Friday, February 22, 2013

Opie

Meet Opie





Opie is a full blooded Bassett hound.  He has a really cool story.  Weird but still very neat that we got him.  Some one took Opie's mom and dad to a pound, they did not want to pay the drop off fee so they left.  The next day his mommy and daddy were tied to a mail box at a vets office.  Opie's mommy delivered her puppies a few days later.  I found Opie online at a Dallas shelter & knew the odds of a pure Bassett puppy popping up were rare.

We drove to Dallas to get him and added him to our brood.





He is all energy
 
 





Friday, February 15, 2013

Duke

Meet Duke!!!!

Duke was adopted from Dakota Rescue, here is his original add
 
Duke
 
Meet Duke- Dakota Rescue pulled him from MCAS when his time was up. He was also found as a stray. He is a very sweet, calm boy. He gets along great with other dogs, is kennel trained, and housebroken. He loves to lay on his doggy bed. He is so handsome with beautiful black and white fur with just a touch of brown. He's currently in foster care just waiting for his forever home. Please consider Duke, not high energy, just loves to be with people.  

 
 
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There was something about Duke that I spoke to me.  I knew he was our dog.  We drove out to get him and he barked when we walked in.  Like he knew we were there for him (he rarely greets people with a bark.)



Duke was estimated to be 7 when we got him.  I think he is around 10 now.  (Bassets have an estimated life span of 14 years)  He is a sweet boy.  Living with us has definitely brought him life.  When we first got him he was slow.  I think the boys made him feel young again.  Now he runs, plays barks, He's a fun old guy.


Getting a bath!!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Frontier Unit - Week 2

In week two we studied Genisis and how God gave us animals to rule over.  We talked about different animlas and how we use them.  Then we studied tracks.  We did a little matching and talked about how it would be important as a fronterman to know what tracks belonged to what animal.
 
You know the drill.  FIELDTRIP
 
We went to this really cool nature trail in friendswood, and I showed the kids kind of what we were looking for
 
 
Car tracks, but we are looking for animal tracks.  Just wanted to make sure they had the right idea

 
And the hunt began

 
I just love this park
 
 
Noah pointed out how heavy the leaf cover was and how hard it was to see tracks

 We found something!!!  I think it was where a squirrel buried something
 
Yikes!!! Tracks!!!

 
Im pretty sure they were human tracks BUT it was exciting non the less!!!
 
Our second field trip of the week was to go to the zoo.
 
I made a spread sheet that said:
 
animal name, predator, prey, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore
 
as we approached each exhibit they wrote the name, and then checked of which it was. 
 
 
 

 
After a bit, we just talked about which it was.  The point was to grasp the concept of herbivore, carnivore or omnivore and to understand that some predators were frogs.  That not all predators are huge lions with BIG scary teeth 
 

 
 
 Watching the otters.
 
 
It was windy so Micah hung out in this hippo.

 
It was a good shelter from the wind
 
That's a wrap!!!
 
 
 


Friday, February 8, 2013

Rex

Rex was adopted from Dakota Rescue, his original add is below:
 
 
Duke
Meet Rex – Basset Hound (Lemon), approx 4-5 years old, weighs 40-45 lbs. UTD on all his shots, neutered, and microchipped. He too came to us from MCAS. His previous owner died and the grown adults did not want to keep their dad's basset. They turned him into a shelter knowing that he could be put to sleep. Duke is a great dog, loves and gets along great with other dogs, kennel trained, calm and quiet dog. He is currently staying at our 2nd Chance Ranch just patiently waiting for his "forever" home. Please be that family for him.
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Well we were his family!  When we took Rex to the vet they estimated him to be 7 not 4 or 5, but its hard to know.  Rex acts old, older than Duke.  We guess they are the same age, but we are not sure.  Rex could act old for several reasons, if he lived with an older man, he could just be slow. 

Rex enjoys being pet, sleeping and hanging out with his friends.


As you can see, baths are really not his thing.


Unfortunately, Rex passed away on February 6th 2013. He was surrounded by his family and we pet him and cried over him.  He raised his head when we would talk to him, and when Noah was crying telling him how much he loved him he raised his head and put it in Noah's lap.  It took a lot of effort for him to do that.

I know he is in a better place and we miss him very much.  But I am glad we got to love him for the two years we had him and that he knew for at least part of his life that he was special.

When I brought our baby home from the hospital and put him in his swing, Rex immediately went and laid underneath his swing.  They were good buddies & were always together.  You can see cute pictures HERE

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...





 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Noah ~ 7

 
I saw this idea on pintrest
 
 
I ran to the store and got some balloons and crate paper, I wanted to do something fun on his actual birthday.  He was asleep and I shut his door and got to work.
 
About 5 am  Wes and I hear Noah yell "Help! Help! I need some help!" So we go to the door and he is standing there confused. And he said "How get out of here? I have to go pee". So Wes reached thru the paper and grabbed his hand and lead him thru the paper.  He went to the bath room and then went back to bed
 
So when he woke up this morning I said "so what did you think about your birthday door?" And he said "first I thought a robber shut my door, then I opened the door and jumped back at the balloons when they fell on me, then I thought  OKAY this is totally weird mom did this. But I did not know if I should break the paper or not so I called for help"
 
Happy Birthday baby, here's to many more birthday surprises from your momma!
 
 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Frontier Unit - Week One

This week we started our konos frontier unit.  We read about Davie Crockett, and we learned about the Louisiana purchase, and  Sacajawea.
 
To tie things together we went on a hike pretending we were frontiersmen.  We took:
 
A peanut butter sandwich - and I explained they would have flour to make their bread and beef jerky for protein
water - we talked about how frontiersmen got their water
Cheetos - that was the closest we had to dried fruit in the house.  But I explained they had to take things that would not rot easily.
 
As we went on our hike they took pictures to "shoot" any animals or food (plant life) they saw.  When we got home we were going to "trade" animal skins etc.
 
 
We saw a lot of fruit

and one dead fish.  There was a lot of trash in the creek behind our neighborhood, it was a perfect opportunity to talk about pollution and the differences of back in the frontier days and today.
 
So, as you can see we had no furs to trade.
 
So this lead to lots of questions.  What would that mean for a frontiersman?  What would they eat?  What would the trade?  Would you try again tomorrow?
 
I think the actual hands on hike cemented in what we had read about and learned through out the week.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Meet Rocky

Meet Rocky!  Rocky is a 2 1/2 year old bearded dragon that was given to us by a friend.
 
 
 
Her son had out grown him & they did not realize how long they live (about 14 years!!! WOW)
 
He is really cool, he is about two feet long, loves cricket, kale, other lizards and fresh veggies an fruit.  We placed him in the living room at the hubby's request.  He has been a lot of fun to watch.


 
 
Here is he thinking "lady, im sleeping, go away"