Monday, September 19, 2011

Dog Whisperer

I have absolutely no idea what our Jones is thinking most of the time.

We tried to “teach” him stuff. And yes he knows; sit, down, come, zit (Dutch for sit), pootje (give me a paw in Dutch) and AF! (means stop it RIGHT NOW! in Dutch). But if we are walking over to my mom and dads house and I try to call him to come back to me, he all of a sudden looses all the hearing senses he had two minutes before and he will just look at me with this smarty pants grin and keeps on trotting along (from a distance... yes).

I am NOT a dog whisperer. Not even close…

Lately I have been having some trouble sleeping and because we don’t have central air we also don’t have air condition. So when it gets really really hot (like it did a couple of weeks ago) Bastiaan installed on of those air-conditioning things in the window of our bedroom. But, you might know, that thing is LOUD! And that doesn't improve sleeping, so we just had the window open… hoping for a nice breeze…

It was about 3 AM in the morning and I hear Jones barking, i just (almost) fell asleep and was NOT happy with this interruption. He sometimes barks, but normally he just goes on for 3 barks and then he is silent again. This time it just seemed he was barking his head off… for forever…

Really pissed and worried that Bastiaan would awake I climbed out of bed stumbled around in the dark to find a robe, couldn’t find one so I decided to run out of the bedroom half naked…  Hoping all along that Jones wasn’t barking at some killer on the loose, didn’t really want to make some killers day by showing up all naked!

I peeked true the window and didn’t see no killers, so I even got more pissed,  that crazy dog was probably barking because of some skunk and I would run into it and it would spray me all over with that stinky stuff…. while Jones would be running around with his stupid grin on its face… Great!

While I was running thru the house I kinda forgot that I brought a new friend for Classic the day before. The friend in question was a cute baby calf all white and gray instead of white and black, like “normal” Holstein cows are, that i took from the farm. I was sooo impressed with this baby calf I talked Bastiaan into keeping it. And thus I had made a little stall besides Classic’s stall and had put the baby calf, named her Stella, in there.

I was thinking about Jones, being such a pain in the buttocks and trying to find my slippers and a jacket, (better not to run outside naked, even if it is 3 AM in the morning and we are in the middle of nowhere) at the same time ripping the door open and start running towards the barn.

Jones is barking even more (if that was even possible) and anxious waiting for me to get in the barn…

I hit the light switch and Classic is standing there, blinking his eyes as if trying to waking up but not really succeeding at it, and Jones goes absolutely berserk!

I think, “O my gosh! What is up with this dog…, I think I might need to KILL HIM!!!”

And then I see it…

Stella’s newly improved stall door is open….


It is dark outside, and this little 4 day old baby calf got out and I have a major big stallion here that does NOT like baby calves!… What if he runs into the fence cause all the barn doors are wide open and he can go everywhere!…  What if the little baby calf gets lost!…. What if the little baby calf gets hit by a car!.... OH NO, I have to take care of ONE BABY CALF and I lost it the first day I have it at our house!….

Needles to say I was a little worried…

Jones decides to just sit in front of the open door and stops barking all together. And there in the corner of the stall I see something white and gray. And Jones looks up at me with this look in his face like, “Look mommy, the door was open so I decided to make A LOT of noise so you would wake up and make sure you lock that door so my new friend does not get out…”

I gave him three cookies.
 And a hug.
 And one more cookie.

And told him he was a good, good dog.

Bastiaan have come back from Chicago, we have no real news to share except that we have to go back to Chicago this Wednesday to talk to more Melanoma specialists... we wait, and wait and wait... No news is good news, right?


Jill said...

That is one smart dog and one adorable little calf! So glad that's all it was and not a killer on the loose.

Praying with and for you as you head back to Chicago.

Ellie said...

Oh that was a funny story, and you told it so well I could almost picture it in my head. What a clever dog you have there - I bet you don't give a row for barking again lol.

Best of luck for your next visit to Chicago - you are in my thoughts.

Samantha said...

VERY good dog, Jones!

Sending prayers and @$$ kickin' thoughts for your next Chicago visit, girl.

Mike said...

