Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Nikon D90; AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D; 1/200 sec @f/2, ISO 1600; post-processed with Apple Aperture 3 and Nik Software Dfine, Viveza, and Sharpener Pro.
During the late afternoon on sunny winter days, we sometimes get rainbows on our couch. Today our miniature dachshund Topper happened to lie down in the right place at the right time.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Luna's been getting way too much attention lately. First, she's Dadderd's favorite subject for black and white photography. Second, she was the cute pet of the day for November 3rd.
I don't think that's fair. Look! I should be on a calendar or something. I'm much more adorable than she is . . .
Topper does look pretty cute sometimes. I wonder if I should be worried?
Emma: You don't have anything to worry about, Topper. Besides being cute, you're much more fun to play with than that ol' stick-in-the-mud.
Topper: Luna really is more attractive than me, though.
Maybe someday I'll be "Cute pet of the day," too . . .
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Steve's been trying out a bunch of different black and white films. This picture of Luna was taken with HP5.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday, October 02, 2010
This is the plant she's working on - at least one of the new species she's to describe soon.
Hummpf! This is a border collie who went with her to the dune field where this new plant occurs. Her name is Elsie.
Elsie looks entirely too comfy with Mom's field hat. Stay away from our mom!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Monday, September 06, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Hey! Wait a minute! How come Mom's out there and we're stuck in here?
Luna: There has to be a way to break out of this joint. . . .
Topper and Emma: Luna, the coast is clear. Have you found a way out of here yet?
Luna: I'm looking, I'm looking!
Topper: Oh, oh - I think Mom figured it out.
Emma: I'll distract her by barking at the goldfinch on the feeder.
Topper: Sis, you just weren't sneaky enough.
Luna: I know. She has this joint locked down tight. No dachshunds can escape this yard.
Emma: Oh well, the view from here is pretty good. We can see the street and bark at all the dogs and people walking by.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
At first, each of the dogs were on their own leads with one person handling a dog. Next, it was time to try two together with one person while the other dog was on another lead with a different person. That was an experiment that was interesting. Whoever was behind had to deal with a dog pulling on the lead to be up front with the pack, and the person in front had to drag at least one dog along, because whichever dog was behind from the front group wanted to walk with the dog walking with the second person.
This past weekend we bought a duo lead with a four foot strap. We tried every combo: Emma and Luna on the duo lead; Emma and Topper on the duo lead; and Luna and Topper on the duo lead. It works best for Luna and Topper to be together with Emma on her own lead. Steve and I walked them together for the first couple of times and then, a few days ago, I started taking the dogs out on my own.
What an experience it is to have three dachshunds walking at heel! It's quite a sight and it's quite a lot of fun, especially with the neighborhood distractions. Every time a rabbit trail is picked up, or a squirrel/cat/bird/bicyclist/pedestrian/other dog is spotted, it's like walking a thirty pound dog with three heads and 12 legs, each going in a different direction. It doesn't take much effort to bring them into line again, especially with the harnesses the pups are using. I can pick both up with one hand and look them in the eye to let them know what is not acceptable behavior. I usually get a duo kiss from them in apology if they've been rude. Fortunately, they are becoming very polite walkers and are very curious about the neighborhood.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Luna: I smell a rabbit!
Luna: Come on, Mom! Let's go hunt a rabbit!
Luna: Oooops! My bad! I forgot that you can't smell a rabbit trail. Sorry!
Luna: Ok, I'll track it for you.
Topper: I bet I can find it before Luna does.
Luna: No way, Topper! I have a much prettier nose than you do.
Emma: Amateurs! I have the rabbit trail, and I have years of experience. I'll catch the rabbit.
Luna: No way, Emma - this is my game. I get to catch the rabbit! I call dibs!
Luna: Geez. I don't know why those two can't let me win this game. I told Mom that I would catch a rabbit for her.
Topper: I'll have an advantage from up here. Not only do I have a superior nose, but I can see the whole yard from here.
Emma: Those two rookies wouldn't know a rabbit if it bit them in the behind!
Topper: Hey! I heard that!
Topper and Luna: Maybe the rabbit escaped through the fence. We better bark up a storm so the neighbor knows to leave it alone.
Luna: I bet it's hiding in the bushes. I better go check it out before Topper gets that idea.
Topper: Bwaaahaaaaahaaaahaaa - beat you to it, Luna!
Luna: I smell a rabbit! I just know it's hiding up here in the weeds.
Topper: Maybe Luna's on to something. I sure hope she doesn't find the rabbit. I want to catch it.
Luna: humph! It wasn't up in the weeds, and it's not in the yard. I think it's time to take a rest in the shade.
Topper: Ok, Luna - I'll keep a lookout for the rabbit. Why don't you take a nap while you're at it? I'll wake you up if I see the rabbit.
Emma: Forget the rabbit - there's a squirrel in the tree. Oooooh! Squirrel!
Emma, Topper, Luna: Yay! Squirrel! Where's the squirrel?
Emma: Forget it. It's way too hot to go chasing squirrels. I think I'll stand here and look pathetic until someone goes and gets me a treat.
Emma, Luna, Topper: We're singing for our supper! Doesn't anyone want to give us a treat? Anyone?
Emma: Hurray for dadderd! He got the milkbones!
Topper: Forget the junk food - I see the rabbit!
Luna: I bet I can catch it before Topper does.
Emma: I win! Three doggie treats for me!
Friday, July 30, 2010
The first thing she did was to run after Topper and try to take the sticks and plants he grabbed.
Luna: give it to me! You've had a week in the yard without me!
Topper: Ok - you can have the weed. I HAVE A STICK!
Luna: Must have stick!
Luna: Ok - not the same stick, but it's a stick and it feels so nice on my gums. I'm still teething, you know. I'm a snaggle tooth pup!
Topper: Now what does she have? I may just have to go chase her again.
Luna: I get to run, run, run! I missed running. See Luna run. Run, Luna, run!
Luna: Now what does Topper have? I may have to go chase him again.
Topper: If I just sit here and look bored I know I can drive Luna crazy. She just can't stand it!
Topper: OW! I didn't mean to tease you. Geez! Some dogs just can't take a joke.
Emma: Now's my chance. The puppies are busy and so I can go chase the baby bunnies by myself.
Topper: What's Emma doing? Is she going after the baby bunnies again?
Topper: Emma! Chase one out this way. I'm ready!
Luna: Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I've been smelling the bunny tracks all week and have not been able to chase one.
Luna: Emma! Chase one over here! I'm ready for it!
Emma: snicker, snicker, snicker. . . I'm going to drive them mad by ignoring them and rolling in some worm poo. Worm poo - it does wonders for the hair. Don't you love my lovely comb over?
Emma: can't resist the smell of bunnies. I know they're in here. Come out, come out, wherever you are!
Emma: I think I'll just wait here for the puppies to come over and then we'll bark into the hole and chase the bunnies out.