Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Happy 3rd Birthday, Buddy!

Buddy, we don't know your exact date of birth, but everything pointed to the beginning of April.  Thus, April 1st marks your 3rd birthday.  You have changed from the scared, sick pup we adopted into a wonderful side kick and companion and I love you.

Buddy, how do I love thee?? Let me count the ways ...

1. I love thee agreeably - enough to put up with the aroma your fur gives off after swimming in the river, or after ditch diving, or being out in the rain, or rolling in something foul that you have come across while on our walk.

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Me ditch diving yesterday, March 31, 2015.  Mom says I now need a bath!  Boo, I rather like my smell!

2. I love thee steadfastly - enough to sit with a 65 pound sick pup on my lap all night and then taking you to the vet as soon as it opened.  Enough to pace the floor waiting to hear if you were in liver or kidney failure and enough to worry endlessly after your 6th and final round of medicine was finished  that you might still be sick.  Luckily, we had finally beat that infection into submission.

You seriously had the biggest paws ever for a puppy!

3. I love thee passionately - enough to let you lick me with the same tongue you use for various other atrocities none of which I can possibly repeat here.  Although I wish you would let  me know before kissing me that you have been eating poo again.  Seeing you smile with the remains of said excrement on your teeth and tongue is a bit revolting!

Looking innocent -- BOL, a rarity!

4. I love thee well - despite the amazing odors you produce.  Perhaps your stretching beside the bed in the morning and then letting go with a silent by deadly one is your way of saying you love me?  Perhaps you shouldn't love me so much!?

I sleep so soundly!

5. I love thee deeply - even though you use me as a napkin at every opportunity and I have drool marks on most of my clothes and the windows bear your signature Monet artwork.  You have literally spread dirt, fur, water and drool through every room in the house -- but you have spread a lot of sunshine and love along with it.

Who me?  Do I look like someone that would use you as a napkin, BOL?


6. I love thee madly - despite the occasional carpet clean up needed after you devour some morsel you find outside only to discover it disagrees with you hours later.  However, finding said stomach disagreement by stepping in it first thing in the morning is somewhat, um, revolting!

As if I would eat something that disagrees with me, BOL!


7. I love thee constantly - despite the dog 6:00 a.m. "bladder curfew" wake up call I must now adhere to.
Ah, poor mom being woken up at 6:00 a.m.  Gee, I feel so bad!
 8. I love thee truly - despite the doggie landmines I find outside, or your desire to dig in the garden, flowerbeds etc., or your desire to bring home every piece of carrion you find.  The beaver head was a little much, just saying!  Your landscaping has been rather interesting if I do say so myself!

Another day and another excavation courtesy of me!


9. I love thee absolutely - because you are always ready to be my sidekick when we go for a drive, are always ecstatic to see me and you light up my day.  Ok, mostly when I come home you just kinda lie there, roll over for a belly rub and then decide if you want to follow me or not, but you do light up my day!

Am I not the most adorable thing ever momma?!


10. I love thee gratefully - because you stay by my side and you are my confidant.  Of course, there are those times you take off after some critter, but you are getting much better at returning to my side when I call. 
 
Proving I am in fact an 82 pound lap dog!

11. I love thee devotedly - more than spotless carpeting, clothing, furniture, floors, walls or vehicles or dog hair free food. 

Sometimes I shed a little bit!
 12. I love thee bravely - enough to battle the indomitable tick. clean your fur after you roll in some digusting and vile thing and tackling the occasional klingon on your behalf.

Bottoms up, mom!
13. I love thee monetarily - enough to put the vet's children through college and probably graduate school and to support whatever leisure activities she may have.

And you love me enough to buy buckets of shampoo, BOL!
 14. I love thee openly - yes, I will bear any embarrassment for your furry sake and goodness knows, your way of sticking your nose where it absolutely does not belong has been embarrassing on more than one occasion.  We don't call you the sphincter inspector for nothing!

I am innocent until proven guilty!


15. I love thee totally - more than free time, excess cash or a predictable life.

Yeah, momma loves me!
 Happy birthday, Buddy boy and many more!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Liebster Award

 Well, would you lookey there!  My absolutely pawsome pal Charlie has nominated me for a Liebster award!  Charlie is one pawsome dude and he lives "Down Under" in Australia.  Please check out his blog by clicking on his name in the first line!  He has the best pictures of his beautiful country and he has some very interesting adventures!  Thanks again Charlie for  nominating me!

As with anything there are rules.  My older than old secretary sometimes doesn't follow the rules very well so please have some patience with her, BOL!  Like Charlie said, "Good help is so hard to find these days"!
The rules go something like this:-
1.  Acknowledge and accept da Liebster Award by leavin a comment on da blog where ya wuz nominated.
2.  Copy and paste da Liebster Award logo onto your own blog.
3.  Link back to da blogger(s) who awarded ya.
4.  Answer 11 questuns posed to you by da person who nominated ya.
5.  List 11 random facts bout yourself.
6.  Nominate and link 3-11 other blogs ya enjoy.
7.  List 11 questuns for your Liebster Award nominees on you blog.
8.  Inform your nominees by leavin a comment on dere blog
Now I think I have done the first three!  Thank you once again, Charlie and I have left a message on her blog.  Please click on Charlie's link in the first sentence to learn more about this fascinating pup!

