Monday, July 1, 2019

Delilah And A New Camera

It's been a little while since my last post. I'm sure you've noticed. Like I said in my last post, it's because I've had nothing to post about. I wasn't going out because of the flooding and because of my dog's behavior. I'm going to try to change some of these problems now though.

But for now, let's talk about what's been happening since my last post.

I've been trying out a different camera than my usual one. My current camera is getting kind of old, even though there's still a lot of life left in it. It's a top of the line point and shoot camera. It looks like a DSLR but it's still just a point and shoot so it has some limitations.

Now I have a new DSLR I'm trying out for business. I won't use it for my personal photography. But after using this new one for a couple of weeks now, I'm seeing a huge difference in photo quality and ease in some cases.

The pictures on the DSLR seem so much smoother than with my point and shoot. And the manual settings are so much easier to work with. I can adjust so many things that I couldn't dream of before. I sometimes want to get a white background with some things, but that's unthinkable with my camera. The business camera can get it easily.

I'm not sure whether I'll get something like this for personal use yet, but it's a thought. One thing a point and shoot like mine is good for though is that I don't have to ever change lenses. That makes nature photography easy. So we'll see what happens.

Let's change the subject a little bit (a lot).

I took Delilah to the vet to get her nails clipped. She took the vet visit well, as usual. It's the rides that she hates. She was actually eager to go. She jumped up into the back of my Jeep and into her cage all by herself. She was very excited.

The big thing is that she didn't use the Jeep as a toilet, not even a little. I said before that I'd have to wait a while to take her on trips because of this little problem, but now maybe it is solved. So I'm going to take her on a trip to a nature park very soon to check her progress. Let's hope she is better.

Here's something good Delilah is doing at home. I have taught her to pick up any object that's not too heavy and bring it to me. I've been telling everyone that she can now help me keep the house clean because of this. She's a smart dog.

She's now much bigger than she was the last time you saw her. She's not the biggest dog in the world, but she's standard German Shepherd size, maybe a little skinnier. She may fill out later, but I'm not sure she'll be as widely built as a normal German Shepherd. We'll see. She's still only about 7 months old.

So we come to the end of my long update. Next time I'll have a little story about Delilah and a toad, with some toady pictures. I'll talk to you later.


Monday, June 3, 2019

Scrappy Delilah

It's Scrappy Doo! I have no idea why the camera gave Delilah a big head and a tiny little body. She's actually a big dog now, not a deformed Scrappy dog. I'll have to share a better picture sometime soon to show what she looks like now. If I can catch up to her.

I took lots of pictures of Delilah and they all turned out like this. She looks like a weirdo. I figured I'd post what I have right now just because I'm bored. I have absolutely nothing to do. Everything is closed up around here because of all the flooding. It's supposed to last throughout the summer. I'll show some of it in my next post.

Meanwhile, there hasn't been anything new with Delilah, except for her growth into a big dog. She's much bigger now than you last saw her. This bottom picture gives a small preview of that. This is her in mid-attack.

Mostly what she does is run throughout the house, and she only slows down to attack and play. She'll pick up one of her toys and run at top speed from one end of the house to the other. And unlike Isabella, she likes to attack and play with my robot vacuum cleaner. She thinks that's a great game. She has figured out how to turn it on all by herself.

This post explains my lack of posting recently. There's just nothing of much interest from me. There aren't even any interesting weeds on my property. I've had them all chopped down. Maybe I should have posted that event. Hmm, maybe next time. I'll talk to you later. 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Ratty And The Nature Park

This was my first trip to a nature park in quite some time. Luckily, this one is only about 5 miles away from me. This is a small walking park that sits between the highway and the railroad tracks. Beyond those tracks is the Big Sioux River, which has been flooded since winter.

For those of you who might wonder, the word Sioux is pronounced like Soo or the name Sue. It is the name of Sioux City, Iowa, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the Sioux Indian Nation. Isn't it great that we have the habit of naming places like these to commemorate certain people?

This park is small but it has several different features to keep a person occupied. This swampy looking area isn't usually quite so wet. It's usually a small creek that you could step across after going down into the gulley. It looks like this because it connects to the bigger river, so it's also flooded here.

