Black And White Sunday

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We are joining Dachshund Nola & Sugar The Golden Retriever for the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop.

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This ‘N That Thursday~Guess What?

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Today we are joining 2 Brown Dawgs for their This ‘N That Thursday’s blog hop!

This is what she has to say about the hop,

A little of this and a little of that and everything in between…

“This ‘N That Thursday is for anything you want!  Maybe you want to post about unrelated topics, or each topic isn’t quite long enough to make up a whole post, or you have awards to share, or you have one long post…anything goes!  So grab the button and join the hop!”

Guess what came in the mail this week? I bet your dying to know what it is! Well for those of you not on my Face Book page here is a video of what came in the mail.

We won the Jones Natural Chews give away and got 2 crown knuckle bones in the mail. Gambler thought the package was for him since he thinks everything is his and possession is 9/10 of law, right? Thanks to Flea for having the give away for Jones Natural Chews. It is Jones Natural Chews  first year blogaversary month so they gave away treats once a week for the whole month and we were lucky enough to win!

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Gman-Something came in the mail for me today! I wonder what it could be?

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I got this no problem, I don’t need no stinkin help!

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Boy oh boy I wonder what it is, it smells nummy!

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Oh my lord it is a crown knuckle bone from my friends over at Jones Natural Chews!

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Gman-This is MY bone, you don’t get it!

Glory-You idiot look behind your arm there is a bone for me too!

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Glory-I don’t see why the idiot gets any crown knuckle bones when all he does is make a big mess opening the package up.

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I will take my nummy bone and eat it over yonder.

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Norman-What you got sister? I think I will eat up the num num crumbs that fell off.

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Gambler says num num num thanks Jones Natural Chews!

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A little of that:

MK had her second FVRCP (Feline Distemper) vaccination this week.

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First she weighted in.

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A whopping 3.6#. She looks so much bigger that that.

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Time to play with Phoebe and see what Miss Luann is doing.

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Oh no, vaccination time.

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Saved the best for last the dreaded nail trim. She thought it would be nice to bite my finger since she was getting her nails cut.

One last tid bit, if you didn’t see my Tuesday Blog Post on Rain Forest Coastal Labs Shampoo click HERE and leave me a comment to be entered into the shampoo give away.

So that wraps it up for today, why don’t you hop on over to 2 Brown Dawgs see what their up to and grab the badge and join the hopping fun!

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Wordless Wednesday~Marsh Kitty

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This ‘N That Thursday

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Today we are joining 2 Brown Dawgs for their This ‘N That Thursday’s blog hop!

This is what she has to say about the hop,

A little of this and a little of that and everything in between…

“This ‘N That Thursday is for anything you want!  Maybe you want to post about unrelated topics, or each topic isn’t quite long enough to make up a whole post, or you have awards to share, or you have one long post…anything goes!  So grab the button and join the hop!”

SEVEN AWARDS

Last week Shaun from Praying For One Day nominated me for SEVEN yes SEVEN awards all in one swoop! That was so thoughtful of you Shaun and I graciously accept every one! I will be just as thoughtful and pass them on to my fellow bloggers so they can enjoy the really cool awards.

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Awesome Blog Content Award

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Inner Peace Award

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Most Influential Blogger Award

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The Sunshine Award

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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Wonderful Team Membership Award

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WordPress Family Award

Rules: Only one here…

The ABC Award requires me to write a word or a phrase about myself for each of the English alphabets.

A-Adorable

B-Blissful

C-Cute

D-Dream

E-Energy

F-Fearless

G-Guts

H-Happy

I-Icky

J-Jem

K-Kind

L-Laughter

M-Moody

N-Nice

O-Obsolete

P-Prize

Q-Quaint

R-Rebel

S-Sensitive

T-Tough

U-Usefull

V-Victorious

W-Wackadoodle

X-Xtreme

Y-Youthful

Z-Zanny

I would like to nominate these great awards to these fine bloggers. Please accept even if you have them already. In no particular order:

2browndawgs stop on by and see what the 3 not 2 brown dawgs are up to, visit a bit with Thunder, Storm and the third Freighter.

BrowndogCBR stop on over and visit with another Chessy Hawk. He had beautiful adventures in the mountains and by the water.

TheK9HarperLee stop on by and visit with a very pretty Golden Retriever that takes the best pictures in the south.

