with over 20 years in this amazing place. it's never dull. i hope to enjoy years of exploration here.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
fun dog photo session
seems like i have been only taking iphone pics of the dogs so fun to get them out on a walk to the beach and get the big camera out. they had a blast in the sand. above is the Queen Princess Blossom. just in case you fear she is being ignored. she is still getting the attention she deserves.
honestly, it's me who isn't getting her attention. she is starting to really dig these new puppy friends in her life. so cute to watch.
these first ones are from anther walk to the dunes.
the pups love sand. lets just say that. both sandy places are a huge hit!!
the cats are more and more out there. Miss Breezy Chatterbug is really stepping up her efforts to make buddies of these puppies. she is a strange cat in that she is a big fan of dogs. now she sits near them and starts kneading...at a safe distance. the puppies are doing a bit less crazy chasing and more cautious investigation on the cat population in the house.
worked 3 nights, all in the ICU. draining, but more so than usual because of the puppies and lack of sleep between shifts. still haven't gotten a system worked out. i know the best thing would be to just come home and walk them and wear them out...but i'm worn out. we started one morning but the pups were not game and i was easy to convince to give up the idea.
also i enjoy on my days off the schedule that they are growing used to where i wake, feed them and then we all head back for naps for a bit. Blossom is used to this. puppies just don't nap long enough yet for an in between work deep sleep.
when they get into stuff it is always the humans fault. puppies have to be watched or confined . so if something gets destroyed either i haven't been watching close enough or i haven't puppy proofed well enough. using words like "off" and "leave it" more as they grow more confident in their exploratory ways.
work was busy though. not sure if my one patient is still with us. he kept me pretty busy for a few nights. thankful for all the help from my co-workers again this week. ICU has had me hopping these past few weeks. travel nurses are starting to show up. summers in Alaska hospitals mean an increase in travel workers. they all want to do an assignment in AK. well...in the summers anyway.
this guy, Tusker, has the sweetest little face, right?
they are awake. just let them outside for a bit. they have been fairly safe playing out there mostly unsupervised...famous last words, right?
need to figure out where to walk them today. yesterdays walk was a total of 3 miles. they took a rest part way back...that was at my favorite tree in Kincaid which turned out to make for a super sweet photo session with the puppies. i know i'm sure my friends are pretty tired of puppy photos. they are only little once and they change so much weekly. their height, weight and fur is pretty dramatic.
been able to find a bit more time to hit the walrus cam. i like to try and be a presence and answer questions when i can. seems like the regular chatters are pretty excellent and informed so really less for me to do question wise. i like to toss in a photo or two from my collection on those times when the walrus all book to go clamming.
they have added the second live feed of the dragons spine. so beautiful.
still very far behind on my reading. newspapers are stacked up..except the one that Ivy destroyed this morning. it was on the coffee table and she was able to pull that over and have a blast with it. these guys are like little barracuda's. they chew everything.
thankfully, that was the one paper i've read!! haha.
i think it was Kenya, burning 8000 horns and elephant tusks in an attempt to help stop poaching. it's awful the number of animals killed for this objects. a disgrace to humankind. humans are just awful some times. there is a lot of good out there as well and you try to focus on that...but 8000 is a large number. so upsetting.
puppies are looking for me. so much for those crazy internet people who kept saying never get sibling puppies cause they won't bond with you. i think time with puppies and type of puppy probably are large factors in this
sometimes finding family for your patients is the big challenge of the night. had to do some sleuthing while trying to take care of my critically ill patient. eventually i dug through my patients clothing, found his phone and we charged that up. i sent it to the E-ICU and they started making calls. it worked. not great news for them, but hopefully, they at least will have a chance to make peace. i also called the hospital chaplains so they could get re-involved. the patient has actually asked for it, but they hadn't followed through.
life as a single person. i do believe my friends would be making those calls for me if i was in that position. sometimes you are in a different country though or speak a different language and that makes it harder. also makes it harder for people to even try to help you i think.
we have had some beautiful days. today looks cloudy. i tend to just look outside at the weather and then determine the plan for the day. yes, my life is not really all that complicated.
i enjoy this simple life though.
blog interruptions today. puppies are outside with Blossom, but i still need to go out there from time to time and monitor activity. trying to create more fun obstacle stuff for them to explore. they are ever curious though.
the wood bison that were released last year are having their first calves in the wild. so cool.
pondering in my head another article to attempt to get published just to keep walrus out there in the news. just have to find time with pups and other activities.
loved all these fun pictures though. these pups are great to photograph.
sweetness with their big sister Blossom.
new vet plan..thinking i'll take my cats to one vet that a friend really loves and take Blossom to another vet that has come highly recommended. no reason really to jump to one and be totally loyal. will take them in and get a feel for a few clinics. i'll return to my old vet for that last set of shots for the puppies just will give me options. no appointment on the day i need at one place. no reason why i shouldn't have options.
i think i hear the pups downstairs again. they look for me and then start whining for me...oh to be so loved.
settling them down with some peanut butter filled bones for a rest while i finish this up....and eat a little chocolate. i kept smelling this smell on them...sure puppy breath, but what was the other smell, then i realized its the smell of all the little leaf sticker pods from the cottonwood trees out back. those things stick to everything. sweet smell though.
just vacuumed but who can tell.
here is my favorite tree in Kincaid. there was this little spot where you see Ivy so i figured i'd see if she would accommadate my photo op idea. she did. so cute
just love the root/trunk of this tree. amazing
Blossom was fine chilling and resting and watching folks bike/walk by.
the dogs all got loads of attention always great to socialize the dogs at a young age.
they were pretty tuckered out. i made a run to the gym last night for a swim. not back up to my 3x/week goal but i've been pretty excited with myself for making the 2x/week goal with new pups. lovely evening of swimming. hopefully i can do a repeat tonight.
love when Anchorage goes all green. each spring it's like all the trees decide to turn green within a week. crazy how fast things grow and change up here. the light, the scenery. it's just an awesome place to live. you can travel the same trails all year and see the changes each week. never dull...great for a crazy gemini like myself. h aha.
everyone seems to love puppies so we are stopped often on the trails. on the way back up the hill to the car after this photo session we ran into this family. the little girl just went to the ground and scooped up all the puppy love, then she was laying on the ground covered in puppy love. she was giggling like crazy, which had everyone else laughing. nothing like that total joy in a child and the puppies are great at bringing that one.
i was not the only one taking pictures of this pair yesterday.
she is so chill in the tree, right? she is my major explorer pup.
go big or go home...that is Ivy Rose. they were absolutely thrilled with the sandy beach yesterday. running up and down the sandy hills, causing sand to cascade down these little hills along with puppies.
they were also a wee bit too comfortable with the idea of swimming for my comfort...fears that they would be taken out to sea. yikes. all was well in the end. sandy, muddy wet and happy dogs.
i really need to invest in one of those roomba vacuums.
grateful for: A. the opportunity to spread puppy love. the world can always use a little puppy love B. to live is such a magical place C. that i wouldn't be laying dying in a hospital bed and have nobody attempting to find my family and friends to let them know...great to have people in my life....i know of late i'm focused on the dogs in my life...but i'm grateful for the people too!! :-)
have lived in alaska since 1995, lived in ketchikan for 6 years and here in anchorage since 2001. it's a wonderful place and i enjoy getting out nearly daily for a walk/hike/stroll or ramble. enjoy the pics