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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here and I’m joining Dory for Flower Friday again.

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Let me take you on a little tour around our back yard. As the title indicates we have some azaleas blooming now. Here is a close up of our dark pink azalea.

dark pink azalea

In the back corner we have a little hedge of red azalea.

red azaleas

Right near the red ones we have some light pink azaleas too.

pink Azalea - close up

In addition to the azalea we have lots of viburnum in bloom. Here are a few of them.

Korean Spice Viburnum

Korean Spice Viburnum

Doublefile Viburnum

Doublefile Viburnum

Snowball Viburnum

Snowball Viburnum

Last but not least the perennial garden is filling in and starting to bloom too.

perennial garden - north end

There is a lot of green but if you look closer you can see what is in bloom.

Purple Lily of the Valley

Purple Lily of the Valley

Perennial Geranium flowers

Perennial Geranium flowers

These geraniums don't have much smell to them.

These geraniums don’t have much smell to them.

Well I hope you enjoyed this walk around our garden today. I’m sure there will be more to show you next week.

Save Those Stamps!

Save Those Stamps IconHi everyone! Do you remember, back around the end of the year holidays, when I asked everyone to save your stamps and send them to me? I waited a while to make sure everyone that was planning on sending me their stamps had enough time to do so and was overwhelmed by the response.

stamps - envelopes - notes - etc

Wow! Just look at everything I received. In addition to the stamps there were numerous cards and notes. There even were a couple of dollars and some unused US stamps from a Canadian friend. After I sorted through all the stamps I took the time to remove all the stamps on all the envelopes too.

Unique stamps from the United States

Most of the stamps were the usual holiday or general use United States stamps but as I was sorting through the stamps I pulled out a few of the unique ones.

interesting Australian stamps

Australian Stamps

Thanks to The Cowspotdogs, whose mom is from Australia, there were a lot of stamps from down under.

Interesting International Stamps

Interesting International Stamps

There were even a few interesting stamps from around the globe. I had fun perusing all the different stamps that you sent and couldn’t believe how many stamps there were.

Full stamp pile

In all the stamps weighed in at 12¼ ounces (about 346 grams).

Millie Walter - with stamp pile

Of course I couldn’t ship off the stamps before making Millie and Walter pose with them. Don’t they look thrilled?

Do you need me to lick any of these stamps mom?

Do you need me to lick any of these stamps mom?

I stuffed all the stamps into a gallon zip bag.

All these stamps are going to help our greyhounds in the UK?

All these stamps are going to help greyhounds in the UK?

The stamps were shipped using US First Class International postage which still allows for tracking. I included a note to let the RGT know where all the stamps came from. Here is what I said:

Dear Retired Greyhound Trust,

Enclosed please find stamps collected by me and about 30 blogging friends and family. Most of these stamps were collected during the December 2014 holiday season. A large group of pet bloggers participate in a holiday card exchange. In the past one of our members had asked us to save our stamps and send them to her so she could send them to your organization. That particular blogger doesn’t blog any longer so I decided to pick up where she left off.

The majority of those participating write a pet related blog so they were more than happy to help a pet related cause such as yours. I promoted the cause on my blog and some of the other participants promoted it on their blog as well. I plan on encouraging my fellow bloggers to save their stamps year round. We know it is a small gesture but we all know that every little bit helps.

As you can see from my note there were about 30 different participants in the stamp collection.

The package was mailed on May 2nd and I was surprised to see that it was delivered in just 5 days!

Thank You Letter from Retired Greyhound Trust

Thank You Letter from Retired Greyhound Trust

Just this weekend I received a thank you note so I know they received them. I’m sure they appreciated receiving all our stamps. Thanks to everyone who participated. I think that some of our UK and European bloggers sent their stamps directly to the RGT so thanks to all of you too.

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I want to let you know that you can save your stamps all year round. I already have my collection started to send next year. If you don’t want to wait you can feel free to send me your stamps any time of the year. I created a permanent page on my blog with all the information you need to participate.

