Thursday, March 21, 2019

Truck Trouble

Lady wasn't the only thing that got stuck last week, we had adventures with a delivery truck.

Our driveway is a little long. It has a slight curve in it and a slight hill. Last Thursday, a delivery truck (who was bringing us an envelop that was kind of junk mail) when backing out, appeared to not notice the curve and drove right into the snowbank and got himself really, really stuck.

Then he was really, really mad. There were definitely some HBO words said. He directed some of these toward the Man. He made comments about how he should have shovelled more. The Man said nothing and then spent an hour (when he was to be working) trying to help this guy out. Lady would have probably told him off and left him to figure it out alone. To defend our lane - as mentioned, it has a curve you can't drive it straight; where the guy ended up would have been well into the grass if there was no snow and finally, the UPS truck comes frequently (Lady does most of her shopping via Amazon) and that truck has never gotten stuck.

The stuck truck

In the end, a neighbour drove by (there are only 2 who live past us on our road) and he stopped. He then drove home to get a cable so he could tow the stuck truck out.

The whole thing took about an hour. Lady watched it through the front window using her binoculars. We dogs barked a lot, and then we had to bark at the back door because the fox came. We are sure if this truck has to come again, he won't come up our driveway!

Have you entered our when will the snow be gone contest? Go to Tuesdays post for details!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Welcome Spring - A Contest

Happy last day of winter! Tomorrow brings the spring! After what felt like a typically harsh winter, we are dreaming of this . . . . 

Taken spring of 2018 when Cousin Emma was living with us

To celebrate the arrival of spring, we are going to have a little contest. We played this game before and it was fun. The question we are asking is "when will the last of the snow be gone from our yard?" 

We are defining our yard as the grass parts in front, beside and behind the house. We are not counting anything in the treed parts. 

To enter is free and simple - send us an email to leeandphodATbellDOTnet or you can put it in the comments with your guess for the day. You can pick any day from tomorrow until hopefully before June 1st (but if you want to guess later go for it!). It has to be a day in the remaining calendar days of 2019.  If you pick a date that has already been picked (it will be a first come, first served sort of deal) Lady will let you know and you can pick another date. There will be some sort of prize for the person who is the closest (defined as the closest date before the last of the snow disappears, not after). Lady will figure that out. 

To help you with your guessing, here are pictures of our yard from Saturday . . . . (and it was well below freezing on Sunday)

We will give you weekly updates on the snow progress.

Thanks for playing along with us! 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Mischief Monday - Going For a Wander

First, we will start this post by saying whatever was up with Phod seems to have passed (knock on wood), confirming it was a food issue. We are all happy about this.

Now this weeks story . . . . it is something!

"I refuse to confirm my part in this adventure"

On Saturday, Lee asked to go out. The Man made the choice to just put her out in the yard, without a leash. Our yard is still covered in several feet of snow and it is impossible to walk on for those with much weight (like Phod),  so he assumed she would not be able to go far. However, Hailey was light enough that she didn't sink too much and decided to wander into the bush behind the house.

The Man's return strategy was to stand and yell at her, which never works. I decided I would put on my snowshoes and go after her. I suggested to the yelling Man, he do the same, but we never discussed it. I threw on my snowshoes and I headed out.

Just to help you picture this - I was wearing my spring pj bottoms that are a capris which caused a gap of bare skin between my pants and boots (and it was below freezing), my winter coat, gloves and hat and snowshoes. Because the snow has been freezing and melting and freezing and melting, even in my snowshoes I was sinking. I got down the hill toward the edge of the property and not only stepped out of my right snowshoe, but stepped forward so my right leg was hip deep in snow without a snowshoe, and the left was behind me on the snow.

Dramatic Re-creation . . . . .

I was stuck, and mildly hurt, and I had no idea where the Man was. I called for him, no answer. Then I heard Lee barking so I called for her while trying to figure out how to get my right snowshoe that was behind me, get my right leg out of the hole,  get the snowshoe back on my foot and get my dog.

At the same time, Man who is in the house (he had gone in to turn off the stove and put Phod in), had opened the window, and heard Lee barking and me calling her. He then jumped in the car and headed up to the road (as she was near it) so he could grab her if she made it that far.

Somehow, I managed to get myself and my twisted knee (made worse by the fact I have been having IT band problems) out of the hole, into the snowshoe, and I was limping toward Lee on the path at the bottom of the hill. She has had enough fun and I could see her making her way back toward the house at the top of the hill. So I turned around and started limping home. 

I got to the house and Lee was in the backyard under the feeders eating seed. I limped up to the front door, and call for the Man (I don't know where he is). He doesn't answer. I took off my snowshoes and headed through the house to the backdoor (which is downstairs) to get Lee. She was not there. I head back to the front door and there she was standing waiting impatiently for me to let her in. The Man arrived home a few minutes later. 

