Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day

Hello friends and fans. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your scientific doggie reporter
Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Today is one of my favorite days! Earth Day! Ghostwriter and I usually celebrate by looking at all the beautiful earth in  our yard and all the little creatures that live in it. We turned over some rocks, and I helped by digging. 

Look at all the little worms and millipedes we found here! It was kind of muddy, though. 

This looks like a good spot.

How about here?

Worms and a grub.

We found some sow bugs under this rock. Those things have been on this Earth for millions of years!

Here's a rock with fossil shells in it.

Western New York State has an interesting geologic history, and there are lots of places to find fossils.  Our yard happens to be full of glacial till. That is, rocks that have been picked up, tumbled around, carried for many miles, and then dropped here by the glaciers during the Ice Age. Needless to say, it's kind of tough to dig a respectable hole without hitting a couple of them.

But that's a whole other lecture!

Later, I took a look around in the compost pile. It's full of autumn leaves, lawn clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen, sticks, and stems, and Halloween pumpkins and gourds. Composting is a good way to make your own lovely rich earth for your garden.

I've seen the birdies flipping over leaves and debris here and finding gigantic worms to eat!

The glaciers also dropped lots of super fine clay silt that mixed in with the organic matter. Unfortunately, that's what gets plastered to my feet when I go plodding through the mud. And you know what that means! Bath time!

As you know, I like to jump into the bathtub. Here are the footprints I made on the bath mat. Just imagine all the geological history in those footprints!

I don't know why they bother washing it all off.

I'm just going to get all muddy again the next time I go out. 

For the end of Earth Day, we watched the sun go down.

It was a good day.

Please check out Louis' doggie blog to see the results of his artistic Earth Day challenge:


Friday, April 21, 2017

A Special Flower Friday

This is a TDB Special Report. I'm your faithful doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

As most of Blogville knows, one of our most beloved friends passed away on April 9, 2017. Dory was a ray of sunshine to us all. One of her favorite things to do was to celebrate Flower Friday. So today we dedicate this special post to her in a blog hop.

With a buzz in our ears we play endlessly
Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Squirrel Girl????

Hello esteemed doggie colleagues. This is an important TDB fast breaking news story and I'm your perturbed doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

It has come to my attention that there is actually a super hero character called Squirrel Girl. 

I kid you not, my fellow doggies. 

Apparently she is unbeatable, and has defeated a some big comic book villains, and a couple super heroes too. She calls upon the Evil Squirrel Cartel masses to do some of her dirty work—oops, I mean hero work—but she herself is able to climb trees, and jump around just like them. She scratches with her claws, understands their language, and subsists on nuts. 

Can you believe it? 

Hmmmm. I wonder if she gets fat for the winter and hibernates? 

This is not the first time the humans have glorified squirrels as having super powers. 
Take a look at this oldie:

Ghostwriter remembers watching Rocky the Flying Squirrel, his friend Bullwinkle the Moose, and their Cold War villains Boris and Natasha, on TV when she was a kid. (An aside to my friend Abby Lab* and the post her human recently put up about 1960s breakfast cereals: ghostwriter was surprised she didn't remember that Rocky was sponsored by General Mills until she found this old video.)

To be honest, I have to acknowledge that some humans do like squirrels, and think they're cute, and even feed them, and they have every right to do so.

But, as a doggie, I reserve the right to consider them varmints and chase them off my property. 

Bark bark bark!

Here's why:
Problem #1. Property destruction. My erudite, and late associate Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel was a witness some years ago when our humans discovered that the Evil Squirrel Cartel had set up their secret winter headquarters in the shed. He says those miscreants had chewed up some cardboard boxes along with some rolls of fiberglass insulation and used it as their personal latrine.
As he famously said, "the stench was great!" 

Problem #2. Birdie seed theft. The local squirrels routinely try to break into our birdie feeders. This one is alias Twinkletoes in an unsuccessful attempt. As you can see, his weight caused the feeder ports to close. He tried jiggling the perches to no avail! Heheheh.

Hey! What's up with this thing?

Here's Fatty White-Ears who figured out how to get a piece of bread out of the suet cage on our window birdie feeder. Ghostwriter now puts twister seals on the suet cages to keep them closed.

Who cares about dumb little birdies?

Problem #3. Holes in the lawn. The other day I saw a squirrel digging a hole in my yard. After I chased it away, this is what I found: 

Gee, someone could break an ankle in something like that! 

Anyway, hopefully Squirrel Girl won't find any reason to visit my territory. Oh, but you know what? Maybe I'll put up some Squirrel Girl recruiting signs. You never know. The local Evil Squirrel Cartel might decide to join her private army and clear out of here!


Hey squirrels! Join my army!

If you're interested in finding out more about Squirrel Girl (and her connection to my favorite super hero, Ironing Board Man) check out this video.

*Please visit Abby Lab here: thebookofbarkley