Category Archives: pets

An extra summer treat

It is a season for melons. Most are coming from the south, as they started growing earlier than here in Wisconsin. Today, I was thumping some watermelon at the grocery store looking for a tasty one.

After bringing the melon home, I sliced it into bits for Bob and me.

Watermelon ready for sharing.

The extra treat came when I took the rind out for our chickens.

chickens enjoying their treat

The melon was seedless, so there were no seeds to spit, yet it was enjoyed by all.

A quick blog

It’s been a busy weekend.

Daughter, Rebecca and son-in-law, Andy stopped by and we put them to work. The two of them dragged an air-conditioner from our basement, where it was stored, to the second floor. They then took the old air-conditioner from there and brought it downstairs and finally out the door.

Thanks a big bunch!!!! Now we will be able to sleep comfortably.

But since I didn’t take photos of the big move, which they wouldn’t have wanted anyway, I thought I’d add photos of cute chicks today.

Chicks from a previous hatching.
Say, “Cheese.”

These photo chicks were purchased. The chicks on our farm today were hatched by hens.

Warning! Do not try to get close to current chicks. The big white mother hen is mean and will come after you. She knows how to take care of her babies.

So there you have my blog for today. We’ll have to wait for tomorrow to see what I write next–but don’t bother asking me ahead of time. I rarely know what I’m going to write.

Copyright © 2019 Susan Manzke, All rights reserved.

Calling all dogs

We’ve had Rachel’s dog, Jade here for just over a week. She’s an old girl, so she would rather sleep than do anything. This means she is a good house-guest. All I have to do is take her outside for a pit stop now and then and feed her.

My only problem was getting the dog names right. I don’t know how many times I called Sunny Jade and vice-versa.

Jade or Sunny, they only cared that a treat was in Susan’s hand

Since this was Jade’s vacation, we also took her for cart rides. One day she got to see a running deer. That made her day.

Jade, Sunny, and Bob waiting for Susan to go for a ride.

Jade will be heading home today. I’m sure she missed her family, but she didn’t miss a meal here. I guess the farm is the next best place after home.

Copyright © 2019 Susan Manzke, All rights reserved.

Grand-dog visit

Today we have an extra dog in our house. Jade belongs to our daughter Rachel and her family. She’s been with us before. Coming here is like a vacation for Jade, but not for our cats.

Though Jade is an aged dog, she still reacts when she sees any of our cats. To keep the peace, we make sure our inside cats are locked upstairs while the puggle visits. It’s not a real hardship for the cats. They have a comfortable space, food, and water. They also can sleep with us at night. It just bothers them more that they can’t roam the whole house as usual.

Jade takes a cat bed for herself.

Jade doesn’t move fast unless a cat sneaks out and comes into view, then she races across the room. Good thing the cats are faster. Still, it is best if the cats remain confined upstairs. Most of Jades time here is spent sleeping, kind of the way our cats do, so they have a lot in common.

Doggone it

During the early years of writing my column, if I didn’t have a subject idea, all I did was wait around a little bit. One of our kids was bound to do something either crazy, interesting, or cute. After they grew up and moved out I have less opportunity of using them–but I still do now and then.

These days when I’m scrounging around for an idea I look around at critters. They could be wild or domesticated. Our dog, Sunny often turns up in these writings. I think that happens because he’s the closest animal we are related to. Also, he’s handy to photograph, though sometimes he doesn’t want his picture taken and turns his head away.

Sunny enjoying a roll.

I try to take him for a walk every day and most times he starts our adventure by rolling down the ditch. Most times he looks cute, but once he rolled in something disgusting and smelly. That day ended with a quick scrub at home and eventually a trip to get a professional dog shampoo. Ugh!

I’m sure Sunny will appear here in the future, but for now, that’s my blog for the day.