Friday, April 26, 2013

Follow-up Friday: Spring, Dogs Barking, Birthday Giveaways

I'm glad to be joining Heart Like a Dog in the Follow-up Friday blog hop again this week.  This is the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.  Hosted by FUF creator, Jodi at Heart Like a Dog and co-hosted this week by JoAnn Stancer at Sand Spring Chesapeakes.

Wow, Jeffie's birthday celebration is almost over!  I can't believe how fast this month has flown by.   On the last day of April, I'll announce the winners of three giveaways, plus we'll have a special surprise.  And then I'll have to go back to "normal" blogging.  LOL

While we've been partying, Mother Nature has given us spring to enjoy.  Lots of lovely warm day and beautiful blossoms.  The dogs are thrilled, and so is Skeeter.  Great weather for Jolly ball, frisbe, rowdy play and sun bathing.

Rosie has learned about the lawn mower.  Unlike Jeffie, so far she has not tried to rescue the rider/driver from that scarey loud machine! 

Before I forget... if you'd like an invitation to join Pack, let me know.  I have some to share.  If you haven't heard of Pack, click the link and check out this cool new site!  

My Best Friend, The Dog Song: Dog Song Saturday
I'm including this today simply because it is a fabulous song for dog lovers! 

Redbone Coonhound Lab Mix Adoptable Dog
Including this today because this beautiful dog still needs a home.

Mischief Monday: Ducks, Geese and Dogs
Okay, I really do have some follow-up for this post.  So much that I'm planning to write a future blog post, or two, related to this one.

I feel as though I should share some kind of special dog training tips.  However, I don't have any.  Our dogs are very eager to please us.  They understand the word "no." They understand when we tell them not to bark.

We live in the country.  On a farm.  That includes other animals - both domesticated and wild.  Its important to us that all of our own critters get along for both safety reasons and peace of mind. 
Our dog, Sherman, loved our geese.
We've had domesticated geese, ducks and chickens of our own in the past.  None of our dogs were ever allowed to bark at them or threaten them in any way.  We could have fowl in the future, so there's no reason to allow barking at the wild fowl and let our dogs learn that bad habit.

Plus, part of the joy of living beyond the sidewalks is enjoying nature and wildlife.  We like seeing the herons come in to fish for breakfast.  The ducks are fun to watch, too.  It won't be long before the hawks that live in the woods on our property line will begin teaching their young to hunt.  Frankly, we don't want to miss that.  And we would miss all that and more if our dogs barked them all away.

Bark at preditors?  You betcha.  Bark at the critters that never aim to do us harm?  Nope, no thanks.  Not here.

Dog Mom Bracelet from For Love of a Dog Jewelry: Enter Now!
Just a reminder...  if you'd like to win this Dog Mom bracelet, enter via the Rafflecopter.  Perfect timing for Mother's Day!

Wordless Wednesday: Jeffie the Puppy Prisoner
Seriously, we kind of regret Jeffie's time-outs behind the baby gate.  We think it has contributed to his separation anxiety.  

All About Jeffie Quiz Contest - Win Earrings
This little party game is just for fun and you could win these For Love of a Dog earrings!   This is the final giveaway in Jeffie's birthday celebration. Ears aren't pierced?  No problem, they can be changed to clip ons for the winner!


More pawesome friends 
have arrived at Jeffie's birthday party!

Lila the Boston Terrier and her kitty sister, PJ, are ready to party!

 Hurry!  There's still time to enter Jeffie's Birthday Party Photo contest!
Winner of the random drawing will win a $25 gift card.


  1. Great follow-up Sue, thank you for joining the FUF blog hop!!

    I admit I was a bit behind (2 posts) so I had to do some quick reading in order to take the quiz. Sadly I missed 3 questions, shows how much this menopausal mind works. :-)

    You've done an awesome job with Jeffie's birthday celebration, I bet you are now ready for a rest. :-)

    BTW, how do you train the dogs which animals it is okay to bark at and which ones it's not?

    Have a great weekend!!

  2. Love the shot of the three dogs playing. That's smart not to allow the dogs to bark at the fowl, especially if you might own some again in the future. :-)

  3. Woof! Woof! I bet the noise of the lawn mover makes Rosie wonder. YES we are a member of the PACK been inviting lots of our bloggie friends. Mom is part of the sidewalk pack team. Happy Friday! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  4. Have to admit we failed miserably at Jeffie's birthday quiz, but it was fun to try :)

  5. Enjoy those last days of birthday month wildness, Jeffie!

  6. Oh gosh...the end of all this birthday bashing is coming up quicker than I thought it would. Poo...and we were having so much fun!
    *high paws*

  7. Why is it the good months always go so quickly! Fortunately, we can continue to enjoy Jeffie year round :-)

  8. Wow! What a month!
    Me sure hopes they has enjoyed the whole thing!

  9. Sure has been a busy week/month. Jeffie had a great birthday celebration!

    About the barking at birds, I think it depends on the dog's drive and whether they are vocal by nature. I have seen dogs that were so birdie and with so much drive that they could not control their vocalization no matter how hard it was worked on. We are just happy that our dogs are not vocal at the line at a hunt test. One more thing we don't have to train out. :)

  10. Great FUF! I like how you trained not to bark at the birds. Mine will run around the pen and jump on the pen but won't bark either. Some more cute bday pictures! Have a great weekend.

  11. Great shot of the dogs playing! We are hoping for nice weather here. It has been cold and rainy but suppose to be in the 80's tomorrow! Yay! Have a great rest of the weekend!


Go ahead... bark at us!