Saturday, October 9, 2021

Mushroom Time

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

It seems we've been having a couple rainy days every week through summer and autumn this year. Dad has had to mow the lawn every week because it never dried up and stopped growing. (Good thing he has a great big roaring monster mower machine tractor thing that he just has to ride on!) 

But the wet weather has been very good for growing mushrooms! Long time readers may remember that a couple years ago we had the gigantic silver maple tree in our back yard cut down. (There's a link to that big adventurous day below.) Now there are still a lot of old roots underground, that mushrooms are thriving on! Here are a few pictures:




Ghostwriter says this last bunch looks like a Smurf village. I didn't know what a Smurf is, so she said they're little blue guys who live in mushrooms. 





























You have GOT to be kidding me!


Don't I  have enough trouble chasing chipmunks and squirrels and bunnies out of the yard? Sheesh!

big-tree-down.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Look Up, Look Down, Look Around

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

I know it's been a while since I last posted a report. But my ghostwriter has been working a lot. On her off time, she's been digging in the garden. But we did take a little time to look for incredible and amazing things in our yard. 

Sometimes you have to look very carefully to find something. Do you see the little walking stick bug in this photo? 

We carefully caught this bug and took it into the house for a photo session, and then let it go again.


We had some rainy days in the past week. 


It was perfect for mushrooms! 



Here's a bumblebee on a flower:


Looking up at the sky, we saw some amazing sights too!



 






In other news, there's been a pesky little chipmunk stealing seeds the birdies drop from the feeders. I especially dislike chipmunks. They go sneaking through the garden, leaving their stinky footprints which I feel compelled to follow. I always get in trouble when I go stomping through the garden! Now take a look at this little varmint: 

He thinks he's so clever to have gotten up onto the birdie feeder! I chased him away pretty quick! He'd better watch out, though. Mr. Cool Beans Cooper, our neighborhood Cooper's hawk has been very busy too. We've been finding piles of feathers on the lawn. I'm sure C. B. wouldn't turn his beak up to some chipmunk for dinner!


One little birdie got so startled by Mr. C. B. Cooper that she smacked up against the window and left some feathers behind!


We think she was all right, though.


Well, that's all for now. It's nap time! 

Here's a link to one of my favorite chipmunk related posts: 

stinky-chipmunk

And here's a link to more information about Cooper's hawks: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R48CXL1hxls


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Little Birdie

 Greetings friends and fans! This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent (and expert scent tracker) doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Now that it's September, you may have noticed the days are getting a little bit shorter. Here in WNY it's dark by 8pm. You never know what kind of day to expect. Yesterday it was warm and sunny. But today, it's cool and it rained all morning. 

There have been big flocks of sparrows at our birdie feeders all day long! (If you enlarge this photo below, you'll be able to see the hummingbird that's been visiting lately too.)

Oh, and guess what happened?

We left the back door to the garage open, and the next time we went out, there was a whole flock of those sparrows INSIDE the garage! They all flew back out pretty quickly. But one little birdie decided to fly into the house! Wow! That little birdie flew all around the place and ended up hitting the wall and falling down behind the big shelf the TV sits on. Dad managed to chase her out of there, and ghostwriter caught her and put her outside. (Sorry we didn't get any pictures of the little birdie. Ghostwriter didn't want to stress her out any more.) 

So then I, being an excellent cocker spaniel hunting doggie, picked up the scent and decided to track everywhere that little birdie went: all over the garage, and then all over the house. Unfortunately, I tried to squeeze myself behind the TV cabinet, much to Dad's objection. Well that's exactly where the little birdie had gotten herself stuck! My nose doesn't lie! 

While Dad was pulling me out of there he discovered that there was a TON of dust back there. So GW decided they might as well clean things good. She got the big, noisy, screaming dragon, scary, horrible, loud shop-vac noisy monster machine thing to suck up all the dust. Yipes! 

They ended up vacuuming the entire first floor of the house, plus the steps and rugs. Did I say it was super extremely noisy? GW said that knocked about ten things off her "to-do list." 

All that work because of one little birdie! 

Little Birdie

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Happy Dog Day!

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

We almost forgot about National Dog Day! I don't have much time for a full report, since my ghostwriter has to get ready for work (again!) But I wanted to let you know about this: 

GW found this in the check-out at Wegmans a few days ago. If you happen to see it as well, be sure to pick it up. It has everything you need to know about doggies, like how we became to be the loving, attentive, wise companions we are today, and much more.

Hope you have a wonderful National Dog Day! 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Long Time, No See

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

Sorry we haven't posted in such a long time! My ghostwriter has been working a lot at the nursing home, and in the garden lately, and things have been mostly boring around here. At least for me!

Anyway, we've been watching the TV news about all the terrible wild fires burning on the western side of the country. You would think that wouldn't affect us here on the other side of the continent in New York State! But, amazingly, smoke from those fires did reach us and we had some pretty spectacular sunsets. Here are a few in no particular order:







The moon looked pretty awesome too! In this picture you can see Jupiter, Saturn, and the moon almost perfectly lined up. (The blue dot is a reflection on the camera lens.)

In other news, some big trucks and several men have been working on the neighborhood roads. 


The trucks laid down a thin layer of asphalt, and the men mopped the edges, set up traffic cones, and closed off our street from traffic for several hours. Every day they've been working on different sections of roads around the entire neighborhood. 

While working in the garden, ghostwriter found a little toad. We find one around here almost every year at this time of summer, but they're usually a lot bigger than this guy! She brought him indoors and put him into the kitchen sink for a brief photo session, then put him back outside. Hopefully he'll help reduce the currently booming mosquito population.

Meanwhile, Sparrows Incorporated has had a population boom as well. 


Wow! That's a lot of sparrows!

I think that a sneaky bunny has been coming around in the middle of the night to snarf up seeds the birdies drop on the ground. Ghostwriter found evidence of his presence while she did a pooper-scooper walk around the yard. 


I've been tracking a scent underneath the hostas …


I know ghostwriter hates it when I stomp through her flowers, but this is an important cocker spaniel hunting doggie duty.

This time of year we take time to remember our angel doggies who passed over the bridge: 

Miss Ginger passed in July 2010. She was the beautiful princess of the house, and loved chasing bunnies. She also had a wonderful singing voice and provided musical entertainment every mealtime.

My best friend Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel, Doggie Chief Inspector, Comestibles Division, left us in July 2016. Many long time readers will remember Joey dog. He was my partner in the Double Doggie Homeland Security System, and the world's best food watcher.

We never forget our angels.

joeys-photo-collection