Friday, August 23, 2013

Batten Down the Hatches!

And I quote:
Tonight, 23 August
Cloudy. 30 percent chance of rain showers early this evening. Snow mixed with rain beginning this evening. Snowfall amount 5 cm. Blowing snow with visibilities at times less than 2 kilometres overnight. Wind west 60 km/h gusting to 90. Low minus 1.
Saturday, 24 August
Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries early in the morning. Wind northwest 50 km/h gusting to 70 diminishing to 30 gusting to 50 in the afternoon. High plus 2.
Does Mother Nature know that it's only August 23rd?!  I think someone should have a talk with her.  As I type this entry the ground is turning white, the wind is howling and the water in my toilet is looking like the movie The Perfect Storm.  I finally gave in and turned on the heat tonight as Miss Molly was trying to crawl under the blankets and my fingers were having a difficult time typing as they were so cold.  Minus 1 isn't so bad but when you add 90kms winds and snow it's like a mini blizzard...and not the Dairy Queen kind.
After work today the dogs and I headed to the bay to take some pictures and then met Craig by the ocean to check out the huge waves happening on the Northwest Passage. 
Series of three pics as the waves pound the rock on the bay 
Large ship in the background is the Canadian Coast Guard, Sir Wilfred Laurier

Our pier getting battered today

Nunavut Flag on the shores of the Arctic Ocean/Northwest Passage

Waves were extremely large

I could of stayed out there all evening long to watch the waves pound the rocky shore but with the wind and waves came the snow...yup snow in August!  So off we went back home - in a blizzard.
Blowing snow on the road on the way home

Snow starting to cover our yard - poor little bird

That's one of my bird feeders that Craig had to take down before it flew away

We can usually see the water from this view but not tonight
The past couple of weeks we have seen our first cruise ship and barge arrive in the Bay and the Canadian Coast Guard and these explorers that are travelling through the Northwest Passage on their personal water crafts. I do not know much about these adventurers but their website is:
Personal fishing boat in foreground, Martin Bergmann in the middle (blue) and the barge behind

The other side of the barge

The first barge leaving

Cruise ship

Dangerous Waters adventurers

Diamonds in the Ruff, the rescue that I am involved with, had raised enough funds to have a Cambridge Bay Vet Clinic last week.  The vet team arrived on Tuesday from Alberta and started their busy schedule the following morning at 8am and ended many evenings past 8pm.  They probably could of stayed a week and still had people waiting.  They performed over 20 surgeries a day and many check ups and vaccines, we do not have the final numbers yet.  Diamonds in the Ruff hope is to raise enough funds again for them to return next year for another clinic. It was a pleasure meeting this fine bunch of animal lovers and I hope to see them again.
I had the pleasure of volunteering all day last Friday and both Mocha and Blitz had surgery that day.  Mocha who is about 16 had a suspicious lump removed and we found out that she was in kidney failure.  I will wait for the pathology report and we will live each day one at a time.  Blitz had two of his feet 'fixed' as he tore his webbing so now he is stitched up and wearing the Cone of Shame...poor guy.  Or should I say poor us as I think we have bruises on the back of our legs from him bumping us with that cone.  One more week and I will remove the sutures and hopefully the cone.  Blitz was very worried about his cat for the first couple of days home and would lay beside her on the floor.
The core group: Susan, Connie, Lucy and Audrey

Leaving the Bay to head to Kugluktuk for a clinic

A few pics of the patients and owners

Blitz was so concerned about Mocha

Not liking the cone much - nice lips! haha

Even my Hannah looked after Mocha, or she just wanted her orthopedic bed.  Mocha has an infection from licking so now I wrap her up after applying antibiotic cream and she is also on Amoxicillin.
Talk soon!


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