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Tito_Villa
07-01-2011, 11:56 AM
If anyone has any pics to share please do so!!!

Last weekend was for the first time in a good while a very hot one in England, especially on the sunday. So my girlfriend and i decided to go a little walk around the countryside that surrounds our cottage and here are a few pictures.

The view out of the front door ... and over the little wall is the stream (with fish) that feeds the pond
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Books/Photo006.jpg
The view of the pond from the garden
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Books/Photo005.jpg
I'm not used to much walking and with the heat it very nearly killed me, but the views were worth it ...
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Books/Photo008.jpg
Also i thought people would like to see a pic from my walk to where i get picked up for work
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Books/Photo002.jpg
Thats the view from an old WW2 defensive position, Bailey's Tump was a part of the outer defences for Sheffield, the biggest steel producing city in England during the war. The bunkers can still be seen!

frik51
07-01-2011, 03:58 PM
Gorgeous, Tom.
I love your countryside.
So much different from ours.

sk

frik51
07-03-2011, 02:25 PM
Since last Thursday I can finally call myself a qualified teacher of English.
I've been teaching for years, primary school mostly, but I made a switch to secundary education some four years ago, as I wanted to teach English. Because I didn't have my degree yet, this meant I had to go back to school myself.

I teach at this school, in Rotterdam:

http://www.voorsuccesmetcrm.nl/images/stc.jpg

I wrote my thesis on Stephen King (duh...) and when I received my degree, one of the staff referred to King as Steffen King. Happens all the time in this country. Of course I had to correct him, and that's when this photo was taken.

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/2258/img7627wc.jpg

Anyways - thought I'd share.

sk

Tito_Villa
07-03-2011, 03:19 PM
Big congrats Siep and thats a cool looking building where you work!

I would love to be a primary school teacher but have never had the patience to complete the courses.

peteOcha
07-03-2011, 07:41 PM
Congratulations!

I'm an English teacher as well (not teaching at the moment, but i got my BA in English, went with something else for MA though).

Funky looking school!:)

srboone
07-03-2011, 08:00 PM
Congrats, Siep! It looks like you are trying to keep a strait face while King's name is being mispronounced!

But, that's an interesting angle of the pic. Who's taking it? I wrote a senior paper for my BA in English called "Stephen King: Young Adult Author" back in 1987. What was the title of your thesis? At least you had his 2003 award for contributions to American Letters and decades of teaching experience for support. I was just a snot-nosed kid who was bucking conventional thought; my ass was hanging out in the wind!

frik51
07-04-2011, 04:23 AM
Thanks, everyone!
No more teaching for now - seven weeks of holidays before me.

I'm off! Hope to be boarding in a couple of hours.

sk

srboone
07-04-2011, 05:43 AM
Enjoy, Siep!

Tito_Villa
07-04-2011, 08:44 AM
Have a great time Siep

peteOcha
07-04-2011, 09:25 AM
Make sure you buy lots of books!

Dungle
07-04-2011, 07:09 PM
Sorry to hijack this thread. But I started a topic last week, Wednesday I think. And it hasn't been "approved". Is this the norm?

JJ Holden
07-04-2011, 07:26 PM
Nice pics, guys!

We went on a graveyard crawl a couple of days ago - the Angelus-Rosedale cemetery in Los Angeles. Beautiful place, not too far from Downtown:

http://i985.photobucket.com/albums/ae334/LouisEldest/rosedalecemetery8.jpg

I have more pictures on my journal here, if you're interested:

http://louis-eldest.livejournal July 2nd (http://louis-eldest.livejournal.com/61422.html)

Dan Hocker
07-04-2011, 07:50 PM
Sorry to hijack this thread. But I started a topic last week, Wednesday I think. And it hasn't been "approved". Is this the norm?

As I replied to your private message, I have been on vacation for a week, and moderating these boards is not Robert's full time job. However I think it may have been approved and you just didn't notice as it's not in the "moderation queue"

Tito_Villa
07-05-2011, 09:03 AM
Nice pics, guys!