Now to answer the questions Charlie left for me:

1.  Do you do anything that really annoys your peeps and what is it that you do??
BOL!  Well I do lots of things that annoy the peeps.  I like to stick my cold, wet  nose in mom's face at midnight or some other early time in the morning.  I roll in stinky things that defy all description of vileness.  I dig massive craters in the yard.  I love running through the mud and tracking that into the house.  I don't always come when I am called, but prefer to take a message and get back to the peeps! Oh, so many, many things!
2. Have you ever escaped from your yard and if so where did you go??
Well, we don't have a fenced a yard so I guess I have escaped then!  Last year I took myself on a walkabout without mom knowing where I went!  I came back about 2 hours later and she was frantic.  Dunno where I went, but I was covered in mud and ticks when I came home.  I probably took myself down to the river, but don't tell mom!
3. Have you ever caught a critter and what did you do with it if you did?? Did you eat it??
Have I?  Well most certainly I have!  I just caught a deer mouse the other day and it sure was tasty.  I am an excellent rodent catcher and I try to keep those vermin away from my house.  Of course, my choice of eating these rodents also means I get dewormed monthly!

4. What’s your very favourite food in the whole world and are you allowed to eat it??
I lubs me some cabbage!  Yes, you heard right!  I love cabbage!  Whenever someone gets the cabbage outta the fridge I come and sit beside them and wait until I get a piece of it.  I just love the inner leaves of the cabbage and I do get it quite often.
5.  If you’re a bloke do you cock to pee or do you squat like a Sheila??   
 I squat like a Sheila and is that so bad?  On the other hand, the peeps first dog, Abby, would lift her leg to pee.  Go figure!

6. Do you drink out of the big white bowl in the bathroom?  
 I am not allowed to drink outta the big white bowl in the bathroom but I do have a very nice water bucket that is always kept full me!  Oh, and I like to drink water outta the ditch, or the field, or on the road or where ever!
 
7. Have you ever had a go at agility, flyball, lure coursing, etc. etc. etc. and how good at it were/are you????
 No, I have never done anything like agility, flyball, etc, but I did take Obedience Classes twice does that count?

8. Have you EVER competed at Westminster, Crufts or the equivalent in your country, or even dreamt about being a competitor at Westminster or Crufts etc.?
I have never competed at any of those competitions, but I think I should!  Don't cha think I'm cute enough to enter in any of those competitions?  I just know I could charm the judges!

9. Has your Mom and Dad ever left you behind while they went away for a holiday. Where did they leave you and how did you greet them when they returned??  
Yup, the peeps went away last summer and they left me at a doggie kennel.  I had so much fun there!  I was so tired when they went to pick me up that I virtually slept, therefore ignoring them, for about 3 days!
 
10. Is there any peep or other of your own kind that you really hate and why??
I am one of those pups, that absolutely loves everyone!  To me everyone is a friend and I enthusiastically greet everyone!  I also wanna play with every dog that I meet!  I am a lover not a fighter!

11.  Do you get raw meaty bones to eat and if so what kind of bones are your very favourite??
I got a couple of boxes of deer bones from a hunter friend of the peeps and I just love them.  Those are the only meaty bones I have ever had and they sure are tasty.  Does eating critters I caught count in this question?

Now to list 11 random things about me!  Oh my!  This is so hard and I just hope I don't bore anyone.  My apologies to all if I do bore you!

1. I am a rescue from a Northern community in my province.  I am one of the lucky ones that was brought into a rescue and found a loving home.  Many other pups from there are not so lucky.

2. I was very sick for the first several months I was in my furever home, but I am lucky I had peeps that got me the best care.

3. As indicated above, I love everyone!  I will greet everyone with the same enthusiasm and you are automatically my friend.

4. Mom can't decide if I am the laziest or just the most stubborn or, perhaps, a combination of the two, pups she has ever owned.

5. I do not like getting brushed!  That is torture!

6. Also, why do I need my toenails trimmed!?  This is also torture and the only mom can get my toenails cut is by lying on top of me to pin me down and then she proceeds to trim my toenails.

7. I am the greatest landscape designer you have ever met and I dig random craters and tunnels all over the place.

8. I am also a wonder interior decorator.  I achieve my master pieces by tracking mud, dirt, saliva and hair throughout the house.  I make some very precious Monet's on the windows with my nose prints.

9. I will take treats from mom and then "bury" them someplace in my house for safe keeping.

10. I do not like baths and do not understand why bathing in the ditch or river is seen as a bad thing!  I love the stank I get from that water.

11.  I absolutely love to chase birds and do it every chance I can.

Ok, how bored is everyone?  Wake up please!  Hello!  Anyone still out there!

Now I has to nominate someone!  Oh golly!  It looks like almost everyone I know has already gotten this award, so if you are reading this, TAG YOUR IT! 

Like I said, my secretary doesn't always follow the rules, so when it comes to making up new questions, well we like Charlie's so much, so we are gonna use them!

Now to let the nominees know we tagged them.  Well if you haven't already and would like to take part, please let me know in the comments!  

Thanks again Charlie for the nomination and I hope everyone will check out Charlie's blog!

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.......

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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!
COLD! 
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.

Porcupine

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