Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Just so I am clear... we got iced soup to chill out and you all get these????

Sigh. It is true. If you want FAIR you have to go to Richmond. That is the only fair in this state.

Suddenly depressed

Another good place for a NAP

a pillow fort... Makes a great napping place. It is cool, dark and quiet and, unless some fool tries to sit on you, it is a perfect hiding place. And the bonus point: when you wake up and jump out , you scare the daylights out of momma!

'vie and JD


One of the best part of being a 4 legged at my house is momma's weird take on food.
The last few days it has been hot, very very hot. Summer like hot. Yesterday after our walk we we all panting and just "HOOOOOOT". We got our paws wiped with a wet cool towel, we got fresh water, but we were still hot.

Momma got this weird look in her face and she said "I know what to do!" . What to do about what?

She got a bunch of ice cubes, put them in the food processor and she poured chicken stock in it. Pushed a button and made a lot of noise, and in under 2 minutes, she was serving us a fab treat! Chicken stock granitas! How cool is that? And it was coooooooooooling! It was also yummy and Wendy and I loved it! JD's was veggie stock. He can't eat chicken. He loved his [and I did too...but don't tell].

Well as the story goes, momma gave us our granitas, we immediately went crazy , she went to get her camera and 14 licks or so later... there was nothing to photograph.
[duhhh...] But we were basking in post granita chill.

Oh yes, c'est la vie!
Maybe we can do this again?


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009


Tootsie is in Washingtonian Magazine!!!!

OMG girl!!!! Wayyyy to go!!!
And you all thought I was joking about Tootsie needing an entourage!

Dahrling you will save a pawgraphed copy for moi?

After all, I knew you were a star long before the rest of the world!!


And for those of you who think of rescued dogs as "lesser" dogs... a big fat razzzberry!!!

Proud to be a White Cottage Graduate
Where stars are made!

OMG! why? why? why?

Scientists Create Fluorescent Puppy
posted: 1 DAY 16 HOURS AGO

Bioengineering is going to the dogs.

A team of South Korean scientists has
created the world’s first fluorescent puppy, according to New Scientist
Byeongchun Lee

normal light, Ruppy looks like any other beagle puppy. In ultraviolet light, she
glows red. She's the first transgenic puppy, meaning she was created with some
genetic material from another creature -- in this case, cloned cells that
include a red fluorescent gene sea anemones produce. Researchers from the Seoul
National University in South Korea released the photos this week.

I am not really sure what to say about this. It was cute when they did it with... fish bait... you know... worms... but dogs????
I may be just a dog, but I know that here someone needs to apply BIO-ETHICS. Yes, look it up folks. BIO-ETHICS. And don't give me that line about medical research either. Frankly, they will use it again when they make YOUR baby glow in the dark!

Never thought I was say this. I am so glad I was made the old fashion way... and no I do not glow in the dark!

Turn that light off now.

P.S. one more thing! My Dowi taught this: "Just 'cause you can, doesn't mean you should!"

Friday, April 24, 2009

The eastern shore

The eastern shore And YES JD and I love crab cakes and crab legs. Good crab from the Machapongo crab shack! Wendy... not so much. That girl is only partial to chicken!

And daddy... ehmmm we have to go back. I did not see the baby horses on this trip.
And, the ice cream shop was closed. Just saying. ok?

Gratefully 'vie

so far

Cape Henry, fun shops, Machipongo where we got to ride our buggy, Chincoteague... ok you are going to love those pics. Got to meet the lady who runs the local rescue and we got treats! Got gifties for Dowi and we had a great pinic. I love this weather.

Taking a quick nap, must recharge.

Your roving blogger

on the GO

We are on the go, daddy is taking us somewhere fun [so he says].So I am blogging on the go! -I will let you know where, what, how...etc,as I find out!

Mobile 'vie

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Congrats and braggin on Henry's MOMMA!

This is an article That appeared in the VIRGINIA PILOT and it is all about Henry's human momma. I brag about my Bichon family, wouldn't you?

