The Farmhouse Menagerie

The circus sideshow stars:


The White Dog of Farmhouse38

Oh, this dog….where do I even begin?  She was a hurricane from the very start.  A freight train with no brakes.  All muscle and inertia, she is a mass of wiggling kisses and love, and I never really believed that it was possible for a dog to have a sense of humor until she came along.  And that face!  There is just nothing like a boxer face.  Except another boxer face.


Little Brown Dog of


This puppy is all puppy all the time; precious when she’s napping, a maniac when she’s awake–the boxer shenanigans never quit. For the record, there is truly nothing more entertaining than two boxers joyfully boxing one other. It’s my favorite sport.


The Original Chicken of Farmhouse38

I’ve had this bird for 20 years now.  And she will probably outlive me….yep, didn’t read the fine print on that one.  She is an African Grey parrot with the approximate verbal skills of a three-year-old child.  If that three-year-old curses and belches like a sailor.  I have no comment on how or where she picked these things up.  Aside from that, she chatters all day long, yells at the dogs, serenades us with songs that she’s learned and also songs that she’s made up, and constantly startles us when she interjects into our conversation with a witty remark.  It is endless fun to watch her toss food out of her cage to one of the dogs, wait till said dog is busy eating the bait, and then slide silently down to where she can reach that beak out and pinch the poor dog in the butt.  You’d think they’d learn, but bird seed is just so darned good.

The Ladybirds….


Miss Gertrude Featherbottom

Miss Gertrude of Farmhouse38

Gertie is a saucy little thing.  If you are doing something that she does not approve, you will be sassed!  She is an incessant talker, a champion layer, and a mischief master.  She’s sweet to me (the keeper of the food), but she’s a little brat to the Texan; they have quite a love/hate relationship and he’s got the ankle scars to prove it.

Miss Eloise

Miss Eloise of Farmhouse38

Ellie-bellie is a princess.  She approaches everything with the self-entitlement of a gorgeous, busty blond who is used to getting by on her looks.  She does not like to get her feet dirty.  She does not squabble with the other girls over treats, she comes straight to the source and expects me to hand-feed her.  Accordingly, she lays the most perfect, petite lady-like eggs; not every day like Gertie, just when she feels inclined to be generous.

Darling Clementine

Miss Clementine of Farmhouse38

We often refer to Clem and Eloise as ‘the twins’, for obvious reasons, but their similarities end at their color and breed.  Clementine is something of a….lumbering oaf.  She is HUGE and inherently ungraceful, and when she comes running down the driveway to greet you, you can feel it in the ground like a herd of stampeding cattle.  When she squawks, it doesn’t sound like a sweet clucky little chicken….good lordy, it sounds like an angry goose on steroids.  In fact, up until she laid her first ginormous egg, we were convinced she was a roo.  To say the least, she is the awkward sister.

The Nuggets

The New Peeps of

Our latest additions: Annabel Lee (Easter Egger), Veruca Salt (Lavender Orpington), and Beatrix Potter (Easter Egger). Precious fluffs!

The Cats….


Stewart the Cat of Farmhouse38

So fancy for a barn cat–look at that tuxedo.  He was the Texan’s first-ever cat, and still loves to be held like a baby.  But only by the Texan.  He doesn’t have time for my attempts at affection.


Brix the Cat of Farmhouse38

We busted Brix out of the slammer not long after we got Stewie.  Stewart was going through a rebellious, teenage-angst phase, and we thought he might simmer down if he had a lady-friend.  Especially one with big blue eyes.  Strangely enough, it totally worked.  Brixie is a sweet, sweet girl, and because she is part Siamese, she is a chatty-catty; always talking, always saying hello.


Blue the Cat of Farmhouse38

Blue is actually my mom’s beloved cat, and when she moved and couldn’t take him with her, we, of course,took him in.  He is the last living (15+ years) of three kittens that my mom literally found under a bush.  He is the old-timer, but still as spry and quirky as ever.


Voodoo the Cat of Farmhouse38

This guy is one of two rescued ferals that was going to be euthanized because he was not fit for rehabilitation.  I took him in because he’s actually a really, really sweet cat, but has been absolutely terrorized by people.  After several years, he will actually finally come up to me for pets; he likes his cushy, quiet life.

Gandalf the Grey

Gandalf the Grey of Farmhouse38

Gandalf is the other feral.  This poor guy, we think, had his hind quarters and tail run over, with no medical care afterwards.  He is missing half his tail and his back legs and hips are pretty funky (though he gets around just fine).  He too, is just getting to a place where he’ll let me pet him, and he talks at me with the most adorable, tiny kitten voice I have ever heard on a grown man-cat.

Honorable Mentions:

If you follow our blog, you know that we often have many friends and family dogs coming to stay with us–and they spend enough time here, that I thought I’d give them credit as part of the pack.


