|The Dog Watcher|
Earlier today I let the dogs free-run while I washed my car out in the dog yard. That's probably what prompted the rain showers (
Midnight's Son is a good sized dog, a bit larger than his brother, Orion. He share's his sister's "fox face", though his features are clearly more masculine. Here are some photos for you to see for yourself how they shape up.
|Midnight's Son in the foreground, Capella behind. In the far background we have Nels and Selene in the pen on your left, and Seamus and Rose in the pen on the right.|
|Capella (left) standing slightly away from Midnight's Son (right). You can compare their facial features and relative size.|
|Orion (left) and Midnight's Son (right). Even standing on slighter higher ground, you can see that Midnight is a somewhat larger dog.|
|Orion (left) trying to engage Midnight's Son (right) in a play session. Midnight's body language shows he's a bit uncertain.|
A friend of mine is planning to breed a bitch to Silver, and if there are surplus females in the litter he has offered me a puppy. Silver has earned a reputation for fathering pups that are true in 'head' and conformation, so if I get the opportunity I will be honored to bring in a bitch from that breeding. My friend wouldn't even think of breeding a second rate dog, so any offspring from that union are likely to be truly awesome sled dogs.
I've put my comfortable perch overlooking the kennel together, serviced my little motorized roller skate car, and did a fair amount of necessary shopping today. I really needed to buy some clothing that actually fits without falling off of my body. I found a couple of decent looking shirts, a pair of jeans and some sweat pants that I'm wearing now.
I've renewed my auto insurance policy, fetched the mail and visited with Aily Zirkle and her sister, Kaz at the post officer. I've ordered the materials I need to construct two new pens in the yard, and ordered a truck load of fill dirt to use filling in some of the holes the dogs insist on digging. The pens should be ready for me to pick up when I return home from work for my next R&R, and the fill dirst should be delivered and waiting for me when I get home.
Oh, I even managed to fit in a drive out to the hot springs for a good, long soak in between all that other stuff. Work crews are refurbishing the big chlorinated swimming pool, but the wonderful little rock pool is still open for use.
A pair of ducks heading north to their breeding ground just flew a complete circle around the kennel before heading onward. That seems rather unusual, and was a fun thing to observe. There are a variety of song birds vocalizing at the moment, perhaps because the rain has stopped and they feel good about it, but more likely because they are horny, and it's time to mate.
All in all, I have to proclaim that life is good at Stardancer headquarters tonight. The dogs are fed and happy, I'm fed and happy, and all seems right in our little part of the world.