It was a lovely sunny day in Seaforth and we spent most of it outside playing. By we, I mean I'm speaking for myself, Monty , and my BFF's Louie and Levi , Benji and the new guy who arrived this morning, Tuck . I never thought I would have so many great playmates and they chased me, I chased them, we picked up sticks and hid behind bushes until we were all tuckered out.
Her Ladyship Lily joined our group this morning and began agitating and got everyone excited about going down to the water. About mid-morning Stephanie took Lily and the other big critters down to the beach so they could have some fun while Louie and I stayed home with Mary to have a nap. When they got back, they told me all about their adventures and they said that the next time I come to stay, I'll be able to go with them. Here they are checking out all the things thrown up on the shore after the storm.
Baxter bragged about his encounter with a Cormorant which he flushed off the rocks where it had been sunning itself. Here he is giving a good impression of a Pointer while the bird took to the air and then perched on an outcrop of the cliff where it gave Baxter a good scolding.
When they got back from the beach, Tuck had just arrived so everyone got introduced and the playing began and lasted most of the day except for the required nap time. We hung out over by the barn while Stephanie did the chores and I showed Tuck all my favorite places while some of the old hipsters watched us.
Well, that's how our day unfolded from my perspective and I know I'll have these good friends to remember when I go home. I gotta tell you, before I go, that I also had a great time trying to round up a bird when I went outside after my afternoon nap. Mary was watching me from the window as I circled the Artic Current bushes in the front yard, staring intently at something. Then she saw this Sparrow pop out, I made a dash to get closer and the bird went back into the bush, out of sight. I was so fixated on making a new friend of that little bird, that I wouldn't even leave to go and get my dinner when Mary called me. I circled those bushes again and again but that Sparrow could disappear into the branches and come out the other side before I knew what to do next. Mary watched the sparrow tire of the game and fly off while I kept circling that bush. Eventually my appetite got the better of me and I ran inside, the last one to eat and there was some extra in the dish to fill me up. I really work up an appetite playing with my friends.
Hello, my name is Max and I don't often speak up but I thought I would have my say today and then I won't have to worry about contributing to the DogBlog for the rest of my stay. We're supposed to take turns and someone mentioned that I hadn't taken mine since I arrived, so here goes.
First of all, I have been advised that today is a special day for this lady friend of mine, Chloe . It's her 13th birthday and she will celebrate with all of us today but it may be difficult to tell when she's celebrating since she's not the most expressive gal. Don't be fooled, she's just as grumpy as she looks. Just kidding, that's my feeble attempt at a joke and I hope she doesn't hear about it or she'll give me what for.
The day started out nice and sunny and our five day-visitors arrived on schedule. There was Benson, Oliver, Drake, Odin and Hunter. Hunter's human didn't come empty handed. She had a lovely bunch of Sticky Buns that she had left with Stephanie who quickly arranged to have them put under lock and key so no tall, thieving critters could help themselves like they did the last time she baked this confection. This is Levi who arrived for a two-week stay and it didn't take him long to check everything out but he couldn't find a trace of those Sticky Buns. So, now to the important stuff, like our beach hike. Here's a pictorial show for you. Did you notice the goofy face I made for the camera? I should be an emoji model, right?
Odin was digging for clams and he couldn't figure out why he wasn't finding any. I think the clams are smarter than Odin.
Oh look, there's Drake trying to imitate my goofy expression but he can't quite pull it off, though it was a good effort. Meanwhile, me and my pal M'Gosh, went fishing for minnows in the shallow water and Benson gave us his standing ovation.
While, spring may be on the horizon, there's still a pond full of ice and the surf tells the tale of the recent stormy weather.
We tired ourselves out and then headed back to the house for a big drink of water and a nap in the warm sunroom. Stephanie took the no-beach gang out for a long walk while we relaxed and they had lots of fun chasing one another around.
I did notice Nala scratching her back, Stella flirting with Drake and Hunter giving a squirrel the stink eye.