Milo the Frog of Farmhouse38

Milo, aka ‘the Frog’, belongs to my brother’s family, but comes on doggy-vacay frequently to the Farmhouse.  This dog is pure comedy, 24-7.  He is best buds with Abbie and Chance, and they act like it is Christmas morning when he arrives.  He is even gentle with the chickens, though, the same cannot be said for the chickens.  I often look out in the yard and see Milo being hotly pursued by a certain ginger-hued hen.


Dudley Dog of Farmhouse38

My mom’s sweet boy (can you believe he was a rescue?!)–he is absolutely the gentlest soul I have ever met.  When my mom comes to stay, he and Willie come, too.


Willie Dog of Farmhouse38

Willie is a sweet, but fiercely protective boy.  He doesn’t leave my mom’s side.  Despite both of her labs being bird-dogs by nature, they are both (through careful, watchful training) so good with our chickens.  It is incredible to see.

Steve the Dog

Steve the Dog of Farmhouse38

This is Steve. Not Milo.  I understand your confusion.  Steve comes to hang quite a bit when his owner has to go out of town for work.  The very best?  When Steve and Milo are here at the same time:

Steve and Milo of Farmhouse38

Milo on the left, Steve on the right.

Milo and Steve of Farmhouse38

Frenchie naptime.

In Memory:


Yellow Dog of Farmhouse38

My thirteen-year-old, tree-climbing, squirrel-hunting, tug-of-war-cheating yellow mutt.  His age doesn’t slow him down, but it’s just a number, right?  Because no one believes me when I tell them he’s that old, anyway.  Especially when he’s running amok with the neighborhood kids or climbing trees.  Sigh.  He’s my sweet little ball of sunshine, gentle with everyone and everything (except squirrels).

Miss Mildred

Miss Mildred of Farmhouse38

Millie currently wears the Queen-of-the-Yard sash.  She rules the roost, but is also the sweetest, cuddliest girl; she didn’t get voted most popular for nothing!  Always on my heels, she is my little, speckled shadow while I am working in the yard, and if I rest too long in any one spot, she is immediately in my lap.



The funniest, slobberiest, sweetest ball of boxer-love.  Fiercely protective, fiercely loyal, and yet, the biggest ball of mush around his people.  My Hogie-bear.


And now, I give you a never-ending stream of animal shenanigans:

Baby Chicks of Farmhouse38

Baby Clem and Eloise.

Kitty-Cats of Farmhouse38

Stewie, Brix, and Voodoo bask in some window sun.

Abbie and the Neph at Farmhouse38

Abbie keeps a close eye on the nephew’s play-Doh technique.

The Vain Twins of Farmhouse38

The Twins check themselves out in the garden mirror.

The Yellow Dog of Farmhouse38

Alpha dog.

Kids and Chicks at Farmhouse38

The baby chicks get acquainted with their new kid friends.

Relaxing by the Pool at Farmhouse38

Abbie and Steve kick it by the pool.

Teenage Chick at Farmhouse38

A teenage Eloise hangs out in the shade of the nasturtiums.

White dog of Farmhouse38

White dog, white fence.

Relaxed Dog at Farmhouse38

Chance assumes his favorite position.

Stewie Cat from Farmhouse38

Stewart in all his glory.

Lens Peck from Farmhouse38

Lens peck.

Nixie of Farmhouse38

Our first chicken.

Abbie Dog of Farmhouse38

Abbie knows how to make a grand entrance.

After-bath cuddles from Farmhouse38

Gertie gets cuddled after a bath.

Rainy Day Chicken from Farmhouse38

Chicken in the rain!

Snow dog from Farmhouse38

Chance in the snow.

Snow Dogs from Farmhouse38

Suffer the wrath! Abbie and Chance frolic in the snow.

Sunbathing from Farmhouse38

Chance, Milo, and Abbie get their sun tan on.

25 thoughts on “The Farmhouse Menagerie

  1. Charlotte Zweigoron August 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm Reply

    How I love African Greys!!! I wanted one for years but, unless I found a pretty old one, it would definitely outlive me… I am over 65. Soo, my hubby and I just pal up with the ones in the pet stores. We do have a love bird and a cockatiel, both of advanced years and both males. They tolerate each other because their mates have passed on. They remind me of The Odd Couple. No medication known can help me with my cat allergy but I do manage the dog allergy well enough to have a Chihuahua mix little girl named “Sara Lee” ’cause nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee….

    • farmhouseK8 August 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm Reply

      Love it! Yes, fortunately, I was 15 when I got my Grey (sheesh, is she really almost 20 now?)–so hopefully we will have many years together….such an amazing animal. I have my moments when I want to throttle her, but most of the time I am doubled over laughing at the stuff that comes out of that beak. 🙂

  2. Anna October 15, 2012 at 6:58 am Reply

    Where are the ducks?

