Sunday, February 19, 2017

Baxter Wears Boots

 The ice has left the trees but the snow drifts are still here & the soft aqua colour inside the folds, has been entertaining me. There's nothing I can do but take in the present moment & it's beautiful.

 The drifts remind me of Emily Carr's trees, she made them so flowing with depth.

See the blue in the center? In all the years in SW Ontario, I never saw such purity in snow, mostly black, from the car exhaust. 

So with so much snow outside, I played with the puppies inside! 

Baxter had on his boots today, well really they were socks but I'm preparing him for his first pair of  boots. He did really well once he knew he could move in them!

The socks have rubber grippers on the bottom & he was unsure on the hardwood.

 Boston's feet & legs are very sensitive to the cold, so i thought i would start to get him use to wearing something on his feet.

He was styling those socks!

                               The front one is twisted & you can see the rubber paw treads.

He had to sit down for a bit.

Come on Baxter, do some walking!

He's up...

He's walking!

No, he sits again!

Mr. Boots takes advantage of his unsure feelings, he  take a closer look.

What? What are looking at?!

 The cats weren't sure what they were looking at but it was real good seeing Baxter unable to move in his new socks.
The cats looking at him, not for long, he started moving toward them...

And the cats left! LOL

And Bridget gets a new spring like collar!

I slid a fabric flower onto her green collar. I have them wear their collars for about 4 hours a day.
When walking time comes, the collar won't be a nuisance to them.

Her feet & legs are too small for her pink socks. She is so small, I meet her momma & she was very small too. Baxter is going to be the heavy weight one, just about the same as Boris, I think.

With each passing day, they sure are getting lively.
It will be a week tomorrow that Bill & I picked them up in that horrid snow storm. What a difference a week makes, it both the puppies & the weather!

Tomorrow the painters arrive to paint the great room & that will finish that room!

And then, when the weather allows, onto the outside railings!

Have a great week & enjoy the weather, wherever you are. Live in the moment because it will not last. At least that is what I keep telling myself!

I've been listening to YouTube, listening to all the Stuart McLean interviews & his Vinyl Cafe Shows. He was one person that was on my bucket list to see in person. It just never happened, my loss.
He had such a way of telling stories. A Wonderful Man! RIP, Stuart McLean.

More puppy posts to come...

Enjoy your life, it's the only one your getting!


Friday, February 17, 2017

After Another Snow Day

Last night we had another storm front move through, it was the storm Cape Cod had, mixing with northern Ontario & then when both were mixed & stirred, it was poured on us!
After yesterday's storm, it's getting harder to see into the backyard!

                                The view from the kitchen bay widow, baby it's cold outside!

 Baxter in his sleeping crate. It use to be Boris Loree's, I'll be adding Baxter's name to the otherside.

                                                         Baxter sleeps with his Teddy.

                                                     Come on out & start your day.

 They enjoy their pen. But now want to be with me when I move away from their pen.

                                                They are always interested in where I am.
                                                              Little eyes are watching!

 Mr. Boots likes to walk by & I think he knows that his catnip rat is in there with them!

                                 He has a different pen maze to navigate through each day. lol

                                        Mr. Boots is very large looking, next to the puppies.
                                    And the pups chase & taunt the cat, with their puppy sounds.
                                There sure is a whole lot of black & white animals in this house.
                             Grey Tom cat is the exception, Bill calls him the 'Grey Ghost'. lol

 I added a wrestling ring to the pen today. A soft place for their play of rough housing.

 A new route around the kitchen for Mr. Boots, he's going the back way, no way near those puppies!

They're watching Rexton in the empty great room. It will be painted on Monday & then the furniture can go back in. Bill returns in just 2 weeks to help get it ready for the kids coming home for Easter.

Bridget & Baxter had a good sleep last night from 10:30pm to 7am, I hope our training keeps going as well as it has. These two little pups are very clever & oh so lovable, they just love their cuddle time with me. They are getting more lively too!

Funny idea..
Bill was showing the pups photos in China, to his English friend, he said, to Bill  "You should of called the male Bardow, that way when you shout for them,  you'll call Bridget--Bardow!" LOL
This man called his female Masdiff  bulldog 'Wilma' & called for her like Fred Flinstone did!! LOL
He said when he visits this year, he's still calling Baxter, Bardow. lol
I should have thought of that!! With my cats, called  Tom & Jerry & their sisters from the 1st litter, named Buttons & Bose. lol Too funny! Bardow!

