The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—Night Work

The reality of a dog’s life…a farm dog’s life, that is—is we work at night.

Coming on Night

There is much we have to do:

Night

First I go with Mom and Dad to change the water one last time before bed.

Then, when they are inside watch television, I’m outside so I can check out all the places the fox have been.  We have a lot of fox.  A group of fox is called a skulk, beats me why they call a group a skulk. (Mom assures me this a fact. Weird)

Mom always asks me to come in to spend the night; I go in and try to rest. BUT there is so much going on out outside I head back out.  When I’m tired I can always bed down in one of the dog houses.

Look

I’m really always on guard…well, let me clarify I don’t really guard, I sniff out and then I either give chase or I holler for Mom or Dad.

But why holler for Mom or Dad for the common night creatures: fox, owls, cats (Sam and Monkey), mice, deer ….ugh … skunk…those sorts of every day critters that share the farm with us.

Now I do holler when the coyotes come around…so does Mom!

Shudder, shiver…I sure don’t like coyotes!

Run

Mom and I go for a walk around mid-night.  After which I usually come in and crash for a spell.

Morning Corn

 

Then come morning…well, you see, I have to get back out there and see if anything came through while I slept.

FOX-Hunt

As my grandpa would say— I’m a very busy feller!

Boomer

 

 

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—NEWS

Mom buys me toys to play with…but I don’t like them.

Mom throws me balls…I chase them sorta…Fuzzy and I used to place chase with each other, but not really.  We enjoyed chase the fox, or chase the squirrel, or splash in the ditch more.  Well, ummmmmmmm, Fuzzy enjoyed splash the ditch; I liked (and still do) GATHERING NEWS!!!

LOL!

News for the day!

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Mom moved a couple of the garden toads from under my dog houses to her corral garden.

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They really seem to like it out there…works better than getting living under my dog house.

Ditch-Creature

We have frogs in the irrigation ditches!  I love, LOVE, to put my nose on them and watch them hop away.

feet

Our yard is full of birds…they sing us awake every morning and chirp sleepy little songs in the evening to put us to bed.

Quail

Lots of Gambol’s Quail this year.  Dad is really happy we have more pheasants than last year.  We lost lots of pheasants a few years back and it’s taken awhile for them to recover.

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There are baby raccoons in one of the trees in the yard.  Cute little things!

Rac

There are raccoons in the yard, in the farm yard, and out of the ditch.  There are as many raccoon as there are fox; is seems.

Good-Kitty

As for the home front—Sammy does a very good job of keeping the mice down.  (I’m glad that his job…it’s NOT something I’m ever going to do—Fuzzy would do it, but NOT ME!)

Looking for the mailman

Well, that’s the news for today.  I’m off, now, to get ready and bark the mailman down the road…he should be coming anytime now.

Boomer

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—FOX

Boy do I ever miss Fuzzy!!

Fox-2

Every morning, when Freddy Fox would try (TRY) to walk through the farm yard Fuzzy and I would make a mad dash up to the grain bin and give him a good chase!

Pretty much Freddy and his family would  wave their tails as us and scamper off—there is no way we could keep up.

Two-fox

Now I have to do it myself!

All by myself.

But I do it!

Sometimes Freddy comes by with his brothers, or his sisters, or his cousins, I’m not sure which…he stops by the grain bins and gives a huge yowl and barks at me!

Once I hear his call the CHASE is on!!!

It’s still fun…it just would be funner if Fuzzy was here to share in the adventure.

Oops!

Moon-and-fox

There’s the call…gotta run!

HOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWL  yip-yip bark!

Boomer

 

 

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—Out on the Ditch Bank

 

Coming-to-me

Mom had to go help Dad over at the other place.  She went on the tractor so I didn’t get to go!  :(

Mom and Dad won’t let me run alongside either, they say I’m too old (I’m eleven now) and it would be way too long of a run so I get—“No, Boomer!  NO!  You stay here”!  Then Mom gives me a hug and a very stern look and off she goes.

BUT!  I always meet Mom when she comes home!  ALWAYS!  I meet Dad, also, but I don’t run down the road as far. :)

The fox are coming into the yard.  One had Sammy cornered.  Mom heard the racket and came running out of the house just in time to see the fox and Sammy in a standoff at the grain ben.  I chased the fox all the way to the upper end.  Whew!  Boy was I ever hot and tired when I got back.  Mom gave me a big bowl of cold water and a dog cookie.  I gobbled up the water and the cookie and took a Loooong nap.  I sure needed it.  (I might be old(er), but I can still do my job!)

