Archives for July 2010

Twelve Years Together


Phoenix and I celebrated our 12th year together on Friday (July 23). We didn’t do anything special, but I made sure to give him a little more love and attention whenever he was in reach. Now that he is almost 14, he tends to sleep a lot and isn’t as likely to come for attention. He no longer brings me toys to play tug with or throw, but he will play with canyon if he tries to pass with a toy. Phoenix’s favourite thing is still food and he’ll sometimes find his treat ball and give it to us to fill. It’s funny to see his reaction when you take the ball and throw it back into the toy bin – “what did you do that for? I wanted you to fill it stupid!”

I know I’m not guaranteed to have Phoenix next year, but we’ll take it a year at a time and enjoy every minute we still have together.

4 Months Away


I have had a pretty busy few months so haven’t had the time to blog. Now that things have slowed some I’m going to try and post more often.

Canyon turned a year old on the 3rd of June and got some new toys to share with everyone. He is 23 inches tall, 22 inches long and just 70lbs. We had him to the vet for his heartworm test and the vet said we could continue feeding him puppy food and add in fats that might entice him to eat more. She says he should be closer to 80lbs by now and will get up to 90lbs by the time he has fully filled out. His coat has grown in nicely and he seems a bit darker than he was before his coat fell out. His obedience is well on it’s way and he has already started being able to play fetch with the girls in the yard. He still isn’t the greatest at heeling, but we got an easy walk harness in June and it seems to help redirect him easier than the newtrix, gentle leader or martin gale. We took him to Toronto for Woofstock with Cessna and he was fantastic! He was quite interested in all the different dogs and smells, but listened pretty well. We were with a bunch of puppies in training, so Canyon fit right in.

Aspen turned 7 on the 18th of June and was given the special task of cleaning out the lasagna pan. We also made some banana cinnamon cookies for her and Canyon to share with the others. She’s been swimming tons and playing fetch in the yard every chance she gets. Her and Canyon are obsessed with the game and will grab a toy as they walk out if you’re not watching.

Cessna and I celebrated our 5th year as a team on May 27th. She has really made a mark on my heart and I get sad thinking about the fact that she will be turning 7 in October. She has matured tons and become such an amazing companion. She spends almost all her day watching out for me and the other dogs. She will defend Aspen against Canyon when he’s being a bully and not allowing her to bring the toy to Huib or I, she will run to me and make sure I am okay when walking down the steps in front of our house and just always seems to be watching over everyone. I’m really not sure I’ll ever be able to find a dog good enough to fill her shoes. It’s been a long road, but we’ve gotten here and I hope she’ll work another couple years for me.

Phoenix is still the same old, happy go lucky, boy we’ve loved forever. He can’t hear or run, but he still makes sure to keep the younger ones in line. We started him on a new anti-inflammatory supplement a month ago and it really seems to be making a difference in his ability to get around. He doesn’t seem as stiff after lying in one spot for too long and he doesn’t seem to hesitate at the top of the stairs before going down to the grass. He’ll be 14 in October and I think he is doing amazing!

As you can see, lots has changed and been happening for us all. Canyon is becoming a man, Cessna is becoming a wise middle aged woman, Aspen is finally able to play, and Phoenix is moving smoothly through his golden years. I look forward to getting back into the whole blogging thing and sharing our lives with you all.

Cookie Recipe

Everyone has been asking me for the cookie recipe I use when making my dog’s favourite treats. Here it is!!

1 cup of Oatmeal (do not use the instant type)
¼ cup of Vegetable Oil (but you can use any type of fat)
1 cup of Boiling Beef Drippings (or we sometimes use boiling water when making bananas or chicken stock )
1 Clove of Garlic (or vanilla extract when using bananas)
1 teaspoon of Parsley (or rosemary if making chicken or cinnamon if using bananas)
1 cup of Rice Flour (or whatever flour you have on hand if a gluten allergy is not an issue)
2-3 tablespoons of Corn Syrup or Honey
Enough additional flour to make a stiff dough (amount will vary)

In a large mixing bowl, add oatmeal, fat and boiling beef drippings, and mix. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.

Add 1 cup of flour, corn syrup, parsley, minced garlic and begin mixing. When well blended, begin to slowly add flour to make a stiff dough.

Take out of bowl and knead out on floured surface until smooth.

Preheat oven to 250F.

Roll dough to about ¼ inches thick and cut into shapes with your favourite cookie cutters. Place close together, but not touching (cookies will not spread much while cooking) on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 45-60 minutes or until cookies are dry and beginning to brown.

I hope your dogs enjoy these cookies as much as mine do. Thank you Missy (DG puppy raiser) for sharing this recipe with me years ago.

I’ll try and post an update on the dogs for everyone tomorrow or on the weekend at the latest….it’s been a while I know!

8 Months Have Passed

I had decided to delete this blog for a while, but now I’m back. I wasn’t sure I wanted to share my life experiences without the dogs, but after months of having things to say and nowhere to say them, I’m back!

We sold our condo in Guelph a few months ago and are beginning to just now fully settle into our northern life. I guess it took having the condo sell to help us accept the changes in our lives. It’s been an interesting summer so far.

We had a bonfire with Huib’s co-workers in May when the black flies were at their worse. It was a challenge for the first few hours, but once darkness fell and the campfire was hot, the bugs didn’t seem as horrible. Everyone had a blast and wants us to do it again in the fall – stay tuned…

What else has happened during my 9 months away…. Well my step-dad was kicked out by his wife and is now living with my sister. He spends some time with us, helping out with the dogs and yard work, but still hasn’t figured out where he wants to go next. I think Brandi is beginning to find it hard sharing her little one-bedroom apartment, but I cannot have him stay with us full-time. He has severe depression and even though his medication seems to be working now, I don’t know what I’d do if he went into one of his moments and was staying here. I don’t do well with silence and I don’t think he’d be as good about putting up with the dogs wanting to constantly play. Hopefully things will work out in the end for him, but for now Brandi will just have to put up with it.

Since Dad has been staying with Brandi, we’ve all been going fishing a lot. Huib bought me and Brandi pink fishing rods so it’s been fun joining the guys. During our first trip I caught a 21 inch pike, Huib caught a 22 inch one, Brandi caught a 15 inch bass and Dad caught two bass (a 12 inch and a 17 inch). We brought them all home and Huib cleaned them with Dad in the front yard. I’ve had pike before and don’t mind it, but tried the bass for the first time and thought it was also not too terrible. I am not much of a fish eater right now, but hopefully in the future I’ll learn to like it more. We went out again a week or so later, but weren’t as successful, just a few bites here and there without much else. On our trip out two weeks ago though I caught another pike and Huib made it for his dinner to take to work. I don’t mind pulling the weeds off my rod, but I cannot handle removing the fish I catch – I know….I’m such a girl!!!

The only other interesting thing I can think of right now to blog about is our canoe. Huib and I got a red Pelican canoe a few weeks ago and are really liking our time out on the water. Huib had to work a bunch of shifts during his week off so we decided to splurge and buy ourselves a canoe. It fits 3 people and is quite sturdy. We went for an hour paddle around the lake behind our house – it was so peaceful and beautiful. Hough Lake is really small and weedy, but Huib was able to show me different things we came across – a lily pad, some blueberries growing by the water and the beaver dam where we think a lot of our trees are going. The weather hasn’t been the greatest this week, but hopefully it will clear up so we can go out for another peaceful trip.

I’ll sign off for now, but will try and post more often.