Saturday, February 23, 2008

Unwanted Visitor

The other day as I was searching away on the net I heard some low growling and grumbling. I turned to look and saw this. OK, first of all, why is that puppy using my cute little night stand with inlaid marble (that my mother gave me for my birthday three years ago) as a platform to look outside? Second of all, usually there is a cup of coffee or some such thing on there and now I know who is knocking them on the floor.

And on the subject of coffee. Usually Kevin's first cup of coffee is not finished and as he rushes off to work he leaves it on said nightstand where Puppy promptly...I was going to say drinks it but she doesn't really drink as much as laps it, all up. Consequently, that puppy, all charged up with way too much caffeine for her little body, proceeds to tear up anything and everything she can find. And it is all done on our bed .

Yesterday it was a pencil, the day before it was most of the toilet paper and tissues from the bathroom trash can. We never know as we walk into the bedroom after work what it will be but it almost always is something. Now, she does not always drink the coffee cause I try to remember to put it up in the morning before we leave but she still tears up stuff, it is just with way more gusto when powered with caffeine. (twice it has been our cell phones, we had no antennas on either of our phones forever)

This monster is what they were growling at. Our neighbors got this Rottweiler as a puppy a while ago and he has started to get closer and closer to our house (and chickens) all winter. If he sees us he will run but it's a little scary to have him roaming our property not knowing his temperament.

From what we have seen of our neighbor's behavior he is a jerk and who knows how he is training or not training his dog. Our neighbor's dogs from the other side of us used to visit all the time and it was great until the fateful massacre day and it all went to hell. They don't talk to us anymore..hmmm, don't even wave. Enough said about that subject!

I took these pictures of this dog to eventually send to our neighbor with a polite warning of the consequences of his dog coming into contact with our livestock or humanstock in any way, shape or form. In the past he has not come past the woods line on the property between us and them but this is just 50 feet from our house...WAY too close for comfort.

On another note, does anybody think their family has too many toys? I do! As you can see below, last summer one of our toys broke. A little 9 year old was barreling down the trail at full speed and all of a sudden her tire flew off. She ran up to the house and it was so funny seeing her face and listening to her explaination. She had her seat belt on so she was safe and it doesn't really go that fast, it just seems like it when you are her passenger over the bumps. Her granny sits in the passenger seat for hours riding with her, usually with a nice padded seat cushion under her.

We came to the rescue but spent an hour looking for the thing that holds the tire on but gave up and Kevin had to go to the farm store and get one.

Here is the toy I prefer below. Very comfortable and it carries heavy things for me in the cart. And Kevin sometimes lets me drive when we ride around!

I am begging for a finish mower for it to make the lawn mowing fun. They are about a thousand dollars so I am not getting very far in my begging. We just have a crappy rider that breaks down all the time, and we have a LOT of lawn to mow. It would be great to mow the lawn on this, it even has a cup holder!

This is Kevins toy, even when he has to clean out a messy ditch in the muddy spring. He love his 8N!

Here is the one toy we are finally getting rid of. It is the coolest thing but so impracticle for us. We only have 5 acres and this baby need more. It is a Rail buggy, the kind they ride on sand dunes and mountian trails. We were going to make it street legal and ride it around in the summer for fun but when you farm there is no time to ride around for fun. Only on the aformentioned tractor or maybe the lawn mower (and it will be fun when I get my finish mower, please let me know if anyone knows where to get a finish mower cheap).

OH MY! I just thought of something. We should find someone who would trade us.....hmmmmm I wonder if it that is possible although the rail buggy cost a lot more than a thousand dollars. Maybe when we sell it we could get one. Kevin will probably say we should use the money to roof the house, blah, who cares about roofing the house. I don't mind a coffee cup over the hole in the roof. Especially when I could get an awesome finish mower.

Anyway, here she is, isn't she a beauty. I wish I could keep her.

Have a fun day everyone, I have to clean the house cause I am having visitors today!


The Unusually Unusual Farmchick said...

I know what you mean about the dog. It only takes once...
Just wanted to give you ah heads up that if you had already submitted to the akron homesteaders group, it is not showing. After getting your comment I checked and checked again just now.Just wanted you to know in case ya' wanted to try again.

Belinda said...

OMG, the TRESPASSING DOGS. How I loathe them! We are way rural, and of course, in the "country" people just seem to let their dogs run loose all the time. It makes us NUTS. We have taken to pepper-spraying anything that crosses our property line, and are working on shoring up the 6-ft. chainlink fence in the areas where a dog can get through.

We show dogs ourselves, and have a lot invested in our dogs, and NO WAY would we let them just run loose, so it's extra annoying that everyone else does. So help me, the first time someone else's dog gets hold of one of our chickens, my blood is going to boil.

Also, note to self: Keep the dogs out of the coffee. ;-)