My lessons from this - take the 30 seconds needed to grab your phone, put on snow pants and discuss a coordinated strategy for getting the dog back (when historically they have both come back). 

In the end, my girl was safe and my knee will be ok and I get to say I went snowshoeing again! 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Nature Friday - More Tropics

We join our dear friends Rosy and the Boyz for Nature Friday.

While we are days away from the official end of winter, we still feel like we are in the throws of it. The first 2 weeks of March were unseasonably cold for the most part, with morning temperatures below -20C/-4F meaning morning walks were out. While this week has been nice for walking, it started with a  good dumping of snow (somewhere between 10-15 cms or 4 to 6 inches. So because we are over it at this point (we have had snow on the ground for 4 months now), we are sharing a picture Lady took on her trip earlier this year.

Some day spring will come! 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sharing a Bed with Hailey

As Phod's mischief has gotten all the attention, I thought I would focus on a habit of Lee's I don't love. I don't love where she likes to sleep. We have a king sized bed - there is no reason she couldn't sleep between the Man and I, especially since Phod sleeps on the floor 99% of the time. However, in the winter, when it is cold, she likes to sleep 'at my feet'. This means I have to sleep in weird, uncomfortable positions, because she is a complete lump in the bed you can't move! (My physiotherapist would say to kick her out but the amount of effort that would take and the amount of sleep I would lose is not worth it for me at this time!)

I have created this wonderful drawing to explain them:

Having the leg room back is another thing I look forward to with the warmer weather! 

Do you get to 'share' your bed with a lump?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Just Saying

Who would have thought I would be the good dog?
(photo taken while sitting on Lady)

Monday, March 11, 2019

Mischief Monday - The Battle Continues

As posted last week, Phod spent some time in the crate while we sort out his poop issues. After a successful day in the crate Tuesday, I, the Lady worked from home on Wednesday. This meant Phod had to be in the crate on Thursday.

To further prove no good came from a Thursday, he managed to open the crate (cutting his nose in the process) and get out. Then he used the games room as his bathroom. (I am grateful I am not the first one home). The Man was very upset to say the least. To quote him "your dog is going to drive me to drink!"

Friday, the Man arranged to work from home so that Phod would have access to the great outdoors when nature called. 

Now, unfortunately, we can't work from home every day. This week, Lady is home Tuesday and Wednesday, but that is it as she has to see clients in the city and attend a conference. In effort to finally sort this out, as clearly it is not safe to keep him in the crate, we have finished totally transferring him to the new food. We have reduced the amount of food he is getting in the morning (having researched in general it takes 10 hours for a dog to process food) and increased his evening meal a bit. We also hope now that hopefully the very, very cold mornings are behind us and we can get back to walks (which it was too cold to do for 2 weeks) this will help. If we don't see improvement in another week, we will have to consult a V-E-T. 

If anyone has suggestions on how to break the using the floor as a toilet we are all ears. We know he can hold it from 7:30-5 because with the exception of Friday, when we have been home, he hasn't had to poop during this time.  

Friday, March 8, 2019

Nature Friday - Miss Felicia Fox

We join Rosy and the Boyz for Nature Friday.  Facebook friends have seen this picture but it was so exciting to Lady she thought she would share it here as well. Last week during a work at home day. Lady was on a call, when out of the corner of her eye she saw something bounding up the yard. It was Miss Felicia Fox! Always, the professional, Lady actually paused her call to snap a really quick picture of this, very healthy looking fox, using her phone. She only stayed a few minutes and then she was on her way! We pups were sound asleep in other parts of the house and missed it!

Lady hopes Felicia stops by again soon! 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Send a Rescue - By Phod

Dear Blogville Pals,

As you know I am a very good boy. However, as Lady was kind enough to share with the world, I had a bit of a stomach issue and could not hold my poop. I had some accidents in the house. Well last Thursday the new food came and almost immediately the excess pooping stopped. Since my peeps weren't going to know if I was ok,  last Friday Man was able to arrange working from home to make sure I was ok.

On the weekend, the peeps were out for most of Saturday and I was a very good boy. On Monday, they blocked the basement but I  had an accident  upstairs in the dining room. Lady and Man think it has become a habit now, so the most terrible thing happened on Tuesday. I was left in a cage.

I went in fine. But when Man came home he found the following:

I had moved the cage way over and knocked stuff off the shelf.

I also had pulled some of the blankets from on top in (that will teach Man and Lady for not following the KonMari method of tidying up). 

Lee says I am not as good as her, as she has ruined crates in the past.

Yesterday Lady worked from home so there was no torture, but as you are likely reading this, I am going back into the cage for the day. Lady says I have to do it for the rest of the week and we will see about next week! Let's see if Lady can get me down the stairs and into it today.  

