Saturday, October 20, 2012

Tundra Romp

Well before I get into the fun stuff I thought I'd tell you about the crappy stuff first, you know get it out of the way.   I'm going to go back a bit to about 2 weeks ago when I had enough of the pain in my ankle and went to the Health Centre.  It's the same ankle that I broke and had ligament damage last year and it's been bothering me for a few months.  Yes I said months.  X-rays were taken and because we do not have a radiologist up here the x-rays were sent to Yellowknife.  Now to make a long story short the doctor up here received the report back and Yellowknife suggests that I have a CT scan done, see an orthopedic doctor and possible surgery as it looks like one of the bone chips have migrated into the joint area....hence the grief this ankle has been giving me.  The doctor here also wrote up a prescription for an air cast which arrived this week.  I am supposed to wear this until I have my appointment in Yellowknife.   Will keep you all posted.
Our little foster puppy Sam flew out on Monday and Blitz  was very sad and depressed for a few days after.  He is so good with other dogs and he just loves puppies.  This week also brought in loads of mail as we had one day of planes arriving last week (due to weather).  Besides normal mail stuff the dogs received some new beds.  Molly is very happy with her new cozy cave bed and Hannah got a new memory foam bed, both from Drs. Foster and Smith.
Now the fun stuff!  Today I headed out with the dogs and the Nikon.  We spent the whole afternoon outside as the temperature was sitting around -2'c today, no sun but it was a beautiful day.  All the dogs played ball, hunted and just romped and tonight I have three very tired ones.  Only one 'accident' while out, Blitz re-injured his paw again.  A few months ago he tore his webbing, was on antibiotics for 21 days and EMT gel and it was all healed up, well so we thought.  Today he ran to me limping and bleeding, poor thing tore that webbing again.  ARGGGG!  So tonight he is all bandaged up and we'll see what it looks like tomorrow morning.
Talk soon!
Snuggle time with Molly

 Blitz was very depressed after Sam left
Molly's new cozy cave bed
My new air cast
Blitz having some fun playing ball
Digging for lemmings
Molly also getting in on the hunt
Blitz catching snowflakes
Not much difference between the land and the sky colour 
The girls checking out what Blitz is digging for
Could not get their attention
Molly watching some ravens
Blitz watching Molly
Snowy owl 
Who you looking at?
Frozen in time
The bay is finally frozen

Saturday, October 13, 2012

My Life Has Gone to the Dogs

Surprised?  Most of you who know me won't be surprised when I state that we have yet another foster dog staying with us.  This one is a little different in many ways,  as he was our neighbour's dog and we saw him grow and come out of his shell.  Our neighbour is a good dog owner but just can not afford the $1500.00 to send out his female for spaying.  A sad reality to northern living.  The other two fosters we had were only with us for a couple of hours but this little guy, Sam, arrived last night after work and will be with us for the weekend.  Sam is a cute little husky cross, about 10 weeks old and my Blitz loves him to pieces.  I have been feeling a bit under the weather this week so I am pleased that Blitz is a good puppy sitter.

It's weird having a northern breed in the house as he howls, doesn't chance a ball and pants due to the heat in the house.  This little guy was born and lived his first few weeks outside and has never been in a house.  I vaccinated and dewormed him yesterday and from there he and Blitz played and played and played, both are quite tired this afternoon.  He slept most of the night, only woke me up a couple of times, once to go outside for a pee and the other time he was panting...two of ours were under our blankets.  Again, very strange for me to see the difference in the breeds.  All in all Sam has been a very good puppy and we will miss him when he goes, well maybe not the cat she will be pissed at me for weeks to come.

I am asking my readers a huge favour, to vote for the organization that I am involved with up here.  You are allowed to vote once a day and we require as many votes as possible to help us raise funds to fly a vet and supplies/equipment up here.  Minimum cost is about $10,000.00 for this to happen.  Here is the link to vote for Diamonds in the Ruff:  I thank you all in advance!
The weather was a bit ugly this past week with blowing snow and the temps close to -20'c with the windchill.  So needless to say winter has arrived and will stay with us for the next 8 months.  We will be leaving for Florida and Antigua this winter, two different trips within a month apart so will receive our share of vitamin D for the winter.  I noticed this week a change in the amount of daylight we receive daily as the sun is rising when we head to work and close to setting when we get off work.  Today it rose at 8:02 and will set at 17:31, we loose about 10 minutes a day until November 30 when it will set and not rise until mid January.
A week ago I had a meeting with Clara at the Arctic Visitor Centre.  She heard through the grapevine that I may have some photographs of the Maud that she may want to purchase.  After 80 years the Maud is scheduled to leave Cambridge Bay next year so the Centre is looking for recent photos of it.  I printed 4 pictures in total for her, 2 - 11 x 14 and 2 - 11 x 17 and she is very interested in all 4 prints.  She has a meeting next week and we will go from there, it is very exciting!
Talk soon!
Blitz, Hannah and Molly
My beautiful yellow lab
She blends so well with the rocks
I usually don't get so many good pics of Hannah but she was a great model this day
The princess Molly
My boy Blitz
The men in my life, Craig & Blitz
Blitz and Sam playing
and playing
and playing
Getting tired
Sam tired out but Blitz is keeping an eye on him

Both are done for the night
Cute little pink pads - love the black dots
Sam at rest
Sleeping under the table
This is what our view was for most of last week
Hardly can see the tower