Monday, 20 February 2017

Evil Nemesis - The Struggle Continues

A couple days I am out for a walk with the momma and this guy starts annoying me.
Evil Nemesis!
After I chased him for a while, the momma called me and we went into the house.  When we came back out in the evening, he was gone, but there was another beautiful sunset.
Saskatchewan - Land of Living Skies
Yesterday while out for my walk, I encountered that pest again.
First I tried to crawl up the outside of the willow
That didn't work, so then I changed tactics.
Climbing up the inside of the willow
Sadly, that was also futile!
Come down here you varmint!
Now for my Public Service Announcement.  Be careful trying to climb trees you pups!  A few weeks ago, I was after my evil nemesis and I poked my eye on something.  Whether it was a branch or something, mom doesn't know, but what she does know is I ran to her, fell down at her feet and was pawing my eye.  I was also trying to bury that side of my face in the snow and the sun really bothered my eye.  Mom knelt down and looked at my eye and saw that my eye had retracted inward and that my third eye lid was covering my eye.  I was clearly in discomfort.  The momma quickly took me to the emergency vet.  I had a complete eye exam and a scratch was noted on my eye.  I was given antibiotic/pain relief drops for my eye.  I am all better now, but please be careful out there pups!

Until next time everyone!

Friday, 17 February 2017

My Evil Nemesis

Well pups we have gone from being real cold to having temperatures above 0 C all week.

One advantage to the warm weather is that I am able to chase the evil squirrels into all sorts of interesting places.
Evil nemesis!
Now sometimes I just sit and watch  my evil nemesis.
Watching evil nemesis!
But at other times I chase my evil nemesis into all sorts of interesting places.
I know you're in here evil nemesis.
Another day and my evil nemesis thinks he can hide in here

I must say, I am quite enjoying the warmer weather and getting to chase that evil nemesis of mine.

Open water on my river
Of course the warmer weather also means that my river is starting to thaw.  If the warm weather continues, I don't think people will be going across the ice road too much longer.  Unfortunately the warmer weather also means there are still lots of germs going around and my grammy's care home is once again in quarantine due to another respiratory outbreak.   Sigh.  I hope everyone gets healthy soon.

According to the forecast, we should be getting some more snow this weekend and it will be cooler.
Checking out the snow from last weekend's snow
It snowed last weekend and I quite enjoyed running in all that snow.  Due to the warm weather this week, all this snow has turned to ice, so running is a little dangerous right now.

I hope each of you have a wonderful weekend.
A beautiful sunset from last weekend

Yet another sunset from last weekend.  My backyard is beautiful.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Cold February Day

We are under yet another Extreme Windchill Warning today.  We did go for a not too bad walk this morning despite the cold.  Personally, I love the cold, the momma, not so much!

Sunrise on a cold day

Mom has been seeing Sundogs around the sun that last few days, so she knew it would get colder.  No, she didn't get a picture of them this time, but trust me, we saw them!

Hello down there
First I needed to check out what might be under the snow.  I have been catching lots of mice lately.  After I catch them, I make mom open the garden fence and then I bury them in the strawberry patch!

Walk down to the river
We took a walk down to the river and I needed to stop and take in all the pawsome smells down there.

Walking on the frozen river
I decided to take a walk on the river.  Don't worry, it is well frozen.  People are driving across the river in places so the ice is at least 12 inches deep.

With it being so cold, mom likes to stay indoors.  She has been doing some baking, some reading and working on a quilt that she started years ago.
Maybe mom will finish this quilt one of these days


Have a great day all and stay warm!

Monday, 30 January 2017

Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! 

First off, thank you to all the pups that sent me Christmas cards.  You know who you are, BOL!  I got more cards than the peeps again this year.  We enjoyed all the Christmas cards and loved seeing all of your smiling faces!

We got to spend some time with my grammy in her care home this Christmas.  It was nice to be with her on Christmas morning and open presents.  Her care home had been in quarantine once again, but thankfully that was lifted right before Christmas.  We hoped everyone would stay healthy after that, but a few days later another respiratory outbreak occurred and they were under quarantine again.  Grammy had a slight cold, but got over that quickly.  Then she got an enteric flu and was quarantined for a couple days.  The restrictions have once again been lifted and we hope everyone stays healthy at my grammy's care home.

We have had some very strange weather.  It has been very cold and we were under several extreme windchill warnings for a few days.  The momma, of course, overreacted and made me dress up like this when we went outside.
I think my look says it all about this outfit!
Two weeks ago, with windchill, we had temperatures of -45 C.  Last week, we had temperatures of +3 C.  Last night it was pouring rain at 1:30 in the morning.  Now it is supposed to cool down again.  Unlike my pal, Zoe, we have very little snow here this year.  Stay warm and safe to all my pals!

As usually we have had some beautiful sunrises.
Sunrise on a beautiful winter morning.  

On nice days, I am keeping busy by getting in lots of running.
Running like the wind on a beautiful morning.
Keeping an eye on my river.
And I have been doing lots of bird watching
I also keep a close eye on the horses next door
Well it is a grey and cloudy day and very icy out there today due to all the rain overnight, so I will have to be careful running today.  Take care everyone and have a pawsome day!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Season's Greetings

Hello everyone!  Hard to believe it is so close to Christmas already.  Is everyone ready for the big event, or is there lots of last minute shopping to do, etc, for everyone.

