I want to lighten things up a bit for today – I need that. I actually had this post scheduled for last Monday but our internet went out and I couldn’t get the videos uploaded. As you might know, our week went way downhill from there; so a little fun is in order for today.
After we moved to our new house and got the yard fenced in, the dogs found something new to entertain them. At the old house our main living area was one level off the ground, so we couldn’t really see well out into the yard. At our new house we are right at ground level, with two doors to look out at both sides of the yard.
It’s created a lot of drama. When they think they see, hear, or smell anything out there….they need to go out and NOW. Cricket and Luke get themselves pretty wound up, and Sheba just followed along, though far more quietly and calmly. The videos below are actually pretty mild compared to how dramatic it can sometimes get.
Over the summer it was most likely deer that set them off – though we humans rarely see them. One time it was a porcupine – not good – but luckily we kept them away from the fence. I’m telling you, porcupines are nasty rodents, but that’s a story for another time (luckily – knock wood – the dogs haven’t had any close encounters with them so far). Oh, and you may have seen the bears as well.
Little did I imagine that I would also be luring in another big attraction – squirrels! We have red squirrels here, and huge grey squirrels as well. Even when we’re relaxing on the couch, Luke has his eyes on the door waiting for one to make an appearance. Cricket doesn’t sit and watch, she just waits for Luke to let her know when they need to get out there. Though they were fairly quiet in these videos, Cricket is often running behind Luke squealing away. “Wait for me!!”
They haven’t caught one yet:
The Dadz used to get irritated with the constant drama, and it can be when you’re relaxed on the couch and they won’t give up until you get up and let them out! But mostly, I think it’s fun for them. It keeps them occupied and running out into the yard in hot pursuit is great exercise!
I enjoy watching the birds, so I’ll be keeping my feeders either way, so really, they’re keeping us all entertained through the long and often boring winter when we’re stuck inside more!