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Lyla & Ranger
Lyla (left) and Ranger enjoy an "Indian Summer" day in front of our home.
Ranger at 4 years & 10 months (left) and Lyla at 10 and a half months.
Lyla loves to shove her face into snow. Her nose melts the snow, but the snow stays on her muzzle, in a donut effect. Cute!
Ranger and Lyla wowed the crowd with their tricks in performance at the 2004 Pet Rock Fest benefit show and concert at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester MA. September 12, 2004.
Lyla sleeps under Ranger's watchful eye. (August 17, 2004).
We adopted "Lyla" in April 2004.
Lyla, our new puppy (April 10, 2004).
We adopted "Lyla" in April 2004.
We adopted "Ranger" at the end of 2000.
Ranger holds his retractable leash, by the handle -- as he hearned all by himself -- and waits in our yard until we clip on the lead for his walk.
For fun Ranger's repertoire includes: Speak, Shake Hands, Roll Over, Play Dead, Jumping Through A Hoop, Jumping Over a Stick, "Limbo" Under a Stick, Dancing, and Fetching his leash.
Lem, our cockatiel, is friendly and inquisitive. He was quite curious about our camera. Lem, short for "Lemon Drop", likes to gather shiny objects, such as Ruth's pins while she's quilting. He used to drop things from the table onto Pansy, our cat. He strides around the floor and has Ranger and Lyla thoroughtly intimidated. He sings for us every morning when the sun comes up, and he enjoys whistling for the dogs in exact imitation of us.
Mathilda made this little sculpture for us shortly after we got Lyla.
Two teddy bears, outside the Laughing Bear Inn, Chester, VT.
Astride the US-Canada border, Derby Line, VT.
Cosy (1986-2000) and Jed "The Wonder Dog"
Cosy and Jed, our most recent pair of miniature schnauzers. Cosy was born in June 1986 and had to be put down in October 2000, due having cancer . Cosy was Jed's mother. Jed was born in 1989. For info on the breed, contact the Paul Revere Miniature Schnauzer Club via the link below.
Jed's repertoire includes: Speak, Shake Hands, Roll Over, Play Dead,
and Jumping Through A Hoop. He became blind from diabetes in 1996,
but performed with me at some shows until a stroke forced his
retirement in May 1999. His illness got the best of him eventually, and he had to be put down in the summer of 2002.
Jed jumps through the hoop for Ruth. In the background is our late
parakeet Abe, a watercolor by John Tanner and a self-portrait by
Mathilda when she was still in high school.
Ruth and Mathilda with our first pair of miniature schnauzers Mitzi
(about to be kissed!) and Farfel. Photo taken 1979, Mathilda was two.
I had gotten Farfel in 1968. I brought him along on my second date
with Ruth, a picnic, and she fell in love with him at first sight
(she says it took longer for me)!
While Ruth attempted to do her quilting, she was being "helped" by Cosy and Lem!
Cosy also "helped" Lem have his dinner!
This is Ruth with her first miniature schnauzer Mitzi, her
"engagement schnauzer". The morning we decided to marry we took a
bicycle ride and happened to pass by a retail kennel. I already had
a mini, Farfel, which Ruth loved. Ruth was joyful in this 1973
photo. But Mitzi's early death at the age of eleven left her
heartbroken. Our advice, based on a sadly-learned lesson, is to
never, ever, buy a retail or pet store puppy. Mitzi came to us with
kennel cough and died young. Let's all work to end this retail trade
in misery and abuse!
Cosy (left) and her son Jed (right) flank Krumbs (1982-97).
Farfel (1968-81), my first miniature schnauzer, is "adjusting" to our
first cat, Ballou, in this 1972 photo.
Pansy was an orphan we adopted. We believe she's a runt Maine Coon. She was the friendliest cat we've ever owned. Pansy succumbed to a brain tumor in Late OCtober 2002. We all miss her.
Ruth in 1972 with Cat Ballou, our first cat. She was always hungry! She
died suddenly in 1982.
Pookie (black longhair) and Sneakers (shorthair tortiseshell). Pookie
was a neutered tomcat but he still swaggered and fought, but one
night in 1987 must have met his match with a racoon. I had gotten him in 1979
for Ruth, who is fond of black cats. Sneakers was Mathilda's, and
she died of leukemia. She was very shy. Together, they enjoyed
watching birds at our window feeder.
Easy Rider was sweet and friendly and loved climbing up - but not down! She was always getting stuck in trees. Sadly, she was killed by a rampaging German shepard.
Lem and Silver
Lem loves to visit Mathilda's doll's house.
Our first cockatiel, Silver. We got him on Mother's Day,
1999. He was quick to learn, and we had him doing a few whistles and
perching on our finger on his first day with us!. But we made a tragic
error. He liked it when we hung his cage our over our deck. On July
16, 1999 it was very hot, so we decided to leave him out overnight.
We didn't count on racoons. One reached into his cage and killed him
We got Lem, short for "Lemon Drop" the afternoon of the day we lost
Silver. He's lighter in color with more yellow (compare their crest
colors). He's also a lot shyer,but quicker to learn to exit his cage
and fly our plant-hanging poles. Also, he'll get onto our
fingers from them. He loves to check our our plates when we eat.
While Silver would sometimes shriek, Lem has yet
to do so. He sings most when his cage is placed outside, but we never
do leave it unattended!
Lem loves to clean up spaghetti from our plates.
We had Abe, our parakeet from 1993 to 1999, when he died suddenly.
Snoopy was my dog from when I was about 13 until I entered the Navy
at nearly 18. I taught her a trick repertiore, and she would also
track and find any family member on command. Incidentally, this is
the only photo I have with my mother, my adoptive father and both
sisters included. The two older women are my mother's distant
cousin and her friend, both recently arrived from Europe. When I
entered the Navy my Uncle Herb took Snoopy, and she "raised" his
five children, all of whom still recall her fondly! Photo taken in
our back yard, Neptune NJ, around 1958.
My sister Joyce and me around 1954, with Quacker, our duck. This was
in Neptune NJ. We had hatched Quacker on Easter morning over the
coal furnace heat register in our former Long Branch NJ apartment.
Quacker lived eleven years and produced eggs nearly daily. Late in
her life we acquired a drake for her, named Donald (of course). He
was seven when we got him and someone stole him for Christmas
dinner that first year. Bet he was one tough meal!
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