Caught In The Act

Caught in the Act

The Details

The Details

My wife texted me the top image of our wonderful border collie puppy, Oliver, who was caught in the act of chewing up one of our kitchen chairs.  We have had puppies who have been chewers, but nothing like Oliver.  Every time we think he has stopped his onslaught, we turn our backs and he strikes again on undamaged furniture or shoes.   I will be investing in some furniture repair this winter.  It is a good thing he is loveable and cute!

We have added a steer named Mac to our list of animals.  For now he is staying with a fellow 4H member while we learn the ropes, (and I do mean ropes).  Whereas the sheep just need to hear the sound of the food bin opening, the steers must be caught with a rope halter and escorted to their respective food containers.

My Favorite Wicker Couch

My Favorite Wicker Couch

Handmade Windsor Chair

Handmade Windsor Chair

Oliver And Rosie At Attention

Oliver and Rosie at Attention in the Barn

Sheep are followers, steers are not, (at least this one is not).  I hope we have him trained by the time he weighs 1500 lbs.



450 Pounds Of Stubbornness

450 Pounds of Stubbornness

Sheep And Chickens Before The Frost

Sheep and Chickens Before the Frost

A Couple Of Rams

A Couple of Rams

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By Published On: November 15th, 2017Categories: Animals, Miscellaneous8 Comments on Trouble in the Farmhouse

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James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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    Agnes Hamilton November 16, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Love the caught in the act photo, hahaha. Gotta love dogs. You have an awesome farm!

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    James Crisp November 16, 2017 at 9:51 am


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    Richard November 17, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    OMG – that’s the canine look of guilt, contrition and forgiveness all in one. Love dogs.

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    Joanne November 18, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I double dare you to leave coal in that boy’s stocking, he’s just too darn cute!!

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    James Crisp November 18, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Perhaps a little burnt steak.

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    James Crisp November 18, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I agree!

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    Kat Sherby November 29, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Border Collies rule! Our girl Molly is 14, but when she was around a year old among the many, many things she chewed were our hardwood floors. 😂😂😂 She’s now the most well behaved grand lady know so there’s hope for Oliver! ❤️

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    James Crisp November 29, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks for the hope!

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