Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Quick Q&A

I have neglected the questions in the comments for quite some time now. I don't remember where I left off, so here are the answers to the most recent questions.

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...
Hey, how'd you do that?

I used Photoshop Elements to combine three photos into one and saved it as a GIF.

Bush Babe said...
My Lord... I froze just looking at that first pic! What do you DO all day in the house? Are you fabulous at board games? Or scrapbooking? Or do your kids have Nintendo DS's to entertain??

We do, indeed, play many board games. My kids think they're called "bored" games. We also like to bake, read, or play Wii when we're stuck inside.

Amy Jo said...
why do they have to be outside? why do you think collies can be out in freezing weather? they are not wolves, they are domesticated animals. i just dont understand the cruelty.

They have to be outside because the temperature is in the 40s and they are enjoying the sunshine.

Having been a "mom" to a border collie for 13 years now, I can attest that cruelty for these dogs would be leaving them indoors every time there is snow on the ground. They are quite content to be outside where they can herd the chickens, bark at the deer, watch over the kids, and work the cows when they are asked to do so.

When they are tired, they each retreat to their private, insulated doghouse with their own fluffy blanket and bowl of food. When the temperatures dip too low, they curl up in the recliner in the shop with the furnace blowing warm air on them all night long.

Thank you for the revelation that they're not wolves, though. I feel much better knowing that my children's playmates are actually domesticated.





I'd feel pretty silly letting a wolf in the house to nap with the kids.


jane said...

Ha! A recliner and a furnace! I knew it!

Dad said...

Remember, when you're under fire, that flames almost always give off more heat than light.

Jen said...

"I can attest that cruelty for these dogs would be leaving them indoors every time there is snow on the ground."

Boy did you hit that right on the head! We've had border collies for probably just as long as you have and I too can attest to the fact that they'd rather be out then in. When we got a pup we were going to be "good" to her and let her sleep in the porch, by the next morning there was a hole in my screen door and she was lying OUTSIDE next to the door :). We did start your newest BC indoors to get her to bond with us but soon it was evident she needed to be out. Her cozy pet porter with a pillow and blanket are on the porch next to a recliner that used to belong to our older BC Katie until she lost her leg and can't jump up in it but I'm sure by summer she'll get it figured out. Katie, the 10yo BC, is now in the house due to her leg amputation and needing some extra TLC but as soon as spring and summer hit I'm sure she'll be right back outside.

"Thank you for the revelation that they're not wolves, though. I feel much better knowing that my children's playmates are actually domesticated."

Thank you for the chuckle this morning!

Jenny said...

That was rude of someone to accuse you of animal cruelty. You handled it well I thought.

Cool on the Elements trick. I'll have to try that sometime!

Dawn said...

Ahhh... city girls. Gotta love 'em.

Says the suburban mom! Ha ha!

You answered very well with fact and humor.


Jenni said...

I'm laughing at your border collie "cruelty";o) I've wondered the same thing about people who dress their dogs in clothes or carry them about in handbags.

Haf Dozen Reasons....... said...

Tho a wolf for a pet would be interesting!!!

blessedmomto7 said...

Dogs ON THE FARM need to remain outside. That's life-normal life :)Our St. Bernard is PLENTY warm in her dog house with her food but much prefers laying in the snow!

threecollie said...

Ours aren't wolves either but they sure do like to go outdoors. What a time I have getting deaf old Mike back in these days. He doesn't care how cold it is and he is fourteen!

Pony Girl said...

I've always been a bit of an indoor/outdoor dog fan, as a child our dogs were always indoor/outdoor. If I ever have a dog, even if I live on property, my dog will be allowed inside at night. Well maybe after a proper bath, LOL!Seems like there is just too much trouble a dog can get into outside at nighttime.
But having a sister with an Aussie and a Border Collie mix, I understand their desire to run and be active! I think you have a good set-up for your dogs...lots of activity to keep their intellect busy, yet cozy places for them to rest up for the next adventure! ;)Cute pics with this post, too!

Anonymous said...

Nice comeback with your usual wit and humor. Eloquent with a touch of sarcasm. I love it.

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

Thank you! I'll have to try that.

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