Spring is just around the corner; I know this because the chipmunks are at it again. Yesterday sweet Delilah spent most of the day in front of the French doors; watching and waiting for the chipmunks, naturally they did not disappoint her.
If you look really closely, you can see the chipmunk she is staring at.
I observed her as unobtrusively as I could; which is difficult for me, because as soon as I make a move, she is usually right there with me, never mind trying to turn the camera on. As soon as the shutter opens, no matter what she is doing or how engrossed she is, she usually turns to look at me and that breaks her concentration.
Something was missing I thought yesterday, as I watched her tear out of the house and up the stairs; for the what seemed like the 10th time; while she still whines a little in the house, she is not barking when she “charges”. This was something I tried to instill in her last year, but naturally I have no idea how to teach a dog to be “stealth.” Of course, an 80 pound dog running full-out across a wooden deck is not quiet, which alerts the chipmunk she is coming.
If I could just get in there....
Somehow, she knows exactly where the chipmunk will go, whether this is from observing the chipmunk, or the fact that she has a great nose. She is not afraid either, she sticks her nose right in the hole that chipmunk has disappeared into! I actually went outside yesterday and removed some of the snow off the stairs, so she would have better access. Believe it or not, she patiently waited while I did this.
Oh good, mom is here to help.
Some days this blog comes very easily to me in terms of what I want to write about. Today is not one of those days.
What I decided to do is to post a couple of pictures of the dogs and write a little bit about them.
Lately I have been finding that some of my favorite photos are of the backs of the dogs, while they are looking at something. In this picture they were in the doorway of the porch looking at a beautiful spring day.
What does the day hold?
This is one of my all-time favorite pictures. It is of Chet and Sampson when we were hiking at Valley Falls in Vernon, I liked this picture so much that I had it enlarged to an 8 x 10 and I had it printed, mounted and framed. The technique makes it look like the picture was painted instead of photographed. Sampson absolutely adores hiking and when I look at this picture, I see a happy dog.
What lies ahead...
We have a couple of chipmunks in the yard, they have a little “highway” system, through holes, drainpipes etc. One of their favorite places to hide is under the deck in front of the french doors. One of Delilah’s favorite places to wait for those chipmunks is right in front of the french doors. As soon as she sees one, she loses her mind and rushes to the door, charging through it at full speed, barking and growling. Of course, she is warning the chipmunk that she is coming, but no amount of pep talking can convince her that this isn’t the way to capture this chipmunk. Sometimes I swear that chipmunk knows she is waiting, I can almost see him flipping her the finger before he ducks under the deck.
Which way did he go?