Monday, July 18, 2011

Walks, Weeds and Blue Eyes

 Holy-Ma-Joly.....I have been so ashamed of My Vickie for her sad lack of motivation regarding the  "Walking Challenge" over the last two weeks.  We are supposed to walk 10 miles a week together and frankly a measly four miles last week and three this.....well....she should be ashamed....very ashamed.

And so she must have been because we started out the day with a short two mile walk by my river. 

You might remember that My river has been in the flood stage for a couple of months but in the past two weeks it went down about 10 feet and for the first time this year.......My Vickie allowed me to swim in it....

IT WAS A WONDERFUL WALK and I forgive her for all her laziness...Yes I do.
 The ground has turned into the desert that Utah is famous for with few flowers and many weeds but to My Vickies delight, even the weeds were beautiful.

 And of course more Bee Butts, I mean Bottoms.

 And there were lots of flying insects, like butterflies (are they an insect?) and these guys.
 And I met a wonderful new friend named Freckles.   Get it.....Cause she has freckles on her nose.
 She was shy at first but we became good friends.
 At the Kennel we did a lot of Painting this last weekend.  Green is the new color for Canine Country Club   Thank goodness the girls were working cause the boys were just playing.  (No, not really, they did a good job)

 Delilah and Althea came for the weekend.  They are joined at the hip.  (not really) they just do everything together......accept for playing with evil cat Allred.  Delilah did that alone.   She isn't too smart.
 It was a lucky thing that she left with all her parts in tact......It was a close call one or two times, but she moved fast.  Unfortunately, she is gone now, so who has to deal with The Devil now?   mmmm I wonder.
 One of my friend McKinley came to stay for a week.  He has the coolest blue eyes. 
The first two night McKinly stayed with us this week, he came out of his house and howled all Night long. I mean HOWLED.

From the house, it sounded like some forlorn wolf in the wilderness looking for its pack. ALL NIGHT LONG

My Vickie would get up and go out and take him back into his room, show him his nice comfy bed and ask him nicely to go to sleep.

Before she even got back to the house, he was out there a wailin again.

It was mournful, soulful and IMPOSSIBLE to sleep to.  Something had to be done.  I was losing sleep but more importantly My Vickie was not getting any sleep and she can't afford to not get sleep cause she gets really grumpy. 

Grumpy means fewer walks, less me time....and all around unrest in the household.

So here is the agreement they made yesterday and it seems to be working really well

McKinley promised NOT to howl all night….IF….and only IF….he could sleep in the house with us.


Well, at least we all got some sleep last night…

I had to give up my bed for the big guy, but it was worth it because he has been tormenting the heck out of Allred , and forgive me all my kitty friends, but that in itself gives me much pleasure. Finally a guy who isn’t afraid of the Devil Cat…

Of course it won’t take but one swipe of the hideous claws that emrge from his body and poor McKinley will join the rest of us in “Fear and Caution” checking out behind each door way or corner before venturing into any part of the house.

Oh and now that the weather is good, we even have to be careful outside.

“The Devil has not boundaries……”.
But it is all ok cause my life is great...99 and 9/10ths of the time. 

See you all soon



Mango said...

You must do whatever it takes for your human to get rest because I know from experience that grouchy humans do not go on walkies of any distance.


KB said...

I think that you got your great walk and SWIM in the river today because McKinley slept in the house! That guy really knows how to work a situation. We could all take a lesson from him.

I'm so glad that you forgave your Vickie. She seems like a wonderful human.

I love the "weed" photos. Some are "Showy Milk Vetch", right? Is that considered a weed? I've always loved its complex geometry.

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Oh! I would LOVE to go for a walk with you n swim in the river. Such beautiful place you have there. Oh! LOVELY photos ... my mom says there are not weeds. She does the same thing on our walks. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Anonymous said...

I'll bet you had a great time swimming!

Curt Rogers said...

My but that first photo is gorgeous. What a handsome fellow!

