Sunday, January 27, 2013


My black lab, Cada,
has an internal clock.

Cada (short for Cicada) and Hallie

Whether she is anticipating
breakfast, lunch, or dinner 
she comes to you 
to let you know
"it's time."

(And she is usually within five minutes
of the scheduled feeding time.... remarkable.)

Here she is whimpering in the kitchen ....
Mom,  it's lunchtime..... helloooo? Are you listening? 

When she was just a pup,
she would go to the window
at 3:10 every day
knowing the kids would
be walking down the road
from the bus stop.

She just knew.

She has to go 
to do her business
and sniff all the scents in the yard,
maybe bark once or twice 
to make her presence known
every morning at daybreak.

She runs the entire perimeter of the yard ---
knowing exactly where her 
Invisible Fence boundaries are, 
even though she no longer wears the collar.

No sleeping in
uninterrupted here...
... not if Cada is around.
(Tiny bladder)

Anyway, these pics were taken
 one morning this past week
when I came down to let her out.
The pink/orange sky played so nicely
against the winter tree limbs
and my neighbor's house 
through the trees.

Still not a real snowfall 
here to speak of
but I am not complaining!
(January is almost over.)

Don't tell Mother Nature!

This actress played Mother Nature
in the Chiffon Margarine ads in the 1970's ...
does her image pop in your head when
you hear "Mother Nature" too?  :)

Don't forget ...

Get your
favorite containers

(vases, urns, crocks, vases, boxes, jars,
ironstone pitchers, buckets, etc. etc. etc.) 

photographed and ready to share
at the
 Favorites on the First
February Linky Party!

Really hope 
to see 


Divine Theatre said...

That is so beautiful! The imagery as well as the story of your angel!
Napoleon and Tallulah are STILL ASLEEP! I KNOW! What is that all about?
I initially chose Napoleon to help me wake early and now I have to wake HIM! Little sleepyheads!
Maybe the organic food tastes like crap? Just a thought. Why else would they sleep through breakfast? I know the organics I eat sometimes leave me wanting...LOL!



The Refeathered Roost said...

Your dogs are precious. One of our two dogs, Gracie, has an internal clock as well. She has adopted a new way of letting me know it's time to go out or meal time if I'm sitting with my laptop on my lap. First the head is propped on top of the screen. If that is ignored then she takes her paw and with all her weight pushes the screen down. I'm a sucker for dogs... so usually just her eyes peering over the screen is all it takes. I'm pretty well known for saying dogs are my favorite people. I hope I'm not offensive when I say that.... do the dogs I mean.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I ove posts about dogs! It's amazing how they know when the kids are on their way...they are so smart!

Wow, this will be a hard one....Favorites on the First.....I'll have to think about it! :D


Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Gorgeous photos Alison! Our pup sleeps in our room in her little kennel covered with a towel, so she stays sleeping until we wake up...which is usually very early any way. However, my outside kitty is ALWAYS waiting by the door by 6am for her vittles. :)

Happy Sunday!

Pamela Gordon said...

Your dogs are sweet. I love Labs. Beautiful sunrise photos. I am enjoying the sun shining into the living room as it rises now. A sure sign that the days are getting longer. Have a great week. Pamela

NanaDiana said...

Oh-Aren't they so smart? Their inner clocks are just amazing! I love your photos-they are just gorgeous! xo Diana

michele said...

i know this pink sky well. it will always remind me of my niece with special needs--it reminds me to prayer for her and send light and energy her way.

those pups are adorable, alison.


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Alison your fur babies are beautiful!! So sweet!
Stunning photos!

Leslie said...

Your pups are darling and they certainly DO have an internal time clock! My english springers don't hesitate telling me that it's time for a walk .. or meal time. Your pictures are gorgeous :)


The enchanted home said...

How sweet! I love seeing her waiting at the window everyday at 3:10, that is so touching! The pictures are just beautiful with that gorgeous sky as the backdrop!

Anonymous said...

So very sweet. I understand Cada's timing well. My own black lab, Gracie is close by in her favorite rocking chair right now.
Much of my day consists of making her needs complete.
It's a precious job....loving a dog!

andrea@townandprairie said...

Dogs are so super smart...people don't give them enough credit. What a great family pet!

Sarah said...

Sweet post, Alison. I was out of town all day yesterday, and today my Sadie girl hasn't wanted to leave my side. These critters are so sensitive to what's going on around them. As far as eating time, anytime Sadie activity in the kitchen, she's there!
Beautiful images of the pink sky at daybreak.

At Home in English Valley said...

Hi Alison, Wasn't the tag line, You can't fool Mother Nature... You were just a toddler, how do you remember that? ;-). Love, Penny

Karen said...

Our dog Winnie is like that...if its meal time she's sure to wake us. The little dog, Madison, likes to sleep in!
Beautiful images of your winter morning.

Anonymous said...

We don't need a clock in this house. Jack Russell's are always on schedule! I hate to do anything different for fear that will become the NEW routine. Dogs what would we do without them?

PURA VIDA said...

I love sweet dogs...can't wait to have another some day! The morning sun is just glorious!

Miss Kitty said...

Awww...I love to see/read stories about other people's dogs but I don't have one 'cause I DON'T want to have to get up to let them out at all hours. See you at "Favorites on the First"...planning my blog post now.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I loved this post...I remember our beloved "grand dog" was so much like that..."He just knew"...we miss him!
Love getting up early to watch the sunrise...just a remarkable and spiritual way to start the day...the view of the trees and the sunrise is so beautiful!