Archives for February 2013

The Mystery Thickens…

At approximately 2:00pm on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, a severed leg was discovered by a 22 month old red Labrador Retriever. Shocked by the gruesome discovery, she immediately brought the tiny leg to her human.

When asked where she had made the discovery, the young lab pointed in the direction of the bedroom, but couldn’t manage anything further.

When investigators arrived at the scene, nothing seemed out of place. Each stuffed animal appeared to have all of its limbs and no other evidence could be obtained.

When the other residents of the home were questioned, no one was able to provide any further information.

the evidence has been placed into the sewing box.


At approximately 6:04am on Thursday, February 28th, 2013, a woman in her early thirties stepped on a pile of soft material. Not being able to fully identify the discovery, she called her husband over for assistance.

When questioned by investigators, the husband described the scene: “My wife and I had just woken up. I was heading into the kitchen, when my wife called me back to see what she had stepped on. When I arrived by her side, I saw a pile of white stuffing, but could not see anything or anyone nearby.”

After questioning the other residents of the home, investigators combed through the mound of toys owned by the canine occupants, but were unable to find the owner of the stuffing.

Puzzled, investigators placed the evidence into the sewing box.

Investigators hope the public will be able to shed some light upon these two cases of senseless brutality.

Wildlife Candids: Moose Edition

A female moose stands in the snow, in the early morning.

Let The Countdown Begin!

On thursday, we met with the Assistant Director of Nursing at Riverside Glen in Guelph, where Huib will be working. We wanted to clarify some details and get an idea of what their expectations were of Huib before giving them the “Okay”.

After that, we went to Stone Road Mall to work with Rogue a bit before lunch at Swiss Chalet. Rogue was pretty good at keeping a somewhat loose leash while we walked around the mall. She found every door without an issue, located most snow covered curbs on the second attempt and got on and off escalators without a problem. I think she’ll be wearing boots for the first little while on escalators. I want to avoid paw injuries, if possible.

After lunch, we went to see the first of two houses available for rent in guelph. The house was okay. the neighbourhood was a little rough and the house was a bit small, but we felt it would work if needed.

We then returned to the mall for some more training and to purchase some new winter boots for me. My old boots had developed holes, so I bought an Ivory and light grey pair of Columbia brand boots.

We finished at the mall a bit early, so we drove to an old quarry near our former condo building and let Rogue run around for an hour while we walked along behind her. This is probably the first time she’s ever had the chance to run free without one of our other dogs. she was perfect. She played with a border collie mix and checked in with us frequently.

At 4:30 we went to Cambridge to see a house for purchase. The house was okay, but it was too small for our needs. I also didn’t like the fact that you could smell cat urine when you walked into the back portion of the house. It’s possible the people forgot to clean their litter, but it still bothered me. The real estate agent then checked the listings that had just come up and suggested we go into another part of Cambridge to see a different place. We liked the next one. It was a corner lot (which Huib doesn’t like), but it was a good size and it didn’t really require any work. We seriously thought about putting in an offer, but decided to go see the second rental first.

I’m really glad we did, it was amazing! The house is huge. It has four bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. the master bedroom is the same size as the living room, so in addition to Canyon and Rogue’s crates, we’ll be able to have an armchair and futon for Aspen and Cessna to use. They don’t need the furniture, but we’ve got the room, so why not? In addition to the large bedrooms, the backyard is fenced and quite big. It’s about a five minute walk from a grocery store, convenience store and coffee shop, as well as, a half hour to forty-five minute walk to stone road Mall.

We decided to take it, and will move in May 1st.

We would really rather not be paying rent, but the bank wants Huib to be done the probationary period of his new job before they’ll approve us for a mortgage. So, we’ll rent for a year, and then revisit buying a house.

I can’t wait, just 66 more days of living in Northern Ontario!


We’re moving!

Not the blog…the people 🙂

About a week ago, Huib was offered a full-time nursing position at Riverside Glen, a long-term care home in guelph. We didn’t want to tell too many people about our exciting news until he’d spoken to his current employer, so I waited to announce it here.

We’ve been wanting to move back to Guelph since last year, but we wanted to make sure Huib could get work there first. He’s been applying for jobs for a few months now and we were beginning to think we would have to stay up here until at least the fall, but then he got the call.

As long as it is okay with Riverside, Huib hopes to start working there April 1st. Housing and moving for the rest of us has been a little bit of a challenge to find right now, so he’s thinking that we’ll stay up here until the beginning or middle of May and he’ll start in Guelph, coming home in between his shifts there.

