Tuesday

My Assistant Picks a Winner




The graceful queen of the household ... No... that wouldn't be me... That would be Tabitha... has agreed to be my assistant on this happy day... She wants to select the winner of the Robin's Egg Blue earrings from my last post, Out of the Blue ...





Here she goes... and with one little dip of her tongue...she has it... pretty helpful isn't she? she has picked that special name out of the bowl..

... yes, an unconventional method of selection but leave it to Tabitha to think her way around a matter... I suppose it isn't any different than licking your finger to turn the page of a book.. naughty habit, I suppose, but I have been known to do it... or really not much different than a frog flicking his tongue out for a fly.... but I digress...

...we should see who's name she's picked.... before she eats it!!





I shouldn't have doubted ... She has it all under control... good girl!! you will get a TREAT for this...

Now Hold it steady, Tabitha and let me have a look... ah I see...





The winner is..... drum-roll...ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta..... Asti.... from Lilys House all the way across the Atlantic Ocean... to England... YEA!!!!!
....oh.. you should see the gorgeous yarn she has been spinning... it looks like a rainbow touched down on her spindle.... she even uses Leicester.. one of my favourite fleeces.... oh I think I will have to bring out the spinning wheel after seeing this... so inspiring and beautiful...

Tabitha and I are so pleased to be sending this little pair of earrings off to you... maybe I'll let her lick the envelope, too!!!


Thank you everyone for joining in and leaving your names, your thoughts and your wonderful comments... you are all special..... it wouldn't have been any fun without you..!!!





This..... is when the Instigator made her appearance... That would be Gabi... the 1 yr. old ... the puppy.... Did she hear the word TREAT?....





"Come on Tabitha..... don't you want to play...... aren't I cute?"





"Maybe this will get her attention".......... Queens sure don't like to play much!...

or maybe they do....... just have to get them started...





When the word "Treat" is mentioned .... even if it is whispered.. I think every ear perks up no matter where they are in the house.... Pirate and Toby aren't going to miss out on this either...

jumping... barking... wagging...growling...yipping... licking... sitting pretty... out and out begging.... and downright stealing...


well... gotta go ... the whole place has gone to the dogs!!!


Congratulations, Asti!!!

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30 comments:

Morna said...

You and Tabitha - hysterical! And what a lovely, lovely blog the winner has. :-)

Gwen Buchanan said...

Morna, what are you doing up this late... get to bed right now!!! Good night!!!

Guillaume said...

Your dogs are so cute. They seem to be full of personality.

Morna said...

Gwen, doesn't your comment fall into the "It takes one to know one" category? What are YOU doing up so late???

How lovely it must be to go outside at 4 a.m. and listen to the sea.

VioletSky said...

Congratulations, Asti.

Great shots, Gwen!!
(hope all has calmed down by now!)

asti said...

Oh, how FANTASTIC ! I am so over the moon. It's a dreary,freezing day here - I just sat down for a mo with some coffee to warm up and got this great news. Thankyou so much Gwen. I loved seeing picking process too - cheers Tabitha!
asti x

Serena said...

What a wonderfully entertaining post, Gwen! I love dogs and your dogs remind me of my dog when it comes to treats. lol Loved the pics!

Congratulations, Asti! :)

Gillian McMurray said...

I used to get my dog to pick lottery numbers for me. He won me ten pounds a couple of times. A fine way to pick a winner :o) Congratulations to the winner.

O'Leary said...

Sorry I missed you guys the other day - hope we get to see you soon!

kathi dunphy said...

What lucky dogs you have Gwen, knowing they are loved and appreciated for their quirks and energies.

Arija said...

My goodness, your work must be just about done for you with four such energetic assistants. Are they all as skillled as Tabitha?
If ever you need some English Leicester we still have them.
We had a little shop here on the farm for a while. I spun it and India used to dye it. We gave the shop up though because there were too many Tyre kickers who just wanted to have an outing and a sticky beak when we had work to do.
So very generous of you to give those beautiful earrings away.

annette emms said...

Dear Gwen, what hilarious fun! Rowan is watching over my shoulder and she wants to join in too!The tail is wagging here and my eyes are smiling, thank you.
Lucky Asti! I'm sure the earings will look splendid on her.x

Sharon said...

Congratulations Asti you lucky dog!

Gwen, what a fun post. I loved it!

Ruth said...

You keep surprising me with your creativity and innovation! This was brilliant! :D Hahaha.

And big congrats to Asti! May she wear them long and well. :)

Jazz said...

Congratulations Asti.

Gwen, I love your dogs.

Sandy said...

ahhh wonderful photos and congrats to the winner!!!

Anet said...

Even though I didn't win :(
I smiled and giggled all the way through this post! That was the best random pick I've ever seen.
All of your dogs are so cute!
Lucky winner!

Robyn said...

Well done Asti! I enjoyed the doggie antics and I love the "earth" earings in the side bar, Gwen.

Gwen Buchanan said...

I can't believe the amount of night Owls about! or are you early birds ... getting up early is great but somehow I forgot to go to bed... how did that happen? I am paying the price now.. can't hardly keep my eyes open...

Morna your are right.. what is that expression... Great minds think alike but Fools never differ.. guess we are back where we started from...

guillaume they are so full of personality... they overflow!!

