Soon I will turn thirteen years old
The man says that means we've probably had over 4500 walks in the woods
Some might say I am slowing down a little
I'd say that I'm just more selective in my pursuits
Note from the man: Despite his restful demeanor here, Baldr has just returned from chasing a deer - but not for very long.
A romp in the woods is out of the question today
The man says we'd get soaked and muddy
I don't actually see the problem
Crossing The Delaware
I usually have to go up in the woods to take a dip in the brook
Today I just had to go down to the bottom of the driveway
It isn't the Delaware and I'm not George Washington
But it is the Fourth of July!
Note from the man: We've had very few dry days since June began and the pattern continues.
Baldr is at the bottom of our 350 foot-long driveway.
Abbott Brook, about 250 feet to the right, runs parallel to the driveway - usually.
After today's downpour the brook exceeded capacity and produced an overflow runnning perpendicular to the driveway.
This has only happened once before, in 2011, during Hurricane Irene.
Forget about the groundhogs
Never mind the Equinox
I know when spring is here
The cool thing about rolling in snow is that you can eat it at the same time
It's like walking and chewing gum
The man says it was -20F this morning
I guess that's pretty cold but I don't mind
The snow makes cool squeaking sounds when I roll in it
The man has shoveled lots of paths in the snow
I don't know why he bothers
Someday it will all melt and his work will be for nothing
But until then they're good for lying down and keeping an eye on things
The man thinks this is an art sculpture
He says it's a blend of industry and nature with a nod to New England history
I say it's a Burl Ives-hipster-redneck dude with no arms
Not someone I would normally choose to hang out with
But we're getting cookies to sit here, so whatever...
Have a very cool and Merry Christmas!
~Baldr & Belle~
Note from the man: Baldr, the art critic, exaggerates my thoughts on the work. It's the best I could do in the aftermath of a bomb cyclone and he was paid well for the sitting.
Most Wonderful Time
The man says I should avoid using cliche
In favor of original thought
But I can't think of a better way to say it here
For me this really is the most wonderful time of the year!
The man and I went for an extra jaunt in the woods today
He said it was to work up an appetite
But that was just an excuse
Because we're both never not hungry
My friend Chad is six foot ten
He is moving all the way to South Carolina
I will miss him
But on a clear day I will probably be able to see the top of his head from here
This pesky Deer fly keeps violating my air space
It is about to experience the Jaws of Defeat
The back deck is getting a much needed facelift
As quality control inspector my job is to ensure that no corners are cut
The boys are doing a thorough job
I left instructions to be called at lunchtime
It was a nice day - so I decided to eat out
Someone found me eating dead porcupine on the side of the road
They were kind enough to give me a ride to the town office
A nice woman pulled quills out of my face and mouth
Then the man and The Lady came to get me
The Lady was not happy. She thought I was asleep inside the house
The vet gave me something to make me throw up
All in all it was a great spring adventure
Note from the man: A nice spring day, an open door, he slipped out and off the deck without anyone noticing.
He knew exactly where he was going and what he was about.
Many thanks to all the good folks going about their day in small town New Hampshire.
The man has a new lens
Except it's an old one
He couldn't wait to try it out last night
He didn't even stop to have his dinner
Such fanaticism is lost on me
I do nothing on an empty stomach
The sun is out
The air is warm
When the man puts his camera down
I can get some shut-eye
The wind is howling, snow is falling and it's very cold
The man says it's a blizzard
I just thought it was Saturday
The expectation is that we'll soon be going outside
which means that the man will soon put down his camera
and put on his coat
and open the door...
Auld Lang Syne
The man says New Year's Day is a time for looking back
So he spent the day looking through his photo archives
He found this photo from eight years ago when I was three
I often served pillow duty for The Lady in those days
It was hard work but somehow I managed
Happy New Year!
Baldr~ (& Belle & The Lady & the man)
It's hard to pose for a picture with a reindeer
Especially when the reindeer keeps moving
They don't stand still for very long
Particularly on Christmas Eve
Baldr & Belle ~
When The Lady feeds the horses after it snows I run circles around her
I have to do it three times
It's very important
It's a dog thing
She knows to stand still until I'm done
I regularly conduct covert operations around the barn
It's the required duty of any dog who is so situated
The man says I am just sneaking around
He's a fine one to talk, him and his camera...
A few days ago I turned eleven
These days I might be a bit less trouble prone
But not much else has changed
I'm still a creative thinker
I still run hard in the woods
And I'm still the boss of everyone
In this picture the man wants you to believe that I'm vigilantly guarding the apple trees from apple predators.
The truth is that I'm waiting for The Lady to get home from Kimballs with fried clams and ice cream.
Heathbar Crunch preferrably.
I have a long history with sticks
Mostly chewing them
But today one got stuck in my eye
The Lady took me to the vet to have it removed
That was bad enough but then I didn't even get to keep it
The man had to bring pizza for dinner though, so it wasn't all bad
Note from the man: While in the woods this morning Baldr had half of a 3-inch long, 1/2 inch diameter stick lodged in his left eye socket.
When he emerged from the underbrush you couldn't see his eyeball - just the stick protruding from his eye socket.
We don't know exactly what occurred (I wasn't home at the time) but the vet removed it and amazingly there does not appear to be any significant damage.
Although groggy from anesthesia, his appetite does not appear to be suffering too greatly.
Over the years I've picked up many titles
One of them is Chief Plate Licker (CPL)
The duty of this office is obvious
And I perform it skillfully at every opportunity
It requires unwavering dedication in the face of stern opposition
Which is to say that The Lady does not sanction this
In fact she quite strongly disapproves
The man also discourages this
Although he provided tacit approval for this strictly documentary photo
Which I think he is posting at considerable personal risk to himself
Baldr~ (CPL, etc)
Note from the man: another of Baldr's many titles is IRC - Incorrigible Resident Canine.
We simply cannot leave plates anywhere within his considerable reach.
In this he is brazen and unrepentant.
Something To Smile About
Spring is finally here
Today I chased a rabbit
Afterwards I took a long nap in the sun
Then I went to the swamp and had a mud bath
I may look clean now
But I still smell like swamp
Life is good
March is here
The snow is cold but the sun is warm
I'm working on my tan
Quoth the Dog
The man has been reading The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
It's a poem about a verbally challenged bird tormenting a poet
It reveals much about the condition affecting our humans
But the problem here isn't so much the presence of the Raven
The real problem is the lack of a dog
A dog would chase away the intruding Raven
And never allow it to perch on the bust of Pallas
Furthermore, a dog has a much larger vocabulary
Thus making a more suitable companion for a dark and dreary winter night
We haven't just been lying around all day
We got up once to bark at the UPS guy
We gave him quite an earful
Baldr~ (& Belle)
The man is playing with matches again
The Lady said to keep an eye on him
It's not bad work but I'm almost on overtime
I'm starting to think about dinner
Come five o'clock he's on his own
It's me, Belle
Here it is New Year's Day night
Baldr has gone to bed because he's ten
The Lady is asleep on the couch because, well, she's more than ten
The man is fiddling with a camera because that's what he always does
I'm playing with last year's kitty because it still has some fun left in it
Nothing new here but Happy New Year anyway!
