with over 20 years in this amazing place. it's never dull. i hope to enjoy years of exploration here.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
the low tide that went out for miles...
back to Hallo Bay. we walked miles on the tidal flats this day. i loved it. we were all pretty chill. happy for any bear sightings but also happy to explore and just enjoy the great beauty of this land.
it is a truly amazing place.
we did have a bear join us as you will see later. we followed her along and just enjoyed. great scenery. great folks.
got almost all of my pictures for the year loaded into shutterfly. so hopefully i can work on my calendars and christmas cards next stretch off.
there are still some pictures from the Iditarod that i haven't even looked at this year. such a slacker. then i can load those in. don't usually use too many of those but a few are always fun.
got Blossom off to the vet this morning. i guess the Northern lights went nuts like 5-7 am while i was sleeping. supposed to be good again tonight. should go out chasing, but it will be in the 20's and i'm already in my pj's
took the puppies for a training walk around the bog. they did fairly well. got to play with them off leash in the open area and did some sit/stay/come training out there. near the end there was a loose dog and they went nuts. we are still not great at greeting dogs on leash . they believe they should be able to romp and play...at over 60 pounds each now...they can easily best me. i'm trying hard to make sure they don't really get that.
we picked up Blossom and then i took them in to the vets for weights. Ivy Rose was 63# and Tusker was 66 pounds.
as for Blossom. they drew labs and started her on antibiotics. sounds like we will probably give her sedation and check her teeth. i do suspect she may have a bad tooth in there. we shall see. hoping that is all it is and nothing worse. hopefully, it can just be fixed and she'll feel better. chatted with my vet friend in CA...thanks Carla. so awesome to always be there for me with pet advice.
we were laughing about a visit she made up here when my old lab, Baby Huey, came down with trigeminitis. sure i didn't spell that correctly. it was actually the first case she'd ever seen. not very common. she said she was just talking about huey the other day with this. he had both a bells palsy and a horners. drooling like crazy. poor dog couldn't pick up sticks any more and he was obsessed.
i had to hand feed him for several weeks. his tongue worked but not his jaw. he couldn't close his mouth. so i had to manually hold his jaw while i fed him. drool was everywhere. this was like 3-4 x a day if i remember right. i'd shove it in his mouth on a spoon.
at some point, that spoon got sucked out of my slimmed up hands and down the gullet...gone!! i screamed, "noooooooooooo!!" and made a reach for it down his throat. this was in Ketchikan.
by the time this happened, my friend had moved on to Juneau to tour around a bit. i remember talking to her and she asked how Huey was...i told her, "fine...post op!!". spoonectomy successful.
it was not my most fun month as a dog owner, but we got through it and he healed up. drooled forever after but was able to eat and fetch again happily.
i told her i did not believe Blossom had this ailment. haha.
she was eager to eat upon returning home and took her meds well. then we all went for a walk so the pups could play off leash, and Blossom could get her walk in. fun for all. Blossom is still wanting to walk and doesn't seem to have any issues with that. does seem to want my attention and encouragement with eating. that is when i started doing, "go team blossom" i think. i have always made the puppies wait until she was done eating so she wouldn't be bothered while eating.
she wrestled with the pups on the gasline/powerline trail
sadly, this morning there was a dead moose on the side of the road. they were loading a trashed truck onto a tow truck. no idea how the owner of that came out. but the moose didn't fare well. felt badly as i'd just seen a moose with her calf crossing that road yesterday. if it's the same one, it's probably going to mean 2 dead moose as the calf will probably not survive the winter. will possibly get pegged off by a bear. they are still out there loading up on whatever food they can find.
actually felt a bit like i accomplished a few things the past 24 hours. after sleeping so much that felt good.
here is that bear i promised you. she was out clamming. low tide before the salmon running can be a bit of a feast for them if they get lucky.
not sure she was feasting. i think she did catch a few fish at low tide as well though.
i think they also eat the barnacles.
skies were just amazing that day.
pups are on guard dog duty. perhaps it's the changing of the guards and Blossom can relax now more like Rio used to be able to. i think it really did comfort Rio having Blossom there keeping an eye on stuff.
back to work tomorrow night. hopefully, it will go better this week. miserable coughing that much and trying to work so i hope it's settling down .
want to make hair and foot doc appointments. just need to stop procrastinating.
may actually need some caffeine to get through this work week.
ate pumpkin bread for breakfast. so tasty!! i think i'll take the pumpkin seeds to work to share with the crew. i still have more to cook up in the fridge. i also have more pumpkin to make bread with.
stopped at grocery store and was going to buy some sugar, but the bag i picked up was solid as a rock. ditched it. it was too busy to bother with it so i left without it.
don't think i took many pictures today. some days i just walk. it was nice this morning to bog it with the two of them and work on the training a bit more intensely.
did the math...when i walk all three dogs, that is 198 pounds!! that is a lot of dog.
had big bang on in the background today. had the news on but it's too depressing. it's what is Drumpf whining/complaining about today. what a baby. he's going to sue everyone, it's rigged, he's going to win, the media is rigged...
didn't hear any of his followers bitching about all the media coverage during the primaries when the other 17 folks running couldn't get any air time and Drumpf hogged it all...no charge. if they are the ones bringing him down now, they are also the ones responsible for him being there to begin with. ratings.
she walked in closer to us.
the pups have just followed me in here and crashed, they are quite loyal to me.
Blossom has actually always enjoyed sleeping downstairs. i think Rio always did Mom duty. old habits. so these guys have mom watch while Blossom maintains the vigil downstairs of protecting the household. she's very brave!!
chill day. most of my days are pretty chill though i must say.
i'm quite happy with that. that will all change when i start the Rationalist Party!! man do we need one. those other 2 parties are a mess and the other smaller parties are pretty useless as well.
love all the rivulets in the sand
thus to the end of another blog. hope you enjoy bears..still more pictures from summer to share. the ice is forming though so i'm sure i'll be looking for cool ice photos...and if i manage to stay awake one of these nights perhaps i'll take a few more aurora shots. don't hold your breath though. i'm a bit of a creature of habit. would rather go aurora hunting with others...seems safer that way.
thankful for: A. Blossom having a good day and taking her food/meds well B. healthy pups C. walking. it's good for my heart, mind and soul
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