Please send help!

your pal, Phod, the best boy ever (Even if I ran after that guy who had the nerve to walk down the road yesterday)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Not So Tasty Tuesday

Lady was going through her camera roll and came across these pictures from New Years she had not shared. At the SafePet Ottawa gala, Lady had purchased a big basket of the dog treats. In it was puppy champaign, which she saved for New Years. Lady didn't take a picture of the back, but it was a fish blend. 

Let's be honest, it looks a little like pee

When Lady put it down, we were both very unsure of this.

Lee got brave and did drink a little. Lady kept it out for a bit and she went back to it a couple times, but you could tell she didn't love it. As you all know, Lee loves most food, so this was very unexpected! 

Phod, who is in general very picky, would not even try this. Lady put some on food, on her fingers etc. but he would only sniff it. 

Puppy champaign is clearly not a treat we enjoy, but Lady is glad we got to try it.  Do you like champaign?

Monday, March 4, 2019

Mischief Monday - Traitor!

Lady and Man left us for 87 million hours on Saturday and came home smelling like cat! We went through Lady's phone and found not only had she come home smelling bad, she had photos of her snuggling a cat!

Here she is with our cat cousin Panda. You can see Lady is stretched out and Panda is on her lap. 

Then, even worse was a selfie with Panda. There are no recent selfies with us! 

Lady says Panda's nickname is Girl Nin after our angel cat Nin. Panda and Nine are a lot a like. They both love to sit on you and purr and if you don't want them to and keep pushing them off, somehow they will eventually end up on your lap and you won't even know how that happened. When pushed, Lady confessed while she had a little nap on the couch (she was babysitting our human cousin and it was his quiet time), Panda napped on her the whole time. 

She sure has some sucking up to do!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Dr. Seuss Day

Today we join all our pals in Blogville to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day!

Winter, winter, go away,
We have had enough of you today,
We miss the green and we miss the grass,
Snow and cold is a pain in the a$$.

We want to sniff the warm fresh air,
We want to tan our puppy hair,
We want the snow to be done.
So outside is much more fun.

We don't want the snow to freeze our paws,
Or make us swear and hurt our jaws,
We want it warm, and fresh as well,
We are sick of winter if you can't tell!

Winter, winter go away,
We have had enough of you today,
See you later in the year,
Spring will fill our hearts with cheer!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Nature Friday - More Tropics

Will March come in like a lamb or a lion?

As we are still well into winter, we are going to break up our white world with a little colour. This picture was taken on a private island in the Bahamas. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

A Very Bad Day- by Lee

Dear pals,

The trouble actually happened on Monday but I have been sooooo upset by it, I haven't been able to write about it until now.

The day started well enough. It was warm enough for a nice walk. I had breakfast, but then something strange happened. The Lady took just me in the car with her when she went to work. I was good in the car but nervous. I may have barked at some people walking down the street.

Then I arrived at one of the worst places ever, camp. My Lady had taken me in the car, on a stormy day to the city to go to camp. I was scared and mad.

A couple of Lady's coworkers went to the pet store and knowing I was there, snapped a picture of me (and by the way, got in trouble for it, but they said they knew me, even though I don't really know them. I guess this is what happens when you are famous). Can you spot me in the group?

After 87 million hours, the horrible Lady came and got me. We had to stand around while the person told her how great I was. Well I like to hear the good things, I wanted to leave.

We got back in the car and drove to another new place. A house. It was my vet's house. See he is going to be off attending to some health things for a bit (please send him some POTP cause he is a great guy), but the night before his surgery he had me over to give me my vaccines. 

Lady took horrible pictures of me (and not enough) because she was distracted talking to her friends. After my shots, which I didn't notice because they gave me some cat food as Lady forgot my treats (the best thing she did all day), I tried to play with the cat. The cat did not like it. He hit me hard in the face. Then I really wanted to get him. He was angry. I was stressed. Lady never let me on leash and in the end the cat was taken away. I had to sit with Lady in a living room by a fire for a bit while she and her friends talked. I think it was only slightly better than going to the actual vet clinic. At least there I am off leash.

Can we go find the cat?

Finally we left and I slept the long ride home. When I got home, Phod wouldn't stop sniffing me. He was so stressed during the day (as the power went out and he had to be in the cone and I was gone) and because of our food problems as mentioned Monday - he had many accidents in the house on Monday. Lady and Man hope this doesn't become a habit.

At any rate, I am apparently healthy and I don't have to face this kind of torture again for a year.

An angry but tired Hailey Bug

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Phod and His Ball Video

This is Phod's favourite inside squeaky ball, that he only ever wants to play with when we both sit down to watch TV. 

"Come on Lady, my ball is way more fun then any episode of the Blacklist."

Monday, February 25, 2019

Mischief Monday - Finding The Right Food

Disclaimer: This post contains a non-graphic discussion about poop! Also, no specific foods will be named in this post as we don't want our feeding choices to have any influence on yours and we don't want to give any brand free advertising!

