Monday, January 13, 2020

Birthday, and a bird story

Gosh, I was all prepared to show you the changes made in the teeny tiny greenhouse, but then Poppy reminded me...

Guess who turns six today? Recognize this little ball of fur?

It's Eli! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELI!

Seems like just yesterday we were bringing him home...


leaving behind, eight little brothers and sisters.

So many new and strange things to discover, outside that big red barn where Eli was born.



Growing up too fast...

and a big boy here...

but never too big for my teddy bear...

and turning six years old today...


Sorry for the long face. Eli and I feel about the same today. You may can tell from the picture, it's raining again! Raining and windy, again! Very dreary, and we both want to be outside!

and a sad little story that ends well...

Saturday, a beautiful Cardinal flew into the kitchen window. It hit very hard, fell to the ground and was lying there dying, probably in shock.
Poppy heard the noise, ran outside and found the bird. He cupped his hands around it to keep it warm and safe until the bird began to get it's senses back. Poppy carefully sat it on a bird feeder and watched it for the longest time, until it flew away.  
all of the bird's tail feathers fell out, you can tell in the first picture. But, it survived and was back at the bird feeders yesterday and today, several times. 

Hope I didn't overdo the Eli pictures. He sure is a sweetie pie!  

Love,
Henny 











45 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday. Eli is beautiful...not too many pictures at all. What a sweet little puppy he was,too. Glad the bird survived. Hard to believe he lost his tail feathers. Wow!
    Have a great week-xo Diana

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  2. Happy Birthday Eli! A memory came up on FB today for me, of my son's dog Tucker as a little puppy. Another cute hairy furball, although not all white like Eli! Glad the cardinal survived. I find that more birds do than not. I put them in a safe place, and when I check later they are usually gone. Rain....well we had loads of that, and right after winter hit with snow and very cold temperatures for us.

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  3. Oh, Eli, you were so cute, and you still are! Happy Birthday, birthday boy. And such a happy ending to the cardinal story. The tail feathers are expendable — happily, they will grow back!

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  4. Happy Birthday, Eli. You are most certainly a very handsome boy.

    I wonder why the Cardinal's tail feathers fell out. Strange. But I'm glad he survived.

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  5. Aww, Happy Birthday sweet Eli, he's always been such a handsome gentleman !
    How compassionate that Poppy cuddled the Cardinal and allowed him to regain his senses, the fact that he was able to hold him inside his hands, incredible.
    They are beautiful birds...
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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  6. Oh, Eli is sweet! I can't believe he wore that hat for you. 😂 Happy Birthday, Good Boy!

    Right now a mysterious tale is swirling around Bird World of a kind, rescuing giant with no feathers and an invisible force field...



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  7. Your Eli is a sweetie. Wasn't he a gorgeous ball of white fluff when he was a puppy. Happy Birthday to Eli! A good story re the Cardinal. I think he feels he has found a friendly place to visit.

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  8. Happy Bday Eli! Our canine companion is also 6. They grow so fast. And oh, poor bird. Glad he recovered and is eating well:-)

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  9. Happy 6th Birthday Eli! Oh those pictures! They are all so cute and he was just a little furry cuddle buddy as a pup! Eli's little family is cute and there's so many - wow! His Mamma must have been one tired Mamma dog with nine babies. Poppy is sure sweet to help that Cardinal. Why, he may have even saved it's life. Give Eli some birthday love form me!

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  10. You really can't overdo the Eli pictures. We all love him, especially with his teddy bear.
    So glad the beautiful bird survived.

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  11. Happy Birthday Beautiful Guy, Eli.... and the bird story was a sad/happy story. I am in NC and am not loving this rain either..especially after that beautiful day we had yesterday...Have a blessed week...

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  12. Happy Birthday to Eli! HE was a cutie and is a handsome guy now.
    Glad the cardinal was saved!

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  13. Happy Birthday to Eli. He's such a beautiful boy. That cardinal is sure lucky that Poppy heard it hit and found it. I asked Google about its tail feathers and learned that if a bird's tail feathers are pulled out, they will grow back quickly and that the bird can fly well without them. Whew! I hope you have sunshine tomorrow. I know that I'm ready for it. We got almost 4.5 inches of rain over 2 days and then over 2 inches of snow on top of that! So many places are being hit with devastating weather, I tell myself that it could be a lot worse. Give Eli and hug for me.

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    1. Hey Peg, I was thinking about you yesterday. It's been a while. I'm glad to know the Cardinal will grow it's tail feathers back. 4.5 inches of rain is a lot! A thunderstorm and heavy rain woke us up at 3:00 am this morning. We've still got two more days of rain coming, according to the weatherman. You are right, it could be so much worse, so I hate to complain. Thank you for commenting.

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  14. One of the things I watch on your blog is Eli. He's such a gentle giant.