At the end of the afternoon, I was getting bored with the whole DogBlog assignment and I didn't even notice when Benji arrived and Oliver, Drake and Benson departed. I think I was napping. I did wake up to have my dinner and then Odin got picked up, followed by Hunter. The Sticky Buns were a big hit, by the way, and are being savoured as a treat by Mary and Stephanie.
Our little buddy, Louie, arrived right on time but he didn't need any mentoring by me, he just jumped in with all four paws and was soon racing around the yard with Monty and Levi in hot pursuit. Good thing he didn't need my help cause, frankly, I'm bushed after such a busy day and all I want to do is find a comfy bed and sleep, so if anything interesting happened after that, someone else will have to tell the tale.
When we awoke this morning, it was drizzly and windy and this did not appeal to any of us. No one wanted to stay out in the wind so it was a quick run outside to do our business and then back to the door. After breakfast Stephanie took Monty over to the North Field and played a few rounds of fetch with him while we waited for Nala Jr to get here. And speaking of mud, she seemed to be a magnet for it. Soon most of us made our way over to the cabana with Stephanie so Angel could start the house cleaning. Monty stayed back at the house with Mary, so he could keep to his nap schedule and Saki, Atticus, Stella, Cruze and Plum also stayed back at the house with Mary as they have no interest in the shenanigans that happen over in the cabana.
Inside the cabana we were warm and cozy and enjoying the comfy beds while getting dried off. The next bit of action was the arrival of Mika for her day of fun and Nala Jr was very happy to see her, as were M’gosh, Lucy and Max because they are all big fans of running and wrestling which is what Mika likes to do. We were inside when a heavy downpour began and that's when Sasha’s humans arrived and Mary escorted her to the gate. They were very happy to be reunited with their little 'red fox' and we were relieved that the five a.m. howler was on her way so we might be able to sleep a little later in the morning.
Between naps, Monty spent his time playing with the various toys Mary had fashioned for him when they weren’t being confiscated by Cruze, that is. Saki's big, blue donut bed and his wool blanket went into the washer along with a bunch of other dog stuff and after two loads, the beds were fresh and clean along with the couch covers. At lunch time, Nala and Mika played with Monty as it had stopped raining and the sun was trying to shine and a wooly-bear caterpiller came out to see if Spring was here.
The rest of us were all so busy, playing and trying to stay dry, that the day sped by and before we knew it our day care pals were departing. Time for dinner.
After such a busy day we were tired and ready for rest so we each flopped on a freshly washed dog bed or the sofa and snoozed most of the evening away.
Our new bestie from across the road, Ollie was dropped off just before breakfast and in a very good mood. He and M’Gosh hit it off right away and they took off bounding through the fields while the rest of us waited for Stephanie to get here to rustle up our grub. After breakfast, Benny got here for his day of fun and a little while after that Luke pulled up to the gate in his human’s new, 'inferno red ' car. That’s when the energy output got cranked up a few notches. Even Monty thought Luke was a little too energetic so 'Wild Boy Luke' went over to the cabana where Lucy, M’Gosh, Ollie, Nala and Benny were playing with Angel. That suited Luke just fine since he found Ollie to be on the same wavelength and they wrestled and played together all morning.
Saki, Inky, Atticus, Max, Baxter, Sasha, Stella (wearing a smart sweater) and Cruze all breathed a sigh of relief once they saw the hind end of Luke since they prefer to have a more serene atmosphere where they can meditate or nap, pick up very large sticks or do some bird watching.
The next guest to join our fun was Plum who will be staying for a few weeks. She has been here many times before so, after a nice walk with Stephanie and Sasha , she made up her mind on how to proceed. One look at Luke and Ollie and M'Gosh racing around the North field was enough to convince her that her place was with the meditating group. It was around this time that Monty got to have his lunch while we all drooled from the other side of the gate and then he curled up in his kennel for a nap. He's a very good puppy.
