Glimpses of Goslings #Wordless Wednesday #Sweet fuzzballs

Wordless Wednesday – allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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82 Responses to Glimpses of Goslings #Wordless Wednesday #Sweet fuzzballs

  1. J P says:

    Wonderful shots of new life in the spring.

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  2. So sweet and adorable! 💙 Pictures #7 and #11 are my favorites. 🙂 Wish I could pick one up and cuddle it, but the parents would never permit that!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I know Barbara – Just like you I would have liked to pick them up and cuddle them. There were three families and the ganders were never too far away. The pictures of the goslings drinking I took from one of the smaller bridges so I had a great view and they weren’t bothered by me so I lucked out.

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  3. what a cute family of fowl

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, they sure are Matt and they grow up so quickly. I bet today, just 11 days later, they are three times bigger. They are cutest at this age. Hard to resist not picking up one and cuddling it.

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      • I came a across a family like this a few years back along the Delaware Canal. You got great photos.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I like how they just monopolize the path as they meander across and everyone oohs and ahhs over them. It’s so nice to see. This park is a good place to look for them as they have hundreds of Canada Geese milling about. Thank you Matt … next, I am on the hunt for ducklings (and cygnets, but that is every year and I have had no success).

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  4. Hard to believe those little yellow fluffs grow up to be black and white geese. Great shots. You could frame one of the family shots.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes they are adorable at this age and I took the pictures 11 days ago so they are likely two, if not three times this size and sporting huge feet. Glad you liked the shots Kate – thank you. It’s amazing watching the families. The parents go into the water and the goslings cluster around, then eventually go into a neat line between the parents.

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      • I always admire the care animal parents take of their young. Not all people are like that.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        You’re right about that. My friend lives in an apartment complex where a manmade pond is in the middle of the complex. Ann Marie is a walker and checks out the pond every morning while out on her walk. A few weeks ago, she came home to a pair of geese, (who are notorious for hissing and flapping their wings at people walking by as well as other waterfowl at the pond). But this time, the geese were on high on a building and honking their heads off. The female had been sitting on a nest and the male nearby every time my friend passed. The nest was gone as were the eggs, likely by one of the caretakers. Ann Marie said they honked and carried on for a day, flying down to the place where the nest was, then back up high. She felt sorry for them. These were not even hatched and all that love.

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  5. Sandra J says:

    They are just so darn cute 🙂

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  6. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………………………thank you so much………………………I love you sending me these cute pictures………………………..we have no young babies over here this year

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed seeing these cute pictures Ann Marie. You, like me, would want to pick them up and cuddle them, especially when they were sleepy and clustered together. I’m sorry you have no babies there this year and feel just as badly as you do, plus I feel for the parents who lost their goslings before they even hatched.

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  7. Great shots Linda! Your patience has paid off!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Wayne! I was really excited to see these goslings and get fairly close to them without the trio of ganders biting me or having a hissy fit about my fairly close proximity to their goslings. I walked five miles that morning, then another mile after seeing them and trying to get some shots. Patience was a virtue for sure.

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  8. Rebecca says:

    Wonderful photos of the little ones. A whole lot of cuteness going on! 🙂

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  9. Eilene Lyon says:

    Oh my gosh – so adorable! The baby on one leg with its stubby wings lifted is just so funny and cute.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I was so happy to find those goslings Eilene. They sure were adorable, especially when they got sleepy in the sun after grazing. I had to include that little guy with the stubby wings as it really made me smile. They have such big feet in proportion to the rest of their bodies at this age.

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  10. Joni says:

    Wow Linda….such great shots. You must have a good zoom lens. I love the action shots!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked the shots Joni. I hung around there a long time and was lucky no ganders got ticked off at me, then took the shots of them drinking at the water’s edge from one of the small bridges. I have been taking the big camera out on weekends and this zoom lens is the one that came with the kit (75-300mm). I wish my neighbor who prodded me to start a blog and take pictures for it could see these pictures. She used to go to Elizabeth Park looking for goslings but had to stay in the car due to her COPD leaving her so winded if she walked, so never got to see them up close.

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      • Joni says:

        That’s major zoom!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I see people when I’m out with lens as long as their arm and they are wearing something that straps across their chest and back instead of a neck strap. Some of those lens are as much as $10,000.00! Amazing! I am lucky I got the zoom lens with the kit.

