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Sep 3, 2018 4:56 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
We have had a lot of very heart-warming stories about your little (and sometimes big) animals.

I didn't want to clog your special threads by my little Shorty updates.

Leon's birds, Tom's horses, all your dogs, cats and whatever else you have taken in and cared for, even if for a very short time.

Marilyn, maybe we can get a good shot of Warp. Sherry, do you still have birds?
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Do I look guilty?

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Uh, oh! You caught me again! I just love to climb!

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I'm going to catch it!

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I love being in the weed pile!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Sep 3, 2018 5:13 PM CST
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
I love animals. We had several chickens, a dog, and a cat, but you all know the kitty cat story, and sadly our chickens all were...taken care of, to put it lightly, by other animals.

I'll have to update this post with some pictures! Great idea, Evelyn!
AB Iris 'Saracen Cinnamon' faithfully blooming early. (May 2022)
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Sep 3, 2018 6:34 PM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
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Grover saying yard work is tiring.


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Drummer worn out from playin


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Grover ready to help
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Sep 3, 2018 6:50 PM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Daylilies Irises Vegetable Grower Moon Gardener Dog Lover
Bookworm Garden Photography Birds Pollen collector Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Warp, checking out some distraction way over in the neighbors' property. I was sitting on the patio glider, and he was sitting some way away from me, waiting for me to get up and go inside (and let him in).

Yes, he's a hefty boy, because he's a Treat Hound (whom DH enables), a fussy eater (who needs all sorts of goodies added to his dish just to get him to eat his Healthy Food), and he doesn't get enough vigorous running around exercise (because we're old and decrepit and DH is not doing His Job of taking him to the dog park).) (We talked about all this with the vet at last week's visit. The conclusion there was that the vet was pleased/surprised that he gets at least a mile walk most days and sometimes more (apparently most dogs do not), to continue feeding him WHAT we are feeding him but just give him less, and see what happens. (Withholding treats entirely or cutting back drastically is a no-go; believe me, we've tried, and he hounds us unmercifully to get whatever treat. We've been able to cut back a little on that score, but that's it.)

(More and more, except when he is at the Pet Sitter's (always a full house of big dogs there to run and play with), he is getting his running-around exercise when he yanks the leash out of my hands to go after some critter or other. Today's walk on a community college campus had 4 such events, for a gopher, squirrels, and (twice) some odd shrieking bird which really excited him.)

Genetically speaking, Warp's about 25% Lab (from both UK and US show lines), 10.85% Entlebucher Mountain Dog, 10.46% Weimaraner, 9.35% Affenpinscher (!), 5.72% Border Terrier (!), and 3.65% Vizla. Everything in him (save one) has been bred to hunt one critter or another, which is why he has such a strong prey drive and no critter is too big or too small for him. The odd dog out is the mountain dog, which just gives him extra strength, fearlessness, and agility for charging up and down steep creek banks and such. Rolling my eyes.

Edited to add that this is a very recent pic, taken 8-25
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Sep 3, 2018 8:26 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
Marilyn ~ That is one awesome dog!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Sep 3, 2018 8:45 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
Richard ~ Cute dogs!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Sep 3, 2018 9:10 PM CST
Name: Casey
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
Marilyn - Warp looks so regal. What a handsome boy!

Richard - I bet Grover is ready to help! Dig holes maybe? They're both adorable!

Evelyn - Shorty looks frisky and mischievous. I bet he's a lot of fun. (Ah, I miss my kitties...)

I agree Monty, this is going to be a fun thread! Can't wait to see everyone's fur-babies!!
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Sep 3, 2018 9:42 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
Today Shorty had a run in with a wasp. She went berserk! I had to put her in the garage for a nap. She was all over the place! Oh! She was flying high! I have never seen a cat fly so much as her.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Sep 3, 2018 10:36 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Warp's a handsome boy!
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Sep 3, 2018 10:55 PM CST
Name: Casey
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
Yikes, I would go berserk if I was stung by a wasp! Poor little girl. Hope she's okay now.
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Sep 3, 2018 11:35 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
I didn't see any swelling, but she was trying to catch it. She tries to catch everything! It was making her angry and she just kept on until I stomped on it hard. Then to catch her....that is another story! nodding
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Sep 4, 2018 12:01 AM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Daylilies Irises Vegetable Grower Moon Gardener Dog Lover
Bookworm Garden Photography Birds Pollen collector Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 1
Warp and I thank you for your kind comments.

(He still turns heads and gets compliments on the street. The ladies think he's cute and adorable. Strong men admire him. DH and I Rolling on the floor laughing over it all.)
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Sep 4, 2018 5:40 AM CST
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
Garden Ideas: Master Level Peonies Hummingbirder Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Hurray! I tip my hat to you. All of the above.
Even a fool, when he shuts his mouth, is counted (as being) wise.Proverbs 17:28
MY BLOG
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Sep 4, 2018 5:57 AM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Evelyn, thanks. Casey, Grover is not really a digger. he is a goo supervisor. his brother drummer will jump in there and get dirty, he is the digger of the 2 boys.
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Sep 4, 2018 5:46 PM CST
Name: Casey
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
Glad she's okay! Wren tries to catch carpenter bees. The breeder says when they finally catch one and it's buzzing around in their mouths they can't get it out fast enough. But wasps, yellow jackets, etc, yikes! THAT'S a different story!
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Sep 4, 2018 8:30 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
It took me a few days to find my pictures, but better late than never.
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• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Sep 4, 2018 9:07 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
Barbara ~ Thank you for sharing them. They look like such wonderful dogs! Lovey dubby
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Sep 4, 2018 9:13 PM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Daylilies Irises Vegetable Grower Moon Gardener Dog Lover
Bookworm Garden Photography Birds Pollen collector Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 1
Sunny and Katie are beauties; Warp would love them! Lovey dubby (He has a whole harem of hunting lady friends up at the pet sitter's, but he's always happy to meet another lady! Hilarious! )
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
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Sep 4, 2018 9:54 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Thank you Evelyn and Marilyn. They are great family dogs. Bailey is the mother to Katie and Sunny.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Sep 5, 2018 11:12 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
They are beautiful dogs Barbara Lovey dubby I can imagine you lazing in your pool on your lilo with a dog or two lazing on a lilo next to you.

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