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We are honored to have received the Yoo-Hoo Award from our friends over at The Poupounette. Thanks for thinking of us for this fun award. If you don’t already know the Poupounette gang you should go visit them. With one dog, four cats, two horses and #1 (that’s what they call their human) there is something for everyone to enjoy. Oh yeah, they also live in France which is heaven if you are a dog. Did you know dogs go almost everywhere their humans go in France, even to restaurants?

The Yoo-Hoo Award

The Yoo-Hoo Award

We are supposed to tell you three things we have to celebrate:

I love hanging out in our yard on a beautiful spring day!

I love hanging out in our yard on a beautiful spring day!

1) Spring! Yes it has finally reached us and we are so happy to be able to get out into our yard and enjoy the green grass under your toes.

Cooling down after some fun in the yard.

Cooling down after some fun in the yard.

2) Siblings. We are so happy that our pawrents picked us to be together. We are a great match in size and temperament and we both love to play and run around our house and yard together.

Keeping cool

Keeping cool

3) Big Dogs Big Hearts! This is the rescue group that both of us came from. Without them we wouldn’t be together and we wouldn’t be here. Thanks BDBH for all you do for lots of dogs all the time.

We are supposed to pass this award on to seven other blogs. We’re not quite sure who has had it yet so our apologies if it’s already come your way. We would like to pass it on to:

  1. Walter’s girlfriend Tui and her family at Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs
  2. The cutest Doodle boys around – Murphy & Stanley
  3. Millie’s near twin Lee and her brother Phod over at The Hailey & Zaphod Chronicles
  4. Stella, Angus and Maggie from The Three Little Pugs
  5. Dory, Jakey, Arty and Bilbo over at Dory’s Backyard
  6. Tweedles at Through the Eyes of Tweedles
  7. Bunny, Morgan, Küster & Flattery from Tales & Tails

We love all our Blogville friends and had a difficult time picking just 7 to honor. We hope if you don’t already know one of the nominated blogs that you will go visit them and say hi.

Hi everyone! It’s Millie here.  Our dad likes to watch British Premier League Soccer Football on Saturday mornings. Walter and I like to keep him company. Sometimes our mom joins us too but she is usually not really watching the soccer. We decided to entertain her with a little bitey face. Check out our action video below.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

When we were done we settled in for a nice snuggle with mom.

Snuggled up to mom

Snuggled up to mom

What mischief have you been up to?

We’ve been looking all over for the Easter Bunny. This was the only bunny we could find. Hey Ranger do you think this is the Easter Bunny you’ve been looking for?

Are you the Easter Bunny?

Are you the Easter Bunny?

Walter’s been looking for the Easter Bunny too.

I get the feeling something is watching me.

I get the feeling somebody is watching me.

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We are participating in the Black & White Sunday blog hop.

Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. I thought I would join Dory this week with her Flower Friday post. She lives in Northern California where it’s been spring for a long time and made this cute badge. If you don’t already know her you should click on her name or the badge and go say hello.

DorysFlowerFridayBadge

Looks like her mom is a hooker crocheter too with that lovely afghan in the background (my mom made me point that out).

We don’t have much in bloom right now and are a bit behind schedule but we are so happy to have some color come back to our yard.

The daffodils are getting taller but not in bloom yet

The daffodils smell interesting

The daffodils aren’t blooming yet but they are getting bigger every day and should be blooming soon.

Glory of the Snow

Glory of the Snow

These cute little flowers are always the first bulbs to bloom in our yard. We have these in blue, pink and white.

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Our first tree to bloom is the Cornelian Cherry Dogwood. The blossoms are just starting to open.

Cornelian Dogwood Bloom

Cornelian Dogwood Bloom

Pretty soon the bees will be all over this tree.

No flowers yet but our perennials are starting to poke out of the ground

A perennial starting to poke out of the ground

We might not have much in bloom yet but we have lots of perennials poking out of the ground with a promise of flowers to come.

It feels good to have some green grass under my paws

It feels good to have some green grass under my paws

Well, like I said there isn’t much in bloom but things are starting to poke out of the ground and the grass has started to green up and grow. We had a nice sunny day today and I enjoyed helping mom take pictures of our flowers.  I hope you liked our first edition of Flower Friday for 2014.


