Sunday, December 25, 2016

peace to all

Whether you are celebrating a holiday today or not, we wish you a peaceful day.  Hopefully a day that includes lots of time with puppies!

Friday, December 23, 2016

the big 10!

Oreo turned 10 today!

To celebrate, he got to go hiking on a new to us trail in a forest.  There was a surprising amount of snow there, and no human foot prints to follow.  In fact, we had to park in a snowbank, because no cars or plows had been there either.

Perfect for my scaredy boy.  Solitude, so he could relax and sniff without worrying.

 Luckily, the trail was well marked and I brought a trail map.

I seriously thought it would be crowded, or at least we would see signs of previous hikers.  Silly me.

We definitely weren't alone though!

We are lucky to live close to these beautiful woods.  Looking forward to coming back to this preserve in the spring, summer and fall to see how it evolves.  But for now, we'll enjoy the gorgeous solitude & quiet that comes with the white stuff.

I hope you enjoyed our hike as much as the birthday boy!
"birthday treats please!"

Saturday, September 10, 2016

headless shelties

Do they think if their head is under the bed, no one can see them?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

two little helpers

I bake quite a bit. Usually that means nap time for the dogs.

Somehow, they know when I'm baking for THEM, and I end up with two little helpers at my side.

First, they make sure I mix it up right.
"I sure hope she didn't forget to add the honey, I've got a sweet tooth."

Then, they do the smell test before putting them in the magic bake oven.

Oreo says, "Chewy it's a SMELL test, not a lick the pan test!"

Then, they help me clean up while baking.

Here's the pre rinse.
"I'm more environmentally friendly than cascade."

"No need to add any rinse aid."

And then the wash.

"We make sure there's no leftover stuck on food."

Finally, the best part....the taste test!
"I get mine delivered right to my bed.  Room service!"

"oops, was that the cookie or your finger?"

"More please!"

Monday, August 1, 2016

dog days

Is it officially the dog days of summer?  I think all the days are dog days around here.

Look, I bathed and brushed my dogs!  This is what they would look like if they were actually groomed on a regular basis.

Here is what they look like when they're not posing for a photo.

this is MY tunnel Chewy!

don't even think about coming in here
just kiddng! (kinda)
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer as much as Oreo & Chewy.

Friday, April 29, 2016

spring break

I'm wrapping up my spring break, and have been bringing the dogs someplace different each day to go hiking.

Today, we returned to one of my favorite trails, you've seen it before.  The one with lots of boardwalks and planks.  Last time, it was covered in snow.

Sadly the beaver dam remains, flooding one of the longest boardwalks. We still found plenty of other ones though.

 This is my favorite part of the trail.  There is moss all over the ground, so even though the trees haven't leafed out, everything looks lush here.
This is obviously the part of the forest where the fairies live.
 We came upon this new dwelling...just the right size for a sheltie!
Then we came upon the swamp, where the beaver lives.
This is the trickiest place to walk.  There is a narrow strip of land between two bodies of water.  Then more planks to walk.

I'm happy to report that both dogs made it across those boards safely and independently!   Forest agility course!

Here is a little creek that feeds into the swamp.

 I think we walked about 3 miles in all.  It was perfect weather for hiking, not too hot, not to cold.

Here is a little be more about the Rensselaer Plateau.  I'm lucky  to live at the base of the plateau. People who live at the top see a lot more snow than we do, and have a really tough commute down off the mountain.  The roads are very steep and twisty.  Don't know how they do it in the winter months.

A few of our students will have summer jobs here!  How lucky are they?
Thanks for hiking with us!  Now, we're hitting the hammock for a nap.  Gotta rest up for the final stretch of school.

Monday, April 4, 2016

we got snow!

We may have had to wait until April for real snow, but it was worth it!

OK, we had our winter fix.  Now we're ready for spring.