Thursday, June 27, 2013

Some Sad Good Byes

 We had to say "Good Bye" this week
to a few very important things.
First being our hope of ever
getting a faster Internet speed.
True.....after trying all the
providers we know of, we have
come to the conclusion that
there is no higher speed
available in our little corner
of the world.
I find that so hard to believe but
that is what we have been told.
So "Good Bye" hopes of ever
enjoying faster visits to all of our
blogging friends.  (However, we are not
going away, we are just going to
be eyes only.  We will try and
comment as often as we have time
for.  We might try emailing)
The Second very very sad "Good Bye"
was to my sweet friends Baci
and Logan.  They moved far far
away to Colorado.    We miss them
tons and tons.
 Third and more painful than you
can imagine, we had to say "Good Bye"
to five of our shade trees that were
killed by a beetle last fall.
Brutal little buggers, those beetles.
We depend so much on our shade trees
here at Canine Country Club.
Yes we still have 17 big beautiful
shade trees and considering the
temperatures have already
reached 98 degrees with a prediction
of over 100 for the next ten days,
The play area that they sheltered has
become almost unusable.
You might not be able to tell from
the picture but three of the trees were
about 50 feet tall and they were
so perfectly green and beautiful
every year.  And they were homes to
many many species of birds who
greeted us each morning with
their songs of happiness.
 Watching them  being carried away
through the air by the big crane
actually brought tears to My Vickie's
eyes.   As they took their last
look down on the kennel we sent
our thanks for all the wonderful time
that they shared with us.
 And finally, we said "Good Bye" to
my new little friends.....the foxes.
The pups are now hunting on their own
and with the summer campers and hikers
moving closer and closer to their
den, mom and the kids have
decided it is time to leave.
We sure hope to get glimpses of them
in the future and if we are lucky enough
to get a picture, we will be sure to post it.
So, enough of the "Good Byes"
I think it is time to take a dip in
the river.  Man is it hot.....

Friday, June 21, 2013

Isn't nature wonderful....

 We have been dying to get up
into our mountains this week.
It seemed to be beckoning My Vickie
in every thought and moment of
daily working here at the kennel.
I figured, since we were so
very busy at the kennel that it would
just be wishful thinking....until....
Wednesday, she could handle it no
longer and she grabbed me, asked one of
the girls to cover for her and close.
 Before I knew it we were off.
We drove for a bit then she pulled off
on this little winding country road,
traveled a few miles then parked
and out we got.
It was BEAUTIFUL.    We found
this great trail that followed the lake up
into the mountains around it.
We saw little critters in the trees,
 Bigger and little critters in the water.
 Strange critters we had never seen before
And YES.    Water.   Lots and Lots
of cold clear beautiful water.
At last it was clear until I dove
in and stirred it all up.
 But My Gosh!!! She was throwing Sticks
 So I stirred up more and more water.
Then I brought some of it back to shore
and shook it all over the rocks so
they would have something to drink.
 To add to the cuteness the next day, My
little CC came to visit. 
 So Goose was visiting for the day and
he and Allred were having words
when I walked by.  My Vickie got this
funny picture of my tail as I went
past Goose.  It looks like he has
a tu-tu doesn't it. 
Dancing Goose.  Can you picture it.
Then My Vickie loaded up the pack
again and "Believe it or NOT"
but she took that pack and went up into
the mountains again.
 She told me later that it was because
she was gonna go find some little
fox's that were up where we watch
the moose.  She was afraid I would
want to play with them.  I could have
told her, that I would have just sat nicely
with her and watch.  I think they are cute too.
 While My Vickie was busy taking pictures
of the little fox's there was a big ole
Moose swimming in the lake behind
them all.  Thank goodness John was
paying attention and noticed the Moose.
They left the fox den then and went to
photograph the Moose.
 The antlers are growing about an inch
a day now and this guy has a pretty
good set growing out.  There was another
Moose that they spotted just after sunset
who was even bigger.
They are different than the moose
My Vickie saw in Alaska.
Thinner, longer legs, longer body
but just as beautiful.
She promised me that I could go with her
next time.  Maybe the little fella's will
still be hanging close to their den next week
Anyway, tomorrow I get to go meet
up with my dancing buddy Goose
so I better get some sleep.
I wanna send my love to Benny
"Fight Like a Frenchie" dude.
and leave you with a fun video of the
fox pups and a deer that came by.
Have a great weekend.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Golden Boy....My Foot

Today we went for a walk
Bert disappeared behind a dumpster
This is the smelly, dirty, critter
that took his place.
We tried to swim off the
smell, even bathe it off
but it is so deeply
embedded in his hair and skin
that the rank little boy
is clearly going to smell
for weeks.
And you thought he was a
"Golden Boy"

Friday, June 14, 2013

See Beautiful - Most Beautiful Heart

Welcome to the one year anniversary
of the "See Beautiful" Friday Posts.
Although Bert and I have not been
able to post much in the last while,
it is this post that we will always try
to do because of the love that comes with it.
Please check out the other "See Beautiful"
Posts from our friends in the blog hop.
You will find much beauty to add
to an already beautiful day.
Plus this week our friend and host
SUGAR is having a Giveaway
that I am sure you will not want to miss.
Now join me if you have a few minutes
for a "See Beautiful Story"
with a touch of Alaska background
One day a young man was standing in the middle
of the town proclaiming that he had the most
beautiful heart in the whole valley. A large
crowd gathered and they all admired his heart
for it was perfect.
There was not a mark or a flaw in it.
Yes, they all agreed it truly was the most
beautiful heart they had ever seen.
The young man was very proud and boasted
more loudly about his beautiful heart.

Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of
the crowd and said, "Why your heart is not
nearly as beautiful as mine."

The crowd and the young man looked at the
old man's heart. It was beating strongly,
but full of scars, it had places where pieces
had been removed and other pieces put in, but
they didn't fit quite right and there were
several jagged edges. In fact, in some places
there were deep gouges where whole pieces
were missing.
The people stared -- how can he say his heart
is more beautiful, they thought?
The young man looked at the old man's heart
and saw its state and laughed.

"You must be joking," he said.
"Compare your heart with mine, mine is perfect
and yours is a mess of scars and tears."

"Yes," said the old man, "Yours is perfect
looking but I would never trade with you.
You see, every scar represents a person to
whom I have given my love - I tear out a piece
of my heart and give it to them, and often
they give me a piece of their heart which fits
into the empty place in my heart, but because
the pieces aren't exact, I have some rough edges,
which I cherish, because they remind me of the
love we shared. "Sometimes I have

given pieces of my heart
away, and the other person hasn't returned
a piece of his heart to me. These are the
empty gouges -- giving love is taking a chance.

Although these gouges are painful, they stay open,
reminding me of the love I have for these people too,
and I hope someday they may return and

fill the space I have waiting.
So now do you see what true beauty is?"

The young man stood silently with tears running
down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man,
reached into his perfect young and beautiful heart,
and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old
man with trembling hands


The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart
and then took a piece from his old scarred heart and
placed it in the wound in the young man's heart.
It fit, but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges.
The young man looked at his heart, not perfect
anymore but more beautiful than ever,
since love from the old man's heart flowed into his.
They embraced and walked away side by side.


 OK, this last one is from Utah
but isn't it beautiful?


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Land of the Midnight Sun

 Back from Alaska and let me just say,
That is a truly beautiful place.
Bert was not too happy about my
leaving and I hear he was a bit pouty
but he also had a great time staying
with Goose for two nights and with
Zero for one night. 
 Just before we left my sister
sent us an email of what had
landed in the trees above her
house.  At first I was a bit nervous
thinking it was a bad omen, but
come on.....they are just birds....
 The day before I left I made
it a point to spend a lot of
quality time with Bert, but he
knew something was up.  Even
when we were at the pond, he
hung his head over the rail
looking as sad as he possibly could.
Yes, I felt a little guilty, that is until
I got to Alaska.  Oh my is that a
beautiful beautiful place.
We stopped every few miles on
our way to Seward from Anchorage
hiking up into the back country.
There was waterfalls around
every turn, and like Bert
I like to see where they all
start their journey downward.
I was prepared to see all kinds
of animals both in the water
and on the land.
I was not disappointed.
 I am a total moose fan, I
follow the moose in our area
closely monitoring their
everyday lives.  I love their
gentle spirits,  there big
dreamy eyes.   But the moose
in Alaska are a whole different
breed than I was used to seeing
and the only word I can use for
them is Magnificent.
 Sea Lions, Otters, Seals
whales, porpoises, orcas...
all and more around
every turn.
And yes, we got to meet
the famous Ryker.  Oh he
and Bert would have had so
much fun. 
 Glaciers were everywhere
and to hear and see one
calve will set your soul to
quivering.  Oh the power
And Yes, it is the land of
the Midnight Sun.   This is
the sunset at one am.  I waited
for it to get darker but the sun
then ran parallel along the
horizon leaving an hours worth
of this view before it started to
rise back up into the sky.
I must go back.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

"North" To Alaska

I can't believe it, but My Vickie
is leaving me.
She is going to see some
bloggy friends up in Alaska.
Alaska......How can she go
without me?    Seriously.
In order to "NOT FEEL GUILTY"
she gave me the most wonderful Saturday.
"Something to think of, while she is gone"
That's what she said.   Like that is gonna make
me feel better.   Alaska.  She is very excited.
 Well truth did make me feel a
little better.   It was such a beautiful Day
My Buddie Goose came with us and
so as soon as we stopped at out hiking point,
Michelle, me and Goose were off to
find WATER.
 My Vickie stayed behind and waited for some
others cause, besides giving me a great day,
she and Paulette were setting a SAR
test for Zoey and Brenda. 
My Vickie was the tester
and Miss Paulette
(Miss Sophie's and my buddy
Murphy's human) was the victim.  (The lost
person.   you know what I mean.)
While I was busy keeping Goose and Michelle
entertained down along the creek, 
Zoey and Brenda
set off to "Find" our lost person (Paulette)
She was given a square mile of mountainous
terrain to search in two hours time.
Todd, (Brenda's husband) waited and watched.
My Vickie climbed high up the hill
well, she drove to a better vantage
point then climbed
so she could observe Zoey working.
I headed up and joined My Vickie cause,
well, I like to keep an eye on her.
In the mean time, Miss Paulette was all
lost and afraid in the woods.  She kept hearing
this buzzing noise and finally found that
she was hidden right next to a
hummingbird nest.
It kept her entertained for about an hour.
Then she heard a big noise in the woods
and turned to see the shadow of "BIGFOOT"
She screamed in panic. 
"Bigfoot, what ever
shall I do?" 
It was pretty funny.
All the time they were working
hard looking for Paulette and
her Bigfoot (haha) I just enjoyed
the beautiful country side.  Oh
we love spring. 
 There were fields of this yellow
sunflower like plant. 
And I met a new friend up
on the mountain in a parking
area.  (Zoey's cousin)
She was really strong.

And now I am back home and My Vickie
is packing her bags to go to "ALASKA"
Judy and Whitney are staying with
me while she is gone, but I still
don't understand why she would
go without me.  Something
is wrong here, that is all I can say.