Saturday, January 31, 2009

Fun in the snow

We're having a little snowstorm here tonight, so the dogs decided they'd rather be out in the back yard rolling in freshly fallen snow than inside lolling on the living room floor for a couple minutes tonight.
Buttercup has been feeling pretty good lately - her back legs are working pretty good after having gone through 2 surgeries on her back left leg last year - I'm pretty amazed actually at how well she's walking currently - so she's been up for some back yard romps lately.

She's been doing quite a bit of toy playing in the back yard - I'd bet that buried in the snow in the back yard right now there's probably about 20 stuffed animals back there - she's very good at taking her toys outside, but very bad at bringing them back in! Luckily you can buy big bags of stuffed animals for $1.50 a bag at Frenchy's - and when a layer of snow melts to reveal some toys I'll take them in and put them in the washing machine.

This is Daisy with a toy freshly absconded from Buttercup, so she's pretty happy about that - I was not wanting to use the flash - so of course all my pictures came out blurry. A $2,500 camera and I still can't get a clear picture. Oh well....

Buttercup digging down to the permafrost for what? Only Dog knows.
Charlie patiently waiting for Daisy to swing back to the section of the yard that he's in so their wrestling can resume.
Here's a couple shots from Thursday's beauty parlour session - this is a long shot of Jack and his stylist Jenny - they've got an entourage watching the beauty emerging moment by moment.
This is a shot of the after effects - I think Jack was pretty much strutting. He likes it when he looks good - who wouldn't, when you've spent a good chunk of your life looking very very bad.
This is Rocky, a 2 year old brown newfoundland dog. I've never met a brown newfoundland dog before - has anyone else heard of one? He was quite beautiful - he was in for a self-wash because I guess he had quite a big shit patch - probably his shit patch was as big as all of Jackie (Jackie gets shit patches too) - he's about 150 pounds his owner said. Could it be because Rocky lives outside? I know I've met other outside dogs who've had red on the outside of their hair - bleached from the sun, but I've never met a dog who's hair has been a completely different colour from being outside. Maybe there is a type of newfoundland that comes in brown. he was nice looking though.


  1. Pawsome pics, Joan! And I love the one of Jack, strutting his stuff!! He looks so proud - all freshly coiffed!
    I've never heard of a brown Newfoundland either, but we're definately familiar with the shit patches!
    Guess it's near impossible to hoist a Newfoundland's arse up to the sink!!
    And that Buttercup - that is a riot how she burys stuff - they will be like new toys to her when she digs them up in the spring! Great that her back legs are doing so well!
    Everyone looks like they had a great time romping!

    BTW-We are getting spring, right?

  2. Anonymous11:02 AM

    Great fun! Love the pics.

    Yes, Newfs come in a beautiful brown. Its a deep reddish sort of brown.


  3. Hi Joan, great blog here. Thanks for dropping by mine and adding a link. I've done the same for yours.

    I actually stumbled on your blog a few days ago when I was looking for third party info on Brindi. You seemed pretty objective in your coverage of the situation and objectivity is not always the easiest thing to find in this online and anonymous universe - as I'm sure you know.

    I also wanted to mention that I really appreciate your comment on my blog but have decided to not publish the website you pointed out only because I'd rather let the author of that site handle it herself. I don't know if you're familiar with her recent history but she's gone through a bit of a turmultuous last year and I figure it might be best to let her handle her online presence in her own time. The site is also incomplete (some images and most of the writing is missing) and the way it is now with no written framework to introduce it, it might come across as promoting something it's not meant to - at least it comes across that way to me. I've mentioned that to her and of course it'll be her decision to regard my opinion or not if and when she puts up a new version of the site.

    I hear on the news that people on the east coast are getting a bit of snow and from your photos, it's apparently coming down hard but it also looks like you and your dogs are taking full advantage of it. Good on you.

    Luv your blog and sorry about this rambling comment.

  4. Anonymous7:04 PM

    Fred! Love your blog - One Bark at a Time!

    I read your take on Brindi and your addendum. Wrote you a comment with a link to the court decision. I hope you got the chance to read the court decision.

    Glad you found Joan's blog. Those of us who have been reading Joan for awhile appreciate her well informed and well written views on so many subjects..and the adventures of her dogs..especially Buttercup!


  5. Anonymous7:43 PM

    I think the brown Newfs are quite pretty! They are not recognized int he CKC but are recognized by the CFC (FCI-European rules) which has a show in May in Windsor usually. You can see the brown newfs and white schnauzers at that show and some breeds that are not CKC recognized.

  6. Anonymous7:49 PM

    Sorry! Also meant to say Jack looks quite dapper with his haircut!

  7. Hi HeatherM, I don't think I received your comment with the link to the court decision. If you have a moment, would you mind resubmitting it?

    Joan, great coverage on the Benoit-Bailey case. Do you know if it's getting much traction with the non-dog rescue community?

  8. Anonymous8:43 AM

    That was a great start to Monday morning seeing Jack strutting his stuff. he's lovin it. Yes there is definately brown Newfs! and the white and black ones are called Landseers. i put a SMALL application of vaseline on shit patch potential spots--then any chunkies slide off easy. Also my groomer keeps all these places need and tidy- do most groomers not do this?? It is no fun for the dog to have crusties, and it is not very healthy/sanitary either. Thanks for the wonderful snow pics, they are devine!!! jm