Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hot Weather, FINALLY!

I've been so busy with the yard and the dogs that I haven't had much time to blog. I actually started this on June the 1st and it is now June the 6th at 2:50 a.m. Tonight I seem to have some insomnia so I thought it would be a perfect time to get some writing done and some pictures posted. So here I am with my Nighty Night Tea (and yes that really is the name of it)with Gloria sleeping at my feet. Fred, well lets just say he couldn't get into my spot fast enough when I got out of bed.

This spring has been a long, tiring, muddy wet haul in Ontario. Nothing like they have experienced in the U.S. though. They've had some devastating tornadoes. Up here it has just been exceptionally wet and cold. But the nice weather is finally upon us! Our tree is down, our sod is in and the mud is gone,yippee!

We had our big old maple tree taken down from the backyard. It was a bittersweet experience to go through. It was a beautiful tree that gave great shade in the summer, but it had over grown its space and was getting brittle and losing alot of large limbs. The last limb to fall during a windy day was about 20 feet long and 3 inches in diameter. It stuck straight in the ground and if anyone had been outside it could have seriously injured or even killed them. So it was time to make the decision to remove the tree.

Oxford Tree Service removed it for us and did a great job. They were very efficient and professional.

They had it down and gone in a day.

Once the tree was gone we were left with a backyard that was a muck hole! We had always had trouble getting the grass to grow around the tree, but this was a real mess.

In the end we decided to sod it. We had it done by Grasscape

This was after they installed the first half.

Now, that our Kentucky Bluegrass is in I'll move on to the hounds of course.

This has been a long haul for them. Freddie, he'll pee and poop anywhere outside. He doesn't care. If ya gotta go, ya gotta go. Right? But poor Gloria had a rough time. Since we had just brought her here to retire April 1st. She had just gotten used to our backyard and then she couldn't go there anymore. We have had to start taking them out front to do their business until the yard is done and the new sod has taken. I could stand out there for hours and Gloria just would not go to the bathroom out front. She would just hold it and hold it then finally go in the house. We didn't know what to do. Then I had an epiphany. I took her out back to a spot that wasn't done yet. Let her do her business. Then not only did I take her poop out to the front lawn, but I scraped up the dirt where she peed and put it on the front lawn and voila! She started going to the bathroom out front!

So, for now Fred and Gloria do there business out front. Our goal is to have the yard opened back up by Father's Day. Then the kids can come for a barbecue and the dogs can romp in the back again.

At least they still get to lounge on the back patio.

When it comes to the big bed, Gloria always wins.

And you know Freddie.

"I'm not laying on that little bed!" "I guess I'll just lay here on the hard patio and get rickets or something." "Then Momma will be sorry!"

Mr. Dramatica. That's what Steve calls him.

All in all Fred and Gloria have become great pals.

"For God's sake Freddie, close your legs!"

You can even find them sleeping together the odd time.

Gloria has been a great addition to our family. She is such a well behaved dog it amazes me. Maybe because Freddie is so wiry, I don't know. Gloria sticks to me like glue. Anywhere I go she has to go to. Fred usually does to but sometimes when he's lounging he just can't be bothered. She loves her morning walks and now she is the one that bugs to go and Fred just waits for her to ask. (Typical male!) They both love to ride in the car and I often take them to pick up Steve after work which they love. Gloria is now the first one on our bed at night and makes herself comfortable in my lounger out back.

She's got.........Betty Davis Eyes and she's living the dream!

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