Hidden

Last night we scared Momma Deer and her Princess out of the corn field when we went up to change the water.  (Dad was a little disgusted, but at the same time we ALL liked seeing the little baby!)  Mom told me that today we will just take up more of the shelled corn and put it closer to where the deer are bedding down.

Pink-water-Use

Everyone had a big laugh when I chased a mouse out of one of the siphon tubes.  It ran toward me and I sorta jumped.  BUT!!! No one jumped as much as Mom did when she put a siphon tube into the water and a vole rushed out of the end of the tube and over her hand!

Mom didn’t scream but she sure did lose the siphon tube in the ditch and run backwards for a short spell!!! :)

Early this morning we were just stirring around when the fox came back INTO THE yard and ran right by the kitchen window.  Monkey started growling low in her voice, Sam jumped up on the window sill, Mom and I hurried out the back door and Mom said “Get!” to the fox.  Which it did.

I didn’t chase the fox this time, he/she was going so fast there was no reason to give chase.

Helping-out

Well, there is my week. Doesn’t seem like much, but it sure is fun!
Boomer

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—When it’s Hot

What’s a dog supposed to do when it’s hot? So hot all a dog can do is sit around panting?

GO FOR A RIDE WITH MOM AND DAD!  That’s what a dog can do—

Chip-1

Well….Sunday we all loaded up and ‘went to the hills’—Grand Mesa that is.  There we gave Linkin and Bladen back to their folks and hung around awhile.

Hank and I watched the chipmunks and Camp robbers steal  his dog food.  We just watched because we were hunkered down under Hank’s Mom and Dad’s trailer.

(We didn’t want to just watch, but……………)

Ruth

Back home Mom and I saw Ruth…she was WAAAAAAAAAAAAY over there.  I hollered at her. She just continued to sit there.

Skin

We saw a skin…the skin of a bull snake, that is.  It was a big one!

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There are lots of quail around and many, many, just starting to be able to fly baby pheasants.

Cooling-Off

When we go irrigate I always cool off.  I try to cool off, that is.

It’s sure been hot!

Boomer

 

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—Help

Blade’s here!!!  He has been here for a week, but Mom says the week is about over!

Ride

He’s been helping Mom and Dad lots!  Where ever they go and whatever they do, he is right there with them.

JUST LIKE ME!

Hay

We all went out and rolled bales for Dad…that means we straightened up all the bales so the stack wagon can just come along and pick them up, without Dad having to get off and straighten the bale first.

Then Blade gathered the loose cut alfalfa the baler missed on the back end of the first field, while Mom and I gathered the loose hay on the upper end.

Blade picked the hardest part; he said he really wanted to do, so Mom and I let him.

Mom says Blade cuts her work in ½, he is that good of helper.

Dad is cutting the big field of alfalfa now.  Mom says that when this alfalfa has dried down into hay, it will just be she and I to do everything.

I sat down on the ground and whapped my tail several times, with great love in my eyes. I’ll be here to help Mom, I tried to convey to her.

Mom gave me lots of pats, “I know, Boomer.  It’s just Blade gets OFF the 4-wheeler and actually moves the bales.”

Shadown-Boom

Oh, well, I do go every time…and let me tell you it’s HOT out there!

Boomer

 

 

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—About Mom

Mom is doing better!  She says she still has a dull nagging headache, but the arm/elbow pain is gone.

We took several naps yesterday.  I slept right on the floor next to her…she says I snore…look who’s talking.  Humph!

Then in a tiny break in the rain, Mom, Dad, and I all went for a short ride.  We went to the Rocky Point on our farm.

The-Place

 

Dad says…  ‘Let’s all go up to my place’, so we did.

RUN

We saw some deer.

NIce

And Mom saw some yellow Iris like flowers growing along the Canal Bank,

Supper

 

back home we all sat outside and watch the hummingbirds.

Mom said she needed a day like this.

I licked her hand.  I think we all needed a day like this.
Boomer

 

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday— A Routine Day on the Farm

Mom hollered at me saying: “It’s your turn to write, Boomer.  Today is Friday.”  Then she walked upstairs to turn on the computer.  As soon as I heard her voice I had already scrambled up from my dead sleep ready for action.

I wagged my tail and bounced up the stairs beating her by three steps!  I might be 10 ½, but I’m still fast!

Tee Hee

I waited with Mom while the computer turned on and warmed up.  Then I had to sit down for a spell, because Mom wanted to check out the news and a few things.

“Be thinking about what you want to say, Boom.  I’ll look at the a few blogs, then when you are ready the computer is yours.”