Asti, Chilly this morning here too with a cool wind.. .. Tabitha just came looking for something to do tonight but i told her she'd have to go chew a bone...
I have sent the little bundle off this afternoon.. hope you get it by Christmas...

Serena the dogs love entertaining..and wrestling too. They would have gone all night long if the treats hadn't run out!!

Gillian, lucky you and your smart dog .. please pass on the secret.. I'll train mine.. you may be able to sell it.. the "Secret" for dogs...


sara, hopefully in the next few days .. wish we could have got down to the Arden residence.. it seemed like the lively place!!Hope you enjoy your Christmas at your ocean home...

Kathi.. probably a lot like your little Mini horses.. I'm sure you know each of their personalities inside out!! which one stays in the fence and which one tries to sneak out...
now they are sweet!want to put one on my knee and pet him...

That's right Arija.. the dogs seem to be resisting learning to use the pliers though.. afriad they may get roped into work.. who was it that said animals were dumb??? I have to start thinking more like a dog...
Arija I never heard the expression Sticky Beak till an English or was she Scottish, lady moved to town last year..

Annette, Rowan would fit right in... wouldn't our dogs love her to visit and play tug with a great toy they just ripped in half...

Thanks Sharon.. Loved your pun.. Are the creatures round the farm still under cover at your place?.. I'm sure they know they are living at the right house!!



Thank you, Ruth... animals are so knowing.. adorable in their ways.. but Pirate always seems to have a worry that someone is going to step on him.. must be because he is the smallest... he had a rough life before we got him at around 7 mo... they really do develop a large part of their personality up to that point and with him it is hard to change... so we just go with his quirks...

Jazz... these dogs would love to go to Montreal and spend the weekend with you sometime...

Sandy.. thanks for coming.. the dogs love an audience...

Thanks Anet, They are so fun to be around.. they make us laugh everyday... The shots I wish I hadn't missed...

Thanks Robyn.. I really like the pearls and Pipestone.. I have heard it called Bauxite before too.. Now the company i buy it from says it comes from Africa.. You may know better than I... i think it is its raw earth look.. like pounded clay... rather primitive..

Chris said...

Congratulations Asti! Well done. Gwen the photos of your dogs are wonderful. You can almost read their thoughts.

Melanie said...

Wow, you are so lucky you can have 4 dogs. Our council wont let us have more than 2 and my husband is unrelenting when I ask for another dog. Grats Asti.
Love the red ribbons

flyinamber said...

I really like your whole jewelry collection!
your dogs are beautiful..but Missy,Hazel and Almond are so cute..please tell Max that I'm sending a lot of kisses to his rats..
hope you enjoy this december's days preparing for hollydays..
congratulations Asti!

denise said...

Funny! That is quite the dynamic doggie duo!

painter girl said...

Congrats Asti!
What a wonderful Holiday surprise.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Chris.. you're right. even if they can't talk English, they have a way of getting their message across.

Melanie.. They limit the number of dogs you can have?.. gee I was thinking about this statement today and I wondered what I would do if i moved somewhere and they wouldn't let me keep my animals.. I wondered what anyone else would do to.. I couldn't let any of them go away... I would have to move!!.. or hide them and only take 2 out at a time.. do you think they'd catch on?

Hi Dada, thank you so much... I told Max you like his rats and that sure put a big smile on his face.. he loves them too.. I do too..
you'd be surprised how many people cringe when they see them...

Rats are so friendly and good-natured.. everybody should have one in there family... They wrestle and play.. really fun !!!

My mother told me that my Great Grandmother had a big white rat when she was a young woman..and it always sat on her shoulder... She was the most interesting woman!! I knew I liked her!!! even though I only knew her for a short time and she was very old... she never lost her spirit...

Thanks Denise ... never a dull moment

Leanne...I was just hinting to my son, Max, how much women, in particular, like surprises...

Jo Horswill said...

Looks like a party going on here!!!
What fun everyone is having!!! Great images Gwen, I love the montage, all those flashes of "RED"...your extended family look so well loved.
Congrats to lucky winner Asti!

Don said...

Well, the dog didn't choose me. Hmph!
I think Tabitha got some kind of bailout deal with Asti. How did Asti get to her? I had my people talk to her people, but my offer just wasn't good enough.

I'll up the ante next time!

Penny said...

I am a bit late in making a comment but would you believe that I have a daughter, now over 40 called Tabitha and I have a rescue dog (male) who looks so like your Tabitha but mine is called Jake.
congratulations Asti i am green with envy, wish the $ was better for me or I would be buying some of those gorgeous earrings.

seth said...

So clever. And congratulations to Asti!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Jo, this crew thinks every day is a party.. they were making there own music .. doing lots of dancin'... just an all round good time...

they really are Man's best Friend..

sorry Don, you make me laugh!!...you should have did some under the table treat-bribing...

Penny, that's so fun... Second hand/rescue dogs are mostly always great dogs... all they need is some lovin'... and they respond 10-fold... Hi to your Tabitha... wouldn't your Jake and my Tabitha look cute playing together?...

Thanks Seth...we could learn a lot from animals.. we have to let them teach us...