Friday, September 2, 2022

Changes

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


It's hard to believe it's already September! It seems like August went by way too fast. 


 My ghostwriter is now officially retired! Everyone keeps asking her if she's going to have a big party, or go on a trip, or something like that. Problem is, she's actually sad about it. She says, while she doesn't miss the hard, and often nerve wracking work, she does miss her team, and her patients. 


So this week, she's just taking it easy, and not rushing to do any of the myriad of projects that need doing in the house and yard. 

In other news, our backyard pear tree is loaded with fruit! We must have picked, and picked up, 100 pounds so far! Ghostwriter has been sorting them out for the last few days. Many of them are too small, or have damage from the recent hail storm, and from the tree branches rubbing against them. Those that fell to the ground were quickly attacked by ants, wasps, squirrels, and even the bunny. 


All of those pears were gathered up and dumped into the compost. The better ones were put into 8-quart baskets and set at the bottom of our front yard for the neighbors to take for free. (There were a lot of takers!) There are still plenty of pears on the tree, but we're going to need a ladder to reach them. 

Here's an old picture of my late, great doggie brother Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel doing his favorite summer time activity: laying in the grass eating a yummy pear. 

In case you're wondering, I am doing better. I'm still only eating canned doggie food that ghostwriter feeds me with a spoon. But I'm starting to get more interested in my dry kibble. Although I'm still limping around on my arthritic legs, I do enjoy going for very short walks just to check out the pee mail. 

Now here are the amazing things we saw from our own yard just by looking up, and looking down.

Flying photo bomber

Sunset


Moon rise


Ant nest under a rock


Little purple mushrooms


See you later!

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Wow!

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


 As we say here at The Daily Bone, "always remember to look up, and look down to find amazing things right in your own yard." 

First I'd like to show you some pictures of the sky from yesterday. It seemed like the clouds were changing almost every hour! 








Well, that's not too unusual for early August in Western NY.


This morning, it was kind of cloudy and gray, and not very picturesque other than a jet flying over. 


My ghostwriter decided to go grocery shopping. As she got out of the store, it started raining. She got soaked while loading groceries into the car. By the time she was almost home, it was raining so hard that some of the roads started getting flooded! Oncoming traffic threw waves of water over her car, and it was hard to see. A few blocks from our house, she started seeing patches of white on the ground and thought the wind must have blown somebody's trash around. 

Meanwhile at home, Dad and I were watching it turn into winter in August! This is what our back yard looked like:


It's a good thing I'm not afraid of storms! This was insane!

My ghostwriter finally got home, and backed the car up the driveway. She had Dad got the groceries unloaded as the storm abated somewhat. 


Finally it passed, and I got a chance to go out to see our August "snow."


Hey, this is not snow! It's hail! 






 I was very surprised the storm didn't knock all the pears off our tree.


Other parts of the yard were covered with leaves the hail had literally torn from the trees!




There was no damage to the house, so all's well. 


Oh, in case you're wondering, I'm feeling much better. I'm all finished with my antibiotic. I still don't have much of an appetite, but I'll eat canned doggie food. I think my humans should get me some of this to eat:



Friday, August 12, 2022

Doing OK

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


I want to thank everyone who sent me all the wonderful POTP and get well wishes last week when I was sick. I'm feeling much better now.


Ghostwriter and Dad have been waiting on me hand and foot. I am now getting canned doggie food which tastes a much better than kibble (which I still won't eat.) 

Not much else has been happening around here. Two days ago, we had some spectacular clouds in the sky as cooler weather moved in.


They made for an amazing sunset! 




And an even more incredible moon rise!


In other news, yesterday, ghostwriter happened to go out into the garage. She peeked out the back door, and came face to face with Mr. Cool Beans Cooper, our friendly neighborhood Cooper's Hawk, who was sitting on the ground underneath the birdie feeders. He quickly flew away before she could get a picture. But later that day, with my expert guidance, of course, she looked underneath the pussy willow bushes in the back corner of the yard, and found a huge collection of birdie feathers. Mr. Cool Beans Cooper must have caught a mourning dove!




While we might feel sorry for that poor mourning dove, I imagine Mr. C. B. Cooper probably has a family to feed. 


And that's all I have to report for now. Thanks again for all the well wishes! You're the best!


Sunday, August 7, 2022

August Already!

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


Sorry I haven't been around much. I have been sick with some kind of stomach problem for the past week. I had to go to the vet (it cost my ghostwriter over $500!!! for that!!!!) I have to take medicine and eat a bland diet. I'm already tired of boiled chicken and rice, but my regular doggie kibble doesn't appeal to me yet. Maybe I'll get a hamburger today. 


There hasn't been much else going on, other than it being really hot outside. We've had a big variety of birdies at our feeders. Do you see that spot where there's no grass growing? That's where the sparrows have been taking a dust bath. 


This crow must be really hungry too. Usually they couldn't be bothered to pick up seeds from the ground. 

The squirrels haven't been around much. 

Get down from there, numb-nuts! You'll get a heat stroke!

There are lots of young sparrows around. They sure eat a lot! They empty out the feeders completely within two days or  less. Here's little Miss Seedcruncher inquiring about the situation.

Um, we could use some more seeds, please.

You can see in the back ground the pear tree is loaded with fruit. The squirrels, and the bunny too, like to munch on them. We don't mind too much since there's plenty for everyone. And that's about all that's happening around here.

Yes, I know there's a yum yum doggie treat for me.










A note from ghostwriter: We were kind of worried about Chester. He started out with diarrhea and loss of appetite last week, and we took him to the vet to figure out what was causing it. After several tests, they said his blood work was normal and he didn't have any parasites. Now he seems to be feeling better, but he's still not interested in his kibble. He'll eat boiled chicken or hamburger, though.