It must be spring because the squirrels are out teasing Gypsy every chance they can. Gypsy will watch from the backdoor, we open the door let her out and after the squirrels she goes. But they are too fast for her. Up a tree with her at the bottom looking up at them, then the squirrel jumps from tree to tree with Gypsy following on the ground. Yesterday a squirrel jumped from one tree in our back woods to another getting closer and closer to the house until it ended up on a maple close to the house, on a lower branch. A lower branch just out of Gypsy’s reach. Gypsy circled and circled the tree while (I imagine) the squirrel sat up in the branches laughing to itself.
Due to the deep snow we had this year the neighbor’s chickens haven’t been over in at least 2 months. Needless to say we are out of practice in performing a “chicken check” prior to letting the dogs out. We need to get back in to that practice. When I let Gypsy & Fiona out this morning I thought Gypsy was looking at a squirrel. Nope, it was the chickens by our woodpile between our house and the neighbor’s. Off she went and the squawking began, chickens running helter/skelter. None were injured and Gypsy came back when I called to her. Curiously enough, yesterday I was thinking about how beneficial it would be to have the chickens over this year to keep the bugs down in the yard. Guess they want to get an early start.
So for now spring is starting; however, we won’t get too comfortable—still haven’t heard any spring peepers (frogs that come out every spring in the ponds in our area), there is still snow on the ground AND the potential for another snowstorm to come up the coast later this week (track uncertain at this point so no definite prediction about snowfall). Also after our 60 degree weather yesterday, it’s back down to single digits tonight.