie or a Scottie, but the Knight doesn’t like anything but smooth-coated terriers.  Hrmph.

Why yes, the tea tin is also larger than life.   Maybe tonight it will cool off enough for me to stand the thought of brewing a cuppa’…  Anyway, I think it’s just a lovely tin and those words – Flowering across the slopes of the Highland mountains of Scotland – paint a beautiful picture, don’t they?

Now you’re going to have to bear with me as I share every single angle of this precious mug.

Each and every dog on the mug is adogable!

THAT is perhaps my favorite angle.  I’m insisting that’s a tan basset in a cute coat.

The other cutie in the mug, and some of the doggums going down the handle.

The rest of the handle.  There are just dogs EVERYWHERE!

No surface was left undogged.

Thank you, Ruth.  What a grand package!   I’m looking forward to exploring the rest of the package in great detail.   That’s my first audio book, and it’s of a book I was just thinking I might re-read…

What’s ahead for your weekend?  I’ll be trying to stay inside as much as possible.  It’s supposed to be around 100 degrees this weekend, with the humidity making the heat index WAY above that.

I hope you have better weather and more exciting plans than that!

Doggy Dental Discussion

I can open wide...

For this week’s Dogs on Thursday post, I was hoping y’all can give me some advice on dental care for the pooches.  None of my dogs have ever needed to have their teeth cleaned, but I already see a few tartar spots on Sissy’s teeth.  I brushed the boy-dogs’ teeth a few times, but they were such cooperative guys. 

I did find a cleaning gel for Sis that doesn’t have any of her allergens listed in the ingredients.  I suspect she’ll be about as cooperative as any dog is.  Gretchen?  I’m not optimistic.  She doesn’t like having her mouth messed with, so I just bought her a very little doggy tooth brush, and I figure we’ll just work on getting the buggar in her mouth for starters…

Do you brush your dog’s teeth?  I’d always heard that since we fed a dry kibble, treated with hard biscuits and provided bones of all sorts for gnawing and such, that we didn’t need to brush their teeth…

The braindead and the ever-understanding, aka: me & 'Nita 2008

It’s also little friday and Thankful Thursday.  Right now, I’m thankful for my friends who still love me when I drop the ball or even forget to show up for the game.  

Isn’t that really one of the signs of a real friend?  Someone who still likes you even when you’re not at your best? 

Sissy did get a quick post up today too.  Do pets understand death?