Monday, 21 May 2012

When Billy met Bear....

Well "When Billy met Bear" finally occurred last week and we all laughed so much. It was a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon and my son rang to ask if he could bring Bear to visit. On the Saturday I had finally been able to cut the lawn for the first time this year and the garden was looking neat and tidy.
We had also been able to prune the magnolia so the sun was streaming in.


Billy had been taking it easy and had found shade on the veranda of my Studio. When my son first arrived I was talking to a neighbour so I missed what happened next with the camera but my Hb and son told me that as Bear went bounding into our garden Billy's tail fluffed up to twice it's normal size, he turned sideways and raised his back and then sped off over the Studio roof. He looked like a cat out of a cartoon!





Hasn't Bear grown! He is still so lovely and fluffy and even his ears are beginning to stand up now. I didn't know this but their ears are flat at birth and stand up in the air in the early months. Sometimes 1 ear goes right up for a while and then flops down. He bounded all around our garden, sniffing everything.

























He even sat in Billy's favourite place.

We thought that Billy would stay away until Bear went home but we laughed to see Billy spying out from next door....












He had taken himself up next door's pear tree...how hilarious is this photo and I think the size of his eyes sum up how confused he was by meeting a puppy for the first time.

Over the hour or so Bear spent with us we were amazed to find that Billy actually came back down into the garden.















He kept Bear at arm's length; you can see him in the back right of this photo but was genuinely interested in sussing out Bear. Bear was also a real sweetie as he made no attempt to chase Billy at all.










They actually got this close to one another. Dear Bear wore himself out running after his toys and he was performing his "wait" trick with my son.
He is already doing so well with his training and will sit, give his paw and wait to command. He is only 10 weeks old so I think that is pretty good for a youngster.










Just look at him "waiting" for his master to come back out of the kitchen. Such a good baby.











So after lots of playing Bear wore himself out and laid down in the shade to nap............












and from the corner of the garden, by the garden seat our Billy did just the same ;0)
I hope this will be the first of many meetings and that they may eventually even be friends. Bear had his final injections on Wednesday so he can go out for walks in a few days time. I shall no doubt be called on for walking duties some times and it will also help to burn off some of Bear's young energy.



So a card challenge for today....I thought I would use that hilarious photo of Billy in the Pear Tree as inspiration.

This is a sweet Lili of the Valley stamp called Blossom. Isn't she a cutie.



I coloured her with my trusty Promarkers, highlighting with my Prismacolor pencils.  I used some glossy accents on the flowers so they have a lovely 3d effect.

I stitched a border round the backing  paper and added a pretty yellow die cut.

I would like to enter her into the following challenges.



Joanna Sheen Birthday
Make it Monday Linky Party #90
Crafter's Companion here comes Summer
Squirrel and Fox Best Friends #18
Secret Crafter In the garden #186
Papertake Weekly In the Garden

For those of you who read my Jubilations post here when I first put it up you will be delighted that on the Thursday I came back with an edit as we have got Olympic tickets! I am SO excited. They are for the Men's 3 m springboard diving semi finals in the amazing Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park. The flame is at the moment being taken around the country and it has added to all the excitement here. The countdown to the Olympics really has started now.
The weather has also decided to behave and we are predicted a heat wave by mid week. After the most dreadful May I can ever remember all I can say is " Bring it on!".

Have a lovely week everyone,

Bye for now,

Jane x

PS Is anyone else having problems viewing photos on other people's Blogger posts? Some of the photos I view are just appearing as a block of colour. I then have to click on the photo to open up another window to view?Any thoughts/help?? Jx

38 comments:

  1. Hi Jane, I loved this post. Bear has grown so much and is really cute. He is going to be a big boy! Love how Billy got closer and closer as time went on. I'm sure they will be friends at some point. When I had a cat and dog together they were great friends.
    Your card made me chuckle, the little girls pigtails look like Bear's ears! Soooo cute.
    xoRobin❤
    Excited for you and the Olympic tickets : )

