Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Special Visitor Creating Smiles!

Thinking a smile all the time will keep your face youthful.
                                    Frank Gelett Burgess


Well I never thought I would ever say that I am growing tired of snow, something that I love but we have enough already and I am a bit weary of breaking trail every time I go out snowshoeing.  It is the end of February and I just keep asking myself how much longer can it last. I thought I would post something that brightened our weekend around here on the farm and possibly will do the same for those of you who find themselves snowbound or sunless or both.

The past weekend was a flurry of activity even without the snow which is now blowing as I sit here Monday morning, no sun and blowing snow….. yes indeed I have to say, that is getting old. 


It was Oma’s 90th Birthday Party and people were coming from far and wide to celebrate the occasion. Among all the guests and family reunions we finally met a very special visitor from the suburbs after only seeing baby photos online, her name is Keela and she is adorable. Niece A wanted to show us the new addition to her family and I have to say I was smitten as soon as that tiny little slobbery tongue caressed my hair and my ears as we rolled around on the floor playing. That tickling of my bare toes pushed me over the edge. Even with a cold day outside this tiny ball of soft cuddly multi-coloured fur bouncing across a floor where many puppies have run long ago had brought smiles and laughter, warming all our hearts, just what I needed. Oh now I want my very own cute cuddly ball of fur.

Keela is an Australian Shepherd and yes she came to the right place as you know we have cows to herd at times, and I must not forget to mention cows with hats, making them even more special. The cows are way back in the bush this time of year so Keela did not really get to see them because I am sure she would have gotten lost in those massive snow banks while trying to find her way back there. I did catch her a few times looking longingly out the kitchen window. She was no doubt dreaming of the day she will be coming back, the cows which I am sure she could see off in the distance will be right behind the house and she would get to use her natural instincts of herding.


I was a little sorry we did not have any doggy toys for Keela but she did have a ball to retrieve and that kept her occupied for a time. Actually the very first day all she did was stretch out on the mat by the door with her nose sniffing my Red Leather Cowboy Boots. She did not seem to be very interested in anything else, it must have been a long night for her and she was obviously tired. The next day she was full of Puppy curiosity and activity and kept us laughing.

The herding instinct is bred into these dogs and since the humans were not in any way manageable she had to go seek out things that she could round up. I had forgotten about the 100% wool that was sitting in a bowl beside my blue knitting chair until Keela was seen coming out from behind with one colourful ball of yarn in her mouth. She proceeded to drop it, OK I retrieved it, and then it was all we could do to stop her from corralling and fetching more. Oh yes it seems our Little Keela the Australian Shepherd was herding 100% sheep wool.


She is so adorable, this is just what I needed to get through this snowy no sunshine day, memories and photos of this cute little wool herding ball of fur that seems to really enjoy the snow. See you in the Spring Keela the cows will be waiting and possibly the 100% wool too.


Oh I just heard a rumour that there may be a very important job for Keela in the summer. Do the words “Ring Bearer” sound interesting?

She made you smile too, didn’t she?


Later

53 comments:

  1. Keela is aborable. that last shot is too cute for words. such a keep for the mantle or bed side table? i love your pants & those cowboy boots too. ( :

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  2. What a cutie. I just love the patterns in her fur.

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  3. Love her blue eyes -- cute puppy!

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  4. Beautiful and adorable too! I love the picture of her pulling on your PJ pants!

    You should look for a dog of your own, B. I am sure there is a rescue organization for different herding breeds in your area somewhere. Maybe an LGD(livestock guarding dog)?

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  5. She sure did make me smile...who could resist that sweet little face and mischievious eyes.

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  6. Buttons!!! What a cutie pie!!! Everyone should have several bundles of fur around, except for the end of life, which is drawing near for Jake...

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  7. Oh, she is such a cutie! And I'd love to see her as ring bearer. Wouldn't that grab everyone's attention. lol Too bad she can't play with the basket of dog toys here. Our GSD died last May and the other two dogs have no interest. But how well I remember that herding instinct - every little kid who visited here was constantly herded. :-) So fun to see these pics. All the herders are my favorites. :-)

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  8. Keela would make me smile too! What a sweetheart! Do you have a dog?

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  9. Oh my goodness, she is adorable! It must have been so much fun to have her around. Puppies have a way of brightening up the day, don't they?! Wishing you sunshine!

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  10. Oh, she is cuteness personified! And yes, she is going to be looking for anything to herd. Our blue heeler puppy loves to try and herd us. He actually did his first actual cattle job yesterday when he herded a breakaway group of them through a gate and into another pasture, and he was so proud. You are a blessed woman!

