December 30, 2011

The Saturday Pet Blogger Hop - The Best of 2011

Lexi, Nitro, Tallulah, Bailey, and I are excited to participate in this weeks Saturday Pet Blogger Hop. Special thanks goes out to our Pet Blog Hop hosts, Life With DogsTwo Little Cavaliers, and Confessions of the Plume! If you would like to read some entertaining pet blogger posts in the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop, just click on one of the host links above or click on the purple Pet Blogger Hop button on the right side of our homepage. 

Since 2011 was a huge year for us here at Bluebird Farm, I thought I would put together some photo collages of some of our favorite times this past year. It was a life changing year for all of us here on the farm. My 27 year old mare made it through a bad health scare and we launched a new website called Deaf Dogs Rock which lists and helps deaf dogs find new homes throughout the U. S. Who knew adopting and training a deaf dog would be so life changing? I hope you enjoy our Best of 2011 photo journey. Lexi and I also want to thank all of you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to pop by and see all the wonderful creatures here at Bluebird Farm. According to my dog Lexi and my deaf dog Nitro, you all totally ROCK!

Happy New Year! Love ya...mean it!
 Christina, Chris, Lexi, Tallulah, Bailey, Nitro, Montana, Reiny and Skippy

Best of 2011 - The World According To Lexi 
 January - March we worked on my deaf dog Nitro's training at Field of Dreams Training Center

****Click on each collage to enlarge****
 Springtime horse events started up in full swing

2011- There nothing like taking my deaf dog Nitro with my sweet husband Chris into the farm stores and Gander Mountain for some training opportunities.

2011 - Spring had sprung on Bluebird Farm. There were hummingbirds everywhere!

 2011- Spring

 Birds everywhere on Bluebird Farm in  2011

 The flowers were blooming and the chicks were hatching here on Bluebird Farm - Spring - Summer 2011

 Nitro sure enjoyed all the daily walks we did this Spring and Summer on Bluebird.

 2011 - Nitro at about 8 months of age discovering his first big moth!

 I went up to Northern Virginia to spend some quality time with my BFF Teri, photograph her daughter and take photos of  her riding students in one of the Summer 2011 Fun Horse Shows. 

 The 2011 Salem Fair

 The Dog Days of Summer - Bluebird Farm 2011 

 The Horses of Summer - Bluebird Farm 2011

 Lexi  in her Unicorn costume from the folks at PetSmart Corporate from the BlogPaws Conference 2011

 This is "Flat Nitro". We learned to make My Flat Pet at the BlogPaws Conference 2011. This way I can take Flat Nitro with me and photograph him where ever I go! 

 This was the Grand Opening of the Salem Rotary Dog Park here in Salem VA in October 2011. This is by far Nitro's favorite place in the world to go. We take him there everyday so he can play with all his buddies!

 Nitro and I on a walk here on Bluebird Farm. It was a colorful amazing Fall in 2011. The photo on the lower left hand corner made it into a Deaf Dog PSA double page spread in the American Dog Magazine Winter edition. Click here to see The American Dog Magazine Deaf Dog PSA spread. 

This fall I flew home to South Dakota for an old fashioned South Dakota Ranch Wedding for my niece Lisa and her new husband Brian. It was so much fun catching up with the family. The second photo on on the bottom left is a photo of me and all my sisters at Lisa and Brain's wedding. Sugar is the horse the bride rode in on instead of the traditional wedding march.

Every year I go to the New River Valley Fair in Dublin Virginia to photograph a good old fashioned livestock fair for their website. It brings me back to the days when I was a child and competed at our local fair with our 4-H Countryside Cavalry Team.

The horse shows started wrapping up in the late Fall of 2011 at Green Hill Park Equestrian Center. Here are some photos I took (I have another website of one of the last Fall Horse Shows of the season here in Salem VA.

This is Ellie. She is a white deaf boxer puppy that was up for adoption at the City of Salem Animal Shelter. Before she found a home,  Nitro and I would stop by and play with her. We ended up listing her (aka Anola) on our website and making a video of her as well. She was adopted by a wonderful family and now I am working with them at least once a week on training tips at Ellie's new home. Ellie is such a smart girl!

Here is the video we put together of Ellie (aka. Anola) and Nitro playing together at the shelter.

Lexi and I hope you enjoyed our Best of 2011. 

May the stars shine ever so brightly on you and your furry loved ones in the coming year. Hugs and kisses from the World According To Lexi. Happy New Year!


  1. Oh Wow. This was an absolute feast for the eyes! I can only imagine what it took to put this all together, but what an amazing year an what beautiful pictures! I honestly can pick one that I loved best, but seriously loved looking at them. The South Dakota Ranch wedding was lovely. How lovely.

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  2. Clicking through from the Pet Blog Hop. Love the photography and Nitro is beautiful! Happy New Year.

  3. We LOVE all the beauty at Bluebird Farm! You take wonderful photos.

    We wish your gang a great 2012.

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

  4. Beautiful, as always. Happy New Year!!

  5. Happy New Year! What a wonderful collage of pictures!

  6. Yay! I love your 2011 pictures! Happy New Year ♥

  7. What a fabulous retrospective! Your pictures are stunning and such a great way to summarize the year.

    Wishing you and yours all the best in 2012. ♥

  8. Happy New Year you guys!!!! woo woo woo!

  9. Wonderful! I enjoyed all the photos! Can't wait to come to Bluebird farm. You've got a jewel of a spot! Love you!

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