After the early snow we had in October, it all melted and November was fairly uneventful.
Checking out the neighbor's field
Our neighbor was finally able to get his crop off and do some baling.  The crop was very wet, and he will need to dry it, but at least it is off.

My river December 6, 2016
After a  not bad November, December started ok.  This is my river on December 6, it was just starting to freeze over.  The ferry had been pulled out of the water on November 30 and we were all waiting for the ice to start flowing.

Then it got real cold last week and 3 days later, my river looked like this.
My river December 9, 2016
We have been under an extreme windchill warning for several days now.  If it continues to stay this cold, the ice road across the river should be open in no time.
Sundogs, December 9, 2016
You know it is gonna get much colder when you see sundogs in the sky.
Me stylin' in the latest doggie fashions!
Yeah, you could say my human over reacted when she dressed me in this, but at least I wasn't stopping every few steps and lifting up my feet because they were so cold.

I hope my one or two faithful readers are having a good winter so far and I want to wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and every happiness for the New Year.

Take care everyone!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

My Summer That Was

Buddy walks into his office and looks at his computer.  He sits down in front of it and blows the layers of dust off of the keyboard.  After his sneezing fit caused from all the dust that was blowing around, he sits down and starts to think about his summer.

Hello to my one or possibly two loyal readers!  How are you!?  How was your summer?

In my last post I told you about the bear that was visiting us.
Bear!
After the visit from this cute little brown bear, the Conservation Officers placed a bear trap in our yard to try and catch him.  The trap was baited with peanut butter, molasses, oatmeal and sardines.  The trap sat in our yard for one month getting smellier and smellier.  During this time mom chased a coyote pup out of the trap, he had eaten all the sardines, BOL!  Mom also found it comical that the bear had taken a crap right beside the trap.

Anywhoodle, the trap was removed after a month.  Let's see, that was a Wednesday and on that Friday, yes 2 days later, as mom and I were out for our morning walk, we encountered the bear.  Now mom's greatest fear was meeting the bear on our walk and/or having the bear come onto our deck. As we were walking that morning, mom turned around and the bear came out of the field behind us.  He was about 20 feet from mom and about 10 feet from me.  Mom's first thought was to run, but she realized this was bad.  I stared down the bear and he moved towards me and that is when I chased it!  Mom was very proud of me!  After I came back, mom snapped on my leash, made lots of noise and we went home.  Mom felt safe once she was back in the house and then she looked out the bedroom window and there was the bear in the back yard.  She phoned the Conservation Officers and as she was talking to them, the bear came up onto the deck.  Well we got the bear trap back.  This time it was baited with a rather large ugly fish, oatmeal, molasses and peanut butter.  Once again, after being in our yard for a month and not catching anything, the trap was removed.  Mom thinks it should be called a bear deterrent, BOL!

Our fruit trees did very well this year.
Look at the size of them apples!
We finally got apples from our apples, and even plums from our plum tree!
Plums! 
Mom really should have taken a picture after the plums were ripened, but we had several from this tree and they were very tasty!
Sour Cherries
These sour cherries are not as sour as the name implies.  They make pawsome jams and crisps and pies.
Pears!
Also the first year we got pears!  There weren't that many, but they were sure tasty.

The garden produced quite well and mom is still dealing with the pumpkins, squashes and a few tomatoes that are still ripening.

As always we have seen lots of wildlife (other than the bear) around our place.
Our eagle
Mom loves seeing this guy around.  They had built a nest close to us, but unfortunately it was built in a very old tree and a giant wind blew the nest down.  We hope that it will be rebuilt and we can maybe see the eagles nesting there when the time comes.
Wasp nest
The things you find when the leaves fall off the trees.  Let's hope all those wasps have moved on!  That nest is absolutely huge!

I have had another visit with my grammy. I was there for her 91st birthday this August and mom and her sister brought grammy her favorite meal of Chinese food.  Mom made her a double chocolate zucchini bundt cake that was well received.  We were very happy to get out to see her at this time.  We had tried to get out there in July, but a C. difficile outbreak had put her care home on quarantine.

As summer was winding down and the month of October came about, mom had had enough of working outside.  She was secretly wishing for snow so she didn't have to work outside anymore.  Then this happened.
October 4-6 snow
Yup, we were under a Heavy Snowfall Warning at the beginning of October.  Over the period of 3 days we got 11 inches of snow.  A 100 year old record for most snow in a single snowfall in October was broken.  There are some records that just should not be broken pups!  While I was happy with the snow, the peeps were not.  This is the first time in all the years we have lived out here, that dad had a snow day in October.  As of this writing, all of that snow has melted.
October 20, 2016
Here I am enjoying a wonderful fall day!  It was perfect.  No snow, bright sun and a nice temperature.

Thanks for stopping by pups!  Hopefully I can be here a bit more regularly now.  Wishing everyone a pawsome fall!

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
Geranium
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.
Lilies
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?
Salvia

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

Veronica
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.

Bear!!!
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!

Charge!! 
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!