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My Moms

June 4, 2017

Ginny here. Mom was gone for a really long time. I think she said it was 8 days. She wrote a bunch of blog posts about the trip but this is the one that relates to what I’m telling you now. She and her friends went to a place with a lot of sheep and she decided to buy one. She couldn’t take it on the airplane so when it got to California she had to go pick it up. I went with her. I found out that the reason that Mom took me with her wasn’t so I could help her but so that the lady at the farm could see me. This is where I was born.

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This is a picture of me when I first came home with Mom. She says that I was two months old.

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This is me in the Farm Lady’s truck. We went over to her house to see…

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… some puppies that were about 8 days old.

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The Farm Lady (her name is Terri) said that this is my Other Mom.

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Her name is Sue. My dad’s name is Butch, but he doesn’t live here. My Mom has the same kind of fur that Rusty does and she is 11 years old like he is. Then the Farm Lady said that Sue and Rusty were litter-mates. That means that Rusty is my uncle.

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We went back over to the other farm go load the sheep. My Other Mom went off to work while I went to investigate a new smell.

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Birthday Visit to Jake

April 29, 2017

I have a brother, but I don’t really know what that means. Colleen and Robin told me about him and Robin took me to visit at Colleen’s house where he lives. They said that this is our birthday month and we are both 11 now. I was worried that Robin would get out the stupid hats like this time but I guess she forgot them. Instead she expected us to sit and pose for photos.

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Jake introduced himself…

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…but then I went off to find something to do.

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Robin spent time looking at Colleen’s flowers…

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…but I found work,

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…important work.

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Colleen and Robin thought that it was more important to get photos of the two of us.

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They were missing the point of a Border Collie being on the premises.

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Evidently Jake doesn’t recognize the presence of this cat as a Job To Do.

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They tried again.

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Not your best photographic moments, eh, Robin?

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Enough of this.

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Then the people took us to the front of the house.

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Robin snapped her photos.

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Then Jake remembered …

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…and I went back to mine.

A Hidden Bunny

April 23, 2017

Do you remember at the beginning of the month when the Bunny Lady brought baby bunnies and I had to watch them to make sure they behaved? Here are the pictures from then. Well, Robin had Spinners come over the other night and one of them brought a Bunny.

I scratched at the door to get in the shop where all the ladies were because I don’t want to be left outside. I immediately went to the box where the bunny was.

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The ladies didn’t know what I was looking at. They thought it was the lights and shadows from the fan. That is so yesterday.

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I was definitely focused, but it wasn’t on lights. Do you see the fur on my nose?

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That is bunny fur. I knew there was a bunny somewhere in that box but when I stuck my nose in the box I didn’t find it.

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So I just waited for it to come out. Eventually the Spinner Lady put the lid on the box of bunny fur without ever taking the bunny out. That’s probably a good thing because bunnies should stay in their boxes.

A Good Day

April 2, 2017

I knew it would be a busy day when the Bunny Lady showed up. I wrote this post  a year ago which was the last time she came.

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The Bunny Lady brings baby animals and she takes them out of their cages, which means there is a lot of work for me.

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Robin and her friends also moved some sheep with their lambs into other pens in the barn and then People started showing up.

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There were a lot of kids. That is the Bunny Lady taking the bunnies out of their cages and letting the kids hold them.

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There were some really tiny bunnies this year. Maggie had to stay near the house so that she wouldn’t try to eat the bunnies. And Ginny had to stay there too because Dan was afraid that she’d get in the way of the cars. So I was the main one on duty.

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The Bunny Lady also brought funny looking lambs. They look very different than our lambs.

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I watched the lambs and the bunnies to make  sure they didn’t escape…

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…even with people trying to pet me.

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I took a break once in awhile…

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…but then got back to the job. There were a lot of people in and out all day. It was pretty late when all the people left. I thought the fun part of the day was over, but, Surprise! Robin took us dogs Across the Road. We haven’t been there in awhile.

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She thought that she would take a photo of all of us together. That didn’t work very well because no one would stay in the same place.