On days like this I can hear Heaven and nature sing
When The Dog Writes
Heavy white snowfalls and long woodland dashes
Cold frost that sticks near my nose and eyelashes
The silvery sound when the dinner bell rings
These are a few of my favorite things
With apologies to Rodgers & Hammerstein
In the Kingdom of Baldrwood I am Sovereign
I have a crown, but I never wear it while out surveying my realm
I prefer to keep the common touch
Horses are messy eaters
They spill grain everywhere
Fortunately I'm around to clean up all the leftovers
Of course I've been known to bolt down my own dinner
But I never leave anything behind
An Apple A Day
Fall means apples
They drop from the tree and hide in the leaves
They're hard to see but with my nose they're easy to find
Sometimes I eat them
Sometimes I just keep them company
July evenings are for lying in the cool grass
And listening to the sounds of summer
Last post, Jane asked to see a picture of me all fluffy
So I authorized the man to post this one
It was just minutes after the last picture
I'm not sure it qualifies as fluffy
The man says velutinous is a better word
I think he's reaching here
And I bet he can't use it in a proper sentence either
Last week The Lady gave me a bath
She said I was way past due
I'm pretty sure I just had one last year
But The Lady is pretty hard to argue with
The man says we are in crazy times
It's practically summer but I just had my spring shots
The vet gave them to me outside his office
I was worried I wouldn't get treats but he had them in his pocket
Later at home I did Crazy Dog
As you can see, the man is behind on his lawn mowing
After 12 years my boy cut off all his hair
He thought the new aerodynamics might give him a leg up in our races
Well, tell me please, whose legs are up in this photo by the man?
It's all about muscle tone
I'm keeping my fur
What Happens In The Woods
Spring is a busy time of year
The woods always need extra policing
There are wily coyotes to run off
And troublesome bears to chase up trees
The man says I might need to start wearing a body camera
I told him that would be a waste of money
What happens in the woods, stays in the woods
Something To Howl About
Last Saturday the man had his lawn tractor out
But today he'll need a shovel
Snow in May is howling good!
But Belle just wants to go back to bed
The man's lawn tractor and I are the same age - ten years.
He said he might challenge Belle & I to a race
We tried not to laugh
Seriously, I can beat him & his tractor with two paws tied behind my back
And Belle can eat grass faster than he can cut it
She likes grass
It's me, Belle
Lately the man is at home all the time
But he spends all day at his desk
Baldr says he is working
I don't know what working is
But it doesn't seem like much fun at all
Speed Racer Part 2
With the finish line in sight I made my move
I slipped into high gear and surged ahead, staying dry as a bone
As you can see, my boy got caught in a tsunami of his own making
He's a good sport though
And for once it's not me who needs the bath
My boy came to see me today
He brought his dirt bike
We had races in the long driveway
I know it looks close here
But I'm just toying with him
It's a simple game with only one rule: The ball is mine
But Belle doesn't always play by the rule
Like many sports it involves possession and aggression
But after a match we're all best friends
Note from the man: Belle quite holds her own in a Baldrball match
Signs of Spring
An 8-inch snowstorm on March 23 is a sure sign of spring in our little corner of New Hampshire.
Take it from me, summer is right around the corner.
In the harsh winter wilderness
Life is a daily struggle
A test of strength and endurance
One must summon all of their skill
To survive until dinnertime
(even dogs have heroes)
December 22, 2019
I've often heard about dog sledding
Belle & I thought it would be a fun thing to try
The man says that we are not quite clear on the concept
December 2, 2019
There are some strange tracks in the new snow
The man thinks it is Bigfoot
He's been watching television again
I will investigate further
In the morning
November 10, 2019
Young (ish) Buck
The man says if I grew antlers I'd look like a Whitetail Buck.
I won't say what the man would look like if he grew antlers.
This is my last romp in the woods without that pesky orange vest.
Our Grandma fell and broke her hip
We are not allowed to visit her in the hospital
So we decided to make a card
The man did most of the work
All we had to do was smile
And help him with the spelling
I love blueberries
But when the wild blackberries come in
I have to switch gears
The trick is to get at the ripe ones
Without scratching your nose
July 29, 2019
It's a summer for shedding
The Lady says there's too much of me everywhere
So today was a brush day
The man said he couldn't tell which was the real me
But I'm always two places at once anyhow
Hint: I'm the handsome one on the right
July 14, 2019
If A Tree Falls
The man says if a tree falls in the woods I will hear it
I also hear moose walking, bears breathing, the whisper of bird wings
And a lot of other things he can't philosophize about
Don't Fence Me In
It's the first really nice day of spring
The Lady is busy
The man is busy
We should be in the woods
But we are stuck on the back deck
The man put up chicken wire to keep Belle in
I know how to get out though
I'm no chicken
Rumors of Spring
Much is made of the groundhogs
I've known a few and have found them generally unreliable
Undignified shadow chasers
Prone to human exploitation
They are not to be trusted
Their shadows mean nothing
It isn't spring until the dog swims
April 7, 2019
Spring is here
We all went for a long hike
Only I could cross the brook
No one else could make it
So of course I had to come back
4th Day of Spring
The man and I are in the woods today
It's the fourth day of spring
The man is geographically challenged
He thinks that New Hampshire is a small nordic country
That shares a border with Finland
I'm wondering why he always photographs me with my mouth open
Maybe it's because my mouth is always open...
The man has a new soft filter on his lens
He is making me pose
He says only my nose should be sharp
I am giving him my Mick Jagger mouth
He thinks I'm smiling
But it's actually veiled rebelliousness
A while back my boy got married
We had a big tent and lots of food
The man told me I was not losing a boy
But gaining a girl
I'm pretty okay with that
Rugged Dog of the North
I was asleep
Dreaming of belly rubs
I did not authorize this photo
It is not consistent with my online personae
I am going to ask the man for a retraction
My name can be a verb
It works something like this
If you watch me disappear in one direction
And then suddenly I surprise you from the opposite direction
You've been "Baldr'd"
I do this a lot
It's me, Belle
I'm crashing Baldr's space again
At Christmastime we each get a Fuzzy
Mine is brown and Baldr's is gray
Except that they're both mine
Cuz I'm the little sister
Stopping By the Woods (on what is about to become a snowy evening)
The woods are lovely, dark and neat
But I have dinner waiting sweet
And miles to go before I eat
Miles to go...
