Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Summer is upon us

Yep, summer is definitely upon us and that means the momma is spending much more time out in the garden weeding and such and not allowing me to get on here.  As usual, I do have lots to bark about, but sadly, my typist needs someone to sit her down and make her tell everyone what I have been up to.  As she thinks it is too hot to be outside right now, here goes with what I have been up to.

I have had two visits with grammy in her care home since the last time I woofed.  Last visit, one of the residents looked at me and held out his arms and started petting me.  "There is my buddy", he said.  "You are such a nice doggie!  What is your name?"  The momma responded, "Buddy".  The resident just smiled and said, "That is the perfect name because you are everyone's buddy".  As soon as momma opens the main doors in grammy's facility, I make a beeline for her room.  I know exactly which one it is and I can't wait to see her.

Mom has been working lots out in her garden and as usual, I have been supervising.  She has lots of pretty flowers this year.

Bell Flower
Now that geranium hasn't done much in the 6 years it has been in the flowerbed.  Mom had a stern talk with it this spring and said if it didn't bloom, out it came this fall.  I guess it took the threat seriously.
Even if I do say so, I thought the lilies looked pawsome this year!

So did that deer that wanted to eat them, BOL!  They had already stopped blooming at this point so maybe that is why the deer didn't gobble them up?

Wildflower Garden

Now I like to dig in that wildflower garden.  For some reason this is not acceptable to momma!  I mean really, she can dig in there so why can't I?

Tiger Lily
The Tiger Lily is our province's official flower.  This plant always looks beautiful in summer.

Those Veronica plants are probably mom's favorite in the flower bed.  The purple spires look beautiful all summer.

The one bad part about summer is the bugs.  The ticks really haven't been that bad this year, but the tent caterpillars were really bad.
Tent caterpillars
Personally, I think I make this picture less creepy!  Mom resorted to wrapping aluminum foil around the base of the trees and then coating it with petroleum jelly.  That did seem to greatly diminish the amount of caterpillars found on the trees.

Of course, no summer would be complete without mom being bitten by horseflies.
Mom's swollen paw after a horsefly bite
Don't know what it is about mom and horseflies, but she has had several bites already this summer and the bites always swell up nicely on her.

As usually we have had our share of wildlife show up either in our yard or we have seen them during our walks.

That bear showed up one evening when the peeps were sitting in the truck in the driveway.  Around the corner of the house he came and then he came right up to the truck and sniffed around for a long time.  The peeps did what anyone in that situation would do, namely pull out all mobile devices and start taking pictures!

Eagle nest
Mom and I had been watching this nest being built while out on our walks, and one day we finally saw the occupant.

I know I will be going to see grammy again pretty soon, and that means I have to have another bath.  Personally I love water especially when it is in the ditch, or the river or a mud puddle, but put it in the bath tub and I am not a fan.  Oh well, it will all be worth it, because I will get to see grammy!

Well, thanks for stopping by and I hope each and everyone of you are having a pawsome summer!

Until next time, and who knows when the momma will sit down again and update my blog, take care all!

Friday, 22 April 2016

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone!  You know how my peeps celebrated Earth Day? 

10 Yards of Soil
They had 10 yards of soil delivered for the garden.  I am hoping to get out there and do some digging in there before it gets all spread around the garden.  There sure are some interesting smells in there.

Mom and I have been bird watching again.

I don't think he/she was happy to see us
Its friend was closely watching us

Mom is thrilled that the eagles are back, but if you ask me, they aren't very friendly!

Mom's friend Flicker
We have been seeing a bunch of Northern Flickers of late and bunch of Black Eyed Juncos.
Black Eyed Junco
Mom was finally able to capture a picture of her elusive Killdeer
The Killdeer.  Always heard but seldom seen.

It also appears that we have a Fisher around our place.  Now Fisher's are members of the weasel family and they are mean.  They are the only creature that will actively seek out and eat a porcupine.  Mom and I have been finding lots of, um, porcupine parts around lately.  Mom thanks the Fisher, whom she has named Carey, get it Carey Fisher, oh, why must she embarrass me so, with all the carnage left behind.   She does wish, however, that Carey, would clean up a little better after him/herself as I also like to find those parts.  Mom would like you to know that stomping on a piece of porcupine while wearing rubber boots will make the quills puncture through the boot.  It is effective, however, in getting said piece away from me.

Mom has started a variety of bedding plants in preparation for the garden.  So far her squashes and tomatoes are starting to germinate and she hopes to be in the garden by late May.  The snow is finally all gone and we are just waiting for it to warm up here.

The only snow left is on the riverbank

We had my daddy's mom visiting us last week and her, mom and dad were really busy in the kitchen.
Looks good guys!

Apparently this is very tasty!  I would not know as I did not get a taste!

Mom's mom, my grammy, is doing much better and finally over her pneumonia.  Unfortunately, her care home once again has several residents ill with the respiratory flu and they are once again under quarantine.  This has been such an awful winter/spring for the flu.  Hoping all residents recover soon from this latest bout of the flu.

Even though we have been looking forward to spring, there is one thing about spring/summer that we do not like.

Sigh, the ticks are back.
 Mom has given me a Nexgard already and that is getting rid of them.  Last year Nexgard was the only thing that worked for me due to the large number of ticks out here.  What does everyone else use for tick prevention in your areas?

Well, I hope you are all doing well and getting some lovely spring type weather.
Spring Sunset

Until next time take care pups!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

It Is Definitely Spring

I am confident in saying that it is now officially spring here.

A few weeks ago our drive looked like this.

We thought this was spring for sure!

