Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Skittles and the Marvelous Toy

>Here's a recent picture of Skittles with his new favorite thing...The Marvelous Toy. I found the "horse ball" at our local feed store and Ralph installed it, at first, on a 4x4 redwood post, which Skittle demolished the first day. Note well that now the ball is attached to a heavy 6x6 pressure treated - HEAVY - post. (Did I mention it was heavy?) And while Skit hasn't demolished this one, I must admit it does remind one of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I guess it's the "Leaning Tower of Sheep". He loves it. He guards it. He rubs his forehead and horns all over it and every once and a while you can hear the "thonk" of him just beating the ever-loving life out of that poor ball. Better the ball than me. :-)
And as soon as he saw someone with a camera, being as well trained by Nancy K. as a fashion model on a Paris runway, he got up, came over, and posed for a photo-op. What a ham!
We are both enjoying Skittles. He's so very mellow and well-mannered. He walks around the place with me and is a gem on a lead. Better than most dogs I see. He'll even walk to the mailbox and see what's going on as traffic goes by the house.
And yesterday afternoon we had a nice surprise. Ralph's mother, Sadie, and her sister, Tommie, came from Nevada for a quick trip to see us. We had a great visit even though they left early this morning to head back to Nevada. Tommie is a very interesting person and we don't get to see her too often. She's a quilter and a painter (and makes great peanut brittle)and gives the best hugs. My only problem was I was having so much fun with talking to them that I forgot to even pick up the camera and take a few snaps. It must've been that flu shot I had.
Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. ;-)

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