Husband and I did some yardwork in preparation for winter, today. I clipped back an evergreen from the eaves of the house - don't like the fire hazard, especially in the dry winter months.
We'll likely yank the whole thing out come spring but I didn't want a bare corner over the next 4 - 5 months.
While we worked in the yard, Pearl hunted bunnies:
She never catches any, those longlegged sons of b*tches.
I also snapped a few shots of ladybugs:
The rest of today's post is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. Seriously, skip the rest of this if that describes you.
I am a member of a Samoyed owners group and several members foster rescued Samoyeds (One also fosters Collies). I can't imagine some of the things these dogs have gone through and it boggles my mind that anyone could mistreat or neglect a Samoyed. I have a hard time imagining anyone hurting or neglecting any dog but Samoyeds are just so beautiful and puppy like and magical that I simply can't conceive of it even though I know it happens.
First of all, if you read my posts, regularly, you've seen my happy, sweet girls Evelyn and Pearl. Here's Evelyn:
In contrast, here are some photos of Glory, a rescue dog who came into care last spring. Brace yourself, they are awful:
Glory went to live with foster mama, Bev (the lady in green in the above photo). According to Bev, even though Glory was so frail and in a strange place, she wagged her sad little rat tail all the way home.
Over the past 6 - 7 months, Bev has been caring for Glory. What a miracle worker. She's helped socialize her (Glory can be a bit nasty to other dogs) and made sure she received appropriate medical care. Glory had a bad bacterial infection of the skin and had to be frequently bathed with special medicated soap. She also was placed on (and remains on) prednisone. One member of our group stitched up some coats for Glory. As you might imagine, her health care expenses have been steep.
When she first came to stay with Bev, she had some surgery and had to wear the cone of shame for a few weeks - she just looks pitiful:
That's Glory, above. Compare to Pearl:
Happy Quilting, Penny, Evelyn and Pearl