Man, I can't believe she is going to talk about my poop habits! 

For Phod's allergies, he needs to eat a fish based diet. We had found a Canadian high quality brand that they both did well on. Then we couldn't get it anymore, so for the past few months we have tried a lot of different foods. Note: We always buy high quality foods, but just because they are high quality, doesn't mean they are the best for us. 

Some of the first foods gave some of us very loose poop. So they were ruled out. Then we went back to a brand we used before Phod needed fish food, but got the fish food and both did well. Instead of doing the smart thing, and staying with this food, we thought we would try a slightly cheaper food. While the poops are not loose, there are a lot of them. Lee has been a once a day pooper (occasionally a 2 times a day pooper) her whole life and she has become a 3-4 times a day pooper. Phod, who usually poops 2-3 times (and always has), is going way more (harder to know exactly as he can go deep into the bush by himself). Then, on Friday, for the first time in over 6 years (he has lived with us for 6.5 years), Phod had a poop accident in the house while we were at work. (He thinks he is in trouble, but he is not, because for him to do this, we know he had to be desperate).

This lead Lady back to the drawing boards. We live very rural and Lady has a love for online shopping. So at 6 am on Saturday (yes, she was up, she had her 8 hours of sleep so was ready to go), she started looking for an online pet food shop. She found one that carried the great Canadian food (at a price slightly cheaper than she had been paying when she could get it at the store), that will ship for free (for orders over $79, so she bought 2 big bags).

We are all looking forward to having the right food and not to be having so many poop issues! We are also looking forward to trying online pet shopping!

Friday, February 22, 2019

FFF Nature Friday

Today we join Rosy's Nature Friday and  Yam's Final Fiction Friday.

The Rules for FFF are to take words from lines 8, 12 and 16 from page 87 of a book.

This month the words are from a book Lady snagged on the book exchange on the ship I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella.

This weeks words will be
line 8:  smooth and flat
line 12: procrastinated
line 16: balmy

Here we go:

On the weekend, on a fairly balmy winter day (balmy is relative when you have been in a deep freeze), the Lady and Lee went for a snowshoe. Phod was heartbroken that he had to stay home, but he really hates it.

Going with Lady on this day was acceptable to Lee as earlier in the week the Lady had gone by herself and made a trail (Lee knew this as she may have taken herself for a walk on it the day before). While it was not smooth and flat at least Lee didn't sink up to her shoulders in it. 

The snow had bent a tree and they had to walk under it. 

Despite the wind and weather this winter has brought, several trees still hold their leaves. 

Lee was very happy the Lady had not procrastinated going as they got to enjoy the morning sun through the trees, sparkle on the snow, and hear the wind blowing through the trees. 

They had a lovely time, and Phod was thrilled when Lady got home and took him out for a play in the yard.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Travel Thursday - Belize

Today is the third and final post on our most recent adventures, although as we are still deep into winter, pictures from the trip may still show up occasionally!

Belize was the one country we had not been too on this trip (and is the 30th country we have each visited). We had originally booked 2 different tours for the day, but because so many people really just wanted to sit on the beach at the private island we docked at, there weren't enough people. So we changed our plans to an Eco Tour at Monkey River. We were really thrilled with this change. 

Monkey River is a town of about 200 people. It only got electricity in 2010. The main source of income is tourism. I am sure the bathroom they took us to toward the end of the tour that was $1 a person is one of the biggest money makers in the town. Our guides were 3 local men, who while they had to pass 3 months of training as guides, were super knowledgeable. 

Here are some pictures from the tour. 

Me on the boat overlooking Belize

Monkey River was about 30 minutes by speed boat from the port

The Osprey - we saw him/her fish, it was so cool!

Can you find the bird?

A bird and a flower

If you look very closely at the top left of this picture, you see bright orange. That is one of the iguanas looking for a mate!

A turtle

One of the guides scouting the area - he caught so many things I would have missed

The American alligator

In flight

Part of the tour was a 30 minute trek into the jungle. Many of the people in our tour covered themselves from head to toe in bug spray. All the people who did this got bitten the most. One poor woman had an allergic reaction to her bites and they were all huge red spots. It looked painful. We didn't spray ourselves, and I think I got one bite!

In the jungle in Belize

Sorry it is blurry, but this guy was just on the path! 
The reason for the trek into the jungle was to see the howler monkeys. If you look closely you can see one. Our guides did everything they could, but those moneys would now howl for us! Regardless, it was really cool to see them.

Back on the boat . . . .

I so love the boat

While we didn't spend much time on the private island, we did walk around a bit.

The Man and Uncle Christ

Thought of Rosy, Arty and Jakey's mom when we saw this. It is not a real lighthouse, you can zip line out of it!


We hope you have enjoyed a little taste of the sun!