Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Aggie's Sugar!

Today has been great. This morning, before we did our chores outside, Ellen and Charlie went with me over to Kinky's to see how Sugar would react to them.

As soon as we got over there, Sugar started barking at them and they ignored her. Then we immediately went on a long hike with Kinky, The Friedmans and Sugar and by the time when we started to hike back to The Lodge, Sugar was friends with Charlie and Ellen and fetching Frisbees for us. All of us were thrilled for Sugar.

When we sat on the front porch with Kinky, within minutes, Sugar was happily sitting in Ellen's lap and letting Charlie and Ellen pet her.

Later this afternoon, Kinky called me to tell me that Sugar had reacted exactly like she did with Tony, when his friend Nelda arrived and it was very scary for both Nelda and Kinky. Then Tony and I put Kinky on Speakerphone to discuss what we needed to do about Sugar's part-time aggressiveness that was out of control at times.

After we had talked for about ten minutes, we came to the conclusion that Sugar's problem was that she had not been properly socialized when she was a puppy and it had nothing to do with hats, cowboy hats, men or women, etc. So we decided that it was best for Sugar to come over here, so Tony and I and our volunteers, etc. can help socialize her.

Fifteen minutes later, while Tony moved Tuesday Weld from her old pen, to my writing cabin's front yard, so we could put Sugar in her old pen, Kinky and Sugar arrived. Sugar happily went with Kinky and me into Tuesday's old pen, that I had already added a soccer ball and some doggy toys, so she could play with them. Sugar investigated her pen and she seemed to like her new pen, so when Kinky got into his pickup and drove away, she was calm and acted like it was no big deal. In fact, she didn't even notice.

As soon as Kinky left, I put a kids, yellow, plastic swimming pool in her pen, because Sugar loves the water and when I started filling it up with water she jumped into the pool and sat down in the shallow water. By the time her swimming pool was full Sugar was happily laying down in her pool.

When Lois Lane, her next door neighbor, saw Sugar enjoying the swimming pool, she started yapping at me, to remind me that she loves water, too and that she wanted a swimming pool inside her pen, too. And ten minutes later, both Lois and Sugar were having a blast, jumping in and out of their swimming pools and then shaking off the water. It was pretty fun to watch.

Tony and I stayed outside for awhile watching Lois and Sugar having fun and before we took off in Kermit, Tony handed Sugar a doggie treat, through the fence and Sugar took it from it and she never barked once at him or acted scared of him. So hopefully, within the next few days or weeks or months, Sugar will be fully socialized and be ready to be adopted or go back over to Kinky's to live.

When Tony and I finally returned to the trailer I called Kinky to tell him the good news about Sugar being very happy, in her new pen and really loving her swimming pool and about Lois being happy with her swimming pool, too. Then I told him, "Kink. I am changing Sugar's name. Her new name is going to be Agatha Christie, because it will always be an unsolved mystery, to us, how she actually got here, even though we did have some clues that we can never prove. And we're going to call her Aggie, for short, too..."

Kinky liked Agatha's new name and tomorrow, if and when I have the time, I will take some pictures of Aggie and post them on my blog and on our website.

Y'all have a great evening!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our Little Secret!

Today has been great. Nothing much has happened and telling you about the errands that Tony and I ran, in Kerrville, later this afternoon, is pretty boring, so I am going to tell you about Kinky's, Tony's and my little secret, that up until now I have not been comfortable to share, because I've needed to give it a lot of thought, because I've been pretty upset about it.

It all started a week ago, after we ate lunch, while I was washing the dishes and cleaning up the kitchen. The phone rang and I let Carlton do his job, because I was busy in the kitchen. As I listened to this person tell my answering machine that So-in-so had told she/he about us and So-in-so had recently adopted a dog from us, she/he then went on to say that she/he had a young, aggressive, female dog that she/he no longer wanted, because it was getting more aggressive. Then this person says that she/he had already come out late morning to drop off the dog, but she/he didn't because our gate was locked. And before hanging up, she/he left her/his name and phone number and asked for us to please call her/him as soon as possible, because she/he was anxious to bring us her/him dog that she/he no longer wanted.

Twenty minutes later, when Tony came back inside The Cabin, I told him about she/he's phone call. Tony and I talked about the woman/man anxious to give up on her/his dog and assuming that she/he could  just come out and drop off her/his dog and just drive away. We felt sorry for this dog, because we knew that we couldn't take it in, because we're at capacity out here.

