And I Mean Never…

Two things:
My chickens will never wear diapers.
My chickens will NEVER be allowed in the house.

Click here to read (and see) about the ridiculousness of it all.

But then… to each his own.

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Duke and his boring life

Duke here.

Yeah right. More like “never a dull moment in this house”

Sosha still comes over. A lot. As a matter of fact she was just here for a few days because she wasn’t so much enjoying the pitter patter of little feet in her casa (how d’ya like that, a bilingual dog!).
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Anyhow, rumor has it that my brother and his girlfriend are taking long weekend away. And that can only mean one thing.

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Harley’s coming for a visit.

Like I said… never a dull moment!

 

Poems, Quotes and Songs

Lullaby

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
Smiles awake you when you rise.
Sleep, pretty wantons; do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby:
Rock them, rock them, lullaby.

Care is heavy, therefore sleep you;
You are care, and care must keep you.
Sleep, pretty wantons; do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby:
Rock them, rock them, lullaby.
                                  -Thomas Dekker

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Duke’s Adventures in Puppysitting

Duke here.

The other morning my mom was heading out somewhere and, as is my habit, when I saw that she had picked up her purse and got her keys out, I wanted to go. It didn’t matter where, I just always want to go.

Well it wasn’t a long drive, just down our road and a turn down the next road and over to Jon and Brittany’s house. Mom told me to stay in the car and off she went.

She came back a couple minutes later with Harley and she lifted him into the car and he greeted me very excitedly. I sensed right then and there that there was going to be something a little different about my day. My mom said that Harley would be spending the day with us while his mom and dad were both away for the whole day since he’s so little.

He’s a cute little guy and he’s grown since last time I saw him.

He can fetch blue ball now although he's only interested in chewing on the handle. I guess I did the same thing to my other blue ball.

He can fetch blue ball now although he’s only interested in chewing on the handle. I guess I did the same thing to my other blue ball.

We decided to go for a walk in the woods to look for my old blue ball. We didn't find it though.

We decided to go for a walk in the woods to look for my old blue ball. We didn’t find it though.

But Harley spotted on of Pa's woodcarvings that's just off the trail. He didn't know what to make of it. ☺

But Harley spotted one of Pa’s woodcarvings that’s just off the trail. He didn’t know what to make of it. ☺

He played with all my toys. I didn't mind at all. Look how darn cute he is!

He played with all my toys. I didn’t mind at all. Look how darn cute he is!

And he took naps.

And he took naps.

I needed a nap. I got worn out just watching Harley play.

I needed a nap. I got worn out just watching Harley play.

Luckily he's not quite big enough to join me. It won't be long though.

Luckily he’s not quite big enough to join me. It won’t be long though.

I do love the little guy, but my mom and dad have to give me lots of love after he leaves. Just to let me know that I’m still top dog here.

Duke’s Update on the Chickens

Duke here with an update on the chickens. There are still four of them and my mom and dad still seem to get a kick out of ’em. Sometimes my mom is clearly annoyed at them. And I find just a little evil satisfaction in that.

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My mom asks not to be judged by how the never-used front porch looks. Yes, those are dog beds and one is falling off the front of the porch. My mom and dad put dog beds on the porch because Sosha and I liked to take our naps there and in they thought it would be warmer if we had cushy beds instead of the cold cement. Now that it’s just me, they decided to take one of the beds off. For some reason (I can’t explain), I’m constantly knocking one of them down the front steps anyhow. And yes, the chickens discovered MY nap place. Ugh.

 

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Then my mom happened to discover this one day when she was walking through the house! Yep, that’s a chicken on the windowsill looking into the house. And that’s MY spot. The very spot where I look into and bang on the window when I want to be let in. Ugh.

 

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And they often follow my mom and dad around the yard. I follow the ‘rents around because I love them. The chickens do because they want a snack. Ugh. Greedy.