Well, maybe it's feet
But miles sounds more poetic
Belle has Boxer blood in her
She likes to throw some paw
She's smaller than me
But she has a pretty good right hook
For a girl dog
Baldr has the day off
He stays in bed when it's raining
It's what eight-year-olds do
The man says I have to be the stand in
But then he keeps telling me to sit
He says I'm a clever girl
But I sure can't figure him out
On a clear day I can hear forever
Every year the man makes us do these photos
Then we put cookies out for Santa
Every year Belle thinks she'll stay awake for Santa, but she doesn't
And every year, after everyone's asleep, I get up and eat the cookies
They all think it's Santa
But it isn't
Ho Ho Ho
I'm eight now and I haven't missed a beat. The man really missed the focus on this image though. He says that tree is sharp, but really, we all know that's not what he was shooting for here.
Ode to Spring
Yesterday the man put away his snow shovels
I knew this was going to happen
The Lady and I are teaching Belle about snow
Right now she's at the end of a long leash
That's why you can't see her
She's not a free ranger like me
And, after all, this is still my gallery
It's a good thing the man has two hands
What with two dog bellies in the house now...
It's been six days since Belle arrived
She's a good sort, I suppose
But I'm still not sure about having a sister
One thing is certain
The Lady has been handing out treats like Halloween candy!
Her name is Belle
She came all the way from Alabama to live with us
She has a lot to learn about jumping logs
But she did find a dead mouse to roll on...
I told the man & The Lady that she'll probably be okay to have around
As you can see, The Lady is holding a purple leash
But it's not attached to ME
What gives here??
The Rumble in the Jungle
We mixed it up today, like Ali versus Foreman
Can you guess who's who?
Let's just say that Turbo doesn't exactly float like a butterfly
(that's The Lady standing in as Ref Zack Clayton, of course)
It was a thirsty summer in the woods
But finally the brook is back!
Now I can drink without getting mud in my nose
I have a new orange vest
It's so no one will mistake me for a deer
They'll just think I'm a maple tree instead
Another package came today
It was for the man
He was kind of excited
Can you guess what it was?
He has a lot of them but they're all the same to me
At least I got another cookie from the Mail Lady!
Every day the mail comes
If the man or The Lady get a package
the Mail Lady leaves cookies in the mailbox for me
Then I get to recycle the package
And it's not even my birthday!
The Trouble With Turbo
He has a big head and slobbers a lot
And he pants like a steam engine
But he's almost family so I have to treat him nice
Most of the time...
Scents & Scentability
The man says that I can never turn off my nose
I admit, it gets me into trouble at times
I guess it's kind of like him and his camera
Except that his camera comes with an on/off button
Nothing beats a brisk trail ride in the summer woods
Especially when there's a mud hole along the way!
Of course we have to keep stopping to let old "two legs" catch up
Here in New Hampshire it's the warmest Christmas ever
My friend Nova came to visit
We found a great mud puddle to play in
Afterwards The Lady let us drink water outside!
She's very thoughtful that way
Jolly Good Time
First a new bell that I can't lose
Now a new ball that I can't destroy
The man might be right about this one
Or maybe I'm just not all that motivated
Been there - done that - it's puppy play really...
I have a new bell
This is my third one
It clips to my collar with something called a carabiner
The man says I won't be able to lose this one in the woods
Guess we'll find out, won't we?
Please forgive my absence
It's all the man's fault
Everything is good up here in the woods
We are having many summer adventures
I've also been eating pretty good
Tonight we are having my favorite
Pizza with pepperoni!
The brook is back
The man thought I might like a swim
I notice that he's not wearing swim trunks
Maybe next week...
It's hard work keeping the woods trails open this winter
The man is along, fiddling with his camera as usual
I keep telling him to lead, follow, or get out of the way!
Dogs Day Out
The man & I had a contest to see who had the most whisker ice
He won, but mine smell better
The Night Before
It's Christmas Eve in New Hampshire
No creatures are stirring as far as I can tell
I'm settling in for a long winter nap
Visions of ripped up boxes are dancing in my head!
The man has cut two Christmas trees this year
I wonder if that means there will be twice as many boxes to tear apart!
We are watching a show about famous dogs
Some of them even have jobs and get paid
They are always having their picture taken
I know all about that
The man & I need to talk
The man thought it would be cool to get some snow pictures BEFORE breakfast
I like snow - probably more than anyone
But not until AFTER breakfast
Priorities you know
I knew it was dinner time
But they told me it wasn't
They've been messing with the clocks again
My stomach doesn't lie
The man & I have been stacking firewood
It is thirsty work
My boy, Ian, has long whiskers
I like to bite them
He gets annoyed and bites mine back
But not too hard
Bad to Worse
I found a skunk on the lawn (bad)
Then I got inside the house (worse)
It happened right before bed time (not good)
I had to have ten smelly baths (almost)
The other half of me is Smooth Collie
The man says that explains my propensity for micro-management
Hmm, I wonder what's going on over there?
I'd better go check it out...
One half of me is Walker Coonhound
The man says this explains a lot of things
Like why my nose works the way it does
It lets me smell lunch from miles away!
The man says it is the Gloaming
Something the poets speak of
I call it 10 hours until breakfast
The Lady has found wild currants growing along the stone wall
I wonder if she realizes that this is the heart of Chipmunk Nation?
Tasty little things
The currants I mean...
12 June 2014
I have decided to take up soccer
The idea is to get the air out of the ball as soon as possible
Then someone yells GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!
It's harder to see me
Now that the woods are back
The man says we are doing an impression of this year's Red Sox
I don't get it
We should be outside running bases
We should be catching baseballs
We should be hitting baseballs
Instead we're just lying here half asleep
The man says if there is water around I will find it
I think there is some in my ear
What's In A (nick) Name?
Fenway & Della have some cool nicknames
Sometimes The Lady calls me Bully
She says I bully my friends
I just like to play hard
Today my friend Katie escaped from her house
She came through the woods for a visit and we had a great time
When Katie's Mom came she called Katie a nickname
But the man says I am not allowed to say it here
The man says that we have been on hiatus
It's kind of like vacation, but not as much fun
One Week Later
The man and I went to the brook again
This time we found all of it
Lost and Found
The man and I went to the brook today
We could only find this small part of it
Yesterday we had some sunshine
Not quite the Dog Days, but I did feel a bit drowsy
The Long Winter
Good chewing sticks are hard to find this winter
Buried underneath all the frozen snow
The Lady says this one might last me until spring comes
If I can just get it all the way home!
By A Whisker
The man and I had a whisker contest
Mine are longer but his smell like salami
That makes it a tie!
I have quit hunting for spring (& bears) in favor of some quality couch time with The Lady of The House.
I am looking for spring, but I can't find it
The man wonders what I will do if I find a bear instead
The real question is what will he do?
I can run faster than him...
Some people say that snow stinks
Personally I don't find it at all smelly
But I like to roll in it anyway!
