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Sights from around Crooked Acres.

Fred split a leftover piece of (homemade) pizza between George and Gracie. Gracie took hers and ran off. George did this.

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When he’s offered a food he’s never had before, he takes it, then immediately drops it on the ground so he can sniff it and determine whether he wants to eat it (he always wants to eat it – he just needs to sniff it first!) He eventually picked it up and ran off with it.

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It never occurred to me that the pond would become a water source for the dogs. But apparently it’s rather tasty.

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I actually took this picture and the next few from my desk. George and Gracie like to hang out on Dirt Mountain.

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They like to run around like nuts, too.

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Gracie keeps an eye on things while sitting on the ramp to the coop, while George tries to figure out who knocked over the feeder (my guess: probably George).

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I don’t remember what this rueful look was about.

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Pretty Gracie.

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I think it had just rained, and the chickens were on Dirt Mountain checking for bugs, while Gracie sat guard at the bottom of the mountain.

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Angry Muppet looks like a big ol’ cotton ball with a beak, doesn’t she?

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Rooster, keeping an eye on his hens.

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I’m sensing a distinct flirty vibe from Mister Rooster.

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::flippity flap::

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::flappity flip::

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Checking to see if I’m impressed.

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I’m not sure what these little birds are, but they’re awfully pretty.

And now, a few short Crooked Acres videos for you!

The first, three hens taking a dust bath. Hens (well, roosters do it too, actually) do this to keep clean (I didn’t manage to get the bit at the end where they all three stood up and shook all the dust from their feathers, unfortunately).

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And in the second, a few months ago I bought a game cam. We put it on the front porch to see what was eating the cat food we put out there, and we found out (we were also not surprised).

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I’ve put the camera away for now, but plan to get it back out in the Spring. A few years ago we caught footage of some raccoons showing up on the front porch, I’d like to see if they’re still coming around.

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Because I suck, I only have two Sons pictures for you. I need to get some pictures of them, but it’s been gloomy and rainy for the past several days, which makes it hard to get good pictures of them.

Opie, doing his Tubby impression.

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I do have a couple of short videos, though, of Charlie Peppers. In the first one, he was hanging out in the kitchen trying to let me know that he was DYING OF STARVATION.

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And in the second, it was snack time, and all the cats were in the kitchen. Charlie was doing his best to hurry me along. I particularly like the part at the end where Alice tries to show Jake who the boss is, and Jake comes back at her like “I DON’T BELIEVE THAT’S THE WAY IT IS, MY DEAR” and she backs right off.

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Speaking of Charlie and Patty, the news from Lisa Tuesday night was that they were out of the litter box, and Charlie was more relaxed about it than Patty. But, hey – at least they’re out!

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Joe Bob, catnip banana fiend.

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2011: Hello, Crazy Eyes.
2010: He’s always better with the skittish ones, because he’s more patient than I am.
2009: No entry.
2008: No entry.
2007: I think, given enough time, we’ll turn her into a lovebug whether she likes it or not!
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



1-12-12 — 16 Comments

  1. Alice is a “wanna-be-tough”…. πŸ™‚

    LOVE GEORGE AND GRACIE!!! I think the dirt mountain is an excellent lookout spot for surveying for danger!

  2. I loved, loved, loved the cameo from Patty πŸ˜€ Plus, Charlie was just like my Logan, begin all sweet and completely ignoring the two almost fighting cats. Good eye there, Charlie. Way to diffuse the situation! πŸ˜€

  3. I keep working on my husband to bring home another cat. His argument is that we already have two. (Ha! We’re minor leagues!) One of the two is a long-term foster who will be with us until early August. More and more I’m thinking we don’t need another one… we need another two. A sibling pair to cuddle and play and keep each other busy in case my senior (He will be 9 by the time he’s an only cat again, a young 9 but 9 all the same) doesn’t want to party with them.

    How I wish I could figure out how to bring Charlie and Patty here to Michigan. I absolutely adore Chuckles, although it will quite confusing since the dog is also Charlie aka Chuck aka Chuckles. And Miss Patty seems like such a sweet little lady. Heck, I’d bring both Peppers clans north if I could.

  4. HA – Jake is all “check again, i’m the boss!”

    oh charlie you make my heart melt — i hope someone adopts you and patty together <3

    george and gracie are lovely as always

  5. Send a spanky to NJ πŸ™‚ I would love one now that we finally have our own place. Six kittens isn’t that many…..or seven πŸ™‚

  6. Looking at that first picture of Mr Rooster and his GQ pose, I begin to understand the term “Cock of the Walk.” Talk about “I’s have it” attitude!

  7. The Spankies would be just right for me too – unfortunately I cant have pets where I live plus I am in the UK so doubly not fair!!! πŸ™

  8. I’m not sure where you usually get the questions you receive, so I hope you don’t mind me posting one in your comment section!

    I recently got a new kitten, and as far as introductions to my grumpy old boy goes, things have been going swimmingly. Unfortunately, baby seems to like to eat my older cat’s food, and visa versa. For the baby it’s not so bad, but for my older cat, he has a sensitive stomach and also can’t really afford to put on the potential pounds from the kitten food (he’s not fat, but if he keeps this up he will be!)

    You have so many cats; if you do, how do you keep them out of each other’s food? They both get fed twice a day, but they don’t always finish everything in one sitting, which leaves ample opportunity for one cat to go sampling the other’s fine food.

  9. Chicken dust baths, boy does that bring back memories, lol, they sure are funny when they do that. Especially after all the work to get the dirt in their feathers then the shake off making mini dust clouds!

    Starvin’ them kitties… for shame! lol

  10. The dog spitting out food thing cracks me up. When I hand our Golden Retriever something to eat, I guess he smells it coming and makes a quick decision. If it smells good, it goes immediately down without tasting, even. But if he’s not sure, he does that same thing. He always does that when you give him a piece of fruit. He usually ends up eating fruit, but he does that to it every time. Cracks me up.

  11. Just curious about that front porch cam video. Did it end up being kitties eating the cat food, or possums, or squirrels, or… I couldn’t tell, as it was quiet.

    *pets the Peppers gangs, 1.0 and 2.0, the Sons, the dogs, and all the resident kitties!) Now I’m covered in virtu-fur. πŸ™‚ I have to admit, the image of Joe Bob all goofy on ‘nip is an adorable one. I’m a sucker for sweet tuxedo kitties anyway.

    • It was possums – well, it was Maxi at the beginning, then a couple of possums. The squirrels eat out of the bird feeders, they turn their noses up at the idea of eating out of bowls like common cats! πŸ˜‰

      • Oooooh gotcha! πŸ™‚ For a second I had the image of some bold squirrel descending from the usual bird feeder perch to snag dinner out of a dish. Heh.

    • I had seen it, but I liked seeing it again. That was definitely a Glamour Shots pose! πŸ™‚