We went on a graveyard crawl a couple of days ago - the Angelus-Rosedale cemetery in Los Angeles. Beautiful place, not too far from Downtown:

http://i985.photobucket.com/albums/ae334/LouisEldest/rosedalecemetery8.jpg

I have more pictures on my journal here, if you're interested:

http://louis-eldest.livejournal July 2nd (http://louis-eldest.livejournal.com/61422.html)

Aren't 'graveyards' beautiful places? Reminds me that i need to go and visit my Granddad's grave again too. & i love the fact that you mention Interpol at the bottom - my favourite band!

njhorror
07-05-2011, 07:39 PM
Yeah, I'm a big fan of graveyards.

Many years ago I used to work in one as a landscaper. One of the heavy equiptment operators used to drive golfballs from the top of the hill. It was absolutely serene. The only thing that could have made it nicer was a little stream. There was a small spring, but I wasn't too keen on drinking from it when the weather was hot, if you know what I mean.

JJ Holden
07-06-2011, 03:20 AM
I must admit NJ, I was wondering about the trees - sucking up all those 'nutrients' from the ground. There's a story there somewhere. :)




Aren't 'graveyards' beautiful places? Reminds me that i need to go and visit my Granddad's grave again too. & i love the fact that you mention Interpol at the bottom - my favourite band!

Tito, that song just happened to be playing while I was writing up the post, and yes - very cool band!

Blu Gilliand
07-06-2011, 09:26 PM
Great thread! I love playing around with photography. Here are a couple of random shots:

http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/h382/BluGilliand/Random%20Shots/nofishing.jpg
"No Fishing"
Taken at a local park.

http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/h382/BluGilliand/Random%20Shots/diverdown.jpg
"Diver Down"
Taken at the Georgia Aquarium.

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JJ Holden
07-06-2011, 09:41 PM
Blu - great book cover potential! For both of those. Very nice.

peteOcha
07-07-2011, 07:41 AM
Yeah, I could totally see the one from the park as a book cover.

Tito_Villa
07-07-2011, 09:12 AM
Nice pics!!!

frik51
07-08-2011, 12:20 AM
Congrats, Siep! It looks like you are trying to keep a strait face while King's name is being mispronounced!
But, that's an interesting angle of the pic. Who's taking it? I wrote a senior paper for my BA in English called "Stephen King: Young Adult Author" back in 1987. What was the title of your thesis? At least you had his 2003 award for contributions to American Letters and decades of teaching experience for support. I was just a snot-nosed kid who was bucking conventional thought; my ass was hanging out in the wind!

No, this picture was taken just after I had corrected my teacher; it was taken by one of my fellow students.
And you bet I used King's 2003 award for support.
The thing is, though, King is not really all that well-known in my country. No, I should put this differently. He is well-known, but more so in connection with his movie adaptations than with his writing. And most people over here pronounce King's name as Steffen king.

sk

Tito_Villa
07-11-2011, 03:04 PM
Last week was my little sister's school play, she was the Castle Guard and in the pic you can se her talking to the depressed court jester.
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Books/Photo265.jpg
Then on Saturday while it was sunny we fed the ducks and i took a snap of my house from across the pond :)
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Books/Photo270.jpg

RJHubbard53
07-11-2011, 04:09 PM
I took this a couple weeks ago in Hilton Head, SC

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w194/hubbard53/IMG-20110629-00015.jpg

Tito_Villa
07-11-2011, 04:58 PM
Wow

Blu Gilliand
07-12-2011, 08:08 PM
http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/h382/BluGilliand/Random%20Shots/overunder.jpg
"Over/Under"
Taken at the Georgia Aquarium.

Tito_Villa
07-12-2011, 09:32 PM
Thats one wierd pic!

