A blast from the past

Have digital camera, will photograph dogs. The digital Canon Rebel hadn’t even been released. Digital cameras were still in their infancy. I was so proud of my Canon 10d. Loved that camera to pieces and I was always out in the backyard with the camera and the doggies.

I originally wrote this post on May 9, 2009. The photos are all from 2003 to 2004. Blender is the only greyhound we have left from the original pack. Wow, so many things have changed.

I love looking back at some of my old photos, they remind of all of the joy our dogs bring us every day.

Celebrity Sightings at the Garden Bistro


Lucee Fields from The Flying Nun

Phoebe, Edie, Blender and Murphy

Phoebe Quaid, Murphy Harris, Blender Glenn and Edie Shepard, cast of The Right Stuff

Village puppy

And last but not least, Puppy Nicholas from The Shining.

We love Lucee

Little Lucee basset hound, you started your life with your momma Karen when you were just a pup of five years old.

You shared your life with two wild weimies. Well, one of them was pretty wild.

You were one awesome basset, beautiful from head to toe with a very soft coat.

You loved the gardens. You waited for each fruit as they came into season. First the cherries, then the plums, the grapes and you knew when fall was here because the apples fell from the trees. It was a very sad day when we found that grapes weren’t good for dogs, because they were probably your favorite.

You knew you had found your forever home and you were one happy little doggy.

But then, one day something happened that turned your life completely upside down. Your momma brought home a pair of greyhounds. Murphy became your guardian angel.

Short legs or not, after the greyhounds moved in, you learned to run like the wind just to keep up with them.

And sometimes, they tried to get down so that they could play on your level.

Didn’t matter how many greyhounds joined the acre, you welcomed them all graciously.

And the more greyhounds that joined us, the faster you flew.

The more loving and gentle you became.

And forever you were a loyal and loving companion.

The sunny days seemed to bring your greatest joy and you would roll around and sun yourself in the grass for hours.

Always taking the time to sniff with a friend.

We got you to your 16th birthday with one more round of cherries, plums and apples. You haven’t flown around the acre for awhile, but you still got out and strolled around, or as I so affectionately put it, you had two speeds, slow and stall. Honey girl, the house is empty once again. We will miss you ever so much, but so enjoyed our time together.

We love you Lucee girl. I suspect that you are flying around once again.

Lucee • July 6, 1993-October 20, 2009

The verdict is in

This is our volunteer plant on July 9.

In the beginning, it was one of these. A tasty delight from Costco.

This is munchmouth. Those delightful little grape tomatoes became one with Lucee.

On July 20, this is what we have. Confirmed. Organic, luceefied tomatoes.

Still in the line of thundering greyhound hooves. Still thriving and surviving with five new buds almost ready to bloom.

Ya know it’s summer when…

The cherry tree is almost laying on the ground because it is so full of cherries and

Lucee is making two or three trips a day to visit the cherry tree.

Fortunately, several branches are at basset hound height. She attacks one side of the branch,

And then she attacks the other. Until she has picked the branch clean.

But don’t worry Lucee girl, once you figure out how to jump, you’ll have cherries for days.

Sweet Sixteen

It’s your day Lucee girl. 16 candles on your kibble!

Your sixteenth summer of rolling in grass and acting liking a goofy basset hound.

Sixteen years of strolling around. Everyone knows that basset hounds move in two speeds.

Slow and…


Happy, happy birthday Lucee girl. The cherry tree is full of fruit, just for you.

Life is just a bowl of cherries

Sweet little Lucee will be 16 years old next month. For the last ten years Lucee has made the trek out to the cherry tree for her evening feast.

How does she know when it is almost cherry season?

The bing cherries are plentiful, but still green.

The royal anne tree also has plenty of fruit.

Just like Lucee, Karen makes a daily trip out to the ancient plum tree to see how she’s doing. This year she is producing more than she ever has before, although the storm yesterday didn’t do her any favors.

Lucee made her way back to the house. It was a huge disappointment for her. At 16 years, it’s a long way out there for a basset hound.

Oh woe are we

As the senior members of Greyhound Gardens, we’ve discovered that the moms are trying to starve us to death.
Breakfast and dinner are a nightmare, and we shouldn’t be expected to eat such rubbish. Same kibble with a dribble of canned topping. Bah humbug.
Seriously, do we look like kibble and dribble girls? We deserve better, we deserve more, we deserve different. 
And if we aren’t going to get it, we’ll show them. We just won’t eat.
Fast forward to Sunday, the Pet Expo and our new hero Jeff. 
We understand he took mom by the hand and swiftly guided her from dog food booth to dog food booth until he found the magical food.
Yes, for all of you finicky eaters out there, insist on nothing less than smelly, slimy, gooey green tripe. It was delish.
Five paws up for you Jeff.