Now, if he had only closed and locked the gate himself. He could've had...oh wait...0 cookies. Yep, smart dog. ;)

Dani said...

great story telling! And what a smart dog! I'm glad he got cookies and hugs. :)

Matteo Taffuri said...


Poppy said...

Jones is a brilliant dog, doing his job really well!! The calf is absolutely adorable :):)
Thinking of you every day xxx

don said...

A fine account of your barking dog and you braving the outdoors to check it out. The calf looks cute and certainly must be the one to keep! I'm glad you have such a smart dog….and that you treated him with extra goodies as a reward.

Rose H (UK) said...

What a clever boy!
Patrice sent me over - wishing you well, you're not alone in this thing.
Best wishes from over the pond.
Rose H

TexWisGirl said...

oh good dog!!! GREAT dog! :)

good luck with Wednesday's appts. I do hope they can tell you something soon. i know the waiting is tough!

Michaele said...

Now that was worth all the cookies!! Have a couple yourself while you wait. Sending good thoughts : )

sarajames said...

I can SOOO relate to the love/hate relationship with a dog! I too have a dog that I want to kill and love all in the same moment sometimes! Great story!

Lots of love and prayers coming your way today and every day! Praying for the best on Wednesday!

Raindrops and Daisies said...

What a very very clever dog!

Lovely photographs too.

I loved the story.

Good luck on Wednesday, I will be thinking of you.

x Fiona

Clint said...

Good dog! He also deserves much praise for his taking care of important business and alerting you at night.

No news is always good news!

Julia said...

Oh Leontian, I know just how quickly a new born calf can get away on you, cause it has happened to me.

Mine dashed off through the small opening in her little pen because I forgot to put a small board where she pokes her head and then she crawled under the big cow gate and ran through the manure in the holding pen.

I just love your story by the way. Stella is too cute.

I'm glad that your dog James proved to me smarter than you thought. Good dog.... And you deserve a cookie too. ha,ha...

I hope for the best for youon your next trip to Chicago. Prayers, love and hugs. JB

Larkrise garden girl said...

Leontien, What a great dog he sure earned his doggy treats.What a sweet calf.Those doctors are busy making a plan to get you better!Were all busy keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and know you
are in the best of hands.Hugs Cheri

Susan said...

What a great story!!!! What a great dog. I guess if the results were urgent you would hear right away right? Been thinking about you. You are in my prayers.

Hugs, hugs, hugs


Cindy Ellison said...

Leontien, what a cute story! Sorry for you having to get up and having a bit of a scare. Stella is a doll! Jones is precious, too! You are blessed to live amongst these precious animals. Yes, no news is good news. Prayers are being said for you and your family♥

dr momi said...

Good Dog Jones!! ....except when he "looses" his hearing and turns back and grins at you. Our dog Billy has been known to "loose" his hearing too!

Prayers will be lifted up for Wed.

BigD said...

Love the calf in the car!
Praying for good outcomes in Chicago!

Out on the prairie said...

I have seen 4 small Holestiens that just had the same all black sides , almost identical and wondered if they were picks for show.

Terry M Scott (AKA Terry Mann) said...

Cute cow and one smart dog!
I hope all goes well, praying for you!

Super Single Mom and Her Side Kids said...

I love this story.. such a good dog!
Crystal Lynn

Cinderella11pm said...

What a smart dog! Such a good boy to take care of the baby calf like that by alerting you the door was open!

It's hard not to sleep all night, and you are right, the a/c window boxes are all noisy.
Installing heat and a/c is a good but expensive idea.
My empathy, Leontien.

As for Wednesday, may it be good news, am crossing my fingers for you and sending healing thoughts.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love this story. What a good dog!

Jill said...

Jones the hero! Stella is adorable. Wishing wishing wishing for you to have good news! Healing thoughts and prayers for you.

Buttons said...

Oh Jones is so smart and deserves lots of cookies. The calf is adorable. Nothing like fun in the middle of the night in the middle of no where.
No news is always good news. OK.Take care keep writing it helps with stress I know that is why you get to read my weird stuff. I love your funny stories. B

Garden of Egan said...

Such a visual picture of you stumbling around naked and trying to get Jones to shut up! Dogs are so smart, especially cow dogs.

You forgot you got a baby calf? I cam understand forgetting sunglasses or where you put your keys.....but a baby calf? You crack me up.