Then she/he called back and Tony took the call. After Tony had told she/he that we could not help, because we had no space, this person gets sarcastic with Tony. And after giving Tony an ear full, she/he finally says, "Well, I don't know what to do. I guess I'll just have to go dump her...." When Tony finally hung up the phone he was disgusted with she/he.

About an hour later, the phone rang—it was Chet O'Keefe. "Nancy, Kinky just told me to call you, because there is a frightened, black dog running around over here and it acts aggressive when we try to approach it. Right now it is behind the white trailer. He wants to know if y'all are missing a dog..."

Five minutes later, Tony and I were over at the Lodge talking to Kinky and Chet about the mysterious dog, that was nowhere in sight. "I think some @#@### dumped her," Kinky said, disgustedly.

"And we're pretty sure that we know who did it, Kink," I said. After telling Kinky and Chet about she/he, it didn't take a rocket scientist for us to put two-and-two together. "What kind of a horrible person would go out and dump a dog? It says everything about someone's character and..." After I had put my two cents in, Tony and I returned home.

We hadn't been back inside The Cabin, for five minutes when, at 3:45, Caller ID time, the phone rang only once and then disconnected. "I bet that was she/he calling," I said. So we looked at the Caller ID and sure enough it was she/he's phone number. Now comes the good part and I promise to keep it as short as possible.

Later that evening, Kinky called to tell me that the dog was very frightened and had acted aggressive, but after he had cooked a steak for her, she had warmed up to him and Chet. Before we adios-ed each other he told me that he had named her Sugar.

Wednesday morning, before we did our chores outside, Kinky called Tony and asked him to come over  so he could meet Sugar. Ten minutes later, as I heard Kermit approaching and the phone ringing, I picked up the phone and started talking to Kinky. "Nance, Tony just left here. Sugar went into attack mode when she saw Tony and she acted like she was going to attack him. It was horrible. Maybe his cowboy hat scared her...."

Wednesday evening, Kinky called and asked me to come over to meet Sugar, to see if she would act aggressive towards me.

When I arrived at the Lodge, I waved to Kinky and then Sugar started barking and came charging up to me with her teeth showing. I immediately put my hands into my jean pockets and completely ignored her as I walked over to Kinky, like nothing was going on. "Kinky, I'm ignoring her on purpose. Let's go for a walk down to the creek."

As The Friedmans and Sugar followed us down to the creek, Sugar kept coming up to sniff me and I continued to ignore her—it was starting to work. A little while later when Sugar took off running to chase something, I hollered, "Sugar! Come back here! Now!" Sugar stopped in her tracks, looked back at me and then came running up to me with her tail wagging wildly. So, I started petting her and telling her how beautiful she was and what a great dog she was. Sugar was eating up my kind words and then she jumped up on me and kissed me on my cheek—we were best buds!

Forty minutes later, when we arrived back at the Lodge, Sugar and I were best friends. When Kinky and I sat down in the rockers, Winston immediately jumped up on Kinky's lap and seconds later, to both Kinky's and my surprise, Sugar jumped up on lap without me asking her to.

Because Sugar is so big, about fifty-five pounds, she kept slip sliding off of my lap and she was so relaxed that she let me grab her and pull her up, to help her get comfortable, on me. Kink and I were really thrilled about Sugar sitting in my lap, especially without an invitation, and it has been our little secret. And one of the reasons that I have not been blogging very much this week is because at least once or twice a day, since then, I have been spending several hours a day, over at Kinky's, sitting in a rocker, with Sugar laying on my lap and kissing me, while I visit with Kinky. In other words, "I just ran out of time to write."

As I finish writing this tonight, Kinky and I have kept working with Sugar daily and she actually is a great dog, that just got fouled up and needs some extra special tender loving care and work. She still acts aggressive towards Tony, probably because some creepy, guy, wearing a cowboy hat abused her, but I know that all of that will pass sooner than later, because me and all of our dogs love Tony. Sorry, for this long post tonight.

P.S. Early this evening, Sugar let me tie one of Kinky's red bandanas around her neck, because I wanted to see if she trusted me enough to do that, because I want to put a collar on her soon. And while I was writing this tonight Kinky called twice to tell me that Sugar let him put a slip leash around her neck and he took her for a long walk and she did just fine on leash. And a few minutes ago, Kinky called me, again, to tell me that he, The Friedmans and Sugar jumped into his truck, Mr. Green Jeans, to go dump the trash and he told me that she rode great inside his truck. "She's going to be a great dog, Nance!..."

Y'all have a great evening!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Steve's Present! or The Dudley Files!

