14, 2010. Tia -- A wonderful little Shih
post is in memory of Tia who took on the job of alerting me
whenever my son, a diabetic with frequent episodes of low blood
sugar, needed my attention. She will never be forgotten.
From Barb W-M
15, 2010. Black Bear
is always interesting when unexpected wildlife drops in.
This black bear came right by
the front windows to inspect the bird feeder which hangs there and
then went to the back of the house to check out the bird feeders
there -- left picture. He appeared more interested than
anxious when the pictures were being taken and then ambled across
the field into the swampy area which makes up a fairly large
portion of our property. This visitation took place in
mid-July, 2009. From Barb W-M
26, 2010 Jessie -- An Important Family Member
Jessie is an eleven-year-old
part Blue Heeler.
her from an animal rescue agency when she was one year old.
She and little Tia (above) were great friends. Jessie likes
people, horses, cats, chickens, and other dogs. Although she
likes people she also knows when to protect and has the bark and
size to let you know that she means business. A great
friend! From Barb W-M
1, 2010 Submitted by Marta Lynne Searle Gill
Hounds are meant to smell and trail the quarry; coon, fox
etc. At one-year-old, Diamond came to me as a failure in
hunting, being people and gun shy. Her tan and white
markings had one diamond shape, hence her name. Almost
impossible to pull from the back of his truck, friend Mac tied her
in a dark corner of his hay barn with only food and water.
It seemed like a Helen Keller transformation as she emerged, after
2 weeks of isolation, as a friendly, approachable dog -- a
diamond, running free on our farm for the rest of her
When my young sister, Nancy, had to name a new pup, about sixty
years ago, her decision-making skills were not yet in tact.
She chose this series: Suzy-Q Fido Lassie Pluto Skippy Rusty
Felix Kinky Sylvester Barbara Lulu Squeezix Twin
Good-for-everything-except-nothing Searle. How appropriate
for a Dachshund -- a long name for a long dog!
As head of our household, in about 1950, Dad proclaimed loud and
clear: "If we get a cat around here, its name will be
'Mud'!" That's what we named her.
1, 2010 Submitted by Keith Ward
had a horse called "Strawberry". The winters in
those days were more severe than today. The upkeep of the
roads was poor due to the inadequate amount of machinery.
The Wards kept a vehicle in Balsam in the winter as the road was
often impassable. Strawberry would pull a wooden stone boat,
taking the family to the car in Balsam. They would then turn
Strawberry around to go back home alone. He would go to the
barn gate and someone would unhitch the stone boat and put
Strawberry away. I'm not sure how they knew when to go back
to Balsam to pick them up. Maybe a cell phone would have
been handy. One day Strawberry missed the laneway and was
found standing on the railway track. Strawberry was taken to
the Ward laneway and sent up to the farm.
named Joe lived on the Uxbridge-Pickering Town Line in Glen
Major. He would work for local farmers at harvest
time. It took several men to harvest due to their less than
hi-tech equipment. Joe had a hound dog-perhaps for
hunting. One particular dog I remember had a memorable name
-- "Timber Doodle Fin Dygin Fon Purple"
like to try to say that?
2010 Submitted by Marta Lynne Searle Gill
Bernard (Bernie) and Bella Painter
proud to announce
March 3rd, 2010
to All from Hoodsland!
March 22, 2010 Now
there is one
Hoodsland Maude M
(Wee Hazel M - Chad Hanover)
This post is in memory of Hoodsland Dutchman
(Wee Hazel M - Chad Hanover). Dutchman hurt his hind leg and had
to be put down March 8, 2010. He was 26 years old. Bred,
born and raised by Hoodsland Stable. Having horses continuously
since 1960 I am now down to one horse, pictured above -- Hoodsland Maude
M, age 27/2010. From Barb W-M
Follow-Up: Hoodsland Maude M Passed
away April 24, 2018 at age 35 yrs.
September 22, 2013 Meet Randy, A
Great Little Mini
Click picture above to see Randy Learning!