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Or What Not to do By Millie!

Hi everyone it’s Millie & Walter here. First we want to thank Sarge and Bites for organizing this wonderful safety week. To view all the blogs participating, go to the hop at Oz’s site.

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Today it’s our turn to do a post for Safety Week! If you are a follower of our blog you may remember a few videos we showed of our high speed antics around our yard (if you need a refresher you can go here, here and here). We don’t discriminate based on the weather either. We have learned a few things about our high speed antics and thought we would let our Mini Me’s demonstrate what we have learned.

When chasing your brother don't try to run through the shrubs.

When chasing your brother don’t try to run through the shrubs.

Running into shrubs can be hazardous to your health.

Running into shrubs can be hazardous to your health.

It is best to go around the shrubbery wherever you are running. Otherwise you might end up with a stick up your nose.

As you can see, when Walter zigged Millie didn’t zag and instead ran right into one of the shrubs. This ended in an emergency trip to the vet but she recovered quickly.

The next scenario involves a tree and the same concept.

Pay attention to the obstacles in your way.

Pay attention to the obstacles in your way.

Don't run into a tree at high speed.

Don’t run into a tree at high speed.

On the 4th of July we were zooming around the yard when Millie ran full speed into a tree and hit her knee. There was a small open wound but it wasn’t bleeding. We cleaned out the wound and kept our eye on how Millie was feeling.  Since it happened on a holiday we figured she could wait until the next day to see a vet. She was a little stiff and sore the next day. The vet shaved the area around the wound and flushed it out with saline and determined that it didn’t need any stitches.

Another embarrassing injury

Another embarrassing injury

Here is a close up of the wound so if you are a bit squeamish scroll past real fast.

Nasty ouchie on the knee

Nasty ouchie on the knee

Don’t worry, in just a couple of weeks the wound was completely closed. In just a couple more weeks the hair has already completely grown back and you would never know anything had happened.

So the moral of the story is if you are going to run high speed anywhere Watch Where You Are Going!!!

Mini Millie in bubble wrap with Mini Walter - With thought bubbles

Now all I need is a helmet to be safe

We hope you enjoyed this lesson in how not to get hurt while zooming around your yard or dog park. Don’t forget to visit the other safety lessons today so go to Oz’s site to find them.

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Hi everyone! It’s Mini Millie here to tell you about something that arrived a little while ago.

Mini Millie here to tell you a story

Mini Millie here to tell you a story

A couple of weeks ago we received a package from across the pond! First I gave it a good sniff.

Mini Millie - inspects mail

Then that silly boy Walter came in and decided he needed to check it out too.

What is this?

What is this?

Since neither of us has thumbs we asked mom to help open the package. Inside were two little parcels wrapped in tissue paper.

Look at the cute presents!

Look at the cute presents!

If you look closely you can see that they have labels on them. One says “Walter” and the other says “Chipmunk”! Mom assured me that what was inside wasn’t for Walter to open so she let me do the honors. Look what I found!

It's Mini Walter and Mini Chippie!

It’s Mini Walter and Mini Chippie!

OMD they are so cute! Miss Lynne from across the pond made these two mini’s for us. Mom figured that I, Mini Millie, was getting lonely and it was about time we had a Mini Walter but I didn’t expect to see that adorable Mini Chipmunk too.

Big Millie was super excited to meet Mini Chippie.

OMD he is so cute!

OMD he is so cute!

He smells good too!

He smells good too!

Next it was time for Walter to meet his mini.

The resemblance is remarkable!

The resemblance is remarkable!

Normally Lynne makes squirrels but since we have more chipmunks around here than squirrels we asked her to make ours a chipmunk and she was more than happy to do it.

Mini Chippie - front view

Mini Chippie – front view

Mini Chippie - back view

Mini Chippie – back view

She did a great job embroidering the chipmunk stripes down his back and gave him a dark colored tail. He is just too cute!

Now check out the details on Mini Walter.

Mini Walter - left side

Mini Walter – left side

Look how she made his spotty white chest and left leg.

Mini Walter - right side

Mini Walter – right side

She also did a great job capturing the black overlay he has on much of his fur with some embroidery but she did her best work on his face.

Look at Mini Walter's under bite!

Look at Mini Walter’s under bite!

We couldn’t be happier with our two new mini’s. Dad has been thinking up some new adventures just for the mini’s to go on so stay tuned.

One Happy Mini Family

One Happy Mini Family

Thank you Lynne for doing such a great job with our new mini-me’s. If you want a mini-me of yourself just visit Lynne’s website for information on how to get your own. You won’t be disappointed.

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Hi everyone it’s Millie here. First I want to thank everyone for the fantastic birthday wishes. I’m also thrilled to have gotten three proposals for date day and have accepted the offer from Tommy. Sorry Otto and Arty maybe next event we can get together. I’m very excited to be going on a date with Tommy since he lives in France which we all know is the best place to be a dog.

Today Oz the Terrier is hosting a Limerick Day Contest so we thought we would give it a try. It fits perfectly with our Mischief Monday theme too.