Yesterday was great. Our good friend/volunteer Ellen came out after lunch to show her friends Jan & Bill our rescue ranch. Bill and his sweet wife are from Minnesota. They've spent the winter in Kerrville and they are planning to return to Minnesota in a few weeks and Ellen wanted them to see the rescue ranch before they went home.  

Because Tony and I love Ellen and we really liked her friends, we invited them to go into Outer Space with us, so we could visit, while listening to some of Chet O'Keefe's music, because all three of them had told me that they were blown away with Chet's great performance, at our Concert for Utopia, last Sunday. "Nancy," Ellen said. "Chet O'Keefe's was fabulous. He was my favorite at the concert. I wish it had just been a Chet O'Keefe concert, because I love his music. I am definitely going to buy his CDs..."

After a fun visit with Ellen, Jan and Bill, Tony and I invited them to come inside The Cabin, so we could show it to them before leaving. To say the least, "They loved our trailer and could not believe that it was thirty-years-old."

While we were visiting in the big room, there was a knock on the front door and it was our dear artist friend Steve Pietzsch! After we had introduced Steve to Ellen and her friends from Minnesota, Steve handed Tony a framed picture and said, "Tony, I had a print made of Big Foot Wallace and I framed it. Last week, when Nancy told me that you had made an 8x10 and framed it, I decided to do this, because it is too good of a photo to be an 8x10."

Tony was thrilled with Steve's gift, so Tony told our visitors about him being related to Big Foot, while I silently thought about which wall we should hang it, in our big room, because I loved the picture, too.

As soon as everyone had gone home, I said, "Tony, I know the perfect place where we should hang Big Foot, so everyone can see it when they walk inside our trailer. This space has been waiting for it. Where's your drill?" And three minutes later, I took these pictures of Steve's present to Tony.

Today has been great. This morning after we did our morning chores outside, our good friend Cary Robinson came over for two reasons. To pick up his Baby Taylor guitar, signed by 37 Texas singer, songwriter, musicians, that he won, at our auction, at our concert and for him and me to trade our latest books that we have written.

Cary Robinson loves dogs so much that he has written two, dog comedy, mystery novels, The Dudley Files and today he traded me two signed copies of his The Dudley Files: Burp Gun Bandit, Book II for two signed copies of my Cowgirl Sisterhood: Death In New Mexico, Part II

I love the artwork on the jacket, on his Part II book and I have already started reading it, while laughing out loud. I took this picture of the book and I hope that all of y'all will check out Cary Robinson and his hilarious books @ because at the end of this year, Cary will be dividing up 100% of his books profits and donating all of the money to several rescue organizations, including our Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, that he has supported since 1998.

This afternoon I had a fun visit with Carol and that is about it for tonight. 

Y'all have a great evening!

Friday, April 18, 2014

His Huge Herd of Hummingbirds!

Today has been great and so was yesterday, because late Thursday afternoon we took Katie (Kate Middleton) to Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic, so she could be adopted to a very nice woman. The good news is that Kate is going to live with a sweet woman, that has a big back yard to play in. We were also told that Katie is going to be a house dog that will be pampered and at night she will get to sleep on the bed, with her new forever friend. To say the least, "We are thrilled about it!"

This morning our great friends/volunteers came out to walk our dogs for us and many of the dogs went swimming in the creek. We were thrilled that this time Suzanne stayed dry, because recently George Carlin pulled her into the cold creek water—totally soaking her.

While we were outside visiting with our great friends, in between dog walks, Jim & Kris gave me pictures, that Donna Gable Hatch had taken, for her super articles, in The Kerrville Daily Times. Donna had e-mailed them to Jim and they had gotten them printed for us and the volunteers to have. Tony and I love them and we are going to get the one taken of Kinky, our volunteers and me framed.

After Jim gave Dawn her picture of all of us, Dawn says, "Nancy, stay here. I made something and I want to give it to you. I'll be right back." Then Dawn took off for her white truck. When she returned to us, she handed me the prettiest wreath covered in beautiful paper flowers that she had made.

"Oh my goodness," I said. "I love it, Dawn. It is beautiful. Thank you so much. I love the colors of the flowers and..."

After the dogs were walked all of us went up to the Medina Highpoint Resort to eat a delicious lunch together and as always it was a lot of fun. At one point during our meal I started telling Jim, "The Mineral Man" about my latest, tastiest frittata recipe ever, that I'd concocted yesterday morning. "Up until a few days ago my frittatas were more like eating scrambled eggs until Carol told me how to cook them properly. Now, that I'm using a whole lot less oil—they're turning out perfect and are totally delicious," I bragged. "Yesterday, when I served Kinky and Tony my new Cousin Nancy's Spinach & Sausage Frittata, they both told me that it was delicious and the best one that I've ever made and they want me to make them more..."