Since the weather was wet, cold and icy, the path to the beach was slippery. So, there would be no beach trip today, but Luke was doing such a good job of distracting us, we hardly even noticed. The rest of the day unfolded as it usually does, with our day-care pals departing just before supper. We ate and laid claim to a dog bed for the evening while Monty retired to his private suite and the heavy fog descended on Seaforth.
It was another pre-dawn start for Mary today. Kali’s humans had an early appointment and asked Mary to let them drop Kali off earlier than usual. Very early! Because Kali is such a good girl and Mary would likely be listening to the five o’clock howler anyway, she agreed but made it clear it was a special favour.
We always feel compelled to welcome new arrivals even when it's still dark outside, so most of us were outside and ready to start the day with Kali. Once the sun came up, we thought Stephanie would be here momentarily to give us our breakfast so we all ran down to the fence in the front yard and sounded off hoping that she would hear us and hurry it up a little. Unfortunately, that didn’t work because Stephanie had to get Ellie to school and all that stuff before she could come to feed us. Finally, about an hour later, we watched with great excitement as her car drove up. Before long everyone had their breakfast bowl in front of them and we all made pretty quick work of our food then we went out to sniff around and investigate the snow.
The sun was shining brightly and it was getting warm enough to start melting snow. We had a few more daycare pals to wait for before we could get the beach party started. Gracie and Odin arrived within minutes of each other, along with Angel. While we waited for Stephanie to get the big brown horse turned out, fed and watered, we accompanied Angel on a short poop patrol. Before long, we were being organized in our groups of non-beach goers, beach goers and the three amigos, Chloe, Karter and Arthur who get to run down to meet us after all the ball throwing is over.
As you can see from the photos, the beach was pretty much the highlight of our day. It was warm and sunny, everyone got along great and no one ran off to chase after those noisy pheasants.
When we returned from our seaside hike, Angel took most of us over to the cabana to rest and hang out while two new youngsters arrived and got acquainted with the place. The first was a neighbour, Joey , an eight month old Cockapoo who just wanted to come play for a few hours. Next up was Monty , a five month old Irish Setter who will be staying for about a week. They both took off bounding through the snow and Sasha and Nala joined in their fun, but only for shot spurts. Those pups have a lot of unleashed energy but they're both amusing to watch. Piper's human drove up to the gate and wanted to take his gal home, so we said goodbye until her next visit.
Around lunchtime Angel brought the crew over from the cabana and had a bite of lunch. We all were introduced to Joey and Monty and after a quick sniff, most of us were indifferent. Puppies are a lot of work for dogs of a more mature outlook. It's best not to get too involved. The afternoon slipped away and the warm sun melted a lot of the snow. Joey went home mid-afternoon, then Monty had to find another playmate. Cruze was a good sport and he helped to keep Monty entertained.
One piece of news that we wanted to share was that we have a couple of new fans following our DogBlog out in Calgary. Maybe Marley and Ruby would send us a photo so we could see what they are up to. A big 'Hi, how are ya' to both of them from all of us here in Seaforth.
The day visitors, Odin and Gracie got picked up and we had our dinner cleaned up by the time Kali's human arrived to get her. Monty was starting to feel a little worn out so he had a nap in his crate and then later we all took our late walk and he enjoyed the romp in the dark with Mary's headlamp lighting our way.
We were awakened early this morning by the patter of many little paws at five-thirty. Mary tried to pretend that she didn't hear hoping that the early risers would go back to sleep but soon there were more urgent nudges and even a few barks asking if they could go outside and see what the morning had in store. Down the stairs we rushed and out the door we raced to find four inches of fresh white stuff covering every tree and bush and the bare ground of yesterday. It was like we had been teleported to another place while we slept.
Piper was pleased with all that fluffy white stuff while Stella stayed on her bed and declined our invitations to go outside.
Rollie, the Plow guy, drove up a short while later and cleared most of the snow off the parking areas and left the driveway almost bare to the gravel. Mary had long since figured that returning to bed for another hour of sleep wasn't in the cards, so she set about making some Blueberry-Sunflower Seed Muffins and getting some e-mails answered.