Sharon DeWitt on Page TXSU3 of April 23, 2009
Sharon DeWitt
Director delivers on keeping Meals on Wheels headed in the right direction
Throughout her adult life, Sharon Lee DeWitt, executive director of Suffolk Meals on Wheels, has held important positions in the business world. She has been the executive secretary of Deaconess Hospital’s School of Nursing in Buffalo, N.Y., an advertising representative for Suburban Circle Ultra Media in Rochester, N.Y., facility services manager at Eggleston Services in Norfolk, and owner of Paws and Claws, a manufacturer and distributor of upscale pet clothing and accessories. DeWitt’s most exciting position was in the sales department of Page Airways in Rochester, N.Y., which sold Grumman Gulfstream private jets. She often flew with a test pilot and co-pilot, and “wrote down everything they told me. “I met Elvis, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Idi Amin, ‘the terror of Uganda,’” she said. For the past eight years, however, DeWitt has had the responsibility of assuring seniors in need in Suffolk and Isle of Wight County that two nutritious meals would be delivered to their doors daily, Monday through Friday. “Our funding for these meals comes from recipients, foundation grants, organizational grants and private donations,” she said. “Each year, funds shrink, while food and transportation costs increase. Volunteers of Suffolk Meals on Wheels, which began 22 years ago, delivered 34,000 meals to home-bound people in Suffolk and Isle of Wight in 2008. “Sometimes, our meal volunteer is the only person that a senior might see during the day,” DeWitt said. “What we do is more than delivering a meal. We also visit a friend.” DeWitt lost her husband, Maynard R. DeWitt, after a brief illness last year. She has a son, Lee DeWitt, who was adopted when he was 7. Traumatically head-injured in an automobile accident that claimed his biological father, mother, and sister, he now has two college degrees and lives in Norfolk. What has been one of the most rewarding experiences during your years with the Meals on Wheels program? Volunteers have become family. What has been the most challenging? Coordinating and recruiting enough volunteers to cover all routes, while keeping recipients happy with meal choices and delivery times, and staff who oftentimes become frustrated while trying to manage all of this and still get their deadline work completed. How do you obtain funding for the program? We have private pay recipients who pay $5/day for two meals, and grantors, who provide grant money to cover the cost of meals for those living below the poverty level. We also have a fund-raiser each March, titled “March for Meals,” which brings in private donations. How can the public help? Spread the word, especially, in Isle of Wight and Smithfield, that we are able to deliver meals to those in need in remote locations. Support us by volunteering even once per month, and of course, we always accept donations. If a snapshot was taken of you enjoying a perfect day, what would it look like? Enjoying my hot tub in the truly beautiful setting behind my home, while birds come by, horses graze on the ranch behind me, ducks swim in my pond, and my bichon, Henry, relaxes beside me. What was your childhood ambition To adopt an older child, and to somehow, leave my footsteps behind by working with community projects, and be remembered for this when I leave this world. Favorite movie “Benjamin Button.” It was well performed and very thought provoking. Books on your nightstand “90 Minutes in Heaven,” by Don Piper. It is inspiring, especially after losing my husband so quickly. Pet peeve Anyone who does not tell the truth! Pets Henry, a bichon frise rescue, and “Miss Kitty,” a Maine coon cat If I won $10 million, I would Pay off all my bills, donate to my favorite charities and take a three-week trip to Alaska. Favorite day/night out Maynard and I loved to dine at Three Guys restaurant in Franklin. They have great lasagna, and it was always a fun night out. Favorite song I love country music, but I also enjoy all others (except opera). My dad always made me listen to opera when I was young. Favorite sport and athlete NASCAR racing. Anyone but Jeff Gordon! if you could invite three famous people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be? Ronald Reagan, the late Bobby Allison Jr. (famous race car driver), and Elvis Presley Favorite music artist Charlie Daniels and Barry Manilow – he doesn’t sing anything I don’t like. Personal motto Slow and steady wins the race! Few words of wisdom you ever received and from whom? Always remember you can achieve anything you wish in life, if you work hard, smile at everyone and always tell the truth.
Open the Magazine