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      • Joni says:

        I’m jealous – my old digital only has 4X the zoom, same with the cell phone camera.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I had a 4X digital camera for five years … still have it. But I went out one day with my friend/neighbor to Elizabeth Park and I had my 4X camera and she had a camera which LOOKED the same as mine. She had COPD and could not walk and stayed in the car. We drove around Elizabeth Park and I took pictures from the driver’s side. She passed me her camera for the exact same pictures. We e-mailed one another later in the day to show our pictures. I said my geese near the bridge are so puny! She asked my “zoom” and then I too had zoom envy. I went out and bought a 12X digital camera … I have it on me all the time and only use the bigger one on weekends or holidays. It is handier to use the 12X point-and-shoot. It is 64 with a real feel of 66 and an ozone action day.
        I do NOT like this heat wave at all.
        https://lindaschaubblog.net/2015/04/18/i-must-admit-i-had-zoom-envy/

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      • Joni says:

        That was cute – esp. the whites of the squirrels eyes! I wish I could go to a store and buy a new camera, but we’ve basically been in lockdown since Xmas. Ford announced yesterday that lockdown will continue until June 14 and only if we get 60% of the people vaccinated. There will be 3 steps, with step 2 including haircuts open in July – that really annoyed me. Today I went to two nurseries searching for pink knock-out roses to replace the ones that died last year….success…but it was way too hot and the line ups long. Nurseries are one of the few things open and only because they sell vegetables – I also got lettuce. Went to DQ for a milkshake – mom was along for the drive but I kept the car running and the A/C on. We still have another 4 or 5 days of this weather…..and then I have a pile of yardwork to do….remind me why I like gardening again???

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I don’t think they will ever open the border … it seems to me that they are being prudent over there … here, suddenly it is a free for all as we don’t have to wear masks if fully vaccinated (but we are not wearing our vaccination cards around our neck on a lanyard so who can tell?) And less restrictions after Memorial Day (June 1st) and full capacity at outside sports beginning July 1st. I think it is too fast to be honest with you, but that’s me. The blogger that I sent the pics of the Swallowtail Butterfly in the Lilacs is always posting pictures of her garden and the birds and butterflies and hummingbirds. I kind of thought I’d like to have a garden again, like I had back in 2010 before I lost everything from the back-to-back Polar Vortexes. But the more I read (and feel) about global warming, I am like you and ask “why do I want to do this – remind me again?” Sabine says when I say to her that I would love to garden again “well, when you are retired, you’ll grow hardy perennials and sit in all your free time and enjoy them.” But that is Oregon – the weather is nice more months of the year … here we have all the trouble for what … six months at the most. It is discouraging. So this heat wave is no fun – it is oppressive out there. I came home from walking feeling like a limp rag and the humidity was not that bad. Got cleaned up and went out to change the hummingbird feeder – came in and put the A/C at 75 as 76 was too warm in here … I rarely do that. I have got to take the hose out but we are supposed to have multiple chances for rain today. It is going to be a long, hot Summer – they predicted that when they gave the predictions for the next two seasons on March 21st. I don’t doubt it either. We’ve already broken records and I’m sure you have as well. I’ll bet your milkshake was liquid by the time you got to the car. My roses don’t look bad – I thought they had died (for the second time) last year but put fertilizer sticks and liquid fertilizer on them and they look nice, but do have some dead canes I could not prune out. I have not done anything outside yet – I don’t prune until Memorial Day weekend as I don’t want regrowth in Spring … I only have to prune them one more time that way, though I have to trim the barberries all the time. It looks bad out there and I hope it is not 90 degrees for the long holiday, like your long holiday.

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      • Joni says:

        I am so NOT into gardening this year – I have a long list of stuff to do – wash the deck down, and scrub the furniture, prune the dead canes out of the rose bushes while I can still see them, paint some stuff and don’t feel like doing any of it. I wish I could hire someone to clean the deck but no one wants to do that kind of manual labor, and I’m not asking my grasscutter as he already did some stuff for me last week, and is busy with work and his own yard etc. While I think the US has opened stuff up too soon, I think we are being overly cautious, esp in non-hot zone areas, but Ford’s reasoning for scraping the color-coded county system is that people will just travel out of the hot zones to shop someplace else and thus spread it more. Our provincial numbers have come down to below 2000/day, which is good, as a month ago it was close to 4000/day. We have about 70 active cases here, with 10 or 12 new ones daily, and 3 or 4 business outbreaks, but they don’t say where, I wish they would. I got groceries again today for the first time in over 2 weeks and the store was busy as with the Holiday Monday there was nothing else to do. I wore capri pants and sandals but had to come home and change as the wind had swung to the north suddenly and it was cool! And that wasn’t in the forecast? We had a bit of rain yesterday, enough to water the lettuce I planted, but we need a good soaker. I’m behind in Reader 3 days so best get on with it for an hour anyway…..I hate being behind!