The Mischief Maker

The Mischief Maker

Around our yard we have lots of chipmunks. When we run out to the yard we make a bee line where they usually hang out but have not been able to catch one yet. They are very fast and can run and hide in small holes (like our drain pipe).

Chippie ready to run up the drain pipe

Chippie ready to run up the drain pipe

I, Millie am always on watch for them when I’m inside the house. They do tease me a lot. Here is a video of me watching one. He is lucky that I’m inside the house or he would be toast.

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

Now here is my limerick inspired by that video.

There once was a dog named Millie
Who thought chipmunks were oh so silly
When they scurried about
It made Millie shout
And jump around like a filly

Keeping track of that Chippie is exhausting!

Keeping track of that Chippie is exhausting!

Chippie watching can be very tiring. I’m glad our windows go down low and have a nice ledge to rest my head on. One of these days that chipmunks luck is bound to run out don’t you think?

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Happy New Year everyone! I’ve been wanting to show you one of the other Christmas decorations we have, our ornament wreath. It’s in our front hall were the lighting couldn’t be worse for photographing it so I kept forgetting to get some pictures. Today I noticed it was as well lit as it was ever going to be so I snapped a few pictures for you.

Our Christmas Wreath

Our Christmas Wreath

Long before Millie & Walter came along we started using a couple of artificial wreaths to display our ornaments for Christmas. The wreath is fairly large and is a great way to keep things out of reach of curious puppies.

A cute Chickadee in a Santa Hat

A cute Chickadee in a Santa Hat

Many of the ornaments on the wreath are of birds and other wildlife we see around our house.

Chipmunk in an acorn bed

Chipmunk in an acorn bed

Some of the ornaments are gardening tools and some Santa’s with wildlife or gardening themes.

Froggie

Froggie

Fox

Fox

Rabbit

Rabbit

Owl

Owl

Deer

Deer

Goldfinches on a Feeder

Goldfinches on a Feeder

If you click on the picture of the wreath at the top you can see some of the other ornaments. I hope you have all had a good start to the New Year and enjoyed our ornament wreath too.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here to tell you about a little friend we have living in our back yard.

Chippy next to down spout escape route

That’s right it’s a chipmunk! Sometimes he likes to run up this down spout that sticks out into the planting bed to hide from me.

Millie watches Chippy in back yard

I like to look out the window and watch him. Here is an action video of me watching him.

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

Chippy ran off to the linden tree when he was done grooming.

Chippy on linden tree

 

Later on that day as I was looking out the front door who do you think I saw?

Millie watches Chippy on front step

 

Hi Chippy! How about I come out and we can play together? 

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A couple of Saturdays ago my husband, Charlie, and I were treated to a couple of hours of entertainment by the critters that call our property home (or were just passing through that day). It started when we noticed that there were about 50 American Robins hunting for worms and bugs all around our property and enjoying some of the freshly ripe blueberries. Many of the robins were youngsters and in addition to looking for food spent some of the time harassing each other.

Here is some video I took of the robins in the yard. First a juvenile robin looks for bugs and takes a bath in the wet grass (filmed from in the house). He tries to find some peace, but is regularly harassed by other members of the flock. The second part shows a robin that has staked his claim to the bird bath, but waits for just the right moment to take advantage of it.

Our blueberry bushes were full of ripe berries and many of the birds were taking advantage of this.  We could harvest the berries (and make a few pies or some jam), but the purpose for having them in the yard is to attract the birds to the yard.  We also noticed some other backyard residents enjoying the bountiful feast as well. Below are a couple of videos demonstrating the entertaining and acrobatic moves of the chipmunk and squirrel as they climb the bushes to find the ripe fruit. 

Some of you might consider chipmunks to be no more than a pest in the garden, but I can’t help but smile every time I see one hopping around the yard.  The video with the chipmunk also has me apologizing to a Black-capped Chickadee that buzzed me and seemed to not like where I was standing.  A Baltimore Oriole also stops by to share the blueberries with the chipmunk.

Another visitor to the yard that day was a juvenile (or possibly female) Baltimore Oriole. In the following video she spends some time probing a daylily blossom for nectar (also filmed from inside the house), hangs out in a witch hazel shrub and finishes with a feast of blueberries.

The last bit of entertainment for the morning involved a variety of visitors. A White Breasted Nuthatch lands on a hook holding a hanging basket of petunias. I think he was wondering where the suet feeder, that was in the same spot all winter, was . A bluejay stops by and tries to figure out how to get seed from the niger feeder that the American Goldfinches use. A squirrel and a pair of chipmunks disrupt a juvenile Northern Flicker digging in the mulch. And lastly an American Tree Sparrow stops by for a close encounter.

Just when I gathered my equipment and went inside, Nina let us know of a few more visitors to the yard.  I didn’t get any video of them, but our twin fawns and their mom (see their videos here and here) wandered across the front yard.  It was so great to see that they are still safe. 

I could have spent hours observing and recording the action, but knew I needed to get on with the day.  Charlie was very understanding and let me indulge myself for quite a while. I love mornings like this and wish there were an endless supply. Maybe when I am old enough to retire….

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