Monday, July 11, 2011

Maya and the Chickens

With the skin infection clearing up we decided to keep our scheduled trip on the 3rd of July up to Wensleydale Farms, with the hope of seeing a new cria (baby alpaca). Those hopes were not realized and we are still waiting for that baby to grace us with its presence!

Regardless, it was a fun couple of days! Maya was in extreme energy mode : no dog park for a week = crazy amounts of stored energy. She made the unfortunate choice of landing her energy squarely on running around the chicken area, making the chickens run in circles. After too many times of having to get two people out there to catch her and drag her away, we made the decision to try training her on the invisible fencing. Hahaha!

The guys took her out with a collar that had puppy boosters on (lowest shock possible), she heard the beep by the chickens (was never actually shocked) and after that refused to leave the patio if that collar was anywhere outside. Leave that collar inside and she'd take off for those chickens like no other! Carry it with you, she'd stay glued to the back door. Let her back inside and she would go lay down away from the back door and watch you with betrayal filled eyes. Now remember - SHE HASN'T EVER BEEN SHOCKED.

So we tried approach number 2 - hubby went down by the chickens with collar in hand, we let Maya out after he was in place, she ran close to the fencing line, he stepped forward so the collar would beep... she ran to the back door and begged to go in. I'm now calling her my over-sensitive, free spirit puppy.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Trying a new format

Not to completely baffle everyone... well all 4 of you, but I'm pondering a move to wordpress. That way my photography site and my animal site will be merged and hopefully the blog will look more clean and professional. Posts will still be made here - starting weekly on Monday! And I'll let everyone know when we make the move permanently.

Until then - feel free to pop over and take a peak at what I'm working

Cats and Crafts....

Cats and crafts DO NOT MIX. As much as I love Callie Hope, I'm becoming more convinced that cats are evil creatures who do exactly what you want them not to and then laugh at your angst for hours.

To start - I've recently discovered Pinterest and I'm a little addicted. I mean, it's helping solve all my crafty and organizational needs so why wouldn't I be! Since I've been non-crafting for years now, I forced hubby to go with me to craft stores last night and get supplies for a few projects. We got home - he went upstairs to work on programming and I got to work on a knot necklace.... Unfortunately this necklace involved string and wrapping said string around my fingers, creating knots which then began to cascade away from my hand and swing in an enticing manner....

With Maya laying at my feet I felt relatively safe from any Callie interference, but I was wrong! Half way through the knotting process Callie started jumping for the string and then running away from Maya. I finished the knot section, went to let Maya out and by the time I came back - the necklace was on the floor and being batted across the dining room. I muttered, picked it up and began the process to unknot all the knots I made and Callie messed up. This happened twice.

Trying to be smart I took a small section of string and draped it over the chair next to me. Callie dutifully took the bait and went after that string, leaving me in momentary peace. The only problem? Maya decided to also defend THAT string with all she had - which meant she pounced on Callie and swallowed the string before I could blink. So now we're on the lookout for silver sparkles in during our backyard clean up times.... But third time was a charm because I finally got the necklace finished!