JJ Holden
08-16-2011, 02:29 AM
Just a couple of images taken during a wander around downtown Los Angeles.

It pays to look up! :)


http://i985.photobucket.com/albums/ae334/LouisEldest/downtown4.jpg

http://i985.photobucket.com/albums/ae334/LouisEldest/downtownmermaid.jpg

frik51
08-16-2011, 05:33 AM
Very nice! It must have been decades since I was downtown L.A.
I'd never have guessed these were taken there.

sk

Tito_Villa
08-16-2011, 09:57 AM
Nice, never been to L.A.

Tito_Villa
09-08-2011, 02:16 PM
Some more pics of the dog Annabel, firstly she's now good enough responding to commands that i can walk her off the lead and yesterday even sat when i told her too when there were other dogs to go and see!
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Annabel4.jpg
Annabel sat infront of the house which had been freshly cut!
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Annabel5.jpg
And finally Annabel just being herself and enjoying a belly rub :)
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Annabel6.jpg

Greenelk
09-20-2011, 09:54 PM
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Went to Vietnam for work last week, sadly only got to see Ho Chi Minh city, but one thing that does leap out at you is the amount of motor bikes and scooters!

Dan Hocker
09-21-2011, 02:24 AM
Went to Vietnam for work last week, sadly only got to see Ho Chi Minh city, but one thing that does leap out at you is the amount of motor bikes and scooters!

A little motoring fact. The reason for all the motorbikes in countries like Vietnam, is that the car (as we know it) only made it's way to those countries really in the past 20 years. So the car hasn't really had enough time to get in expensive and affordable to the masses.

RJK1981
10-18-2011, 07:14 AM
Here are some pictures from the historic Afton House Inn where I went with my wife for the weekend of our wedding. A little late with posting these since this was from September, but oh well.

The are what was right outside of our room. Thought the wooden table was very nice and wished I could take it home with me, lol

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Very nice whirlpool in the room along with a bottle of champagne (which we brought home with us instead of opening there)

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Kingsize bed and fireplace

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RJK1981
10-18-2011, 07:17 AM
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RJK1981
10-18-2011, 07:32 AM
Views from the docks that are a very short walk from the entrance of the inn. Seems the best pictures I have are too large to post here.

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RJK1981
10-18-2011, 07:48 AM
A few pictures of our little dog, Sadie

Sadie doing what she does a lot of the time, which is lay down and relax or sleep. She likes to decide to play when we go to bed, lol

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She also likes to chill outside on our little patio

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frik51
10-18-2011, 08:31 AM
Cutie!

sk

Tito_Villa
10-18-2011, 08:32 AM
Great pics!!!

Greenelk
10-22-2011, 08:56 PM
Today has been a good day. Took my youngest two to see my beloved Southend United play Torquay

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After a dire first half, we went on to win 4-1, on a glorious afternoon. Felt like a summers day.

Tito_Villa
10-24-2011, 09:29 AM
That looks great, i love to go to lowere league grounds where you are so close to the action. Unfortunately i'm a Derby County fan and am taking my little brother and sister to next Saturdays game!

Tito_Villa
12-13-2011, 10:46 AM
Finally took some pics last night and Annabel wanted in on the action :)
Poor, poor Wall-E
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Books/P1000409.jpg
My Dad thinks that she looks abit like a gremlin lol
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Books/P1000416.jpg

srboone
12-13-2011, 10:53 AM
Do you feed her after midnight; have you given her a bath yet?

Tito_Villa
12-13-2011, 10:56 AM
If you even mention the word bath she goes running for the hills lol and she has to wear a coat because she's not a fan of the rain!

srboone
12-13-2011, 11:25 AM
HA! I have to keep my dogs OUT of the water! I started them with small water dishes but had to get bigger ones because they emptied them all the time. They like to stand in the dish as they drink! And they'll jump in the bath tub when I'm not looking...

Then again, labs are swimmers by nature...

