My precious Yorkshire Terrier Diva was out in the backyard getting some exercise when a gray cat came running out of the hedge . . . with Diva right behind. I shouted “No!” then “Come, Diva!” and to my surprise and delight she stopped chasing the cat and came running to me. I can’t take credit for teaching her that command, all the credit goes to Yvette, the wonderful woman who cared for Diva from birth to the time she sent her to me all the way from Wisconsin.

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    Sorry I didn’t capture Diva’s beautiful face, but she was busy exploring the backyard. Do you see the fluff on Diva and in the grass — that’s the fuzzy stuff that falls from my old oak tree. If she would have raised her head for the picture, that fluff would have been all over her pretty fur. If you look closely you can see the fluff on her eyebrow. She’s an absolute magnet to that stuff.

    The gray cat was twice, if not trice Diva’s size. Plus I have a section in my yard separated by the hedge that drops a good 4 to 6 feet. If Diva didn’t break something, I surely would going after her. This is part of the yard I haven’t allowed her to explore. She’s very good with her boundaries.

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    As you can see, with only a portion of the yard visible, Diva has plenty of room to run around without going into the “lower 40.” No, I don’t have 40 acres, I just like to say that.

    With Easter almost upon us, I’ve been teaching Diva a little game called “find.” I hide something and give her the command. I think she sniffs out where I walked. She’s good at tracking me . . . and finding what I hid. We both get exercise while having a bit of fun. I think she’ll be ready for the big time Easter Egg Hunt!!

    Have a fun and safe Easter!