Saturday, January 30, 2010

Stickley has egg on his face

Stickley is my rescued greyhound.  He is nearly 8 years old, and I've had him since he was just about 4 years old.  He is a very mellow, lazy, loving, unflappable dog.  He has barked 3 times since I've owned him.  Seriously.  He just doesn't bark.  I think he can't be bothered - he'd rather be sleeping.  He's afraid of the chickens and not at all interested in any of the other farm critters.  He's also afraid of box elder bugs.  As a general rule, he never gets "into" things when nobody is home.  He never gets on the furniture and has never really tried except for his first few nights after coming off the track.

Yesterday was a very notable exception to the rule.  I had some eggs that had been sitting on the counter for...well...weeks on end.  They were from before the hens stopped laying, so likely mid November.  I just never got around to using them and then I didn't want to use them because of their age.  Normally, I keep our eggs on the counter and they are used within a couple of weeks.  Contrary to what food safety experts say, it's really quite safe and has been done in Europe for centuries.  Anyway, the eggs had been put by the garage door to be taken out to the garbage.  A certain person, not naming names, had not taken them out for several days, even though he had said that he would take them out "right away."  These things happen.

So, when I got home yesterday,
what greeted me on the rug as I came in?
Clearly, this was a very bad sign.  And a very bad smell.
Indeed, looking into the living room...
....wasn't a pretty sight.
See the culprit laying on his bed in the back of that picture?  All contrite and pretending to be fully asleep and completely ignorant of how these eggs came to be here.  What on earth was he thinking?
The smell has abated and the mess is cleaned up.  The eggs are now out in the garbage.  The dog is in the doghouse.  (figuratively speaking)

Note to self:  do not put bad eggs within reach of dog.


Laura said...

I love that picture of him lying there acting innocent, that kind of thing seems to happen in my house a lot, glad im not alone.
Cute post!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I thought you were going to say that the "certain person" who had not taken the eggs out when he was supposed to was in the doghouse.

Flartus said... does the DOG smell today??

I love being able to share stories like this in blogland!

N said...

The Easter Bunny!

Louise said...

I love that you have a rescue greyhound. If I didn't have four cats, I'd have one, for sure. Please forgive Stickley. I'm sure that "the Devil made him do it."

Mom L said...

Oh, Stickley, you just couldn't resist!!! He's pretending he didn't do it...come on, Mom, it was the chickens! They got inside!


Cat said...

Oh, my... I have had bad egg incidents, I dropped one, but this looks like an egg bombing! And, of course, we have sweet, sad eyes, you can't blame ME, not a good pup like me, I didn't do anything...

Yeah, right... :)


Animals with Opinions said...

oh that is cute. he looks so innocent. i bet the sheep set him up. we've only ever smelt one bad egg and was nasty!! i want to vomit just thinking about it.

gerald the majestic goat

Aimee said...

that is exactly what my dog Ivory looks like when she has done something wrong. ewwwww, old eggs. Yesterday I was looking for an egg stash somewhere, since my hens didn't seem to be laying like they should, and I thought I had found it under the barn. But when I reached under and grabbed one, I quickly realized these eggs were from a VERY long time ago.

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Hee hee...PEEEE OOOOO! If that had been Thistle he would have eaten all of those bad eggs and then thrown up all over the house! You have a GOOD Dog!

fullfreezer said...

For a minute, I thought you had been visited by the Easter Bunny. We often get the "who? me? I didn't do anything" look from our dog as well. I guess dogs will be dogs. I do hope the egg wasn't too hard to get out of the carpet.

Anonymous said...

Eeeewwwwww...YUCK! He sounds a lot like Paisley. I swear she goes into a partial hibernation in the winter time :)

Gail said...

It is only natural, SOME ONE left them for him. He would never had bothered them, otherwise.

I had checked into adoping a greyhound and they wanted thousands of dollars for dogs that no longer ran. I love the breed but not at that cost.

Nancy said...

Hi Claire, Very, very funny! So, no cats that Stickley can blame? I had a rescued greyhound many years ago. I named him Abe (after Honest Abe). Whenever he even thought about doing something naughty, he'd get a guilty look on his face -- see me looking at him, then slink away. He was a wonderful, funny dog!

Also, I've wanted to write and compliment you on your yarns. I checked out your blog for the first time about a month ago and when I saw the pics, I was truly blown away. The color combinations and textures are really amazing. Good job!

I don't have a blog yet. We are just getting started with our small farm on 12 acres in Northern California. We have two goats, two cats, and 3 dogs. More to critters to follow.

Best, Nancy

Christine said...

LOL, maybe he was practicing for Easter?

melanie said...

Maybe to his sharper nose, the smell was already evident. He was simply putting the emphasis on things by showing the "certain person" just how badly they needed to be taken out!!

kestrel said...

I had a labrador that did not bark too. He was just so quiet and adorable, just like yours I think. Goodness what a mess

thecrazysheeplady said...

Oh, this is too funny. Love the picture with him in the background.

polly's path said...

Claire-SO sweet of you to comment back. Your tips are great. Yes, Fiasco Farm, the Goat Link and a few others are a favorite and I pretty much know the kidding section of Fiasco Farms' site by heart. We have assisted many dogs and cats with birth, but we are so new to the world of goats! I just want to do what's best for her but let nature take its course.
And yes, we have been putting China up in her kidding barn overnight for the last, say, 2 weeks. She is a stubborn girl!
As far as the ligs go, I had two different spots that i was feeling with no way to figure out which one is the right one. I will tell you that her tail looks like it's almost separated from her back-I can just about touch my fingers across it, if I wrap them around.
Her udder used to be a smallish flabby pouch when we welcomed her on the farm in October, and lately it has grown about 4 times that size. She is not a dairy goat so I know it won't get huge, but compared to what it was a few months ago, it has grown greatly. She has also gotten extra sensitive about us touching it to check it!
I am sorry for the long comment-I am not sure how to email you back through blogger without leaving a comment.
Thanks again for the encouragement. I just heard the weather forecast this morning and it looks like we have a front coming through this weekend. I am keeping my fingers crossed.