Monday, 23 March 2015

Return of the Great White North

The last week or so has been really  mild and the snow has been melting and things are getting real slushy out there.  As I love mud, this is not a problem!  I am getting tired of having my feet washed everytime I come indoors, however.  Seriously, what is wrong with a little mud tracked inside of one's house?

This weekend we have gotten snow and we are currently under a "Special Weather Statement" because we might get even more snow tomorrow and Wednesday.  Mom thinks this is great because then she will be able to wear these.
New Snowshoes!
Yup, she actually wore out her old snowshoes that Charlie thought looked like tennis rackets on her feet.  You know how much walking one has to do to wear out one's snowshoes?!  But she found these ones recently and is wanting to try them out.
Check out those grips!
Actually, those grips will come in handy because mom kept slipping and sliding on the packed snow with her old snowshoes, so maybe she won't fall as much with these grips now!  I don't see what the problem was with her falling.  I would come rushing to her rescue, usually sitting on either her chest or her back and I would try to lick her face and tell her it was ok.  What is wrong with an 82 pound dog sitting on one's chest anyway?

Mom and I did take a wonderful walk last week when it was so mild.
First we saw this track!
Do you know what that is?  Anybody?

Yeah, neither do we, BOL.  If anyone can tell us what that track is, it would be appreciated!

Then we saw this track
We followed this track for quite a while.  Can anyone guess what it is?

Same track only on snow this time.

Anyone care to gander what that is from?

The makers of the track!
Yes, those Canada Geese were really talkative and I decided it was a good idea to chase after them.
Me after chasing away those geese.

We went walked a little further and then we saw.
Finally got the two eagles together!
This time the eagle's let us get pretty close to them.  Mom thought they were keeping an eye on those Canada Geese and were maybe thinking about lunch!

Checking out the snow in the ditch last week.
 Last week this was about the only snow left.  It looks much different right  now with all the snow we got over the weekend.
Walking on ice in the ditch.
Don't worry pups!  The water in the ditch is not that deep.  In fact, I had been swimming in it the day before this picture was taken.  I was quite upset to see that it frozen over and I couldn't get my feet wet this day.
Turkey Vulture!
Not a great picture of the Turkey Vulture, but we saw this guy watching us one evening and just as mom zoomed in with the camera to get a picture, he decided to fly away.

Beautiful March Sunset
As usual, the sunsets on some nights up here are spectacular.  On this night we even had Northern Lights make an appearance, but the pictures mom tried to get of those did not turn out well.
Can you spot me in this photo?
Another night and another beautiful sunset.
Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time pups!  Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Best Part of My Morning Walk

You just have to love spring.  We still have some snow, but we also have lots of mud and puddles.  Oh, I just love puddles.  This was the best part of my walk this morning.......


Can't wait to do the same thing tomorrow!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Remember Me!

I must first of all apologize for my typist.  It seems she has better things to do of late than write about my antics.

It's how cold outside mom!
This picture was taken about 2 weeks ago, and mom and I had just come back from a walk.  With the windchill it was around -40 C.  I  noticed she didn't tell me that before we went out for our walk!

Now the weather has started to warm up!
Beautiful sunrise
 This was yesterday and it was a pawsome day. The temperature went to well above 0 C and mom and I took a nice walk in the morning.

My river starting to melt

There is much more open water on the river even today.  Can't wait to go swimming in it this summer!

Another view of my melting river

Now we still have lots of snow, but it is steadily going down every day!

Enjoying an awesome walk yesterday morning!

There are now so many things to sniff that the snow is melting.  Oh, and there is lots more disgusting things for me to roll in!  Yeah me!

We walked for a while and then mom stopped to watch this.  She was so happy to see that this has returned this year!
Mom`s eagle is back!
It didn`t let us get very close, but mom is happy it is back and hopes to maybe see some baby eagles this year.

Not much else is going on really.  It looks like I will be going to visit grammy in her care home at Easter.  I will get to stay in a motel and then see grammy, quite the adventure don`t you think!  Mom says I have to be on my best behaviour when I am there!  I will try!

Well I hope everyone is having great weather as well!  Until next time!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Not Much Going On

Well pups, not much has really happened since my last blog entry.  Mom just looked at that entry and tried to count the quills in that one picture.  She thinks her and dad removed between 35-40 from me that day and the vets removed another two dozen or so when I got to them.  I was on pain medication for a few days after the quill removal and it upset my stomach.  Basically I just laid around and felt sorry for myself.
So bored!

