Sunday, June 25, 2017

I Found The Stinky Chipmunk!

This is a special TDB report for doggies, and possibly kitty cats, but that humans might not like too much. I'm your investigative doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

For the past few days I have been sniffing and pawing at a certain spot in the garage wall right next to the back door. I even tried to chew out the plaster wall board in that spot for which Dad got quite angry at me. My humans refused to believe me that there was anything there.

But I proved them wrong! Last night they could finally smell it too! It was that unmistakable odor of decaying flesh. Dad pried up the wall board and the stench got worse. So he removed a big section of it. Guess what was in there?

Take a closer look:

That's right, doggies! It was a very stinky chipmunk that had somehow gotten itself stuck behind the wallboard and died. We doggies have an amazing sense of smell, and the humans should trust us when we think there is something stuck in the wall! Hah! 

That reminds me of what happened a few years ago. My esteemed, late colleague Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel was still working with me at the time. One hot summer day, quite like today, we started scratching at the door of our human's bedroom. Upon being let in, we both headed directly to the walk-in closet and stood straight up on our hind legs, our noses pointed to the little trap door in the ceiling that opens to the attic. Our humans thought we were crazy and dismissed us. A few days later, they smelled it too! Turns out there was a starling nest in the soffit near that part of the attic. Dad went up to the roof and pulled out tons of grass, weeds, sticks, leaves, and trash the starlings had stuffed in there. It was enough to fill a 40 gallon trash bag! Among the mess was a dead baby starling that was stinking up the whole house! 

Anyway, I am the best good doggie hero today! I'm smart and persistent, and I found the stinky, rotten, no good, malodorous, pungent, crummy, dastardly, smelly chipmunk! Did I say it was very stinky? I was ready to eat it too, but ghostwriter said not to push my luck! Yup, I can say it was MY BEST DAY in a long time!

(I just love those Trout Fishing in America guys! If you never heard of them, check them out on youtube. They have lots of great music for kids! We've been fans since 1991!) 

Here's one last look at the stinky chipmunk, for all you doggies out there, before Dad threw it unceremoniously into the garbage can.  

Hmmm. That sounds good.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Flower Friday

Greetings friends and fans! This is The Daily Bone and I'm your happy doggie reporter 
Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

The milkweed flowers are starting to bloom. They smell like honey and attract lots of bugs. In the picture below, can you see a Daddy-long-legs spider, a tiny fruit fly, and an ant? We hope some monarch butterflies are attracted to them too.

The hawthorn tree was full of flowers! Problem is, they smell awful! Dad thought something had died in the corner of the yard. Fortunately they only bloom for a few days! Then they drop their little white petals all over everything like polka-dots. There were tons of blossoms, so hopefully there will be plenty of red berries for the birdies to eat this winter.

Gee, I thought they smelled OK. 

Little mushrooms are popping up all over the yard. 

Of course, I know not to eat them.

Dad grilled some steaks and topped them with sauteed mushrooms (the edible kind from the grocery store.) I didn't even want to taste them. But I got some pieces of steak. Yum! 

Well, back to flowers, the Garden Buddha is getting lost among all the plants growing around him. He looks pretty happy there, though. 

These little blue flowers come up every year. We don't know what they're called. They only put up one stem of flowers, and that's all. If anyone knows what they are, please let us know.

The clemetis vine is blooming like crazy!

Mr. Toad is still hanging around our garden. Can you see him under the mint leaves? 

There are certainly lots of bugs for him to catch! 

Here's a little fly sitting on a flower.

Now I have a bit of sad news. 

Just when ghostwriter thought she could put her box of Kleenex away, we received news that another one of our dear friends, Mr. Bailey from the Idaho Pug Ranch, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge! We are so sad for his family. 

Please visit Mr. Bailey's sisters, Mabel and Hazel, and their family here:  idahopugranch 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Night News

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

Summer is really setting in here in Western NY. It's getting very warm and muggy outside. Thank goodness for air conditioning! 

My ghostwriter saw a few typical early summer sights while driving around last Saturday. The Canada Geese are raising their families. You can see them in almost every parking lot, eating grass and leaving gigantic green poops everywhere. If you look carefully, you can see another family of geese across the street on the right of this picture. They think they own the place and have no problems sauntering across roads and stopping traffic.  

It's also prime construction time! Check out this group of construction vehicles. Hey, there's Ironing Board Man in the front center. Or perhaps it's his little brother.

As long time readers will remember, Ironing Board Man is my favorite superhero. You've probably seen him in his movie star comic book role as depicted in the next picture. But super heroes often take different forms and secret identities.

