Backyard Monsters

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

We’ve been having such lovely end-of-summer weather this week. It’s been cool, bright, and breezy. It feels like fall! I’m loving it. Although down here in Alabama we’ve got at least a couple more months before we’ll officially experience fall, and it’s likely to turn right back to 90 degrees and sweltering any day now. Therefore, we are taking every advantage of this beautiful weather right now and the monsters (a.k.a. Miley and Howie) are having a ball!

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies


Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

We bought one of those big bouncy balls — you know the ones in the giant metal cage right in the middle of the aisle —  on a whim several years ago when Howie was just a puppy, just to see what Miley and Howie would do with one.

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

And oh my goodness.

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

They are absolutely obsessed with the things! They love it!

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

They chase it all over the backyard.

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

It’s their favorite toy ever. Just look at this happy girl!

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

They go crazy when we bring one into the house.

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

And if we try to hide it, they always somehow know!

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

Even if they never see it, they can sniff it out. Howie will stand by the door to the room where it’s hidden and stay there until we open the door and let him investigate! Just look at those crazy eyes!

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

He’s on a mission!

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies


Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies


Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

This is what they do with one (after thoroughly chasing it all over the yard) …

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies


Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies


Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

They’ll bounce it back and forth all over the yard, like little seals.

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies


Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

Where is it, Miley?

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

Oh, that crazy tongue.

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

It’s got a mind of it’s own!

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

Almost! There!

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies


Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

Sometimes Kevin will throw the ball realllly high and they’ll run all over the backyard waiting for it to bounce.

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

They’re looking!

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

There it is!

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies


Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

Of course no summer afternoon ends without a quick drink from the water hose.

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

Ahhh! Howie is so incredibly happy right now!

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

He’ll stand under the water and shake and shake and shake.

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

Then go back for more.

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

He loves water so much. Look at those obsessed eyes!!

Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies


Miley & Howie, the Boston Terrier Puppies

Happy Wednesday! :)

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73 Responses
  1. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    Doggies! I love their crazy dog eyes. Fantastic shots. I can’t wait to get a house and some puppies to play with. :)

  2. Vanessa

    Aw! These two are just too adorable! It always makes me laugh when pets obsess over the simple things! People are always spending ridiculous amounts of money on toys and all you need is a simple ball!! :)

  3. The Precious Things

    These pictures made my day! We have a French Bulldog that often has ‘her 5 minutes’ so I can imagine how two Boston Terriers are when going crazy!

  4. ryane

    Miley and Howie !! Ive missed seeing there action shots. They look like a poster of what summer fun is. thanks for sharing them.

  5. KerryH

    So cute! I think I will go find a big ball for my pups this weekend! I have a feeling that it wont last but a few minutes though, It will end up with a big hole and then plastic all over the back yard! Ha! But at least they will have fun!! I was just about to ask about the lens, as I am lens shopping now, then saw your reply about clicking on the photo. (GREAT!!) Wonderful pics of your pups!!

  6. Sheryl MGinnis

    I love your Boston Terriers and is the main reason I have been following you. I also have a Boston and participate in agility in Louisiana. Presently looking for another agility dog instead of a Sheltie that all my friends are encouraging me to switch breeds. I know you have been successful in the past
    agility trials and therefore am inquiring about a breeder that may breed for performance or just a good sound active Boston. Your response would be greatly appreciated.
    P.S. My guy Charlie also goes crazy over bouncing balls of any type and water spouting from a hose. Bostons are so much fun!!!!

  7. Shelly Crawford

    I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed these pics! Boston Terriers really are the best dogs!
    Thanks for sharing all that wonderful BT fun!

  8. Debbie

    Yay!! So glad to see Miley & Howie. I miss them so much. What fun they are having. What fun I am having seeing them again. Boston’s are such fun. My 3 are so precious. I love them all and have been craving some Miley & Howie news. Thanks.

  9. becky mercado

    I love, love, love these pictures. You did such a terrific job of capturing their joy and play. I’m still new and I am taking a class, but it’s difficult to capture such quick action. Your pups look like they’re full of energy…they are darling. I would love it if you would join our Puppy Love Photo Party & Cats link up on Monday. Its’ once a month…just to share our love with other pet lovers. There’s a giveaway too for one partier … but the main thing is just to see fur babies. Anyway, these guys are so cute and you did an awesome job capturing it.

