Florida

Cheeky Kestrel

December 6, 2014
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This is my first kestrel sighting! He showed up one dark, rainy morning and today he came round again to walk up and down the street, taunting us with his beauty. Isn’t he wonderful?

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This was the dark, rainy morning of course. Love his fluffy, dotted breast.

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The neighbor’s hibiscus continues to flourish.

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And Bree. Always Bree. With the requisite old lady skin tag.

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Okay, story time.

My back is giving me fits, so this morning I asked Bree to bring me a sock that happened to be lying about two feet away from where I was trying to put my shoes on and don’t we all love a run-on sentence?

So I asked “Bree, would you take the sock and give it to me?” Take and give being the operative words. So she rises from her bed, walks over and picks the sock up… which is when Badger, hairy warrior princess, went after her like a coked up monkey promised a golden banana.

So Bree turned and dropped the sock. Bree tried three more times, til the sock was across the room and we both gave up.

Badger will not tolerate any interactions with dogs except her. I cannot play with Bree unless the Badger is put outside.

Now… she knows she doesn’t own me. She is not possessive like that… except in this instance. I’ve tried having Mike play with her while I play with Bree and vice versa… no dice. She just doesn’t want the others to interact with us, period. I’ve tried admonishing her, ignoring bad behavior and treating for good… and I’m out of ideas. Anyone who stumbles across this, help?!

  • Da Goddess December 11, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Poor Bree! Just trying to be a good helper and she’s thwarted by Badger. Perhaps she needs a special “Not you, Badger! Down! Stay!” command that makes her really “respect your authoritaaaaaaaay. ” I got nothin’ beyond that. I’m still trying to figure out how to get Celia fed without locking Fletch away for hours at a time. And talk about jealousy! It’s usually Celia who gets attention and Fletch just sweetly walks away. But…BUT, last night, Fletch was on the sofa next to me, kneading away at the fuzzy blanket, purring up a storm. Celia jumped up and tried to get in on that action and Fletch actually swatted her! I was rather proud of him for standing up for himself for a change. (She can be such a bitch.)

    Now, the kestrel is gorgeous and I wish he could come visit me. He’s fascinating!

    Hope your back feels better soon! And honey, don’t forget to ask your doc about what to do for it because it’s obviously NOT getting better with whatever you’re doing for it. http://pamibe.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/hug.gif

    • Pam December 11, 2014 at 6:56 am

      In all other respects, she’s a wonderful girl and totally listens to me. BUT. And that’s a big but.

      Anyhoo. Working in the yard sorted my back out perfectly the next day. Which is weird, since at least half of it was pinched nerves, not just muscular. Who knows?

      Good for Fletch sticking up for himself! http://pamibe.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/chat.gif

      • Da Goddess December 13, 2014 at 4:49 am

        Just take care of yourself and quit pretending “it all works itself out” because I can tell you from experience that it doesn’t. You could have something lurking like I did. Had no idea I had degenerative disc disease until that one night when I hurt myself at work. Chances are, all the other times I ended up with intermittent back pain were signs of something worse at the root of it all. The problem is, most doctors dismiss these aches and pains as muscle strain or something temporary and by the time you finally have that ONE INCIDENT that totally incapacitates you, the damage is done. I’d go to the doctor and ask for new xrays and an MRI just to rule out something worse. You don’t want to end up like me, do you? (you need a little emoticon shaking his finger at you like “no you don’t!”)

        • Pam December 13, 2014 at 5:59 am

          Now you’re fucking scaring me, which I know is exactly what you wanted. Ack!