Thanks again to all of you for making this so successful.

Millie Monday!

Hi everyone! It’s Millie here.

Millie - head shot

Do you know what day it is? Let me give you a hint.

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That’s right…it’s my birthday! Today I turn 3 years old. My pawrents can’t believe I can be 3 already. I hope mom bakes me a cake like the one above. I might even be nice and share some with Walter too.

2015 Birthday card from VET

Check out the cute e-card I got from my VET!

Millie - hanging out under tree

The weather is a little nicer today (we had record temps of 90º F during the past few days) so I expect to be hanging out in the yard and snoopervising my dad’s yard work.

Since this is supposed to be Mischief Monday mom found this video of me from the first day I came to my forever home. It is cell phone video and until recently she couldn’t get it to play right side up. The quality isn’t as good as our regular videos and there are some glitches but I think you will enjoy it.

If you can’t see the video or want to see a larger version you can go here to see it.

As you could see I was very fierce and ready to take on anyone who was in my yard even if they didn’t move. You can’t see what I’m barking at very well so here is a picture of it from last year in the garden.

German Shepherd Dog Sculpture

German Shepherd Dog Sculpture

It’s in a new location now and I don’t even notice it any more. Doesn’t that sculpture look scary to you?

Well I hope you all have as nice a day as I’m having.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Hi everyone! We finally have something to post for Flower Friday with Dory.

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We’ve had an amazing stretch of warm sunny weather which has made our yard come alive.

The perennials are popping out of the ground.

The perennials are popping out of the ground

Japanese maple tree leafs out and Service Berry shrubs in bloom

Japanese maple trees starting to leaf out and Service Berry shrubs in bloom

Service berry blossoms

Service berry blossoms

Service berry tree in bloom

Service berry tree in bloom

The birds will be happy when all those service berry flowers turn into fruit.

The stars of the backyard show right now are our daffodils.

A beautiful clump of yellow daffodils

A beautiful clump of yellow daffodils

A close up of the yellow daffodils

A close up of the yellow daffodils

All white daffodils

All white daffodils

Multiple daffodils blossoms on a single stalk

Multiple daffodils blossoms on a single stalk

I love this daffodil that produces multiple blossoms on each stalk. The flowers are small and delicate. Besides the daffodils one of the perennials that is an early bloomer has just started to flower.

Bleeding heart blooms

Bleeding heart blooms

Another shrub that’s an early bloomer is one of our spirea.

A cascade of spirea blooms

A cascade of spirea blooms

As you can see many of the trees have not leafed out much yet.

North side of yard - Millie

A view of the north side of the yard (with Millie too)

The Katsura tree

The Katsura tree

The Katsura tree has leafed out nicely to provide some welcome shade.

Well I hope you enjoyed this walk around our yard. We’ve had a lot of dry days but the weather peeps tell us we are going to get some needed rain soon.

Gotcha Day-banner

Hi everyone, it’s Walter here. OMD it’s hard to imagine that it’s already been two years since I came to live in my wonderful home.

I love hanging out in our yard

I love hanging out in our yard

Can you believe that this is what I looked like then?

Skinny little Walter

Skinny little Walter

I sure was a scrawny kid then. Now I’m a lean, mean, running machine.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to see it. I hope you noticed that Millie never catches me and I always call off the chase by running into the garage.

Did you see how I smoked Millie? BOL!

Did you see how I smoked Millie? BOL!

Of course I have to thank my rescue Big Dogs Big Hearts and foster pawrents Lindsay and Jon for helping me find my forever home. I sure love my family and would never want to live anywhere else.

Before I go I have to give a little shout out to another guy celebrating his Gotcha Day too. Happy Gotcha Day Frankie Furter! We sure are a couple of lucky guys.

Super Power Sunday

Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. When you were a kid did you ever watch TV shows like The Adventures of Superman and wish you had super powers like him? I know I did. Of course I really wanted to be Samantha from Bewitched. Just a wiggle of her nose or a blink of her eyes and everything would be better.

