Monday, July 21, 2008
These guys are about 2 week old and UGLY!!! Baby pigeons grow so fast that by the time I add another post they will probably look like adults. Now for the big surprise...here are the parents
Yes..they have curly feathers. They are know as frillbacks. I think they are neat looking birds. This is MAMA
This is POPPAFinally here is a close up of the feathers on the wing..I will post the babies again in a few days. I have another pair of a different breed sitting on an egg so I will try to take daily shots so you can see the difference a day makes!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I really enjoy making felties and find it quite relaxing, stabbing at something over and over.
I also have this little lady listed on EBAY right now. A string jointed faux fur Bunny. I needle felted her face and pink areas.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The vet's and tech were all in love with him and treated him really well. Which they do with all the dogs in their care. So hopefully he will be able to eat better in a couple days, but he loved hard kibble and biscuits, poor little guy..
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I was giving Timmy a trim, yes hairless dogs get trims, when I noticed his teeth. While lifting his lip to trim his whiskers I realized 2 of his 3 front teeth were in bad shape. Timmy has very few teeth to start with. The breed is very prone to improper dentition. So off to the vet we go and a gazillion $$$ later we find out we need a cleaning and maybe 2 extractions.
Now I don't mind dental care on my dogs BUT I have a broken tooth I have not had looked at due to the $$$$$, but don't worry, Timmy is booked in.
So poor Timmy, he will only have one front snaggle tooth left!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
They were needlefelted from all natural colored wool and are about 3-4" long.
The new owner seems quite pleased with them and one of her ferrets, Bean, stole one and it took an hour of searching to find it! Needlefelting is the art of making sculptures from wool. You use a barbed needle and stab a ball of raw wool until it starts to felt. I find it very relaxing and really enjoy doing it. One thing though, if you decide to try this craft , watch your fingers! Those needles are SHARP!
Friday, April 18, 2008
We are holding a baby shower for my sister this weekend and my Border Collie Pippin got a hold of the big bag of diapers I bought and tore them all up. He also demolished my toilet paper and paper towels. That's what I get for forgetting to put things away...but I was MAD!! He really is a brat.
Buster Peebody dragged out some of the wool I use for crafting and had it thrown about everywhere in my bedroom. Now all the pretty colors are mixed up..sigh..He also got into Hansel's (the ferret)cage and rolled in his litter box...sigh again. So last night Buster had a bath. He really did need one though since he still smelled rather ripe from the dead frog he rolled in at my sis's farm. Buster is a 1/2 poodle, 1/2 Brussels Griffion. He has terrible teeth and I think he is going to cost me alot of money for dental work. I bought him on impulse at a chicken auction. Seems I buy alot of animals on impulse at chicken sales.. He was so ugly he was cute. So I waited till the end of the day and haggled his price down to almost nothing. He grew into a short, fat , thick dog but his personality is very sweet. He just likes to smell bad.
Finally my goats got loose and ate all my neighbours Tulips. Of course they left the stems and leaves behind so it was even more noticeable. Whoever said goats will eat anything must have never owned one because my 3 are so finicky they turn their noses up at everything.. My brother is my neighbour and his daughter considers one of the goats to be her cousin, so I didn't get yelled at too much.
This is Lily, my nieces cousin! LOL.
Behind her is Aldante my horse. He is probably wondering where all the little apples went. I think Lily knows!
One of my goats is named Percival, Percy for short. He adopted me many years ago. He just moved in one day from another farm and refused to go home. They would take him back and he would just return again. So I let him stay. He is a large black and white goat. Must be around 10 yrs. old now. He is the most annoying of the three and the smartest
This is Percy and Lily when she was just a little girl!
This is Lily-Belle when I bought her. As you can see her mouth is always full of something! Her figure shows that her eating habits are grand.
I bought her at auction. She had badly infected ears and mouth but she came through it all with flying colors.
She has spikey sharp horns and knows how to use them. She is short and fat and always looks pregnant.
