Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tasty Tuesday...maybe

"Hey, what are you cooking?"

"Bill...go see what there is. Maybe its something for us."

"Are you going to share that with us?"

Later, there was hard cooked egg shared on their dinners.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017


With the recent change in the weather, most of the snow is gone and we're seeing grass (and mud).

A few days ago it was sunny.




Even though it was cold, the sun was nice and we can just imagine how wonderful spring will be!

Saturday, March 04, 2017


Trail was laying on the couch and starting to fall asleep while holding his favourite ball so I got the camera to take his photo.  

As I crouched down in front of him, he opened his eyes and then...

along came that darn cat....

Friday, March 03, 2017

Keeping Brook Dry

Our blind and mostly deaf girl Brook has a little problem.  We know you won't judge so we'll share it with you.  

Brook pees the bed.  Well, actually her crate. 

It seems that she cannot go longer than three or four hours without having to pee.  This means that we are up and outside twice a night, every night. (The acdMom feels like there is a newborn baby in the house with all this interrupted sleep)  Brook will whine as an indicator that she needs out.

During the days when Brook has to be crated due to work she has layers of newspaper on the bottom of her crate then a homemade pee pad.  A Google search for homemade diapers gave the idea of using polar fleece and an inside layer (or two) of towel.  The "puppy training pads" that can be bought are not an option due to the fact that Brook likes to fuss up her bedding and would shred them.

During a recent trip to town and a thrift store for more supplies I found this: 

It made us think of our blog friends Bella, Dui and Roxy also known as Downunder Daisy at http://scotsmad.blogspot.com/    

I don't think that we'll use it for a pee pad, we'll just use it for regular bedding instead.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The Big Melt

It was only a week ago that we told you about all the snow we received and the trenches and the snow maze in the fenced area.

This is what that looks like today.

It is actually a little more confusing for the blind dogs Hiker and Brook as the piles of snow disappear but of course they are adapting.  With the forecast of cold temperatures but no snow we'll at least avoid the dreaded season of mud for a few weeks yet.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Playing in the Snow

With all the recent snow, we had to get a bit creative for play time.  Trail loves to chase a ball but with the maze in the yard, there isn't much space to run. So, best solution was to throw it over the huge piles of snow but sometimes the person throwing the ball didn't do such a good job of it.

Brook would wander aimlessly and then head for the door to go inside. Since it was such a beautiful (and warm) sunny day she was better off outside. Hmmm...how about a snowball?

I knew she wouldn't play with it much but maybe she'd paw at it and break it down.  Nope. She decided to eat it. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

In The Trenches

We recently had four winter storms over eight days.  Lots of snow, cold temperatures and high winds.  As a result there was so much snow that the dogs could not get beyond the door without sinking in the snow to their chests.

So I grabbed the shovel and started digging.  After clearing an area outside the door I thought that they needed more space than that.  So, I decided to dig out some trenches.


As you can see, the level of snow is above Brook's shoulders and also the same thing with Bill.


This is what part of the yard looks like with the big piles of snow.

The main problem with this is that I can't see where they are most of the time!  I can't even see the tips of their tails most times so I have to walk around and find them.

There is still lots of room for rolling around and you can see the circular impressions from the Jolly Ball being tossed.


As you can imagine, navigating these trenches and big piles of snow is a bit of a challenge for the two blind dogs.  The good thing is that it is a great mental challenge for them to figure where to go.  If they miss a trench, they bump into snow which is mainly soft so they won't hurt themselves.  It was interesting to watch how quickly they figured out the maze.