Posts Tagged ‘birds’

Wordless Wednesday #284 – A walk in the woods

April 5, 2016 13 comments

Fall leaves in spring

The swans in spring

Swans at Lebanon Hills in April.

Big forest. Little Lab.

Landscape Zoomed In (The path was paved with pine cones) #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek14

Happy Daisy

Wordless Wednesday #264 – When three’s a crowd

November 3, 2015 12 comments

Three's a crowd
The challenge

One-sided conversation
Answering the challenger

The Interloper

Interloper 2

Keeping an eye on him


Wordless Wednesday #245 – Nature

June 23, 2015 11 comments

A lone Egret

5 Egrets

3 Egrets in Eagan, MN

Flying Egret

Mr Toad says hello

Collecting pollen


Daddy and Mama Osprey

Daddy Osprey delivers dinner

Daddy leaves the nest

Snapping turtle

Dusk along the Minnesota River

Red-winged Blackbird

Egrets in the sky

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (A shelter pet’s tale)

December 6, 2010 5 comments

Knowing that my local shelter (the one I’ve volunteered at for many years) will be closing soon is so hard to accept. So maybe this take on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas hit me harder than it normally would, but then again, maybe not. I hope you will pass it on. It’s a good reminder this Christmas.

(This was posted on the Doberman Rescue board and shared by Ann Kinney.)

‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full – we are lost, but not found.
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
we hope every minute that someone will care.
They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call,
“Come here, Max and Sparkie – come fetch your new ball!!

But now we sit here and think of the days..
we were treated so fondly – we had cute, baby ways.
Once we were little, then we grew and we grew
now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new.

So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,
they reacted so quickly – why were they so rash?
We “jump on the children:, “don’t come when they call”,
we “bark when they leave us”, climb over the wall.
We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.

If only they’d trained us, if only we knew…
we’d have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.
We were left in the backyard, or worse -let to roam,
now we’re tired and lonely and out of a home.
They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye…
“Maybe someone else will give you a try.”

So now here we are, all confused and alone…
in a shelter with others who long for a home.
The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
with so many to care for, they can’t stay to chat,

They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer…
we know that they wonder how long we’ll be here.
We lay down and sweet dreams fill our heads..
of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.
Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears –
our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.

If you can’t adopt us and there’s no room at the Inn –
could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?
We count on your kindness each day of the year –
can you give more than hope to everyone here?
Please make a donation to pay for the heat…
and help get us something special to eat.
The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
and more of us will, if more people will give.

Please adopt if you can or donate to a shelter so more of them don’t close.
And please, if you have an issue with your pet, get help. Don’t just give up.

Wednesday Winner: The Dog Who Healed a Family

July 21, 2010 Leave a comment

This week’s Wednesday Winner is a book. A really good one.

It’s called, “The Dog Who Healed a Family: And Other True Animal Stories That Warm the Heart and Touch the Soul”.


Written by Jo Coudert, The Dog Who Healed a Family, is a collection of short stories exploring the relationship between people and their pets. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and, often times, inspirational, The Dog Who Healed a Family is an easy read. As a busy small business owner, I was able to pick it up, read one story, and come back later to read another.

While all the stories are well-written and interesting, a few really captured my heart:

The Puppy Express – I won’t lie. This one had me tearing up. It is at once heartbreaking and heartwarming. A family’s elder dog must find a way home across immeasurable odds. It will renew your faith in the power of people and what they can do when they work together.
I Love You, Pat Meyers – Bird videos can be quite funny to watch, especially when they mimic us silly humans. This story is no different. Pat and her bird, Casey, become quite the pair after Pat becomes laden with an illness and the after-affects. I dare you to not laugh out loud at this story. I did. Several times.
An Experiment in Love – This is a wonderful story about a woman, named Livy, who chooses to give a kitten (Boston) a little more love and attention than the others in the litter. Read and see what happens. A hint? Love is a mighty, powerful thing.
The Pig Who Loved People – People often think of cuddly cats and dogs when they think of a pet, but Pigger proves that pets can come in all shapes and sizes. A great story about an amazing pig and how he used his smarts to impress.
The Good Shepherd – An amazingly touching story about a mom and a shepherd named Grizzly who brought light and joy to the lives of many a sick child. Who knew this was the beginnings of the Good Shepherd Association? Truly a beautiful story.

I also loved Jo’s exploration of people’s pure love for pets and their pure love for us in the Afterword. Her thoughts on why we love our pets so much are “right on” in my book!

That’s why this week’s Wednesday Winner is The Dog Who Healed a Family by Jo Coudert.

Favorite Video Friday

July 16, 2010 1 comment

I have two videos for you this week. They’re not necessarily funny, but I thought they were cool enough to include in this week’s Favorite Video Friday selection. Enjoy!

The first is called Birds on the Wires
(Unfortunately, the owner of the video chose to prevent embedding the video into a blog, so you will need to click on the link attached below. But, it is so worth watching – go ahead! Click away!)

Birds on the Wires from Jarbas Agnelli on Vimeo.

The second video is The Red-Eared Turtle Cam

Spring is here! Dogs, Bunnies and Squirrels – Oh My!

April 19, 2009 Leave a comment

j0316895Spring has definitely arrived here in Minnesota. The birds have been twittering for weeks, the crocuses and tulips are pushing up through the soil, and I’ve already seen a bird’s nest hidden amongst the Clematis vines on my arbor. And, yes, the bunnies have been very, very busy – if you get what I mean!

Last summer, I actually found a rabbit nest hidden in between the pumpkin and cucumber vines in my garden (as you can imagine, I did not see a lot of veggies coming from my garden last year!). Surprisingly, Daisy did not seem all that interested in the baby bunnies she discovered in the nest, but I have no doubt that one of my doggie guests would have found them very interesting indeed. Which leads me to my topic.

As someone who has cared for abandoned or injured baby birds, bunnies and squirrels, I can tell you it is a full-time job, and not one you necessarily want to take on if you don’t have to do so. Many people arrive at our shelter doors with an injured or abandoned animal that we cannot care for properly. Most of the time these animals would have been fine on their own, but (with good intentions) the person felt they needed to rescue the animal, either out of fear for it’s safety, or to simply help the animal out.

The University of Minnesota’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s website has a great website that offers information on what to do before you rescue that “abandoned” bunny or squirrel. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center cares for and rehabilitates all injured, sick and orphaned wildlife. It has a staff of 14 and over 400 volunteers that care for, rehabilitate and release wildlife, and they treat more than 8,500 injured and orphaned wildlife each year.

As you and your dog are out and about this spring, or working in your backyard or garden, use this information as a guide on what to do if you do come across an injured or abandoned animal. Happy Spring!

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