We don't give our dogs as many treats as most dog owners do. Since they don't often get them, they really are special. There are three things they consider treats which they get consistently. Whenever anyone gets ice from the fridge, the girls are right there each expecting an ice cube. I make green salads almost every day. The girls just love carrots, so I give them a few slices of carrot. And each evening they each get a treat when they get into their crates for the night.
They are anxiously watching and waiting for their carrot pennies. And yes, it might have been a little cruel of me to take the time for a picture rather than pay attention to cutting the carrots. But can you blame me for wanting to capture those beautiful faces?
My husband and I tend to keep tiny treats in our pockets. Every so often, we will call the dogs. They come rather quickly and sit down to await the treat. We do this at different times and in different situations. The girls always come quickly when called...not because they are so obedient, but because we might have a treat for them.
My husband has called the girls and they sit next to his chair. (We tend to take off our shoes a lot and you can see my husband's shoes next to the girls.) They expect a treat but sometimes the treat is petting them. Since they are never sure whether a treat will be given, they come quickly just in case. And they don't seem to be disappointed if the treat is just getting some petting and hugs.
How is the color in the NC mountains? It has burst forth rapidly. Rain and high winds around here have muted the color a bit, but it is still gorgeous. The color at our elevation (3,000 ft) is not yet at peak. The color above 4,000 ft is very near peak, and the color at 2,000ft and below is just beginning. So if you are in the mountains, you can easily drive to a different elevation and you will find beautiful color.
I shot this photograph from our deck this morning.
Then I walked to the mailbox and aimed down our street.
As we look at the Autumn spendor we also enjoy some of our "winter" vegetables. Squashes, pumpkins, and other vegetables taste so wonderful in this chilly season. The quote this week comes from Bertie Forbes, who started Forbes Magazine.
Believe in yourself, your neighbors, your work, your ultimate attainment of more complete happiness. It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring who reaps a harvest in Autumn.
So work on believing all through the year. But believing by itself will not bring a harvest. You must also take action and plant your seeds in order to reap the harvest.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!!!