We have contacted a mortgage company and have been waiting for over a week to find out whether they’ll approve us. If the woman doesn’t get back to us today, we’re going to say “thanks for nothing” and go to an actual bank. we have saved up a sizeable amount for a down payment and Huib will be making essentially the same as he does here, so there really shouldn’t be any reason for them to refuse us – unless they want him to be done the probationary period of his new job before.

Just in case though, we’re looking at a couple of rentals on Thursday.

I’ll keep everyone posted on our moving plans.

The Case Of The Decapitated Valentines Teddy

On Tuesday, February 19th, 2012, at approximately 10:30am, a 64 year old man came upon a decapitated pink teddy bear.

When asked to describe the scene, he said: “I came out of my bedroom and as I went to walk through the living room, I saw the headless body of a plush, pink teddy bear lying in front of the television stand. nearby, I saw white fluff, but did not notice the head of the Valentines teddy”.

When asked if there were any witnesses to his discovery, he said: “I saw a young woman sitting on the couch surrounded by her four guilty looking retrievers.”

When questioned, the woman declined to point any fingers.

When the other four witnesses were asked what they had seen, each of the retrievers looked at the calico cat sitting on the television stand.

A pink Valentines teddy bear was found decapitated and gutted in front of the television stand, and according to the retrievers…the cat did it.

The Purina Diet

I received this from a friend via e-mail and find it funny every time I see it, so thought I’d share, in case others have not.

Yesterday I was at my local Pet Smart buying a large bag of Purina dog Chow for my loyal pet, Jake, the Wonder Dog and was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

What did she think I had an elephant?

So because I’m retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her That no, I didn’t have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I
added that I probably shouldn’t, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I’d lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and
IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is, to load your pants pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is
nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was
now enthralled with my story.)

Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care, because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stopped to pee on a fire hydrant and a car hit me.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.

PET SMART won’t let me shop there anymore.

Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the World to think of crazy Things to say.

Please Vacate!

we have a mouse problem.

It seems as though Mickey and his friends have decided to move in.

Laya, our maine coon cross, has been hard at work trying to move them out, but she needed backup.

Logan, our calico, and Branden, my sister’s tuxedo cat, have not been any help. Logan would rather chase spongy balls and sit on our laps. Meanwhile, Branden likes to chase Laya and take over her sleeping spots.

so, we bought some traps.

So far in the past four days, Laya has caught about seven mice and the traps have caught another eight to ten.

I really hope Mickey and his friends start getting the message that they are not welcome.

I have nothing against mice, I’d just rather they lived outside of my home.

Married 7 Years

As of about 4:30pm today, Huib and I will have been married for seven years.

It’s hard to believe so many years have already passed, but then, as the saying goes “time flies when you’re having fun”.

I’m so lucky to be married to the most amazing man I know.

Words really can’t adequately express how amazing he is, so I’ll share 7 things that I love about him:
1. His willingness to listen. he may not always be good at listening to something I ask him to do, but he’s an amazing listener when I need a shoulder to cry on.
2. His mutual love of most chick flicks. Many of my friends have to bribe their significant others to go watch a chick flick, but Huib volunteers to go watch one with me. I’ll even find him crying at a particularly sad part, like at the ending of The Notebook.
3. His abundance of patience. Unlike my Mom, Huib’s only patients aren’t just located at work. The dogs and I can be pretty demanding at times, but he seems to take it all in stride.
4. His ability to put up with my extended family. Most people wouldn’t put up with such a dysfunctional bunch, but Huib seems to find their antics almost entertaining.
5. His ability to make me laugh even when I’m sad. No matter how I’m feeling, Huib always has something witty or completely corny to say that will cause me to smile.
6. His down to earth nature. I have a tendency to jump feet first into things, but Huib is the complete opposite. If I want to do something that he isn’t so sure about, he seems to know the right questions to ask that cause me to truly think the situation through before acting.
7. The fact that he loves me for me. No matter what others may see as my flaws, Huib loves me for me and says he couldn’t imagine me being any different.

I wish I had some recent pictures to share of us together, but we seem to only take pictures of the dogs.

Happy Anniversary My Love!

It’s been an amazing ride so far, I can’t wait to see what the future brings.

Outward Hound Back Pack

Rogue wearing her teal and grey Outward Hound back pack. It's a side view of her, so she's turned to look at the camera and you can see a blur where her tail should be. She has her Silverfoot martingale on and there is a black guide handle attached to a little silver carabeaner.

The 10th Assistance Dog Blog Carnival Entries

The 10th round of the Assistance Dog blog Carnival has come and gone.

I wrote a post about Rogue and how perfection is an impossible goal. if you’d like to check that out, you can go here.

For those who are interested in reading some of the other submissions, you can find them here.