Finally there is Jacob. I got him at a auction as a newborn. I bottle fed him till he was a big boy.He is the most placid of the three and is very gentle. I had him neutered as a baby and he grew quite large. He is almost as tall as my pony and has the most impressive rack of horns I have seen on a goat. He spends alot of time scratching his back with them. He just loves Lily. There have been others but they have all passed on so now I am down to this little bunch.
NICE RACK JACOB!!!
They are a pack of trouble but fun.
So I hope these guys smarten up for next week or it will be off to reform school for the bunch of them!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
He refused to stand up for some pictures and kept showing off his wanker, he really has no shame. So to embarrass him I posted it. Naughty Timmy!
He has a rash/dry skin running from his hip right down his entire leg. Hairless dogs seem to have alot of skin problems. I have tried every cream out there and any suggestions would be appreciated. He has pimples and blackheads everywhere then this big patch of dry, red crinkly skin. This is Timmy in the morning before I fix his hair. Talk about bed head!
I did buy an all natural spray with Tea Tree Oil etc. and it has helped a bit. At least he has quick licking it! I guess a season of heavy clothing will dry out anyones skin! Hairless dogs need special skin treatment so buyers beware..they are alot of work. He has to have alot of bathes, alot of moisturizer and sunscreen all summer. His wardrobe takes up an entire drawer in my dresser and I have come to realize he is a better dresser than myself. He has enough "bling" collars to make any dog jealous. Hopefully I can get some pictures of him modeling instead of lounging!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Oh by the way, Hansel quit biting soon after I handled him for a while. I understood his problems and we worked around it. Now he never startles when I touch him, even in a deep sleep. He will still nibble on a toe now and again just to let you know he is there. Owning a ferret is like having a kitten that never grows up! He is a delight to own and his dances and twirls never cease to amaze me. I love this little guy.
Monday, April 14, 2008
I had my smelly dog Pippin the border collie in the back of the SUV while Timmy, FiFi(toy poodle) and Buster Peebody(terripoo) sat in the back seat. For the first time ever Timmy did not get car sick!
We all had a nice visit. I think Buster Peebody had the best time though. His buddy Toto(cairn terrier) played with him the whole time we were there. They play fought, ran and rolled in something together that was quite stinky. Fifi just followed me around whining as always and Timmy found a sun beam to sleep in.
Pippin is an outdoor dog so he stayed in the kennel. He can't be trusted around children or men so he has to be contained when we are visiting but we did take a few runs around the barn area.
My sis has a great place with lots of land, a riding arena and a really nice barn. My nephew has all the silkie chickens I use to own so it was nice seeing them. This will be the first year in many I won't be hatching out chicks so hopefully the silkies will produce some so I can get my chick fix.
So we all made it home safe and sound and quite tired. The pack is still lolling around this morning. What a tough life!!
Friday, April 11, 2008
So Timmy is home but will not interact with the other dogs or animals at all. In fact he will hardly interact with me. He seemed to know Timmy was his name though. I guess he liked it. He grew quite ill within a few days so I rushed him to the vet. He was full of different parasites. Even though the shelter had wormed him he was still sick from them. He also had a lump on his neck and a weird thing going on with his nose. The nose was constantly swollen and blood red inside the nostrils. So as soon as he was feeling better he went for surgery. He had the lump removed and 2 biopsies done. The tests were all negative. The nose is still a mystery and flares up every now and then.
While he was recovering at the vets they phoned me and said I had better come over. It seems he was sitting in the cage, head down, dejected..totally not responding to anything they did. What I saw was a sad little dog who had finally given up on people, his back was to the cage door his head hanging. I went to the cage and gently said "Timmy..I'm here" and the change was instant. He spun around and hopped about and when I took him out he pranced on his leash. I guess he thought he had been abandoned again.
Its took 1 1/2 yrs for Timmy to finally play with me and another 6mths before he would play a bit with the other dogs. He knew all about putting sweaters on, being groomed and apartment living. He knew to wait at the elevator door, use the balcony etc. Along the road someone must have loved him very much. Every time we walked by a senior lady he would get all happy and animated. I assumed from this it was probably a senior lady that had loved him first. How he ended up in that shack is a mystery to me. He was already neutered so he couldn't be used for breeding. A few of my friends said that he probably would be better off as an only dog with a senior but I was too in love with the little guy to give him up. He just needed time to trust me.
