June 13, 2021: Sealing Black Walnut

June 13, 2021: Sealing Black Walnut

You know, Nancy never sits over my shoulder to help me write, even though I  ask her to proofread my blogs. I think she is finally understanding the mission of us dogs on earth.  If you have not noticed, us dogs like to make people happy.   Oh sure, we know that you think you make us happy by giving us treats and taking us on walks; but, in truth, it helps all of you humans become less focused on yourself….

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Going With the Flow: June 8, 2021

Going With the Flow: June 8, 2021

I might as well write a blog since it is too hot to be outside!   This morning, it did not take me long to realize it was much more humid outside than yesterday.  There is not even any wind, whatsoever.   I don’t have much to report because while my family was off to wedding events, a graduation/birthday party, I was stuck at home.   They didn’t even leave the Minnesota Twin’s game on the TV while they were…

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Jack-in-the-Pulpit: June 1, 2021

Jack-in-the-Pulpit: June 1, 2021

Yesterday was quite a normal day around here until Nancy discovered the Jack-in-the-Pulpit that she thought had vanished forever.  You see, last year she found several while she was mowing.   But, this year it seemed as though  they  had disappeared?   But, on Memorial Day  morning it all changed when she discovered a Jack-in-the-Pulpit  among some long weeds, in the exact spot as last year.    Oh, of course she walked me over to see it and then, we…

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Wild Rice Soup with Chicken: May 23, 2021

Wild Rice Soup with Chicken: May 23, 2021

Here we go again, new recipes and none of them are for healthy dog treats.   But, I have to admit, at least I have some dog treats I really like right now.    I have been known to be far more finicky about my dog treats  than my previous siblings.  But then, I am far easier to please in other areas of my life, so it all equalizes out in the end.   If I recall correctly, I have…

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Garage Sales: May 20, 2021

Garage Sales: May 20, 2021

This week, I think I will write about garage sales.   Oh, I don’t know much about them, except that I don’t get to go along. When I ask why not?   The response I get is “Well, Harmony, not everyone likes dogs and I wouldn’t want to leave you in the car!”  What kind of excuse is that anyway?   I would never jump out a window or bark at people!   So, I settle on the reality that…

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Fun Mother’s Day: May 12, 2021

Fun Mother’s Day: May 12, 2021

Ooh, la, la, we had a French Bulldog (Frenchie) visit us with our wonderful Mother’s Day group this year.  I finally was able to meet Nancy’s niece’s French Bulldog (Frenchie), Brie.  Since I was not too accustomed to this breed, I had to google French Bulldog.    According to the AKC Kennel Club, I think this describes my new friend exactly how I find her: “The bright, affectionate Frenchie is a charmer. Dogs of few words, Frenchies don’t bark much—but…

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Oh My, Chipmunks! May 4, 2021

Oh My, Chipmunks! May 4, 2021

I think many of you will be able to relate to this little critter story.  Spring is such a lovely time of year when the grass is growing and we can plant flowers again.    Around here, less is more, seems to be the theme this year.   So, when Nancy noticed that a chipmunk was digging in her one flower pot in the front of her house, she had some mixed reactions.   First, she was mad and then,…

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Rainy Mondays! April 26, 2021

Rainy Mondays! April 26, 2021

This rainy Monday morning certainly is welcome!   Besides, who doesn’t love a rainy Monday morning, right?! After a day trip yesterday, I found myself rather exhausted last night.  I know, it isn’t like I had to do any labor work or anything, but still, the unknown can be stressful.   I must say however, once my familiar sheepskin blanket was placed on the carpet, I did relax.    Even though I was mostly invisible under the kitchen table, I…

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April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

I wonder what Louie would do when he really did not feel like writing his weekly blog?  Perhaps I should have paid more attention to his blog duties?  I certainly never thought I would inherit his blog writing task one day. This makes me think of a blog subject after all.  Sometimes, even as a dog, we have no idea how our past experiences can prepare us for today.   So you say, no way can a dog’s past experiences…

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Some Signs of Normality! April 11, 2021

Some Signs of Normality! April 11, 2021

Lately, there are signs of life getting “back to normal” if that is even possible anymore?!   After all, for us dogs, the biggest difference in the last year is that we were with our human companions almost 24/7.    I am not saying that would not have been my choice, I am simply stating the facts right now.  I wonder how many of you welcomed the peaceful moments in your home day after day and the shear contentment of…

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My New Adventure: April 2, 2021

My New Adventure: April 2, 2021

Honestly, (because why would us dogs ever lie), here goes my adventure story.   Remember, I told you that I was going to be able to go to Nancy’s Music Studio, right?! My adventure surpassed any  expectations after meeting some of  her very cool students!    I  certainly did not expect any of them to welcome me with such a warm embrace.  Since I was in unknown territory, I must admit that I had my guard up just a little….

