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Friday, July 13, 2007

Neighborly Love...

Okay, I don't have a dog. So what am I doing laying on the futon loving on a dog? Well, that would be one of the many neighbors dogs which come to our house on a regular basis to visit with us.

The one eating up some of the Saints lovings would be Miss Skeeter. I just love that name, don't y'all? It was love at first sight with her! She is a Jack Russell terrier which lives two doors down. She is the second sweetest dog I have ever met in my life with our family pet Molly the Welsh terrier holding first place in that category! Skeeter is smart, gentle, well disciplined and has a tongue that will lick your face raw! I swore I would never allow my picture on the Blog but what a perfect example of neighborly love!

We are lucky to have Skeeter with us. She had a tragic event happen in her first year of life. Her daddy, Ron let her out into the yard as he did every day at lunch time. Ron just happen to look out the back door and spotted Skeeter being hauled off into the woods while in the mouth of a coyote! Ron ran after them while screaming his head off to the point where it scared the coyote into dropping her. To this day, she will not go near strange large dogs! Smart dog but not so smart parents. As they still allow her to roam two doors over into our yard!

In the second picture, you will find Skeeter and her best friend. That would be Zip-Zip the Rat Terrier. He is all boy being rough, very yappy and hyper to the bone, but he is smart! Mommy, Lisa picked him on his perfectly marked face. We hit a bit recently on perfect markings and I am guessing that Zip had siblings much more docile then he, but she picked him and he is what we got! He is our next door neighbor in between us and Skeeter. He is a few months behind Skeeter in age so they practically grew up together living side by side. He is so full of energy that he comes into the yard and just stares off into the woods and barks at the wind!

Skeeter and Zip are so much fun to watch while playing together. Skeeters legs are much shorter then Zips but her smarts makes up for her lack in length. She can out maneuver Zip every time! They love to come into our yard because we have a lot of lush green grass for them to romp and stomp and chase each other around on. When they start running around one of our landscaped oval islands, they look like two dogs at a race track! They are adorable together and we are so happy they have each other to play with! They have both been in the house and to our surprise, Sheba and Cheetah do not seem to mind them visiting us! Sheba sniffs noses and Cheetah the baby, sits up on the Monkey tree and lets them entertain her while she stays in her safe place!

We keep Milk-bones dog treats for them. I picked Milk-bones in the memory of our Molly dog. She loved Milk-bones and every time I give one to a doggie, I think of our Beloved Molly dog! Skeeter will sit and shake hands for a treat and then gently take it from your hands. Zip, being all boy, will aggressively grab it from me and gobble it down if I let him. I am stern with him and will make him slow down and sit before he gets his treat. When Zip comes over without Skeeter for a visit, he will not eat the treats but would rather bury them in the yard somewhere. But when Skeeter is with him, he eats them only to keep her from getting them. He is that ornery! Mean old boy! One time he was alone and buried the bone and on his way home, the smart little thing dug up the bone and trotted off home with it in his mouth! Now that was adorable! He is not such a rambunctious boy when he is alone. I think he likes to show off for Skeeter, Again being all boy! Boys, ha....

Zip and Skeeter are not the only dogs which come to visit. We have Zip's big sister Jetta which is a Chow mix. Kie the Rhodesian Ridgeback use to come until those neighbors finally fenced in their yard. They also had RJ the little adorable Yorkie. They gave him away because he was a bad influence on Kie. ha, that is a story for another time...

When our baby Skeeter kitty went over the Rainbow Bridge, we had talked about getting a Rat Terrier or Jack Russell doggie but the girls came creeping out of the woods instead. But to our joy, we have the best of both worlds now with Skeeter and Zip-Zip's visits. It is pure neighborly love for us!

posted by Skeeter at 7/13/2007 09:21:00 PM


Blogger Pam said...

This is off the subject here but had to ask if anyone else saw on the news about the kitten that was buried allive? Yesterday afternoon it was on channel 5. A woman looked out her window and saw a man taking a litle black bag and burrying it near a stream behind her back yard. She went down to where it was and heard a little cry, when she dug the bag up and opened it there wa a 6 week old kitten!!!!!!!!!! The vet said it was 6 weeks old, bless it's little heart. The Animal Control went t the man's house and his wife said he thought the kitten was dead and that is why he buried it, yea right! He just wanted it dead I bet. He said he got down between the recliner somehow and was crushed so thought it was dead, again right! Anyway I hope they do something to him for doing that! I'd like to bury him alive and see how he likes it! Stupid stupid man!

Saturday, July 14, 2007 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

P.S. Sure hope that little sweet kitten gets a super loving home!

