That's my back yard. Our fenced area is actually smaller than our old fenced area, but this one has grass!! We LOVE rolling in the grass! Plus, it's been raining a lot and when we come inside we don't have to get our feet toweled off because they're no longer covered in mud, just rain water. It's great! Okay Mom, let's go back there!
We have just over an acre of land!! There's lots of stuff to sniff. That fenced area to the left used to be a dog run we think. Mom was going to make it her garden area, but Dad is using it for storage for right now and Mom is thinking about putting her garden somewhere else anyway.
Okay, now the really important stuff.
This is where I sleep. The first night I couldn't sleep here. In our old house, my bed was right next to Mom and Dad's bed and the wall. The first night I couldn't sleep so I went to Mom's side where there was a blanket up against the bed and slept there. The next few nights Dad put my bed against the bed and each night scooted it further away. I'm okay with it now and it's really nice not having Dad step on me if he gets up earlier than I do or comes to bed after I do. PLUS, there's carpet under my bed now so my bed is all sorts of comfy now!
This is Sasha's bed. She doesn't sleep against the bed anymore either. Mom does have to make Sasha's bed every morning though so she can get into the closet.
This is where our food and water is. That brown trash can isn't really a trash can, it's our food holder. We buy the really big bag of food and that's the only thing Mom and Dad could find big enough to hold it. This picture was taken before Mom put a special thing on that red cupboard for our milk bone cookies. Mom made the thing in art school and didn't know where to put it so she put it there and put our cookies in it so they are way more accesible to anybody that would like to give us a cookie. Cool huh?
More playing in the sprinkler.
This is me laughing at Mom. Yeah right Mom!!!
We have great views here! It's so quiet!! There are some times, there's no noise at all. We sleep really good now!!
Mom's fish tank finally has a home. That alcove was built for the original owner's china hutch but we don't have one of those, just a 29 gallon fish tank with a bunch of fish that have Mom trained. Mom's been having trouble getting the temperature to even out (she thinks she needs a new heater) and when the temperature isn't right 2 of the blue fish turn white so Mom can see they're stressed and so she goes and adjusts the heater and then they're okay. My mom is so trainable!
This is our kitchen. Look at all that counterspace for baking us some goodies!! Mom finally got to bake this weekend after we took the pictures. No dog treats yet, but I'm sure there will be some soon!! Gunnar spends a lot of time laying in the middle of the kitchen floor.
This is Mom's most favorite part of the house! You should see how happy she is to do dishes now!! It's magical! You put the dirty dishes in it and it makes noises for awhile and then Mom opens the door and they're clean! I hope she doesn't put me in there!
It's been a few pictures since you saw me so I thought I'd add a random picture of me. This is during one of the many fetch session I have with Mom every day.
We also have a really cool hallway to run up and down. Sasha doesn't do it very often because she'll get trampled by me. I love running around crazy in our new house. Mom says Sasha and I are going through a puppy phase and as long as we stay potty trained, it's funny.
In case any of you were still worried about Gunnar, you can stop that now. He's fine. This is Gunnar relaxing on Grandma's loveseat that is now in our living room.
Here he is watching the fridge. In our old house he would stare at the fridge for hours and Mom thought it was because there were big bugs or somethign behind it. Mom was a little freaked out when he did it again in this house, but then Mom figured out if the icemaker is turned off for a few days, he doesn't do it. He's trying to figure out where the icemaker noises are coming from, not where the bug noises are coming from! Mom feels better now.
This is how happy my new house makes me.
Now for the critters around my house. We have TONS of hummingbirds! They're a little camera shy though so Mom hasn't been able to get good pictures of them. I'll have a post about them later. This is one of the feeders in the back of the house.
Now this animal I'm not too sure about. It's sometimes across the street in the field. I bark at it whenever I see it. There's usually 2 of them but we hadn't seen either one in awhile and then this weekend this one came back around. I bark at the cowdogs and Mom and Dad try to tell me it's okay and they're supposed to be there, but I don't trust them. If anybody has any advice on how to deal with them, please let me know. I know the Dacshies have some experience with them so hopefully they can give me some advice.
When the cowdogs aren't across the street, the horses are. I'm fine with them. I don't bark at them at all and I ignore them pretty much. There's a baby horse that Mom and Dad like watching because he does some silly things. There's also a male horse out there that gets left quit a bit and it's funny when he realizes the girls and baby left him because he'll get all mad and start yelling at them. We think the Mama horse is pregnant again, too so we might have 2 baby horses to watch.
This isn't a very good picture because it was taken at night. There is a toad living in our back yard and Sasha is determined to hunt it down. It used to hang out by our patio door, but it's learned it shouldn't do that unless we're sleeping. It poops all over our patio and when we scare it, it pees EVERYWHERE! Where you see Sasha is where the toad usually hops off to to get out of the yard and away from us. Sasha found his burrowing hole next to the house though. She'll spend hours outside staring at that hole waiting for Mr. Toad to come out. Sometimes Mom has to go outside and pick her up to get her to come back inside. Mr. Toad is even more camera shy than they humminbirds so we don't have pictures of him. Mom says when he is out there she's not sure she could get a picture of him anyway because she's trying to keep Little Miss Toad Hunter away from him (that's Sahsa by the way).
There's more critters, but the bunny is also camera shy and so far we've only heard the coyotes so hopefully it stays way and we don't see it. I think the neighbor's cats are sent to spy on us. There's 5 of them and they're always in our yard! Dad takes me out once in awhile to chase them out of the front yard and if I'm in the back yard an I see one, I bark and they get scared off real fast. I've tried asking Gunnar how to tell those cat spies to go spy on someone else, but he said the only cat words he knows are hungry, feed me, HELP! and mom. He says he was raised with Sasha and I so he really doesn't know much cat, but he knows lots of dog. If any of you cats out there know how to tell the cat spies to stay out of my yard, please let me know soon! I don't think telling them I'm hungry or to help me is going to keep them out of my yard for good.