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Garvan Woodland Gardens


This weekend we enjoyed the beauty that is truly Arkansas. We walked through Garvan Gardens on a glorious spring day.

Before nature, we had to make a stop at the go carts.

This was a whole family affair. Even our ever loving Cooper got to enjoy the scenery.

This place has numerous waterfalls of all sizes.

So picturesque and peaceful.

See what I mean.

Azaleas are in bloom and with them the butterflies.

Just another breathtaking sight. I like the little girl there too.

A young family was good enough to take all our pictures together. I rarely get in the shot, you know.

This just makes me wonder where it will lead. My mind goes off in tangents with sights like this.

Another intriguing view with the same girl. Hmmm. She is just so captivating.

A girl and her dog. How did that get in there?

The boy and his girl. So peaceful in the shadow of those trees.

Even Cooper was pooped. That was a lot of walking for those stubby little legs.

That was how we spent our Saturday in my little piece of heaven. I’d love to hear how you spent yours.


The Best Cat-Sitter Ever


Recently one our female cats had a litter of kittens. But, like most mama cats, she hid them very well. They finally grew up enough to be playing in a spot where I can see them. That makes them fair game for the people mama to scarf them up and man-handle them to little pieces.

When Cooper found out what caught my attention, he wanted a good look at it too. When he saw those those little fluffy bodies all he wanted to do was lick on them and play. I feared for the little things and made sure it was really short visit with as little mauling as possible.

The next day we bring those little buggers into the house, I put them in his pet bed in the big chair. He hops up there with them and starts a very different behavior from any he’s portrayed. He nuzzles their little bodies and maneuvers around the little bed to keep them from leaving the area.

He uses his body to block any progress.

He is such a hoot to watch in action. You do realize, Cooper is still a puppy himself? To see him mother these little fellows is entertaining.

He is such a rag-a-muffin.

He doesn’t take his eyes off of them. If he does, that little black one escapes. She’s a pill I tell you. Adventuresome and bold.

They’re starting to scatter a bit here.

And don’t let those little innocent faces fool you. They’ll as soon jump ship as look at you.

Now for the whole scenario on live action.

He just wants to play and love those little fellows. Note the black kitten perched on the edge of the chair… She’ll jump as sure as she can get a chance. Amazing to me is how gentle Cooper is with them.

I’d love to hear about your pet’s antics. Drop me a note.

Thanks for peeking into this little slice of heaven.


Family Weekend Fun (cont’d)


Whew!! That was quite an evening and a morning. We hadn’t had our fill of fun at 10am Saturday morning, though. There is still so much to show the girls.

They weren’t too thrilled about being loaded into the back of the truck and told to look at the scenery. Not enough to do for a 7yo and a 9yo. Well after a very nice 45min. drive we approached the foot of Mt Petit Jean. They were all about climbing the hill… in the truck.

It was hot, but we disembarked and enjoyed the view.

Cooper came with us, of course. He was really hot with all that hair. But he is still adorable. We worked hard at staying in the shade for his sake.

Cooper care was shared by all. Girl 2 has a hold on Cooper.

I love pictures of my own kids as well.

Momma even let the girls out on another rock!

After all the excitement of the cliffs, we moved to a more level and moister venue. Except that the water level was down and the beautiful falls we saw a few weeks ago were not

But first Cooper found a shady spot to catch his breath. He really gets hot with all that hair.

They are walking where there should be water.

More “no water here” placements.

I just love the lighting on these two.

I know this is on the run, but I just love the smile on younger son’s face. He smiles so infrequently and this is beautifully natural. He had a great time traipsing around the country.

This next setting is my absolute favorite for portraits. The background is a valley and it seems to have that wonderful haze behind my subjects.

These two eat up the lens.

Then we have the whole group. Pretty nice set of people if I say so myself.

And I like this one.

This is a huge chunk of my little piece of heaven. Thanks for letting me share it.


Cooper’s First Hair Cut


This post is all about comfort. Comfort from the heat. Comfort for the summer and mom trying to make sure everyone really is comfortable.
Do you get my drift?

As the mom here, I can’t stand to have my family out of sorts and that includes our little puppy. Shih tzu dogs are covered in hair. I mean it is abundant and it grows long. This is a good thing when living in the cold climates these little guys were first raised in. To have that much hair here in Central Arkansas can be dangerous to their health.

Cooper is no exception to this rule. His coat has been growing since birth and that means it is forming a perfectly wonderful form of insulation…. for the winter months, not for the summer. Poor thing pants and lies on the cool tiles to escape the heat. I just couldn’t let him suffer the heat. Solution: hair cut.

As you can see, Cooper is covered in hair. He is so cute and fluffy and huggable.

I took matters into my own hands and decided to thin his hair just a tad. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I had chopped it off pretty completely. Can you see the spiky pieces of hair standing up on end? I butchered the poor little guy. He doesn’t seem to take any offense though, you know?

His little feet are still rapidity. I have no idea how to trim them properly. He has so much hair and it is everywhere. He didn’t complain with the cut though. He flitted around the house happy as a lark to be free of some of that insulation.

But…. C-Man and my daughter don’t really want to take the little guy out in public like that. He has holes in his back and the cut is uneven all over.

