Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What's That in OUR Yard? The Birds Nest Saga

A few weeks ago Francesca got in trouble. (What's new, right?) She looked up at the hose reel and saw something amiss. There was a rough and tumble kind of birds nest in the hollow of the reel and something was rustling around in it. She was very curious.

Of course there is a back story to this saga. One day our owner noticed some Juncos bringing straw and leaves into the hose reel. She thought this wasn't a very safe place so removed the "debris" hoping to dissuade the little black-hooded birdies from building a nest. She went to bed thinking everything was taken care of. Imagine her surprise when she awoke the next morning, went outside and saw.... a huge messy Junco nest. Inside, they had made a little round indentation and they weren't going to budge! So she let them be. "Let nature take its course," she muttered.
So the next day she checked and sure enough there were four little eggs in the nest. And the mother bird definitely was inhabiting the nest.

Back to Francesca's troublesome day. Well, the eggs did hatch and it was those tiny birds making the noise that she heard. She sniffed and it smelled interesting to her. With no mother bird in sight Francesca went up to the hose reel and with one huge bite, she lifted the nest out of the hose reel and was coming around the corner, prancing.... when she ran into our owner.

"Drop that NOW, Francesca," could be heard way over where I was on the other side of the yard. Francesca dropped the intact nest and I guess our owner picked it up and put it back in the hose reel.
A very bad photo of the birds in the nest
The days passed and the birds in the nest got noisier and noisier. The mother and father birds would swoop out of the nest if one of us approached. They were very protective. Our owner is protective too and put chairs all around the nest so we couldn't bother the birds.

So the day came that we packed up and went to our Doggie Country Club for an entire week. We got back yesterday. Francesca and I both went over to where the nest was and sniffed around. We didn't hear or see anything. Apparently the birds flew away when we were gone.... all of them!

I don't know if there is a moral to this story but Francesca should know better than to pick up a nest with live baby birds in it. She's lucky they all lived!
The culprit

Love, Cinnamon

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Are Fireworks Legal in Vancouver, Washington?

Want to shoot fireworks off in Vancouver? Well don't even think about it. Save your money.  

It's time to open up the headquarters of Dogs Against Fireworks (DAF). I'm the Executive Director. I've been an anti-fireworks advocate ever since I moved to Vancouver, WA. Want to know why? Apparently people can't understand following the law in this town. Fireworks were scaring me, and many other dogs, for over two weeks around 4th of July and for a few nights over New Years Eve. Something had to change. And, fortunately, we had a sensible City Council that did change the law.

So the answer to the question is... NO! It is against the law to shoot off fireworks in Vancouver, WA. Here's what the city has to say:

In 2015, the Vancouver City Council approved a fireworks ordinance (M-4147) that went into effect in October 2016. This ordinance made the sale and use of consumer fireworks inside the city limits of Vancouver a crime. This is a complete ban that includes all types of fireworks.

Civil fines start at $500 for violation of this law.

To assist citizens in complying with the law, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli is encouraging people to visit this useful page to determine if they are inside or outside the city limits of Vancouver. Just because your mailing address is "Vancouver, WA" does not mean you are actually located within the city limits.

If you live outside the Vancouver city limits, other regulations apply. Please be guided by that jurisdiction's applicable laws.

Professional fireworks displays that have been permitted by the City remain legal. Once again this 4th of July, the Fort Vancouver National Trust will host the Independence Day Celebration at Fort Vancouver. This is among the largest fireworks shows in the nation. It is free of charge this year, and includes live music before the fireworks.

Interesting facts from the National Fire Protection Agency
  • Sparklers accounted for 28% of fireworks related injuries from June 20 to July 20, 2014
  • In 2014, 79% of fireworks injuries fell into the categories of sparklers, firecrackers, re-loadable shells and novelty fireworks.
  • Approximately 15,600 reported fires were caused by fireworks in 2013

Friday, June 2, 2017

On Volksmarching in Warm Weather

I haven't gone on a volksmarch yet this year. I used to be a great little volksmarcher and had a long list of walks on my volksmarch log. But I didn't go to walks in the winter because it was raining. Now that the sun is out, I'd rather sunbathe in the back yard then get all hot on a volksmarch.
The river was beautiful.
So Francesca goes. This week she went to La Center where she annoyed the people with little dogs who were waiting for the guided walk to start. Once the walk started, she wanted to be the leader and Joe let her do it! But all too soon, after emerging from the shaded woods, she slowed down and started complaining about the heat.
This is the 5K group at La Center, WA
On the up side, Francesca made a friend on the volksmarch... a little dog. Sometimes they walked together and sometimes they ignored each other.
Here's Francesca on the trail with her little walking friend.
Love, Lazy Cinnamon

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Francesca is so Gross! Ewwwww

We are urban coonhounds, Francesca and I, so we are fairly well-mannered and clean. If we lose it and get muddy at the dog park, for example, we'll be headed for a bath for certain.