In the woods the snow is over the man's knees
He has to wear funny snow shoes
My tail is all he's going see today
Going For Gold
In Russia they are having the Winter Olympic Games
Here at home, I am going for a gold medal myself
In the Alpine Dinner Run
We are having another polar vortex
The man has something called the Martian death flu
The Lady is watching something boring on Netflix
I am hibernating, at least until five o'clock
P.S. The man says that he has stopped hallucinating
He will catch up with everyone once he has his wits back about him
This is my friend, Leonard
He's really cool
With all the arctic air around this week, Caspian and I have decided to make like Eskimos
To all my PBase friends in 2014
I wish for you:
A full dinner dish
A comfy couch to sleep on
Lots of woods to run in
And always something to chase!
The man says, Cheers!
Fenway & Della found a Forest Person in the woods
I think there must be one here too under the snow!
I can smell him!
The Lady says it's very important to stretch properly before engaging in physical exercise, especially in the winter
Winter is here
Snow and cold!
The man says it is only 5 degrees (-15c)
People are singing Christmas carols
Songs about bells on dog tails
No one is putting a bell on my tail!
Joy of Flight
I've heard that reindeer know how to fly
Well, dogs can fly too and smile at the same time!
The man knows that the word turkey always gets my attention
Happy Thanksgiving Day!
Some cold weather is here
I am watching for ice on the brook
I pilfered this bubble wrap when the man wasn't looking
If you twist it and bite just right it sounds like fireworks
Always makes him jump
The Boston Red Sox have won the World Series!
Maybe now I can stop being a hat model
The one-pawed digger has left
We have something sort of like a beach now
I am keeping an eye out for horseshoe crabs
Like Fenway and Della found
But the only horseshoes I see are on Caspian
P.S. The Lady says this will be his pasture
But I claim the rock!
P.S.S. The man says to view at original
Marrow Bone Logic
Today I am three
That's twenty-one in people years
People are very concerned about years
Belly scritches and romps in the woods are what's important
People should concentrate more on those things
The Lady often says that people are crazy
and it's the puppies that are normal!
She gets it
Granted, my favorite sport is chasing things in the woods
But it's October and the Red Sox are in the World Series!
The man is seriously affected - I've never seen him like this
Of course I wasn't around for 67, 75, 86, 04 or 07
The Lady assures me that he will be okay
But his enthusiasm is infectious
Ko-ji! Ko-ji! Ko-ji!
Fear the Beards!
The box is just an appetizer
The main course is coming out of the oven now
Can you find me in this picture?
You have to look very closely
The man says I possess an uncanny sense of focal length
This machine digs HUGE holes
And it only has one paw!
I want the keys
This is my friend Chad
He's a giant
The friendly kind
I'm always really glad to see him
Even though I don't like flying
Frost, you say?
We are having a frost advisory
The Lady has covered the vegetable garden
Caspian is wearing his jacket
I am watching Netflix
The man and I went up Pitcher Mountain
Everything is satisfactual
Fenway and Della have had their picture taken with a princess!
I have found many things in the woods - coyotes, bears and porcupines
But I've never found a princess!
His name is Ezra
The man says he was my predecessor
The Lady says he was Perfect
I didn't know him
But I know he didn't like to go to the vets
And he wasn't allowed on the furniture like I am!
The coyotes have moved on
I am catching up on some shut eye
I heard Della broke a tooth on a Frisbee
I hope the Tooth Fairy leaves something nice for her!
This summer I have been very busy chasing coyotes
The Lady is not happy about this
But my policy is if they run, I chase
I wish the man would take a picture of me chasing a coyote
Instead he takes a picture of me with some cucumbers
How exciting is that?
Having A Ball
The man found an old ball
So I peeled off the cover, great fun!
Then the man covered it with duct tape
So I'm peeling that off too!
He says duct tape is cheaper than a new ball
Which I would probably just destroy anyway
Works for me
Now I can have my ball and eat it too!
Four smelly baths, all because of one skunk
The man needed a bath too
The leash has been on all day today
The Lady says she hopes I am repentant
Happy Birthday USA
Today is the 237th birthday of the United States of America
The man says that equals 1,659 dog years!
Such an occasion requires a very dignified pose
It's hard to do when I feel a cookout coming on
The man says that dragonflies can stitch your mouth shut
He says it often happens to dogs that bark too much
I wonder where they keep the thread?
Return of The Jedi
Darth Vader has challenged me to a stare down
Defeated he must be, on this all depends
Only a fully trained Jedi Dog, with the Force as his ally, can conquer Vader
Strong the Force is with him
But he is no match for the old Collie mind tricks
I wonder if has a cookie in his pocket?
Five O'Clock Somewhere
Five O'Clock is my dinner time
The Lady says it is now only four-thirty
But I'm pretty sure I have heard the man say that it's always five o'clock somewhere
Summertime and the living is complicated
I'll never understand horses
Caspian is having a bath
And enjoying it!
It's a good time to go find something smelly - in the woods
Wait! I think the man is starting the grill...
There is no sleet in the woods today
Just cool water running through my paws
The man says I should watch out for sharks
It is Memorial Day weekend
Sleet is bouncing off my nose
I'm pretty sure that sleet shouldn't be bouncing off my nose on Memorial Day weekend
The man says that this is New Hampshire and sleet happens
Even on Memorial Day weekend
Keeper of The Trees
I am guarding the apple trees
The man says it is in keeping with my collie heritage
He says the white flowers will turn into apples!
I wonder how long it will take?
I hope it happens before dinner time
The man says I'm always barging into the picture
I am only trying to help out
It's surprising he didn't use this in his May Brook gallery
After all, what says spring better than a dog in a brook?
Postcards From The Brook
The water is fine, wish you were here!
Your stone sheep is one tough looking customer
Reminds me of Caspian
He is as stubborn as a stone sheep
I've heard that nipping at the heels works
But I never get that close to Caspian's heels!
Winter and Spring are having a chess match
The man says it is winter's last stand
He is hoping for checkmate
But winter is not ready to concede today
I am giving my best Mick Jagger impression for the man
It's spring in New Hampshire
The man is reading the poet Burns
A poem about "The flowery Spring"
Burns mustn't have been from New Hampshire!
Today there was a strange sound
It came from under the snow
I dug with my paws and uncovered a mole!
The mole was quite surprised
And not very happy about being uncovered
I don't speak mole, but his tone was unmistakable
Today is the official last day of winter
It is snowing hard
The man says winter is going into extra innings
I don't mind
I am thinking about Saint Patrick
I have heard that he was once a shepherd
I wonder if he had a collie?
I bet he made good shepherd's pie!
This is my pal Yeti
We play very hard
He travels with Maureen, the horse vet
They came to give Caspian his spring shots
It is a sure sign of spring, even with all this snow!
