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Let me tell you a little more about L'Amour.

I first introduced you all to her here, feel free to read take a moment and read this if you haven't yet.  I was pretty pleased with the photos of her.  She is such a sweetie!

Quick facts to refresh your memory if you read the other post:  saw her roaming around by our gate in January, very standoffish at first, and now loves Milkbone dog treats.

Okay, now that we are all caught up, here's more about L'Amour.

It turns out that I am not the only one with a soft heart here in our neck of the woods.  We have a neighbor, Fern, that is also softhearted.  It seems that Fern has adopted L'Amour. 

One day I stopped to talk to Fern on the road, and she started telling me that she thought someone was feeding her dog.  (She's calling her "her dog", so she must have adopted her.  Right?)  I had to explain that I had been feeding her since January.  The only thing that gave me away was that I fed her next to the road one day.

Fern seemed okay with me feeding her, so I just kept doing it. 

Then one day I decided that we needed to name her because we would refer to her as either the dog, or your dog.  In my opinion, every dog should have a name.  In this case, she'll never learn it, but we will always refer to her by her name.

So, to answer some of your questions.  We will never bring L'Amour to live with us.  She has a family now.  But I will continue to take her treats, cans of dog food, and dry food whenever I can.



Meet L’Amour!

I must apologize for leaving you guys hanging on the name for our stray friend.  Just this morning, I was asked by two different people what her name ended up being.  (Thanks Rose & Heidi!)

McD and I never really discussed the list of names everyone submitted, because McD made the pick without me. 

Her name is now, L'Amour.  Thank you for the suggestion, Lisa K.!  Thank you to everyone for submitting such good names!  Just for the record, I was going to call her Chance.

Here's a little L'Amour story for ya.

Yesterday, as I drove down the road, L'Amour saw me leaving the gate, and started running out to meet me on the road.  Well, I was in a hurry, and I didn't have any food or treats with me so I kept going.  It really pulled on my heart strings to have to do that to her, but it was necessary. 

Today, I grabbed some dog food and a treat to be ready in case we saw her on our way to town.  We drove a little out of our way to see if she was hanging around, but she wasn't any where to be seen.  Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw her.  She was running down the hill.  She had seen us, and knew that I'd have something for her. 

I gave her a treat, and poured some dry food out for her.  She was soaking wet, due to the rain, and just wanted a little attention.  I love the way a brief two minute stop along the way really made my day.


Can You Help Us Name This Dog?

As a lot of you know, our girl Pepper came to us in January of this year as a stray I found on the side of the road.  And before Pepper, our girl Mia found us.  So, needless to say, I have a soft spot for dogs.  Especially, stray dogs. 

If I could, I would open a shelter for dogs and I would just take care of them all.  Of course, I don't have the money or facilities to do that, and I know that McD is happy about that. 

After I brought Pepper home, I saw another stray dog roaming around our gate.  She was a bit standoffish, but I tried to get her to come to me each time I saw her.  I even started taking her food.  I mean, at the time, I didn't know if she was being fed.  I would pour the dry food out on the ground, walk away, get back in my pick-up and drive off, and then she would go eat the food.  I would have to watch her from my rearview mirror.

I started keeping dog food and treats in my pick-up, just in case she was around. 

Eventually, she started coming to me and letting me pet her.  Then, she got to where she would give me a kiss, and roll over onto her back so I could scratch her stomach.  She whimpers and whines the whole time. 

For some silly reason I never even thought to take photos of her, until today. 🙂

This is how it goes every time I see her.

Here she is laying around watching her buddies, the horses, play in the water.  Okay, they are cooling off, but playing sounds like more fun.

Here she comes.

Before you know it, she is stepping all over my toes and begging for attention.

First, I give her a Milk-Bone biscuit.  She loves them!!

She knows that I am going to give her something else, but today she is in for a surprise. 

She noticed that I had the bag of food, but I also had a can of Alpo.  She wasn't taking her eyes off of that can.

She likes it!!

Have you noticed that this little girl has a heart on her? 

For a minute, I thought she was going to lick the enamel off the bowl.

But just when I thought she was going to come over to me, you know…to thank me, she headed for the empty can.  My aging joints did not react near as fast as I hoped.  She grabbed the can, and headed back for the pond.  She stopped occasionally to glance back my way, but she was not coming to thank me. 

She deserves to have a name.  We call her The Dog, and I have decided that I want to name her.  She may never know her name, but we will.

Help me name her!


Being Treated Like Queens

Abby, Mia, and Pepper are quite the queens (read: spoiled rotten).  Several months ago, I was watching Good Morning America (I think it was) and they had steals and deals or something like that on.  You know, one of those for a limited time offer or a deal too good to miss.  Well, I fell for it!  Hook, line, and sinker!

