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Read back through my adventures from when it all started.  You'll find past articles below - most recent at the top.  That means if you want to start at the beginning, you'll want to go to the bottom and work your way to the top.  Keep checking back as I update with the older files.  Be patient, I'm typing as fast as I can!
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Dog Chicken vs Chicken Dog
November 2014 - Sometimes when I think about what to share with all of you each month it takes me a while....nah, just kidding....there is almost too much material here to choose from. I’m telling you, this gig is a piece of cake.   Read More...
Duke Still on the mend
October 2014 - The “rehab facility” here at the farm has finally closed. Last month you all read about how Duke was injured and had to spend (way too much) time in the house. The poor guy was pitiful with his belly wrap and head cone.   Read More...
Circus or Rehab Facility
September 2014 - Circus seemed to be the right name for this place last month. This month it feels more like a rehab facility for dogs.   Read More...
It's a 3-Ring Circus Around this Place
August 2014 - That’s right, I’ll be the first to admit it... living here is never less than a good source of conversation (obviously.) I mean, I  have some pretty crazy stuff to share with you people each month. Can you imagine what I don’t let you in on?   Read More...
More Fun with Chuck the Chicken
July 2014 - So, last month I introduced you all to Chuck, the rooster that thinks he’s a dog. I ‘ll admit, I was kind of poking a little fun at the guy with his “cock a doodle doo” and his flogging of Miss Maybelline. (Did I mention I thought I seen him “wag” his tail feathers?   Read More...
Chuck the Chicken
June 2014 - This month I want to introduce you to Chuck. Chuck is a chicken (a rooster.) I am convinced, however, that Chuck thinks he is a dog. This seems very funny to me because he looks nothing like a dog. But, I guess he doesn’t know that because there are no mirrors in the barn.   Read More...
Reality Check (for the Rooster)
February 2015 - Some people (and chickens) need a reality check more than others. This month’s reality check winner is Chuck.
If you haven’t been keeping up with Chuck’s identity crisis over the last few months, let me get you up to speed.   Read More...
What A Crew
December 2014 - Yep, that’s us...all of us (minus a few kitties) just a typical day hanging out at the farm.  Honestly we all get along pretty well.   Read More...
What is the Deal with Cats?
May 2014 - I got my Easter basket. I sat up half the night and never did see that darned rabbit. It must be pretty sneaky.
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Rabbits, Baskets of Eggs & Joy
April 2014 - Have you ever heard of a rabbit that lays eggs? Well, I’m not sure if this rabbit I keep hearing about is actually laying the eggs, but I hear that this peculiar rabbit delivers them (and other goodies - including jellybeans) to kids (and some dogs - yours truly) in baskets on Easter morning.  Read More...
Breaking Records
March 2014 - I heard my people talking about an old saying - something to do with the month of March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb, or vice versa - that is Latin for the reverse - so in like a lamb and out like a lion. (French now Latin...are you impressed with all of my culture yet?)   Read More...
I Want Out NOW....Changed my Mind, Let Me Back In!!
February 2014 - The BB Break (as I like to call it) was short-lived. She went back to her house and things went back to normal here. I am now Miss Maybelline’s entertainment again and my naps aren’t lasting as long. C’est la vie. (Yes, I know a little French...a little.)   Read More...
Babysitting "BB"
January 2014 - I thought this past month was going to be a horrible mess, but what I thought sounded like a bad idea turned into a little extra rest for me.   Read More...
2014
2015
2013
This Is Home
November 2013 - The cats have all settled in and made themselves at home - in the top of the barn....and that is fine and dandy with me. The biggest cat is very friendly with the people, she comes out and hangs around with us some during the day.   Read More...
I am NOT a Cat!
October 2013 -The lady of the house decided that we needed to add some new critters to the “collection.” They are supposed to help reduce the mouse population. You guessed it - we got cats.   Read More...
The Dog Days of Summer
September 2013 -Boy is it HOT! I think summer was a little late getting here, but now that it’s finally arrived it is making up for the cooler temperatures we enjoyed in July and August.   Read More...
I Got My Vacation After All
August 2013 - I think the lady of the house felt a little guilty leaving us here last month. Remember, I told you she was gone and we were all happy to see her when she got home?  Well, we all needed a vacation after that!   Read More...