It has also been cold here!  This weekend was especially brutal!
The outside temperature is -35.9C and with the windchill it was -43C.  That is cold weather you use Celsius or Fahrenheit!

Now you would think with temperatures like that, my river would be freezing over again.  I mean really, -35C!  Anything would freeze solid in those temperatures, right!
My River on a -35 C morning
As you can see, there is still open water and if you look close, you can actually see steam rising from the river.  This has been such an odd winter and usually the river is frozen over, but not this year.  Last year, dad and I would take walks across the river, but there is no chance we are doing that this winter!

We got more snow this weekend and I think that is wonderful.  I just love snow and say "bring it on" to more snow.  The peeps are not so thrilled about it.  Oh and I think you should check out my friend Charlie's blog.  You see, my friend Charlie also got snow this weekend!  Big deal you say!  Well Charlie lives in Australia!  You know, the land down under!  Check it out!

Mom has been very careful when she takes me for walks since the porcupine incident.  We don't want another return trip to the emergency vet.  She heard on the internet about one friend of a friend, who in the last 3 years for her 2 dogs, has spent over $8,000 on quill removal.  That is an ouch in more ways than one!  Mom says I am in no way to try and meet or beat this dubious honor.

Like I said, mom is being very careful when I am out.  Yesterday I had a pawsome time running in the orchard next door, digging in the snow and eating the snow.  We saw absolutely no tracks of any kind and we had an awesome outing.  As I was burying my head in the snow and eating it, I started rubbing my paw in my mouth.  Now mom didn't think too much about that.  Just thought I was eating too much snow, so we headed home.  I kept pawing my mouth, so mom pried my mouth open.  Was she surprised.
Mom found this in my tongue!
Clearly porcupines must shed, because neither one of us saw any!  Mom pulled it out quickly and then gave me a hug and then a treat.

Later that night, we again went out for a walk and mom decided to put me on my leash because it was getting darker and she likes to keep tabs on me.  As we are walking we see a porcupine in the orchard crawling up one of the buffaloberry trees.  This morning we saw a porcupine in a tree by the river and another in the orchard.  Mom would just like to ask all pointy creatures that want to hurt me to just leave us alone!  Ok, rant over, BOL!

So right now I am chilling in the house because it is again snowing outside.  Mom has again lectured me on staying away from the porcupines and not trying to get revenge on them if I see another one.  As you can see from the picture below, I am listening very attentively to her!
You talking to me!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

How Not To Spend Valentine's Day

Well pups, some of you know that this guy has been hanging around my place.


Usually I just sit and stare at him.

Pondering the porcupine.

Yesterday I did something I should not have.

Quills removed by mom and dad at home

They got a few out, but I got so agitated that mom and dad had to take me to the Emergency Vet last night.  Believe me, pups, it is not very romantic to spend Valentine's evening at the Emergency Vet.  I had a rough night and woke mom up several times.  Mom is very tired today because of this.  I am on pain killers for a few more days.  Take it from me, do not get near a porcupine.
Not how you want to spend Valentine's Day evening

Saturday, 7 February 2015

We Got Snow!

Finally, winter has come to the Great White North and we got snow!  Oh, I am so happy! 

A couple of days ago I sat down and pondered the fact that we had so little snow!

Enjoying the sunrise and pondering the lack of snow

You see pups, I love to bury my whole head in the snow (momma calls this my ostrich impersonation) and dig tunnels like you wouldn't believe.  This is extremely hard to do when there is no snow. 

Thursday night into Friday that all changed and it started to snow and snow and snow.

6 inches of snow!  How pawsome is that!

Now the only problem with the 6 inches of snow is that it is the light and fluffy type and that is oh so hard to dig tunnels in.  I am doing my best at making snow puppies and rolling and rolling in it in the hopes that I pack it down enough to finally do my ostrich impersonation.

Today we woke up to some gorgeous sundogs.


Of course, gorgeous sundogs only means that the temperature is gonna drop and it is gonna get much colder.  Bring it on I say.  The Husky in me wants to run and play in the snow!

Have a great weekend all!