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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Today I’m thankful that I have a new camera too. It’s the same kind that Charlie recently purchased, a FujiFilm X-T3. I also picked up the XF 100-400mm lens. (Remember you can click on any of the images to see a bigger version.)

My handsome boy Walter

My sweet Millie

A few years ago I switched from a Nikon to an Olympus camera that allowed me to take videos of the dogs. What the Olympus didn’t have was a great ability to do bird photography and I realized that I missed taking pictures of our feathered friends.

A male Oriole hanging out in our yard.

I’ve been inspired by Maggie & Cammie’s mom’s beautiful bird pictures and just knew I wanted to do it again.

Mr. Bluebird is aglow in the evening sun

Another male oriole in the yard

To be honest the old Nikon was very heavy, especially with the long lens needed to do bird photography. The new FujiFilm camera and lens is much lighter and with all the advancements made over the past decade you get a better image too.

Don’t you love my underbite?

Do you have any treats for me mom?

There is also an advantage to using a long lens when photographing the dogs. Most of the time you are so far away they hardly know you are taking their picture.

I’m thankful for my new camera and hope to bring you many great pictures and videos.

We are joining Brian for the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We had another day of nice weather so our pawrents did more work in the yard.

I’ve got my eyes on mom.

Dad’s working hard over on this side of the yard.

I love hanging out and relaxing in the grass.

I hope mom and dad remember to feed us.
I’m so tired I’ll just take a nap.

Don’t worry. Our dinner was a bit late but we survived. It’s hard work keeping track of our pawrents while they do all the spring yard work.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. Many of you have been showing us pictures of spring popping up all around your homes but around here we still have snow on the ground.

What’s under there?
I don’t know but I’m going to try to find out.

Walter and I love to wander around our yard and try to sniff out what is under the snow.

There might be a mouse under here.

One of my favorite things to do in the snow is make donuts. What’s a snow donut you ask? Let me show you.

I love making snow donuts.

Do you see that circle in the above picture? I make it kind of like how a Nascar racer does when he wins a race and spins in a circle on the track.

Watch this video to see how it is all done.

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

That was great!

Look what you did to the snow!
You should give it a try.

I can smell Millie all over the snow.

It may be difficult to see but here is what was left after I made my snow donut.

Did an alien make this circle in the snow?

One of the important things is to make sure you leave a little pile of snow in the middle of the snow ring. Mom and dad say making a snow donut is kind of like taking a snow bath. I let the snow work down into my coat and then shake it out when I’m done. Do any of you want to come up here and let me show you how to make a snow donut? Come on…it will be a blast!

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here.

We love to snuggle together in this corner

We’re thankful that we’ve had a few days where the sun came out and warmed our favorite corner in the house. If the sun is out you always find Millie laying here. She likes to sit up and look out the window but after a while will contentedly crash.

I have to squeeze into here after Millie lays down

As you can see it’s a tight fit for both of us.

This time the bed is mine

Sometimes there isn’t room for two on the bed but Walter makes do with whatever he can manage.

I really prefer to have my bed all to myself

To be honest Millie isn’t always happy to have Walter squeeze in with her. If she doesn’t like where he lays she will get up and walk away. That usually causes him to follow so Millie will go back to her corner and settle in by herself.

We’re thankful to have such a warm corner of the house to hang out in and we really are thankful that we can do it together too.

We are joining Brian for the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Do you have jobs around your house that you do to help out your pawrents? Well I do and it is so much fun.

Every day when the mail comes I wait for my pawrents to sort through it.

Then they hand me the junk mail and I take care  of it for them.

This junk mail is a bit gamy.

Here is a little video of how I help.

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

Sometimes I help by making big envelopes into a jigsaw puzzle. I’m really good at just ripping things apart and not eating any of it. The fun part is in the end my pawrents have to clean up all the mess. I would love to hear about the jobs you do to help your pawrents around the house.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. There’s been a heat wave hitting much of our country and our friends in Canada too. Because of it we haven’t been able to play outside for much at all so this is how we are beating the heat.

I like to make sure my ear is properly cooled.

As you can see I like to take full advantage of all the cool air blowing out of our vents with the AC on. It’s not as soft as a pillow but it kept me cool.

I don’t need an air vent to keep me cool.

Millie is a heat worshiper so she doesn’t need to lay against a vent to keep cool. When we do go outside she likes to just lay in the sun and roll around on the grass. What a silly girl. She is almost like a solar panel always trying to charge her batteries.

The high temp yesterday. Today’s high so far is 98°!

For our foreign friends 97° F is equal to 36° C. If you add in the humidity the “feels like” temp yesterday was over 100° F. We sure will be happy when this heat wave is over and hope all our friends are finding ways to keep cool too.

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie here. We’ve seen on some of our friends blogs that spring has sprung in their neck of the woods. Well around here Mother Nature hasn’t gotten the message yet.

Sniffing for something under the snow.

We had a slight break in February with no snow but for the past few weeks our yard has been covered in snow. Of course neither Walter or I are complaining. As a matter of fact we love it and can’t wait to get out to play every day.

There’s nothing like a good roll in the snow

One of my favorite things to do is find a nice spot that hasn’t yet been trampled and take a snow bath. You don’t know what a snow bath is? Let me show you.

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

Please excuse the loud footsteps. The snow is soft and a few inches deep so it makes a loud noise whenever my mom the camera person takes a step.

The snow in the perennial garden was nice and deep

I pushed myself around in a circle leaving a mound in the middle.

After Walter interrupted me in the perennial garden I had to find a new place to finish my bath.

You really have to get your head in the snow for the best results

I feel refreshed now

I also want to apologize for the lighting not being very good. That’s the problem with being a black dog on a bright sunny day with snow on the ground.

The calendar might say spring arrives tomorrow but we are still stuck in below normal temps and tonight’s low will be in the teens! We hope we can get a few more days of snow fun before it’s all gone for the season.

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