Sometimes he gets cast with other super heroes. 

But I'm sure he'd rather spend time doing his summer job at all the road work sites all over the Greater Rochester Area. Here's a picture from a few years ago:

I just love Ironing Board Man! 

In other news, I haven't done a Yum Yum Report in a long time. Ghostwriter and Dad are kind of boring when it comes to meal planning. They cook the same old stuff all the time.

Tuna casserole and green beans.

Grilled chicken, Nishiki rice, and vegies.

Stir fry with baby bok choi, chicken, Udon noodles, and oyster sauce.

Seasoned grilled pork chop, mashed potatoes, steamed vegies. 

I found a few funny doggie comics that I'd like the share with you now.  I just love this first one! It combines two of my favorite subjects: food and super heroes!


Yesterday ghostwriter and Dad went to visit our Oma at the nursing home. She hasn't been feeling well lately, and came down with pneumonia. But she's getting better now. Here she is sitting outside sipping some juice. 

For our last story, we just heard that our good kitty cat friend Minko crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday. He and Pipo and Mr. Jack Freckles and their humans are good friends of ours, and we're so sorry about their loss. Their Mom, aka petcretary, always made beautiful pictures to commemorate the passing of other Blogville friends, including my esteemed colleague Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel. It must have been very difficult for her to make one for her very own dear kitty cat, Minko! 

Please visit them and send your condolences to:    pipoandminkoandmrjackfreckles

Oh, and one more thing. Here's my tribute to International Box Day: 


Friday, June 16, 2017

Little Big Bird And Other Stories

Hello everyone. I'm your soaking wet doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. Welcome and thank you for tuning in to The Daily Bone.

This is post number 1000! 

OK, enough with the singing! I have a lot to report. I'll start with the reason I'm soaking wet. There was a big thunderstorm. 

Wow! Did it ever come down! It only thundered a little bit, so no problem there.

I think this pounding rain might qualify as "raining cats and dogs!"

Of course, afterwards, I had to do a full exploration of the puddles and mud.

I didn't find any other cats and doggies. 

In case you're wondering, on the other side of the fence is the root end of that big spruce tree that fell down in a wind storm a few months ago. It made a huge crater and damaged part of the fence. The logs are in front of the fence so I won't be able to crawl under it. (We'll get around to cleaning that up and fixing the fence later this summer.) But is that a great mud puddle, or what?

Anyway, now I'm soaked! 


For my next story, loyal readers may remember the little bird nest in the bushes by our front door. It was built by a tiny chipping sparrow. It originally had four little babies in it. We don't know what happened to the first one. The second one fell out of the nest and died last Sunday. The third one flew away. But there is still the fourth one; and he's getting bigger by the minute! 

He's outgrown the nest, and is starting to look like one of those baby grackle gargoyles. We're pretty sure now that he's not a chipping sparrow, but a brown-headed cowbird. These birds lay their eggs in the nests of other birds and then say bye-bye and let the foster birds raise their chick.

He sits on the nest all day, rain or shine, and waits for poor little Mama bird to feed him. He's not too shy and lets ghostwriter pat him on the head. She felt sorry for Mama bird, and fed the little gargoyle some bread, which he gobbled down with gusto! 

Is there more where that came from?

Now for the science part of our program. Here's a short video about cow birds. After viewing this, ghostwriter decided that the baby birdie in our bushes is not so nice after all. It explains why he never leaves the nest, even though he's bigger than Mama bird. He'll continue to sit there and let Mama bird work hard all day to fill his gullet until he's old enough to take care of himself.

Isn't nature wonderful?

Well, here's an update. He finally left the nest this morning!  Check it out. He totally flattened it!

Ghostwriter caught a glimpse of him up in the arbor vitae. But as of now, his whereabouts are unknown. We imagine poor little Mama bird is still feeding his gaping maw! 

And now, for the Flower Friday report. The heavy rain has wiped out the peonies, irises and poppies. But here's what else is blooming this week:





We'd like to dedicate this Flower Friday to our good friends at Dory's Back Yard. Their little doggie named Bilbo went over the Rainbow Bridge this week. This is especially sad because their girlie Dory just crossed the Bridge a few months ago too.

We know well how hard it is to lose a cherished doggie. My esteemed colleague Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel has been gone for almost a year and we still miss him terribly! But losing two dear pups within a few months is just heart-breaking! We found a nice video for him and his family, and hope it helps a little bit.

Please go visit them and leave your condolences at:  dorysbackyard

So that's it for post number 1000! I hope we have the chance to write 1000 more. We appreciate all of our readers and the Blogville community for their continued interest and support.