Night Time Goosebumps

At 2:00 am, Dieter signalled that he had to go outside.  Hj turned on the upstairs lights and tottered down the stairs with him.  Then he turned on the downstairs and outside lights, including the spotlight out to the dog’s garden and since it looked clear, he opened the door to let Dieter out.  Dieter immediately rushed out the door barking and began chasing a large animal around the yard.  Hj was yelling “Dieter, Dieter, Dieter” and running after him.  At first we thought the animal was a fisher, but within moments we understood it was a porcupine.  A big one, of about 25 pounds.

Fortunately, Hj was able to get Dieter back into the house and the porcupine never made contact with either of my guys.

Can you see it?

S/he is right there under the sapling. Can you see our prickly friend?


The porcupine, I guess needed to relax after such a burst of commotion, so s/he stayed in the fenced area for about half an hour and then finally scaled up the fence and continued up one of the maple trees.  After s/he climbed up Dieter was brought out to go to the bathroom… ON A LEASH, this time.  He really did have to go to the bathroom but quickly did his business without further incident and came back in.


Dieter (doing his best Flock of Seagulls imitation)

Dieter (doing his best Flock of Seagulls imitation)

Dieter is, by the way, our most recent rescue.  He is five and a half and was adopted in December.  He had been living in a cage in disgusting conditions for the first five years of his life.  His owners were backyard breeders, who ran a small puppy mill.   He was the “stud”.   When he was pulled along with all the other dogs he was half the weight and had half the hair that he now has.  He was covered in fleas and suffered with tapeworm just as all the other dogs in the house.   He has made a stellar recovery!

Please adopt, don’t shop.  Dogs like Dieter make such grateful and wonderful companions!


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Happy Birthday Dear Puppies

Today is the 8th Birthday of Honey’s five children.  So we drove the gang up to Guelph on our annual visit to get her together with them.  Here is this year’s photo of Honey and her children. Honey was wigged out excited!  She really loves Josh and Danny’s human, Deb and I thought for a few minutes that she might lick Deb’s face right off.

Josh, Tippy, Danny, Imp, Minnie and Honey enjoy some time together.

Josh, Tippy, Danny, Imp, Minnie and Honey enjoy some time together.

Josh is up on the back of the love seat.  From left to right, the dogs are Tippy, Danny, Imp, Minnie and of course their proud mama Honey.

Happy birthday to all of you sweet dogs who make the life of your humans much happier.

I know they all look nothing alike, except for all being dogs, and all being small, but Honey birthed all those puppies (in a single litter in my house) so I know they are siblings.  It always has puzzled me that they were SO NOT similar to each other…  The only two who look a little similar are the two black girls, but Tippy is half the size of Imp and their coats are different.  Tippy has a brush coat which is nearly as soft as a chinchilla and Imp has a horse coat which is more smooth and silky than it is soft.

While I don’t care a wit about breeding and bloodlines, I have long been curious about what was hiding in this little dog family’s woodpile.  So I had DNA testing done for one of the babies.  I mean how could a dog who appears to be a long hair chihuahua, could have 5 such totally different pups?  There 4 distinctive coat types and 4 distinctive markings and non look like their mom.  You won’t believe what the DNA says!

The levels run from 1 to 5 – one being the most related and 4 being the least related.

1, Poodle level 2

2, Chihuahua level 4

3, German Shorthaired Pointer level 4

4, Dalmation level 4

5, French Bulldog, level 4

You know, it still makes no sense, so I sent in Honey’s DNA too and I really look forward to a response.  It will come in about 6 weeks!

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Polar Vortex

We are in the throws of a weather phenomenon here in Ontario (and elsewhere) called the polar vortex.  It was -22 C (-7.6 F) when I got up this morning, but it felt like -35 C  (-31 F) this morning and now the temperature is at a nice balmy -19 C (-2.2 F).  I am not at THO and I have to admit this is one of the rare occasions where I am happy that I am not.

For those of you who do not live in a cold climate let me tell you that with this kind of cold it goes right into your bones, it is painful.  For the dogs it is torture every time they have to go outside because the cold is so deep that it burns their little feet.  Our newest rescue lived his entire 5 years locked up in a cage at a puppy mill and is just being house trained now, but for him this cold is new and dreadful.  His little feet are not tough so within 10 -15 seconds his body collapses on the ground because the pain in his feet is so deep.  We go out with them and carry their tiny collapsed bodies in and treat their feet again with Blistex.

Thankfully there is a warming trend coming, but not before it reaches -40 C (-40 F) tonight, which is ironically where our thermometers meet.

If I already had my wood stove installed I might have actually driven down to THO to stay for a few days.  I would go without the dogs though because I don’t know how easy it will be to make the house warm.  Knowing it is coming makes me look forward to next winter already.  Finding out how it will work has a lot of fills me with anticipation.  That I know my Greyworks Stove is on its way makes me very happy indeed!  But… I will not install it until the end of the spring rains because I have some unique plans in mind.

Before I close, I want to introduce you all to Dieter, who has been through a lot.Dieter napping in the January Sun

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Peanut’s Place of Promise


I know there are thousands and thousands of causes out there.  Some close to home, far some human, some animals, some medical, some basic needs… it never ends and fatigue is so high.  Now and again one gets under your skin though.

Today, this was something that profoundly affected me.  I learned about a shelter in Greece that is now feeding about 200 dogs.  Suddenly and without notice the government cut off ALL funding that was coming in to care for these animals… and the dogs are in danger of starving.

It has been being run by an elderly woman (who has another woman there helping now).  The old woman was starving herself in vain to try to save every cent she had for these poor animals.  Until the dogs are all adopted the situation is critical!

I am not earning much money but I was able to put off a project and squeezed to make a small donation and I am asking if you can too?

They are asking for a couple of dollars a week… but I gave a one time donation because as an artist I never know how next week will be and last week I sold a painting so I know I am okay for a bit.

Here they are on Facebook.

Here they are on the WWW.

Here is the place to make a donation.

Please help if you can.

Peanut's Place of Promise

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The Supervisors


Hj and I dug up the garden yesterday.  The chives are coming up nicely, but the parsley winterkilled, so more will have to be put in.

The four supervisors kept their eyes on us to make sure we were doing a good job.

Planting will begin in a couple of days.


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