Thursday, August 18, 2016

Flower Friday and Pawlympics Update

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

Our long, hot, dry summer continues. We had some rain in the past week, but a lot more is needed to green up the lawn! Our garden Buddha enjoyed the showers underneath the shelter of his giant milkweed plants. I hope he's praying for some more of that stormy weather! 

Our big hydrangea bush, that is usually covered with flowers this time of year, has only put out a few blooms. But the bees and wasps are glad to have them!

Ghostwriter thought these black-eye-susans were a loss. But they perked  right up after the rain. 

This time of year is usually big spider time. But all we can find are little ones. I think the birdies are eating them, or else they just don't have enough bugs to eat in this heat wave. This one in the picture below was actually quite small in it's web among the lily-of-the-valley leaves. 

Here is this week's mystery bug. Ghostwriter found it munching on the milkweed leaves. We thought only monarch butterflies like milkweeds. But after a bit of research, we found out this is actually called a milkweed beetle, and is completely harmless. We still haven't seen any monarch caterpillars or butterflies, though.

The roses are making a come-back after the drought and being devoured by Japanese beetles in July. Those bugs were terrible this summer, and decimated the birch and linden trees too!

Here's our old fashioned hosta by our back door, with no slugs on it this summer! 


Now it's time for the Blogville Pawlympics!

There was some great fly fishing hosted by Reana Bella and Dezi at:  dezizworld

We saw some Synchronized Walking and Looking at Oreo's Cookie Jar at: jazzis-world

Today you'll see yours truly doing some serious squeaky toy surgery, or as Jakey calls it, Stuffy Deading. That's one of my favorite sports! Please visit dorysbackyard to see this event! I tell you, the competition was really fierce! 

But that's not all! Hailey and Zaphod hosted Freestyle Napping today too. Wow! What a lot of contestants they had! Amazing! See for yourself at: kten-haileychronicles  Here are our entries:

Angel Joey dog.

And me.


Oh and, psssst, don't tell anyone. It's ghostwriter's birthday today too. 


  1. Happy Birthday to Ghostwriter! We were so happy to see your performance (gold worthy indeed) in stuffy deading and were honored to post the picture of Angel Joey on our blog today about the big event.

    Happy Pawlympics!

    Abby Lab

  2. Happy Birthday to your mean the Ghostwriter. Those are cool bugs you found. We sure have been having fun at the Pawlympics.

  3. Thank you for posting these lovely photos. We love flowers and are happy to see them in bloom. Happy birthday Ghostwriter

  4. Happy Happy Birthday to Ghostwriter!!!!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  5. We could send you some of our rain if you like Chester, this weekend is very stormy here!

  6. We think you did a pawtastic job on your umm...Surgery"! You sure know how to fill a room with stuffy guts!!

    Happy Birthday Ghostwriter!!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  7. Chester!!OMCs that is a fine looking red and black bug...we have never seen one either but Mom and I are big fans of anything red. Nature is amazing. We hope GW is feeling better
    Hugs madi your bfff

  8. We finally had rain too. We hope the Ghostwriter had an excellent birthday!

  9. First, Happy Belated Birthday to the Ghostwriter! Hope you all had a wonderful day! That is some PAWSOME deading! Great Freestyle Napping too :)

  10. Wow, all that stuffing out of your one stuffie?? OMD!

    Happy belated Birthday to your Ghostwriter! I hope she didn't have to go to work on her special day. On the pther paw that way she would get lots more greetings to help the celebration? Did you help your Dad bake a nice cake? Mmmm!