National Puppy Day

Today is National Puppy Day and Hazel is acting the true puppy – so many toys and she seems to want to play with all of them at once.  Here’s what our living room floor looks like.  You’d think we had a toddler living here!


Hope is staying with us till Tues while Connie and Roy go on vacation with Grace and Rex.  Hope and Hazel are getting along fine so far but I am keeping close tabs on everybody.

This picture was taken a year ago today, March 23, 2016.  It was the morning my baby chicks arrived at the Garner post office.  They arrive in a cardboard box with holes punched in the top and the whole box is peeping in unison!


It was also the day we got the devastating news that Faye’s kidneys were failing.  I will never forget the phone call from our vet about 6:15 that evening.  I could not comprehend what she was saying.

Hazel is healing my heart one day at a time but it won’t happen overnight, will it?  Our good friend Rose sent us beginner agility equipment and a book.


I have wanted to try agility training for years and now I will!  Ginny sent 3 “intellectual” toys that are like games for dogs.


You put little treats in the toys and the dog has to play the game and figure out how to get the treats out.  Such fun!  Here’s the one we tried last night.  This one is called Flip ‘n Flap, a dog IQ puzzle.


And yes, she got all but one treat!  Jack Russell Terriers are pretty smart.  I can just see her little brain working.

I am finishing up some of my projects for the sale next Saturday. I have several more I’d like to tackle but Hazel takes a lot of my time – ha!  Thank you, Everybody, who sent a comment about Hazel’s arrival.  Here’s what I’m going to work on today.


Binding by hand – ick.

29 thoughts on “National Puppy Day

  1. MartyCae

    Binding by hand – ick is right! I hate it!
    Love pictures of Hazel. How about one of Hazel and Ernie Joe?

  2. Renee Cannis

    Enjoy everything about the animals & chickens…..particularly puppy-grams about Hazel. What a cutie!!
    Love all your plants & the quilts. Thanks.

  3. Sue Davis

    Mary, I am so happy to see you listened to your heart and let a puppy in. There is nothing more loving and keeping us young and on our toes as having a young’n around. Your house looks fun. Mine looks the same. I pick it up and put the toys in the basket and before I can turn around they are all spread around again. Lol – that’s what keeps us o’l gals shapely, doing knee bends all day. Enjoy every minute.
    P.s. The sheep have a different shearer coming Monday. She shears for shows and will even out last weeks cut. She is even going to give them a bath. Then I’ll send you pics. Their coats are so full of lanolin when you pet them now your hands glisten. Everything is sticking to them like dirt and all the pollen flying around. Maybe for an afternoon they will look pretty. Sue, Argyle tx

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sue – evidently the previous shearer didn’t leave them very pretty.

      1. Sue Davis

        Mary he was a very nice and gentle man. But I think he shears for for comfort not cute-nes! I found a lady to take their wool. Just don’t know if I should charge her or not or how much.

  4. Pam

    Hazel is adorable and I love her name! Babies can’t be spoiled too much so have a good time with her while you are still her world. Pretty soon she will flying out that dog door to explore.

  5. Sue

    Hazel is So-o-o cute. Just want to pick her up and give her a love. I have heard that Jack Russells are very busy little dogs and oh, so smart.
    I love the quilt you are about to bind. Is there a full length photo of it? Or, perhaps a pattern name? Love to make it some time.
    Have fun with your binding. lol

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sue – this quilt was shown in a previous post. It it was just some leftover blocks that I cobble together and it worked.

  6. Brenda archambault

    Happy National Puppy Day to you, your menagerie, and especially Hazel. I too have a Hazel in my life. She’s a blonde, blue eyed kindergartener with a second grade Olive to keep her in tow. They have a new puppy but I haven’t gotten any details yet so don’t even know her name, but I’m sure her toys are all chewed up pieces of whatever the girls have left on the floor. Enjoy!

  7. Claire

    Mary,
    Thank you for your posts. I look forward to your daily news. What is the name of the quilt #2 and where would I find the pattern?
    I have a new grand dog. Her name is Sophie a Golden, and she is 3 months old now.
    Happy Puppy Day Hazel. Woof woof!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Claire – there is no pattern for this quilt. The blocks were leftover from previous projects and I just cobbled them together.

  8. Diane

    I’ll bind your quilts during the games🏀🏀. Your little Hazel is a toddler, and oh so cute. She will fill your heart with such joy. I am happy for all of you😃 Squeak gets her toys out of her box and plays and she’s six!!

  9. Janet Snyder

    Nothing like a puppy to keep one’s on their toes. She has such a cute, serious expression. It is going to be a lot of fun for me to see her grow up. Thanks for all your sharing.

  10. Ann Barlament

    Looks like some of Hazel’s toys are bigger than her. We always had a toy box for Bucks toys, but they were rarely in the box…mostly found in every room and sometimes outside.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      She loves those stuffed toys that are bigger than she is. She wrestles with them!

  11. Joyce C

    I knew a little Jack Russell who was worth a lot of $$..!! He ate both of his masters expensive hearing aides!!! Buster was in the dog house for awhile! Hazel is a doll!

  12. helen freese

    I just finished binding 6 placemats by hand–Ugh, I agree. Enjoy Hazel while she is still a puppy. I trained my scottie with Goldfish crackers–a lot cheaper than the ones at the pet store and they worked just as well. Blessings!

  13. Martha Engstler

    Good luck with the sale Saturday, wish I could come.The quilt you are binding in the picture is sooo pretty. It all works together so well. I envy you with your new fur sweetheart. One of these days the right kitty will come into my life. We can’t have a dog, no yard and I have trouble walking so it isn’t fair.

  14. Danna Saeugling

    Your quilting and dog pictures bring a smile to me everyday. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  15. Patty McDonald

    Hazel is adorable. We have just finished going through puppydom. One yellow lab is 2 and our coon hound is 2 1/2. They acted like little kids and always wanted each others toy……they bring so much joy. How do you have time for training!?!? My husband trained all our dogs and I’m glad he did. They were really wild pups. Also, I like how the dogs and cat are so attentive to the chicks. I mentioned before that we have 2 roosters that get along…first time ever. Well, our white banty is 3 and still very nice but the other one (a beautiful big boy that is a mixture) is 1 year and getting aggressive. He picked a fight with the banty last week and chased me today so his days are numbered. Thanks for sharing Hazel with us.

  16. Rebecca

    I’m getting lazy in my old age. I only bind anymore on my machine. Well maybe a small wall hanging would be ok.
    Hazel looks like a sweetie. New baby under your roof!! Put your slippers and shoes up. Hehe

  17. Pamj/Tx..

    We have a Jack & she is now 13. She was a handful and a very busy girl when she was younger. She roamed over 5 acres that was fenced almost the entire day, everyday. Jacks like to bring you prizes that they find throughout the day !!! Be prepared for moles, dead snakes, mice, big rats, etc. Ours liked to dig alot, just had to be careful she didn’t get too deep. Also had a thing for squirrels, they teased her to no end & would throw stuff at her from the tops of the trees she’d chased them up, they also sprinkled( urinated) on her too. Be cautious about chickens, guineas ours liked to tree them too. Hopefully Hazel will be a good girl & stay out of trouble!!!! But, be sure to get a good pair of running shoes, too !!! They are busy busy…

  18. Donna from Oz

    I love binding by hand! It’s a quiet fellowship with your child.
    And I love Hazel.

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