Factoids about ze bees

Fun facts about honey bees

Honey Bees -

  • There are three types of bees in the hive – Queen, Worker and Drone.
  • The queen may lay 600-800 or even 1,500 eggs each day during her 3 or 4 year lifetime. This daily egg production may equal her own weight. She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees.
  • Honey bees fly at 15 miles per hour.
  • Honey bees' wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
  • Honeybees are the only insect that produce food for humans.
  • Honeybees will usually travel approximately 3 miles from their hive.
  • Honeybees are the only bees that die after they sting.
  • Honeybees are responsible for pollinating approx 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S.
  • Honeybees have five eyes, 3 small ones on top of the head and two big ones in front. They also have hair on their eyes!
  • Bees communicate with each other by dancing and by using pheromones (scents).
  • Honeybees never sleep!


  • Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water.
  • To make one pound of honey, the bees in the colony must visit 2 million flowers, fly over 55,000 miles and will be the lifetime work of approximately 300 bees.
  • A single honeybee will only produce approximately 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • A single honey bee will visit 50-100 flowers on a single trip out of the hive.
  • Bees produce honey as food stores for the hive during the long months of winter when flowers aren't blooming and therefore little or no nectar is available to them.
  • Honey is the ONLY food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.
  • A typical beehive can make up to 400 pounds of honey per year.
  • Honey never spoils.
  • It would take about 1 ounce of honey to fuel a honeybee's flight around the world.
  • Flowers and other blossoming plants have nectarines that produce sugary nectar. Worker bees suck up the nectar and water and store it in a special honey stomach. When the stomach is full the bee returns to the hive and puts the nectar in an empty honeycomb. Natural chemicals from the bee's head glands and the evaporation of the water from the nectar change the nectar into honey.
  • Out of 20,000 species of bees, only 4 make honey.
  • Although Utah enjoys the title "The Beehive State," the top honey-producing states include California, Florida, and South Dakota.
  • A populous colony may contain 40,000 to 60,000 bees during the late spring or early summer.
  • A honeycomb cell has six sides.
  • Bees maintain a temperature of 92-93 degrees Fahrenheit in their central brood nest regardless of whether the outside temperature is 110 or -40 degrees.

Time to say Goodbye to the Bees

The slowwwww, tedious process of bee eviction and relocation.....


(Note: The pics only last 2 minutes -- I just love the song so much I couldn't cut it off !!!! And you can listen while you learn about bees. )

Try 6 hours of that! And momma would not come out of her corner! Really!

BUT they are goneeeeeeee Yippy!!!!!


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Interlopers.... Honey bees take over MY gazebo

When this happens who are you going to call??? It is illegal to kill bees, so....

You call the Tidewater Bee Keeping Association! We need to preserve the bees! Momma is cowering in the corner [she is allergic to bees....] and we are taking a movie of how they remove them. It is the new bee relocation program! EEEEEEEWWWW...

They are inside the gazebo... outside the gazebo... all over the deck.... Oh my!

fascinated 'vie

so where is the honey???

Tootsie and Teddy

Teddy to Tootsie: "NO! I will not be your entourage! YOU ARE NOT a movie star!!!!"

We just had to - had to post this!!

who LOVES Tootsie's 'tude!


OK this is just creepy!

It follows your mouse??? IIICK


Sunday, April 19, 2009

ze 2009 baSH!!!


daddy hold ME!!!!

You thought I was the only daddy's "baby"???

Well, yes I admit I love my daddy, BUT

I guess some daddys are just too hard to resist! LOOOOOK:

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Newshound BASH Special

all the tabloids will be reporting this...

so I have no choice...

while a certain girl.. [ehmmm no name mentioned]

was being courted, chased... whatever you choose to call it these days

by a certain someone...

the camera caught it all!

[Dahrling... a pretty dress is not the way to go incognito... I loved your dress BTW, mine lay on the sofa... I was not going to wear clothes no matter what momma said.]

there was a semi interesting public de-squeaking and destuffing...but who am I to judge???
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alas, poor birdie we knew him... well

K9news chanel Station WOOF

Roving reporter

Where is the best seat in the house?

