Saturday, November 17, 2012

Dominion Auto Group - Holiday Commercial

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Enjoy Flake and a few of her "tricky" friends, as they prepare for the holiday season.  For those of you who don't know Flake well, she is the one who looks "sad" when asked what she wants for Christmas, and also the smiling dog in the back of the toboggan.  Many thanks to Ted Linhart and Dominion Auto Group for their generous support of the Richmond SPCA!!  And thank you to all of the other dogs (Stewie, Daisy Jane, Rocky, Kandi Ann, Bernard, Lucy and Buddy) and their handlers, who made this series of commercials possible.  Watch for several more versions to air before year end.  

Friday, February 17, 2012

Chicken Little Update

Nesting Boxes

Lifting Her Head to Drink

Miss Chicken Little is moving up in the world and I think she approves of all improvements so far. In the past week, she has requested a split level condominium and a weather resistant radio for her chicken enclosure --- and these were promptly installed. She made it very clear that she likes to roost high at night (requiring a bar on which to roost) and to nest slightly lower during the day (requiring a nesting box). Who knew? Actually, anyone who found the time to read a chicken book BEFORE getting a chicken would have known, but that (alas) was not me. Better late than never I suppose. The radio was my friend Jay's suggestion and I do believe she spends her time talking to the radio or at least singing along to chicken-approved songs.
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She continues to seem happy in this new location and is absolutely unflappable with my dogs. They are of course never inside her enclosure and she has yet to come out, but they can be right next to her enclosure, barking and playing, and she ignores them completely. She has actually pecked three of the dogs square on the nose when they tried to poke their noses through the wire mesh. Silly dogs. None of them will do THAT again. :-)
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Her appetite is still good and she is SO enthusiastic about new food items. It is much fun to surprise her each morning with something different and watch her gobble it up. So far, shredded cheese and almond slices appear to be her absolute favorites.
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Chicken Little in Action

Here she is doing exciting chicken stuff --- like drinking and eating.

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Chicken Little's First Egg

She laid an egg!!
She laid an egg!!
She laid an egg!!
She laid an egg!!
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Very exciting news for this city girl and her (formerly) city chicken.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Chicken Little




The Chicken Palace
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Fast Asleep --- First Night on the Farm
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Please welcome Chicken Little, who came to live at my farm yesterday. She was previously living at large in an urban neighborhood without a roost to call her own. Here's hoping she likes her new digs. She seems to have settled in quickly --- and has demonstrated a healthy appetite and some clear preferences with regard to food items. Thus far, her grading scale appears to be as follows: chicken feed (B), product 19 cereal (B+), spinach leaves (A) and cheese (A+) --- all eaten directly from my hand, which I think is a good start. She also has a wonderful range of chirps and clucks that sound pretty happy to me. I have been told she is a Rhode Island Red hen, although I have no idea how old she might be.

Sunday, January 1, 2012