Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Angel Says: I Once Kissed a Cow and Now I Kissed a Donkey Too

Angel has always been the first to raise the alarm if necessary, but being a bit chicken, she will have one of our braver dogs take over and chase a potential threat away. Now it seems like she is working on overcoming her fears because earlier in the summer she marched right up to this cow and planted a big kiss on her nose.  I've never seen a cow jump up on all fours before, this one did, and her startled expression was priceless. 

Yesterday, beautiful white clouds hung low on the mountain and as I was taking cloud pictures, one of the old wild burros from the rescue came up to us. Angel has always kept away from the burros, something I encouraged because these two species usually don't get along. But what do I know? Here she just marched up and planted kiss on him too. This didn't seem to bother the burro, but Angel looked like -- did I just do that? And started barking.

This drew the attention of the rest of the herd and as they approached, ears up, Angel decided to retreat.

OK, she seemed to say to herself, enough of this, I'm averting my eyes and moving to the far side of the road, slowly, without losing face, of course. I am a German shepherd dog  after all.

Many of you asked about Soldier. Here he is yesterday. Soldier is the only dog we've ever had that whines. Being tied up to a dog house for the first seven years of his life, he learned how to whine and good for him, I'd say. And now he whines again. When he was really sick, he didn't. So whining means he is feeling better and wants some action, like a walk. There is nothing he likes better than his walks, something can't have now. But he wakes up cheerful, tail wagging. He eats as well as always, the second or maybe third thing he loves best. The other thing Soldier loves beyond words is his daddy. And he gets to spend time with him now, of course. I don't know if he is any better physically. The harness keeps him stable and he can now get up by himself when he sits down in that awkward position. I keep the harness on all the time, since I only use the front part and it doesn't bother him. I will call the vet today and will let you know more later. Thanks for your concern, we really appreciate it.


  1. cute angel. :) hang in their, soldier! :)

  2. Aww, Angel kisses. How sweet!
    Hooray for whining!

  3. Good going Soldier:) Glad that you are doing good. Whining is good, if it is normal for you. Whimper is good too.
    In India a stray dog fell into a barrel of tar and started whining. If he did not, we would never know. My kids and their cousins brought some kerosine and freed the dog from the tar. We wanted to take him to the vet but he just ran away. It is good when animals get our attention some how. So Soldier I thought that this story about an other dog might interest you.
    And Inger I am just glad that your computer is fixed and we get to see great pics:)

  4. Beautiful pictures Inger!! I love donkey's and cows. And of course.. Angel is just that.. an angel. Very brave! It's good to see Soldier. Bless his heart.. glad he's back to whining. Feel better sweet Soldier!! Gracie sends doggie kisses to Samson.

  5. I think Angel is either real brave or foolhardy to go kissing a larger animal with such big teeth! LOL!

    I hope Soldier is better. I have a whiner too and she can drive a person crazy with it!


  6. What a sweet angel.
    So glad Soldier is doing ok. Yay!

  7. (3rd attemtp at commenting--I am nothing if not persistent!)

    First, SO GLAD that Soldier is doing so much better!

    As far as Angel, I think he's brilliant. When he senses a problem he alerts you & then calls for help. It's sort of a canine version of "Danger! Help! Call 911! Call the National Guard"! That way, he's done his duty & can still stay safe.

  8. Angel is a real smoocher and evidently doesn't discriminate. What a sweetie.
    So glad Soldier is feeling a wee bit better.

  9. Kjempefin bildeserie. Her går det mot mørketid. nå 14,45 på dagen å det er helt mørkt ute.
    Ha en fin dag

  10. Thanks for your comments. Fishducky: I'm sorry about your comment problems. When I have some time, I'll check on Blogger Help. Nordis: I remember those dark days. They do get depressing after a while.

  11. What pretty dogs! Angel is a hoot! I laughed out loud about her kisses. I have never seen a cow jump like that, either, but I have a good imagination, and it is a very funny scene. I think Soldier looks very smart in his new vest. Happy to hear he is a bit better. That third photo with clouds is gorgeous! I like seeing the other animals, too.

  12. Glad to see Soldier up.of course I love all the donkeys !

  13. I apologize to Angel for trying to change HER gender.

  14. Hej Inger! Fina bilder på där du bor. Verkar som Soldier är rätt ok ändå...Fina hundar du har. Imorgon skall vi ut med Tyra och Aýla på rådjursjakt. Det skall bli för årstiden varmt upp mot +10 grader.

  15. What wonderful dogs, Inger! Love that donkey and Angel photo!
    Good for Soldier! Let the whining continue!!!!


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