Sunday, May 31, 2009


We don't know if you know this or not, but our Dad is a Geography teacher at a local middle school. This past week he had the ,er, opportunity to go on a whirlwind tour of Washington, DC. We know the highlight of his tour was getting to see the Fala Memorial. He promises to take us there this summer.

Fala was the dog that brought Scottish Terriers to the forefront. She was the personal pet of Franklin D. Roosevelt - and the forerunner in the White House to Barney and Miss Beezly.

Mom found the following article on the internet and it gives a lot of information about Fala - we hope you enjoy reading it.


Photograph of Fala FALA : Scottish terrier and favorite pet of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

BORN : April 7, 1940

DIED : April 5, 1952, and was buried in the Rose Garden next to the sun dial near his master on April 7, 1952

GIFT : Given to the President by Mrs. Augustus G. Kellog of Westport, Connecticut through Franklin Roosevelt's cousin, Margaret "Daisy" Suckley. At first his name was Big Boy. Franklin renamed him Murray the Outlaw of Falahill after a Scottish ancestor. His nickname became Fala. Before Fala went to the White House, Daisy taught Fala how to behave and do tricks. He could sit up, rollover, and jump. Fala went to live in the White House in Washington, DC on November 10, 1940. He spent most of his time there. However, time was also spent at the houses in Hyde Park and Warm Springs, Georgia. At Hyde Park, Fala rode in FDR's Ford, which FDR drove with special hand controls because of his paralysis from polio.

Fala had a bone every morning brought up on the President's breakfast tray. Fala got a full dinner every night. During the day, Fala would beg for food from the White House staff. He was so cute that he was fed all the time and became sick. The staff was asked not to feed him extra food. At night, he slept in a special chair at the foot of the President's bed.

Fala traveled with the President on long and short trips by train, car, or boat. He , of course, met many famous visitors and entertained them with his tricks. He could even curl his lip into a smile for them. Here are some trips and people that he met.

In August 1941, Fala was at the Atlantic Charter Conference in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland with the President and Prime Minister Winston Churchill of England.

In September 1942 and April 1943, Fala went on inspection trips of defense plants and visited Monterey, Mexico and President Camacho.

In August 1943 and September 1944 he went to the Quebec Conferences.

In 1944, Fala was with the President on a sea trip to the Aleutian Islands. Rumors spread that Fala was accidentally left on one of the islands. During the 1944 presidential campaign, the Republicans accused him of spending millions of taxpayers' dollars in sending a destroyer back for him. The President answered the attack in his famous Fala speech while talking to the Teamsters Union. Roosevelt defended his Scottie, saying, that he, Roosevelt, expected such criticism aimed at himself, and that even his family expected negative talk about themselves. However, Fala had not been the same. Since the charge was made: "His Scotch soul was furious."

There was another incident on a sea trip aboard the ship Tuscalosa in the West Indies. It was a hot day. The sailors were trying to cool off. They were lying on the deck stretched out in a row. Their bare feet were lined up. Fala caused quite a commotion by moving quickly along the row licking and tickling their feet.

And yet another time, Fala was with the President on a fishing trip to Florida. As the fish were caught, they were thrown in a pile on the deck. Quite a pile accumulated. They were all flip-flopping in the air as fish do. Fala began to flip-flop, too. It was such a fun game that he did it for several days.

In April of 1945, President Roosevelt died in Warm Springs, Georgia. Fala attended the funeral. He went to live
with Mrs. Roosevelt at Val-Kill. He never really adjusted to the loss of his master. Even so, Val-Kill was in the country. It was a great place to run, play, chase squirrels, and even cats sometimes. She brought his grandson, Tamas McFala to live at Val-Kill, too, and be Fala's playmate. Sometimes they would run off together and get into trouble. They came home hours later covered with burrs and mud. By the end of such a busy day, he was an exhausted dog. Sometimes he slept on his back with his feet in the air.

He was so popular that he received thousands of letters from people. He even needed to have a secretary appointed to him to answer his mail. One letter dated August 5, 1947, was from a poodle named Abigail. Fala chased a skunk once, which was very unpleasant for everyone. The poodle scolded Fala for not acting with more intelligence and dignity. Abigail hoped that Fala would never, ever let that unfortunate incident be repeated.

In 1942, a movie was made about Fala and his life in Hyde Park. Children and other visitors who come to the Roosevelt Museum and Library in Hyde Park, New York still enjoy watching it today. .

