3-13-13 – Crooked Acres Wednesday

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Sights from around Crooked Acres.

Arnold and the Cornish Crosses, 5ish weeks old. It cracks me up how tiny Arnold is, compared to the Cornish Crosses. He’s almost always snuggled up against one of them, keeping warm.

Getting the stink eye from all of ’em.

There’s an obvious size difference between the males and females, too.

Fred moved the chicks into the garage, and expanded their brooder. They now have a brooder that’s twice as big as the one they were in, and two heat lamps to choose from. I expect they’ll be headed out to the back forty in a couple of weeks, depending on the weather.

Playful pups, atop Dirt Mountain.

They’re just so HAPPY.

“Whar’d she go?”

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Oh, the underbite. So adorable!

A couple of people have asked, and I guess I didn’t specifically say (What? You guys can’t read my mind?!) – Molly is my parents’ dog. She travels with them; they’re wintering in South Carolina, and they drove here to visit, so of course she came with them.

Molly was adopted from the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick, Maine. She was part of a bunch of dogs brought in from Puerto Rico, actually – my parents had decided it was time for another dog (they’d said goodbye to their Benjie in September 2011), and they’d been visiting the Humane Society regularly. My mother said that she knew as soon as she saw Molly that she was the one. Molly’s a pretty calm girl, and the cats are getting used to having her here (which is not to say that they’re doing anything but glaring from a distance), so it’s going well.

Love the tail.

Molly would probably like to be friends with the cats – or playmates – but the cats aren’t having it. Tommy’s the bravest, and I still can’t imagine him doing anything but running for the hills if she tried to play with him.

Molly hasn’t met George and Gracie face to face, and I don’t think she’s going to. I actually think G&G would love playing with her – right up until she chased a chicken, and then there’d be a problem. I don’t want to chance Molly becoming a Gracie snack, so they’ll have to content themselves with being friends through the fence.

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“Wait. There are chickens to chase? No one told ME that. Where are these chickens? Toss one in here, I’ll make short work of it!”

“I’m bakin’ babies, you know. You have to do whatever I tell you to!”

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Pretty, pretty Sheriff Mama. In a strange coincidence, the very INSTANT Molly the dog stepped foot in the house, Sheriff Mama was suddenly reassigned from the back yard to the upstairs. She said the orders came from “up the chain”, but refused to show us the proper paperwork. I guess we’ll just have to trust her. She keeps a vigilant eye on all upstairs activity. Is this a promotion? Is she going to make a run for political office? Or is it a demotion? Did she misbehave and have to be disciplined? She’s not saying, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.


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3-13-13 – Crooked Acres Wednesday — 34 Comments

  1. Why do the Cornish Crosses always give you the stink-eye, you ask? W-E-L-L it is because they know that you plan on sending them off to freezer camp!!!! (You don’t see Arnold giving you the stink-eye, do you?)
    Does Molly speak Spanish? LOL. 🙂 She is adorable!
    G&G…so loveable!!

  2. Two theories on Kara: The first is that the other cats have asked her to step up her patrols on “Molly Watch”. The second, more interesting, theory is that she is on guard for an expected invasion of kittens. She DOES have experience in these matters, you know 😉

  3. Oh no! I’m going into kitten withdrawal mode!! Kate, pop out those kittens STAT!!

    Think that’s gonna work?

  4. 🙂 when I saw the link to 2012 I HAD to click it. I only occasionally do. But this is about the time I signed in last year and got to see those cute baby tabbies. So happy anniversary to me! Oh and Newberry-I miss you and your siblings.

  5. I’ll try to keep my backstory short and to the point, but I’m on drugs again*, so who knows.

    SO. I was strolling along Memory Lane, laughing myself into a coughing fit over Emmy’s potty math about a year ago, then cruised your “all former fosters” page. I squee’d again at several of the littles, patted myself on the back for having suggested the Firefly naming theme for Kara’s babies, then wandered away to some other part of the web (probably the part that nobody else ever admits to going to). Because my brain is in top form these days, about two minutes later I realized I couldn’t remember what you’d named Kara’s babies. Well, not ALL the names – I remembered three, but not the fourth. Then I realized that the only other Firefly name I could remember at ALL was Mal, and I knew that hadn’t been one of the names.

    I knew if I went back to their page I’d get sucked into the Inescapable Vortex of Cute (again) so I decided instead to see if Google would give me the rest of the names, without me having to click through anywhere, if I typed in the ones I knew. So I googled “river kaylee zoe” – and would you believe that, out of all the Firefly fandom out there, out of all the jabillions of sites** dedicated to Firefly, when you type “river kaylee zoe” into Google, the THIRD response you get is this very website here?

