Archives for June 2012

Posing For Pictures

On The Road Again

This past weekend we took the dogs south. I had to see the doctor for some medication refills and to touch base on what the neurologist had suggested for migraine relief, so we also made a vet appointment and planned to visit friends in Toronto.

the vet visit went well. Everyone was checked over thoroughly and then had blood withdrawn for Heartworm and tick borne disease testing. Dr B gave the labs their rabies vaccine and then prepared homeopathic remedies for both of the goldens. Aspen’s remedy is supposed to help her with anxiety and possible pain, since Dr B feels she needs some chiropractic adjustment. Back in the spring last year, Canyon ran full speed into Aspen, sending her flying, so now she seems to be out of alignment and Dr B would like us to take her for adjustments the next time we are in the area. I honestly never thought I’d be taking my dog to a chiropractor but I also couldn’t imagine ignoring Aspen’s possible discomfort.

After the vet appointment, we drove to Ren’s to see our friend Kelly and do a little shopping. We often stay with Kelly during our visits south, but she is currently fostering a dog from Aussie Rescue that is not too dog friendly, so visiting her at home wasn’t really an option. At Ren’s we chatted briefly with Kelly and bought Canyon a new toy – it’s like a cuz, but is all holey and has a water bottle crunched up inside it – as well as some blueberry treats and some kitty Greenies.

We then set off for Toronto and stayed with Taz and Caleb for the weekend.

On Saturday we drove to Newmarket to buy some new running shoes for Huib and then to Aurora to plant some flowers at my Mom’s grave. A few years ago, Huib and I created a little garden in front of her gravestone and try to plant flowers each summer. After we were done, we set off for Etobicoke and took Phoenix’s foster family for dinner at Swiss Chalet. Ray and Alice are doing well. Alice no longer needs a wheelchair and just uses her walker to get around. It’s so amazing to see the progress she has made since her stroke three years ago.

sunday was Woofstock. We drove the Orlando downtown and then parked it in the Metro’s underground parking lot. We thought we’d park there so that the dogs could have a safe place to rest if they became too overheated or tired.

Look who else came…

It’s Rogue’s sister Ruby!

Ruby is a little bigger than Rogue and has slightly longer and darker fur. She is absolutely adorable though, just like her sister. I can’t wait to have the girls meet in a less chaotic environment though because similar to Rogue (at times) Ruby was a bit timid and subdued, so it will be neat to see her in her own environment.

Woofstock was great, there were tons of different vendors and organizations to see. We got various treats and bought life jackets for the girls and winter coats for the labs. the life jackets are red with black and the winter coats are purple and bluish purple. I really wanted to get them each a cooling coat (it feels like a shammy and you cover it in water to keep the dogs cool) but they were over a hundred dollars, so we will need to wait on that.

Time to cool off…

By the end of our trip, the dogs were completely exhausted! they all piled into the Orlando and we didn’t hear from them until we arrived in Huntsville a few hours later.

Fishing With Rogue

This afternoon Huib and I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and take Rogue fishing. We weren’t too sure what we were thinking, taking the Rogue puppy, but we knew it would be an adventure anyways lol!

When we first arrived at the fishing destination, there was no one around, except for us. I had Rogue wear her Easy Walk Harness and then looped her leash through my belt so that I had both hands to reel in my line if I were to catch a real big fish. rogue isn’t a big swimmer, so we didn’t see an issue with her wanting to jump off the dock into the water, but we didn’t realize that she would find it necessary to talk the entire time we were out. She was either bored, or trying to call the fish, because she pretty much talked the entire three hours we were fishing – making her moans and groans and whines.

Huib was the better fisherman today, he caught two Pike and had a one and a half foot Pickerol before it became free. All I managed to do, was lose three brightly coloured lures lol!

After three hours of fishing, we had used up the worms and grubs Huib collected from our garden, so decided to pack up for the day. I’m not sure, but I think Rogue was also ready to go home.

Banana Oat & Carob Bites

For anyone who is interested, here is the recipe for Canyon’s birthday treats. I think I copied the recipe from a site called Dog Tipper.

Banana Oat & Carob Bites

3 large (very ripe) bananas 
1/2 cup (125 mL) all-natural (just peanuts) peanut butter (we used Kraft chunky) 
1/4 cup (60 mL) canola oil (we used vegetable)
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract 
2 cups (500 mL) quick oats (or old-fashioned large flake) 
2 Tbsp (30 mL) ground flaxseed (optional) 
1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder 
1/4 tsp (1 mL) cinnamon 
pinch of salt 
1/2 cup (125 mL) carob chips (optional, we had powdered so just mixed it into the batter)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with the peanut butter, oil and vanilla.
3. Add the oats, flaxseed, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and stir just until blended. Add the optional carob chips and stir until combined. (we let the batter sit for about 20-30 minutes so that the oats had a chance to absorb some of the liquid because the batter was pretty thin)
4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray, and bake for 12-14 minutes, until just set. Let cookies cool completely on a wire rack.

Happy Birthday Canyon!

Happy 3rd Birthday Canyon!

Today is the golden boy’s birthday. It’s both hard to believe he’s already 3, and hard to believe he’s only 3. I honestly feel as though he’s always been a part of our family. I think a lot of people feel the same, because I’ve been getting a lot of comments wishing him a happy birthday and saying that they did not realize he was only 3. I think his maturity level also plays a part, because even though he’s only 3, he behaves like he’s much older and wiser.

Yesterday Huib and I took rogue to dinner with one of his co-workers and didn’t get home until after midnight, so we brought Canyon a maple dipped doughnut from Tim Hortons – he loved it!

Woofstock is next weekend, so instead of buying Canyon a present this weekend, we’ve decided to wait and see what he picks out there.

I guess I had better hit publish, so that I can get back to baking Canyon’s carrot birthday cake and banana carob cookies – stay tuned for pictures!