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      • Joni says:

        We didn’t get rain, it spit for a few minutes this afternoon so I had to drag the house around and water everything I had planted. Think twice about redoing the garden Linda….maybe when you are retired and have more time. I’m careful to put in drought resistant plants like lavender and the knock-out roses and clematis. My lily of the valley is out now and my daises which I planted five years ago from a packet of wildflowers. I got the canes cut out this afternoon and the tulips/daffodils cut off, so 3 hours of yard work means sore muscles/back in need of a hot bath. Tomorrow will be a scorcher here too….so I may just tackle sweeping out the garage and doing some writing. I got caught up last night but stayed up til 1am to do it! Get some sleep!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        No, I wouldn’t do the garden until after I have retired – too much work for now, I’ve pushed off the yardwork every weekend and I am already dreading the yardwork this weekend, but at least it sounds like the weather will be cooler and sunny. We have an all-day rain Friday plus have

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  11. Delightful Photos, Linda!! You did a great job of capturing the next generation of Elizabeth Park geese. 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Sabine – glad you liked the photos! They were just so cute and fuzzy and I wanted to pick them up and cuddle them. By now, almost two weeks later, they sure don’t look like that as they’ll be gangly and with big feet.

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      • Hopefully you’ll have a chance to go back and check on them, Linda!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I hope so Sabine. I am hoping to look for ducklings this weekend … we will reach 90 degrees today and a very hot weekend as well. So I am thinking a stroll along the Detroit River will be perfect.

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      • Wow! A hot spell already! We had to turn on the heater this morning since it cooled off and has been rainy. But of course the rain is welcomed and the garden really needs it. Enjoy the Detroit River stroll!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes and a one-day reprieve (Monday) and it will storm (as of now). We are in moderate drought in lower Michigan, so this weekend’s rain plus rain three days in a row next week will be good. I’m looking forward to it!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I’m hoping so Sabine. I think it will be cool there at least. Our warm weather now and bouts of warm weather in early April has messed up some fruit trees which is not good, but also, we are expected to have a tick infestation as the cold weather did not kill off the ticks, nor their eggs. I usually wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts if I’m going to a forested area for mosquitoes, rather than wearing bug repellent. So I’ll just keep doing it for the ticks … maybe less forest walks this Summer. That’s fine … it will still be here. I check for ticks every time I’m at Council Point Park as a few people have said they’ve seen them on their clothes or socks. We also have the Brood X Cicadas and an infestation of Gypsy Moths. No words for all this … at least today I did not see one ant.

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      • Hurrah for no ants!! Staying covered up sounds smart! 🙂

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes – what a treat after all this time. I will stay covered up – that’s best. We had a popular weatherman years ago and he loved the outdoors. He got Lyme Disease from a deer tick and it was so debilitating he could not get up out of bed in the morning due to the fatigue. He had to quit his job and never heard anymore about him.

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      • That’s too bad about the weatherman! Lyme disease is definitely something to avoid!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, Rob Kress was quite a personality at WXYZ our local Channel 7 affiliate. I met him once when I was working in downtown Detroit. I was out running an errand on my lunch hour on an October day that was near 80 degrees. He came up to me and I recognized him right away – a head of red curly hair and freckles and we always saw him on the nightly news.
        So, he came up to me and asked if I liked the weather at the same time he flipped open his blazer and he was wearing a button which said “have you hugged your weatherman today?” So, of course, I had to smile and laugh at that. I felt badly about his incapacitation – he was not old either.

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  12. Laurie says:

    Awww…you had more than your share of cuteness in those photos you posted today, Linda. Beautiful pictures of the fuzzy little goslings.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Oh, they were so cute Laurie. Glad you liked the photos. And, the sun was shining down on them on that coolish day and it made them sleepy. That made them all the cuter as they kept nodding off and also occasionally gazing at one another. Now, I set my sights on ducklings.

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  13. Amorina Rose says:

    Great images, so adorable.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Barbara – they are so cuddly looking and it’s been two weeks since I took those shots, so I’ll bet they are already much larger and sleeker. I saw three families of geese that day, all different sizes.

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  14. They are adorable. And anyone who lets his stupid dog go after them needs to be reported.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I agree with you Tom … they were especially sweet as the sun gave them heavy eyes and that one pair kept looking at one another. As to the guy, it’s bad enough to go after the geese, but the goslings can’t escape anywhere. I hold my tongue but seethe.

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  15. Pam Lazos says:

    I see them everywhere lately! Sometimes the traffic has to stop so the goose and his family can cross the steer, Linda!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I know! The parents like marching across a road, their goslings in tow and happily people stop for them. Pam, I’ve even seen some photos of police officers holding up the traffic. We have a pair of wild turkeys that routinely plague drivers at a busy intersection about six or seven miles from here. The turkeys get very combative when they are “escorted” from the street corner by police officers. 🙂

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  16. It’s hard to believe that those cute little fuzzballs turn into those large (and often ill-tempered) geese. Just like kittens and puppies, I often wish they could stay at that cute stage and never grow up.