Cartoon paw prints

Have a Super Sunday,
Lilly, Carrleigh and Java

PS - Piper is still in exile.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


It's me, Piper - SHHH!!! Don't let Mom know what we are up to. First, I want to thank everyone who came to my assistance during my recent incarceration. All of you are great pals.

It wasn't long after I posted my plight that the NY Bully Brats showed up. I wondered why they were coming here to do their laundry, but I soon found out that the laundry basket was only a ruse.

They came stealthily into our house. As soon as Mom had her back turned, I had a chance to look into their "laundry" basket. The first thing I saw was all of the treats they had collected from my blogging buddies.

But under the treats, I saw the real reason they were here. They wanted to sneak in the bolt cutters. They were right - the bolt cutters were much more efficient than a file and quieter too - Mom would have really been tipped off if she had heard me filing all day long - with a few quick snips of the bolt cutters - I was out and we were on our way.

My next scheduled stop is in CT at Maggie and Mitch's house. They have offered to let me stay with them for a few days and have also said that pizza is being served tonight for din din. That, in itself, is worth the trip.

If this doesn't get me far enough away,
I have Agatha and Archie on standby.
They will get me to the airport.

Where I will be off to the sunny yard
and beautiful pool of Paco and Milo.

I'm a little concerned
because I don't speak Italian,
but I think they can
translate for me.
I have also taken on a new identity.
Just so you'll know me -
I am now Piper Villa.
(FYI - the pistols are just a prop,
my secretary didn't know how to remove them
from the picture -
but they don't freak me out near as much
as my hairless paws and neck!)
I'll see you soon,
Piper V

Friday, May 29, 2009


Well you all probably know how Mother Nature designed us guys. We are always on the ready, especially when our gal is putting out those delightful odors. And does Carrleigh ever smell good!!! I understand that Mom wants us all to be as healthy as we can be and that she doesn't want the girls to have puppies every time they could, but it is driving me crazy.

It's so bad that Mom has to walk me by myself -
she walks the girls together these days.

A guy like me can't get any rest
especially on Mom and Dad's bed.

I don't even get to sleep in my favorite spot
on top of my crate.
I can't even look out my window
(see where I've worn the paint off the sill)

Mom was being very fair about things,
She would crate me for 2 hours.
and then Carrleigh would be crated for 2 hours.
Switching off was a good idea.
But I can't help myself,
(and I got a little stooopid)
Carrleigh smells so good,
it made me grab Mom's leg
and you can guess what I tried to do.
Well that got me in severe trouble.

And now I am incarcerated!!!
Mom's trying to be as fair as she can
about this,
but I hate it!!

Please send me some treats with a file hidden in them - I need to get out of this jail.

Piper, the love meister

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Good Morning,

And welcome to "True Colours Thursday". Today's color is one of our huMom's favorites - cobalt. (we hope she doesn't bore you!!). If you'd like to play along, just go over to Blue's blog and let her know you want to participate. And then you're in - it's that easy! Next week's color is purple.

This first picture
is of our cousin, Lucinda,
in her beautiful and unique prom dress
that changes from red to cobalt.
Isn't she lovely?
Last October,
our huMom left us
in the care of Dad
so that she could go to Haiti
on a mission trip.
This cobalt art vendor's stand in Haiti
caught Mom's eye
because of it's message.
Every year our peeps
go to Lake Lure for a few days with friends.
In Hendersonville, NC
there are these fabulous artistic goats
lining the streets.
We're sure there has to
be some cobalt somewhere on this goat.
Last fall for
Mom and Dad's Wedding Anniversary,
we sent them to see the frescoes
in West Jefferson, NC

and to Shatley Springs for lunch.
(they brought us back a doggie bag!!)
Isn't this a beautiful cobalt sky?
When Mom was a little girl
she decided that when she grew up
she wanted to have cobalt Fiestaware dishes.
Guess what?
She still wants to have cobalt Fiestaware,
but sometimes she accents it with other colors.
(Dad took our camera on a field trip today,
so Mom swiped this picture off of Ebay
but it's exactly like something she would do.
She has a kindred spirit selling on Ebay.)

Can you imagine anyone ever wanting
to leave us and get away for a weekend?
Last summer Mom and Dad
went to Big Stone Gap to see the outdoor drama,
"The Trail of the Lonesome Pine"
and then they went to
Cumberland Gap.
A nice man took this photo of then
overlooking Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.
Every year Mom looks for
unique Christmas cards
featuring either
Scotties or Chocolate Labs.
This is one of the ones she considered
this past year.
By Todd Young.
Scotties aren't the only dogs he does,
he even has some Welshie's and Dales!!
(and others too)

And now we have a 'cobalt' award!!!
It comes to us from Martine and Sugar
from the blog "I need a Sugar Fix".
Sugar is a really sweet Bull Terrier
and she has a lot of adventures.
If you haven't met her,
please go by and say hi.