In winter the man burns all his brush piles
I help him out and so does The Lady
It's important to get a good seat
Preferably next to someone who knows how to give a good butt scritch
Awaiting the Word
I am waiting for THE WORD
It's a sentence actually
But it contains the word "Go"
It also contains the word "woods"
The man always speaks it like a question
Sometimes I have to remind him of it
Today The Lady went to the monkey store
She brought home a monkey
He came from a discount bin
I thought monkeys came from trees
I have noticed something about the man
He has a long, pointy snout and fuzzy face like me
I have heard that people often resemble their dogs
Which would explain why The Lady keeps him around
He should lose that silly hat though
Post Blizzard Romp
Hey Fenway & Della!
I see you got lots of snow!
Us too, isn't it great!
I had to wait a long time to go in the woods today
The Lady thought the snow would be too deep for me
Finally the man put down his shovel and put on his snowshoes
I have to keep stopping to wait for him
I think I see him coming now...
A blizzard is coming
We have hiked to Tyler Bog
The wind is blowing very hard
Caspian is eating lunch
He is having second-cut hay
I always help myself to a bite or two
The Lady thinks it's kind of weird
But I only eat second-cut hay
First-cut is too coarse for my liking
Today is Groundhog Day
If a groundhog sees his shadow it means six more weeks of winter
In New Hampshire we call them woodchucks
The man and I went into the woods to find one
We did not
The man says that New Hampshire woodchucks are not interested in seeing their shadow
They are too busy hibernating
Which means that spring is still a long ways away
A Dog's Life
Life is good
Especially when there is something smelly to roll in!
The temperature outside is below zero
The Lady is wearing her Smartwool socks
The man says that no sheep were harmed in the making of this image
Here I am last week in Wildcat Hollow
We did not see any wildcats
But I did find some coyote pee!
The man says I must set the record straight about the cookies
He did not eat them all
Only the chocolate ones
Bright New Year
Happy New Year!
We are off on a new adventure, exploring Wildcat Hollow Wilderness
I am breaking trail
I wonder if we will see any wildcats?
The man has brought lots of cookies in his pocket
I think he is eating them when my back is turned
The man says it is a time for reflection and contemplation
I am reflecting on the bone I buried in the woods last week and contemplating finding it
The day after Christmas is called Boxing Day
I am doing my best to help observe the occasion
The Lady says I am not quite clear on the concept
The Elf Place
Elves DO live in New Hampshire
But they are not Christmas elves
The man says Christmas elves only live in places like Finland
New Hampshire elves are cousins but they are very reclusive
They dress in plaid flannel, usually red
Right now one is sitting on my head talking to me
But he does not show up on the man's camera
Your Mom must have a very special camera!
The Bath Before Christmas
Today I rolled in poop
I had to have a bath
Now I have to stay inside
It's sort of like being grounded
I have found a bone!
It must be buried - dog protocol you know
But the ground is frozen, snow is coming
A good hiding place is needed
I don't want to be rude toward the man, but...
I wish he'd turn off his camera and look away
Some privacy please!
Toughing It Out
I am making the most of being grounded
It's really not all that bad
My friends Gracie & Katie live through the woods
It is far and with no trail
But I have discovered how to get there
I have gone three times, all by myself!
When I get there, their Mom telephones The Lady
Then someone comes to pick me up in the car
The Lady says I have too much freedom and I am grounded
Maybe someday I will find Fenway and Della's house
But not until after I am done being grounded
Today the man and I went to Pitcher Mountain
I had to wear the orange vest
We could see Mount Monadnock
The man says we will climb it sometime
But I will have to carry my own snacks!
Horse In Sheep's Clothing
Today was very warm
The Lady took off her fleece jacket and put it on Caspian
I tried to convince him he was a sheep
But his neck is too long
It's hard to pull the wool over his eyes!
Today I am two years old
To celebrate we went far into the woods, my favorite thing!
We did not use a trail, the man calls it "bushwacking"
The Lady thought we should go in one direction
I thought maybe we should go in another
Fortunately we made it home in time for dinner!
Splash of Color
The man says that I have an uncanny knack of inserting myself into the frame at the decisive moment thus becoming the dominant component of the composition.
I was just thirsty.
The man has caught me at a thoughtful moment
I am wondering where summer went
The Dog Days are gone
Apples are dropping out of trees
I am almost two
I am the Boss!
Everyone has to do what I say!
I just found out that my friend Fenway is laid up
It seems like something worse than porcupine quills
At least Della is there to cheer him up and keep him company
Sometimes being a dog is hard
Get well soon my friend!
Today I met a porcupine in the woods
We exchanged greetings, then I went to visit the doctor
He pulled quills from the white side of my nose
The Lady says I have a fat lip
The man says I am expensive
I have forgiven the man for his Cheshire Cat comment
I realize now that he was speaking figuratively...
In a literary sense...
I don't really look like a cat...
I couldn't possibly...
We have moved on
Look! I have antlers!
They say that dog's can't smile
I decided to give it a try
I didn't know whether to leave my eyes open or closed
The man says it's a good effort but that I am no Mona Lisa
He says I look more like the Cheshire Cat
Here I am at the Beaver Dam on Abbott Brook.
The man says that I collect too many sticks, but how about those beavers?
I am thinking of taking one or two home with me - sticks I mean.
Dog Days Redux
Dog days are back!
The man is busy lately so I mostly go in the woods with The Lady
She doesn't bring a camera so I am posting a picture from last winter
Maybe it will help everyone feel cooler
If you look closely you might see my jumping log!
I love the smell of clean towels
I have discovered blueberries behind Caspian's barn.
A bear knows they are here too, but it's first come, first served!
Today a brown truck came
It was full of boxes
I sneaked on the back of the truck to check them out
The Lady did not see me
But the driver found me
The man says it's lucky I was found or I might have gone to Acworth!
I've never been to Acworth
Dog Days III
This is my boy
In the spring and summer he works for a forester
That means he gets to spend every day in the woods
When he gets home he always gives me a good belly rub
Dog Days II
When it's really hot out I feel lazy
I like to lie on the grass in the shade
Eventually someone comes along and rubs my belly!
Summer is here
Even in New Hampshire it gets hot sometimes
The man says it is the dog days
I am tempted to take a nap
Happy Birthday America
Happy Independence Day!
No one went to work and we had a cook out.
I am starting to develop a real appreciation for U.S. history!
Today, July 2, is my Homecoming Day!
One year ago today I decided to come home with the man, The Lady of the House and my boy!
I wonder if we will have steak for dinner?
I am all done with doctor visits for a while
I have more important things to attend to
The woods are full of sticks that need collecting
And to think the man was going to use this one for his tomato plants!
Tomorrow I must go back to the vet for a checkup
The Lady will take me in the car
I hate going in the car
I hope they don't take my temperature
I'd rather have a shot than that
Maybe we can stop for ice cream
A Good Day
I am fully recovered from my incident
The man says I am my old self
The Lady says I am spoiled
I say enough talk already, let's get going!