Those chickens have a nice big yard attached to their house (which, by the way, used to be MY house) and my dad thought we should let them free range for part of the day. My mom isn’t real thrilled when they  hang around near the door. She says we are not the kind of people who let chickens in the house! But now if we don’t let them out of the yard for part of the day they stand at their fence and make a big racket till they’re let out. And they like snacks. Like the kind of snacks I would enjoy if they weren’t given to the chickens (even though my mom insists that lots of snacks are not good for me).  And they aren’t laying eggs like they used to, which I guess is normal but seriously are they just going to become useless pets now? At least I try to earn my keep. I try.

Chickens. Ugh.

Duke’s Day – My New Nephew

Duke here.

Yep, someone got a new puppy. My sister Brittany came over yesterday. She’s Jon’s girlfriend so I consider her a sister because she’s been around long enough that I don’t really remember a time when she wasn’t part of the family. Anyhow, she came over yesterday. And. And. And she brought her new puppy! His name is Harley.

My mom borrowed this from Brittany's facebook page because you can see how he's so cute.

My mom borrowed this from Brittany’s facebook page because you can see how he’s so cute.

Even though I’m a little afraid or a little jealous, I’m not sure which, I thought he was pretty darn cute. He does have sharp teeth. My nose did find that out. Not as bad as getting my tongue pecked by a chicken though. I think he’ll be fun to play with when he’s older. I can’t wait to tell Sosha about him. She can be kind of moody so I hope she’s gentle with him when she meets him.

My mom was all talking baby talk and she and Brittany kept laughing at Harley’s cuteness. My mom took some pictures, but that puppy was on the move and then my mom’s phone memory was full. She needs to start using a real camera again.

Harley met blue ball, but Mom says that he needs a little blue ball.

Harley met blue ball, but Mom says that he needs a little blue ball.

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Dad came home and played with Harley. He was trying to teach him how to fetch a stick. And Harley liked him so much that he kept following him around and it kind of got in the way of him playing with me. My mom even bought him a toy and she didn’t get me a new toy. I hope she doesn’t make that a habit. I’m really not jealous. Maybe I would be if he moved in with us. Yikes!

I think I’ll like this new addition to our family!

 

D is for Duke

Were you expecting anything else?!

Duke is taking this one.

If you’re visiting from the A to Z Challenge, let me introduce myself. I’m Duke.

Duker-day...and nothing much

Yep, that’s me!

I usually blog here on Friday. If I feel up to it. And there’s something to talk about.

I've been with my family from the start. My mom and sister bottle fed my brother Toby and I from the time we were a day old!

I’ve been with my family from the start. My mom and sister bottle fed my brother Toby and me from the time we were a day old!

I know! I've always been super cute!

I know! I’ve always been super cute!

I love it. I mean I really really love it!

Playing with my blue ball is one of my favorite things to do.

I love to go for car rides. I'm all business, don't like to take my eyes off the road!

I love to go for car rides. I’m all business, don’t like to take my eyes off the road!

I love to go to the family cabin in northern Michigan.

I love to go to the family cabin in northern Michigan.

This is Sosha. She lives with my sister. I like her okay, but she's kind of bossy (especially with MY blue ball!).

This is Sosha. She lives with my sister. I like her okay, but she’s kind of bossy (especially with MY blue ball!).

The chickens and I came to an agreement. I leave them alone if they let me eat their crumbs...and poop.

The chickens and I came to an agreement. I leave them alone if they let me eat their crumbs…and poop.

I love to play in our woods!

I love to play in our woods!

My dad is my favorite person...or maybe it's my mom. Well, my dad is more fun anyhow.

My dad is my favorite person…or maybe it’s my mom. Well, my dad is more fun anyhow.

I like to eat. A couple years ago I harvested a row of corn in our garden. My mom wasn't really thrilled about it.

I like to eat. A couple years ago I harvested a row of corn in our garden. My mom wasn’t really thrilled about it.

Duker-day...Relaxing

You’re right if you think that such a busy life makes a dog tired!