Addie Pictures

As most any grandma would do, I took a ton of pictures when I was in MO and I shared about half a ton of them already but there are still some I have left to share. Each day when I stick the memory card in the computer, I scroll past all these pictures of Addie. I miss her so much but it’s nice to have the cute pictures and memories.

She went through a few weeks that she didn’t want Nicole to take her picture. I’m so glad she was past that point when I got there. In the photo below, she walked into the kitchen and wanted me to take her picture.

Addie

Addie

Then she went and got a scarecrow from the Fall decorations and wanted me to take his picture!

Addie and the Scarecrow

Addie and the Scarecrow

It’s been less than 3 weeks since I was there and I can’t wait to see her again! I need to kiss those sweet little cheeks!

Sweet Little Rita!

When Rita first came here, she was timid and shy. She was agreeable and quiet. The new has worn off. She thinks she owns the place. She barks! She howls! Thank goodness she isn’t very loud and thank goodness we don’t have any close neighbors.

She’s been sleeping on the sofa the past few nights and she sleeps like a rock. I don’t think she wakes up once. We have a slipcover on the sofa and another blanket so hopefully, the furniture is protected. I think she must have been an inside/outside dog because she lets us know when she needs to go outside.

She now thinks she can tell Speck what to do and he pretty much stays out of her way.  She hasn’t bothered the chickens . . til today! Until this afternoon, she just walked by them and noticed them but didn’t really pay much attention to them.

Rita and the Chickens

Rita and the Chickens

Early this afternoon, I was out in the garden and noticed Rita was barking at the red chickens and running around the pen kinda chasing them. I fussed at her and this is what I got.

Rita After Being Scolded

Rita After Being Scolded

Later in the afternoon, Vince and I were in the shop looking for something and heard a commotion in the coop and Rita had dug under . . was in the pen with the chickens! Vince and I looked over about the same time to see what the noise was about and he said “Oh, my! SHE IS IN THE RUN!”

There’s the cutest little paw print on my way to the chicken coop!

Paw Print

Paw Print

This makes me smile every time I step over it. I’ll step over it til it rains and washes it away! I’m so happy Rita came to our house, even if we’re going to have to figure out a way to cause her to lose interest in the chickens.

The Two Dogs

Rita is such an energetic little girl and Speck is such a grumpy old guy! I had hoped that if they spent enough time getting to know each other, with something separating them so that Speck couldn’t hurt her, that they could live together, inside, in peace but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

Speck

Speck

When Rita is in the house, Speck is behind the baby gate, locked in the kitchen. They will get nose to nose at the gate and Speck barks and snarls and shows his teeth at her. Rita just wants him to come out and play!

Rita

Rita

Rita will stay in for about half an hour and then she’s chomping at the bit to get back outside. She loves running in the yard, chasing grasshoppers and best of all . . she wants to be right on Vince’s heels. If he’s outside, there’s no keeping her in the house. A chihuahua isn’t what I would consider an outside dog around these parts but Vince said that’s where she’s happy and if something happens to her, at least she was happy and safe for a while.

Any suggestions as to how to get Speck to be nicer? I thought keeping them close, with the baby gate separating them til they got to know each other might work but it doesn’t appear to be helping. HELP!