Friday, July 31, 2009

It's a Race......

Icee, our little water dog. She's the best swimmer of all three Papillons.Stop splashing Reno!! You're cheating. And the winner is.....Icee!!!!!
Icee went for a swim in the lake with Reno today and they had a race to the dock steps. Reno had the early lead, then cheated when Icee was passing him, by splashing her in the face. Icee won the race to the dock steps though it was quite an effort for her to drag herself with all that wet hair up the steps.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Haley and Canyon

Added note: It's hard to believe that this wonderful horse died on August 12th. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Haley has been having a great time riding Canyon. Cantering was a big hurtle for her, but now she loves it. She needs to concentrate on her leg position, heals down, etc., which is hard, but she's improving with each ride. We're hoping to have a professional instructor come out for a few lessons to help her along. She is really trying and is a good student. Canyon is also a very forgiving horse and will keep working with Haley until she gets it right. He even hopped over a caveletti which Haley was very excited about.
Kierstin is another story. She just isn't into the horse thing. Walking Canyon is as fast as she wants to go. I think she could be a good rider if she would just put forth the time and effort. The interest is just not there and we're not going to force it on her.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Soft Shell Turtles.....

A pair of Soft Shell turtles have been coming in around the dock when we are feeding the fish. Today they were checking out Reno while he was swimming after the minnows. At first I was worried that they might attack him, but, of course, he was too big. They were just interested in his splashing around. After a couple of looks they just ignored him. I'm wondering if this is a mating pair. They always seem to be together.

Reno spent the week with us while Sherry, Keith, Kierstin and Haley were on vacation. He was a busy, busy boy, constantly begging me to take him down to the lake where he would swim for hours. He especially enjoys retrieving toys for me. You should see the gaskin muscles on that dogs hind legs. Looks like a Quarter Horse from the rear. No fat on that little fella. I also took care of Kierstin's two pet rats. They were easy. They slept during the day and played in their cage all night. Wish I had gotten some pictures of them, cause they are actually cute for rats.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th of July!!!!!

We decided to stay home and avoid the crowds this July 4th and I'm kind of glad we did because we had a beautiful fireworks display just across the lake from our home. I tried to get pictures, but the pictures just didn't do them justice. Of course, it would have helped if I knew how to operate my new camera. I've got to sign up for the How to Use Your New Camera class soon. The pups were sure glad that we were home. Chili ran to her crate and LaLa jumped in my arms. Icee sat on the back of the couch watching the fireworks from her "safe" spot. Our neighbors must have spent a ton of money on their fireworks because they were as good as the ones the city puts on. Last year we went out on the Rivership Romance to enjoy the fireworks. That was nice, but expensive.