Saturday, July 14, 2007 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I'm not a fan of most of my neighbors pets all of which are dogs. They all are barkers and I can't stand to hear dogs bark all the time. It's one thing if it's for a reason, but most of the time there's not. Our neighbor closest to us has a roommate with an annoying little schnauzer that barks ALL the time. I can even hear him through the interior walls. I finally said something when he was waking us up at 6 am on the weekends. They went and baught a bark collar for him and it has been peacfully quiet ever since.

Most of our nighbors don't care what there pets do as long as they are not bothering them. They are that way with there kids too. Those are the ones that the HOA is on about all the trash and toys outside. They also have a small dog and I don't think I have ever seen them clean there backyard. YUCK!

Sunday, July 15, 2007 7:05:00 PM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

I think thats so neat that you have doggie visitors. Zip-Zip looks just like my daughters dog Petie..and you described him perfectly. I guess all rat terriers must have the same personality. I love my little Pete tho. And you even have treats for your visitors. How much more neighborly can you be? If you decide to move back, let me know and I will kick my neighbors out from next door and you can move in there. My Bock Bock would love to come over and snuggle with you and eat a few milk bones!

Monday, July 16, 2007 9:38:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

No,No,No Shannon, When Skeeter moves back, she ahs to move close to me!!!! I got dibs,ha.

Monday, July 16, 2007 5:58:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Wow. Nobody ever fought over ME before.... Skeeter, you got it going on girlfriend!!

I had a strange neighbor pet experience today. I was in the house after just getting home from work this evening, and the phone rings. It is Sweetie (who is outside on his cell phone) telling me I have to come out to the back yard right now. I do, and there is a fluffy white chicken wandering around the next door neighbor's yard. Sh*thead (NOT Punkin) is most intrigued by this strange sight and can't take his eyes off the chicken. It wanders around for a bit, close to our side of the fence. Sweetie decides that Lucy has never seen a chicken, so he called her outside. She did the good dog thing and proceeded to run and bark at the chicken. No fear, Pet Fanatic People, there was a fence between her and the chicken. But, believe you me, it still hauled a$$ over to the other side of the neighbor's yard. Turns out it apparently belonged to the people that live behind the neighbor, as the young son came climbing her fence to retrieve the wayward clucker. The strangest things happen here in Clarks-vegas.

Monday, July 16, 2007 9:37:00 PM  
Blogger O'Malley said...


Do you ever drive by that house on Whitfield rd-by Glen Ellen Elem, that has all the chickens and rabbits and grouse wandering around by the road? It always breaks my heart because I know some of them have to become victims of the road.

And Stacey I will kick my neighbors out for you too.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 10:34:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Stacey, me too on wanting you for a neighbor as well! In fact there is a house in our cul de sac for sale right now. I'd love it if you moved there!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Well, Pam, I've seen your neighborhood, and I'm just a lowly little poor state employee. Your neighborhood would be WAY out of my price range. Maybe when Sweetie wins the lottery.......

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Oh Stacey, go find your own Fan Club and leave my women alone! Tongue sticking out at you in a sassy way! LOL,. I had two guys fighting over me wayyyyy back in 1981 but never two gals! This is exciting... LOL...

Okay Stacey, Let me get this straight…it is not okay to let a cat sniff a frog but it is okay to let a loud barking doggie mess with a Chicken???? And Shame on Sweetie for calling the dogs! Our neighbors, the ones I don’t care too much for, had chickens a while back. Those critters found their way into our yard and found the corn we put out for the deer. They were so funny to watch pecking around the ground. I had heard they were messy but we never had any problems with them, well, except they kept scratching leaves onto the paved driveway while bug hunting. All the chickens left us via the passing cars, an air conditioner fan, their dog, a passing fox etc....

I have one better though; I found a long horned cow in our yard one Sunday morning! Before long there were cowboys on horses having a full fledge Texas style Round-Up in our yard! Was the funniest thing to happen to us so far at this house. Chickens, cows etc, we just never know what will wonder though our yard next. Gotta love that country living!

Back to the topic at hand. Saturday afternoon, I was alerted to the back door by a barking dog. It was Zip Zip standing at the door barking his little head off. I open the door and in he trotted. I was getting our lunch dishes off the table and he jumped up and put his nose in the spaghetti sauce left on the plate! I had to laugh at him as he followed me to the kitchen. He was sitting and had the “please oh please feed me" look on his face. I offered him a plain spaghetti noodle and he gobbled it down like a mad dog. I gave him a second one and again he gobbled it down. I then decided he needed doggie treats more so then people food. So to the utility room we went to the doggie cookie jar. He gobbled down the treats like he was starving. We played catch with a tennis ball in the sunroom as the girls watch us then I let him back out into the yard. He chased a squirrel up the tree then trotted back home. Later on his mommy, Lisa came by and I told her about him standing at the back door and barking for me to let him inside. She laughed and said they had just been on a 17 mile horse ride (he walks or runs the rides) and he was probably hungry. We put our heads together and decided that Lisa was taking too long putting the horses away and he was so hungry that he came to us for a snack! I told y’all he is smart!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

Gals fighting over gals...does sound kind of racy doesn't it? If this doesn't pull Dragon out of his cave I don't know what will!

