Friday, August 17, 2007

Sometimes hurricanes are good for you, but tell that to my squirrels

I stumped the Science Chimp. But I don't know if it was a fair test or not. Patrick got it's a snail track.


This is Lorelei's snail, Rosie. See why it wasn't really fair? The Divine JZ probably hasn't seen many wild snails crawling on glass. I was in awe of the way the tracks made waves. I thought that snails pushed themselves along on a more lateral plane, but I guess they undulate like snakes.

The hot weather broke today, thanks to both the bracket of hurricanes ruining other people's lives elsewhere, and some cool air from Canada (thanks, you are so polite)
and the girls and I took Nellie to the dog park. Hooper needs "car" training, or at least, a safety harness. We originally tried to take him with him tied to the headrest on a very short lead, but we only got a mile or so...he tried to get into my lap, knocked my drink over, and then attempted to leave the car through the half-closed window. Okay, Hoopie...back to the house.


Ellie the bulldog

We found a girlfriend for Bam-Bam!

Her name is Ellie, and she enjoys drooling and long walks on the beach.

About a half second after taking this picture, I was flat on my back with 50 pounds of English Bulldog on my chest. And I couldn't have been happier about it.

Bella the St Bernard great dane

This is Bella, a 7 week old St. Bernard/Great Dane mix. She crawled into my lap and went to sleep. I love puppies.

A pile of doggies

Lorelei found herself in a pile of dogs, and she couldn't have been happier about it.
Today was a good day to be at the dog park...good dogs with good owners...not idiots who talk to their dogs in baby talk and ignoring bad behavior. I called Kathi and left a message, on the off- chance that she was in the area. But she was "working" or something. Slacker.

Bad pic of kesterl

I always think that I will just happen upon good birds at Armleder Park, but you really have to make an effort to get to the places they hang out. The only bird that was remotely interesting was a lone kestrel above the retaining pond. I see one here every time we visit...I wonder if there was a nest this year?

Now, as I said, the hot weather is giving us a break this weekend, but this squirrel was acting like she was dying:

You know it's hot when...

Why weren't they doing this when it was 101?


vicki said...

Another jam-packed post! I love all the photos. And "enjoys drooling and long walks on the beach."

I was wondering about the snail trail. heh. I think squirrels look so funny when they flatten like that- we have some who do it along the top of the courtyard wall. Glad you're getting a break from the heat; we are too and it's delicious having the windows open at night.

mon@rch said...

We had a touch of Canadian air today with highs in the mid 80's and lows in the mid 50's! Although we did have some nasty storms moving through. I love your squirrel shot with it acting like a puppy dog! Your dogs shots are great!

Dave said...

We had a break in the heat also, it's presently 58°. Old dog, children and watermelon wine, that's an old Tom T. Hall song. You had 2 out of 3.

From Stinker :)

NatureWoman said...

Ahhh, cooler air, feels so good doesn't it Susan! It makes for great sleeping, too!
I love all of your dog photos!

Liza Lee Miller said...

Laugh. The dog breeder in me is shaking my head at a Great Dane/Saint Bernard cross -- not sure that's a combo we need but okay. Besides . . . who's going to stop them when they decide that it IS what they need. Not me, no ma'am!

That squirrel picture is adorable -- and you know it takes a LOT to make me say something like that about a squirrel. Ruby wants you to know that she dreams at night about finding a squirrel on the pavement like that -- preferably glued down for easy access! :)

Good luck with Hooper and his car manners. I know your car is small so I'm guessing a crate for his and your safety is out of the question. Yikes! Sounds like it was an adventurous mile down the road though -- that boy sure knows how to have fun!

Mary said...

I had a Cocker Spaniel that insisted on sitting on my lap until she was full-grown. Scary while driving! Hoopie will get it if you take him for short drives around the block with just him in the car, maybe. LOL!

Bam-Bam might meet the girls tomorrow. Until he has surgery, he's a humper. I'm wondering how things will go :o) We'll have four in the house... Oh, Lordie.

Lorelei in a pile of dogs cracked me up! You guys really know how to have a fun day.

What is everybody talking about? Cool air? What's that? Canadian air flow? What's that?