A Rough Night
Yesterday I gave my family a scare
I got sick in the woods
I laid down and wouldn’t get up
Then I went to sleep - sort of
The Lady carried me home
Finally I woke up - sort of - and the man took us on a very long car ride
My Boy came along too
A doctor gave me a shot. He thinks maybe I had a bee sting but isn't sure.
We got home very late.
This morning I am A-OK and back to running the household
I just wish everyone would get their tails in gear!
My boy is hard at work
It happens that I know a thing or two about digging
He'd get twice as much done if he used two paws
But he doesn't seem at all interested in my advice
The Lady says I must be nicer to Caspian.
She says he doesn't like me bossing him.
Tonight we had a group hug.
Mmmm, he has a piece of grain stuck on his nose!
Dinner & A Movie
Sometimes after dinner there is a movie
The Lady & I get the best seat in the house, of course
The movie is okay, but I like the popcorn best
Down in front please!
Rain, Rain, Go Away
It's raining again
Yesterday I got soaked in the woods
Then I had a good roll
The man thought I was rolling in grass
It was actually a dead bird
I have had a lot of baths lately
After you have a bath it's important to rub it off as soon as possible
Sometimes you have to do this a lot to get back to normal
I should have seen it coming
The wash tub was out and the man was not wearing shoes
Hmm, the tub seems smaller than I remember
It's funny how the man can smile for this picture
The man says that soccer should be played with a ball.
I play by my own rules.
This birch log works just fine!
I'm also allowed to use my mouth.
If I had thumbs I could watch Netflix all by myself.
The Lady of The House is ambidextrous.
It means that she can read and scratch my ears at the same time!
Jumping Log II
There is a new jumping log
It is not as good as the old jumping log
But I am jumping it anyway
Spring is here.
There are lots of smells everywhere.
The man says I never stand still for this long.
Something In the Air
There are lots of critters around.
I can smell them.
Chase them too.
Wild turkeys, a woodchuck, a fox and a deer.
The deer and the turkeys are fast!
But that woodchuck is a slowpoke, he'd better watch out.
The fox, now she's another story.
Yesterday I went to Abbott Brook with The Lady and the man
Here I am racing the water
I can't tell if I am winning or losing
(PS: the man says to view this in original size)
Squirrel Hunting IV
In my experience, the squirrel gets away 99% of the time.
They climb to the top of a tall tree and make loud squirrel noises.
The man says they are talking trash to me.
Squirrel Hunting III
When you're sure that it's a squirrel, you must not hesitate.
Run very fast, and be as quiet as you can.
Squirrels are very quick!
Squirrel Hunting II
If you see what looks like a squirrel, don't move.
Stare at until you are sure.
This is very important.
You don't want to chase down something unpleasant, like a porcupine.
If it has short legs and a bushy tail, it's probably a squirrel.
Hunting squirrels is great fun.
Good exercise too!
You can find them almost anywhere.
But this is one of my favorite places.
The man says it is the earliest spring ever
We are busy making a pasture for Caspian
Work, work, work
The Lady took this picture of us today
I am telling him that it's time for lunch
Check out that look on his face!
I think he could do much better
You know, him being a photographer and all...
The North Pole is proving hard to find
I am thinking of trying for the South Pole instead
Maybe they have a Starbucks
More snow has fallen and it is very cold
I am on my way to the geographic north pole
Like the famous Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen
I hope it isn't too far away
And I hope they serve dinner there
Sometimes my boy brings me Starbucks
My favorite is Triple Grande Mocha
With whipped cream!
The whipped cream is always gone when he gets it home though
On A Roll
The sun feels warm on my paws
The snow feels cool on my back
But those aren't the reasons why I decided to have a roll here!
Bite, You're It
These are my friends, Gracie and Sandy
Sometimes we go in the woods together
Today we are playing "Bite, You're It"
Right now I am "It"
But not for long!
Hey Della! Hey Fenway!
I saw your Jumping Log. Worthy!
In this picture I am testing out an idea.
I am going to jump through the man's lens.
If it works, maybe I will come out at your Jumping Log!
The man doesn't know this...yet.
I found a really cool stick in the woods!
I am bringing it home for my collection.
The man says he is thinking of changing my name to "Skidder"
Note to Della: That is a really cool picture of you and Fenway chasing the stick! It looks like a great spot for chipmunks, squirrels too!
The Ancient Art of Stick
I don't know why I do this.
The man says it might be an ancient form of ritualistic art
I don't know anything about that.
I just like sticks.
Today is called Groundhog Day.
If a groundhog sees his shadow today it means six more weeks of winter.
The man said it doesn't work that way for dogs but I am not taking chances.
I am staying inside and guarding the laundry instead.
The man wants me to go for a romp in the woods.
But it's almost dinnertime!
It was an old sale paper and the prices weren't very good anyway.
Who's The Boss?
Today I practiced herding.
Caspian is an obstinate fellow.
The Lady got involved.
She said I was obnoxious.
I don't know what that means.
She said that I am not in control.
What does she know?
The Lady is removing wallpaper in the bedroom.
She is making a mess.
I am moving my bed to another part of the house.
Hey Della! I saw the puppy picture of you in the snow. Cool!
I've never seen a bear.
But the man says there are bears in the woods, so I went to see if you look like one.
There is no snow right now which the man says is quite unusual.
We think the bears are hibernating.
Do you hibernate?
If you do, maybe you are part bear.
I'm definitely not part bear.
I couldn't go that long between meals!
A Horse Is A Horse
I went to see Caspian about our relationship.
Like my people, he is very independent minded.
He is quite resistant to my oversight.
He was civil, but noncommittal.
But he will come around.
And I will never give up.
It's my job.
No Rest For the Weary
Della and Fenway look pretty comfortable in Jane's photo.
But being an only dog, I find getting enough rest to be a real challenge.
Keeping track of The Lady of the House, the man, and my boy, requires constant attention
especially when they are all home at once.
They seem to have minds of their own and don't always follow instruction well.
But then there are those teachable moments, however brief, but quite rewarding.
I must remember that they are works in progress.
Of course when they're not all home at once it's a different matter.
I'm never happy about that, but it does afford me some opportunities for a quick nap.
Humans have a strange custom.
It is something called new year's resolutions.
They decide to do strange things like eat less food.
They think this is important.
I have decided to eat more food and chase more squirrels!
Learning To Fly
I have resolved to do more jumping in the coming year.
Stairs are for cats.
Christmas Day In the Morning
I was up at 2 o'clock this morning.
I'm pretty sure I heard bells. Sleigh bells.
The man sprang from his bed - you know how that goes.
I convinced him I needed to go outside.
After a while he had to come out in the cold to find me.
I know what you are wondering, but I am not telling.
The Lady says that nothing gets by me though.