And Stacey, I love in the ghetto so you could no nothing but improve my street. Why do ya'll think I WANT to kick my neighbors out? haha

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 1:58:00 PM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

haha...meant to say LIVE in the in the ghetto sounds exciting too tho..daring, dangerous, and with the gals fighting over gal part..even MORE exciting! Hmmm...maybe I should stop while I am ahead

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 2:00:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Stacey, Think BIG girl! Since Pam wants us to move next to her, I say she and Fly-Boy buy a few houses and flip them our way. I am sure Shannon could make them a good deal and maybe find her and You Should a new home too. But all houses must have a pool so Rocky can come visit us! What ya say O'Malley???

Talk about the Ghettos. I am currently getting my words together to confront our neighbor on his filling in the hole in the water run-off ditch! (These are the people that don’t take care of their animals! I personally hate them but try hard to be nice due to the neighborly thing but they sure make it difficult at times for me to be nice….) Their ditch filling is causing damage to our yard and not to mention the extra clean up with each rain! We asked them to remove the broken bricks, rip rap, etc, to let the water flow naturally back in March after a rain caused two rail road ties of ours to wash completely across the driveway along with gravel and landscaping materials I had spent hours putting into place! They said they would remove the junk and come up with another plan to keep the dogs in the yard. Guess I should have stipulated a time frame but I would think that 4 months would be adequate time to do something. Their 12 year old daughter said their yard looks like the ghettos compared to our yard. She is right! 6 cars with half of them not running, over grown grass, door falling off of ugly molded shed, wire fencing laying in the yard, 2 X 4’s laying all over from past projects, boulders lined up against our fence with chicken wire to keep the dogs from going under it, kids toys and bike laying all over the yard, 3 trash cans stay on the street, etc. I could go on and on with how trashy their place looks. I think they paid something like $230,000 for their house and their yard looks like trash! Some of our other neighbors have sent them nasty anonymous letters at how ugly their place looks. I am thinking a covert operation by the Night Stalkers is in order here. I want to steal the trash cans then maybe they would at least put them behind their fence from now on!!! What say you Pam and Shannon my love ladies? I still have a little evil spunk left in my bones, Y’all up for some more midnight fun? Okay Stacey, you can join us too! We will show you what real party animals can do! LOL

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 2:55:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Oh, I forgot to tell y'all, the girls have been playing with the tennis ball since Zip put his spit on it Saturday! They have never shown interest until now! My toy, you cant have it!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 3:00:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Girls, Girls, no fighting here! We love and want you both near us! We were just trying to make a point how we love both Stacey and Skeeter the same. And before Dragon or anyone else can get a slobbering idea, it is not about girl ON girl, it's about girlfriends being friends! OKAY?
Now,Stacey, I've got to side with Skeeter on this one about the chicken. I felt sorry for the poor scared cicken. I read a aritcle in a pet rescue newsletter about how this man had a pet chicken and he said it like to cuddle and it acted like a cat or dog when it came to being with him. He said it let him know things it liked and was a really good pet. Makes you think doesn't it? I also read another thing from one of the pet rescue places about how a doctor who used to work in experimental labs took one of the rats and it became his pet. With that experience it made him leave that line of work. He said the rat showed feelings he never thought they had and he felt really bad about how he had done so many painful experiences on all of the other ones. His little rat ended up dying from some of the things that had been done to it and he was very sad about it but now he works for animal rights so at least that was good.
Skeeter,your home and all around it is absolutely gorgus so thankfully you can't really see that awful neighboring mess. Makes you wonder about people who buy in a nice area like that then ruin it like that. We used to live in a neighborhood like that too and it is such a shame. Ususally they don't have a neighborhood association like what we have now and that makes a BIG difference!And Shannon, I know you do not live in a Ghetta area girl! Shame on you for even saying that. It does look like we might need to pla a little covert operation to Skeeter's area.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 7:51:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...


Tuesday, July 17, 2007 8:43:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I just went back and it looks at though I was laughing at the rat! I WAS NOT LAUGHING AT THE RAT. But I think yall know that. I was LOL at the covert operation...

I think it is sad about the poor little rat but his death was not in vane as he helped teach a person love and compassion where animals are concerned….

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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