Now he dances when he sees me, sleeps with me, howls for me when I'm not there. He never bit a child again . Once he figured out they drop food he was their constant shadow! He is still a loner but will allow my poodle Fifi to cuddle up beside him once in a while. I'm not sure how old he was when I got him but he is starting to show signs of aging. He has become VERY spoiled and likes to be carried and pampered. Likes to have his photo taken. He has his spots where he sits and sleeps and will not let the other animals use them and he loves food..all food..fresh vegetables and fruit most of all. His fav. treat is Chicken Chow Mein..loves the bean sprouts.
So that is the Timmy story and it will have a happy ending because I will never allow him to suffer again in his life.
He is a survivor and a fighter..he is my muse..my Timmy.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Quite a few years ago I was looking for a poodle since my old fellow Sid had to be put to sleep. So I went to the local SPCA quite often but could not find the right dog for me. So one day I go in and they say they have an apricot Mini poodle but he had already been adopted so as I started to leave they said "he is being housed with a hairless if you are interested".
So I thought..why not.. and took a look. Well the poodle was all over me, as poodles tend to be but there was no sign of the hairless. Then I saw the blankets on the floor move and out comes this funny looking dog in a green tartan coat.
So we spoke for awhile and he finally came over to sit with me for about a minute, then crawled back under his blankets. Apparently I was not his type!
So I asked for any history on him and here was the story...He was found in a house/shack abandoned with quite a few other dogs. Most had died and the remaining ones were living off them to survive. Only 4 made it out alive..a yorkie, a lab, a wolfhound and a hairless. They were in pretty bad shape and needed care but were soon put up for adoption. All four were adopted out but one was returned. Four hours later. Seems the hairless bit the lady that adopted him, bit the vet then bit the kids. So a no kids home was best for him. They had featured him on a TV show but no one wanted him.
visitors come over all would be well.
So it was a long weekend and I had to wait till the Tues. to call about him. Yes he was still there..no they could not hold him. So I left work and went to adopt the hairless then know as Noah..as in No Ah Hair! I walked into the pen and NO DOG, so I grabbed a worker and said the Hairless was gone..was he adopted finally? I felt crushed..So she went in to check and he was there, lumped under the blankets. Totally uninterested in the world.
That's how we came to be and I will post more about the homecoming in
Monday, April 7, 2008
I also did some barn work and decided to clean out 2 of my chickens. They have to be kept by themselves because one is blind and one is a cripple. They were attacked by a raccoon at another farm and I nursed them back to health.
So to clean the pen I had to put them out in the alleyway of the stable.
The blind one started to get scared so she walked in little tight circles until she gently bumped into something and then just stood there. So her crippled friend started to cluck very softly until the blind one found her and the she hobbled away , leading her friend to a patch of sun to bathe in. I thought it was so wonderful. People always say how stupid birds are but these two actually depend on each other. Sometimes the crippled bird will push against the blind one to get up and her friend always stays still for her.
Once finished there I checked my email and found out my Timmy, the chinese hairless crested dog had been chosen to model a collar for a wonderful online store http://themodernpet.com/. He is going to model a special occasion collar and I get to take the photos. We are both very excited and have been giving him different hairstyles to see which look is best. I like a side part on him..LOL
I have been given the wonderful opportunity to paint 2 portraits by a very lovely lady. One is of her horse and one is of her cat and dog. These animals are beautiful and I can't wait to get going on these. I will post updates as I work. If you would like to see the dog, check out his blog http://sheltiesense.blogspot.com/. His name is Stormy and he is a gorgeous sheltie.
Also check out this blog http://mvfiberfarm.blogspot.com/
There are the cutest baby goat pictures EVER there.
Well that's about it for the weekend. Have a great day.