What mutts are made of

Mutts are made of giant pink tongues.Photobucket

And black and white paws.

Plus a bit of dirt.

They’re made of brilliant eyes.


And another dash of dirt.


Plus a few other things in between.
Like soft, velvety ears. Long necks and tails that wag constantly.
And hurt like a whip.


Oh yes, and hearts of gold.

Have a lovely weekend!

Lots of pictures. Seriously, lots.

If you don’t feel like scrolling through loads of pictures, you won’t like today’s blog post.
But if you LOVE to scroll through lots of pictures, uninterrupted by words of any sort, then you’ll LOVE today’s blog post!
The following are pictures are from the trail from earlier in the week.

Happy Saturday!
Have a lovely weekend!


Pretty Ella evokes jealousy in Camera-Happy Collies

I’m sure I’ve said this before (right here in fact!), but Lassie and Petal are in love with the camera.
While Ella couldn’t care less. Every once in a great while she’ll be cooperative long enough for me to snap several shots of her, but most of the time it’s her life’s mission to make every picture of herself a great black blur. And when you try to get a picture of those beautiful brown eyes, just before you can capture those amazing eyes, she closes them or turns her head the other way.

Sometimes bribery works, and other times she just looks like a treat-crazed monster.
But yesterday, yesterday she was in a very mellow mood and I was able to snatch some good pictures of her.
Much to the Collies’ dismay.

While I’m taking these pictures of sweet Ella:

something like this pops up in the frame:

A jealous Collie butt belonging to Petal.

She’s not the only one who will demean oneself by stooping to such drastic measures for a little camera time. Oh no.
A few sweet pictures later, and…


this face will appear in the frame…

“That’s enough! We need some pictures of ME!”

While we all love seeing your handsome face, Lassie (and your adorable fox-like butt, Petal), we love seeing pretty Ella, too!


Even when she ends up with debris on her head.

Should’ve posted this a week ago

I had these pictures all ready to go for a blog post days ago (nearly a week ago, heh) and… well, it just never happened.
But before we get to the pictures, let me give you all a little update on our temporary neighbors.
April 1

Our temporary horse neighbors have moved back to their home across the street.
They moved back about a week ago and since they’re no longer living in the yard that backs up to a portion of our yard (we have two separate fenced-in areas to our huge yard, the area pictured above is to the side of the house and is the largest and the most fun. The other area is directly behind the house and is smaller, but it’s the best pen to use when there are too many distracting things going on on our street or when there are horses living right beside the larger pen and your dog (Ella) is afraid of horses), Ella can come out and play in the big pen again, yay! She hadn’t been out there since March!
(Yeah, all those action shots featured here and here were taken in March)

So, a week ago, the dogs celebrated like this…

“C’mon, Ella! Let’s play soccer!”


Collie wrestling and different playing styles

I love watching Lassie and Petal play together.
It’s so fun to watch two dogs of the same breed play. Of course it’s fun to watch any dogs play and interact together, regardless of breed, but there’s just something about watching dogs of the same breed.
Collies, for example, like to herd. They like to challenge their minds and they’re quick thinkers and learners. So you’ll see them putting these traits to use when they’re playing and since they both have the same instincts, it’s interesting to see them use them on each other.

Like, for example, the way Lassie and Petal wrestle is very different from the way Petal and Ella wrestle or even the way Lassie and Ella wrestle (if you can call it wrestling).
Petal often gets her butt kicked by Ella in the wrestling department. Ella will smack her down to the ground and they’ll wrestle and wrestle and then break off into a run (which Petal starts because Ella gets too intense for her sometimes).
Lassie and Ella don’t wrestle much anymore. Their wrestling matches consist more of Lassie sunbathing and Ella coming up and smacking him until he gets annoyed and then she runs off, hoping he’ll chase her, and sometimes he does.

Though Lassie won’t wrestle Ella anymore, he will wrestle Petal. Why? Ella’s style is too rough. Petal’s style is much more like Lassie’s, so he prefers to wrestle with her. Lassie and Petal don’t pin each other to the ground, ever. But pinning Petal to the ground is Ella’s favorite move. Lassie and Petal’s wrestling matches are also considerably more moderate than Ella’s. And, in a way, they’re more graceful too.
But they’re also louder, because they like to trash talk each other. 😉

These pictures are about a month old, but this is how it’s done. 😉

Petal likes to wrap her front paws around Lassie’s neck and bite at his ears and mane. Then when he bites back, she leaps away and runs a circle as he nips at her. Then they nip at each other’s faces and bonk their long noses together (I call this sword fighting, haha). They bark, they nip at each other’s feet, they duck out of the way, they jump back, they run a circle and come back for more. It usually ends in a high speed chase around the yard and then it’s over and onto the next game. They won’t go at for ages on end like Ella likes to do. With my Collies, they like to play a few different games during their play sessions outside and nearly all of their games involve me in some way. Ella is the opposite. She’ll play one game (wrestle, chase, or fetch) until she’s tired and then she digs (of course) and the only game she needs me for is fetch (unless we’re playing indoors, then she does like to play tug with me).

It’s fun to see how different they each are. Even Lassie and Petal, being the same breed, are much different from each other. And even though Ella’s our resident mutt and mystery dog, she has some things in common with Lassie and Petal.

What about your dogs? How do they like to play with other dogs? What’s their favorite game to play with other dogs?

But it’s April!

When I looked out the kitchen window this morning I saw this:

Weather, I don’t know if you realize this, but… it’s April.
When I said “April showers bring May flowers” the other day, I meant RAIN showers not snow showers!

We’re not so sure about this.
Normally we love snow, but lately we’ve been enjoying some really lovely spring weather and the snow just sabotaged it!

“This is getting old.”

Petal seems to be pretty happy with it though. She was bouncing around in it this morning.

“YAY! Snow!”

Ella is not a happy dog. She’s tired of this cold weather and this snow!

“Aaahhh! The frozen white fluff is back! Let me in!”

When I went out to get the Collies after their morning potty break I found Lassie like this:


One of his eyebrows was made of snow!

“This isn’t fun anymore. Let me in!”

“I know I was excited before, but… my nose is frozen!”

Happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is warmer than ours!