Before he left for China, he planted some seeds for the cats. They are beginning to eat my house plants again. Some mixed herbs & summer savory should hold them over till the Amazon cat grass seeds arrive.
The cats are not happy these days. Last week they were closed up on the east wing of the house as the great room floor was refinished. Then more contractors with their power tools arrived... now those puppies. Today has been the first day I've seen Rexton at this end of the house! Tommy was the first to adapt, I guess over his 18 years he has seen & been exposed to more. Mr. Boots only needed a day to move around the house but poor young Rexton, she needed nearly a week. Soon it will be like the puppies were always here. Till then I can't wait for spring, to take them outside for their bathroom breaks & a good run in the yard.
This week has been the training of pee pads & the wearing of collars. So far so good!

 Looking for a picture of the backyard in the summer, I came across this summer 2015, photo of Boris Loree. My first Boston terrier love.

I know that the grass is no longer there but neither are those 3 tree stump clumps!  More snow in the forecast for this weekend. Oh my, this is a white winter for sure. We're hoping that we don't warm up too quickly or the flooding will create a big problem.

Till then ... I'll just daydream of that evergreen tree, with the lovely long skirt, that's so covered in snow right now. I have to go to the second story to view the yard & I'm just dreading going outside to shovel the front porch off! I'm not going to growl at mowing the grass this year! lol

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Puppies Get Collars

 Baxter & Bridget are doing very well in their new powder coated, collapsible pen.

 And today is collar day. All the articles that I have read, said to get the puppies use to their collars.

                                                   They wanted each others collars!

                                        Bridget has the red collar & Baxter has the blue collar.

 I feed them the dry food but both of them did not want it. Yesterday I placed warm homemade chicken broth in their food & they loved it! Today it was a hit again!  No dry food right now.

 They are chewing & grabbing everything! Baxter grabs the handle whilst Bridget grabs his collar .lol

 I already could not image my day with out them! And a full fast day it has been! They had their first bath last night.

 I'm really enjoying this pen & all the movement points that it has. I wrapped it around the kitchen island, they're getting different views around the kitchen.

 Bridget holds her own, she's so much smaller & under developed than Baxter. Her back legs are always lifting off the floor as she eats or drinks. Baxter is so grounded & strong.

 They both have chewing time & enjoy the new tastes of the chewers, beef, chicken, antlers, yummm

 They have plenty of room to roam, without having the house to run through... yet!

They are so cute to watch!

 They're great chewers & I will have to get more toys, as they chew them up!

 They eat 4 x's a day so with input...oh the output! So much like the care of a baby!

                                           And I just could not imagine my life without them!

 Bill's on route to China & will miss their daily growth. I won't see it as I'm with them, so I'll be taking photos of them daily. He will see them in 2 1/2 weeks. I'm hoping they sleep through the night by then.
 They had me up from 11pm- 12:30am. Then they went into their Pet Taxi' crates,  Bridget has the old small cat one & Baxter has Boris's old crate. They slept through till nearly 7am! Good Puppies!!

Then up to start their day! Bathroom, breakfast, & play, then slept in their crates for two hours. And the cycle begins again! :-)
The view out the kitchen bay window, yes the snow drift is rising!! The Miramichi Bay is frozen again & you can barely see the three skidoo's on the ice, going smelt fishing by the Bay du Vin Island. We're cozy inside & another storm is to hit us hard tomorrow.

See the skidoos in the center? I would have changed my lens but they would have been gone!
It sure is a winter day, looking into the bacyard & tomorrow will bring a lot of deep snow. Bill & I saw the deep snow that Fredericton got that day. That was the day we purchased our puppies!
Bill wants to go to Fredericton in the summer as he has never seen it without a storm! lol

I soaked navy beans last night for a pot of Boston baked beans today, it helps to  keep the kitchen warm for the baby  Boston's today.
I'm hoping that we don't loss power as I don't have a working generator yet, parts are on order & should be here next week.

The trades are in today as I type.
The glass railing is being finished & the trim has been going on the great room. That room will get painted on Monday. Then we can go into that room & enjoy the firebox & the gorgeous heat that comes off it!

Thanks for stopping in for a visit. If you love puppies... this blog is for you!

Stay warm & safe.
Easter is coming! Oh I can't wait to see a spring bulb come to life!! lol

This is my least favourite season, followed by one of my best seasons!

Yes this too will pass.