I hope the answers start coming in soon.
What treatment place is in Chicago?

lisa said...

Although I am sure it was not so, at the time, what a funny story this is!! Good for Jones!! He deserves more treats, and what a beautiful little calf that is!!

Sending you wishes for some good news soon Leontien. Til then, sending you hugs and prayers.

Sandra said...

this is a perfectly fantastic story, i enjoyed every moment, i have been know to threaten to kill Baby when she will not stop barking. what a great dog Jones is and Stella is just toooo sweet. i would have kept her to.
so do you have melanoma? i thought you have breast cancer. let me know. i am praying for you

Alica said...

Jones is a good farm dog! Ours barked under our window at 4 am to let us know the cows were out once...there's usually a reason. I've never seen a gray and white it purebred or crossed? How cute!!
Hope all goes well in Chicago...say hello to my sister! :)

Alica said...

Jones is a good farm dog! Ours barked under our window at 4 am to let us know the cows were out once...there's usually a reason. I've never seen a gray and white it purebred or crossed? How cute!!
Hope all goes well in Chicago...say hello to my sister! :)

It's me said...

Wat een brave hond !! zo bijzonder......dikke knuffel van

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

See, Jones just proves my theory that dogs are the most awesome, amazing animals that one can ever have. Yes, sometimes they do bark at nothing, but the insistent, persistent bark usually means something. Glad you got up to see what was up, even if your motivation was anger. :)

My best prayers and wishes are with you through your ordeal.

the cape on the corner said...

my thoughts are with you, hoping for the best.

Kim said...

Just a note to let you know I'm thinking of you. Hugs and prayers from Kansas, too!

Sharon said...

Jones is one cool,very smart dog! That calf is pretty darn cute!

I think of you daily, I hope time passes a little quicker for you and that the outlook is good.


LenaLoo said...

Power 2 the Panties!
Praying for you!
{Coming by from GOODEness Gracious}

Jenny Woolf said...

What a story! and what a smart dog! He definitely deserves a hug. And good luck with the news from Chicago

LindaG said...

*hugs* Leontien. ♥
That is a cute calf. And a smart dog. :)

Sush said... pup you have there dear girl! What a cutie in the calf. My Grandma had a calf we called Baby!
You are always in my prayers...sending gentle hugs and I think I may send them on 'cool' breezes while your weather is warm!


Nezzy said...

We got a blue heeler put this summer and I swear she obeyed better earlier than she does now. She's in those rebellious teen years I believe. Heeheehehe!!!

What a sweet little calf!

God bless and have yourself a terrific day sweeite!!!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Well, now you know why Jones grins...he's smarter than the average dog - and knows it!! Love it!! I think he deserves some Arretjes cake - forget the cookies! ;o) (I know, I know - chocolate's not good for dogs...but are you sure he's really a dog??) Glad all the critters are safe and sound....But hey - is that Stella in the back of a vehicle???! Yikes...

Wishing you safe travels and good news on Wednesday....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Dolores said...

You're such an interesting story teller ..... I was anxiously awaiting the end of the story.
The little calf is so cute, and your dog is so smart......I would say he's earning his keep.

I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers......yes, no news is good news.

I love those panties....

Lana said...

I can so see you scrambling for clothes and grumbling at the dog. LOVE the ending. Keep us up on ALL your news. We are sending you good thoughts and maybe a motion-detector light for outside ;-)


Ms. A said...

What a great dog! Keeping my fingers crossed and saying prayers for good news!

Saimi said...

Wow!! I'm so impressed with you guard doggie! That is so amazing that he knew that little baby calf was not supposed to be out.

good dog, very, very good dog!

and if a bad guy saw me running around half naked, he would be so traumatized he would high tail it out of there so fast!

Country Mouse Studio said...

Such a beautiful calf, great ending to the story. Those dogs are so smart.
My thoughts and prayers with you too.

Arkansas Patti said...

What an adorable calf and such a good dog. Have another cookie good dog.
I used to raise beef crossed dairy calves but never saw any that color.
Sure glad it wasn't a crazed killer.
Hoping for good news.

Farmchick said...

What a fine dog you have! Praying for you and sending the best of wishes your way. Stay strong and positive!!!!!!!

