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Flowers For My Love!

Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Today I want to celebrate the life of my girlfriend, Tuiren, who left for the Rainbow Bridge about a week ago.


We enjoyed many Blogville events together and I was honored to be her boyfriend for many years. I know she is feeling young and frisky now that she is romping over the Bridge and someday, we will be reunited.

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I will always love you, Tuiren.

In honor of Tuiren, I want to share some beautiful dahlia pictures my dad took over the course of the past couple of months at the Webster Arboretum.

Pink dahlia with rain drops 10-10-22 - lr

Purple dahlia bud 9-21-22 - lr

Spanish Dancer dahlia 10-23-22 - lr

Pink dahlia with dew 9-16-22 - lrWhite dahlia 9-8-22 - lr

Backside of pink dahlia 10-10-22 - lr

Deep pink dahlia 10-10-22 - lr

Red and yellow dahlia 10-23-22 - lr

The local dahlia society has dug out all the tubers and will keep them safe until they can be replanted next year.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing all those beautiful flowers.

As some of you might have heard there is an exceptional winter storm happening in western New York state, but rest assured we aren’t being affected by it. We had a dusting of snow this morning and shouldn’t get much more than that. Don’t worry though we are sure to get our fair share this winter.

Join the Nature Friday Blog Hop

We are joining the LLB Gang for their Nature Friday Blog Hop. You should pop over to their blog to see all the other posts.

Before I go, I have one more thing to tell you about. Do you enjoy getting mail during the holiday season and having more cards come to you than your parents? Well why not join in on the Holiday Card Exchange.


To find out how to add your name to the list just email The Swiss Cats ( swissneko AT gmail.com ). Be sure to include your blog name and your human’s name in your email. We think even our friends that don’t blog anymore could probably participate if you ask nice and reference your old blog.


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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. This fall sure has been a funny one. We’ve had such warm temperatures that we’ve been able to spend lots of time outside while mom and dad work or play in the yard.

Millie and fall leaves 10-26-22-2 - lr

I love laying in the leaves under the Katsura tree with my Kong. What is dad doing back there?

Our dad likes to play around by taking macro pictures of the leaves that have fallen on the ground. The Katsura tree leaves still had some dew on them to make very pretty pictures.

Katsura leaves and dew 11-2-22 - lr

Katsura leaves and dew 11-3-22 - lr

Katsura leaves and dew 11-2-22-2 - lr

Next, we have the beautiful leaves from the stewartia tree along with some of the seed pods they drop.

Stewartia leaves and seed pods 11-3-22 - lr

We sure have been enjoying this lovely fall weather and we hope you all get to enjoy some fall leaves in your backyard.

Millie and fall leaves 10-26-22-1 - lr

I hope you enjoyed seeing the beauty in our fallen leaves.

Winter might be just around the corner, but you wouldn’t know it with the warm weather we’ve had here this week. We might even break the high temperature record of 75° F tomorrow.

Join the Nature Friday Blog Hop

We are joining the LLB Gang for their Nature Friday Blog Hop. You should pop over to their blog to see all the other posts.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. I know we haven’t been posting much but I couldn’t let this special day go by without posting.

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I always say, “Black is Beautiful!”

Today is National Black Dog Day and according Dogtime.com 

It’s a day to get the word out and encourage people to adopt black dogs, who often get left behind in shelters just because of the color of their fur.

There might be a bit more white on my face than when I was a young pup but I’m glad my parents didn’t let my color discourage them from adopting me. Instead, they saw what a special pup I was and knew I would be right for them.

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I can’t even look at people that turn away from black pups.

There are many good reasons to pick a black dog for your next pup. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. We always look clean. Dirt doesn’t show up as well on black fur, so we don’t need baths as often. BOL!
  2. We look great in snowy photos. There are many examples of that on this blog. Click here to see one of them.
  3. We are natural heaters. Our black fur absorbs heat, which means we are perfect for snuggling with on cold days.
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I like hanging out on the patio in the shade, but I can also be found soaking up the sun when it’s out.

I’m joining my friends Hailey and Benji in celebrating black dogs everywhere.

10.1.2022 Natl Black Dog Day

I hope you will stop by their blogs to give a couple other black dogs some love today.

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. We’ve had a roller coaster of weather here this spring. One day it’s nice and cool and the next it’s like a blast furnace.

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It’s a lovely day to be outside today.

We’ve been helping our parents with the garden this spring. There is always something in the perennial garden that doesn’t make it through the winter, so dad has been planting a few more shrubs in there.