Please!!!  Take Me with You!
July 2013 - The lady of the house took off and went on vacation without me. I couldn’t believe it at first. I mean, she told us all she was leaving and would be gone for a little over a week, but
she ALWAYS takes me. She even takes me on the boat when they visit the lake. (I really love the boat!)  Read More...
I Think I Need a "Jowl Lift"
June 2013 -It all started when Princess Annabelle was a puppy. She liked to grab my neck and pull on the loose skin. She would hang on my neck for minutes at a time. That had to be when the stretching started.   Read More...
A Diet?  Really?
December 2013 - Duke is back to his normal self. His sad spell only lasted a few days and now he is back to helping hunt mice in the barn and barking at anything that steps or drives onto the property.   Read More...
I Can't Believe I'm Saying This...
May 2013- But, I must admit that “Miss Maybelline” has grown on me. Maybe I’m getting softer with age, maybe she is irresistible, maybe she wore me down. Whatever the case, she has won me over and I.....I actually like her.  Read More...
It Happened
April 2013 - Well, I still have not been able to get the elusive picture of Duke and his big smile. You keep reading, I’ll keep trying. Maybe next month.  Read More...
Oh, That Smile...
March 2013 -I was hoping to have a picture to share with you this month. It’s just really hard to get a smart phone camera to work well with paws. (Not quite as easy as the keyboard.)   Read More...
I'll Hold Down the Fort
February 2013 - I don’t recall a time in recent history (in dog years, I suppose) that it has been this cold for this long. Maybe it’s just that I am getting older and don’t appreciate the “crispness” in the air....and maybe it’s just been plain cold.   Read More...
The Trees Have Left the Building
January 2013 -Well, they’re gone. I wondered how long they would get to stay. (They never stay very long.) I’m talking about the trees that the people brought in for Christmas. They were worth the trouble this year, though.   Read More...
2012
Extreme Bathing
November 2012 - I think I lead a fairly spoiled life....for a dog, that is. I mean, I have my own bed, my own food dishes and my people let me come and go as I please. All I have to do is look at the
door and they are letting me out...give a little bark and they’re letting me back in.  Read More...
My Friend, Freckles
October 2012 -I know I’ve mentioned her before in my ramblings, but this month I have to give another shout out to my friend, Freckles.  We’ve grown a little closer since it’s just us in the house now. (No more Princess Annabelle to cramp my style.)  Read More...
The New - "Old Teddy"
September 2012 -I’ve got a really neat story for you this month. I know I’m always talking about life here at the ranch, but this month I have a story to tell you about a new member to the family.  Read More...
My Friend, Miss Tilly
August 2012 -Well, I’ve introduced you to most of the critters that live here at the ranch. You’ve met Duke and Freckles and of course
the donkey, Seven. Then there is “Princess Annabelle” the wiener dog.  Read More...
Freckles & Her Fall
July 2012 - The past month has been mostly rather “blah” around here. There have been no more new babies to write about, and the ones that are here have each other to play with....they aren’t much interested in me anymore. (Although they are still kind of fun to watch!)  Read More...
The New Crew
June 2012 -There have been a lot of changes around here at the ranch in the last few months. We have had a lot of new additions
with all of the babies being born. We have also lost a few members of our permanent crew for different reasons.  Read More...
"Trees" in the House
December 2012 - Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year my owners go “coo-coo” on me and start bringing all kinds of odd things into the house. It may have something to do with the weather getting colder.   Read More...
Loyal Ole' Duke
May 2012- We’ve had an exciting month here at the Ranch with several babies already born and still more on the way. I’m learning which mammas will tolerate a dog nearby and which ones will try to squish me like a bug if I get close. I don’t care much for the latter mares.  Read More...
​Flashback - The Barking Game
April 2012 - It has been a year or so since I introduced you all to what used to be one of my favorite pastimes - The Barking Game. For those of you who missed the last journey into the world of doggie fun and games, I’ll shed a little insight.  Read More...
RIP - "Puddles"
March 2012 -This past month we had a very sad occurrence here at the ranch. I have never witnessed my people become so worried and so upset so quickly.  Read More...
Happy Valentine's Day
February 2012 -I have to admit, so far, winter in Indiana has not been so bad. Compared to my past experience, this year has been extremely mild. (There was a cold spell there at the end of December, but it passed rather quickly.)   Read More...