Waiting For Saint Nick
I am on high alert for this Saint Nick fellow.
Supposedly he flies in a sleigh pulled by tiny reindeer.
The man and I hiked up to some high rocks to have a look around.
So far there is no sign of him but the sun is almost down.
Soon I will go and watch for him by the chimney.
It's warmer there and maybe there's some eggnog!
Fenway says Christmas is in three days.
He has a red hat and Della has reindeer antlers!
The Lady put a red hat on my head today but I tried to eat it.
And who is this Santa fellow?
He comes down the chimney? Sounds suspicious.
But he must know that I have been good!
Of course there was that library book...
And the squirrel...
And the neatsfoot oil...
Seriously folks, the man's old sweatshirt was in dire need of some updating.
He does not have much fashion sense.
The man has been busy.
We have not been in the woods much lately.
This picture is from August when I was little.
My head was not as big as the Lady's boot then.
Now my head is as big as her boot...I think.
Maybe tomorrow we will go in the woods.
I am running fast and smooth after my oil change!
Most of it went on the carpet.
The Lady cannot understand how I got the cap off.
It smelled good.
I am going to be watched closely in case I need to go outside!
Note from the man: The Neatsfoot Oil incident happened over a week ago and Baldr is just fine (didn't need to go outside) and the carpet is also fine. We still don't know how he managed to get the cap off!
I am telling the Lady what I want for Christmas.
I am bending her to my will.
She cannot resist me.
The snow is back again.
The man has made an unflattering photograph of me while my back was turned.
I don't know what he expects I will have to say about it.
Truth is, Caspian has been a bit testy of late.
It seems he does not appreciate the finer points of my herding instincts.
I think he is just reacting negatively to who I am.
But it's probably best if I do not accompany him in the woods for a time.
Allow him to better appreciate what I bring to the relationship.
It is a complex matter.
But I am an honest dog.
Subtle and imaginative, but honest.
I am not asleep.
I am chewing one of my sticks.
It's a special stick that must be chewed in the middle of Caspian's hay.
I didn't get to go in the woods with Caspian today.
The Lady says I am jealous.
The snow is gone again. The man has successfully melted it with his fires.
Last week we had a compromise on the Jumping Log.
Part of it is gone, but part of it gets to stay for Caspian and me.
Also, the man says he thinks I may be part beaver!
Hey Della! That's a cool picture of you and Fenway running on the beach.
I can see that you guys are having loads of fun!
With all the snow here I don't think there will be any beach days for awhile.
I like the snow, but the man doesn't like it at all.
He has started lighting fires all over the place.
I think he is trying to melt it all.
It does make it feel a little bit like summer!
Oh Lady, is that a snowball you are making?
I wonder what you are planning to do with it?
Let me see!
There are lots of good smells in the kitchen today!
I'm always happy to go into the woods, but I'm anxious to get back!
A note from the man:
Happy Thanksgiving Day to all our PBase friends, canine and otherwise!
The snow has returned!
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day!
I think that I have found the Plymouth Rock.
The man says it isn't.
I wonder if I am descended from one of the Mayflower dogs?
The man says probably not.
I wonder how the turkey is coming along?
Sargeant Baldr On Duty
The man is working in the woods today.
I am along in my official capacity.
No time for squirrels, the Lady says he needs watching.
I've chosen this stump for my vantage point due to the obvious strategic qualities.
The view is commanding.
From here I can...smell lunch I think!
Lately I am forced to wear a yellow bell in the woods.
The bell is not good for squirrel hunting.
The Lady is worried that a hunter will mistake me for a deer.
I don't think I look like a deer.
I think Caspian looks like a moose though!
At times it's good to put down the toys and reflect on the profound questions of life.
Who am I really?
How did I get here?
Was it destiny that brought me here to chase squirrels and look after my people?
And most importantly, when is dinner?
The blue bunny is a good sport.
Not as a challenging as a squirrel, but then he doesn't try to wriggle away from me.
I think I will keep him.
The Woof Heard Round The World
For some reason, when I climb on the man's log pile I like to bark.
I am King of the Log Pile!
I think that my bark must be heard for miles and miles.
Della! Fenway! Can you hear me?
Hammer? Bella? Roscoe?
I caught a squirrel! A red one!
The Lady of the House saw me but I ran away from her.
She was looking for me.
Then the squirrel got away so I went and hid in the basement.
That's where she found me.
Worse than the library book.
But now I have this blue bunny.
I have a love/hate relationship with the kong.
I love when it is full of peanut butter!
But I hate that I can't tear it apart.
The Lady of the House says I am destructive.
I can't help it.
Hammer looks like he could maybe put a dent in his kong if he tried.
I bet that Great Dane named Brodie could too!
The Proper Way to Chew
Now that I am a year old I am knowledgeable about certain things.
I am not as wise or experienced as Della or Fenway, but I have learned all about chewing tennis balls.
Here are some guidelines:
The color doesn't matter, take whatever you can find.
Start by pulling off as much of the fuzz as you can. This may take some time.
Then hold it tight against the floor and gnaw it with your back teeth.
Eventually it will split and you can see if anything is inside. There usually isn't though.
It works every time, I am on my third one already!
Come Rain or Snow...
Here I am after the snowstorm last week.
All this snow changes nothing.
There are still squirrels and chipmunks to keep in line.
They're just a little harder to find right now.
My Regal Robes
The Lady of the House is unpacking more boxes from storage.
She has found a lion costume she made for my boy when he was quite little.
It's for something called Halloween.
I don't like Halloween, whatever it is.
More snow has fallen. A lot more.
The man says it is up to my hackles.
Not only is it good to eat, it's also great for tunneling!
The jumping log is covered with snow.
I had to stop and try some.
More snow is on the way!
Tonight things are very different.
Cold, white stuff is everywhere!
The man says it is snow.
It makes me kind of crazy.
I can eat it!
Sometimes I Sing
I've been compared to Sinatra (though I never shook his paw)
Personally, I think my style is a bit more bluesy; Clapton, Rev Gary Davis, et al.
It's something a dog can do when the urge strikes to express.
I wonder if Della and Fenway like to sing? Hammer and Bella too?
The man thinks that I may be spending too much time online.
He is a fine one to talk!
This morning I made sure to take him for a walk in the woods.
Yesterday was my birthday. I am now one year old!
The Lady of the House and the man both say that I am acting more "mature"
I hope "mature" doesn't mean that I will have to stop chasing chipmunks.
Baldr the White
"From the lowest dungeon to the highest peak, I fought him, the Balrog of Morgoth.
Until at last I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin upon the mountainside."
The Lady of the House is doing some important on-line research on her laptop.
I am trying to help, but she will not let me use the touchpad.
I think she is getting fingerprints on the display.
The Lady of the House has been to the grocery store!
She is loading the refrigerator with lots of good smelling things.
I am trying to see if there are sausages.