RJK1981
01-31-2012, 11:19 AM
I took this picture yesterday. What is so unusual about this picture is that it is January in Minnesota, which is supposed to still be close to 0 degrees Fahrenheit and ducks don't come back until March or April typically

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srboone
01-31-2012, 11:27 AM
I know it. We set a record in KC yesterday: 72! Previous record was 68. It's so mild up north that people aren't coming down to golf in the warmer climes (and the hotel business is suffering.) We need smow!

Tito_Villa
01-31-2012, 11:35 AM
Incredibley mild winter here in England too, especially compared to last year!

TerryE
01-31-2012, 02:14 PM
Same here in Baltimore. Temps today will be like mid-April. I'll gladly take that over the cold, cold winter last year.

Grant Wootton
01-31-2012, 02:23 PM
We're 2/3 of the way through our Summer (and it has sucked like Electrolux thus far) ... The attached forecast is typical of what the weather has been like for the past two months :mad:

http://www.eldersweather.com.au/nsw/sydney/parramatta

peteOcha
01-31-2012, 09:23 PM
Lucky! It's been -4 F here the past few days! (-20 C)...

don't know how to make the funky little degrees "o's" :D

Tito_Villa
01-31-2012, 09:44 PM
Have you had much snow Pete?

peteOcha
01-31-2012, 09:57 PM
Nope, a few inches at the most. Just a light layer on the ground right now. Sunny and freezing cold!

Grant Wootton
02-01-2012, 12:41 AM
I saw snow ... once ... :(

bookworm 1
02-01-2012, 01:12 AM
I took this picture yesterday. What is so unusual about this picture is that it is January in Minnesota, which is supposed to still be close to 0 degrees Fahrenheit and ducks don't come back until March or April typically

3139Tomarrow 50 degrees in the adirondacks!!! this is not winter.We had more snow in october then January.Last year you
could not see our mail box from Nov. till the middle of April.Klondike durby this weekend.Sleds on wheels is gonna suck.

Menace
02-01-2012, 05:06 PM
having our first somewhat major snow storm ..calling between 20-30cm probably almost 15cm down now. we should have had at least 8 - 10 major snowfalls by now.. But am I complaining Nooooooo way. The less snow the better. By this time last year pulling in your driveway was like driving through a White rock canyon the snow banks were so high.

Tito_Villa
02-29-2012, 03:38 PM
You know your lucky when you wake up to this every morning ...
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Photo696.jpg

and i have just entered my little doggy Annabel in a cute pet competition in the local paper, almost sent this ...
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/IMG00003-20111224-1609-1.jpg

but ended up sending this
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Photo703.jpg

Dan Hocker
02-29-2012, 03:51 PM
Brian decided it'd be fun to order a 5lb Gummy Bear for the office. It is pretty tasty... lol
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Grant Wootton
02-29-2012, 04:11 PM
Not forgetting the "after" shot :p

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Not so damn pretty now are ye, ye quivering, wobbling gelatinous mass of unadulterated sugary evil !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TerryE
02-29-2012, 04:16 PM
What I want to know is if the company paid for that thing. And is that why "production costs" keep increasing?

C'mon, that's an awful lot of stiff Jello.

srboone
02-29-2012, 04:19 PM
I knew King's signature on a book couldn't be worth two grand!

Dan Hocker
02-29-2012, 04:20 PM
Lol, they're actually not that expensive. I think I stumbled across them on amazon.

srboone
03-03-2012, 01:21 AM
A relatively quiet day at the Boone household:

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Jake and Bear are 7 months now and they're pretty happy. If only they knew what was in store for them soon:

pretty graphic...http://neuteringmaledogs.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Neutering-Male-Dogs-2-235x300.jpg

Teriw
03-03-2012, 01:47 AM
Beautiful Boys. Heres my boy...

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Teriw
03-03-2012, 01:49 AM
Just came across this on my facebook as well...

