Monday, October 16, 2017

Mischief Monday - Mouse Relocation Express 2017

Hello fellow animals lovers,

The express being washed out for the next customers
As may occur in many of our homes, as the weather gets cooler, some of our critter friends, mainly mice decided it is time to move in. We never had a mouse problem when our cats were alive. The winter after they died we caught 32. Hailey would like to go on record and say two of those were her catches.

The mouse season has begun. To date we have been able to happily relocated 2/3 mice who have made it into our humane trap. The first customer somehow got stuck and was seriously injured, and was helped to the bridge. The other two rode the rails together. At about 3:30 am last Thursday, Hailey raced loudly to the kitchen (the express is kept under the sink). She was carrying on such that the Man got up and looked and saw we had two passengers. They had to wait for the car to leave around 6 am where they were driven a few kilometres away before teas was served at home. If you release them near the house, they just come back in.

We will see how many mice we relocate this year!

Express waiting for next customers

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Friday The 13th!

Let's hope it doesn't get too freaky! It is October and Halloween is right around the corner!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Looking For Comfort In A Storm

Last Wednesday on my work at home day, thunderstorms 42 and 43 of the year (which had us break the record for most thunderstorms in a year) rolled through. Generally, my girl will just go and hide when this happens. She will occasionally look to the Man for comfort. Rarely does she actively seek me out for comfort. For whatever reason during storm 42, she joined me in my office.

I happened to be using the standing feature on my desk when she came in, so she stood up against me. 

After awhile I had been standing long enough and wanted to sit down. To do this, I need to move the mat I was standing on. My girl would not move so I could move it, so I ended up rolling it up over her. 

She probably stayed under that mat for about 30 minutes before she ventured out. She actually relaxed enough to fall asleep.  It was very cute and not disruptive to my work.

When storm 43 rolled in later that evening, she was not as peaceful. She stood in the kitchen and barked. 

I will say that given the record number of storms we have had, I am actually impressed with how well our girl did this year. There were 3 nights we had to be up with her. She only did mild damage to one door frame trying to get in the room when we were out.

Let's hope the storms are behind us for the year and next year isn't as record breaking! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

The second Monday in October is Thanksgiving in Canada.

To all our Canadian friends and readers, happy Thanksgiving! May it be filled with love, laughter and a little too much turkey.

Here is a list of some of the things we are thankful for: (can you guess whose is whose?)

1. Precious
2. When Lady feeds me right at 6:30
3. Emma is home so she is no longer stealing my toys
4. Long walks
5. Grass to roll in
6. Bed naps
7. Belly rubs
8. When Lady feeds us because she puts a cookie on top
9. Off leash time
10. Having lots of babies to play with

Lady says she is also thankful that most of her life problems are truly 'first world problems' like not being able to use iMessage anymore or when someone accidentally lost the power cord to her video camera at work. Both are annoying in the short term, but when those are your problems, you are living a good life!

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 7, 2017


While I am behind on visiting (as always - if only I didn't work), I wanted to send my heartfelt thanks to all of you for reading this blog.  While I don't really follow my blog stats, I do occasionally peak for fun and can't believe I now have over one million page views on my 2351 posts. While my mom is a big fan, I know she hasn't visited that often!

On this, our Thanksgiving weekend, I am extra thankful for my readers, fellow bloggers turned friends, and the awesome community I get to be a part of.  I never imagined the impact a blog to cope with my slightly crazy dog would have on my life.  Thank you for sharing the good, the bad, and sometimes ugly aspects of our lives.

A grateful Lady

Friday, October 6, 2017

Flower Friday - Kind of

Autumn is here, we don't have flowers, but our leaves are starting to change colours!

We join Rosy for Flower Friday

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Toys, Toys, Toys

Phod and Lee are happy to have a few toys out. Cousin Emma (who is with us for a week) wants them all out. It drives me crazy to have all the toys out. I have a video of her being crazy with the toy box, but it won't let me upload it here so imagine a little girl dragging a toy box around! 

Once the toys are out, Phod doesn't like to share. He has developed a very passive way to keep all the toys to himself. 

What a boy! 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Traveling Tuesday - The Forest

While I could spend the rest of my life walking beaches, the Man would spend his in the forest. Don't get me wrong, I love trees too, but my heart belongs in the water. Last week I featured the beach, today I am featuring the forest! 

If you happen to be in the Tillomook Oregon forest area, be sure to stop by the visitor centre. We learned a lot about the Tillomook burn which destroyed 350 000 acres in 1933, the subsequent fires and how they have reforested the area. It is really cool to drive by parts and see signs that say 'planted in 1956' or planted in '1998'. The forest grows quickly.

Here are some pictures from the Tillomook Oregon area. 

The Man walking on a very hot day

These reminded me of orang-utan arms

These is near the Cape Meares Light house:

So wanted to climb it!

The Tillomook burn was started by humans. Together we can prevent forest fires! 

Thank you for joining us on our trip to Oregon. We had such a wonderful time exploring the state and catching up with our pals at mini-Bar!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Mischief Monday - She Missed An Important Day - by Lee

I am giving Lady the stink eye because she missed a very important day yesterday. It was National Black Dog Day. As many of you know black dogs are the last to be adopted and more black dogs don't make it out of the shelter than any other colour. Black cats are also often overlooked too. 

People believe black animals appear more aggressive and don't photograph as well.  I think I photograph fantastically, especially in the sun. So while we are a day late, we wanted to help bring attention to an issue that is near and dear to my heart. Please don't judge a dog or cat by his or her colour. 

A very happy black dog,  Lee (who wants you all to know cousin Emma is staying with us for a week, she has already had an accident in the middle of the night - on the floor and not the bed -, so she is going to be making me look good, and she is also mostly black!)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Remember Me Thursday

Our friend's at Barking from the Bayou told us about a special remembrance that is happening today. Today is Remember Me Thursday. To learn a lot more go to their site here:

Today we are asking everyone who reads our blog to take a minute to remember all the animals who are in shelters waiting for homes and to remember the 2.7 million who did not live to find a home last year.

We were both lucky. We were found by loving rescues who kept us safe and warm and loved until we found our forever home. We will think of those who were not as lucky today. We also ask our readers to consider rescuing a shelter animal or finding other ways to help those waiting for homes.

Thank you for remembering with us.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Travel Tuesday - The Ocean

In what feels like a lifetime ago but it was only a month, the Man and the Lady headed to Oregon for min-BAR. After a few days in Portland, they headed to an Air B and B in Rockaway Beach. Here are some of the Lady's favourite ocean and beach pictures from the area. 

The Twin Rocks at Rockaway Beach 

One of many dead crabs she saw

Rocks at a beach south of Rockaway

Looking up a cliff

The butterfly shell that made Lady think of Princess Leah

The Lighthouse at Cape Meares

Oregon's most famous rock, the Haystack at Cannon Beach

Lady enjoyed watching all the kites

The tide was out

That is Murphy and Stanley's people out for a run and trying to cross without getting their feet wet!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mischief Monday - Taking Care of a Blanket

This is one of the blankets we originally got for trips to the kennel. During the first trip, a mad Hailey started taking it apart. It now lives in my office as a spot for the pups to rest while I am working. Last week, during a work at home day I heard the faint sound of 'rip' and looked over to see my girl taking more stuffing out. I let her, it makes her happy. This blanket was from a thrift shop and cost less than $10. It is hers. Eventually she will have taken all the stuffing and we will throw it out and get a new one!