Silly Milli … part hunter, part naughty

Another episode of the adventures of Silly Milli B … 

Silly Milli seems to get longer every day. She used to fit on my desk, in front of the keyboard. I used to be able to pick her up with one hand; no more. Now I am lucky if I can pick her up with two hands – mostly because she is so crazy – always wanting to be petted, or to be ‘fighting and biting dog.’

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Silly Milli is also sneaky. When I am at my computer, I often slip off my Sketcher shoes. The other night, I decided to go outside for a bit so I reached, with my feet, to put my shoes back on – but, they were nowhere to be seen. After a few minutes of wondering ‘what the heck,’ I checked Milli’s bed. Guess what! There I found both shoes. Luckily she didn’t have them for long. She has managed to chew up several shoes or sandals. Fortunately for us, they were ones we no longer wear.

Milli’s new trick is to chase chipmunks. At first she was scared of them; actually, she was scared of most anything that moved. Now – likely because she is bigger – she chases them. As you may know, we have lots of chipmunks. We used to feed them peanuts and sunflower seeds. However, last year they buried them all over our yard so we have a ‘bumpy yard’ – which makes for an interesting time when mowing the grass. This year they are surviving on the seeds from the maple tree.

Milli generally spots the chipmunks at the end of the deck or on the sidewalk. She stands at attention for a bit – and then off she goes. The chipmunks are pretty quick, though, and get away easily. And there are times when the chipmunks are within a few feet of Milli and she simply ignores them.

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Our present from Milli last week – a  mouse that she tortured until it was dead.

Milli also does not like it when we put her flea and tick treatment on her back. We both had to hold her last time – but I got the worst of it. (See picture below.) Now we need to take her to have her nails trimmed …

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Thanks for reading about Silly Milli. I’m sure she will have more adventures. ! I hope you return.

Silly Milli … a potty adventure

It’s been a little over one week since Silly Milli (Millicent) came to live with us. It didn’t take long for this little spitfire to learn how to ‘pull our chains.’

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The main task at hand – to work on potty training. Sometimes it works; sometimes not. We found that barking and running in a circle means it is time to go outside. Of course, then she runs and smells and chases … and she may or may not go potty. She loves sticks and is already playing fetch.

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On one of our outside visits, she was running across the deck to the area where the deck steps down. There is a knot hole near the place where you turn to go that area. ( You can see it in the picture above.) Just as I set her down, a red squirrel ran across the deck. Next, a chipmunk popped out of the knot hole, carrying a gray ball of fur in its mouth. The chipmunk kept shaking the fur ball (I think it was a mouse.) and then dropped it. Whatever it was, it scurried away. This all happened in no more than a minute’s time. Not only did Milli jump back, but I did the same. (I’m sure it was quite the sight – watching this old lady jump.)  I quickly scooped up Milli and went back inside. I don’t know whose heart was pounding harder.

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As you may know from previous blogs, we usually train the chipmunks during the summer season. This year, we’ll probably not feed them as much because we don’t know how they are going to react to Milli. I bet the chipmunks are wondering why their humans haven’t put out the tray of peanuts. They’re also probably wondering why we are hanging out with that creature – Milli, the dog

Thanks for reading!  I hope you return.