Wild Bird Wednesday

I know what you are thinking. Why is she posting Wild Bird Wednesday on Tuesday? Well the Wild Bird Wednesday blog hop is hosted in Australia so if I wait to post on Wednesday the blog hop is at least half over by the time my post goes up so here it is.

Well earlier this week I showed you how our Bluebirds and Blue jay fared during our most recent snow storm. Here is a look at a few of our other visitors to our meal worm feeder this past Sunday. The weather might not be very spring like but the bird activity indicates that spring is in the air.

Mr. Cardinal waits his turn and then feeds his mate.

Mr. Cardinal waits his turn and then feeds his mate.

The cardinals are exhibiting common pair bonding behavior by having the male feed the female. I love watching them do this and hope to catch it on video someday too.

An American Robin samples the worms.

An American Robin samples the worms.

This is the second year we have ever had robins using the meal worm feeder. These (there are two of them) are early arrivals and seemed to have staked a claim to our yard. With the ground covered with snow there isn’t much for them to feed on so they welcome the meal worms too. Once their usual feeding supplies become available the robins stop using the dried meal worms.

Who put this snow drift on our feeder?

Who put this snow drift on our feeder?

One of my favorite birds in our yard is the tufted titmouse. They are so fast that it can be a challenge to catch them in a picture.

For those of you that are curious, we have been feeding dried meal worms for many years with great success. Some people will tell you that bluebirds won’t use them but ours love them and later in the season bring their young to the feeding platform. As you can see we have many other species of birds using the feeder too.

If you are interested in getting some we purchase ours from DriedInsects.com. You can’t beat the price of the 11 pound bag especially if you order more than one (there is usually free shipping too). Most local stores only sell small bags that cost much more per pound. You might go that route if you wanted to give it a try but if you think you will be using them for the entire feeding season I would recommend the large bag. We go through two to three 11 pound bags per feeding season which runs from March to September.

I hope you have enjoyed this edition of Wild Bird Wednesday and will take some time to stop by the blog hop host too.

Note: the pictures above were all taken through a window so the quality isn’t quite up to par. Even with a long lens I can’t get this close without spooking most of the birds away nor did I want to sit out in the cold to get these. ;-)

WTF? We came back to our nest box because you said it was Spring! Thanks for the worms.

WTF?
We came back to our nest box because you said it was Spring!
Thanks for the worms though.

Yeah...where did Spring go?

Yeah…where did Spring go?

Okay so I’m taking a little liberty with B & W Sunday and instead of black and white today it’s blue and white. That’s right folks we woke up this morning to about a foot of snow! Let me repeat that…A FOOT OF SNOW!!! And it’s super heavy wet stuff. So far our driveway hasn’t been plowed but lucky for us we don’t have anywhere to be until tomorrow (I just hope they aren’t on vacation in Florida or something like that). The temperatures are expected to be above freezing later today and continue for the next week so this should be fairly short lived. Needless to say Millie and Walter have been out playing in it and having a blast.

Our bluebird couple arrived as usual this week and have staked claim to the nest box we have for them. This feeder is a platform that Charlie made a few years ago. We fill it with dried meal worms and a wide variety of birds feed from it including the Bluejay in the second picture. This time of year in these conditions I’m sure the birds are grateful for the help.

Sorry we’ve been a bit quiet lately. My (Cindy) back has been bothering me so I haven’t been spending much time sitting at the computer. I’ve been able to keep up reading all of your blogs using my Kindle, but I don’t comment as much since it is a bit of a pain. There will be more photos of different birds using the feeder later in the week.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Our snow from the blizzard is almost all gone now thanks to a 50° F day but we sure had fun playing in it while it was here. A few days ago we showed you some still photos of us wrestling. Now here is a live action video for you to enjoy. Make sure you have your sound up so you can hear how crazy Millie sounds while she is playing.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

We don’t know where Millie learned her wrestling techniques but she clearly always has the upper paw in every match. Millie may have had some teachers at her foster home before she came here since she was a small pup in a group of large dogs. Whether it is learned or instinct she sure is Queen of the Smack Down.

The Smack Down Queen

The Smack Down Queen

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