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  15. I believe how we treat animals is an indication of how we treat each other. A very nice post. Phil

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  16. Eli was a cute puppy and is very handsome now. Happy Birthday to him. Never too many pictures of that beautiful boy.
    I'm so glad that Poppy helped the cardinal. It looks as though it actually trusted Poppy. That was a very sweet thing to do.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  17. Lovely post to wake up to Henny...! :).
    Eli six years old..hope he had a special
    cake made and woooofed it down in seconds..
    Funny how dogs do that..l always think, do
    they enjoy their food..He looks lovely though,
    as he always does, showing his softer side with
    his teddy..! :).

    And the poor little Cardinal..shame..perhaps he
    left his nest without his glasses, and could'nt
    see where he was going..you'll have to put a
    sign up..'Beware of the Glass'...! :o).

    *.•°*"˜ ☼¸♪♫-´♪♫" ~.¸.¸.~”♫♪’♫♪¸☼”*°•..*
    ..H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y Eli..

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    1. Thank you Willie! Eli thanks you too. :) I may have to make that little sign for the birds.

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  18. Hi Henny- Happy 6th B'day to Eli. Poppy has a kind heart to save the Red Cardinal. Stay warm there Folks. Cheers. KEV.

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  19. You can never have too many pictures of Eli or the rest of your animals. They are always enjoyable to see.
    Boy did Eli grow up! Glad the cardinal got saved and he will definitely grow back tail feathers in the Spring.
    Our Precious just celebrated her 7th anniversary with me. She is 8 years old and I wish I had seen her as a
    kitten. Lucky you got Eli as a puppy.

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  20. What a delight to see the baby Eli. Happy Birthday. Hope the weather picks up soon.

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  21. Oh so happy you shared Eli's earlier years. What a gorgeous boy. You certainly didn't share too many of those photos in my humble opinion :)! Have a super day. Hugs!

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  22. Happy Birthday Eli! It seems like a twinkling of an eye that he was pup, Hennie. Isn't Poppy sweet, he loves those critters as much as you do... Have a great day, Terry

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  23. Happy Happy Birthday to sweet Eli! He is such a handsome boy! I hope he had a wonderful birthday!

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  24. Awww happy Birthday sweet Eli with his teddy bear!!!!

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  25. Well, Happy Birthday to Eli! What a darling little puff ball he was as a pup! And I too, have experienced that dreaded thud when a bird hits the glass...and what a gift it is to hold a beautiful little feathered thing in your hand and watch it fly away! Blessings!

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  26. Happy Birthday Eli! He is such a beautiful dog. Happy to hear the cardinal made it, your husband probably saved it's life with the heat from his hands.

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  27. Happy birthday to Eli. He was such a cute puppy

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  28. Eli is such a beautiful dog and was such a darling puppy along with his 8 litter mates! What kind of a dog is he? You probably told us but I can't remember. What a sweet story about the cardinal. Doesn't your hubby have such a good heart! Thanks for a great blog!

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  29. Happy Birthday Eli. Such a cute puppy grew up to be a beautiful dog. Never too many pictures of him.
    So happy that the cardinal story had a happy ending!!

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  30. I'd say it's really hard to overdo the Eli pictures. He is a beauty!

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  31. What a glorious white fur coat your dog has, and that poor little bird took a hard hit. I hope it is ok.

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  32. Happy Birthday Eli!! Wow how did he get to be six years old. That don't seem possible. We have had red birds do this at our house. Love you bunches

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  33. The last bird to fly into one of our windows and die was a dove and well, I ate it. All 4 bites were very good. I have since taped an old feed sack over the window so that doesn't happen again. Friends with a Great Pyr came over once and the dog was tall enough that he could graze the kitchen counter. Good memory.

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  34. What a cutie! 💖 So glad the Cardinal only lost his tail feathers and not his life with Poppy's help.

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  35. Happy Birthday Eli! Can he really be that old already, I recall when you got him! Good save on the Cardinal Poppy!

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  36. Eli is beautiful! He looks like he has eyeliner around his eyes. It's been dreary here also. Not windy though. I wish it was. Good news about the Cardinal. It happens here. I still have leaves on my door off the porch and so far no bird has flown into it.
    Still want to see your greenhouse and look forward to that.
    betsy

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  37. Thank you Poppy for taking care of that lovely bird!

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  38. A belated Happy Birthday! I cannot believe he is 6 years old! Where has the time gone....

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  39. Meant to say there can never be too many pics of Eli...and forgot to comment on what a sweet photo of Smoky in the post above.

    As to the Cardinal, one flew into Sarah's window when LOrelei was little...maybe 3 or 4...I quick ran and got it, hoping it would be okay. It died, and she just bawled...

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  40. I'm not a "big dog" person, but I'm a huge fan of Eli, and think he is the handsomest fellow! Happy birthday, Eli!!

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  41. How gorgeous is Eli? Oh my! Thanks for following my blog. Backyard Mini Farm. This year I've decided to TRY and keep posting. Sometimes, it gets difficult but, I'm in a new frame of mind and ready to commit. I see your 'North' of Raleigh. I'm 'South'. Real close to Ft. Bragg. Looking forward to reading you. Mike

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