Wordless Wednesday 18: A Canadian Pilgrimage

In Calgary, it’s common to head west for the weekend to spend time in the mountains.

For various reasons, the Husband and I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to change it up and road trip east instead.

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First stop: World’s Largest Teepee in Medicine Hat

We're geeks for roadside attractions.

We’re geeks for roadside attractions.

Photo op on an old oil drilling rig.

Photo op on an old oil drilling rig.

Keeping watch at the campsite.

Keeping watch at the campsite.

Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

GPS

The GPS has a very liberal definition of “road” in rural Saskatchewan.

And then we reached a place dear to many Canadians’ hearts.

Yes, that grain elevator says Dog River!

Yes, that grain elevator says Dog River!

CORNER GAS!

CORNER GAS!

I respect that international readers will have no damn clue what Corner Gas is, so I will just say it was a hilarious Canadian TV show that ran for 6 seasons and hit very close to home for many – especially those who grew up in small towns (myself included).  It’s definitely on the list of great Canadian programming with Due South and the Mercer Report.

Chili cheese dog, anyone?

Chili cheese dog, anyone?

Basically, it’s the most Canadian place you can visit, second only to our nation’s capital.

The Ruby - chili cheese dog anyone?

Have you seen my F and E?

Fingers crossed for a movie!

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Wordless Wednesday 17: Happy 5th Birthday, Moses!

Ghetto Mo

We commemorated the occasion with a trip to Nose Hill Park.

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Moses and a friend

Moses at Nose Hill

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Wordless Wednesday 16: Osoyoos Winter

Some photos from our December travels.

Osoyoos Lake

Alma & Moses

Two Newfs under a tree

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Wordless Wednesday 15: Fall Has Arrived

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Alma

Moses & Alma

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Wordless Wednesday 14: Labour Day Weekend

A Labour Day weekend in photographs.

Alma waiting while camp is set up

Moses, filthy, in his element

Post-swim

Barrier Lake

Alma & Lake Louise

Alma at Chateau Lake Louise

Alma en route to Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House (Lake Louise behind)

Alma & Lake Agnes (at Tea House #2)

Alma & waterfall

Hope your weekend was just as scenic!

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Wordless Wednesday 13: Winter Storm Warning

It’s a late addition, but I just had to sneak in a last-minute Wordless Wednesday.

Alma was hanging out with the Husband at work, but I just had to take Moses out before the sun set to show you exactly what April looks like in Calgary.

Nothing like a Winter Storm Warning!

Moses in his element.

He hides his excitement well.

What’s that they say about “April showers”?

Wordless Wednesday 12: Hiatus

Well, I must apologize to all for the recent silence on the Soapbox, and it looks like there will be more ‘wordless’ to come in the near future.

You, see, at a regular eye exam last week, my optometrist spotted a detached retina in my left eye and it was off for Scleral buckle surgery on Friday morning for me.  Nothing caused it – lucky me, just a congenital condition that can happen when you have strong near-sightedness, as I do.

But since then, and for quite some time yet, I am to avoid reading, watching TV, and computers, which has meant for some very boring time off , and I am briefly violating that for this quick note.

Hope you all are enjoying your holidays!

I will have a lot of blog reading to catch up on when I get back!

Moses and Alma don’t mind having the extra company.

Wordless Wednesday 11: Dogs of the Dominican Republic

Wordless Wednesday: Dominican Republic Edition

Last week, the Husband and I joined some friends for a week on the  Samaná peninsula in the Dominican Republic for some sun, sand, and a beautiful wedding ceremony.

On Saturday, a few of us went on the “Walk the Plank” zip line excursion, which involved 12 different zip lines totalling over 5,000 feet long – it was ridiculously fun!  If you’re ever in the neighbourhood, don’t pass it up.

After the zip-lining, and swimming beneath a waterfall, we stopped at a beach for some fresh beverages

REALLY fresh beverages

And during our break, we had some company.

And it wasn’t just canine company.

Sure made me realise the week was practically over and I was about ready to come home to our own furballs.

Oh, and the beach was pretty nice too.

Wordless Wednesday 10: Yawn

Yawning is one of the most common calming signals dogs display.

And by calming signals, I am referring to behavioural communications used by dogs to prevent things from happening such as avoiding threats from people and dogs, calming down nervousness, fear, noise and other unpleasant things. Dogs also use them for calming themselves when they feel stressed or to make others around them (both dog and human) feel calmer or more relaxed.

Yawning is just one of several calming signals, including sniffing, looking away, excessive blinking, lip-licking, among many others, and to read more about about them and how they can enhance your own understanding of your dog’s behaviour, I recommend you look up the expert on this subject, Turid Rugaas.

Mid-yawn at Frank Slide, AB last fall.

But I’m not here to write about calming signals this Wednesday, but to demonstrate Moses’ most common one: yawning.

Moses yawns during the photo shoot for the blog about his new ramp before the surgery.

I often inadvertently snap photos of Moses mid-yawn.

I could try my hardest and never purposely get this photo again.

I’m not particularly surprised taking photos makes Mo exhibit a calming signal.  I mean, I usually have him sit or lay down somewhere I think is picturesque, then I move around – backing away, sitting on the ground, hover around him – stick a camera (or iPhone) in his face, and sometimes make noises to get him to perk up.

Grass in his jowls. Nice.

Yeah, suffice it to say, I might need some calming.

Moses yawns on a walk the other day.

Oh, and to anticipate a question: yes, Moses’ tongue is spotted; a common trait for the Newfoundland breed (but not exclusive or mandatory).

Wordless Wednesday 9: Moses & Kimbo

You know, I could’ve written a blog post or two in the past couple of weeks.  I really could’ve.

In fact, lots of blog-worthy things have happened.  And I still fully intend to blog about them.  Like Petland Canada’s announcement, for example.  Or Toronto’s awesome and unanimous decision to ban retail pets sales.

And if you follow me on Twitter, I would have spammed your news feed with exciting posts about both of those events (my apologies), so I’ve been around and aware, just not blogging.

It’s not like I have an overly good excuse, either.  I’ve been enjoying a life of luxury reading books (can’t believe I hadn’t read The Book of Negroes earlier!) and enjoying the sunshine (29°C this late in September?  Yes, please.).  I do not apologise for that.

And I don’t even have a blog post for you now.  Nope.

So here: enjoy some more adorable puppy photos, from Homer and Kimbo’s visit a few weekends ago.

Moses & Kimbo

Play time!

Vertical play is exhausting.

But higher ground has an advantage.

Or does it?

Uncle!

Truce.

I assume I have sufficiently made amends.