This is our journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matthew 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

Nessa Makes a Mess-a

We still haven’t been able to figure out what she’s trying to get at here; but Nessa, one of our Border Collies, loves mud puddles:

We’ve been trying to think of ways to harness this to our advantage here in agrarian-land. Maybe she’s a new kind of post hole digger. Or maybe we could put her over a bucket of dirty clothes that are soaking; and she could be a fancy, automated laundry agitator.

Anyone out there have any other suggestions? 🙂

— David



  1. Anonymous

    Good Afternoon:

    The video isn't working for me, but it could be my browser.


  2. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Todd and others who have mentioned it,

    Blogger's been having trouble with their serving up the videos, so it's a little hit and miss right now. I can republish the blog post, which seems to solve the problem for 12 hours or so. As far as I can tell, right now it's working.

    Now, if your problem, Todd, is *not* that it's saying the video isn't available, then I'm not sure what's wrong.

    — David

  3. Anonymous

    If there are no bugs, bees or tadpoles in the water…then it appears to be the "splash" of the mud and lumps floating there, that she's biting at. She's obsessive about it, that's for sure! Does she obey commands well? Just curious. Your other dog listens to commands well.

    Re: harnessing Nessa's energy for laundry? Hmmmm….we used to bring hay up into the haymow with heavy ropes and a harness on our horse; with a few pulleys, a belt, and a forked haybale lift that held eight bales. I wonder if an enticing treat in front of Nessa, with her running on a treadmill style "belt" could both "burn some of that energy" and make use of a pulley and belt to turn a clothes agitater or wringer? (Smiley face). Something to think about! Hey~you brought up the subject….I'm just dreamin'! Or should I say "having a creative agrarian mindset moment?" What specifics have you come up with Susan? Nessa's your dog!

    Post hole digging…hmmm…only with a water source to soften that "TX loam" well enough for her claws to get very far! Ha!

    Thanks for the cute video!


  4. David and Susan Sifford

    HaHa Thanks Beth 🙂

    Regarding responding to commands, both dogs are pretty good when they are not distracted by trying to chase chickens, goats or cows. We need to work on training them to default to our commands regardless of what is going on around them. That is an ongoing, never-ending training exercise. Their herding instinct is so strong.

    I like your ideas to harness Nessa's energy 🙂 And you're right about that hard Texas dirt!

    Thanks again, Beth.


  5. Anonymous

    Hey Siffords!

    Thanks for the video, I must be the very elect of video viewers since I was finally able to see it, though not because of any goodness in me.. Thats a little Doctrines of Grace humor there. Very little.

    What a happy dog. I think if I were a Texan and my dog was doing that I would have to say hook-em, or wreck-em, or guns up or something.

    We miss you on FaceBook, but it is not like I am begging or anything, unless that would work.

    Thanks for the fun post

    Todd in Orygun

  6. David and Susan Sifford

    Thanks for the fun comments, Todd.

    Don't see the Facebook thing happening any time soon. 🙂

    — David

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

8 − 3 =