Friday, June 2, 2017

We're Back: Friday Night News

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

My ghostwriter has been very busy driving back and forth from Rochester NY to Niagara Falls for the last two weeks. Our Oma fell down in her house again and had to go to the hospital. She didn't have any major injuries, and is doing much better now. But she had to go to a nursing home for rehab so she can regain her strength. We want to thank our Blogville friends for all their well wishes and POTP. Miss Oswin's mom even wrote a comment in German because she figured out that our Oma is originally from Germany. Ghostwriter read it to her and she was very happy.

Now I have a lot of news to catch up on. First we'll do a mini Flower Friday featuring the star performers this week: irises.

My next story is about a bug.

Last night when I came in from doing my business, a great big bug flew through the doorway and into the house. It fluttered around like crazy! We found out it was a stone fly, which lives most of its life in streams and rivers. Ghostwriter put it under a glass on the counter to take pictures. 

Of course I was very excited and wanted to play with the bug! But after taking pictures, we let the bug go and it flew away into the night. Ghostwriter said this kind of insect has been around since before the dinosaurs! Wow!

And now here's a story I wanted to post several days ago, but ghostwriter was busy.  It's about the annual summertime invasion of chipmunks.

Today I spotted an evil, dastardly, stinky, rotten chipmunk in my yard! This is not the best picture, but he's in the grass directly below the birdie feeder. Can you see his little stripey butt? 

He's surely an operative from the Conniving Chipmunk Consortium, a group that's centered around getting doggies into BIG trouble! Do you want to know how? Well, you doggies know that regular squirrels usually just go up and down trees when they invade your territory. Chipmunks, however, sneak around the entire yard, leaving their malodorous footprints everywhere. Of course, being a member of the hunting doggie class, I have to follow the scent …

… even if it takes me crashing through ghostwriter's flower beds.

She was pretty mad at me for knocking down one of her irises. 

A-ha! I smell his footie prints back here too. I should probably push over the rose trellis and stomp on the Asian lilies to find that vile rodent.

Hey! I'm pretty sure he went up this drain pipe! I thought I heard him squeaking and scrabbling in there. So I put forth my best effort to bark and scratch and dig and whine and growl and bark some more and bark bark bark bark bark bark at it until he comes out, even if it takes the rest of the day! Ghostwriter had to take a leash and practically drag me out of that spot. You see? I got in big trouble for following that little miscreant's trail! 

 If I ever catch him, I'm going to take out his stuffing! Harumph! Oh, and do not be fooled by their apparent cuteness! These cunning scofflaws are well-versed in sabotage and treachery, and can make even the most gentle and well-behaved doggie look like a trampling troll. 

Wish me luck on eradicating this scourge!

Oh oh! It's Fatty White-Ears the squirrel snarfing seeds! A doggie's work is never done!

Here are a couple links to information about stone flies, if you're a science geek like my humans are:


  1. Hi Chester, I'm so glad that you're back and that your Oma is doing well. And I'm glad Ghostwriter is well. Don't forget to keep telling her how much you love her; caregivers need extra love and support.

  2. Sorry, I couldn't finish my reply. Loved seeing the pictures of the irises and, of course, you. It's great to see your sweet face again.

  3. I know all about those evil chippers, Chester! Bummer that the little stinker got you in trouble.
    Your iris are just gorgeous!
    We are so happy to hear that Oma is doing better!

  4. Chester we are so happy to hear Oma is doing better and rehab will surely help her. Hugs and kitty kisses come her way next time GW visits her.
    The stonefly is very interesting and I applaud your restraint at not KNOCKING the glass over...(something some kitty might have tried).
    OH do I hear you about the chipmunks....they are the true definition of dy NO mite in small packages. MOL just the other day we saw one run up to a squirrel to get it to move away from the bird seed that was on the ground. Either the squirrel was startled or maybe he was actually afraid of the 'munk cause he scurried away.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  5. That sure is a big bug. We're glad to hear your Oma is doing better. The chipmunks around here do the same thing. We have a drain pipe that they like to hide in and our pawrents have to drag Millie from it. She has even been known to bit the down spout to try to get that critter out.

  6. Good to hear that your Oma is doing mUch better.

    What an interesting bug!

    I ran into a flower bed the other day to rid the peeps of some rodent,but petcretary was also not impressed with that effort. What is with the peeps when we try to help them?

  7. We are soooo glad to hear your Oma is on the mend!!!

    What beautimous Iris's you have, how evil of that chipmunk to lure you in to get you in trouble!!

  8. That stone bug is very interesting to look at. But Mom says she prefers to see them in photos and not in the real world:) We hope Oma will be doing much better - so hard when the peeps get older.

    Your flowers are so pretty - so many gorgeous irises os so many pretty colors..

    Woos - Misty and Lightning

  9. If that giant stone fly ever got inside my house, I'm pretty sure we'd have to pack up and move! Wow! Your parents are brave. And you are pretty brave yourself, C. Taking on the chipmunks and squirrels and....flowerbeds in your yard. Well done. And more to come, I'm sure.

    Love and licks,

  10. We are glad your Oma is getting stronger. Seems like you have lots of action in your yard!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  11. We're furry happy to hear that your Oma is on the mend! Thanks fur telling us about the chipmunks. I'm always on a leash outside, but if I evfur see a critter like that I'll bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark!!!!!!!!!!