Sunday, June 20, 2010

Is there anything cuter than a 3 1/2 week old puppy?

Why yes there is and that would be four 3 1/2 week old puppies.  I decided to take a much needed day off and went up to Nederland for some mountain biking on the West Mag trails.  This time we avoided the new and not so improved Root Canal trail and I was a much happier camper.  Made it down to the Shoshone meadows and they were bashing away with wildflowers-quite spectacular.  Anyway on the way home we stopped at Joy's for a visit and puppy snuggling session.  Her Sheltie had puppies about 3 1/2 weeks ago and they're now the most adorable little sausage rolls.  They're so soft and and calm and no sharp puppy teeth yet.  They stumbled around the kitchen floor for a bit like Strummer when he was drunk and eventually decided they'd had enough and went back to sleep, one of them curled up on my legs.  Two of them fell sound asleep with their heads hanging off the dog bed and mom curled up behind and also napping.  It was so perfect and there's me without my camera.  Oh well, some moments are meant to be enjoyed right there in the moment.

Somehow we got on the topic of Joy's yard and how the pocket gophers were destroying it and I had no clue what a pocket gopher was but I figured that this sounded like a job for Lola so I offered up her services.  Unfortunately pocket gophers only come out at night.  Another problem is that this is what it turns out a pocket gopher looks like:

The exact opposite of a 3 1/2 week old puppy in my opinion.  The 'Hannibal Lecter meets Freddie Krueger' of the varmint world.  How is it that nobody's done a horror movie featuring these things?  And how is it that something that sounds so cute looks so hideous?  It's a good thing I didn't know that that's what they look like while I was walking around on top of their tunnels with nothing but a thin layer of dirt and the soles of my sports sandals between my feet and those chompers of doom.  It gives me the heebies just thinking about it.  No way I'm letting Lola near one of those things.  I think she'd finally meet her match in the rodent world.

Anyway it was wonderful to have a day off and spend it up in the mountains.  Where there are no Russian Olive trees.  My neighborhood is full of Russian Olive trees and the sickly sweet cloying smell is making me nauseous.  Their smell is especially strong this year, don't know why, but it's the first year I've noticed it and it's overpowering.  I'm surprised that I haven't had a severe allergy attack, it seems like I'm right on the verge of it but then no, just nausea, no itching and maybe one sneeze or almost sneeze.  They're considered a noxious and invasive species and it's illegal to plant them in Boulder.  For a while Boulder County was offering free trees from a nursery for every 24" diameter of Russian Olive tree that you cut down on your property.  Not sure if the program is still going but heck I'm ready to borrow my friend's chain saw and start a Texas Chainsaw Olive Russian Tree Massacre in my neighborhood.  The Open Space trail where I walk most days is also full of them.  I noticed them for the first time today and was amazed at how many there are.  I don't know, maybe we can get the pocket gophers on the case, those chompers look like they could take down a whole forest.


  1. Wow! That really is a hideous looking little creature!

  2. Ya know, with some teeth whitener and nail clippers, he wouldn't look too bad ;-)

  3. I dunno, I googled "cute pocket gopher" and of course there are tons of cute P.G. photos like this one. But one just has to be a rodent fan, I guess. Although it does make it tough when it's time to eradicate them from one's, say, attic or vegetable garden.

    I like the idea of training guerrilla pocket gophers to destry noxious plants of any kind.

  4. Ah, that was my problem, I should have googled 'cute pocket gopher' instead of 'evil demon pocket gopher'.

    And yeah, he would look o.k. with a makeover but I sure wouldn't want to be his manicurist.

  5. An agility friend just posted on facebook yesterday about swerving dangerously on the road to avoid hitting a gopher in the road, and then realizing that she had almost killed herself in an effort to avoid killing a critter for which she sets traps in her yard.

    I had hamsters as kids, and boy, they're cute, but boy, do they have long sharp pointy teeth when they want to! Like your evil demon pocket gopher.

    P.S. You should try googling in google images for evil demon pocket gopher--hysterical what a wide variety of weird photos come up, almost none of which are gophers. Like we all have nothing better to do.

  6. Hmmm, I google 'evil demon pocket gopher' and come up with a reference for Lindsey Lohan which marks the second time she gets slammed in my blog in a week and not even my me. The universe truly does not care for Miss Lohan.

  7. Yikes, that headline hid the fact that a hideous photo followed. I thought for sure I'd see sweet sheltie faces.

    I didn't realize Joy had a litter. That's great news.