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My Upcoming Adventure! March 28, 2021

My Upcoming Adventure! March 28, 2021

While Nancy  is  listening to  a  CD of Steven Isserlis  play  cello, she suddenly made an exciting announcement.   She told me that since most of her saxophone students are on Spring Break this week, she is going to have me accompany her to her rented space.    I can not begin to tell you how I have pleaded with her to allow me to go on such an adventure.    Finally, the day will arrive and I will be…

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Press On! March 21, 2021

Press On! March 21, 2021

This lazy day is exactly what we needed at this home!  Already, I have had two walks.  We sat outside with two rounds of visitors and the relaxing  day just kept happening.  Our lethargic approach to this day was definitely mastered! After a lackadaisical  Saturday,  we  had some discussions about the need to press on.    I think humans tend to think that they must constantly pursue perfection when really we just need to PRESS ON!   What am I…

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Another Trip to the Farm: March 11, 2021

Another Trip to the Farm: March 11, 2021

Ah, the trips to the farm are so relaxing!   It warms my heart so much whenever I  accompany Nancy on the farm visits to see her Mom and brothers.   Often, the days at the farm are full of laughter and stories that I have never yet heard.  I know, for all the chitchatting that I have to listen to on our daily walks, you would think that I have heard it all, right?!  Yesterday, between each round of…

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It Wasn’t My Fault! March 5, 2021

It Wasn’t My Fault! March 5, 2021

Somedays, I really have valid reasons to chuckle at the humans in my life.  I knew when we  woke up this morning, Nancy would remember her “klutzy” events of last night.   I waited with anticipation of how she would react to her  previous night’s fiascos.    To my amazement,  I was even surprised when one of her first e-mails of the morning was titled  “A Portrait of True Selflessness and Humility” and I laughed when I knew it was meant…

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February 27, 2020: Awaiting my Grooming!

February 27, 2020: Awaiting my Grooming!

It is almost March and I think the schizophrenic weather is almost over for now.    While I certainly don’t mind being groomed, I am excited to have my extremely long coat trimmed for Spring.   Last time I was bathed, my long coat remained because of the frigid cold weather.   I sure hope Nancy bought some new clipper blades so she can get through my thick coat.   Sometimes I have to remind her that she should not…

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February 17, 2021

February 17, 2021

Sometimes a dog needs to  vent and as you know, this is a rare occurrence for me.  Unlike humans, we can ignore all the idiosyncrasies that seem to dwell within  humans.  Now, I know no one wants to read about any of the unusual food I have to smell in this house lately, but may I ramble about it anyway? My human friends are working to shed the pandemic weight gain.   I can only handle the smell of poached…

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Muttluks and Cold Weather! February 11, 2021

Muttluks and Cold Weather! February 11, 2021

I am quite tolerant of most anything EXCEPT this harsh weather!   At least  I can go for short walks if I wear my muttluks.  Oh wait, my muttluks are actually hand-me-downs from my deceased siblings.  Yes, I heard all kinds of reminiscing when I tried on their muttluks for the first time.    I just wish for once we could do an  activity around here that does not require a history lesson of all the past standard poodles. But,…

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Riley’s Getting a Puppy!

Riley’s Getting a Puppy!

I am beyond ecstatic to learn that  my little human friend, Riley,  is getting her very own puppy!  Before the coronavirus pandemic,  Riley  visited us quite often. Not only was Riley gentle but also tons of fun!  Now, don’t you think a dog’s approval for future dog owners is quite a huge endorsement?!    Riley and her sister Mae were the absolute perfect guests!  After all, when new people visit our home, it has been us dog’s approval that gave…

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Potential! January 27, 2021

Potential! January 27, 2021

The latest news from my home is quite a news flash, especially if you know Nancy!  You see, she finally took her saxophone in for the much overdue repairs. Now, yes, you guessed it, there is far more music around here and less words.    We have often spoken of the language of music on these blogs and quite frankly, I too prefer music over translating English words!  I know, Nancy attempts to put her thoughts into actual words on…

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