1. Link to the person who tagged you
2. Copy the image, rules and questionnaire
3. Post in your blog.
4. Answer the four questions.
5. Pick SEVEN Friends to share with.

6. Come back to BLoGGiSTaiNFoCoRNeR at
and leave the URL of your post in
order for your blog to be added to the master list.
7. Have fun.

Questions and Answers:
A) The person who tagged you? - Sugar
B) His or her site title and URL - "I Need a Sugar Fix"
C) Date you were tagged - 05/27/09
D) Persons you tag

I am not tagging any of you personally today.
Please accept this award from us
if you visit our blog.

We also want to
thank Ginger Jasper,
our feline friend
for creating the following
award to acknowledge
the friendship of the blogging world.

Have a Terrific Thursday,
Lilly, Piper, Carrliegh and Java

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


About 2 months before
our Grandpa passed away,
he gave Mom his old pickup.
We are going to be taking
you around in it today
since we will be leaving the farm.
(Our Polaris can only be used off-road)
Dad is our driver
and Java is the tour director.
Please jump in behind Java.
Off we go!!

Since Virginia is over 400 years old,
(and we know that's young to you folks across the pond.)
today we are taking you to see
some historic spots in our county.
But first we'll stop at the
Sylvatus Ruritan Club Flea Market.
You've heard us talk so much about it
that you deserve to see it.

Since we're so close to Wythe County,
we decided to show you the
Shot Tower.
It was built over 150 years ago
to make ammunition for the firearms
of the early settlers.
Next we travel back to Carroll County
to see the
Sinda Allen House.
The Allen Family
were involved in the
shooting at the Carroll County Courthouse.
The event that took this story
off of the front page of the
New York Times
was the sinking of the Titanic!!

Now we are traveling down
Main Street in Hillsville.
(don't blink or you'll miss it!!)
The Hillsville Diner is one of the
last of the original
street car diners.
Mom and Dad go there on
Saturday mornings for the pancakes.
Dad graduated from high school
with the owner, Mac.

Up the street
from the Diner
is the
Historic Carroll County Courthouse.
It now houses the County Museum.

Next to the Courthouse
is the Hale-Wilkinson-Carter House.
When Mom was growing up,
it housed county offices.
Now it is in the process of
being restored to it's
original grandeur.
And now a warning and some advice - Last night Mom walked us up the road. It was rainy and Carrleigh decided to sit down in a mud puddle. Mom brought her back to the house and bathed her. When Mom was drying Carrleigh, she thought Carr had a sore on her back, but it was a red tick. Luckily it hadn't embedded itself yet!! (Mom is scratching as she types this.)

This morning we got an email from a friend who works at the Twin County Humane Society with this bit of advice. For easy tick removal -- apply a 'glob' of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20). The tick will come out and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. Mom had heard this method before but we have never had to try it. Have you ever used it?

Have a Wonderful Wheely Wednesday,
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

PS - for all of our feline friends - we have just been made aware of a cat food recall. It is for a Nutro Product - please consult the website for further information.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


We were so happy to have our son (Lilly and Piper's) Obie come by to visit for a little while this weekend. All of our peeps had a lot of fun talking with each other and since we were at the Flea Market, Mom had to show off the babes a little bit.

Lilly was slightly apprehensive
as we waited f
or them to arrive.
She wasn't sure about
the new galpal,
and she was somewhat
worried about them traveling so far.
Mom was on the lookout
and saw Jose and Lisa as soon as they arrived.
She immediately
went and got Obie
and brought him in to see Lilly.
He was so excited to see her
that he was
nothing but a blur of fur!!

Mom checked out Ebony
all over
and fell i
n love with her.
She and Obie
are both such cuties.
We can hardly
wait to see them again.

And now an award!!!

We have been doubly awarded the Kreativ Blogger Award.
are so appreciative to the bloggers
who think we are special
enough to receive it.

Here are the rules:

1. Post it to the blog and link to who gave it to you;
2. List seven things you love;
3. List seven blogs you love;
4. Comment on those blogs and let them know you've given them the award.

It came to us from Martine and Sugar. Their blog is aptly named "I need a Sugar fix". We have really taken a shine to Sugar - she is a rescued Bull Terrier and as you can see - a real princess. She is so fortunate to live with Martine and is the center of her life. If you haven't met them, please go by and visit.