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Mixed garden – View from the house

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Mixed garden – View from the yard

There are lots of flowers blooming right now with more still to come.

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Let’s take a closer look at some of the flowers.

Ceasar's Brother Siberian Iris 6-2-22 - lr

Ceasar’s Brother Siberian Iris

Geum Totally Tangerine 6-2-22-2 - lr

Geum – Totally Tangerine

Therese Bugnet Rose 6-2-22 - lr

Therese Bugnet Rose

Those roses sure do smell sweet! We hope you enjoyed seeing how our garden is shaping up this season and we will try to keep you posted about all the other things going on here.

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We are joining the LLB Gang for their Nature Friday Blog Hop. You should pop over to their blog to see all the other posts.

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Sorry we’ve been gone so long. There really is no excuse other than the weather wasn’t great for getting out and taking pictures and our mom has been working on multiple craft projects (she’ll tell you more about them later).

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What do you think I’m thankful for today?

Today I’m celebrating my 9th Gotcha Day! I couldn’t be happier to celebrate 9 wonderful years with my pawrents and my sister, Millie. Whether we are enjoying our backyard…

Millie and Walter 10-28-21-2 - lr

Just a couple of pups hanging out on the bench.

…or wrestling around inside…

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It’s Wrestle Mania Time!

…Millie and I always have a great time together. I couldn’t have landed in a better home for me. I always want to thank the wonderful people at the rescue we came from, who sadly aren’t doing it anymore, and my foster parents that helped me transition from the sad situation I came from. This day always makes me reflect and wonder how my brother that was also rescued with me is doing. I like to imagine he is as happy as I am.

It’s a nice day today and we are heading out to watch our pawrents do some yard work while we work on removing treats from our Kongs. I’m sure after we come in the scene will look something like this…

Walter sleeping on bed 1-25-22-2 - lr

Two contented pups crashed out on the bed.

I couldn’t be more thankful to be here in this home. We’re joining the Thankful Thursday blog hop. You should stop by and see what everyone else is thankful for today.

We are joining Brian for the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!


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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here to tell you about the crocheted sweater I recently finished. 

Cindy with sweater 2-19-22-1 - lr

High Wire Sweater

The High Wire sweater is a pattern from the inaugural issue of Moorit Magazine which is “…an indie craft magazine that puts crochet front and center.” This pattern was designed by Stephanie Erin and is a classic circular yoke sweater that is worked from the top down.

The pattern sample was worked in the same yarn I chose for the main color, Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock in color “Remington” but I chose a different color from the sample for the color work and went with “Swoon”.

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Completed Yoke

I love how the turquoise color makes the yoke look like you are wearing a necklace.

The pattern is worked from the top down so the sweater can be tried on as you go to make sure the fit is good. It has shaping for the bust, waist, and hips and fits me perfectly in the size I chose. 

This sweater took me about two months to complete. I thought the pattern was written well and easy to follow. The print version of the magazine is no longer available, but you can still get a digital version.

I’m very happy with how the sweater turned out and would recommend this pattern to anyone. In the future I might make a short sleeve version in a summer weight yarn. The pattern is only available by purchasing the digital version of Moorit magazine.

I’m joining the The Loop Scoop Yarny Link Party (formerly known as Hookin’ on Hump Day). You should stop by to see some of the other projects people have posted.

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Hi everyone. It’s Walter here. Take a look at this great portrait my dad took of me.

Walter portrait 9-22-21 - lr

I can’t wait until spring gets here.

The weather has been on a roller coaster around here. We had some really warm days, but it didn’t melt all our snow and then we got a few more inches the next day. It’s easier to get around the yard with most of the snow gone though. I hope you all get to enjoy some time playing in your yard too.

We’re joining The Cat on My Head for their Selfie Sunday blog hop. You should check out the hop to see some of the other selfies. Thanks for stopping by.

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie and Walter here. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and we are dreaming of our sweeties.

My guy, Fenris, sent me a lovely card for Valentine’s Day.

Isn’t he so handsome?

My gal, Tuiren, sent me a lovely card too.

I wish I were with her where there is green grass and warmer weather.

We had some warmer temperatures this past week but we’re heading into much colder weather for a couple of days. It sure would be nice to be with our sweeties down south in Mississippi. We hope all our friends have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

We’re joining The Cat on My Head for their Selfie Sunday blog hop. You should check out the hop to see some of the other selfies. Thanks for stopping by.

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