As if the bunny yesterday morning in Monty’s backyard wasn’t enough excitement….
Last evening when Jeff let Monty outside before dinner, Monty went crazy!!
There was a DOG on the other side of his fence!
Monty doesn’t get to see too many other dogs since Trooper passed on. And living in the woods here, not too many dogs stop by for a visit!
It was a black lab. Young, excited dog. They took turns lifting their legs and peeing on each other through the fence. What fun!
Monty was yipping like a little yorkie. It was almost embarrassing to hear such noises come out of a 70 lb dog. They ran along the fence together, then the black lab would run around and around the whole house, peeing on the bushes and anything else he could find.
Eventually we got Monty inside. I didn’t want to let the black lab just walk off. We’re on a 90km/hr road with lots of curves. I couldn’t risk the chance he’d get hit so I eventually convinced him to come to me and sit down and I was able to make out a name and a phone number from his tag. His name was “Aussie”.
Jeff grabbed the phone and called his parents to come and get him. His owner was visiting people just a few houses down. We put him on a leash and waited for him to come over.
He said he’ll stick by him no problem, unless he smells another dog. Most people don’t know we have a dog because Monty is usually quiet, but I guess he has a dog scent that travels a long distance! He had been looking and calling for him and was grateful we called him.
Exciting day for Monty!
Well I’m really glad I was clothed and had my crocs on when I let Monty outside this morning.
The cute bunny I spotted on the driveway this morning when I got up was now INSIDE Monty’s yard.
Monty took off yipping and barking chasing the bunny in circles in the yard. The poor bunny kept banging himself into the chain link fence, trying to squeeze through.
I ran out, trying to make Monty “HEEL” so I could stop the bunny from hurting himself trying to get out. I was out in the grass trying not to slip (it rained over night), or worse yet, slip on a fresh dog poop!
Monty, a Golden Retriever, seemed to realize at some point that he had no idea what to he was going to do when/if he caught the bunny and he slowed down. I don’t think there is a killer instinct anywhere in this dog.
I got Monty up on the deck and closed the gate at the top of the stairs, then I had to open the gates in the fence and try convince the poor rabbit to get out of the yard.
It didn’t take too long before he hopped his way to freedom!
When Jeff gets home this morning from working over night, I’m sure he’s going to wonder why Monty is soaked head to toe.
There was a bigger bunny on the driveway when I was leaving for work, so I think the rabbit population is finally on the rebound!
PS. Did I mention I saw a black bear on the weekend? He was across the lake in the open field. I think he was looking for the honey bee hives the neighbours have over there.
Just finished a marathon Friday evening round of taxes.
Not bad, last year I didn’t file until the last day (April 30). After Jeff reviews the numbers in the morning, it looks like I’m filing on the 28th this year! Progress!
Since I am folding my sole proprietorship and have incorporated my business, I think it may be time to pass some of this effort on to an accountant.
That, or just keep up with my accounting all year instead of the marathon run in April at tax time digging up the receipts and invoices to fill numbers in all the holes.
Other highlights this week:
- Landing a new web design client
- Telling my husband, “I’ll get the KFC, you bring the guns”
- Crockpot lasagna
- Lost Malcolm on Survivor, so I won’t win the office pool this season, but I was never cheering for him. Phillip and Cochran were/are my favourites this season. Go Cochran!
- Duck Dynasty season finale in Hawaii – the show is getting so scripted, but I still love it
- Resumed Monty’s run/fun at the neighbourhood ball park.
- Attended a funding announcement for our community. Monty’s huge fenced in ball park is about to become a construction zone while the soon-to-be-world-renowned rowing facility is built.
- Saw 2 deer just behind our house in the woods. We haven’t seen a deer on our property since last fall.
OK, time to tip toe up the stairs, in the dark, to my side of the bed. G’nite.
The sun came out today and it hasn’t snowed since dawn. That must mean it is spring!
After work, Jeff and I took Monty to the ball park to run around and play fetch.
Never one to say no to a swim, we let him get wet. I kept him on the leash though – he wanted to swim over and get on the last of the ice!
Here is a little photo gallery of photos I took with my iPhone. None are too remarkable, but I thought I’d share anyway. If you click on one, it should open a nicer photo display that you can click through.
It was a beautiful day yesterday (Sunday) so we tried to take Monty on a walk through our little piece of property here (3.6 acres).
It didn’t last too long. The snow is a little too deep. It is crusty on top, but almost every step we fell through. Monty’s leash got caught on everything. Here he is getting revenge on a stick that poked him.
Monty and Jeff left the woods and I went on a bit farther.
We lost a couple more white spruce to the bark beetle over the last year.
It’s impressive how fast a tree can rot. The burl on this next tree is already mushy. The squirrels and woodpeckers call them home now.
