A Brindle Cane Corso Pup

This is the last one of Cricket’s pups I am babysitting while they are out of town.

He will be going to Connecticut next week by transport I have to get a health check at the vet for him to cross state lines.

I think his name is going to be Dallas he is 12 weeks old tomorrow.

He is very smart and knows commands to sit, come, and walks right beside you.

He is a very pretty brindle like his mom and has her big feet I hope he gets big like her. I love the stripes in the middle of his head it looks like his hair is parted.

Taking pictures of puppies is a lot of fun especially if they like to pose.

Babysitting a heifer calf

Our daughter’s cow Penny had her first calf a registered miniature Herford Heifer.

She is probably around 30#s and was born last Friday nite. It is hard to tell how small something is in pictures but Zoee is taller than this baby.

Penny rejected it which is not uncommon for first-time mama cows. She began kicking it and trying to get it out of her way. She would not even clean it in most circumstances, this only happens with the first calf so she should be a good mama next time.

They were getting ready to go out of town so guess who is babysitting. She gets two bottles a day 2 pints each. She follows me around like a dog when I let her out. She runs like crazy in our backyard trying to experience her legs.

Zoee wants to mother her so so bad but I have not let her do this she gets to visit through the fence.

Here are a few pictures of Nutmeg which with the help of a friend we named her I am sure the name will get changed.

Little baby calves and cameras get along pretty well.

Daisy’s Corneal Ulcer

I had to take Daisy to the vet on Thursday.

We are using a local vet that has a new practice. I felt like their charges were cheaper than the bigger vets in our area but at the same time, you need to be careful at these vet offices because they find reasons to charge you for one more thing.

Daisy had been winking at me all day Wednesday so I knew something was wrong with her eye. I was worried she might have lost her sight.

After staining it the vet discovered she had a corneal ulcer which is often caused by trauma like dogs playing, or a stick, etc. She and Zoee always play so this is not surprising but now Zoee is trying to kiss the eye back to good health like she knows it’s bothering her. This is driving Jack and me both crazy.

She has eye drops every 8 hours for a week then every 12 hours for 2 weeks and anti-inflammatories for irritation caused by the ulcer.

All in all, she is fine but it’s a good thing I noticed her winking at me lol.

Cucumbers to pickles

We have had lots of cucumbers this year.

You can only eat so many and give away so much. It was time to make pickles.

We have made 12 quarts of Dill Pickles we also grew our own dill because the more dill the better the pickles.

We have made 11 quarts of Bread and Butter pickles.

People are always asking if we sell our pickles the answer is NO they take too much time to make. We give pickles away to close family members and Jack eats the rest. Every now and then I will eat a dill pickle but I am not really a pickle person.

The house has the smell of apple cider vinegar today.

I am sure there will be more pickles made over the next few weeks.

Dachshund Pups

Little Lady had her third litter of puppies every litter has been different.

The first litter was 3 pups, the second 4 pups, and this one 3 pups.

This is the first time all the pups have had red on them. Every time the pups are different but the last litter also had a red/white.

Cute pups that are 3 1/2 weeks old make the cutest pictures.

Knockout Roses

I love all roses but the knockout roses are the easiest to take care of.

You do not have to trim them but we trim ours a few times a year.

They smell good but not as good as regular roses but they are disease and pest-resistant.

The beauty of each rose is special and unique.

Ribbon Snake VS Toad

Zoee was acting like she saw a snake. I can always tell when the dogs have found something they do not need.

I went over to look and sure enough, there was a ribbon snake in the middle of eating his toad.

We love toads and frogs so I was a bit sad but I know it’s all part of the food chain.

I decided to remember the frog with the snake in a few pictures.

Nature loves to inspire my photography even though I hate snakes.

Irises are blooming

My Louisiana Irises are blooming and they are beautiful this year.

My grandmother would be so proud since she gave these to me many years ago.

These are the ones in the bog and as you can see we have to remove 3/4 of these after they bloom. Bogs can not work properly if the plants are too crowded.

Luckily my sister needs about 75 for a project so she will give them a new home.

I want to take some to Livingston to plant at our future homestead.

This time of year something is blooming on every corner at the Lira house and I love it.

Daisy girl turns 9 years old

It seems like yesterday when we had this tiny little boxer we named Daisy.

Today she turns 9 years old.

She was an aggressive little pup and very opinionated. She hated long sleeves on anyone. The vet told us he thought whoever removed her dew claw and tail had long sleeves and they did a bad job on the dew- claw and probably hurt her.

We got her out of this stage and she became very playful loving to play fetch and jumping as high as she could and doing boxer acrobats. Then cooling off in her plastic pool like she was relaxing after a long hard day.

She still loves the Chunk It balls the orange one that is basically indestructible and she loves the big tug a war ball called the Jolly Ball.

She still talks to me when I talk directly to her and ask her questions lol. She loves a treat when she comes in from outside.

She sleeps more now and plays less but gets her energy spurts sometimes.

Pics with her ears like she’s flying I love and Jack says she’s the flying nun. She is still very photogenic and always has been.

Even though she’s a little bossy she will always be my Daisy Girl and I love her very much.

Happy 9th Birthday Daisy I hope someone gives you extra treats today lol.

A bucket of Pups

These 7 little Registered Cane Corso puppies were 6 weeks old when I took these pictures they are now 7 weeks old.

They will all be getting ear crops this week. I kept Crickets ears because I love those big old floppy ears but most people want them cropped.

Purple Collar is a feisty little girl I think the tan collar is a boy and I know aqua is a girl and the smallest of the bunch. In weight, she likes half the size of orange and red collar boys.

These little puppies are getting quite adventurous running, hiding, playing, wrestling, and finding their favorite stick to chew on.

They are quite hard to get group pics of even with the bucket some would jump out, some would get on top of others some would hide behind others. It was quite exhausting trying to pull this off.

There is nothing to compare to the cuteness of puppies.

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