When Kelsea arrived, we were all ready and willing to eat our breakfast and then Charley's humans drove up to the gate to get their very tired little gal and take her home. Beauty also joined us for another day of activity and she enjoyed snuffling in the soft snow and saying hello to all of us. Kelsea suggested that it would be a good idea to head down to the beach this morning before the tide rose so she assembled her beach goers and off they raced down the hill. Daisy couldn't go this time since she was being picked up by her human but she voiced her objections loud and clear.
It was just as Daisy was leaving that Tristan, the snow shoveling guy and his helper Owen marched in with their shovels at the ready and set about the task of clearing all of the snow away from all the doorways, steps and gates and shoveling the path to the manure pile. Forty minutes later they were all done and moving on to their next customer. Kelsea returned from the beach with her tired pack of critters and they all found a comfy spot in the sunroom to nap while lunch was prepared and Maybelle and Skit were reunited with their human and driven home.
Things didn't remain quiet for very long as we got to meet another Chocolate Lab called Moose who now lives with our Black Lab friend, Chase. They raced around in the snow and had a great time while we joined in a few of their games and showed them how things were done around here. Then, our buddy, M'Gosh was dropped off by his humans to have a vacation and he was over the moon with excitement at seeing so many of his old friends and getting to meet some new ones. To cap off the day's activities, Cuffs human arrived to get her and take her home for a week, when she will return to us while the renovations to her home continue.
Finally, the evening meal was prepared and served and all we wanted to do was find a comfy spot to nap after dinner. M'Gosh had other ideas and he tried to stir up some playtime but he had to settle for a few sorties out into the snow by himself. It's late now and Mary is rounding us up for our late walk and it's snowing again but we all go for a walk and bark at nothing while Mary feeds the horse and closes up the barn.
What a busy Saturday morning it was and it started early with the arrival of Lucy and Ollie before breakfast. This is Ollie's third visit and he's still very excited about all this room to run and all these friends who want to play with him. Lucy is interested in only one thing. The beach. Unfortunately, the waves and storm surge are still bashing the shoreline so we likely won't be able to go today.
After breakfast, the fast pace continued with the arrival of Baxter and Nala and then the excitement of meeting Teddy. She has come to live with the family of our dear friend, Holly, who passed away last year and she has big paws to fill. Stephanie starting taking photos of her right away just because she's just so darn cute. She was quite fascinated by Inky and his neck wear and she was happy to meet the rest of us,
Okay, that's enough of that cutie pie stuff, we can see she's going to be getting a lot of hugs and kisses when she arrives later in March.
Maybelle and Skit were dropped off for an overnight stay and they immediately began their detailed inspection of every shrub, tree, rock and blade of grass on the place. Once they had satisfied themselves about who has been here lately, they stopped to say hello to the rest of us. Then we had to say goodbye to Maggey and Max as they drove off and Rusty, the PlayDog centerfold wannabe was very excited to see his human drive up to the gate and ask him if her naughty boy wanted to go home. We had a leisurely afternoon, enjoying the warm sun and being a somewhat sedentary and then came dinner and the subsequent departure of Lily and Ollie. Seeing the little bit of green grass peeking through the brown thatch makes us think that Spring can't be far away.
The morning started out with a lot of snow and wind and the arrival of Baxter and Nala who will spend the day with us. Mary had an appointment in the city so she had to leave just after breakfast and we spent the day following Stephanie around as she tackled all kinds of jobs, including a major wash of dog bed covers. The snow stopped and the sun came out and melted what had fallen and that kind of was the pattern for the day. Our gal, Daisy, arrived mid-morning to spend a couple of days and she was followed by Maggey and Max and then Karter. Stephanie took lots of photos of us playing outside as you can see.
The surf was rough all day after yesterday's storm and we could watch the approach of the snow squalls while a big container ship moved through the furry of snow over the water.