Happy New year!
January 2012 -Happy New Year!! I hope everyone got all they wanted for Christmas and that you have made your New Year’s resolutions.   Read More...
2011
Time Flies (Roosters Don't)
January 2015 - That’s right. Time does fly. This month, my little aggravating friend, Maybelline, will be two years old! I can’t believe she has been tormenting me for that long already. No wonder I have so many gray hairs now.   Read More...
Jack Frost, Get Lost
March 2015 - After exploiting last month’s comedy episode that took place in the barn with the dancing chickens, this month I have struggled with something to write about that could compete on that level of entertainment.   Read More...
The "Eater" Bunny is Back!
April 2015 - I think I’ve mentioned this guy before. He’s getting to be one of my favorite critters. As a matter of fact, I wish he’d come around more often.   Read More...
Circle of Life
May 2015 - Living on a farm has many advantages. Of course there is always something entertaining going on that gives me plenty to share with you all. Then there is the opportunity (if you will) to witness the “Circle of Life.”   Read More...
#catselfies & "Sully"
June 2015 - I'll admit, things were a little somber around here last month after losing Chuck.  We're all missing him for our own personal reasons.  I suppose, for me, Chuck was a lot of fun to hang out with - he also left some big footprints to fill as far as entertainment and subject matter for this monthly thing I do...    Read More...
A Bit.......Smitten
December 2011 -The weather has turned cold here and I am spending more time in front of the computer. (Not as much time as I spend in front of the fireplace, though!!)   Read More...
Cats, Monsters and Naming Them All
July/August 2015 - I introduced you to Sully the cat last month, but I didn’t fill you in on how he got his name.It seems the people around here try way too hard to be funny. Everything has a “theme” or something along those lines.   Read More...
A Court Jester and A Princess
November 2011 - Last month I let you in on the noise level around here at the ranch. (That hasn’t changed much.) I also gave you a good idea of what it is like to live with a donkey who thinks he is the funniest thing on four legs.  Read More...
Seriously?? You Think That's Funny?
October 2011 - Life is NEVER dull - or quiet - around here at the ranch. Sometimes I think that I get more rest when we are on the road somewhere at a horse show or rodeo. I can guarantee you that a quiet day around here is very hard to come by.  Read More...
On the Road Again
September 2011 - Break time is over for me and we are on the road again. My family does a lot of travelling with the horses and I almost always have to go and help out. It’s really not so bad. To tell you the truth, I kind of like my “windshield time.”  Read More...
Everyone Needs A Break...
August 2011 - After my last report, things got very interesting, to say the least. The new addition at the ranch - now named “Seven” - was fitting in quite nicely. He was getting lots of laughs with his never ending antics and making new friends with some of the horses around the ranch.  Read More...
Is There Really Such A Thing As "Normal?"
July 2011 - I’d like to let you in on how the past month has went for yours truly. If there is such a thing as a “normal” month (let alone day) I have definitely NOT had one.  Read More...
I REPEAT: "Rain, Rain, GO AWAY!!"
June 2011 -Last month in the May issue, I took the time to introduce you to the rest of the doggie-crew here at the ranch because the rain had kept us from having too many adventures.... and it seems that hasn’t changed much as I write this month’s article.  Read More...
Rain, Rain, GO AWAY!!
 May 2011- From what I hear, the weather has been extreme in more places than where I live, but all I can testify to from first hand experience is that our weather has been - wet, wet wet!!
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Babies & Poo
April 2011 - Well, Duke is back. He seems to be trying to keep his visits down to once or twice a week and only for an hour or so at a time. I’m not sure what his new philosophy is, but it works for me.  Read More...
Part 2 - Neighbors...and Being Neighborly
March 2011 -Big Ole’ Duke, the neighbor dog, hasn’t been down in a while. I think his owners got tired of running down here to get him every other day. I’m not sure if I should say this or not, but I guess it can’t hurt since the other dogs around here can’t read.
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Part 1 - Neighbors...and Being Neighborly
February 2011 - Since last month’s freeze out and the New Year’s involuntary diet resolution (I still protest), things have gotten very busy around here at the ranch. There has been a lot of activity going on at the barn - most of it revolving around the two new stallions that have taken up residence here with us.   Read More...
