This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, October 31, 2008

happy halloween

pumpkin candles
skiipys halloween portrait

more pictures of Skip
Skippy slide show


Blogger tina said...

Aw! What a sweetie. Looks like he/she is waiting for a handout:)

October 31, 2008 11:51 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's such a handsome boy! Love the Skippy pictures - whether he's in the garden or not! - Daisy

October 31, 2008 11:52 AM

Blogger kathy said...

He only looks at a camera if I offer a treat. Here he had his eye on a dog cookie with butter on it. (The actual command is "LOOK for butter treat".) These are a favorite of Skippy's.

October 31, 2008 2:48 PM

Blogger Annie's Granny said...

It's not fair! I can't hug Skippy. He makes me want to, you know.

October 31, 2008 4:07 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Too bad - he'd love a hug.

October 31, 2008 4:50 PM

Blogger Matron said...

That is a great picture of Skippy. I have just written a paper on the various issues surrounding black dogs. It is really difficult to photograph them well, you have done a fantastic job. It is also difficult to get them to look straight into the camera. I will come back to this picture, it will make me smile now that the nights are getting so dark and depressing!

November 01, 2008 5:49 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Is your paper on black dogs available anywhere? I'd love to read it.

It's a real challenge to take pictures of Skippy. I was so happy his eyes are showing here. I always have to use photoshop and adjust the contrast and shadows in photos of Skippy.

Skippy is a VERY smart dog and knows the word "look" very well. I just wish I had more time to train him as he is so capable. He's breed to be a working dog and I know he would love more challenge. Though he seems to enjoy guarding his pack and territory and does this well.

November 01, 2008 8:52 AM

Blogger Tyra in Vaxholm said...

He is SO cute, big hug to you and Skippy./ LOL Tyra

November 02, 2008 3:28 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a fabulous picture of Skippy! I have a tough time taking pictures of my Portie mix because when I try to get a shot, he rushes over to see what I want from him. He is very attentive to me, though not always obedient, lol.

November 03, 2008 12:53 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Porties are just so smart!

Skippy has been really cooperative recently. He's a good worker. I'm planning to start up some more training with him. Its a good challenge for both of us. If you're in the area, the program at NEDTC is great. Skippy and I will see which of these classes we do best in. The drop-in format is nice.

November 03, 2008 3:17 PM

Anonymous Curtis Jones said...

It is REALLY hard to photograph black dogs! In most photos, they just look like a void in space! Check out for another black dog picture ...
Curtis Jones, President
Botanical Interests, inc

November 05, 2008 9:55 AM

Blogger kathy said...

That's a great photo of your black lab skimming over the snow! Even harder to get a shot when your your dog is moving fast!

(ps - I love your seeds.)

November 05, 2008 2:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, thanks for the link! I'm in school myself at the moment, but I really want to see what I can teach him to do. We're right next to Boston.

November 06, 2008 11:50 AM


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