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She finally gave up on the posed picture.

Shearing Sheep

March 28, 2017

Robin wrote about shearing sheep tonight so she suggested that I tell about it too. Shearing Day is a busy day for us dogs, but Robin doesn’t have pictures of the important stuff. Ginny got to do most of the work because Robin had her in the barn moving sheep forward. I don’t really like to be in small spaces of the barn because some of those sheep are mean.

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In the barn I watched to make sure the sheep didn’t get up while being shorn.

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Ginny thought that she might find something worth eating under the table where the ladies stand around talking and  pulling fleeces apart.

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But mostly we spent time outside. It finally wan’t raining and the sun was out.

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Amaryllis was annoyed because she was in the barn while everyone else was out.

Across the Road Finally

February 2, 2017

Rusty here. I let Ginny go first with the blog tonight. Do you remember when we used to go Across the Road? That seems like a long time ago now. The last time I wrote a blog post about it was here. Robin wasn’t taking me much because my hips were so sore and I had a hard time going all the way around the regular loop. And then Robin was gone for a really long time (12 days I think) and then it rained a lot so it was muddy over there and we had our own lake here. Well, it stopped raining so Robin decided to take us for a walk again. Then she realized that I could chase Ginny on the whole walk and not have to take the short-cut home, so she has been taking us Across the Road more. (It must be those pills that I have in my food every day.)

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Here we are ready to be let off the leashes. As usual Ginny is watching The Ball and I am ready to chase after Ginny and Maggie is oblivious to that game.

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Lately Ginny thinks its funny to drop The Ball down a slope and watch it for awhile before she goes after it.

Ginny got in trouble on this walk. Robin was taking pictures of the ground (yeah, kind of dumb) while Ginny and I were waiting for her to throw The Ball and all of a sudden Maggie came racing by chasing a rabbit. Then Ginny followed. They both went out of sight, around the turns in the dirt road. Robin ran after them (as if Robin thinks she can run as fast as a dog and a rabbit) and I followed her (even I know that I can’t catch a rabbit). Then Maggie popped up out of the canal way ahead of us.

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Robin yelled for Ginny…

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…and eventually she showed up too.

The next walk:

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Ginny was still rolling The Ball downhill. Robin took some video of her doing this but she hasn’t done anything with that yet.

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But she also wants Robin to throw The Ball…

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…and so do I.

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Ginny Has a Check-up

February 2, 2017

Hi, This is Ginny talking. I got excited yesterday when Mom put my crate in the car and told me to get in. I figured that were going to Sheepdog Debbie’s place where I get to herd sheep that know what they are supposed to do when a Border Collie shows up. It was a trick. When Mom opened the door it didn’t smell right and then she opened the crate and I saw the street. It was the Doctor Place and I was not happy.

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First I was supposed to sit on this thing in the corner.

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Then I had to sit on the floor and wait for something to happen.

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I stayed right next to mom when this other dog came out of the Doctor Door. Her name was Daisy Bell or Dixie Bab something like that. She didn’t want to be there either.

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Look who strolled out from the Doctor Door next. She didn’t have a person with her.

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I think she lives here at the Doctor Place.

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I guess that is why there is this artwork on the wall. Maybe White Cat owns the Doctor Place and gets to decorate it. Mom took the picture of those cats because she knows who made it–someone who sells things at the same place where Mom sells the stuff she makes.

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White Cat came up to me to sniff my nose. I guess if she lives here she is not afraid of dogs. Then it was time for me to go into a smaller room.

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I know that this is the way out.

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Aren’t we ready to go yet?

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This is my Doctor. She is named Doctor Murray and she seems nice but I still didn’t want to be there. She said that I am pretty and that my teeth look OK even though I chase tennis balls. Mom asked about that because a friend of hers said that his dog’s teeth were worn out from playing with tennis balls that get covered with sand. Dr. Murray said that as long as I just chase and catch the balls it’s probably all right. Dogs that chew them all the time may have problems.

Bye now. Thanks, Rusty for letting me use your blog.