But after that picture was taken, it started to snow and snow and snow and then mom didn't take any more pictures, BOL!

Then with Easter coming, the weather did start improving.  My community did a wonderful thing this Easter and they set up an Easter Egg Miracle Tree.  Plastic eggs were sold and the money from the eggs sold will go to the Christmas Miracle program in our community.  This program gives Christmas cheer to those that have suffered a loss in their family, are experiencing ill health, have been laid off, or are just generally having a difficult time.

Easter Egg Miracle Tree

Mom took this picture of the Easter Egg Miracle Tree when it had over 1600 eggs on it.  Just after this more eggs were sold and now there are about 2400 eggs on the tree.  You can read about The Easter Egg Miracle Tree here. 

Daddy's mom came to visit us for Easter and right before her visit, the peeps and her went to a book reading for my Uncle Gerald. 

Uncle Gerald's book display in the bookstore in our city

Yes, Uncle has been writing for a while and this is his first novel.  It officially came out on March 1.  Mom is currently reading the book and is finding it very interesting.  We are proud of Uncle Gerald!

Mom and I have been going for lots of good walks now that the snow is going away.  Yesterday I led the way and took us both on a wonderful walk.  I started walking and eventually I took mom here ..

best place to walk ever........

While mom was considering her situation, I walked a little further ahead and did this ...

Happiness is a mud bath

Yep, mud baths are wonderful and you know, humans pay a lot of money for mud baths! 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful spring so far!  Until next time~

Monday, 7 March 2016

Spring is on the Way!

We really haven't had much of a winter at all this year.  The temperatures have been well above average and we only really had a handful of very cold days when mom insisted I wear my doggie snowsuit outside.

Don't get me wrong, we still have snow ......

Winter is beautiful in all its stark whiteness

Mom and I have even done some snowshoeing.  Well actually it's mom that snowshoes, I just walk along beside her.

Snowshoeing on a beautiful winter day.

We have been seeing lots of birds ......

Chickadee enjoying the suet feeder

Hoary Redpoll

Hairy Woodpecker

This Great Horned Owl was watching mom and I one evening!

Then we saw this group of Whitetailed deer visiting the people across the river!

A sure sign of spring is the return of Canada Geese!
It's Spring!  The Geese are Back!

This was my reaction to the geese....

I could not decide if I should chase them or just watch them, BOL!

Now because it has been so mild, the respiratory flu that was going around never really went away.  It just wasn't cold enough to kill that nasty virus.  If you remember, when the peeps went to visit grammy at Christmas in her care home, they had to gown, mask and glove up as there was an outbreak going around.  Luckily, that time, grammy did not get sick.  Unfortunately there is now another round of respiratory illness going around and this time grammy is sick and currently in quarantine.  Get well soon, grammy, I love you!

I hope you have all had as mild a winter as we have had and I know everyone must be looking forward to spring!

Until next time ....
Nothing more beautiful than a prairie winter sunset!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Happy Ground Hog Day!

Today is Ground Hog Day and I have not been following what that rodent predicted!  Does anyone think they will be getting spring soon?  Personally, our winter has been so mild, that it feels like we haven't had winter yet!  But I think I should go and find out what that rodent said.
That about sums it up!
I am trying to remember if I might have accidentally eaten that guy last summer!  BOL!  I joke!  Or am I?!

We have been having very mild temperatures, but there was one weekend where it was cold, even by my standards.
Mom over reacted to the cold!

I hate the snowsuit!  Absolutely hate it and I hope that no one saw me when I went outside that day!

We have had a lot of freezing rain last month and that is very unusual for us.  Mom remembers when it got cold and stayed cold until something like June or July.  Of course, she is older than the hills so she would remember trivia like that!

I have enjoyed many long walks this winter and lots of running in the snow.
Nothing better than a romp in the snow!

With all the freezing rain, we  now have ice under the snow and sometimes mom makes some spectacular falls on the ice.  I help her out by sitting on top of her and licking her!  She says this is not being helpful.
Intently watching the horses next door.
I was having such an awesome run that day and then mom saw me edging toward the neighbor's fence and said, "No, you cannot go over there and eat horse poo today".  So I just sat down and watched them. 

There have been a few evenings where the Northern Lights have been out again, but they have not been as bright so no pictures have been taken.  When they are bright again, mom will try and take more pictures.

I hope each and everyone of you has had a wonderful winter so far.  What do you think?  Is spring 6 weeks away?

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I send good wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year to everyone!

We made a tour of sorts this Christmas.  First we were off to see grammy.

Snoozing while going to see grammy

We started early in the morning and made good time getting to where we wanted to go.

The sunrise on a cold winter morning

We saw the most spectacular sunrise and mom tried to capture it on film.

Once we got to grammy's we found that the visiting restrictions were still in place, so I could not go see grammy.  That made me sad, but the peeps got gowned, masked and put on rubber gloves and went to see her.

Fashion accessories courtesy of grammy's care home

We then went and visited with momma's brother and dad's sister, both of whom happen to live in the same city.  The peeps ate lots, I got to play with the nephews, and everyone had a good time.

On returning home we had dad's mom come spend a few days with us.  It was during this time that Mother Nature provided the most amazing fireworks in the sky.

Northern Lights

More Northern Lights

An even more Northern Lights

Just to say she did, mom tried to take a picture of the Big Dipper.

Big Dipper

We are still having unseasonably warm temperatures and my river is still not frozen.  We are getting snow today and supposed to get snow tomorrow and then colder weather is forecasted.  Personally, I am hoping for more snow, so I can have even more fun outside.

Until next time, take care everyone!