Can’t you tell?

Get a load of those paws too.

And… can you see all those uneven ends all over. He is still awfully cute, though.

So I took him to the groomer’s this weekend to sort out the mess. We went to the Petsmart place and they were awesome. Cooper is a puppy with no experience at grooming. The girl who took care of him was outstanding and he stood for her like a trooper.

To see him, one would never guess the dog has never seen a grooming table and leash in his short life.

He just lets her move all around his little body with the clipper without a word of protest. She just shaves away. This was not the scene at my house a few days before, believe me.

It looks like he almost enjoys it. I am proud of him though.

He even caught sight of us through the mirror.

And now we have a perfectly groomed little dog.

Can you see his little feet are all trimmed up and there are no more fly away pieces. We can see all of his brown little eyes. His ears are all even too.

One last look.

He is a big slice of my piece of heaven nowadays. Who’d a thought.


New Babies of the Kitten Variety


We have all sorts of animals at our house. And to add to the variety, they are an assortment of ages.

We have a few litters of kittens!

They are so darling too. There is only so much a body can say about kittens. Pictures say a thousand words.


This mama found a nice cozy spot in the hay.

I had reeeeaach in there to grab hold of these darlins.

I like searching out those little eyes in the dark.

There they are!

Then there is this mama, who casually keeps the tiny creatures in the tall grass.

She is so laid back out there. I would be afraid a fox or something would pose a threat to her kittens. Not Bella. She nestles herself in amongst the grass and weeds and won’t be bothered about the predatory world around her.

Those kittens look pretty darned comfortable. Not a care in the world. They are scrumptious too. I could eat them up!

We cannot forget the newest addition to our family. I mean he really is a family member.

He is the king of it all too. Gotta love that ole Cooper.

This all a wonderful slice of my piece of heaven.


Somebody Stop Me… Please!


I am terrible. I have become that crazy mom with the small dog she adores and goes wacko about all the little things the DOG might need. Now remember, this is a dog. They have their own coat for warmth and they are low to the ground and can make their own way in the world because they are animals. But this is a small puppy. A shit zu. He is so little.

There is no way I’m leaving him alone in the house, so he goes everywhere with me. And I mean everywhere. Rarely I leave him in the car, but often as not, I take him in with me…
He sleeps with our daughter, because he is her dog (technically). He spends the whole day with me at home so as a result, I am very attached to him. So he and me are a thing.

Spring time means being outside a lot at our farm. There is gardening to tend to and lots and lots of mowing. Mowing is my thing. I love to mow. When I get to mowing, I will be out there for an hour or more. That is a long time to put little Cooper in the house while I am out where he wants to be.

For a shit zu, this is the most outdoor indoor dog I’ve ever seen. He lives to romp in the grass. Chases the cats, who tolerate him, and hunts chickens. I would be cruel to leave him inside during such warm days.

On that note, I bought a frivolous thing, but it will really come in handy, I’m sure.

I know! I know! It’s a doggy carrying pack!! But I can’t have him outside while I mow or barking alone in the house. Now he will be entertained watching all the going on from the cock-pit of the tractor as I mow. He will love it!

We rationalize it will be handy during hikes and long touristy trips, because you know that dog is going with us.

Here he is with our daughter.

Now you have to admit, this is the cutest little dog you’ve ever seen. If this doesn’t convince you, then take a look at this.

Asleep on his back, all that hair sticking out all over the place and that delectable little tummy inviting a warm rub.

Gotta love it. Every bit of my little piece of heaven.


Best Friends


As many of you know, we are over run with animals, quite a few of them cats. We also are blessed with a wonderful dog.

This story is about the unlikely relationship between one of our cats and that big ole dog. The dog is Labrador retriever with some mastiff in him. This combination gives him a fairly formidable size.

Our first litter of kittens produced an unusually placid little fellow. He is such a lovable tomcat. He made us all fall in love in with him. People aren’t the only things he woos.

We first noticed this relationship during feeding time one weekend. The cats are fed and then the dog receives his feed thirty feet away, inside his run. After the cats polish off their meal, and not a single morsel remains in the bowl, this little guy drops in on the dog and sneaks pieces out of his bowl. The significant piece of this picture is he does it under the dog’s nose, as he watches the cat eat out of his bowl.

The dog’s name is Flash. The cat is called CJ. They have a special relationship.

Flash takes every opportunity to show his affection for his special friend. The other day presented a perfect opportunity to capture it for all time. Unfortunately the dog is black, the cat is black, the furniture is black and the concrete is gray. Pretty drab background for picture taking unfortunately, but here they are.

This may appear brutal, but it is only done with affection.

Then, of course, this pictures speaks a thousand words.

This cat rubs up next to this dog as if he were a person. I have never in my life witnessed anything like this. Unbelievable.

As evidenced by that pink tongue, this is totally affectionate between both of them.

CJ is in heaven. Can you read the satisfaction on his face. Flash is just so happy to have a friend to talk to… or lick.

It is a relationship made in heaven. The giant black dog is enthralled with the black cat. And that silly cat uses Flash as a rubbing post.

Just had to share this little piece of my heaven. I hope you enjoy it. If you have anything wonderful in your heaven, I’d love to hear about it.