So I was very surprised to discover Francesca's dirty little secret. I noticed this when she was prancing around in the backyard one day with something in her mouth... something small. Then she would spit it out and roll on it. I didn't know what to make of her actions.

So I waited until she went into the house and checked where she had been rolling. Know what it was? Get ready for this... AN EARTH WORM!

Francesca mouths earthworms (she doesn't eat them) and when she's finished with that, she spits them out and rolls on them. EWWWWWW!

The earthworm wiggle and roll.
Now I've never done anything like that and can't even figure out why she's doing it. Anyone with a dog know?

Mouthing earthworms.... how gross can you get?

Love, Civilized Cinnamon

Monday, April 3, 2017

After the Utah Mighty 5 Tour All We Got Was a Bath

Our owner went on a tour of Utah's National Parks, the Mighty 5 they call them. We didn't get to go. We went to Running Pond Acres, our Doggie Country Club. Now I like that but was looking forward to when our owner returned and brought us TREATS and GIFTS!

So she returned and we were happy to be home. But no TREATS and GIFTS materialized. Hmm. She brought out her souvenirs, five Mighty 5 refrigerator magnets:

Dogs don't care about Refrigerator Magnets
She had a great time and should have brought us something. But she didn't!

So today she got out our old treat box and invited us in to.... TAKE A BATH! I wasn't expecting that. But both Francesca and I were pretty good about having our baths knowing treats would follow. And, it was a sunny day to dry off in the back yard. So all we got from her trip was a BATH!

Here we are all clean and fluffy!
So that's all the excitement for the day!

Love, Cinnamon

Friday, March 3, 2017

Francesca's Dog Talks: Dog Park Rule #3

Francesca is on a rampage about Dog Park Rules... Again! Today she saw no less than four dogs outside the dog park without leashes. Now she'd like to be off leash all the time but can't... because she follows the Dog Park Rules.


You might see a trend here. Every time someone breaks a Dog Park Rule, Francesca gets into trouble! No wonder she's so rule conscious!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Wine Country is Not Always Dog Country

I've always loved going wine tasting with my owner. Why? Well, I don't taste wine but I did find out that many wineries like dogs and let them come in the tasting rooms. Once I get in there, I usually get all kinds of attention! I like that.

So I was thrilled when I was invited to go along on a rainy day wine tasting adventure to the McMinnville area in Oregon. I got my harness on. I had a sheet and towels in case I ended up with muddy paws and I was so excited to jump into the car.

It was a long drive to wine country so I just slept most of the way.

First Stop
Our first stop was at Maysara Winery. It was beautiful, even on a rainy day. I got to get out and walk around a bit. I looked up on the hill and saw vineyard workers and some cattle. I kind of stared at the cattle to make sure they weren't going to chase me!

I got really excited when we went over to the tasting room. We opened the door and I stuck my head in. But then we found out there were NO DOGS ALLOWED. Just service dogs. I got a good enough look to know I would have loved to go in. There were dark red Persian carpets on the floors and nice people at the bar. I suppose they didn't want me in because of the carpets.

So it was back to the car for me and another nap.

After they enjoyed their time at Maysara, I did get to walk around the huge building and check things out. There was water running in ditches. I waded a little bit. I tried to eat some grass but they wouldn't let me!

Second Stop
Our second stop that day, after driving down roads that were beginning to flood, was at the St.
Innocent Winery. I got out and walked around a bit. They had a pretty fountain going... even if it was raining. And, I found out that THERE WERE NO DOGS ALLOWED IN THE TASTING ROOM!

But the reason, this time, was not the carpets. It was that there was a winery dog. A little poodle who was 18 years old was hanging out in the tasting room. I think I would have scared the little dog if I came in. So I stayed in the car, once again!

So after a day of riding around in the car, I slept all the way home. I got to go to wine country but didn't find any dog-friendly wineries that day. I wasn't sad, though. I had the company of people and I got to go on a car trip!

If there are wineries out there that love dogs, please leave the name of your winery in the comments. I'd love to visit your tasting room!

Love, Cinnamon