Thursday, 16 July 2015

My Summer So Far

First off, let me apologize for the laziness of my typist!  She will be fired, don't worry, BOL!  Just as soon as she stocks up the freezer with homemade treats for me, I will fire her. 

As some of you know, my province, Saskatchewan, has been hit hard with forest fires this year.  At one point 13,000 people were evacuated from Northern Saskatchewan as the fires encroached on their villages and towns.  The town I was born in is La Ronge.  La Ronge is still evacuated and the forest fire is surrounding it on three sides apparently.  I am thankful that I was a rescue from that town 3 years and am thankful for the pawsome furever family I found. 

As the people were evacuated, those that were able, took their pets with them and I know a lot were placed in various boarding kennels.  Those that were unable to take their pets with them, had to leave them.  The Pack Project has been going up North and bringing pets down for various rescues, and also taking food and blankets to the various rescues and pets left behind in the evacuated communities.  The momma donated three large garbage bags of blankets to them and also bought a large bag of dog food to send up to them.  The store where she bought the food from matched her donation.  She thought that was pretty great. 

Our province has been experiencing a terrible drought and we have had some rain recently, but we certainly need a lot more.  At one point we had firefighters from Ontario, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Montana, and North and South Dakota here helping us fight the fires.  Even the Canadian military was called in to help.  Paws crossed the fires get under control soon and more people can go home.  As of today, 1,000 evacuees were allowed to go home to communities that were no longer at risk.  However, if any of those evacuees had respiratory issues, they could not go as the smoke is still very bad in Northern Saskatchewan.

As the fires burned up North and depending on how the winds were, we also got smoke.

This was one morning a couple of weeks ago.

Mom took that picture at about 8:30 a.m. in the morning.  The smoke continued to get thicker as the day went on.
This was taken the next morning.
 The smoke was really bad that day and our air quality was, on a scale of 1 - 10 at 10+.  Apparently our air quality was worse than the air in Beijing, and mom has been to Beijing so she knows how bad the air quality is there.

When the smoke isn't too bad, mom and I have been outside in the garden.
Supervising mom in the garden
 It is a rough job, but someone has to do it.

The garden is not great this year due to the drought and the terrible heat. Mom has been putting the soaker hose on the garden, so we will wait and see what we get.

Some of  mom's flowers have done really well.
Tiger Lily

I must say that our rhubarb plant is doing really well again this year.
Only on the Ponderosa can you grow rhubarb as big as a Honda Civic, BOL!

Of course, summer wouldn't be summer without some bird watching.
Mourning  Doves

Cedar Waxwing

House Sparrow

Magpies

Brown-Headed Cowbird


No summer is complete with trips down to my river.  It is very, very low this year.  There has been virtually no runoff from the mountains in Alberta and our water level in the river is the lowest it has been for several years.

Surveying my kingdom down at the river


Rolling in something disgusting at the river


Personally, I thought this smelled wonderful


Now all this supervising mom in the garden and rolling in disgusting stuff at the river is exhausting.

Resting up after an especially exhausting day

Thanks for stopping by pups and I will try to get the typist to be a little better about chatting with you.  Well, if I don't fire her, BOL!

All the smoke, did make for some beautiful sunsets