Romping in the Snow

February 1, 2015

You have to enjoy winter in whatever way you can find. And running through the snow with joy and grabbing a snack is one of the best ways. Georgia’s got it together!




The Butter Thief

January 17, 2015

The beneficial health effects of butter are debatable on a few different levels. Is it the good kind of fat? Is there too much fat? Is it all natural? Regardless, almost everyone likes real butter and especially a rather food focused German Shepherd I live with.

A few moments of inattention. A slight lapse in concentration. A distracted task and whoa, a stick of butter is stolen off the counter. Once should be enough to learn that lesson. But, no, it happened again within a two week time span.

So, 2 sticks of butter stolen within a couple of weeks. On the upside, that’s really good for a dog’s coat, the extra oils make it so soft. On the down side, so much fat for a dog could lead to pancreatitis. [If you worry, consult your veterinarian.] This has not happened to this particular German Shepherd.

Empty Butter Dish


It’s only after the fact that I learn the dog in question actually has some restraint. So, if 2 sticks are too much to eat in such a short span of time, what’s a dog to do?

Well, save it for later, obviously, by burying it in the yard. And with temperatures at or around 0 degrees Fahrenheit, it is preserved perfectly.

How does this come into play and why would I know that saving the butter for later was actually the strategy? Finding evidence of butter and dirt on my sofa and chair cushions was quite a surprise. Just like a bone, she tried to bury it between the cushions. I am probably lucky she didn’t try to bury it in the bed.

Thank goodness for microfiber fabric.

Moral of the story:

  1. Put the butter away as soon as you are done using it.
  2. Never walk away from the kitchen with food sitting out.
  3. Always clean up food and dishes right away.
  4. Accept and enjoy the foibles of your dog, but be mindful of the dangers of eating people food.

A visit from a Fox

January 15, 2012

Georgia has been especially loud and insistently bothered by something. Finally found out what it was. We’ve got a fox living nearby that’s been teasing her. Of course, the fox knows that she can’t get to him, so he seems to saunter along the hillside just outside her fence, torturing her.

I witnessed it today and documented it as well.

The fox just sauntering along

More fox-like sauntering

Snow Angel

February 2, 2011

One of my neighbors left a Snow Angel in my yard.

Snow Angel

The storm didn’t hit Western New York like it did the midwest, but it’s still winter and we still have fun!

The Never Ending Lake Effect Event 2010

December 12, 2010

The Lake Effect event, 12/5/2010-12/8/2010. Seemed like it snowed for 4-5 straight days and we got at least 24 inches of snow. You can see the progression of snow on the roof each day. My favorite weather history site:

Before the event begins

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Oh What Fun

March 6, 2010

I captured some frolicking in the snow with the Qik Video app on my iPhone. There’s Georgia and Gizmo and then Nym joined the two for the second round.

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