Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bernie and Eadie

It's too hot to sleep tonight so here I am at 12:33 am.    Up here we only need AC for one or two weeks a year, but during those weeks, I sure wish we had it.  We're more furnace people than AC.

Anyway,  weather aside, I'm doing extended Grammie duty these days.  Two of my daughters and their families have gone out of town for a brief vacation and left me in charge of their pets.

Here's Amy's dog, Bernie.  A St. Bernard, obviously.  He's a lovely, gentle dog well suited to the family's four kids.  He's big, and likes to lean against adults, which makes me lose my balance.  I go over to his house twice  day to feed him and pet him and tell him what a good boy he is.  And come away covered in hair and smelling like a dog.  He appreciates the attention though. He's such a sweet thing.

Doesn't he look like he's missing his kids.  Poor boy.  They'll be home in a couple of days.

Jenn, her husband Anders, and their five boys drove into town to leave Eadie with me until next weekend.  We ended up having a pizza party.

And this is Eadie, a Lineolated Parakeet.  She's a beautiful little creature and is quite the spoiled girl in their family.  She only goes in her cage to eat and has a special towel on top of the cage at night that she crawls under to sleep.  She spends her days on top of the cage or hanging out with the boys, riding around on one of the many shoulders available to her.  The boys made sure I knew everything there was to know about her and warned me many times not to leave any doors or windows open.

I love birds and have had a number of budgies over the years, but never a lineolated parakeet.  To tell the truth, I don't see any difference between budgies and parakeets, but I'm sure there must be.

I'm looking forward to having Eadie hang out with me this week.  I might even take another picture or two of her.


Sush said...

Why those are two of our favorite pets...dogs and parakeets! Over the years we've been blessed with five pups coming in and out of our lives and three parakeets. They have all given un more love and joy than one could ever describe.

Hugs and happy babysitting~

Lucy said...

Be glad you don't have to use AC. I hate it. Always something wrong and it's terribly expensive to have something fixed. If I could just move out of this "oven", I'd never have it again.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I have a/c but turn it on only when necessary. I really just love to open the windows and get some fresh air. This summer had one of the hottest Julys ever for our area so I was very glad I had it then. I've got 2 grand dogs and a grand boy here that I'm watching this weekend. I'll be glad to see my son and wife come in later today. I need a rest. But I've loved the time with my grands too.

Happy Sunday!

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Lovely photograph of your family Pat.

Happy dog sitting!!!

Love the pics.


just call me jo said...

You are a good grandpet sitter. Glad it's you. I'm gearing up for the twins next week. I wish I had more endurance. I am exhausted just thinking about it. Good luck with the critters. I'm sure you'll enjoy them.


Enjoy watching the pets. I once had a St. Bernard (mixed) dog. Very lovable. Never heard of a lineolated parakeet, though? It's a sweet little thing.

Bouncin' Barb said...

I feel bad for the dog being alone most of the time! :-( Poor baby. But at least he's got you to give him some attention. I've never been a bird lover as far as owning one. Now birds outdoors are one of my favorite parts of nature. They are amazing and very smart creatures. Nice post. Have fun bird sitting.

Thisisme. said...

Wow, I do feel sorry for all my bloggy friends in America who have been suffering such higher temperatures this summer. I complain about not having much summer over here in England, but I don't think I could cope with those high temperatures for such a long time. Gorgeous photos today. A St Bernard is a BIG dog to have around the place. He does look sad in the sandpit, doesn't he?! Enjoy your bird sitting.

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