Step one, feed the birds

Two borzoi
Two borzoi
Timber and Zip   

Step two, prevent the borzoi from eating the bird seed the starlings don’t want to eat.

We love watching the birds. They entertain us for hours. We’ve been recently overthrown by the European starling society. They are truly beautiful birds and they are quite entertaining to watch, but when they call them bully birds, they are kinda right. The worst part is the mess they make. They have quite a selective palette. And what they don’t like they pick out and throw to the ground.

And, what they throw to the ground is wonderful for the ground feeders, but we aren’t crazy about the dogs consuming the seeds. 

It seems like we are always evolving our methods. Tonight we have round fire pit grates covering the openings of the wine barrels. Tomorrow we are switching to safflower seed because that is not part of the must-have starling diet.

Sheesh.

Snow day

Borzoi looking up
Borzoi looking up
Glory   

The snow really came today. It was magical. We hunkered down in the barn and watched the dogs and the birds. The dogs watched the birds from outside of the barn.

Looks like it will probably warm up enough tomorrow to make it all go away. Darn it anyways, I love the snow.

Yesterday and tomorrow

Three borzoi running
Three borzoi running
The zoi runners   

This was one year ago. Sage, Glory and Zip running. We had such a lovely winter. Just enough rain, moderate temps.

Ice storm on the horizon

What gives with this weather? It was beautiful today, 36° and sunny. We have a full-blown winter weather warning. Snow in the morning, ice storm by evening and into Sunday. Banks have already announced that they would be closed tomorrow. The college campus is closed.

We are ready to hunker down with the hounds.

 

Longing for hot summer nights

Borzoi
Borzoi
Zip   

We have had below freezing temps for over a week now. We still have snow on the ground from last weekend. That never ever happens in Oregon. When I went out at noon to refill the bird feeders I realized the ground was rock hard. We live on a bed of clay and expect that in the summer, but frozen clay in the winter? Nearly unheard of.

Bring back the summer nights.

A little winter magic

Borzoi and greyhound
Borzoi and greyhound
Sage and Sara  

There is a whole lot of magic going on in this photo. Sage the borzoi is our youngest dog and Sara is our oldest greyhound. And, it’s snowing in Salem.

Sara came to us after her owner unexpectedly died. She was almost 10 years old, separated from her sister and devastated. She’s very quiet and never asks for much. To this day I think she still misses her original owner.

She has however, really taken to the two borzoi pups. When they go outside, she is right at the door to go out with them. It’s quite sweet and we if that’s what Sara wants, that’s what Sara gets.

And we are home

Sage and Glory   

We had a very uneventful trip across the country and back. We picked up our little packages in Plant City, Florida and jetted back across the country without any problem at all. The babies were awesome in the car.

Glory   

They just turned five months old on July 19. And they are growing like weeds.

Sage

Buzzing around

Buzz

We went to the dog show in Albany this morning. Is there anything better to do on a rainy Saturday morning? I think not. We went down to watch the borzoi, the single greyhound and of course, the afghan hounds. It was a great show. Go figure Albany, Oregon. The handlers were so friendly.

I was so excited when we walked into the exhibit hall, the lighting was fabulous. Then we discovered that they had put the hounds over in the livestock pavilion. Dirt floors and well, the lighting was low at best.

We met Buzz right away. This gorgeous boy cleaned my entire face and then went on to win best of breed.

Dog show

Saluki

We attended what may have been my first ever dog show in Portland today. After spotting the greyhounds, we found this beautiful little girl wandering around.

Afghan hound

Near the ring where the borzoi and greyhounds were, this delightful young man was getting brushed and brushed and brushed. Good grief, both of my daughters had hair down to their waist when they were growing up. I’m fairly certain during all of their years growing up I never spent that much time on their hair.

This boy was undeniably beautiful.

The minute I saw this one I fully expected him to break out the ukulele and start singing “Tip Toe Through the Tulips.” I’ve never seen an afghan hound in person. These dogs are beautiful and so human-like.

I loved the look on this one, he seemed to saying “Ouch! You’re pulling my hair.” Or at least that is the look and noise I got from the girls.

So the real motivation for going to the dog show was to see the borzoi. I am so curious to see an adult coat. I didn’t bring home any answers. I can say without a doubt that Timber is the most beautiful.

This is Vespa. She freely gave out kisses and hugs, what a sweetheart.

He definitely isn’t as curly as this one. However, this is still a young pup maybe about 7 or 8 months.

This little beauty was about 6 months older than Timber.

This guy was 5 years old in full coat. He was the one that walked away with all of the prizes today.

 

Love at first bite

Crystal and Timber

It was love at first bite. When Crystal was our foster, she loved to play and the group president insisted she be placed with another greyhound. Indeed, she went with her buddy Fandango. A few years later, Fandango died and Crystal was lost. Rather than get her a new friend, they gave her up and she came back to us where she had lots of friends. And then came Timber.

From day one, they were buds sharing the acre. Together they race with the wind. Sometimes she leads and he follows, but most of the time they are side by side.

He hugs her and whispers sweet nothings in her ear. She nibbles the curly hairs on his neck.

They hold paws in a gentle embrace.

And they dance the night away.

OK, the love story is probably true but this entire time they are growling and carrying on like they are going to kill each other. A genuine married couple.

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