Up on the top left of the picture is what appears to be a deer hunter's tree stand or maybe just an observation stand. I've never seen a deer here, but I'm sure they are here. I'm not sure how old this stand is, but I don't remember it from my other trips here.

You can see the river beyond the railroad tracks in the picture above. I can't get any closer than this because there are no passable trails that go near there. There used to be two trails that crossed the tracks and went to the edge of the river. Those have been purposely blocked off for a few years now. That's a shame. I liked those trails a lot.

And finally, you can see my first bird in flight picture in many years. This was directly above me. I just barely got this one. I'm very out of practice. I tried to get other bird pictures but they weren't coming out for me this time. Maybe on my next trip here.

Any of you who are missing The Everyday Adventurer Dog Blog shouldn't worry too much. Even though I'm going to try to start posting my good old nature stuff, Delilah will be back from time to time. She's too insistent in everything she does to ignore her all the time. But I really like posting about nature more than anything else, so that's the way it should be most of the time. I'll talk to you later.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Delilah And The Nature Park

I didn't want to do it. I didn't want to load Delilah in the back of my truck and take her to the nature park yet, but I felt like I had no choice now. This is a story that will shock and amaze some of you, and maybe just put the rest of you to sleep. So let's get it over with.

It was a normal routine day when I let Delilah outside to do what she does in the yard. But then something very strange happened. Delilah came to the door scratching frantically wanting to be let in. Usually, it's not such an animated event. Of course, I wondered what the problem could be.

I watched her closely the next time I let her out. She wandered around the yard, as usual. But then I saw it! It was a little rabbit on the other side of the yard. Delilah saw it too. And she ran at full speed to the door wanting in the house again!


Yup, my growing German Shepherd was afraid of a soft little bunny rabbit! I couldn't let this problem stand. I tried to convince her that the rabbit was afraid of her too, but it didn't convince her. The rabbit didn't even care about her. It was busy collecting grass for a nest. And it seemed to know that the dog wouldn't harm it.

I had to toughen her up, and I figured the only way to do it was to get her a little life experience. So I decided to take her to the nearest nature park where there are lots more rabbits and many other animals.

The good thing is this seems to have worked a little bit. Being on the leash and close to me also seemed to help. She was stalking any birds that decided to show themselves to us. Of course, that was very few. But they certainly made lots of noise, and she was very curious about that.

Overall, she had a very good time at the nature park. She's still not the best truck rider, but she'll improve now that she'll get to go to some place that she loves. She also has a brand new cage she rides in. That helps a lot.

I had more pictures from the nature park other than just these of Delilah. I'll share some of them soon. Maybe even in less than a week. That will be my first non-Delilah post in quite a while. Finally, we'll be getting back to normal here.

I haven't had a post in a couple of weeks simply because I had nothing to write about. There wasn't really even any fun stuff with the dog, though I had lots of good pictures of her. As you can see, she's growing rapidly. She's beginning to look like a grown-up dog, even though she's only about five months old.

I'll share more Delilah posts, but let's get back to nature around here now. I'll talk to you later.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Delilah And Her New Toy

Delilah finally made her last trip to the vet for a while. She had her spay stitches taken out. I held her front paws up while the vet removed the stitches. It was easy and fast. It seemed like it was done before it started.

Delilah was much better in the truck. But on the truck ride home, she had a little accident on the tarp she had to ride on. I still haven't had a chance to train her to ride better. That will start soon, even though I think she'll get better with age anyway.

I keep Isabella's old toys out in the garage. Every once-in-awhile I bring in a couple of them for Delilah. This time I brought her a squeaky pink pig toy.

Delilah ran back and forth as happy as can be for the rest of the day. I thought it was a good way to transition her from the idea of the vet trip. I think it worked very well.

I don't know how well you can see it in these blurry pictures, but Delilah is growing fast. Her face is changing from that of a puppy to an adult dog. It's about halfway through. I think she looks a great deal different than when I got her.

She is also a lot bigger than she was when I got her. It's hard to see it in the pictures, but she has very long legs and big feet. And her ears still seem very over-sized, so she still has quite a bit of growing to do.

It's difficult to get much better than blurry pictures of her right now. She's always moving. So I figure the blurry ones are fun anyway. This last one was in mid-leap right at me with a running start. I was prepared this time.

