Thursday, February 28, 2019

Snow For Sale!

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

As you may know, we had a big snow storm for the last couple days. Today my ghostwriter finally was able to get out and do some shopping. She took pictures of the gigantic snow mover machine monster thing that clears snow off the BJ's plaza parking lot. 

The mountains of snow it made were as big as a house! 

But check this out! 

This snow mountain is for sale or lease! 

Wow! I'd like to buy that enormous pile of snow and have it dumped in my back yard. Imagine the fun we could have sledding down it! It probably won't melt until the middle of May!

I'm going to run back into the house and call them right away before anyone else buys or leases this snow mountain. 

"Hey Chester, come here pup!" (Oh oh, I don't like the sound of that! I'd better stick my head in the snow and pretend I didn't hear it … )

Well, it would have been a great day, except for one thing. Unbeknownst to me, I had an appointment with the vet! Yes, that's right! I was unceremoniously put in the car, driven over the big hill, and after checking out all the pee mails outside of the office, I actually had to go in! I had a routine check-up, and three, count 'em, three shots!!! Plus I had a blood draw. And that's not all!!!! They stuck a needle into that big lump on my belly to see what it is. Harumph!

At least I got some yum yum treats there. Oh, and they called me a little while after I got home and said they looked at the stuff from my lump, and said it was just another benign lipoma like my other lumps. But it is getting rather big and getting in the way of my walking. Other than that, I'm in pretty good health. Now about that snow mountain …

Oh, there is one more story from today. Dad, who is half Finnish (he says he's always half finished, hahaha) says today is Kalevala Day. Here's some information about it below. Please note, the Finnish mythology and folklore, as written in the Kalevala, is completely different than the better known Norse/Viking mythology. And after that is a link to some wonderful music by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. It's a bit long, but totally worth listening to! Please enjoy!


Pohjola's Daughter by Jean Sibelius

Monday, February 25, 2019

Windy … Again!

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

We've had yet more freakish weather here in Western New York! Yesterday there was a thunder storm in the morning. It woke everyone up. Well, actually I woke everyone up, because I am so brave. I'm not afraid of thunder. I bark at it!

Bark bark bark bark bark!

After that we had clear skies and the sun was shining brightly.

It melted most of the snow and made puddles everywhere. But then came the wind. There are reports of gusts reaching 63mph! My ghostwriter had to work last night too. She said it wasn't so bad driving in. But then it started to snow! Driving home on country roads at night in white-out conditions was not so nice. Halfway home, she wondered if she'd make it. But she got home all right, and let me out to see this blizzard weather for myself.


There was no moon to be seen, and snow was blowing everywhere! Yipes! Needless to say, I came right back in, and went to sleep. 

Today we still have cloudy skies and that cold, nasty wind.

In fact, because of those conditions, I demanded three yum yum doggie treats for this photo session!

Yum yum yum!

Meanwhile, west of us, this is what's happening on the banks of the Niagara River:


In other news, today is my Joanna human's birthday. Ghostwriter found an old picture of her with her younger sister Jessy.

The whole family went out for lunch at a Japanese place yesterday to celebrate. Here's Miss Lily ordering up some more dumplings:

Hey, nobody brought me any dumplings!

And that's the news for today. I'm going back inside! It's too cold out here!

(Don't worry. I got some mashed potatoes and a few bites of pork roast with my dinner today.)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Flash Mob

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program for a TDB news flash. I'm your doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel.

My ghostwriter put some bits of bread in the window birdie feeder. Within minutes, this is what happened:

I went to the window to say hello.

And they all flew away!

Crazy birdies!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

We're Back!

Greetings everyone. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your humble doggie reporter 
Chester L. W. Spaniel. I have lots of news for you today!

In my last report, I said that my ghostwriter would be working a lot of long hours over the next several days. Along with working that extra time, she had to drive through some of the most horrendous weather we've had so far this winter. At times it was white-out conditions with high winds blowing the heavy snow squalls, on roads that were mostly ice covered with packed snow, and in some places not plowed at all because it was 3am! Needless to say, she was exhausted. Now she finally has a few days off. 

So today I'm going to celebrate Valentine's Day! Here's the beautiful Valentine's Card my dearest Princess Leah sent me that I finally got to look at last night:

It was after midnight when ghostwriter was finally home from another grueling work day. So I ran outside right away to howl at the big full moon.

Ghostwriter used the night vision setting on her camera to get this shot of me barking outside in the moonlight. I hope I didn't wake you up too late, my dearest Princess. But thank you, thank you for the wonderful card. I always know when something has arrived for me from you, and get all excited about it.

Here are some other news stories from the past week. Saturday was my favorite miniature human, Ryan's sixth birthday party with family. (He's not so miniature anymore.) Oh, that cake is home made with ice cream and crushed Oreo cookies. Yum!

Earlier this week, he had a party for all his school friends. Instead of presents, he asked his friends to bring bags of doggie food and treats, which he then donated to Lollypop Farm Animal Shelter.

Wow! What a great idea!

Ryan's little sister Lily wore a beautiful heart-covered dress on Valentine's Day.

Isn't she lovely? She's almost one year old now!

In other news, the local birdies sure appreciated the food we put out for them during the cold days. Here are some of them:

Heckle and Jeckle

Woody Woodpecker

Sparrows Inc.

Dad made some winter time comfort food for us. Yum!

Tuna casserole. Yummy! 

My Joanna human (sibling #2 of 4) sent me a great picture of my three kitty cat cousins. 
Tibie (aka Tiberius)
Maddie (aka Medusa, aka The Kitten Overlord)
Hanni (aka Hannibal)
They certainly had the right idea about what to do during the cold weather: stay inside and sleep!

 Tibie, Maddie, and Hanni live with a birdie named Echo. He's an African Gray Parrot. Now here's a surprise for you:

Echo loves to eat lobster shells! Ghostwriter says she remembers when she had pet parakeets. They would always have a cuttlebone in their cage to eat for the calcium and minerals in it. Ghostwriter also says she puts egg shells out on the compost pile for the birdies to eat for the same reason.

Go figure!

Today we saw something amazing:

Blue skies and the sun!

It was so bright, I had to squint!

Later we watched the sun go down.

And we watched the moon come up.

And finally, here's an old picture of me and my late colleague Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel. He would have been 17 years old on February 15. We still miss him like crazy!


And now, ghostwriter and I will take a look at all of our Blogville friends' posts from the last several days. We hope you all had a good time on Valentine's Day. Thank you again to my dearest Princess Leah for the beautiful card. I will cherish it forever.