Did I Say Burrrrrrrrrr.....................?
January 2011 - I’m thinking that I mentioned the chill factor last month....but being the persistent breed that Jack Russells are known to be.....I will mention it again this month........ Burrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!”   Read More...
2010
Burrrrrrrr...................
December 2010 - Well, living in Indiana has it’s benefits....but I am not going to talk about those today. It is December in Indiana and that means it is COLD!   Read More...
On the Road Again...
November 2010 - First of all....”Thank God for the rain!! The itching has subsided, finally! I am sure my people are glad that I am over that, I know I sure am.  Read More...
"Weiner" dog or????
October 2010 -Well, first of all, I have to let everyone know that the vet says my itchy episode from last month was not caused by Stress Related Annergies” as I was beginning to think.  Read More...
I Think I'm Allergic to...
September 2010 - This past week has been another tough one for yours truly. At first I thought it was the dry summer that we’ve been having, but then I began to wonder.  Read More...
I Was Just Thinking Back...
August 2010 - This month I found myself thinking back about the “Good Old Days.” I can remember getting to sleep...... and sleep. Anytime I wanted to take a nap, I took a nap. Those really were the “Good Old Days.”  Read More...
Rain, Rain...Go Away! (And the Barking Game)
July 2010 - Well, I must admit that the last month has been a big let-down as far as the horse-showing goes. I was all excited to take some trips away from the ranch and go people-watching and all we’ve done this month is watch the Weather Channel.  Read More...
Back to the Start
The Beginning - Read the first few articles I put together here....it'll give you an idea of why I am who I am;) Wink, wink.  Read More...
Fun with Freckles... & #catselfies
​This month I thought I’d fill you in on the adventures that Freckles and I have had recently. We always have a great time together. She is such a quiet dog that I sometimes forget she is here.  Read More...
You Can't Make This Stuff Up
Sometimes all I can do around here is shake my head and play along with the crazy.  Read More...
Sad Day Here at the Ranch
We all learn as life goes on that we are only here for a short time. I think living on a farm people get an even bigger glimpse of this fact because animals (dogs included) have a much shorter life span than people.  Read More...
Merry Christmas from the Crew
This month we (that’s me and the other critters that call this place home) thought we’d take the opportunity to wish all of you a Merry Christmas with Christmas photos of us all (and a few bonus pics.) Enjoy.  Read More... 
2016
My BFFs - I Have Freckles and Maybelline
I don’t really have freckles in the sense of pigmented spots on my face and I don’t wear make-up. Come on, I’m a dog! I mean I have a couple of BFFs (that stands for “Best Friends Forever”) named Freckles and Maybelline.
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What Is Happening?
I realize in the past I have commented on how the cats are funny because they take “cat selfies” or the cats are not so bad to have around because they make life for Miss Maybelline a challenge on occasion. Heck, I even started answering to “Here, kitty. kitty” when I had the itchy skin, remember?  Read More... 
Who Does He Think He Is?
This cat is walking on very thin ice with me.  Read More...
Good Riddance and Good Heavens!
Farewell, Conway Kitty!  Hello, Maybelline's new obsession with the chickens.  Read More...
Kick The Dust Up
Word must be getting out.....  Read More...
That's in Dog Years
How old am I, you ask?....  Read More...
Gray Hairs are a Sign of Wisdom, RIght?
Last month I mentioned how people were always asking how old I am. Well, I'll admit that I have been hearing that question asked a lot lately.....  Read More...
Just Chillin' w/my BFFF, Freckles
Good friends are hard to come by, it's true.  Read More....
Waiting for that Rabbit
It's that time of year again....time for the rabbit.  Read More....
2017
There's Critters and Then There's Varmints
Shortly after the bunny left all the Easter baskets, we had some chickens meet their demise by a varmint (or varmints) that broke into the chicken coop and terrorized the hens for a good couple of weeks.  Read More....
Selective Hearing
The older I get, the more I am able to use my age to my advantage.  Read More....
"Bell"a
My cleverness has caught up with me and bit me in the booty. I thought I was being sly and capitalizing on the people thinking I was losing my hearing....well, they decided that in order to keep track of me, I should wear a bell for them to hear.  Read More....