When Tony and I got back to the ranch I decided to do paperwork, while Tony checked our faucets outside, while old Mama slept in our bedroom and dreamed of her younger days. Which by the way has our new quilt on our bed, scissor-cut down to size, because last week, before Fay arrived, I finally threw out that old, torn up, shredded one, that Beau happily, completely destroyed when he was Tony's puppy.

During the four hours that it took me to catch up with my paperwork I took a break and took this picture of Dawn's beautiful, paper flowers wreath, with the group photo that Donna took, that Kris & Jim gave to us.

Early this evening, Kinky called and he invited me to come over for a visit and before we adios-ed each other he asked me to please bring him some more of my delicious sausage and spinach frittata, if we had any leftover. 

A few minutes later, when I arrived, at the Lodge, I gave Kinky another large slice of my delicious sausage with spinach frittata, that he immediately put into his fridge, to save for later. Then we went on a fun hike with The Friedmans, to let his dogs go skinny dipping and after that we sat out on his front porch visiting, with his dogs in our laps, while watching his huge herd (flock) of Hummingbirds drain his many, colorful water and sugar filled feeders. I was over there for over two hours and I didn't get back home until 7:00. And that is about it for today.

Y'all have a great evening!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

No Bull!

Today has been great, but not to brag, not nearly as great as our Concert for Utopia was. A beautiful, saddled, Texas Longhorn steer was outside, at the event, for people to sit on and take pictures and I think everyone at the event sat on him. And that's no bull.

When Tony and I arrived at the Cailloux Theater, our good friends/volunteers. Kris and Jim were already there, willing and ready to help us unload the t-shirt and cap boxes, etc., so they could set up the merchandising table for us.

The performances by Chet O'Keefe, Billy Joe Shaver, Jesse Dayton and Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel were over the top and the crowd loved their music. Big G and Kinky did a wonderful job introducing the performers and they were also very funny.

Before the Intermission, Brian Kanof, with the help of our friends/volunteers:  Lisa, Eileen and Fay, auctioned off three donated items. The Wolfmuellers donated the book, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, signed by both Willie Nelson and Kinky. Rick Reichenbach donated a Baby Taylor guitar autographed by 37 famous Texas singer, songwriter musicians. And Kinky's friend Sean donated a Fender guitar autographed by Willie Nelson.

After the Intermission, Ruth Buzzi, Big G, Kinky and I went up on the stage, so Kinky could introduce Ruthie and thank her and her husband, Kent, for coming to our concert and then I quickly thanked our super volunteers for all they do for us and then I quickly read off all of their names. Then Ruthie started cutting-up with Kinky and before you knew it, Ruthie had the crowd roaring with laughter. And to top that off—Ruthie, famously known, on Laugh In, for bopping famous men (such as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali...) with her purse, she used her jacket instead (Because Fay was backstage holding on to Ruthie's purse for her.) and Ruth Buzzi smacked Kinky, Big G and me. It was hilarious.

All in all, it was a fantastic concert and once again, I want to thank Donna Gable Hatch for writing those wonderful articles, for The Kerrville Daily Times, to help spread the word about our concert. Here are some pictures that Tony took at the concert. And that is about it for tonight.

Y'all have a great evening!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy 80th Birthday, Jim McMahon!

Today has been great. This evening Tony and I went to Jim McMahon's surprise 80th birthday and dinner party, held at the Y.O. Hotel, in Kerrville. Jim was totally surprised and his birthday party was a lot of fun and filled with laughter. And the dinner was delicious, too.

We didn't get back home until 9:20 and when I finish drinking this glass of wine that I just poured out of a box—I'm going to bed, so tomorrow I will write more. Happy Birthday to our dear friend Jim and Cheers!

Check Out Chet!

The Concert for Utopia, on Sunday, at the Cailloux Theater was FABULOUS! Tony and I are fixin' to go outside to do our morning chores right now and I will write more this evening. If you didn't make it to our rescue ranch's financial pleasure, fundraising concert, here's Gerry Olert's fantastic video of Chet O'Keefe singing his great song, The Talking Kerrville Blues, about the famous Kerrville Folk Festival, that put Kerrville, Texas on the map. Check out Chet!

Photo by Gerry Olert