Wednesday, April 13, 2011

It's A Dog's Life. . .

Readers will know that Mimi is a black Standard Poodle who is the BFF of our white German Shepherd Moses. They will also know that Mimi spends more than a little time at our place throughout the year. She has been here with us to share blizzards, heat waves, wild thunderstorms in the night, dog days in August, spring flowers blooming and harvest moons. She often spends several idyllic weeks in a row with us. Other times she may only stop by for an afternoon hike and some dinner.

Mimi and Mo share the same schedule. They eat the same food and divvy up the two dog beds that are a permanent fixture in our bedroom. They each have a couch in our living room and they know exactly which couch is theirs. They nap together, bark together at the mail-lady, run and play and chase the barn cats together, enjoy the lake together. And like a long-married couple, even their er.. um.. bathroom habits coincide…

In our house, we cannot casually utter the ‘Mimi’ word. If her name accidentally crosses our lips, Moses immediately takes up his station at the lookout window and will wait the entire day for Mimi’s expected visit. The same is true at Mimi’s house. Mo’s name cannot be casually spoken unless a visit is in the immediate offing.
Of course, the highlights of their days here on the farm are rambling hikes that take us across hills, woods, fields and streams. Oh, the wondrous smells and sights this land contains for two high-energy canines as they race ahead to explore the many mud puddles, stands of burr-filled brush and miles of rabbit and deer trails on our daily expeditions!

The terrain is ever changing. The crops grow tall and conceal wildlife for dogs whose natural born inclination it is to flush and chase. Toward the end of their nose-to-dirt, zigzagging runs, we arrive at the lake, its cool, pure water so refreshing to drink and stand in, belly deep… perhaps even a swim is in order today. Who says that being treated like a dog is a bad thing?

Mimi and Moses would like to remind all humans that it is unlawful in Pennsylvania for owners or keepers of any dog to house the dog for any period of time in a drum, barrel, refrigerator or freezer regardless of the material of which the drum, barrel, refrigerator or freezer is constructed. Also, it shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog to fail to keep the dog confined within the premises of the owner, firmly secured by means of a collar and chain or other device so that it cannot stray beyond the premises on which it is secured or under the reasonable control of some person, or when engaged in lawful hunting, exhibition, performance events or field training.


  1. Lovely, Max. Animals are "present" and so fully alive. We have a lot to learn from them. Enjoy spring at Jolico Farm! I'm sure the hollyhocks and roses will be in bloom any day now :)

    "flower arrangement:
    just two yellow daffodils,
    the first to bloom"
    - L.A. Davidson, The Shape of the Tree

  2. Maxine I think we have crossed paths because of our mutual friend Daisy. Thank you Daisy for bringing this delightful opportunity to us. I can see that Mimi and Moses have an ideal life. I am with them. It is time to sniff the trails along Mayne Islands coast line and see what scent is in the winds. Best of the weekend to you:)

  3. Terrill, I am sure we crossed paths due to Daisy! I cannot count the number of new friends I have discovered due to her. She is a most prolific friend-gatherer!!

    Daisy, I did not notice your post here until I received one from Terrill, so I will say thank you for your constant friendship and encouragement, and take this opportunity to compliment you on your excellent nose for sniffing out such lovely friends!

    Folks, read Terrill's blog as well as Daisy's blog through their links above. I know you will enjoy them both!