(You caught me. The sky wasn’t that blue. I fiddled with it in my new graphics program because I love tree crowns in front of blue sky and clouds.)
There are rabbit and squirrel tracks everywhere. No coyote tracks this year.
Here is the old road, or more of a trail, that went along the hydro lines before they tore them down and moved them to the road a few years ago. Our property goes up the side of the valley up to this old road. I’m looking south here, behind me is the ruin of the old little cabin. It took a lot of effort to get through the snow up to here. Hopefully after the sun this week it’ll be better.
We checked for ice dams this year. Roof looks good! Jeff is convinced our problem a few years back was because the top eavestrough was blocked.
Today is a day off!! Reading week starts this week so the University staff gets a day off. I’ll take it!
It was a sunny Saturday afternoon and +5°C so we took Monty to Beaver Mountain Provincial Park for a hike.
This park is 2 km uphill from the James River speedway along Highway 104 when you’re heading into Antigonish.
The campground has been closed for a few years I suspect. Just like the forest around our house, it was a first generation white spruce forest after a period of using the land as farmland. The spruce beetle hit the monocultured spruce and they died and blew over, just like we see around our house. Last year they cleared most of the rest of the trees in the campground for safety reasons and are trying to restore the forest as a mixed forest.
There is a good trail network that I haven’t explored yet.
The first thing Monty does when starting out on a hike (just like his Uncle Winger and Aunt Surf before him) is rub his face in the snow.
But peeing on every other dog’s scent quickly follows!
There are lots of people out cross country skiing today. Probably the better way to use the trails right now. The snow was deeper than I thought it would be. Some parts our feet kept breaking through the snow and our feet would sink up to our upper shins. Snowshoes probably would have worked better.
I LOVE these kinds of clouds. A big rain/snow storm is on it’s way later today. These were the first hints of clouds moving in.
Someone built a cute snowman on the trail!
This was as far as we could get without skiis or snowshoes. Which wasn’t very far, but it was great to get out for a bit.
There is a great view from the parking lot towards town.
Self portrait on the iPhone for Instagram!
I forgot until just now, at supper time, that it is Monty’s 7th birthday today!
He’ll definitely get a raw hide to gnaw on tonight!
We have a crockpot lasagna just about ready to eat. Mmmmmmmmm. Have you tried this recipe yet?
Did you watch Felix Baumgartner jump from the edge of space today? We watched it live with the YouTube feed. What was more incredible that his bravery/craziness was the fact our awful internet service didn’t kick out once! There were over 8 million people live streaming at one point, plus who knows how many people watched on TV.
It was a beautiful fall day today so we took Monty down to the next lake for a swim.
When we got there, we discovered the beach was gone!
Well not really GONE gone, just under the water!
We’ve had at least 3 heavy rain fall warnings in the last month and a couple good soakers on top of that, giving us over 300mm of rain.
- Where’d the beach go?!? Usually these stairs go down onto the lake shore, not directly into the lake!
This bench didn’t used to be IN the lake!
Carpe Diem!! I went for my first swim of 2012 in my clothes!
Who said you can’t swim in October? And wow, are Croc sandals ever buoyant! They kept springing up to the surface, with my feet in them!
We finally got rain – and it was a lot of rain!
It poured all night. And I know because I was up almost all night.
We had thunder and lightning from about 10:30pm until sometime in the wee hours. Monty was squirrely from it, so we got up so Jeff could sleep. I sat at my computer watching a live stream from a guy on the street in Anaheim while the police shot the citizens with pepper balls and bean bags until 3:30am.
I slept on the couch so I could keep Monty calm on the floor beside me.
I was up twice after that, and then up for good at 6am. I took Monty out (still raining a bit) and I noticed Monty’s fence was on a serious lean.
Turns out we have some sink holes! Around each of the sonatubes in the front, and around the basement walk out – so the 2 areas he dug out.
(click on a thumbnail for the larger image, and then you can scroll through the 4 images).
Luckily there is no sink hole in the driveway from the trench, probably because he was able to drive on the trench afterwards and pack it down, but it is really soft! It felt like quick sand as I tried to quickly step over it.
The driveway looks FANTASTIC! completely unscathed! At least from the view up here!
I thought Monty was only squirrely like that when the power was flicking, but the power was steady. He seemed to freak out with the lightning, thunder, and the hammering rain. Maybe it is because we so rarely have a thunderstorm in Nova Scotia. Because they are so rare, I’ve noticed people here tend to be terrified of them.
Even with bug dope the blackflies were hungry this afternoon.
But Monty needed some exercise so we braved the flies for a bit while we took turns throwing a training dummy out into the lake for Monty.
Here are a couple quick pics from my iPhone and Instagram:
Monty in the lake