    That’s pretty impressive, if you ask me.***

    *For bronchitis! What were YOU thinking?!

    **Okay, well, fourteen at least.

    ***Which you didn’t, but when has that ever stopped me from sharing my thoughts in their horrifying entirety?

  6. OMG! Microwave Dave and the Nukes! I was just wondering if he still played because a couple of their songs came up while I was running this past weekend. I have a CD from about a million years ago when I lived in Huntsville and went to the Big Spring Jam.(Now back to your regularly scheduled Cat Chat)

    • I had never heard of him, but Fred immediately knew who he was! Apparently he’s still around and going strong. 🙂

  7. I <3 Sheriff Mama! Swoon – she's so perdy! I'd love to get her pawtograph. 🙂

  8. Oh man! We’re camping at Monte Sano this weekend with our cub scout den!!!! Too bad it’s not that weekend. (We’re going to the Space and Rocket Center Sat.)

    Awwww… Arnold’s at that gawky kid/preteen stage. bless his heart.

    The puppies look so happy!

  9. A quick public service announcement…

    Amazon.com is having a special on “Da Bird” value packs. The Super Pack, normally $39.95, is on sale for $12.95. Just wanted to let the word out since many of us have been intrigued by this crazy cat toy. 🙂

    • Thanks, Christine, I went and added that to the entry! The Super Pack showed up at $17.93 for me, but I still think that’s a good deal.

      • So I think I just got the last one…thanks for the heads-up. I used your link Robyn, so hopefully you’ll get a little something from it. Consider it a baby shower gift for the Royals! 🙂

        I hadn’t thought about G & G’s reactions if Molly decided to chase a chicken. I just figured they’d try to herd her like she was another one of their charges, not turn her into kibble!

          • Thanks for the heads up. Went directly there before finishing the entry and ordered one with some replacements. Figure with four cats and a dog that might try to get in on the action I’ll need them. Every time it’s mentioned in an entry I mean to go order after I’m done reading and by then the black hole of my brain has eaten up that idea and I just don’t do it. So thanks again for putting the link right there.

  10. yep – happy dogs on dirt mountain…..I have visions of my brother’s pryn spending her summer vacation out there. haha 😉

    Sheriff Mama – we bet is a vacation….kind of like going south for the winter, only going north for the invasion of the little dog

    • HA – “Are you going north for the Molly this year?” is what we’ll have to ask her next time my parents and Molly come to visit!

      • There’s a lo-o-o-o-ong tradition of Bostonian and New Yorkers going North for the Summer, so maybe Kara is a secret Bostonian and has just confused “Molly” with “Summer”!!

  11. I got a little excited when I came here this morning. When I didn’t see your link of Kate to name the kittens right at the top, I thought – OH! OHHH! BABIES?!?! – And I tried to resist scrolling down to see, but couldn’t concentrate on what I was reading. So I jumped the gun and skipped everything to find out. And then I saw the link further down instead and went – Ah, poop.
    Commmme onnnn, Kaaaate! We’re waiting!

    (I did go back and read everything afterwards, of course) 😉

    • I promise you, the instant I realize she’s having (or had) babies, it’ll be the first thing you see when you come here! 🙂

  12. I wish I lived closer so I could go the Challenger’s House fundraiser, sounds like a wonderful time will be had by all !!
    “bakin’ babies” cracks me up every time !!!!!

  13. Poor Arnold, looks like he’s trying to figure out why he’s the littlest of the family!
    Sheriff momma in the house? Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t she the one who stares longingly through the door but refuses to come in? Good for her taking up the high ground inside!
    Love them big doggies having fun on dirt mountain!

  14. Baking babies! Love it! And I have to tell you this,… I am addicted to L and H. I didn’t have time to read before I left this morning, and had a horrible headache until now, when I was able to catch up. Addicted, I tell ya….

  15. “Arnold and the Cornish Crosses” – sounds like a garage band from the 70s! Maybe they can play when Microwave Dave takes a break at the CH blowout!

    And thanks, Christine and Robyn, for the alert on Da Bird – looks like they are still in stock at the price quoted (including postage)!

  16. Thanks for splanin’ why Molly can’t hang with George and Grace. Inquiring minds wanted to know and your explanation makes perfect sense. 😉 I LOVE dogs with under bites too. We’ve never had an under bite pup but I’d like to.

    So many happy goings on and updates at Crooked Acres this week. Thanks for taking the time to write, Robyn, even while you have visitors!

  17. Any idea yet of what breed Arnold is?

    I too have been revisiting the baby Noms from the links at the bottom- I can’t wait for more of your kitten dialog! 🙂

  18. Can you address this on Friday? – Google Reader is going away July 1st. Is there another reader that is just as good? What do you use??