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  2. That's a brilliant observation about the pigtails looking like Bear's ears Robin...I hadn't seen that ;0)
    He is a sweet boy and I really hope that he and Billy can be friends.
    Jane x

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  3. 'When Billy met Bear' sounds like the title of a children's book!
    That photo of Billy in the tree is priceless Jane.
    I think making sure they meet often will be the key to them getting on, eventually Billy will trust Bear! He is gorgeous. :)
    Hope the weather forecast is right for the week!
    Vivienne x

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  4. It would certainly make a great book Vivienne. They were just so funny and it was a good first meeting. I went out tonight with no coat for the first time this year...looks like the sun is on it's way ;0)
    Jane x

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  5. Adorable! I especially like the photo of Billy up the tree. I'm glad they got along. You may be a babysitter sometime? Bear is growing fast! Love how the card ties into the post. Very cute :)

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  6. Well that was quite an eventful meeting. LOL Glad to see there was no blood shed and things are looking good for a second visit. :-) Your inspired card is cute as can be Jane. I hope you enjoy your time at the Olympics. Hugs!

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  7. Hee hee! These pics said it all- I can imagine poor Billy's heart racing as he made the mad dash away from Bear and found his hiding spot up in that tree! Such a nice day in your garden- perfect for kicking back and enjoying. Glad to see the inspiration showing in this adorable card- Love the stitched border! Have a great week! :o)

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  8. I think we will remember their first meeting for years to come Linda. I am popping by this afternoon after my silversminthing class so will be babysitting for an hour or so today. ;0)
    Jane x

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  9. We were amazed Tracy that Bear didn't chase Billy, I always thought that's what dogs do! We hope it's not too long until Bear visits again as things do look promising.
    Jane x

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  10. I know Michele, what must Billy have thought? There are very few dogs in our road so it is possible he has never seen one as he does not wander far from our garden. We had a lovely time in the garden and it was also so good to have Matt visit...I do miss my boy ;0)
    Jane x

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  11. Hi Jane! That was a great first meeting with Billy and Bear! Billy was really brave and they may come good friends! Bear is so beautiful and sounds amazing puppy! Funny thing with those ears - Nero was the only puppy who had his ears right up from the day he was born!
    I'm so happy to follow how bear grows up!
    Wonderful card again, with a such a sweet girl!
    xxx Teje

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  12. Love the pictures of Billy and Bear..they are both so cute... and the card is lovely too...I hopped over from Make it Monday...so glad I did.... made me smile..thank you
    CLaire x

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  13. fab card lovely colours. Thanks for taking part in the Crafters Companion Blog Challenge. Louise xx

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  14. Hi Teje, I have just come home from taking out Bear for his first walk with me.....he just loves it. So many sights and sounds for a sweet new puppy. Billy and I are now enjoying the sunshine in the garden.
    Jane x

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  15. Lovely to see you here Claire. The meeting was such fun and I thought our Billy was very brave.
    Jane x

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  16. Such a cute image, Jane, and the colours you've used are so pretty and Spring like. Thanks so much for leaving such a sweet comment on my MIM entry x

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  17. just beautiful, thank you for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

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  18. Hello. I saw this Beautiful card on MIM..Faye Love the Pictures of of your babies

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  19. Hi darlin isnt he turning into a beautiful dog!! hes so handsome aw bless him dont we get so much pleasure from all of our animals, we had to have one of our dogs put to sleep last week and its heartbreaking, they give us so much, Your cat is beautiful too, I have two,you can tell I loike animals eh. I love it when someone puts their pets pics on, its lovely. Your card is brilliant too of course love and huggies June xxxxxxxxxx

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  20. Hi Kate, thanks for stopping by,
    Jane x

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  21. Lovely to see you here Faye, thanks for visiting,
    Jane x

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  22. Hi dear June, I do hope you are feeling better? I so agree, our pets are like family and bring so much joy. Sorry that your dog had to be put to sleep but I hope you have some wonderful memories,
    Jane x

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  23. ...and hi Steph, lovely for you to return the visit ;0)
    Jane x

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  24. It is lovely having you join us for the Joanna Sheen Challenge this fortnight... your card is delightful, the colours so bright and the image adorable!