I think there are!
Dog Over Log
I am happy to report that the man has not removed the jumping log.
He is, after all, bound by the collective will of the dog, the horse, and the Lady of the House.
When it comes to jumping logs, we make for a very powerful alliance.
Dog On a Log
The man and I went chipmunk hunting again, only he does not understand much about how to behave properly in the woods.
He is slow and stops a quite a lot. We need to keep moving.
At least he makes his dog pictures quicker than the famous artist, Winslow Homer.
I couldn't stand still for that long.
I think I see a chipmunk.
40 Watt Bug
I am not supposed to be standing on the back of the sofa and I am not supposed to be this close to the lamp.
But there is a fly up there and I desperately want to catch it.
The Lady of the House is holding her breath and giving me a look.
The man is not trying to catch the fly but he is getting the look too.
Sometimes I don't understand her.
A big tree has fallen across my favorite running trail. It's great for jumping!
The man says that it will have to be cut and moved.
But the Lady of the House says to leave it, because Caspian likes it for jumping too.
I am siding with the LotH and Caspian, so that means we win!
Vacation Part II
I have decided that this thing called vacation makes for a certain amount of uncertainty and unpredictability.
Nevertheless, I have also decided that it should be embraced to the fullest extent possible.
The Literate Canine, Chapter 6
I looked at the upside down puppy book again today.
This time I layed on my back like January suggested.
The puppies looked the same to me, but it was much more comfortable this way.
Now I understand why the Lady of the House reads in bed.
We are on vacation.
I don't know what that means, except that my breakfast was late today.
I wonder if that means my dinner will be late too?
I wonder if we are on vacation tomorrow?
Happy Birthday Della
Happy Birthday, Della! Three whole years, wow!
I celebrated by making some confetti in your honor. The Lady of the House said it was ok.
Yep, I like a good game of tug with lots of noisy growling. (I provide the bulk of the growling)
But my rope tug is starting to look like a dust mop because I chew it so much.
Maybe I will get a new one when my birthday comes!
The Literate Canine, Chapter 5
The Lady of the House has made a questionable choice for this evening's read.
For starters, there are no pictures.
I was rather hoping for some Kipling...
The Rainy Day
On rainy days I mostly stay inside.
I destroyed all my chew toys so I am helping to recycle a seltzer bottle.
It's pretty fun, but doesn't last long.
Today the Lady of the House said I am relentless.
She said it like three words: RE-LENT-LESS.
I am pretty sure that it means handsome, or something like it.
The Literate Canine, Chapter 4 - For Della
Thanks, Della, for more good advice!
I have resolved not to chew any more books - as much as I can help.
I am looking at an improving book about upside down puppies.
The puppies are standing on their heads.
I've never stood on my head. Have you?
Maybe it is what they call "Art" ?
The Working Dog
The man said we were going to clear a trail
Naturally I thought he meant make a new one
He isn't helping much
I am thinking about what Della told me
She is a smart dog and knows lots of things!
Mmm, this stick tastes like a library book...
To Della: Re-Thinking the SRT
Della! Thanks so much for the eye-opening information
It's good to have the perspective of an older & wiser friend to lean on
I had no idea the SRT affliction was so widespread!
It's reassuring to know that the man is not alone in this
I will definitely figure how to turn this to my advantage
Now, what can you tell me about library books?
Note: My friend, Della, can be seen here:
Thoughts on the Sinister Round Thing
The man has a strange relationship with the Sinister Round Thing
First, he throws it away
I help by getting it and taking it farther away
The man gets it back
Then he throws it away again
With my best growls, I get it and thrash it good
The man says it’s ok, then he throws it away again
He needs help
I’m not sure how much of this I can take
The Morning Chair
The blue chair is my morning chair.
I am allowed here before going to the barn to give Caspian breakfast.
Afterwards, I am not allowed here. Something about my paws.
Huh, I don't notice anything different about my paws!
A Reflective Moment
In reality I am reflecting upon the chipmunk I was just chasing and waiting for him to reappear.
The Literate Canine Chapter 3
My boy's college textbook arrived in the mail today.
I didn't get to read it!!
After I clean up the packaging, perhaps I will help him with some homework.
It's not that I mind getting my paws wet.
But the man was holding up our walk for a picture of a brook???
A dog leaping a brook, now there's something!
Paying My Dues
After my latest escapade with the library book I have decided to make myself useful.
I am helping the Lady of the House unpack some dishes she retrieved from storage.
She is very grateful!
How Am I Ever Going To Pay For That Book?
We were alone in the room, just the book and I.
I don't know what came over me. What was I thinking?
Guess it will have to come out of my allowance.
Wait, I don't get an allowance...
Baldr Meets Irene
Irene came to visit and turned the old road at the bottom of the driveway into an impromptu river which Baldr found quite engaging.
Fortunately we were relatively unaffected by the storm.
But a mere 20 miles to the west, the state of Vermont experienced devastating flooding.
Racing The Wind
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The Literate Canine, Chapter 2
The thrashing noise quickly alerted me that some destructive naughtiness was underway.
This is what I found upon entering the room.
Fortunately I arrived before too much damage was inflicted on the volume.
Hopefully the librarian will make an allowance for a young dog's developing literary skills!
His left ear is always up.
His right ear is mostly down, except when the prospect of food exists.
A dog on the furniture is an unprecented thing in my household.
It was simply never an option for any of the prior resident canines.
Obviously, the current occupant of the position has a certain influence with the Lady of the House.
The Literate Canine
Baldr pauses for a photo while reading Outdoor Photographer magazine.
He reads upside down.
Okay, he just looks at the pictures upside down.
He has no interest whatever in my morning toast.
Baldr's alter ego puts in an appearance. Socks everywhere are trembling.
Baldr does his best pointer impersonation.
Whatever it is he sees I can't say for sure, crows maybe.
Baldr and Caspian are becoming good friends.
Caspian is quite accepting of Baldr, even welcoming, and exercises care when he comes to visit at breakfast.
Baldr, in turn, is quite respectful and will even lick Caspian's nose when offered.
Baldr likes looking for spare pieces of grain but knows not to take them from Caspian's dish.
Baldr enjoys some "rock climbing" on an old stone wall at the edge of the forest
The Call of the Wild
Baldr "Two Socks" likes to think that he has wolf blood running through his veins
Baldr is a Norse name meaning Prince, or Shining One
Looking for the woodchuck that was just here a moment ago!
Returning from the morning romp in the woods
On the trail
He gets sidetracked quite easily
Here's Looking At You, Kid
Baldr attempting a Bogart impersonation. Or maybe it's just the stick in his mouth.
Where Have You Been?
This is my boy, Ian, just getting home from work.
Hay is for Horses
Hanging out in the hay barn, a favorite place
What's that big thing called a horse?
July 2, 2011
I've just arrived here in New Hampshire, still getting my bearings.