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  17. Awwwww….too cute. That’s a great family photo.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked the family and the siblings too. I loved the way they were gazing at one another (like they’d never seen the other one before). 🙂

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      • Animals are so sweet and each has their own personalities. 🙂

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes they are … I have a cute little black squirrel with a very light-brown tail hanging around the house. I’ve named him “Two-Tone” and have yet to get a picture of him, which I’d like as I want to write about him. I give him peanuts when I leave on my walk in the morning (on a corner of the front porch) and when I check the mail in the afternoon, it’s like Pavlov’s dog … he is across the street and comes down “his tree” and races over. And I’m going to say no? I rush like a fool to where I keep the peanuts and give him more. So today I was at the door and then ran to get the camera to take a picture … he was gone already. He’s a real cutie.

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  18. It never gets old seeing these cuties every spring! Nice pictures Linda!

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  19. Love the photos, and my two favorites are the goslings doing a group huddle and the little one flapping its fuzzy and tiny wings!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      They were so sweet Esther! I just wanted to pick them up and cuddle them. I got some duckling photos this past weekend, but it was really windy by Coan Lake and the grass is on a slope, so I was afraid I’ll blow into the lake, so I stood apiece back. I loved how the ducklings just gazed at one another … so precious. And that one gosling trying to take off just made me smile too.

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      • I’m glad you resisted the urge to cuddle the little fuzzballs. Their parents would’ve flapped their wings and maybe even run towards you. No fun at all!
        Admiring their little fuzziness I overlooked their small wings. You got a really good shot of the gosling in action. Glad you were careful when taking those photos. You hear about instances where people get injured while taking photos or selfies.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I did step as close as I could with a watchful eye – three sets of goslings and parents and saw when the parents were grazing on grass and used those moments. Those little wings seemed out of proportion to the huge feet even as young as they were. Glad you liked the photos Esther and I am looking forward to sitting down and looking at last Saturday’s duckling shots I took. Hopefully I have enough clear shots for a Wordless Wednesday post.

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      • You were lucky to have discovered 3 sets of goslings!! I agree with you that those little wings stood out and showed what a baby it was. The disproportionate features ups the cuteness factor.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, between the little wings and the big feet – so cute. The ones at the Park where I walk daily – only saw them twice since their debut … three sets there at Council Point Park. Saw them today – gray and slim and looked like geese, not fuzzballs. 🙂

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      • The fuzzies have become teens already?!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I wish I’d gotten pictures of them – no more fuzzballs, just sleek and gray and already sporting a little attitude!

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      • They’re growing phase is very fast. Even tiny puppies grow significantly in weeks! Thank goodness human babies take longer to grow, because it would be too much for the parents to handle at one time. Slow process of development so everyone gets a chance to wrap around new life seasons.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, it is. It’s been ages since I was around a puppy, but I have been following some puppies on the Explore.org website on Twitter. They were/are a litter of pups which will all be used for guide dogs for the blind. So, they focus on them sleeping or yawning, all these pudgy puppies who one day will become someone’s eyes. I follow a woman blogger who is sight impaired. She can see a very tiny bit and received a seeing eye dog about three years ago. The dog’s name is Munch and it is a Labradoodle. A dog with a lot of attitude and personality. Zena lives in Wales and has taken her blog posts and made them into a book which is selling on Amazon. It is a fun blog – I am so behind in Reader, but I think I saw a post there from her. She only posts about every 3-4 weeks but does read posts by others through a machine she uses called a narrator. I can’t think of the name of the blog right now or I’d Google it. I will pass it along to you. She is a very humorous writer.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Hmm – literally seconds after I pressed “send” the name of Zena’s blog came to me, “The Secret Blind”. Most of the posts are funny, some she is just praising this dog. He’s not your typical guide dog as he is sometimes mischievous.
        https://thesecretblind.wordpress.com/

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      • Ohhh, thank you Linda! You are so good to follow up with the links and sharing news stories with me. The blog sounds interesting and inspiring that narrator makes it possible for Zena to blog.
        Service dogs are furry heroes.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        You’re welcome Esther. It was funny as I was racking my brain for the name of her blog, pressed “send” … it came to me. She has written some really funny posts. She works as a counselor at a school (young kids) and everyone knows Munch. I followed Zena not long after she got Munch – she was using a white cane for navigation. I think a blog post appeared in one of the posts I was reading in Reader, so I read a couple of her posts, then decided to follow her. Yes, it is something that she writes posts and is able to read other blogger’s posts. I admire that.

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      • I do that too sometimes or the forgetful thing comes at a random time when it’s no longer relevant. You find some interesting bloggers and thanks for sharing their info with me.

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