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  25. Hello dear Jane,

    Oh, the B-boys finally met!!! And It did go rather well, don't you think - Billy didn't use his claws to poor Bear or anything...I'm sure they'll end up being friends.

    And you lucky girl, you got the tickets after all! Fantastic! We'll be watching it from here, and before Olympics we'll still enjoy the European Athletics Championships here (in Helsinki) in the end of the June, that should be great too.

    Have a wonderful week, sunshine and happiness from Finland!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  26. Hi dear Mia yes the B Boys (I like that ;0) finally met and there was no fur lost. I think that it is down to Billy now as Bear does not seem to want to chase cats. I have been up to take Bear for a walk..such fun..he loved it. As for the tickets, yay..Olympics here we come. It has been SO hot today, 28c in my garden this afternoon. Happy Wednesday,
    Jane x

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  27. Hi Jane, I just loved reading this post about Billy and Bear. They both behaved very well.. poor Billy had to watch HIS space being invaded by a DOG.. poor kitty! :-) We have a cat and dog and they chase and tumble and the cat hisses and swats, but I actually think they love each other. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  28. Oh my goodness Jane, I saw the title of your post this afternoon and thought... I will save this for a quiet moment later because I knew I would be so entertained ...and I have laughed so much!
    I know how Billy loves to sit around your studio too so Bear couldn't have picked a worse place to take a rest!
    Bear is only 10 weeks old?...I can't believe his size but he is such a beauty...It will be interesting to see his full grown size!
    Well done on the Olympic tickets..you will have so much fun.
    Good look in your challenges too...
    Susan x
    P.S No idea about the Blogger issues..I have so many problems just commenting on some blogs!

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  29. They were so good Teresa. Billy growled at first...he rarely ever does that but there were no claws and I think after the initial terror he was very intrigued. Let's hope they can be friends.
    Jane x

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  30. I'm glad you enjoyed your read Susan, that photo in the tree is just priceless! Bear continues to grow almost daily and yes he will be a really big boy when fully grown. Enjoy this wonderful sunshine.
    Jane x

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  31. Gorgeous card!
    Thanks for playing with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge!
    Helen x

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  32. Wonderful post Jane!! I love the photos.

    Your card is just gorgeous too. The colour is just so bright and cheerful.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

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  33. Such a wonderful and interesting post sweetie.. loved the photos.. smiles..
    Your card is so very pretty too - love the colour combo hun.
    One of my favourite stamps as well.
    I'm so happy that you joined us this week with your lovely creation!

    Hugs Krafty Karen - DT for Make It Monday.

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  34. Thanks Helen, Michelle and Karen for visiting and your kind comments.
    Jane x

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  35. Oh Jane, this had me giggling, despite the rain that is hammering down outside :/ 7th June eh? Bless Billy, that photo of him up the tree, soooo sooo funny, and Bear is so gorgeous. Big dogs with stand up straight ears can take an age to stand erect, my BIL Akita male still has a floppy down one, at 2, the vet has said to use lolly pop sticks as a splint, but I like one floppy, he looks cute. I am sure that Billy will soon put Bear in his place, cats have a gift for that, my old mogs rule over our two goldens, even at 21 ish, our Meg is still the boss and both dogs know it! Off to catch up a bit more, I have been busy with weddings, sending the boy to France, college applications and prom dresses and sadly last week with a death of my favourite uncle, so this blog post really really made me smile. Laney x

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  36. Hi Laney great to see you here and yes what has happened to the weather.? So sorry to hear about your uncle but so pleased that Billy and Bears antics made you smile. Take care
    Jane x

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x