Friday, August 18, 2017

Our Friend Aiko

This is a TDB Special News Flash. I'm your sorrowful doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Due to my ghostwriter being so busy with work, and visiting our dear Oma, and other dealings, she totally missed the announcement that our good German friend Aiko passed away on August 8. 

Aiko was a philosophical one and always had wise words to say. He also appreciated the beauty of nature, from the flowers in his garden, to the lovely nearby river, woods, and fields, to the sweeping North Sea beaches. 

It's with a heavy heart that we say a belated Auf Wiedersehen
 to good old Aiko, and send our condolences to his family. Please visit him at: 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Summer Days

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

My ghostwriter has been working the past few days, and has many other things going on lately, so we've gotten behind in reading posts by our Blogville friends. She promises she will catch up soon. In the meantime, I'm going to show you what I've been up to lately. 

I did some good running this morning.

With all the storms we've been having, the silver maple tree has been dropping lots of branches. Here's a nice big one! 


And now for my next story.

We've been keeping the birdie feeders empty lately so that the Evil Squirrel Cartel, and the Conniving Chipmunk consortium won't be attracted to our yard. The reason for this is to keep them away from our beautiful pears. 

Sometimes they still manage to sneak in and pick one or two. They take a few bites out of the pear and then leave it lying on the ground. Wasteful buggers! I ate up the rest of one, and it was delicious! My esteemed and late colleague Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel would be very happy with this crop.

I'm keeping a close eye out for those varmints! 

Now for my early Flower Friday report. Our giant hydrangea bush is still blooming like crazy! One of the four siblings bought this bush at a flea market when it was not much more than few scraggly sticks about 20 years ago. Now look how big it is!

It smells really sweet, and attracts all kinds of insects like flies, bees, wasps, moths, butterflies, and beetles. The flowers are starting to turn pink now. Later in the season, they'll turn purple.

Here's a picture of a honey bee and a bumblebee. Notice the bumblebee has a big ball of pink pollen collected on her back legs.

Here she is again:

But there was another bumblebee with lots of orange pollen! 

This is a carpenter bee. She's a lot bigger than the bumblebees. 

I know to leave the buzzy bees alone. 

In other news, my favorite miniature human has learned how to climb trees! 

Hopefully, he won't fall down. Maybe he can help me chase those evil squirrels! 

Ghostwriter found an old picture of the four siblings when they were little kids!

From left to right: Joanna, Jason, John, and Jessy 

Ghostwriter can hardly believe they're all grown up now. The youngest, Jason, will be turning 30 in October! Where does the time go? Ghostwriter herself will be 58 this month! According to a doggie age to human ratio, I am now around 50 years old in people years.

Well that's a good respectable age to be!

So let's move on to the yum yum portion of our report. We keep meals very simple as always. According to the deal set up by my predecessor Joey dog, Doggie Chief Inspector, comestibles division, and founder of the Yum Yum Coalition, doggies always get to sample a few bites of each meal. Yum. 

Ham, baked sweet potato, peas. 

grilled chicken, rice, green beans.

Spaghetti with sauce, grilled sausage, with a side salad.

Grilled steak tenderloin, wild rice, mixed steamed vegies.

Now for our food and doggie funnies. 

The Other Coast

Red and Rover

Dog Eat Doug

I think that's enough news for one day.

Good night.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Creepy Dead Bug

Hello everybody. This is the Daily Bone and I'm your humble doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

In case you're wondering what this big red thing is, it's a stretched out rawhide chewy bone. You know, the kind with the red meat jerky in it? It was a lot of work to get it all unrolled like that. And yes, it's very yummy indeed! 

But that's not the subject of The Daily Bone today. As loyal readers know, my family of humans are all science geeks. They'd rather watch documentaries about space exploration than the number one sit-com. They'd rather go fossil hunting than to a movie. They have no idea who the most popular celebrities are, and couldn't care less either! Having said that, here's our main subject:

It's cicada time! Every summer cicadas that have spent most of their lives underground sucking sap out of tree roots, emerge from the dirt, climb up the nearest tree, and shed their skin. Now they have wings! Their favorite thing to do is sit on a branch way up high and make a loud buzzing noise in order to attract a mate. They keep this up until the weather gets cool and they fall off the tree and die. If you look under the trees early on a cool morning at the end of August, you might be lucky to find one before the birdies do.

Hey! Can you cicadas get any louder out there?

In summer sometimes bugs come into our house too. Ghostwriter likes to take pictures of them.

A pretty lacewing

Tiny butterfly

A cool and respectable spider

In my house, everybody loves spiders. (I think they're yummy, but we won't get into that … ) We usually leave them alone or else put them outside.

A detestable stinkbug

I found a stinkbug bumbling around the dining room the other night. I did epic battle with it, and was reminded once again that there's a reason they're called stinkbugs.


Here are some of ghostwriter's collection of dead bugs:

Personally, I would have eaten all those bugs if I had caught them first! 

Maybe ghostwriter should give those bugs to my favorite miniature human, Ryan, so he can take them to school! 

OK, now I'm hungry. See you later! 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Head In The Clouds

Greetings loyal readers! This is The Daily Bone and I'm your amiable doggie reporter 
Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

There hasn't been anything major going on around here lately. But it's been a great time to watch the clouds! And you know my ghostwriter always has her head in the clouds! 

Seems we have a thunderstorm almost every day. In fact, there have been so many storms that I don't even bother to be afraid anymore. If there's a really loud thunder clap, I just bark at it. Check out this big spooky black storm cloud headed this way:

Here's a sunset where a big dragon came down and tried to take a bite out of a tree top!

Take a close look at these clouds. You'll see both a doggie and a kitty cat!

Do you see them? I'll give you a hint: the fluffy white doggie is right above the satellite dish with his nose pointing up, and the blue kitty cat is at the lower right.

All the rainy weather has been good for the garden.

Garden Buddha.

Our gigantic hydrangea bush.


Oh, that reminds me. The moon has been up early.

I'll be howling at it to say hello to my dearest Princess Leah across the Pond.