I'm thinking of going on a few trips to nature parks without Delilah pretty soon. I can't take her for rides yet, but I want to go on a few hikes. We'll see what I can do when I have the time. It should warm back up pretty soon. And hopefully, the flooding doesn't get worse.

They've been saying that this is going to be one of the worst years for flooding in this area. The roads have been closed twice already. That's supposed to be a common event for a while. I'll just have to live with it. I'll talk to you later.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Say No To Drugs

Today I got my dog off of drugs. After she was spayed her evil drug dealer the vet gave her some stuff that turned her into a psycho, aggressive and hyper lunatic. He called the pills "pain medication." I call them crazy pills. But let me tell you how all of this happened.

After Delilah was spayed the vet gave me three pills to give to Delilah to ease the pain. I was to give her one a day for three days. I had no idea what the awful results would be, but I wanted the best for my gentle little puppy.

The second day she was home, her first pill day, I gave her the first pill. In a little while, Delilah seemed to get a big boost of energy. She began running through the house at top speed. I was kind of surprised that she was feeling so much better already.

For the rest of the day, Delilah acted in her most obnoxious manner. She kept biting me and jumping on me much more than usual. This was much more aggressive than her usual playing. I had to push her away many times, but she insisted on attacking me, coming back each time. I just figured it was a bad day for her.

The second pill day, she went outside after her pill. I thought all was normal. Why would I not? But when I went outside I discovered that she had pulled a lot of the cable TV wire off of the side of the house! I caught her before she actually disconnected it or tore it apart. She was able to do this even though I always watch her closely when she's outside.

She was still being hyper-aggressive in everything she did for the whole day. She acted like this all day and much of the night. I got very little sleep because she kept me up almost till morning. She was just in a complete violent frenzy.

On the third pill day, I began to suspect that something wasn't quite right, but she was still behaving mostly like herself, just very much more so. It was just that all of her bad habits were greatly amplified. But then it got stranger.

After she had been outside for a little while, I went to the door to check on her. I looked down to discover that she had gathered her old poop into a pile on the porch! I suspected it was for snacks. Yuck! I quickly disposed of all of this.

I was pretty sure by now that the pills were somehow causing all of this behavior because it was only after giving her a pill that she acted crazy. I was glad they were now all gone.

And finally, the day after the pills, when they were all gone, she went back to behaving like her normal old self. The intense crazy behavior was gone. She still has some bad habits. All creatures do. But she's not so aggressively crazy and obnoxious.

I would still want her to have less pain after an operation like that, but I think I would be more prepared for the effects of pain pills now. This was not fun to deal with. She's still obnoxious sometimes, but in a normal way. I like normal.

I got her off the drugs. Say no to drugs, unless they're prescribed by a doctor. And even then, be prepared for the results. I'll talk to you later.


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Spayed!

Delilah went back to the vet Tuesday to get spayed and get her adult shots. I had to take her in at about 7:30 in the morning and leave her there until 4:00. She didn't like it one bit, but it had to be done.

I spent the rest of the day worrying about my little puppy. I worried that she might think I had abandoned her. I worried that the vet might mess up the operation. And I worried that I would not have my dog anymore because of it.

But when I went back right at 4 o'clock to pick her up, Delilah was just fine. They told me everything was good, and she'd have to come back in two weeks to get her stitches removed.

I mentioned that I'd like to have her super sharp nails clipped, but I didn't want to do it yet because the bill for all this was huge. I needed a little money break. The woman told me that it would only be another $10 and they could do it right then, so I said sure.

So we took Delilah into the other room and got her nails clipped. This would be a huge relief to my arms, which Delilah had scratched bloody many many times. Like I said, super sharp. But not anymore!

The final bill came to about $250. Not too bad for what all was done, I guess. I also paid for some pain relief medication to take home. I was sure she needed it.

After I got her home, Delilah was out of it for several more hours. She was conscious but very tired. She also had a shaved belly and a row of white stitches there.