I think he needs a smaller Frisbee
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srboone
03-03-2012, 02:56 AM
Or maybe a bigger "boy"!

Teriw
03-03-2012, 03:05 AM
That's my Murphman. Cuz he leaps off tall piers in a single bound.... into a highly polluted sydney harbour. Dad hadda save his tiny ass.

srboone
03-03-2012, 03:08 AM
I saw someone fall into Yokosuka Harbor in Japan, that person was given all kinds of shots for the crap that's floating around in there!

Teriw
03-03-2012, 05:30 AM
sick...ours is mostly cancer causing agents...cant do much about that. pretty sure he island has the highest cancer rate in the country er something like that.

srboone
03-29-2012, 11:04 PM
Got them to sit still--monentarily halting the tornado of their existences!

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Ben Staad
03-30-2012, 01:05 AM
They are gorgeous dogs!

Tito_Villa
03-30-2012, 08:08 AM
That's brilliant :) you are a lucky man to have them! How old are they now Squire?

srboone
03-30-2012, 11:49 AM
going on 9 months!

Tito_Villa
03-30-2012, 01:17 PM
Still not fully grown yet then? I'm very tempted to get another dog but i'm not sure if Annabel will like it or not!

srboone
03-30-2012, 02:23 PM
Puppy stage is technically 2 years, but I know from expereince that even at 10 years, these dogs still act like puppies!

Teriw
03-30-2012, 03:06 PM
Beautiful

srboone
03-30-2012, 03:49 PM
Yeah..it's hard to stay mad at them.....

TerryE
03-30-2012, 04:10 PM
Of course, Teri loves the dogs. They don't have any King books she wants.

Teriw
03-31-2012, 02:36 AM
maybe ill leave all mine to my murphman then yas can all hate him for having awesome sk books.

TerryE
03-31-2012, 02:59 AM
But the rest of us love the books and the owners. We have to love (it's our only hope of making our way onto the will). Hey, if I have another kid, Grant Wooten is the godfather. And I called dibs!

Teriw
03-31-2012, 04:36 AM
Good plan.

Grant Wootton
03-31-2012, 06:03 AM
But the rest of us love the books and the owners. We have to love (it's our only hope of making our way onto the will). Hey, if I have another kid, Grant Wooten is the godfather. And I called dibs!

Grab a bucket and join the queue Terry :p

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TerryE
03-31-2012, 12:38 PM
Or maybe not!

Just kidding Grant. Hey, I need to run to the store, can you come over and babysit for an hour or so?

Grant Wootton
03-31-2012, 11:09 PM
Are you really, really, really sure that you'd want me to do that ????? :p

srboone
04-26-2012, 01:00 AM
So peaceful when when they're asleep, dreaming their doggie dreams...

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I wonder if this is creeping in yet...

http://www.wackystock.com/details/18946-clipart-illustration-of-a-nervous-brown-dog-cowering-on-an-exam-table-as-a-white-male-vet-holds-a-pair-of-scissors-and-prepares-to-neuter-him-by-dennis-cox-at-wackystock.jpg

Just a few more hours........

peteOcha
04-26-2012, 08:30 AM
So the day has finally come? Poor guys.:( I hope you have some nice treats for them as compensation!:)

srboone
04-26-2012, 01:26 PM
Tucked away at the vet's. I'll picke'm up tonight before the movies (70th anniversary screening of Casablanca; probably no midnight movie tonight, but i may change my mind.)

Teriw
04-27-2012, 08:27 PM
I think you need a bigger kennel

srboone
04-27-2012, 08:51 PM
They don't spend much time in them anyway. It's kinda like their time out spaces.

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04-28-2012, 01:49 AM
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srboone
04-28-2012, 09:14 AM
I thought about making them wear clothing as punishment, but I don't want to risk a cruelty to animals suit!;)

They're back and they spent a miserable day recovering (with no food an just little water), but they're resumed their normal tornadic activity!

