Thursday, July 28, 2011

Goldfish Fry

Our pond continues to amaze us with new life. We found new fry a couple weeks ago and were happily surprised at the discovery. Earlier this week I thought I spotted a bright orange fry, but it was darting between plants so I barely saw anything but the color. Until tonight!
We think this is a goldfish, although if we are correct that means that at least one of our carp is spawning with our goldfish. It will be interesting to see what this guy grows up to be.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

4 O’Clock Flowers

Early last spring Barbie and I purchased a dozen Mirabilis Jalapa bulbs from a vendor at a local home show.  We planted these bulbs a couple months ago and they seemed to immediately take to the earth they were planted in.

We noticed a few weeks ago that these flowers have daily blooms that I would see in the late afternoon when I arrived from work, but by the next morning they were gone.

After some quick internet research, Barbie found that these flowers are also known as “4 O’clock Flowers” because they tend to only bloom in the late afternoon.  Mystery solved.

Below are a few images of the beautiful colors that we see in these blooms daily:

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Madison and Mosby Take To The Pool

With more than a week of triple digit temperatures behind us and no end in sight we decided to take the dogs to the pool.  Well a plastic kiddie pool.

Madison has never been in a pool like this before (bathtubs frequently, shallow streams years ago), and Mosby has definitely never been in anything like this.  So, we weren’t sure what to expect when both dogs got in the water.  We were very pleased with both dogs reactions.

We both laughed heartily as we saw Mosby’s fur on the bottoms of hi legs expand in the water while the fur on the tops of his legs was flat – he looked like he had bell-bottoms on.

Although this video is less than 5 minutes long, we had them in the water for nearly 15 minutes before deciding to head back in to the air conditioning.

Monday, July 18, 2011

How We “Do The Depot”

As long as I have had Maddie, I try to take her with me every time I go to The Home Depot.  When Barbie came into my life she adopted this methodology as well.  We do this not only to spend time together, but also because the employees at The Home Depot are extremely kind to the dogs with frequent offers of water and praise.

Today was the first time that we made one of these trips since getting Mosby, so of course we included him in this tradition.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mosby’s First Bath

This evening Mosby took his first bath since becoming a member of our family.  As we expected, when Mosby is wet his size reduced dramatically.  However, we were a bit surprised at how much smaller he looked.

It’s amazing how cute he looks when he is dry and fluffy compared to how vulnerable he looks when he is wet.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Maddie Meets Mosby

Although we had been telling Maddie that a new puppy was coming for a few weeks, we were still very careful of how we introduced her to Mosby.  Once we got home we brought Maddie outside to meet Mosby in the front yard so that they would essentially meet on “neutral ground”

The initial  interaction was very good, so we decided to take a quick video of both dogs getting familiar with one another.  The video is very jumpy as we were trying to track quick small animals close to the ground.

After 15 minutes or so in the front yard we headed inside for a water break and to cool off.

Once  we had all settled down a bit we introduced Mosby to the back yard.  This was something that we were both slightly anxious about since we did not know what to expect from Mosby when he first saw the pond or even the gravel.

As you can tell, Mosby didn’t have much of a reaction to anything in the back yard other than a neighbors dog that barked.

A New Member Of Our Family: Mosby

This afternoon Barbie travelled to a regional airport to pick up the latest addition to our family.  A 9 week old teacup Yorkshire Terrier that we purchased from Ohio.

When we picked him up, we knew that the breeder he came from had named him Leo on the registration paperwork, but we knew we would change his name once we got to know him and saw what his personality revealed.  So, for the drive home he was just referred to as “little guy”.

By the time we got home we had decided on naming him Mosby.  It fit well with his personality since he would dart from spot to spot on the ground when we picked him up and he would burrow into the towel we brought him home in.  By the time we got home from the 40 minute drive he was completely tuckered out.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Independence Day 2011

We loooove fireworks.  But we love Maddie even more and she gets serious anxiety when there are loud fireworks around her.  Since this was going to be our first Independence Day in our new home, we decided not to make any plans so that we could all be together to make sure Maddie was going to be okay.

As nightfall approached it looked like Maddie was doing quite well with the few fireworks that we had heard thus far so we decided to take a walk to a grass spot near a community pond to watch the fireworks display that the community next to ours was having.

We took Maddie with us for the walk which was less than 1/8th of a mile from our front door.  Because we walked in the night with chairs and a dog we were in “full nerd” mode with flash lights on our heads.  These are a couple pictures I took with my phone of Barbie and Maddie as we waited for the show to begin.

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In the end, we all had a good time.  The weather was nice, the fireworks were good and Maddie seemed to really enjoy being outside for a while during the evening.