Ruby Tuesday — A Boy and his Dog

22 Apr

Ruby after gopher

Recently, we have found a number of dirt piles in our yard.  I didn’t put them there.  Greg didn’t put them there.  Neither of the kids did either.  The culprit was this charmer [click].  The oh so adorable, oh so destructive gopher.  Blech.  So, while taking a break from scrubbing down grouty tiles with acid, I suggested to Ruby that she do something about it all.  She took my advice to heart.  It was as if she’d been simply waiting for me to suggest it.

Of course, a boy — particularly an 8 year old boy — can not resist digging in any way, shape, or form but mom-sanctioned digging is of particular interest.  So, he came out.  He found a shovel.  He helped.

Gage helping Ruby with gopher problem

Do you love the look of glee on Ruby’s face?  Yup!  We’re digging up gophers!  Yeeee-haw!  As the picture below illustrates, Gage’s “help” was in no way going to endanger the gophers!  He enjoys shovels on many levels but the actual digging process with a shovel that is bigger than you are is a bit hard to manage.

Gage helping Ruby ALOT with Gopher problem

Ruby, on the other hand, was serious about it.  I wasn’t concerned that she’d catch and kill a gopher right in front of Gage.  I’m pretty sure that a pack of Rat Terriers could catch and kill a gopher or two but a single Ratty is at a real disadvantage (even when helped by an 8 year old boy).  Still, she’s got to be dissuading them front tunneling in my yard, don’t you think?  She was very, very serious about all this!

Ruby still after gopher

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6 Responses to “Ruby Tuesday — A Boy and his Dog”

  1. jodyss 22 April, 2008 at 6:50 am #

    This is ridiculously cute! The poor gophers don’t stand a chance, not with these two on the case.

  2. Susan Gets Native 22 April, 2008 at 11:36 am #

    Can we borrow Ruby for a weekend? We have some tilling to do.

  3. Trixie 22 April, 2008 at 1:47 pm #

    A pair would be formidable! And Gage with that shovel overhead, he is all boy.

  4. mon@rch 22 April, 2008 at 2:29 pm #

    LOL, Puppy Power!

  5. Liza Lee Miller 22 April, 2008 at 8:36 pm #

    Thanks all! They are an amazing pair. Gage spent the night at a friend’s that same night. Ruby slept on his bed that night. A boy and his dog . . . it’s a beautiful thing.

    Oh, and Trixie, somehow your comments keep ending up in my SPAM filter. I don’t get it. I pull them out as soon as I see them! It’s nothing personal!!!

  6. jayne 23 April, 2008 at 2:43 am #

    So cute! The two of them “working” together!

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