Sunday, April 5, 2015

Confirmation that Pip really is a birding dog

This morning when I was watching CBS Sunday Morning, a local roofing company ran a commercial that ended with a Pileated Woodpecker call. Pip's ears pricked up and she looked straight at the TV when she heard that! Whenever she clearly notices a bird, I tell her what species it is, though I don't expect I'll ever test her on her identification skills.

She and I also watched our backyard Hairy Woodpeckers going at it this morning. I haven't yet figured out which tree they'll be nesting in, but this was happening in the backyard box elder, and she was looking up into the right branches to see what she could see, thanks to them being pretty noisy about it. 

Pip is barely three months old, so this is a little earlier than I expected to be explaining the birds and the bees to her, but she seemed interested. Then again, she seems to think every single thing I say is utterly fascinating. 

I gave her her first bath here last night. She didn't like it, but I was gentle and reassuring, and she quickly forgave me.I didn't take photos--wanted to concentrate on just getting the ordeal over for her.

I knew I was going to have a lot of fun with her. But I never realized it would be this fun!

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