Teriw
04-28-2012, 08:17 PM
When I first read this I thought you meant you punished them for something with no food and very little water. took me a second to remember they were at the vet. lol

Joe315
04-28-2012, 10:33 PM
Noticed this little bird sitting in on a branch on our lemon tree. Didn't move at all, even when I got a couple inches away with my phone.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p505/rodman109110/2e0188be.jpg

peteOcha
04-28-2012, 10:43 PM
Great picture!

Teriw
04-28-2012, 11:16 PM
Little? lol. How big are your normal sized birds? Looks like a grey pigeon

Teriw
04-28-2012, 11:18 PM
or tan rather

Joe315
04-28-2012, 11:18 PM
It's smaller then a pigeon, not by much though. I think its a morning dove.

I call it small because we have hawks and huge owls that pick off the rabbits in our back yard.

Teriw
04-29-2012, 12:23 AM
I thought dove at first but the color threw me off. Pigeons and Doves are basically the same thing only one gets all the love and the other everyone hates. Stupid if ya ask me. I love watching pigeons myself, I like their little strut.

Grant Wootton
04-29-2012, 04:45 AM
Teri ??? you .... love ... something ... WTF !!!! :p

Teriw
04-29-2012, 07:38 PM
lmao. I love all kinds of things. Just not you guys, bacon on stupid things, or TLOTR, ect.

Grant Wootton
04-29-2012, 11:39 PM
Excellent Teri, wouldn't quite know what to do if you went and turned all lovey-dovey on us ;)

Tito_Villa
01-17-2014, 12:45 PM
I thought i would also share 3 snaps from my honeymoon in Mexico ...
1st is one of the many Mayan sites in the Yucantan Peninsula, Chichen Itza. We also visited Ek Balam, Tulum and Coba where the tallest pyramid resides, we climbed that too.
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/ChichenItza_zps89baa54e.jpg (http://s819.photobucket.com/user/tito_villa/media/ChichenItza_zps89baa54e.jpg.html)
Another trip was to Akumal, which translates to 'place of turtles'. As you can see, we snorkelled with wild turtles, stingrays and in the second longest reef in the world.
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/GOPR0087_zpsfbbc7480.jpg (http://s819.photobucket.com/user/tito_villa/media/GOPR0087_zpsfbbc7480.jpg.html)
Lastly is a pic of the two of us on Maroma beach which is where our hotel was (ironically that is about 10m away from where i lost my ring)
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Beach1_zpsadbfd663.jpg (http://s819.photobucket.com/user/tito_villa/media/Beach1_zpsadbfd663.jpg.html)

bookworm 1
01-17-2014, 12:50 PM
Nice pictures. Thank God you didn't loose your ring at the beach instead.

TerryE
01-25-2014, 02:10 AM
Very nice. Congrats on the wedding!

Dave1442397
01-26-2014, 08:17 PM
Here's my dog enjoying the cold weather. He sat out there for 45 minutes yesterday just in case a deer or squirrel ventured out while it was snowing. He's an American Eskimo.

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T-Dogz_AK47
01-26-2014, 11:01 PM
He's adorable! :D

bookworm 1
01-27-2014, 01:24 AM
A very nice picture. To survive this winter you need to be an Eskimo.
Here's my dog enjoying the cold weather. He sat out there for 45 minutes yesterday just in case a deer or squirrel ventured out while it was snowing. He's an American Eskimo.

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Tito_Villa
01-27-2014, 10:13 AM
That's a great shot. My dog, Annabel would do the same thing if i let her!

Dave1442397
01-27-2014, 10:46 AM
That's a great shot. My dog, Annabel would do the same thing if i let her!

Every time I open the door to see if he wants in, he just looks at me, like "no, I'm fine sitting here with my butt in the snow, thanks anyway!".

Tito_Villa
01-27-2014, 02:34 PM
Yeah, it's weird with Annabel because she hates any sort of water but snow