Saturday, January 21, 2017

Asian Adventure - Part 2

Today we are visiting Vietnam. We had 3 days here. We spent a day in Hue, a day in Laem Chabang and on in Ho Chi Min City (Saigon). I have to say, Vietnam is not the favourite place I ever visited. I found it very dirty, there was garbage everywhere (I didn't capture it on film). I found the people trying to sell things very pushy too. While I think it is very important for us "First Worlders" to truly see how others live, now that I have seen it, I don't feel the need to see it again.

Today we will talk about the Hue region. 

The following pictures are from the Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. Hue was the capital from 1802-1945.  They are working to restore a lot of it. 







I love this picture because of the 2 ladies in the background

We also visited an Asian market. If you have never visited one and have the chance, it is an experience. (But once you have been to one, you have been to them all!)



I can't imagine buying street meat! 



 We also visited the country side in Laem Chabang.  The cattle and water buffalo sometimes roamed free, sometimes were on strings.

Each square is a different persons farm. This will be rice

Different bike safety standards

Our bus once had to stop for goats crossing the road.



We saw many water buffalo, which was a dream of mine!


One of the favourite things we did was stop by a rubber plantation when they were cutting the trees. If you look to the back on the right you will see a woman with a head light making a cut. If you look closely at this tree you can see where she cut.


This is what rubber looks like when it first comes out of the tree. The farmers will collect the sap in the morning. It is amazing that white sticky stuff can become tires! 
























Friday, January 20, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thank You Thursday - Thank You Bilbo

We bring you the next instalment of our Thankful Thursday. This year Bilbo got Hailey's name and sent some great gifts all the way from California. Several hundred pictures got damaged on my memory card and the I haven't figured out if I can fix them yet, so the original opening pictures have been lost. But never fear, we can still show off the great gifts.

First up, and probably the favourite of the dogs and most annoying to the humans:


Zaphod has pretty much taken bear over (although he sometimes let's Lee play). Bear no longer has ears or legs. Phod says it is to help him fly better. 


There were also some fun Christmas things which we will enjoy next year. Hailey will be the best dressed with her new collar clip! 


Clearly for Lady - if you have love and a dog, you do have everything! 


While it seems others have taken over Lee's gift, she was thrilled with the treats. 


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Thank you so much Bilbo for wonderful gifts Hailey is kind enough to share!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Terrible Tuesday

We are in shock! We had to stand and watch while our Lady did the most horrible thing.



See this:

What you see there is a bag of perfectly good toys that the Lady 'culled'. Can you believe she had the nerve to pick up the fluff and pieces of some of our favourite toys? She said that parts of toys are not needed. We say they are still perfectly good!



She said we still have a full toy box, we are not hard done by. We don't think a full toy box is enough. We had barely forgiven her for putting us in jail and now this . . . . . 

It is a terrible day here in the Gatineau Hills. 



Monday, January 16, 2017

Mischief Monday - How We Kind Of Broke Him

This post contains a lot of human guilt.

Being a suck
We left the dogs in the kennel for 19 days while we were in Asia. This is the longest we ever left them in jail. I always feel tremendously guilty leaving them, but I have decided that I can't be the person who doesn't go anywhere because of my dogs. The kennel is spotlessly clean, has caring people working there and wonderful outside space. There are other dogs to play with. They ate an entire huge bag of treats that would have lasted at least 30 days in our house if not 6 weeks. No one came home underweight!

When we picked the pups up, they were over the moon excited (as expected). Phod who rarely jumps was jumping in circles. He had a rough ride home as they fed him breakfast (they always forget not to) so he got car sick. The first day home Hailey was stuck to us like glue but after that was more her normal self. The first day home my boy gave us the cold shoulder (in fact wouldn't take a treat from me, would only take a treat from Uncle Chris), but then actually slept with us most of the night (this is unusual). We assumed he would get back into routine in a day or two.

It has been over a week since our return and our boy is still not 100% himself. I can't be sure if it is all the kennel or also the weather (it has been very cold, or very icy which means he isn't getting the fetch he wants). He is just not himself. On one hand he can be a huge suck and only want our attention and on the other he wants nothing to do with us. I feel like we broke him a little.

Hopefully with time our boy will be more settled and happier.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

An Answer and A Birthday - by Lee



As many of you know,  The Doodz are hosting a Valentine's Day Dance. As you also know, my beloved Easy, was called to the bridge this fall. My heart was heavy imagining going without him. Then my wonderful friend Casey (who I met in the furs in June), who is also dealing with a heartbreak for the loss of his Ciara, suggested we go to the dance together, as friends. I think this is a wonderful idea, so my dear pal Casey, my answer is yes!

Friday was my birthday. I turned 7. Lady asked me if I was finally going to settle down and I told her no. I have things to do like share my knowledge of craziness with Phenny. Easy would want me to take care of him.

Phenny - Easy's brother, who I need to teach

First, I would like to say the Man forgot it was my birthday until the Lady told him. Lady was feeling a little guilty about the whole having me in jail at Christmas time thingy, so she did her best to make my birthday bright. I got some banana bread for breakfast, some pork chop for dinner and this new toy. I loved my new toy, but Phod pretty much immediately stole it. He said it was his. I told him no and he wouldn't give it back so the Man had to take it back - brothers!

My frog

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Phod - it's mine! 


Overall, it was a good day and I am happy to be 7. Thanks for the birthday wishes!


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