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


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


  1. Thanks fur barkin in, Buddy! Those fires are turrible! Poor peepoles an aminals.
    That wuz super whut yur Momma did to help 'em.
    Take care, keep in doin yur special "jobs" supervisin an rollin in the stinky stuff an all.

    1. Thanks, Zoe!

      Yeah, I think I am a pretty good supervisor, BOL!

  2. Crikey Buddy ..... it's good to hear from you. We didn't know about the terrible fires. We get real bad ones here in Australia too. Fire is such a terrible thing when it's out of control. Maybe you'd better not FIRE your typist, aye?? it was real nice of your Momma to donate those blankets and dog food.
    You sure know how to rest up after a big day. Your river mightn't have much water in it but it still looks very beautiful and you got something good to roll in. How good is that???? Beautiful photos. Crikey it was good to hear from you.

    1. Yes, Charlie, the fires have been bad this year. The worst year ever for our province, but they do seem to be finally contained, and yesterday most of the 13,000 evacuees were allowed to go home after being away for nearly 3 weeks.

  3. Gud to hear frum ya, Buddy! Dose fires sure sound skerry! All dat smoke sure durn't sound like any fun...

    It's been hot here but we've had gud rains dis year, so no fire danger... hope y'all git sum rain soon!

    1. We have gotten some rain Finley! It rained on Wednesday and Thursday and it was awesome!

  4. Hope ya get some rain soon - dose wildfires is no fun.

    1. The last two days we got rain Whitley, and it has really helped. We even have cooler temperatures right now.

  5. Oh those fires are so nasty and scary too. Hope they get under control pretty soon if not sooner. And I hope you get fire dousing and drought quenching rain too.

    Your Momma is so pawsome to help out with all of those poor beatsies that no longer have homes.

    Your garden and surrounding area is so lovely, and those stinky things are more than furstastic...stinky and all, BOL!

    1. Most of the fires are now contained, Freckles. It has been very scary for all involved.

      Yeah, I thought that fish was a great find and smelled wonderful.

  6. WOW those fires sure sound scary!!!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    1. Yes, the fires were scary, and several people lost their cottages or homes in that area. But progress has been made in putting them out.

  7. One day last week the news said we would have haze from the forest fires in Canada. I have to google where. I hope they get them under control soon. That rhubarb is something!

    1. It could have been from our province, but British Columbia and Alberta also have had some horrible fires this year.

      Yeah, the rhubarb is pretty neat!

  8. Good to hear the fires are getting unner control. Mommy jus read that sum o' our local wildfire fighters were headin to Edmonton to help out.

  9. Oh boy I hope all is ok. Lovely photos you have today.

  10. It's always great to hear from you Buddy! We enjoyed seeing your nice photos. Don't be too hard on your typist. Sometimes humans have to work long hours and get very tired. My ghostwriter is doing double shifts covering for others who are on vacation. Well, everyone deserves a vacation! She plans to take a week off in August, she says for mental health.

    We're sorry to hear about your forest fires. We wish we could send you some of our rain. Wow, it's been raining almost every day! We have problems with flooding and the farmer's crops are getting ruined from the constant puddles and dampness. We hope your fires go out soon and that they don't come to your house too!

  11. Hi, Buddy! Its your Gotcha here is a picture fur ya!!

    (C/P the code to put in your browser window or your confuser...)

    Have a fun day!
    Wow, summer is almost over...sigh...