I sat there watching her move the mouse around, click a few things…stop and stare at the screen…I guess I’ll just lay down here and put my head on my paws; looks like she is going to take forever!

Geez, my eye lids are getting heav…y…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

“Okay, Boomer, your turn,” mom announced as she got up from the computer chair.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmph!  Znort! HUH!?  Oh, My turn.

Let’s see-what was I dreaming thinking about?  Oh Yes! What we did yesterday.  Yesterday was a typical day.  A day just like any other day. I like days like that they are FUN!

Done

Mom and I took the finished siphon tubes out to the dirt ditch at the pinto bean field.

Water-and-Corn

We irrigated the corn and the pinto bean field.  We are watering the BIG corn field now…it takes a week to get across to get all the rows wet…I explored while my folks worked.  Sadly I found out that one of the porcupines died over on the sagebrush hill.  It’s always sad when something like that happens.  Mom and Dad had a wee flood from the large cornfield into the little corn field…they were scrambling pretty fast to get the water back into the big corn field’s cement ditch.  I thought it was pretty neat since several mice had to scamper very quickly away from the water.  I didn’t chase them, but I did give some of them a couple of good sniffs.

Then Mom loaded me up…I don’t jump up any more, ever since I tore my knee Mom lifts me up and takes me down.  My knee is better but she doesn’t want “another hurt knee”.

Bloom

Then we moseyed on down past the alfalfa field … Dad says he will cut hay next Wednesday; it’s starting to bloom. To the pinto bean field.  Mom told me to stay that this wasn’t going to take long.

It didn’t…22 set siphon tubes later and we were back on the 4-wheeler heading home. HUH!?  Not home!

Grass

We were going to the Rocky Hill…Dad’s favorite spot on the farm.  Then we rode through the pasture between the Rocky Hill and the Coyote Hill…it’s a good thing I was on the 4-wheeler the grass was over our heads!

We saw three doe deer…Mom told me today she and I are going out to put corn on the ground so the deer won’t eat the new baby corn plants.  COOL!

After that we headed home.   See. Not much happening.  But it sure is fun.

Waiting

Boomer, the Beagle

Moving Forward—Thursday, June 4, 2015

StartWe’ve been making siphon tubes.  Seems like this is something we must do every year.  Although the pvc pipe is really sturdy, it does wear out…cracking or splitting, even just plain breaking off at the end.

Oven

We first heat up a PVC pipe, which has been cut to length, in our handy-dandy oven.  It’s my job to turn the tubes until the heat softens them.

Making-T-done

Once soften (they fall down in the oven all warm and pliable), Terry  picks them up quickly and puts them in his hand made siphon tube form.  I showed you this same photo last Friday…Boomer watching.  He is never sure if he should just watch or if we have something for him to do. :)

Over and over again we heat, shape and stack. Then when cool and hard  we take them out to the fields…new tubes YAY!  No more packing tubes from one set to another—just pick up a tube, fill with water, set down and done!

We have 30 more to go.  Since we are doing this for ourselves we work at it off and on; a little today maybe some more in a couple of days.  The last set of 30 is sitting out there waiting for us.  Once we get those done we will have all we need for the rest of the farming season.

12The weather is still nice and hot with a rather strong wind in the afternoons, but the weather people are saying this is about to change.  A cold front with heavy moisture is to hit the Four-Corners area this evening then head our way by the week end.  That’s okay…a little cool down is good for the plants and for ME!  :)

The cold front will be fast moving (unless it stalls) so we should be able to cut the alfalfa next Wednesday.  That’s the plan anyway.

Have a good one everyone…I’m off to mow the lawn!

Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,

Linda

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday— A Week in the Life of ME!

We have the little kids here, well, really we have Tally; Blade comes off and on.  Then this week-end Hank Puff and his Mom and Dad return and switch kids with us; we will then have Linkin.

Still I thought you would like seeing how my week has gone:

Beagle-Smiles

  • off to work with Dad

Making-T-done

  • making siphon tubes with Mom and Dad

Shovels

  • helping Mom irrigate…

Smells-!

I really don’t irrigate, Fuzzy did, but not I—I am the gatherer of news!

Vrrooom

  • riding with Mom and Tally on the back of the 4-wheeler to GO irrigate

Sniff

  • checking out who has been walking on the roads on the farm

Off-We-Go

  • heading into town, now and again

Then the hard part—

Waiting!

Waiting for someone to come out and play or waiting to be let in the house to sleep, or waiting to go to work

Waiting

Waiting.

Boomer the Beagle