Bixa - what a great photo of a most unusual subject! I used to have a few chickens like that when I was about 13 yrs old and my parents told my sister and I that they were called 'Rhode Island Reds'- Does this in anyway ring a bell?
Casimira - I think your photo of the dogs messing around in the water is AWESOME!!! I love it so much I would like to steal it - enlarge it to the size of an entire wall, and make it a real talking point when guests show up! LOVE IT