No Pun Intended

May 27, 2015

I’ve had a request for a puppy post.

As many of you know, Cupid shot an arrow through my heart with the arrival of this innocent looking fur-ball just in time for Valentine’s Day.


She came with the name, Hope.

I admit, at times, like when half of my husband’s shoe disappeared, or when my just about to bloom hyacinths lay strewn about, I pronounced her misnamed.

“Hopeless, that’s what I’ll call you. Hope, for a scalawag like you, is a joke.”

But fortunately, she is smart. (a common ‘hope’ful phrase used to describe this puppy) As long as I catch her in the act, she never does the same naughty thing twice.


It turns out we have a lot in common.

She LOVES the blogging life. When she sees me with my camera, she races to the door.

Sometimes, she spots things I would have missed. . .


like this turtle at the edge of the pond.


She had never met a turtle before but bravely pursued it.


Figuring she would never catch it, I let her go.


With a great splash, she lunged forward and pulled out. . .


a giant snake!

I screamed; she barked.Β Imagine our relief when we realized it was just a long stick;Β I swear I heard that turtle chuckling.

Sometimes I sneak away to photograph like the professionals–



quietly lurking in the shadows, waiting for the photograph to come to me.


It works, but it’s tough to come home– somehow she knows.

She also LOVES vegetable gardening.

Let’s dig, she says, as dirt and seedlings fly through the air.

Thank goodness for fences.


Sometimes, she is actually helpful.

She startled this wood duck on the creek.


It flopped about in alarm making all kinds of ruckus.

I wondered why it didn’t fly until I saw this–


thirteen babies!

She also LOVES Chester– chased him atop the silo this evening. Fortunately, I have noticed she doesn’t seem intent on catching– just chasing.


And look at the photo that got me–


there is hope. πŸ™‚

Goodnight, prairie folk. Sweet dreams.

Latest Comments

  1. derrickjknight says:

    Another delightful post. As far as finding subjects for photos is concerned, Jacke is often my Hope


  2. Jane says:

    Reading this was pure delight! Beautiful photos once again. πŸ™‚


  3. bluestempond says:

    What a great companion!


  4. Becky says:

    That was fun! I had been waiting for a new post, this was certainly worth waiting for!


  5. Amy says:

    Thank you so much for the fun post, Julie! I love these photos. Lovely Hope! πŸ™‚


  6. D. Wallace Peach says:

    Mmm. I love Goldens, Such great companions. She’s such a help!


    • Julie says:

      Yes, goldens are the best and perfectly named. Ironically, as I was typing this Hope showed up at the door with a black face and legs. She has discovered the joy of having a pond at the bottom of the hill on a hot day. Oh dear–

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  7. Julie@frogpondfarm says:

    Lovely post … I so enjoyed your walk. What a beautiful place! How nice to take Hope on your walks .. Love that last pic too .. Hope did well πŸ˜„


  8. wendy@chezchloe says:

    She’s beautiful – My golden Otis would LOVE to romp around with her!


    • Julie says:

      Golden’s are the best. Our last golden died too young from cancer. Although, sadly, cancer is common in golden’s, there was no doubt in my mind our next dog would also be golden– love em.


      • wendy@chezchloe says:

        Us too… tumor on his spleen. We looked at other breeds and the farthest we strayed was a golden with Β½ English cream. They are just too sweet. Have a lovely weekend with your 4-legger:)


  9. oakcoveresort says:

    Nice bedtime story.


  10. Laura says:

    I truly enjoyed your post!


  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Wonderful post, dogs keep us smiling. I think you are more patient than I am, however! πŸ˜‰


  12. Tiny says:

    Wonderful post. Full of Hope πŸ™‚


    • Julie says:

      It’s a good thing I wrote that post a few days ago because today she figured out how to turn on the outside water faucet. I’m back to Hopeless. Thanks for the follow.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Connie says:

    Enjoyed your blog, made me chuckle.


  14. darwinontherocks says:

    Awww that was sweet, and the dog is a cutie πŸ™‚


  15. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread says:

    You are very lucky to have Hope in your life and that last one is a PHOTO. πŸ™‚


  16. Ida P. Krause says:

    Loved your post. Your new fur baby is adorable. The fence shot was very pretty. I just became a new follower of your blog.


    • Julie says:

      Welcome! So many have said why don’t you tear that old fence down? I love its’ character. It’ll come down when it falls down. Thanks for following my blog.


  17. Eileen says:

    Oh my, your HOPE is just adorable. She reminds me of my old Goldie Girl. I love the turtle and the wood duck & ducklings. Fun post and wonderful photos. Have a happy weekend!


  18. TexWisGirl says:

    i adore your hope and all the puppy antics she gets into make me smile! πŸ™‚ thanks for linking this to good fences!


  19. Margaret says:

    She is adorable and is so like a ouzo I had several years ago. Lovely post.


  20. janicead says:

    Had a golden, Samantha. Loved her, too.


    • Julie says:

      When I lost my last golden, I didn’t think I could ever replace her. I admit when I first got Hope I was a little disappointed because she was different than my previous friend, but now her golden energy has snuck into my heart and filled it with sunshine. Thanks for your visit.


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