    • farmhouseK8 October 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm Reply

      The ducks were too noisy for this neighborhood and we had to relocate them to an actual farm. Which was a really hard decision, but I think it was the right one. Someday we will live somewhere where we can have them!! 😦 I loved my duckies!

      • Anna October 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm

        Aww! 😦 But yes they are noise makers for sure! We have two Pekin ducks… on 10 acres… and wow at the noise, and the mess!

        I asked because I saw a few pics of the ducks, then now, none. Just wanted to make sure nothing bad had happened to them. Glad they have just relocated. 🙂

      • farmhouseK8 October 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm

        Yeah….I was so sad and mad about it that I couldn’t bring myself to post. But, yes–they are safe and happy and have lots of duck friends!

  3. Emma November 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm Reply

    I LOVE that Abbie!!!!!!!!!!! She is such a cutie. She photo bombs right? So dose my Cindy. Tell all wild animals I say Hi.

    • farmhouseK8 November 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm Reply

      Ha! Yes, Abbie is the professional photo-bomber–in fact, it is downright hard for me to get a shot without her in it. Even taking photos of the front of the house, she is usually peeping out a window. 🙂

  4. Sarah December 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm Reply

    I noticed Abbie being all white, is she deaf?

    • farmhouseK8 December 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm Reply

      Nope! She’s all white, but has three pencil-eraser-sized brown spots on one ear, and then her eyes are hazel— so she’s not an actual albino, just a 99% white boxer/freak of nature. We get asked that a lot! 🙂

  5. P.E.A.C.E. January 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm Reply

    How adorable they all are! In our household we have myself along with my hubby, and our 20 year old son, and a beloved dog and 3 feline divas – so we joke that we’re outnumbered by our four legged kids, but wow – do you two ever have us beat! I love how you call them your ‘little troupe of entertainers’.

  6. home, garden, life March 1, 2013 at 2:03 pm Reply

    Will you share photos of your cat enclosure? Sounds like the perfect, safe place for kitties. Search my blog under cats to see my wonderful and sad kitty essays. Sans kitty now, I need to have a kitty house inspiration, as I never let my kitty roam unattended. 😉

    • farmhouseK8 March 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm Reply

      I actually do plan on doing a post about it at some point! Just haven’t gotten around to it yet! Stay tuned! 🙂

  7. Joy - Joyful Sounds Farm March 29, 2013 at 10:18 pm Reply

    I would also love to see a picture of your cat home. I have too many inside cats and some with too much energy and not enough to do so I am planning on something like that in my yard. Need some ideas.

    • farmhouseK8 March 30, 2013 at 3:38 am Reply

      I will definitely post about it soon–promise!!! 🙂

  8. Emma April 16, 2013 at 5:22 pm Reply

    Hey, It’s Emma again. I LOVE the update work. I’m Guessing that, even though that Play-Doh pic is now based on Abbie, having her in it was not your intention. Correct?

    • farmhouseK8 April 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm Reply

      No, I took the photo because she was so intently watching my nephew play with it–it was really cute! But you’re right that she usually ‘appears’ in photos when it isn’t my intention! Haha! Professional photo-bomber.

  9. Emma April 23, 2013 at 12:23 am Reply

    Wow! You could look and see if any one wants to hire a Professional photo-bomber. You could make money off of that profession. ;-D

  10. Emma June 20, 2013 at 4:35 am Reply

    You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve visited this page. Not to be pushy or anything but can you please add a shenanigan or two. I know you have plenty to spare. Lol

  11. still a dreamer February 12, 2014 at 9:40 pm Reply

    Such wonderful photos of your animals – really enjoying them. I grew up with Boxers; years later, working in a shelter, I found that the one closest to me hadn’t been a Boxer at all, but a fawn pittie, and it wasn’t long after that I started my own APBT rescue. You’ve also reminded me that my sense of humor needs to be out and about a bit more than it’s been lately, too – so thanks for that! 🙂
    Great blog – Jeanne

    • farmhouseK8 February 13, 2014 at 12:05 am Reply

      LOL–thanks Jeanne–lovely story!!! Very cool about the rescue. I love pit bulls, too–they are amazing dogs. 🙂

  12. Heather W March 14, 2014 at 1:23 am Reply

    I don’t even know where to begin. I love everything about your pets, style, mild sarcasm and the chicken coop is to die for! I’m using so many of your ideas in the back end of my yard. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    • farmhouseK8 March 14, 2014 at 1:26 am Reply

      Awwww–you’re so sweet!!! Thank you so much, Heather! It is my complete pleasure!

  13. Sheryl Chamblee December 8, 2014 at 3:02 am Reply

    love how you love your animals and talk about them in such a cute way! enjoyed this more than anything on any blog I’ve read.

    • farmhouseK8 December 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm Reply

      Awww, thank you, Sheryl! I do enjoy my furry little family!!! 😀

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