A Saturday with Raven and Other Surprises

I had noticed a suspicious vine growing in the middle of the no-dog zone weeks ago. (No-dog zone, ain’t that a laugh?) Today, a bulging cylindrical thingie caught my eye.

What’s this?

Upon closer inspection, there were multiple bulging cylindrical thingies of varying sizes attached to the suspicious vine.

A revealing closer inspection

I picked the one that most resembled a pickling cucumber, and called it that.


Meanwhile, Pippin wants what Raven’s having.

Oh yum.

Speaking of Raven…

Raven vs The Machine

She’s made a hole in the fence that keeps dogs out of the no-dog zone!

Raven’s fence debacle

She continues to foil Luigi’s genius moves.

Raven will never get my ball here!


Raven steps in to foil Luigi’s safe-and-sound plan.

And claims his toys whenever she has an opening. She’s the Queen of Finding Openings.

All mine! (That’s what you think!)

Oliver tried to intercede on Luigi’s behalf to retrieve the ball.

Oliver’s valiant attempt to retrieve the coveted Cuz ball from Raven’s snoot.

Though Oliver’s effort was unsuccessful, Luigi appreciated the effort.

Luigi’s POV

Luigi must try again. It’s like Groundhog Day around here.

Luigi is a diehard!

Raven’s definitely in tune with another part of the Universe. Just look at the orb in this picture right over her ear. Must be the reason she can’t listen so well.

Raven’s Ear Orb

There are certain times I have a primo picture right in front of me, and all I have to do is snap. Then Raven comes along.

Raven brings her tail in

Look at the papaya tree next door.

Neighbor’s papaya tree

Closer. It’s so top heavy!

Look at all those papayas!

Mine would have been so fruitful had Raven not rammed it over months ago. How do I keep my hands from going around her neck everyday, I do not know.

Annie has that stressed-out look on her face.

Smile, Annie!

I wonder why. Must be the holidays.

Ginger’s got a grip on her ball. No way Raven or anyone else is getting her stuff!

Ginger’s possession

No freaking way!

About Helen

I’m a Southern California living in South Florida. I’ve been here for 10 years as of October 1, 2007. No matter where I live, I’m a dog lover, and my breed is the Dobermann Pinscher of the Working Group. I am also fond of the Australian Shepherd of the Herding Group. My life revolves around my dogs, which is something those family members of mine don’t understand. So I’m an island in that respect, but have built friendships with those who are doggie lovers and respect the canine as much as I do. Some do rescue, some train in, compete in, and judge AKC trials. The common thread is our dogs are family.

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