Thursday, May 21, 2015

Weekend Fun

Even though the weekend is almost here again, we want to tell you about last weekend.  Finally the days are staying consistently warmer and there has been sunshine and melting snow. A perfect time to get out and wander the wilderness.

Callie was pleased to wander to the end of the forested area and across the snow.


Then, of course she had to roll in the remaining snow.


(not the most flattering picture of Callie)

After Callie's wander, it was time to take some others out.  Brook wasn't able to go because she wasn't feeling well. The previous day she pushed open a door, knocked over the pail of barn cat kibbles and ate and ate and ate before I got downstairs from the shower. She was extremely bloated and therefore was on crate rest. 

Initially, the plan was to take only Bill and blind Hiker together but deaf Trail insisted that he come along and not wait for later, so off we went.


Trail is using three leashes attached together but Hiker, as usual is off leash.


The landscape is so blah right now. It'll be nice to see some green and wildflowers soon.

Trail, Bill and Hiker

A happy trio in the wilderness.  Once again it made think, as I often do, how lucky we are to have so many acres of land to wander.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Callie's leg

Callie has been having some issues with her left rear leg for a while.  During her recent annual check-up she was declared in good health except for her knee which has some fluid on it. Our veterinarian said it is likely a cruciate tear. Callie had the same type of problem on the other leg a couple of years ago just before we made our big move east.  

After talking it over with our vet, we've decided to try Callie on a daily dose of Metacam and see how she responds. Happily, she is responding very well and is no longer limping.  Due to her personality, Callie is not a good candidate for surgery. Well, actually, it is more that she is not a good candidate for the requirements of the recovery.  The physical therapy that would need to be done to her leg would not be tolerated since Callie is not one who enjoys being touched very much.  A simple pat or a brief belly rub and that is about all she wants.



So, she will likely remain on the Metacam long term and be able to resume her playing and wandering in the wilderness. Not to worry, the playing is low key...after all Callie is getting older. She is somewhere between nine and ten years old but shows almost no signs of slowing down.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A relaxing read?

Over the course of the past few weeks, the cats have been climbing on the "new" bookshelf in the kitchen and arranging the books the way they think they should be.  As you can see, they arranged the books so that they have a nice place to lay for a nap.


Although Molly looks annoyed, she really does like the cats, especially Alice since she will tolerate all the nudging and sniffing that Molly likes to do.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Spring is here!

Finally, at last, it seems as though spring has arrived here on the island.  How do we know for sure other than the warmer temperatures?  This is how we know that it is spring.


Then along came blind and mostly deaf Brook.  She tried to lay on the top step also but since there was no room, decided to get try a step down.


Our warm weather outdoorsy girl, blind Hiker is the happiest of the pack, having discovered this slab of cement at one of the doors. Since it receives full sun all afternoon, it gets warm and is a great place to relax.


The past few days after supper, out she goes and she will lay there until bedtime.  Spring is finally here!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Another critter

With some warmer temperatures finally arriving and the snow melting, there has been a new critter hanging around.


Luckily the dogs have not noticed it. There is still a large pile of snow on the other side of the fenced area towards the woods and this critter was in that area.


We heard about five dogs in one week that got sprayed by skunks. Since the pack is always out in their fenced area, hopefully they won't have any close encounters. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Nine Days Later

Our recent post, Critter Watch, showed the amount of snow we had.  The critter watch has been continuing and nine days after those pictures were taken, here is the view:


A nice change from this:


There has been a major snow melt (and some flooding) in recent days.  As many of you know, that means mud. Luckily for us, the yard is fairly dry and the dogs aren't having to have the often dreaded bath.

As for Bill, this is what he was keeping an eye on at the barn door: