Category Archives: Buster

It’s my carpet, but…


…the dogs think it’s grass.  Don’t ask.



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Buster is a kick in the pants.  Almost every waking moment will find Buster with one of four of these balls in his mouth.  If he could fit two in his mouth, he would be ecstatic.  And yes, we have to have four – one isn’t enough, because the boys keep losing them.  Buddy and Buster always want the same ball.  Doesn’t matter that all four are the exact same ball.   If the ball isn’t in Buster’s mouth, it isn’t  far away. 

Buster likes to think he is the alpha dog and tries to tell Buddy who is boss, but Buddy gently (mostly) lets him know he isn’t.  Buster is a sweetheart and loves to give puppy dog kisses.  He aims for your mouth and his aim is good.  Buster had his birthday sometime this month (don’t know the date) and he is one year old.  He’s a keeper.

PS  Did I mention he likes to chew?  Six pair of shoes?  And a checkbook?  And the bills?


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Frosty Freeze


Friday morning while I was waiting for my family to show up I went outside in the snow with my dogs to play catch and found a frosty world awaiting us.  After we were done playing catch (it only took Buster about five minutes and he wanted to go back inside and good old Buddy lost one of the balls in the snow) I got my camera and snapped a few shots. 

I’m still playing with the Lensbaby and having lots of fun with it.  While my son was here, I took my camera out to document him doing the dishes, but he is a very uncooperative subject – no photos.


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Reindeer Games


Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer)
Had a very shiny nose (like a light bulb)
And if you ever saw it (saw it)
You would even say it glows (like a flash light)
All of the other reindeer (reindeer)
Used to laugh and call him names (like Pinochio)
They never let poor Rudolph (Rudolph)
Join in any reindeer games (like Monoply Sudoku)

Yes, I changed the lyrics, but only a little – Monopoly just didn’t fit with an image of Sudoku.  I love playing Sudoku – it’s a fun little mental challenge.  I’m sure the reindeer would love it, as well.

I’m also having fun playing with my new Lensbaby – also a challenge.  This shot was taken with the wide angle lens attachment. 

Yesterday morning I caught Buster running around with the little pouch that contains the little Lensbaby gadget that has a magnetic end for changing the apertures and an attached container that holds them.  I finally got the little pouch back from him, but the little gadget was missing.  I was worried about two things – one that he would have chewed off the magnet end and swallowed it, and two that all the aperture disks were gone.  I searched the house a couple of times and finally found it.  A little chewed up, but mostly okay.  One of the apertures has a tooth mark in it where he bit through the lid, but other than that everything is fine.  Yay!  I was having visions of having to call Lensbaby and ordering a new set – after only one day.  Now that would have been embarrassing.


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My happy thought

my happy thought

Graham at One Man’s Travels issues a monthly photography challenge and November’s challenge is “Happiness”.  Each photograph should represent something that makes you feel happy.  One of my happy thoughts are my two pups, Buddy and Buster.  Buddy is approaching three years old and Buster will soon be one.   I tried to get these two to sit down side by side.  Yeah, it wasn’t happening.

Buster and I had to take a trip to the vet yesterday.  Thanksgiving day both of his eyes were looking pretty red, but I just figured it was because we went to bed at 1:30 am the night before and got up at 6:00 am Thursday morning.  With company and another dog, there was lots of excitement for both dogs.  Friday he slept all day and didn’t want to play catch, which is highly unusal.  By the afternoon I noticed both of his eyes were rather goopy so off to the vet we went.  He has ulcerations in both eyes, probably from playing too hard with Buddy.  Home we came with four different meds and he seems to be feeling much better today.  We’ll have to go back to the vet on Monday for a glaucoma test and to see if there is improvement and healing.  I sure hope so.  It is amazing how much you worry about a furry companion, especially when they can’t tell you what is wrong.

All’s good with Buddy!!  Yay!

This is the final image for November in Black and White, a challenge issued by Maya at Springtree Road – click here for more info and more wonderful photos.  For those of you enjoying the black and white images, never fear, there will be more to come.


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Beauty in a drop of water


Today is Thanksgiving, a day of giving thanks.  I am thankful today for N & H and E.  I am thankful for my mom (and I’m not sure how I forgot her – thanks, Mom).  I am thankful for Buddy and Buster…most days.  (I’m kidding – every day!!)  I am thankful for a roof over my head, groceries in the pantry, and a good job.   I’m thankful for my camera, which has allowed me to get to know quite a few wonderful people through their comments (although none in person…yet).  I’m also thankful for the camera because it has allowed me to find beauty in simple things, such as this drop of water.  It has opened my eyes to the world around me, be it my backyard, my place of employment or places where I get to visit.  There is beauty everywhere, if we are just willing to open our eyes and minds to it.

I’m wishing you a day of beauty and thanksgiving (and safe travel) with your family, friends, pets, or even a complete stranger…Happy Thanksgiving.

[Another photo for Maya’s challenge at Springtree Road to post November photos in black and white – click here for more info and more wonderful photos.  Yes, this one is sepia, but it was taken in black/white.]


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Potential Christmas Card


I’ve been looking through my images trying to decide what I want to use for a Christmas card this year.  It will be the first year that I’ve not just bought a box of cards from Hallmark.  I’ve already got the card stock that you fold and insert your photo into – purchased and received quickly from Photographer’s Edge

I might take a few shots of my Christmas tree, but it will have to be taken while the tree is still in the closet.  The tree isn’t coming out until the day my boys come home for the holiday – Buster will eat it.  The last two years I was afraid Buddy might think it was a real tree (and you know what dogs do on real trees) so I didn’t set it out right away, but I think I’m okay with him this year.  I also thought I might take some night shots of Christmas lights once I set them up next weekend.  So we’ll see what happens in the next week or so.  Hopefully I’ll actually get the cards mailed before Christmas – usually it is after the holidays are over.  Yeah, I’m bad.

Another photo for Maya’s challenge at Springtree Road to post November photos in black and white – click here for more info and more fabulous photos.


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