Rhonda said...

I just want to let you know, you are not alone in your fight!!! I have aded you to my prayer list and will continue to pray for you daily. I lost my Dad to melanoma 24 years ago on the 26th of this month. May God bless you!!!

Suz said...

Good dog, Jones! And Stella is adorable...

Patty Ann said...

What a great story!! Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts a prayers also. You are right, no news is good news.

ann said...

Leontien I thought my hubby was the only one who runs around with a calf in his truck. I am glad you listened to your good friend. he did a good job. Take care of your self keep us in the circle.

Farmer's Wyfe said...

I love dog stories. I think they're much smarter than we give them credit for! :) Praying for you lady. Waiting stinks.

Susan said...

Stella is gorgeous and Jones is such a good dog - a really good dog!
All best :D)

Mom of M&Ms said...

praying praying praying.. and that could be the cutest calf I have ever seen

Catches the Eye said...

Hi there thank you for your visit it's always good to hear from new friends. I enjoyed your post Jones is indeed a very good dog. Wow !what a moment so glad it all ended well. Lovely calf he's adorable. Your family farm is amazing I hope to take another look soon. Sheila (Catches the Eye)

Cinner said...

That was a great story, funny what we think...not wanting to run into killers half naked, etc. you had me laughing. so glad the calf did not get out. Prayers with your family on this journey. hoping good news in Chicago.

Dawson Cattle Company said...

how i love your stories! you make me smile everytime...i am praying for you every day! love and hugs to you.

Shelli said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you!!

Debbie said...

someone sure did earn his cookies! and that calf, adorable!

you sure do have a lot of love and support here...i have a really good feeling about those panties!

love and hugs to you!!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Jones is a good dog. He deserved all those cookies and more!!! What a good boy. Stella is so cute, and I am thankful that Jones was looking out for her.

I know the waiting is so difficult, hon. I will continue to pray for you.

Your story has made my day. I *heart* all dogs!

Ricki Jill

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Stella is soooo cute!! A very interesting color! Jones did an amazing job of keeping his responsibilities safe. Very smart.

continuing to pray, Leontien! blessings ~ tanna

lowercase letters said...

huzzah! you make life happy! thanks for the follow... please express your heart at any time you please:)
praying for you*

My Kid's Mom said...

Dogs can be so smart! Praying.

Teresa said...

Aren't dogs amazing! They really do have such great loyalty.

rainfield61 said...

Jones is a smart dog.

It may be one of them who can guide you through.

Anonymous said...

You have a wonderful dog. Yes a little too cleaver.
I am sending you prayers and well wishes. You will beat this cancer, I keep you in my prayers.
Much love all the way from El Paso, Texas

Linda Montes

troutbirder said...

Wonderful story. And our prayers.

Maartje Rijkers said...

Hi Leontien,
funny that you have a calf as a pet! And lovely that he's already friends with your dog!
We are still busy with building our house, so no pet for us. Maybe i want a rabbit, just like in the old days.
Good luck on wednesday. And a lot of greetings for the familiy!
Love, Maartje

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

That story is absolutely adorable...and seriously, what a good little guy, looking after his buddies! (c: Good luck in Chicago...sending good thoughts and prayers your way!

Ed Pilolla said...

i know that smarty pants grin all too well from my dog, who is no longer with me. when i get another, i expect to see a similar version.
lovely story about a smart little guy:)

Deila said...

Yep, dogs, somedays they drive me crazy, and my shepherd will often look at me that way. In fact she takes advantage of me if I am on the cell phone and walking her off leash -- if there is a rabbit she will chase it. But they those same dogs do something great and we love them! Very cute little calf.

Gerreke said...

Wat kun jij toch ontzettend leuk vertellen!!

Hartelijke groeten,

Diana said...

I love this story! As they say, "Truth is Stranger Than Fiction!"
Good luck on your next trip Leontien.
I will pray for good news.
Love Di ♥

mountain mama said...

that is one cute calf! so glad he is safe and sound :)

Louise said...

Phew! What a very good dog! I'm so glad the youngun' is safe and sound.

Andrea said...

how i love your stories! you make me smile everytime...i am praying for you every day! love and hugs to you.

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