Mary got home from her city adventure and then Stephanie departed to pick up Ellie and get some grocery shopping done for both she and Mary. It wasn't long before Kelsea arrived for her afternoon shift and she kept us outside and on the move until it was time for Baxter and Nala to go home. The our favorite time of day, dinnertime, was at hand and we enjoyed our meals and the nice long naps that followed.
The morning started off with very high easterly winds and Odin blew in with almost as much energy. Lily also arrived back for another hockey weekend and we had to bid farewell to our great pal, Murphy, as he reunited with his human and headed home. The highlight of the day was meeting a new Cockapoo friend called Joey who wants to come and spend some play time with us. We went out for a couple of walks with him but that wind soon drove all of us inside and it wasn't long before the ice pellets started to fall.
Those freezing conditions soon had everything coated with ice and the lights began to flicker, threatening to throw us into a power outage. We watched as the trees and shrubs became loaded down with ice and the top of one of the spruce trees in front of the house snapped off landing in the driveway.
Mary was keeping a close eye on the Poplar tree that blew over during Hurricane Dorian. It was righted when Dorian's east raging winds shifted and came at us hard from the west. The hope was that the tree would be okay once the roots were back in the ground because Mary didn't want to cut it down, if it could be avoided. The wind direction today was putting that poor tree to the test under the weight of all that ice.
Here is what that Poplar and other trees and shrubs were dealing with around dinner time.
If you think you recognize that bark ( dog not tree ) , send us a message and we'll tell you if you were right.
Kelsea arrived for the afternoon shift and she was a good sport, taking us out in that horrible wind and trying to give us a little fun. Odin's human called to say he would be picked up early and shortly after that we had dinner, Kelsea fed the horse and moved the top of the spruce tree out of the driveway before going home. We got a break in as much as the power didn't go out.
It is just about time for us to take our late walk and the wind has shifted to the south-west, so we'll get our business taken care of and then head to bed.
Nala Jr. arrived to spend the day, just as excited as ever and she was thrilled to see many of her favorite friends on hand to greet her. Charley and Murphy rushed out the door to say hello and the three of them raced off on one of their many adventures.
The Window Installer was scheduled to arrive at nine this morning so Stephanie got our breakfast cleared up and moved us over to the cabana before the rest of the day-visitors arrived. When Luke got here the action was taken to a new level as he raced around getting everyone pumped. Kali tried to bring a calming influence but there's no diluting Luke. The Window guy arrived right on time and got started on the replacement of the broken sunroom window. Even though we barked to let him know we would like to come and assist him, he proceeded with his task and we went back to playing. Even old Max couldn't resist a romp with the youngsters.
Stella and Cruze were still settling in after their arrival last evening and Stephanie made sure she got a bunch of photos so their humans could see that they were doing fine. Stella's not much for playing but, every once in a while, she'll join one of us in a game of chase while Cruze spends most of his time looking for sticks.
We continue to enjoy warmer temperatures which has one down side. MUD! After the snow and ice start to melt, there are lots of mud holes and rotten stuff on the softening ground which some of us just can't resist. These smelly things need to be rolled in and today Sasha was in the mood to sample these along with Charley. Sasha usually looks very prim and proper and doesn't even get her feet muddy when she's outside but after rolling in a particularly offensive smelling pile of pheasant poop, into the tub she went for a bath. She was not amused.
Charley also found something black and unidentified and the only choice was to spray her with the barn hose until most of the mess washed away. She also was not amused and refused to be photographed.
Karter got the call to pack up as his human was on the way to get him and after he left, the window job was finished as well. After lunch, Angel started more house cleaning while we enjoyed Mary's company as she raked some gravel piled up by the plow and did some poop patrol. All of us were starting to look for a good napping spot and we settled down on the dog beds until Kelsea arrived. Then it was time to say goodbye to Nala Jr., Mika and Kali while Luke was staying to have dinner with us and then got picked up and taken home.