I honestly, have felt sorry for our dogs that have to bend so far down to drink their water or eat their food.  Yes, really.  But think about it.  When we get old we don't bend as well as we used to, and I am sure they don't either.  Watching my boy Hoss grow old was when I realized just how hard it must be for him. 

So, when I saw the Neater Feeder come on with a "too good to be true" deal I had to order one.

See how it is raised up! Isn't that cool?

This is even cooler, check this out!

The best feature, especially when you have dogs that drip and drop their food and water, is the little tray that lets the spills drain to the bottom and catches the food. 

I just wish I would have taken photos of how much water used to be on our floor after Pepper would take a drink.  She would get more on the floor than she got in her mouth.  Abby tends to get a mouthful of food and then walks away, dropping food as she goes.  So far, this Neater Feeder has kept our floor a bit drier (not completely though) and less food to be stepped on.

I promise you and your babies pets will love it!


My Dog, My Camera and Me

Last Thursday I went for a jaunt with my camera, and my sidekick, Pepper. 

We made our way back to one of our ponds so I could take a few shots of the catfish that have just shown up out of nowhere. 

Pepper is the kind of dog I've always wanted.  Don't get me wrong, I love my Abby and Mia, but Pepper is my sidekick.

So when she got into the water I got a little antsy.

This just happened to pop up about five feet from us.

I tried to get a shot of all of him, but he was just too stinkin' big.  I think it was about six feet long.

There was a second snake swimming around but it was only four and a half to five feet long, and it wasn't as thick as this one.   Look at that forked tongue!

We saw pretty butterflies.

And some weeds that just happen to remind me of fireworks.  They look like little bursts.

Then, we finally saw what we came to see.

They might be hard to make out, but those are catfish. Bullhead catfish. They just showed up outta nowhere.  I've heard that birds can bring the eggs in, they hatch, and then we have fish.  However it happens, it did.  We have lots of fish. 

Later that day, when McD got home, we went back to the pond toting a .22 and some ammo.  Those snakes flipped and flopped after they were shot. 

Now, my sidekick is sitting here waiting for me to go over to the garden.

Coming soon, photos of my garden.  🙂


She Stole My Spot!

Mia was relaxing on the couch in my spot.  I am really quite resourceful when it comes to getting her out of my spot.

I say, "Mia, do you want a treat?"

And she looks at me like this.

I ask her again, just to make sure, and she looks at me like this.

Occasionally, I have to ask her three times, just to see her turn her head again.  If I would have walked to the pantry she would have jumped right up, but I kind of like that look.

No worries, I gave her a treat.  In fact, I gave them all a treat!

And, I got my spot on the couch back!


Our Poor Pepper Has A Boo-Boo – Warning: Wound Photos

Remember this cute little puppy that some heartless fool dumped out in the country?  Sorry, I shouldn't speak that way, but I just don't understand how someone could dump an animal to starve or be coyote/bob cat/cougar bait.  But that is a soap box I won't step on tonight.

Pepper started getting a bump on her right hip, and at first we thought she might have just gotten bit by something.  We hoped it would just go away, but it didn't.  It just kept getting bigger, and bigger, so I took her to the vet.

Dr. Dysktra put a needle in the bump to find out what was in it.  Pepper did great.  She laid on that stainless steel table leaning into me with all her might.  We were nearly one. 

Dr. D said she thought it was either an abscess or a cyst.  We had a decision to make.  We could put her on antibiotics and hope it goes away, meaning hope it is a treatable abscess.  Or, we could sedate her and cut it out.

I decided to have her cut it out, and I am glad that we did.  It turned out to be a cyst, and the antibiotics might not have worked on that.

I warned ya in the title that there would be wound photos, so here they are…

She was a little drowsy when McD picked her up from the vet, and then she couldn't get comfortable in some of her favorite spots so we figured she must be in some pain.  We gave her a pain pill, and she settled down for the night.

There is still some swelling, but it is going to be all better soon.

Why is it that when dogs find you they cost more than the ones we pick for ourselves?  It just always seems to work that way.

Pepper is doing great!  She is running, jumping, and playing just like nothing happened. 


There’s A Special Birthday in Our House Today

Abby is two years old today!

I have been looking back through the photos of her growing up.  I thought I would share a few with you.

This one is one of my favorites.  Of course, this is before her ears were cropped.

Here she is with her favorite toy.  She takes this football with her everywhere, even to bed.

Last winter.  We actually had snow last year. 

Happy Birthday Abby!  We love you!!!