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  11. OH dear. Buttons farm, gone to the dog. I suppose Keela would be a welcome addition to the farm if you needed to herd up the cattle. Or herd up the grandchildren.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  12. What a cute ball of fur! She would brighten any day.

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  13. Oh, yes, she made me smile. And so did your phrase "herding wool". lol That paints a picture. :-)

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  14. She is gorgeous, what beautiful markings.
    Lynne

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  15. isn't she adorable? she's going to be a handful as she grows up!

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  16. She is pure joy, and awfully cute to boot!

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  17. Oh yes she is adorable! I have 9 little fuzzy cutenesses to keep away the February blahs, so I'm glad you had one too even if just for a day.

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  18. She is so cute! And she looks like a calico pup. Love her light blue eyes.

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  19. YOU ARE PLAIN EVIL BUTTONS.

    I said i was never going to get another dog after Dexter - how could I? He is the best dog ever, even if now all he does is snore for 20 out of 24 hours now...and i said no more dogs after he goes...

    and then you, miss puppypants, write this incredible blog with your incredible puppy pictures,

    AND NOW I AM MESSED UP IN THE HEAD.

    THANKS.

    *stomping off muttering "no pups, no mas"!!!!*

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  20. Squeeee! There is nothing in the world like a puppy -- that smell! That soft fluffy puppyness! She is just dang adorable.

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  21. Yes, she did. She is adorable!

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  22. She is such a sweetie! Yes, indeed, she made me smile. I wanted to reach through the computer and hug her. :-)

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  23. Oh my goodness. I don't think I've ever seen a puppy as cute as Keela! I just want to give her a big hug. That last photo is so funny!

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  24. She is adorable. I think she would make any day a wonderful day, I can understand being sick of snow. :)
    I hope it goes away soon.

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  25. Oh my, I love puppies! So funny that she was herding wool!! Have you ever been to handknit in Hamilton. It is such a cute yarn store!

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  26. Well I don't know about ring bearer...but how about guest coral-er??? She is precious!!!...:)JP

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  27. Too cute for words, Buttons! xo Karen

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  28. Yes, I smiled! At one time in my life I wanted an Australian Shepherd so badly. They are beautiful dogs, but the shedding and vigorous exercising requires too much of me at this stage of my life. I hope the snow relents for you soon.

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  29. What an amazingly beautiful little dog!

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  30. She is absolutely beautiful!

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  31. Oh yes, you did make me smile. Keela is such a gorgeous puppy, and so full of get up and go!! She certainly brightened up your snow-bound world too B :D)xx

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  32. Oh my gosh Keela is beautiful!!! I want her!! :)

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  33. We can certainly get attached to these little guys. Make sure you do the training or the dog will train you in a hurry.

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  34. Aww yes definitely made me smile B.
    You took really great shots of her too !

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  35. What a cutie! Just look at those eyes!

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  36. Oh my goodness Keela is sooooooo adorable!

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  37. Those puppy eyes make me want a puppy. And really, I have no business wanting a puppy. But I do!!!

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  38. "There's no psychiatrist like a puppy licking your face !"

    My next 3 dogs (together, and in no particular order): a malamute, australian shepherd, and [another] samoyed.

    Gorgeous, B.

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  39. Happy Birthday to 'Oma' :)
    Lovely having reunions and all getting together.
    Do like your dog, and know that breed well.
    Keep warm. Hugs M xox

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  40. little creatures are hard not to drool over, and little Keela is a cutie. Happy 90 th Birthday to your Oma, wow, and I do love your sharp red boots!

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  41. She's a sweetie for sure. Those blue eyes really melt your heart.

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  42. She is such a cutie! Thanks for the smile it's a BIG one :)

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  43. oh my gosh, what an adorable pooch!

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  44. Australian Shepards are so very smart. The smartest dog I've ever befriended was an Aussi who knew so many words it was uncanny. Keela is a beauty and just the ticket to bring smiles on a winter's day.

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  45. Ahhhh what a cutie!!!! You are lucky to have such an adorable visitor (and you get to send her home when the destruction goes from 'cute' to 'irritating' - we are fostering a pup right now so I have become re-acquainted with this threshold).

    And I'm sure you had just as much fun with your human visitors too :)

    Hugs!
    Mandi

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  46. B,

    I'm sorry a little late on the commenting. Please convey a Happy Belated Birthday Wish to You Oma for me.

    What a cute little puppy, how old was the pup?

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  47. Goodness...she is going to be an adorable ring bearer!! What a cutie!!

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  48. Nothing warms the heart like a dog. What fun you must have had with Keela. I love that she herds wool yarn. :D

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