July 5th 2010 7:36 am
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Us folks on the prairies are hardy. We are used to cold winters, dry summers, mosquitos, ticks, you name it. We can take it.
But even we can have too much of a good thing. Take the rain this year. It won't stop. We have already had close to 15 inches since the beginning of May and there is rain in the forecast today. Thunder storms never used to frighten me. We have had so many this year, I cling to the pawrents when I sense one coming.
The storms were taken in stride until the Canada Day storm that hit mom's hometown of Yorkton. Mom's hometown has been brought to standstill. The downtown core was virtually destroyed, people were displaced due to flooding, homes destroyed by the tornado force wind. We are thankful that my 85 year old grammy who still lives there, was not hurt or injured in anyway. A Facebook page has been set up that shows the devastation of this storm. Yorkton Canada Day Flood 2010 is the name of the page.
Kudos to the Red Cross and Salvation Army that have set up emergency shelters for the displaced and brought in emergency supplies.
The community has rallied and the cleanup continues, but we really wish the rain would stop. Us prairie folk are hardy and we shall overcome this as well.
June 25th 2010 9:14 am
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Well pups. We have had even more rain. Mom and I took walk down to the river and were surprised at how far over the river bank the water is. Usually there is about a one foot drop from the edge of the river bank to the water. As you can see in my latest pictures, we are not sure where the edge of the river bank is! All I know is there shouldn't be water where I am standing!!
As mom and I were coming back up the trail from the river, she crouched down trying to get a picture of me. As usual, I did not cooperate. As she is calling me, something comes crashing out of the woods directly behind her. Mom shrieks as she turns and looks a white tailed deer directly in the eyes. Her scream brings me running after the deer. I come charging after it, give one good bark and away it goes. Abby saves the day once again!!
June 17th 2010 7:34 am
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It is raining yet again here. Since the beginning of May we have gotten over 9 inches of rain here. We are currently under a heavy rainfall warning and will probably get another 4 inches of rain today. Sigh. Crops are underwater, gravel roads are hard to drive on, its a mess out here pups. It has been 50 years since we have had such a wet spring.
But, I am trying to look on the bright side. Since I have all this mud, I am proprosing we have a mud fight tournament. We will need competitors, coaches, trainers, ring announcers, play by play announcers, and spectators. So sign up below pups! If you want to be a wrestler, what will your wrestling name be. If you want to be a ring announcer, coach, or trainer what will your nickname be and who will you be coaching, etc. For the spectators, who will you be cheering on.
I think I will award a rosette to the pup that comes up with best nickname.
Have fun pups!
May 28th 2010 9:39 am
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Abbykins, 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 being out in the rain.
2. I love thee steadfastly - enough to rub your sore leg when needed or hold your bowl with your meds in every morning to ensure you eat them.
3. I love thee passionately - enough to let you lick me with the same tongue you use for various other atrocities.
4. I love thee well - despite the amazing odors you produce.
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.
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.
7. I love thee constantly - despite the dog "bladder curfew" I must adher to.
8. I love thee truly - despite the doggie landmines I find outside, or your desire to dig in the garden, flowerbeds etc.
9. I love thee absolutely - because you are always ready to be my sidekick when we go for a drive
10. I love thee gratefully - because you stay by my side.
11. I love thee devotedly - more than clean carpeting, clothing, furniture, floors or walls.
12. I love thee bravely - enough to battle the indomitable tick. clean your fur after you roll in some digusting thing and tackle the occasional klingon on your behalf.
13. I love thee monetarily - enough to put the vet's children through college.
14. I love thee openly - yes, I will bear any embarrassment for your furry sake.
15. I love thee totally - more than free time, excess cash or a predictable life.
May 27th 2010 9:09 am
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Now ordinarily if there is a deer in my yard, I chase after it madly. I put my head down, dust flies from my paws as I race across the yard to get at it and chase it away.
Last week, I did exactly that. But I didn't chase after one deer. Nope, I chased after nine deer. That was fun. But I must have hurt myself because I started limping badly. Mom immediately put me on restricted duty by keeping me on my leash at all times. Being tethered to mom is a little boring pups!
I saw the vet yesterday and I have one more week of restricted duty and then I can be slowly eased back into my regular routine.
So I have a request. If any of you pups see a deer in your yard, could you chase after it for me? Barking madly at it will also do. Thanks a bunch!!
May 7th 2010 6:47 am
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It was late last night and the peeps were getting ready for bed. I started barking furiously at the den window. Mom looked out and couldn't see anything and told me to be quiet. I persisted in my barking.
Mom decides to take me out. She was gonna just open the door and let me run out, but she decided she best put on my leash and come with me. As soon as the door is open, I literally pull mom down the steps. "Slow down Abby!" is what she shouts to me. I pull her around the back of truck and stop short. Mom plows into the back of me and then we both stared wide eyed. Mom's grip tightens on my collar. We watch a huge porcupine curl up into a ball and see its quills go up row after row.
Mom's hand is firmly on my collar as she races to the front door to tell dad we have a visitor.
April 21st 2010 6:57 am
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Yesterday I was once again asked by Professor Chester to give a lecture in one of his classes. The topic the Professor and I choose was cooking.
I think we had a very fun class! We made some recipes and then got to taste the things we made.
Please stop by Professor Chester's page and see yesterday's class!
Thank you again Professor Chester with allowing me to address your class!
Bon Appetit everyone!
April 19th 2010 3:02 pm
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Well pups we are trying something different for my arthritis. I have been taken off Dog Gone Pain (DGP). I started drinking a lot of water yet I was (blush) constipated while on it. Mom was convinced I was a diabetic and made a vet appointment. Turns out I am probably sensitive to one of the herbs, most likely the turmeric, in DGP. Turmeric, apparently, can cause dehydration and either diarrhea or constipation if taken regularly. Who knew?!?
So now we are trying Adequan. I had my first injection last Friday, get another one this Friday and then the next one will be in two weeks and so on. Ultimately my vet would like to see me needing the injection every 6 to 8 weeks. If the Adequan doesn't appear to be working, then we will try acupunture.
I am a little confused as to the term "we" as I seem to be the only one getting poked here! Hrmph!
Any other pups out there ever try Adequan? Did you see good results?
April 11th 2010 5:40 am
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Well I am doing the doggie happy dance today!!
One of my bestest friends on Dogster is the Dog of Day today! Way to go Harley Diva-Girl!!!
Enjoy your day in the Dogster spotlight, Harley!
April 9th 2010 6:33 am
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I really scared mom yesterday. We were out for our morning walk. As we are starting on our walk, I hear ducks down on the river and go charging down there.
Most of our snow has gone except for what is down by the river. What is left at the river is huge chunks of ice. As the river and river bank melt, these chunks of ice break away from the bank and there are huge cracks between the ice chunks. In some places these cracks between the ice chunks are at least 4 feet deep.
Anyway, I go charging down the bank. Mom's hurries as fast as she can, and when she gets nearly to the bottom she starts to encounter the ice. She scans the river bank and doesn't see me. She fears I have gone into the open water and she scans the river and doesn't see me there, either. She figures if I had gone in the water, she would have heard a splash, and there is enough open water I could have swum and gotten either onto a chunk of ice or to where the shore is already exposed.
She hears something down the river bank and hurries over. As she gets closer to a larger crack in the ice chunks, she sees two paws and my head as I am trying to get out of the ice. Mom gets to me as fast as she can because of the ice, reaches down and pulls me out. We sit on the bank as mom cuddles me for a long time. She then checks me all over to make sure nothing appears broken.
Mom says we can't go down to the river until she is sure all the ice has melted now.