I want to keep this as only one little episode of the Delilah Chronicles so I'll wait till my next post to tell you what happened the next day when I gave her the pain pills. You'll appreciate that I separated these stories. I'll have this next episode of Days Of Delilah's Life up as soon as possible. I'll talk to you later.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Delilah And The Vet

I almost didn't get this post written this week. I get obsessed with my business so much sometimes that I forget everything else. This can last for several weeks at a time. Making money is really fun. Other than this little mention, I try to keep my business stuff separate from my blog. That's why I seem so secretive about it. Trust me, it's for your own good.

But what I came here to talk about today is my dog, again. What else can I talk about here on The Everyday Adventurer Dog Blog? I promised to tell you about her little trip to the vet, so here I go.

Delilah needed her last puppy shots so we had to go. She also had a little trouble with diarrhea and going a little too often, even for a puppy. She got her shots and some precautionary worm medicine. She took it very well. Not even a flinch.

I talked to the vet about her other problem, so he gave me some antibiotics to give to her. I'm glad to say that her diarrhea is cured and she isn't going so often anymore. She seems just fine now. But there is another awful related problem.

When the poor little dog is afraid, she poops like a horse, constantly. And she doesn't like to ride in the truck yet. I've tried to take her on three trips so far, and none have gone well at all. My truck smelled like the worst part of an outhouse for a few days until I had it very thoroughly cleaned.

So Delilah isn't going to any nature parks until I can get this situation figured out. The first thing I have done is to buy a giant roll of plastic to lay down in the back of the truck if she has to go with me. That will work for any future accidents. But I have to help her feel better about riding.

In just two days from now, Delilah is going back to the vet to get spayed. She's going to hate it. But mostly because she can't stand for me to be out of her sight for more than a few seconds. Another thing we'll have to fix.

Other than these little problems, she is doing very well. I have now taught her to fetch a ball properly, and she knows the trick of roll over. She also has begun to grow very fast. She's twice as big as she was when I got her. See if you can tell the size difference in my new pictures. Her ears are also both standing up now.

This last picture is from last week, so only one ear is up. I just didn't have any more new pictures and I like this one. You can also see her new blue collar. I had to get her this one because the collar she came with had become too small. It can be adjusted much bigger than it is now.

And now on an unrelated note. I was dealing with a new computer keyboard for a while. It was a terrible keyboard. I kept making typing errors while using it because the keys were too close together. I finally got another new one that is much better. It is a Logitech Wave keyboard. This one is a pleasure to use.

My next post will hopefully be in a few days after Delilah gets spayed. We'll see how she's doing. I can't promise anything because I really do get obsessed with business. I love that and blogging so much that sometimes I think of one or the other and little else. So I will be back as soon as I can, and I'll talk to you later.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Doggy Jail!

No, Delilah didn't really do anything wrong. I just thought it looked funny for her to be in there looking kind of sad. Actually, she just likes it in there. And the door is open. If you look to the left in the picture you can see the open door a little bit. She goes in and out of there all the time.

I will confess that I do sometimes lock her in there. This is where she stays when I have to go somewhere without her. She really hates that. I'm not sure if she cries the whole time I'm gone, but she starts when I put on my coat, and I hear her when I get back from my trip. Poor puppy!

Isabella had the run of the house whenever I went away. But she was an older dog and she had learned much more discipline than Delilah has had a chance to learn yet. This is for Delilah's own safety. And it's a big cage. It originally belonged to Isabella who was half Great Dane.
 
Delilah is very intelligent. I house trained her in 3 days. Also in that time, I taught her to sit on command, and also to sit patiently at the door to get her chain put on her so she can go outside. That is what she's doing in the picture above. It also took me about 5 minutes to teach her to give me her paw on command. She does all of these things almost every time.

I'm currently working on teaching her to lie down on command. This one is a little harder because she is so active. She never wants to stop. She'll eventually get it though. I teach her all of these things without giving her treats of any kind. I just use kindness and praise. Treats are the cheap way of teaching. And I think ordinary repetition works better in the end.

Okay, since this has temporarily become a dog blog, I'll share Delilah's first trip to the vet in my next post. No pictures from there though. There is a very good reason we haven't gone to a nature park yet. My next post will reveal that reason. I will talk to you later!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

One Week With Delilah

I still haven't gotten out on any nature adventures, but I've been very busy with my new puppy Delilah. Maybe you want to know about it, or maybe you don't. Either way, I'm still going to tell you about it. So let's go.

