Critter Alley

Critter Alley

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Things We Love

You just have to love Spring. The sun shines, the grass grows and the flowers are bursting into bloom.

Mother Nature's annual fertility dance promotes highly enjoyable window watching for Bogey. The birds, butterflies, and bugs flutter around in a most tantalizing way. Completely amped up on the addictive drug of "I wanna get me one of those", he lurks by the door hoping to zip outside when we're not looking.

No chance, Buddy.

Did I forget to mention the squirrels? We have a bumper crop. I don't mind as long as they stay away from the house. Those four-footed menaces can chew through vinyl...and wood...and pretty much anything else they choose. Indy keeps track of our bushy-tailed tree rodents. He'd love to personally remove each one of them from the yard. (Note to readers: Indy could never actually catch a squirrel. We keep him inside to preserve his self-esteem. Squirrels are extremely rude and tend to laugh and point when he reaches the end of his tether)

However, Indy does take a far more gentlemanly approach than Bogey does when it comes to getting out the door.

" Hey, Mom. I gotta go potty!"

Ahh, Spring.

My critters aren't the only ones having an awesome Spring. Yesterday brought word that a story I submitted to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive, made the first cut. I faxed the signed contract back to the CS folks so fast my fax machine went haywire, pulling multiple pieces of paper through, and marking each one with lovely strips of black ink. Nice going, Mr. Fax Machine. Are you going to replace all the paper you ruined?

I didn't think so. Guess I'm off to the store for more paper. Not such a bad thing on a beautiful Spring day!


bichonpawz said...

Congratulations on your article!! Love your critter pics! We have lots of squirrels in our yard this year too!
Xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Linda O'Connell said...

Yay! Pat, we both were accepted for the CS book. Here we go again. Your blog post today made me smile.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your Article for CS.

Tammy said...


Two French Bulldogs said...

Benny & Lily

haopee said...

Happy Beautiful Spring Day! Oh my gosh, you got qualified for CS. That's so awesome!!!

Huggies and Cheese,


Sketching with Dogs said...

Wow, another story for Chicken Soup, that is amazing!
I love Spring too and the animals love it even more.
Lynne x

Ann Summerville said...

The squirrels aren't too bad except I keep finding pecan trees sprouting in the weirdest places. This year the butterflies were lovely but for some reason they took a liking to my iris and it looked like locust had invaded my garden. Congrats on the Chicken Soup acceptance.

Unknown said...

It is strangely quiet here on the squirrel front, send us some, need a good chase.
Best wishes Molly

The Joke Puppy said...

Congrats & Happy Spring to you !
Keep up the good work on "Squirrel Watch". They are menaces.

Bassetmomma said...

Sounds like a perfect spring day! Congrats on your story! :)

Lynn said...

YAY Congrats Pat!

Anonymous said...

Spring is a most excellent time of year :) High Paws to you on your story! Wahoo! :D

Waggin at ya,

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Don't you just hate it when the fax machine or printer acts up and destroys all the paper in it's path! Guess the fax machine just wanted to take a break and enjoy the spring day too!