Advice for any Bash novice.


in the shade

get comfy... sit

Thank you uncle Phil for use of your LAP

JD and I loved it, and yes it was a tad

Next year... they do make battery operated fans.


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thank you
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It is it is a BICHON world!!!!

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POST Bash CRASH at White Cottage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009


I had some private e mails asking who Wesley was. Wesley was auntie Robin and uncle Jacks's companion. He was a talented Bichon who spoke chicken. Yes he really spoke chicken. Sounded just like one of them! He was also sweet, loving, sharing and tolerant. He lived at White Cottage and shared his daddy Jack and momma Robin with all the newbies. Secretly we all envied him because he was in his forever home and it was a great one to be in. But in the end we all loved him. He got very ill a few weeks ago and ultimately could not escape his fate. But we all aspire to be Wesley. To have a full and happy life, to be missed and loved, to be always remembered. What greater tribute can one have?
That was Wesley. Friend, companion, welcoming committee, and we all miss him already.

The RAIN dance, TWITTER , Ashton K. and stuff

So, I got my peeps and we did the rain dance yesterday. We danced backwards... and we chanted. [Secret chant... only for dog's ears] and have you see the weather??? PERFECTTTTTTTTTTTTT

Auntie Robin we fixed the rain! It is gone and the sun will be out for the rest of the weekend. Now let's work on that sun getting nice and hot and drying up the wet stuff. Mhh. Wonder if there is a sun dance... Must look that up.

On other news... Congrats Ashton K! WE WON!!!! Mr Demi Moore you beat CNN! And that is how we roll! Bottom line is, it is all about the WEB. Sometimes I am so grateful for my puter! And, Ashton K nice work with the malaria awarness, now could you or somebody pick up the clue phone and start on a national no puppy mill legislation??? Pleaaaaaase???

Ashton K... I supported your cause... I am just saying.... You know what I mean?

Well I am off to getting beutified. Yes you read it right. Groomer and all, I even have new perfume. I have date[s] tomorrow, tomorrow is THE BASHHHHHHH!!!!!!! No pics today, but I promise you lots and lots of pics from the BASH!

HEY DOWIIIII you are coming over right? Phil you too??? CU All LTR!!

[who said beauty was easy!]
PS YES I AM on Twitter! Duhhhh

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Poem In Memorium for our beloved Wesley



Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory.
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.

Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,
Are heaped for the beloved’s bed;
And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.

Percy Bysshe Shelley.


Wesley you are now free of pain, free to do your chicken sounds, we miss you and we love you still and we will honor your memory, always.

'vie, JD, Wendy and family and all White Cottage Graduates

DIRTY birds

Strange dirty birds are "bathing" on the pool cover. Ick that water is dirty! Dirty birds stay dirty!

Wait a minute...

That looks way more fun than going to the groomer.

Mommaaaaa, I will bathe myself, cancel my grooming appointment! Save your money, I will

bathe on my own, I promise! And JD an Wendy can join me too!!!

clean on my terms?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rain rain part 2!

Contingency plans!

AHA! Rain play nice or tomorrow we start dancing backwards! As far as the chant... I have something in mind...


A request for the RAIN from the 3 of us!

Rain rain go away
come back another day,
We need dry dry dry
to go walking and sniffing by

for the Bash to be fun
you need to send out the sun
so we can play and run
on grass not ..................... muuud!!

Can the wind blow away
all the pollen and hay?
Make the sneezing stop
make the itchies drop

We want one perfect day,
can we order that for this Saturday???
We have things lined up
the rain must stop!

friends to meet
new people to greet
and we hear there are TREATS
so please... rain... retreat?

We make you an offer you can't refuse:
Go away this week -we have no use
Come back next week and stay
all night long and then rain all day

We won't whine, we won't complain
We will just say
welcome spring rain
come down and stay.

But for now... please, GO AWAY!!!!