It took me exactly three days to house train Delilah. She now asks to go outside whenever she needs to do her stuff. There is a small problem though. She still has had a few accidents because she is going a little too often and too much, even for a puppy. I got that checked out at the vet, and he gave her some medicine which should fix her up.

Her visit to the vet was to get the last shots a puppy needs. She took it very well. She didn't even flinch. Her next visit will be for her adult shots and to get spayed so there won't be any more puppies in her line.

Just like the picture says, she is highly intelligent. I have already taught her to sit on command and to give me her paw. She performs well almost every time. I've also taught her to sit patiently while I attach her chain to go outside. Remember, I've only had her one week.

This is all pretty good for such a spirited and energetic dog like her. I finalized my choice for her when I saw her curiosity and energy. I could have taken her sister, but she was more docile than Delilah.

Overall, Delilah has had a very successful first week. She loves it here, and she hasn't shown that she misses her old home at all.

I'm still working on getting back out to the nature parks. The snow is still too deep, and it's too cold out. That all should change before next weekend. We'll see. Delilah isn't quite up to riding in the truck yet to go. She can't hold her bowels long enough. The medicine should help.

She isn't as short and squat looking as she looks in this last picture. It's just a bad picture. She moves around too much for me to get a good one so far. I'll keep trying.

Since I took this picture, her ears now stand straight up most of the time. First, the left one popped up and then the right one followed.

Okay, I think I'll finish this right here. You've agonized through this enough. As you might be able to tell, I love my new dog. This post is what happens when somebody gets a rough case of cabin fever. I'll talk to you later.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Delilah

I want to introduce you to my new dog. Her name is Delilah. I've had her for just a few days. She is 3 months old right now. She is part German Shepherd and part mutsky. I wanted her as soon as I saw a picture of her on the internet. Yup, I shopped for my pet on the internet. And she is a good little dog.

Her sisters have the same markings and coloration as my old dog Isabella had. I liked them, but they would have reminded me too much of her. I want my dog to be an individual and not a replacement for another. And I saw Delilah first and wanted her more anyway.

The ones who had Delilah and her family before took very good care of them. The only thing they didn't do was house train them. I'm working on that right now with Delilah. There have been some accidents but she is coming along very well already. She is a very smart little girl.

I'll give more details on Delilah as time passes. I think she will inspire me to get back out to my nature adventures more often now. It had gotten very difficult to do with poor old Isabella for the last couple of years. And I have been very busy with other things recently. But maybe now Delilah will help me get back to doing the thing I love so much.

Hopefully, my next post will be a little sooner than this one was. It just snowed a lot and it's very deep. I'll be back at a nature park as soon as it's not over this little puppy's head. She's going to need a lot of exercise. I'll talk to you later.

Delilah, Delilah, oh my, oh my, oh my, you're irresistible. - Freddie Mercury

Monday, February 4, 2019

Deep Freeze

It's 5 degrees here right now. I'm waiting for it to warm up a bit to get some nature stuff to post about. Hopefully this is the last of the deep freeze for the year. I'll be back soon.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

A Fun Day In The Cornfields

I went out to try to get a bit of new material to put up here, but you know what I found? Cornfields.

Cornfields as far as the eye can see.

I think I just went in the wrong direction this time. But this is the results.

Hey, cornfields are pretty good for what they are, but you gotta admit they aren't very exciting most of the time, especially in the middle of winter when they've already been harvested.

I ended up in this small town looking at their little park. A park like this looks kind of bad in the winter time.

In the summer it's a green happy place with kids playing and having fun, but there's no green and no fun here today.

So I went back to explore the cornfields.

Yup, still the same. I thought it might change after fifteen minutes, but there was no change to the cornfields. They're still barren, and still cold and snowy.

I guess the giant hills in the back are interesting. But they're so far away.

Do you feel depressed yet?

... Wait a minute.

Okay, that's enough. This post was sad, but I'm pretty happy. And you might think I'm a little demented, but I think the post was a hilarious joke. You shouldn't write something if it's not fun for you, and this was fun.

But was it art? Maybe, maybe not. It was fast food for the mind. And now it's done. Was it even a little entertaining? I'll talk to you later.