Year of The Dog ~ 2018

The Chinese New Year begins in China on February 16th, on the second New Moon of 2018. Here in the western hemisphere we still have the 15th, while China is celebrating the Year of the Dog. There are twelve zodiacs. Each zodiac is for approximately one year. Therefore a zodiac repeats itself every twelve years. Next time we have a Dog year will be in 2030.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Year of The Dog!

It Has Been One Year …

… since Ranger walked across the rainbow bridge. Unfortunately, yesterday’s event over shadows today. He was one of the best dogs, someone could imagine. I miss the moments, when I was sad, he walked over to me, sat down and put his paw on my knee. As he wanted to say: “Hey now, this is only a little hick up in life. We will fix it together. Just pet and hug me, and you will feel better already.” Ranger, I wish you would put your paw on my knee, today. I really miss hugging you. But I also know, Finley needs you to guide him on his way for getting his wings. You have a big purpose up there, right now. Don’t get mad at Finley, when he wants to sniff your bones. He’s just a curious cat, which wants to know, what makes these bones so interesting  for you to chew. Finley won’t take them away from you. 😉 I hope you both have a wonderful day, sitting on a cloud together and talking about the good old days, when you both chased rabbits together. ❤

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Ranger in Spring 2008. He loves his tennis ball.

Ranger And The Cardinal

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Male Northern Cardinal

A couple of years ago, I started hanging up feeders to attract local wild birds into my yard. Since then I have gotten a lot of feathered visitors, like blue jays, house finches, American goldfinches, sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, orange-crowned warblers, cedar waxwings, and northern cardinal; just to name some of them. We also had nests with mourning doves, white-winged doves, grackles, and cardinals. Every day they came over for a snack.

Last year, my Gollie (Golden Retriever-Collie mix) took a nap on the deck. The birds must have been tweeting so loud, that Ranger woke up and got annoyed by them. He got up and barked at them. All the birds, except one, flew to other trees in the neighbors’ yards. But this one bird, a male northern cardinal, was brave enough to look at Ranger and gave him a piece of his birdy mind. You should have seen that look in my dog’s face, when the cardinal sat face-to face on the patio table, and told him to be quiet. Ranger trotted ‘defeated’ back to his spot, where he took his nap, laid back down and watched the bird closely, while the cardinal ate some sunflower seeds.
Because of this little incident, a lot has changed in our backyard. From that day on, Ranger and the cardinal were friends and respected each other. The cardinal can hop all over the deck and look for some seeds, while Ranger watches the bird without moving a muscle. And the other birds? They feel more comfortable being around my dog, as well. (March 2015)

UPDATE: Today, I was watching a Northern Cardinal eating seeds at the feeder. It brought memories back, when Ranger was still around. And it reminded me of this story, above. There are days, we all miss Ranger very much. He was an amazing pet. R.I.P. Ranger!