As for weeds, they're merely plants that grow where you don't want them. If you were growing a garden of dandelions and a patch of wild roses sprung up, they would be the weeds. Quite often I like the remind myself that we're all weeds in our own way, to someone who doesn't know us or thinks us strange and out of place. But, my aren't we all beautiful?!

Whisppy said...

That McKinley is smart! Now let's hope he STAYS smart and not attempt to annoy Allred in anyway.....

Anonymous said...

Bert I like the green :) Reminds me of grass :D Glad somebody put that cat in its place! I'd say McKinley is one smart dude ;) Get's to stay in the house now Too Funny :) Your river looks very cool and nice Bert. So glad it's finally calm enough for you to swim in!

Waggin at ya,

Sara said...

Some weeds are really quite beautiful.

Seems as though the howling dog is quite smart, and knows how to get his needs met immediately :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love the new green color, and I love the beautiful flowers! Its been a long time since I have been to Utah and seen the dessert and I forget just how beautiful it is until I see pictures like this.

By the way, I would also howl too if it would get me a comfy spot inside your house! :-))

Remington said...

Awesome shots!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Bert, McKinley is one very smart pup - he knew just how to work your Mom, AND he knows how to stand up to Allred. We love his gorgeous eyes against that black fur.

You have a lot prettier weeds there in Utah than we have here. Glad you finally got your walktime. We had one early this morning and it was really hot even then.

Hope you all get a good night's sleep.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Sagira said...

Looks like the river was a great way to make it up to you for not walking. 10 miles is a lot of walking. Great photos. :)

Anakin Man said...

What great pix!!

Looks like everyone enjoying themselves!

IzZY, TriXie and Anakin Man

rottrover said...

Bert, your river is awesome! And please tell McKinley that I think he has lovely eyes ;-)


PeeeS: we've mostly got weeds, too... Yours are prettier!!

2browndawgs said...

Yay for swimming! Glad you got to try out the river Bert.

McKinley is a very smart dog. :)

the 2 brown dawgs

Bailey Be Good! said...

OOOH! Green is my human sister Taylor's FAVORITE color!! You get a paws up from me! :)

Woofs & hugs,

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Hound Girl said...

Thank you for stopping by our blog and sending your thoughts to Fred. We are your newest follower and look forward to getting to know you and your adventures :)

K9 Katastrophie said...

Those are some pretty blue eyes!

Tanner and Beth said...

That was spectuacular of your to give up your bed so Vicki could get some rest. You are a hero!!
Enjoy the walks.

puppy kisses,

the booker man said...


you sure sound like a really spiffy dude, and of course i wanna be friendz! teehee!
your miss vickie really made up for the lack of walkies with your mega walk 'n swimmies at the river! how totally funsies was that! did you try to chase that bee on the flower? i love doin' that!
it was very nice of you to share your bed with mckinly so that he would be happier. my mama gets really cranky pants if she doesn't get a good snooze at night, too!!

the booker man

STELLA from Down Under said...

Hi Bert, my mum and dad walk every day no matter what so when I am bigger I can go too. You sure have a lot of friends. My human sissy said you were very gorgeous. No worries, and love, Stella

Wyatt said...

Hi Bert-
That was a really good walk and you have the coolest friends...even the noisy ones..heehee

Wyatt and Stanzie


Those are some pawsome pawtographs.


RYKER said...

Hey Mister Handsome,
I gots blue eyes too, and I can howl but only on command. Mama likes my howl :) Sounds like McKinley was just lonely. So nice of you to give up your bed and share your home.

Love Freckles freckles!


Catherine said...

Looks like there has been lots of summer going on here! So many cute furry faces!!

Hope you get lots of walks in!

Happy Weekend!
xo Catherine

Anonymous said...

Kinley is my grandbaby & I miss him so. He is very beautiful; I think he looks like Elvis. Kind of blonde though, in the brains department. Thanks for sharing all the great pic's!