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We’ve all had someone or somepet in our lives that has suffered from some sort of health problem and wished we could do something to make them better. Here in Blogville there is always somebody in need of our Power of the Paw support. If we had those super powers like Samantha did we could wiggle our noses and make everyone better. Sadly we know that isn’t possible so we do what we can by putting our paws together, saying prayers or sending all the positive vibes we can.

Recently one of Blogville’s residents shared with us about a young girl that has been battling a mysterious health problem. Just like with our pets it can be more upsetting when a child has health problems because it is difficult for them to understand why things aren’t normal. I’m talking about Macey the granddaughter of the author of the Three Little Pugs blog. If you haven’t been following Macey’s story you can go here to read a little about what has been going on.

Macey the Super Girl!

Macey the Super Girl!

A couple of weeks ago Macey had some scary tests coming up and I wanted to do a little something to help her get through it. Being the crafty person that I am I fired up my sewing machine and created a  cape for Macey to wear whenever she needed some super powers. It’s made of fleece on the outside and the backing is a fun cotton print.

Bam! Pow!

Pow! Zoom! Zap!

I hope the cape helped Macey feel stronger during her tests. The one thing I do know is that she will know that people all around the world are worried about her and hope she feels better soon.

Super M

Super M

The cape is in her two favorite colors, purple and pink. It was a challenge sewing the “M” on the cape with the stretchy fleece fabric. I used a tight zigzag satin stitch and had to be careful to make sure it didn’t go too wonky.

Another challenge I had was figuring out the correct size for a 6 year old girl. Of course I used my friend Google to help me. I found a few patterns and put them together to come up with my pattern.

Super Girl with Super Cape

Super Girl with Super Cape

I used Velcro at the neck to allow for easy on and off. As you can see by the above picture it fits her great and even allows for her to grow a bit and still fit her.

Pretty package for a pretty girl

Pretty package for a pretty girl

I wrapped the cape in purple and pink and included a funny get well card with a pug on it.

Not sure what they're giving you... but I want some! Get well soon!

Not sure what they’re giving you…but I want some!
Get well soon!

I enjoyed making the cape for Macey and seeing her smile in her pictures made me smile too. If you don’t already know The Three Little Pugs you should go visit them and say hello. You could also include some encouraging words for Macey as I know her grandmother shares them with her. Get well soon Macey!

Super Macey Cape

Super Macey Cape

 

Hi everyone! Do you remember how excited I was that spring had finally arrived at our house just over a week ago? Well Mother Nature took a few steps backward today. We woke up to a heavy snow squall this morning. Charlie snapped these pictures while he was out with the dogs for their morning “business” runs.

Millie is quickly covered in snow

Millie on patio during morning snow storm

Even Walter and Millie couldn’t believe what they were seeing. Of course as most dogs do they both took high speed laps around the yard. There is just something about fresh snow that brings out the zoomies in dogs (sorry no pictures of that).

Perennial Garden Coverd in Snoe

Perennial Garden Covered in Snow

As you can see some of our perennials have started poking out of the ground. I’m sure they aren’t too happy about these colder temps but the early arrivals are used to a few snow showers in the early spring time.

Daffodils Covered in Snow

Daffodils Covered in Snow

I don’t think these daffodils will be opening very soon.

Glory in Snow - covered in snow

Glory of the Snow – covered in snow

If you look real close (or click on the image to make it bigger) you can see the small purple Glory of the Snow flowers. I guess their name is very appropriate.

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In a short time the grass was almost covered in snow

The snow was still coming down hard when Charlie snapped this picture from the back of the yard. You can barely make out Millie sitting on the patio.

I will be honest, as I sit here writing this post most of the snow has melted off the grass but it still covers the planting areas. The weather peeps say the snow is supposed to keep falling off and on most of the day. I’m really not complaining but it sure was shocking to open the shades this morning and look out at a white out. At least it isn’t the 2-3 feet of snow KB recently recieved in the Rockies.

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