  10. elizabeth

    I was originally drawn to your post because of Miley and Howie! I have just recently rescued my 2nd Boston. he’s a wild boy, so sweet! he’s ripped up every ball he has had in the past two months since coming to live with me. but I think I may have to go out and get him a bouncy ball!! thanks for the pics!

  11. Debra

    That is hilarious!! Your pups are amazing and so cute. Out fur children sure do provide hours of entertainment, don’t they??

  12. Vanessa

    Lovely pictures of your puppies! Adorable!
    How do you manage taking blurry pictures and without shaking?
    They are so lively and moving everywhere all the time!
    Please could make a post with some tips about it???

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful photos!

  13. Cat Davis

    So cute! Oddly, that is like the only breed of dog that terrifies me. My neighbor had a Boston Terrier growing up that was the meanest dog ever, he would even bite his owners.

  14. Paula

    I had such a good time going through all the pictures of Miley and Howie. I laughed and laughed because I could just see them running all over the place trying to catch that ball that’s bigger than they are. Great pics!!! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Lisa @ Floating Along...

    ohmygosh they are so adorable!!! this makes me want to run to the store and get a ball for my pup to play with :)

  16. Heidi

    That’s it! I’m marching down to the nearest store and buying a bouncy ball and a kiddie pool for my two Bostons. So cute. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    I loved looking at all of the photos. We have a boston terrier named Bubba and he would love to play with these two. He is highly obsessed with water hoses and it becomes a problem when watering our garden.

  18. Karie

    Your doggies are so cute! I wanted to ask you if you happen to watch America’s Got Talent this season? If so then you have seen the dog on there named Irving and Ventriloquist Todd Oliver. It is a hillarious act! When I saw the pictures of your dogs today it just reminded me of Irving…
    Have a great day!

  19. Anne

    Amanda, your doggie photos are phenomenal! You are such a talented photographer…. I love looking at your pictures. This series of the dogs and the ball is great…. even without your words, the photos tell the story! You are AWESOME!

  20. Alisha

    I love this so much! The “Smoosh” picture should be featured in a magazine or ad campaign or something! Precious. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Lynne

    Hi Amanda.
    I have been a faithful reader for a long time now. I always enjoy your posts, whatever the topic. HOWEVER, when you feature Miley and Howie, I find myself smiling while reading the entire post. They are so precious, and I am so glad you share them with the rest of us! Thanks so much!

  22. Claudia

    OMG! I love it!!! We have 2 chihuahuas that have been loving this weather also. Dogs are sooooo much better in 2’s. When it comes to playing with toys our girl, Sable is all over it. Unfortunately, she doesn’t let our boy, Boogie play. She runs all over like a maniac to make sure it’s all about her! So Boogie is just our lover boy.

    1. Amanda

      Hi Carla! You can click on any photo on Kevin & Amanda to see the camera, lens, and settings used to take the photo. :) Hope this helps!

  23. lori p

    Howie & Miley are adorable! In the midwest we are FINALLY experiencing cooler weather also. We play frisbee with our boston, Buddy, and then he runs to our pool and lays on the first step cooling off in the water….he even has his very own raft! He may soon get a “cousin”, our daughter’s fiance` just bought a house (4 blocks from us!) And wants his own buddy! I am a dog lover but i am CRAZY for a boston……nothing like ’em! Smooches to Howie & Miley!

  24. angela

    Awww! So cute! You take really awesome pictures, Amanda! I love seeing the details – specks of water drops as the dogs run, even the saliva from Howie…. I wish I could take pictures just as good as yours!!! Have a great day! :)

  25. Lea Dorrett

    Great pictures for so early in the morning! I could photograph my dogs all day long they are so funny and photogenic. :)

  26. Wendy

    What a great email to wake up to this morning! I love seeing pictures of Miley and Howie – their little faces and those wild tongues just crack me up. Thanks so much for sharing!

  27. Nicole

    Have you seen the Boston that has been all over the news this week playing with his red ball?! Twins! (well, triplets…but doesn’t really have the same sound to it! haha!)

  28. Samantha

    Love the dog days of summer… which for dog owners know that it’s the cool ones that count not the hot ones. Thanks for the fun dog photos!

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