We also received the award from the Relentlessy Huge Mango Man - Oh! YeaH! I'm sure most of you know Mango and PeeWee. Their escapades keep our huMom laughing. PeeWee is going to be walking in a fundraiser soon to raise funds for orphaned dogs. There is a link on their site if you wish to contritbute to this worthy cause.

We have received this award before and sent it out to some of our bloggie buddies, but we are not pawsitive who it went out to. We apologize if we've given it to you before, but if we do it again, please know you are double creative. Today we would like to award it to:

Drum Roll Please!!
1. Penny, Poppy and Patches at Airedale Heaven
2. The lovely Asta at Asta's World
3. Miss Fluffy Tail at Khyra's Korner
4. The popular Airdales, Maggie and Mitch
5. The bird parents, Mickey and Minnie
6. The gooberest Stanley
7. Jake and Fergi at Two Special Wires

Every morning we invite all of your to come in to our home via the virtual world. We feel so connected to you and enjoy following the paths of your life. We are happy to call you friend.

And now for seven things we love
1. Java loves napping
2. Lilly loves Java
3. Piper loves looking out the window
4. Carrrleigh loves meal time
5. Mom loves Dad
6. Dad loves Mom
7. We all love visiting with you.

Have a Terrific Tuesday,
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Monday, May 25, 2009


Today we pause
to lift a prayer of thanks
to God
for our veterans
and all of our
active duty military
and reservist.
This is a flag that once
draped an unknown (to us) soldier's coffin.
It came into Mom's hands
when Dad purchased a trunk
at an auction.
We thank this unknown person
for their selfless contribution
during WWII
to maintain our freedom.

We feel so fortunate to have
our Dad and his brothers
with us today.
Our Dad (the first one)
was a career Marine
during Viet Nam,
Dessert Storm
and Somolia.
Our Uncle Donnie (the second one)
was a career soldier
during Viet Nam.
Our Uncle Joe (the third one)
was a career Army Officer
during Viet Nam.
Our Uncle Scott (the 4th one)
served in Germany during
the Viet Nam War.

Of course the beautiful lady
on the front row is our Granny,
She lived during WWII
and awaited the return of our
Grandpa (the man in the orange shirt)
The man in the middle
is one of our dear friends
who received a
Purple Heart during WWII.
The man standing up is
a cousin who served
during WWII.
Our first known veteran who served on American soil, was our Mom's great, great, great, great Grandfather, who was a Revolutionary War Veteran. Our friends and relatives have always known that "freedom is not free" and have stepped forward in patriotism when our country needed them.

Today we want to thank all of the people who have stood tall in defense of their country. Not only that, we wish to remember the wives, children, girlfriends, mothers, husbands, fathers and loved ones who stayed at home and prayed for their safety.

Blessings to all of you on this Memorial Day,
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh, Java and their huMom, Lynn

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Obie and Ebony at the Jefferson Memorial see us??

Our son, (Lilly and Piper's) Obie is bringing his galpal Ebony to visit us today. We can hardly wait to sniff them. Their wonderful humans, Lisa and Jose, are taking them to visit their grandparents in Texas. On the way they will stop by the Flea Market and have lunch with our Mom and Dad and Lilly. There is too much going on down there for all of us. Piper would be barking at everything and Carrleigh would be too afraid of all of those people. Lilly, the social butterfly of the family, will be totally at ease. We are all working on our social skills and maybe someday soon we will be able to go out in public as a family - our huMom would be so proud.

Have a Superior Sunday,
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Happy Saturday All,

Before we entered the world of blogging, we had heard a lot of negative things about it from people who had misconceptions. We are so pleased that we have met so many nice people through our virtual community. As a whole, bloggers are an intelligent, articulate and caring group of people. We want to thank you all for making our days a little brighter.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh, Java and their huMom
, Lynn

Friday, May 22, 2009


Every year when the Ruritans make fried apple pies to sell, Mom goes down the day before and cooks the apples and makes the dough. Then the volunteers come in the next day to make the pies. They have it worked out so that different people do different jobs.

These are the pie rollers.
Mom has made the dough in small biscuits
so the rollers roll them out
to fit a saucer.

Then the pies go to the fillers and crimpers.
They fill and close the pies and cut off any excess dough.

This is Russell.
He takes the pies from the
fillers and crimpers
and delivers them to the fryers.

This is our friend, Steve.
It is is first year to help.
He's doing a great job.

See those beautiful pies

Mom made bread this morning
so they could have a snack.
She served it hot from the oven,
with butter and homemade apple butter.

And here are the taste testers.
What a wonderful job!

Have a Fantastic Friday,
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java
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