Heartlikeadog head on over and see what Jodi is doing with her two labs Sampson and Delilah are up to on there woods walks. Sometimes the walks get Jodi’s nanny goat and she makes me smile when she writes about it.

Jonesnaturalchews hop on over and visit with Flea at Jones Natural Chews, she has great information about Jones Natural Chews as well as wonderful stories and pictures of her hobby farm of animals that live in the city.

I leave you today with a little that….

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So that wraps it up for today, why don’t you hop on over to 2 Brown Dawgs see what their up to and grab the badge and join the hopping fun!

Stop by tomorrow for Follow-Up Friday to find out Gamblers BIG news!

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Wordless Wednesday ~Are you my mommy?

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Cleaning The Wood Duck Houses

Each spring we clean the 2 wood duck houses we have by our creek in our marsh. This creek happens to be named Sand Spring Creek hence where our kennel name came from since it flows through our property. We clean the houses and put new bedding in them so the wood ducks have a nice place to make a nest and hatch their chicks.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck (Aix sponsa) is a species of duck found in North America. It is one of the most colourful North American waterfowl.

The Wood Duck is a medium-sized perching duck. A typical adult is from 47 to 54 cm (19 to 21 in) in length with a wingspan of between 66 to 73 cm (26 to 29 in). This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata).

The adult male has distinctive multicoloured iridescent plumage and red eyes,with a distinctive white flare down the neck. The female, less colourful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads.

The male’s call is a rising whistle, “jeeeeee”; the females utter a drawn-out, rising squeal, “do-weep do-weep,” when flushed, and a sharp “cr-r-ek, cr-e-ek” for an alarm call.

Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds, and creeks in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available. Females line their nests with feathers and other soft materials, and the elevation provides some protection from predators. Unlike most other ducks, the Wood Duck has sharp claws for perching in trees and can, in southern regions, produce two broods in a single season—the only North American duck that can do so.

Females typically lay between 7 and 15 white-tan eggs that incubate for an average of 30 days.However, if nesting boxes are placed too close together, females may lay eggs in the nests of their neighbours, which may lead to nests which may contain as many as 30 eggs and unsuccessful incubation, a behaviour known as “nest dumping”.

After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her, but does not help them in any way. The ducklings may jump from heights of up to 88 metres (290 ft) without injury. They prefer nesting over water so the young have a soft landing, but will nest up to 140 m (150 yd) away from the shoreline. The day after they hatch, the young climb to the nest entrance and jump to the ground. The ducklings can swim and find their own food by this time.

These birds feed by dabbling or walking on land. They mainly eat berries, acorns, and seeds, but also insects, making them omnivores.

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Walking across the marsh.

Walking across the marsh.

The dogs love to go with when we walk anywhere’s on our property. This gives them time to run and play and not have to worry about vehicles.

Straighting up the house.

Straighting up the house.

The old nest.

The old nest.

Once he opened the door the above picture is what was inside the house. There were a couple old wood duck eggs that never hatched. There were feathers from a blue jay and the grey area’s in the picture were owl pellets. The hole to get in the house is pretty small so John thinks a screech owl took over the nest after the wood duck was done.

Cleaning out the old mulch.

Cleaning out the old mulch.

Norman grabbing the old egg.

Norman grabbing the old egg.

Gambler smelling the mulch.

Gambler smelling the mulch.

Putting new mulch in the box.

Putting new mulch in the box.

Finishing up the second house.

Finishing up the second house.

The nesting boxes are all set now for the wood ducks if they choose to use them. The dogs had great fun on this adventure.

 

Monday Mischief ~Live Flyer

During yesterdays training session Gambler and Glory each got a live flyer. This was their first one of the training season. They have a pen behind the shed full of chickens and ducks, they go out with me each day and feed them. They wonder why they have been in the pen all winter and haven’t come out to play.   They got to get into some mischief and had fun retrieving their live flyers. With the upcoming hunt test just around the corner we needed to start training with live flyers as each dog will get one live flyer during the hunt test. Here are the pictures with their duck.

Gambler and his bird.

Gambler and his bird.

Glory and her bird.

Glory and her bird.

Here I come mom.

Here I come mom.

I'm almost there.

I’m almost there.

John throwing Glory retrieving.

John throwing Glory retrieving.

Another one of Gambler.

Another one of Gambler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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