The Sheep and The Goats

cartoon sketch of a goat and a sheep.

At the latest lecture at church, the topic of the sorting of the sheep and goats came up.  One woman volunteered that she had grown up on a farm and watched these animals.  She described how sheep were dumb and needed to be told everything to do.  Goats on the other hoof, are stubborn and opinionated and won’t do anything that they don’t want to do.

Wait a minute, you have just described terriers!  They are strong willed and stubborn and opinionated and they are certain they are the smartest ones in the room.  The won’t do anything unless they see a benefit to themselves.  It does make you wonder sometimes why we have them.

And yet….I love these little guys more than anything.  When I found out Geordie was sick, I cried for weeks.  What fun will life be without that stubborn little soul to argue with?

And so I wonder, if I can love a little “goat”, can’t God?

Ouch.Picture of woman's leg where puppy has nipped her.

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Some of the many stubborn, opinionated expressions made by my boys.

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Cross stitched afghan with roses and bows on it.

Is your Mom often chilly?  If so, this lovely Red Rose Cross-Stitched Afghan can keep her warm despite the air conditioning.  Beautiful pink/red roses alternate with burgundy bows on the surface blocks of this fringed blanket.  (Shipping is free!)

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A Happy Barkday

 

A smiling, happy Cairn terrier wearing a party hat.

Friday was my little man’s barkday, and what a happy pup he was!

My mom had the idea to take the boys to the store to pick out presents for them to celebrate Geordie’s birthday.  The trip would be part of the present.

Geordie tells his story:

While we were good in the car, that all went out the window when we got to the store.  TSC is an agricultural business that sells supplies for all sorts of animals from bunnies to dogs to horses and cows.  At this time of year they also sell chicks and ducklings to farmers.  We could smell all of that as soon as we got to the parking lot.  Woo hoo did we pull!  Mom made us pee before we went in, and Toby did a poo.  Then we FLEW into the store dragging our humans behind us.  First thing we did was meet a puppy black lab girl. Then we found the huge pallet of 100 lb bags of dog food.  Then…then….I pooped all over the floor.  Well, I was just so excited!  We continued to do our best impressions of sled dogs as we tried to break all of the glass lawn decorations foolishly placed out where we could get to them.  (We failed).  When we got to the checkout, the cashier gave us biscuits, so I guess we weren’t too naughty.

Mommy says:  I am hoping that the ears the boys got as their presents keep them quiet so I can maybe get some work done and grab something to eat.  That will be MY part of the gift this year!

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Bitey Dog Cairn Terrier Lunch Bag

You can celebrate any day with this adorable insulated Bitey Dog Cairn Terrier Lunch Bag dressed just as the real Bitey is.  This lunch bag and many other beautiful things are available at my store, Needful Things of Salem.

 

 

 

The Coldest I Can Remember

 

Thermometer readsd zero.

This is how we started our morning.  I thought it was cold the day Toby arrived at 11 degrees, but we were nearly 20 degrees colder today.  I was shocked to see that by 10:00 pm, it had climbed to 30 degrees.  At night!  We haven’t seen mercury at night in weeks!

There have been some changes in dog laws in this area to restrict the amount of time your dog can be outside in these kinds of temps.  That is a great thing, but Toby has yet to get the memo.  If it were up to him, he would live outside.  He LOVES snow and can’t get enough of it.  His favorite thing is for someone to kick snow up in the air so he can leap up and try to catch it.   If the snow is too packed, he will kindly dig to loosen it so you can create a spray for him.  I have indulged His Naughtiness enough that now I am gimpy from pulled muscles.

Thanks, Snow Monster, I needed another reason for people to make fun of me.

 

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The Dog Ate Your Homework

 

Little Cairn Terrier chews a piece of paper.

I think Toby may have just won the Naughtiest Dog award for the month.

Over the holiday, family was visiting from out of town.  My SIL is a primary school teacher and brought some papers to grade over on her Christmas break.  As she was going over the children’s work, Toby decided to help himself to some papers to chew on and play “run around the house”.  I told my SIL to tell the children that reindeer had gotten to their homework.  Instead she took a photo of my naughty puppy caught red-tounged with papers in his mouth to show the students that the dog ate their homework!  (That excuse doesn’t work for kids, but for some reason it does for teachers.)

I’m still not sure how, but Toby got toys and treats from Santa.  He must have a very high tolerance for bad behavior in canines.

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Toby’s Christmas Card

 

Christmas card torn up by a naughty Cairn terrier puppy.

OK, so maybe Santa could forgive him for the chewed tube of toothpaste incident….but this?  I have been sick all week, and today is the first time I have really been able to walk the pups in a while.   After the walk, as I was taking off my hat and gloves, Toby Monster somehow managed to reach of one of my Christmas cards.  Well, I guess now it is his.

I hear Santa is happy about saving $$ on all that wrapping paper.

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Is There Any Hope For This Puppy?

 

Tube of toothpaste chewed up by naughty puppy.

Yup, he got another one. (The other tube made it into an Amazon review for Petrodex.)  Toby is so excited about Christmas and snow that he is going nuts. I thought there might be a chance that Santa could bring him something for the holiday, but now I just don’t know….

Yesterday he was so wound up about going out in the snow that he chewed up one of my shoes, stole a sock and tore up a throw rug while I was getting dressed to take him out.  His outdoor, boinging joy is so contagious, though that I love being outside with him.

Geordie, on the other paw, could do with a little less puppy.

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