Thursday, September 21, 2017

Traveling Tuesday on a Thursday - Oregon Zoo

While I don't want this post to become a debate about zoos, I wanted to state that I have some personal concerns about them. While I LOVE animals and the experience of talking to keepers to learn more, seeing them up close etc. etc., I don't love the idea of them. In an ideal world they would not exist. I hope my niece and nephew's generation finds a way for us to save the animals in the wild and live with them peacefully so we don't need zoos. 

Now I will step off my soapbox and share some memories from he Oregon Zoo (which the Man picked as an activity). 

First, let me say this is a beautiful, spotlessly clean facility. The keepers we spoke to/heard speak clearly had the animals welfare as their number one goal. For example, the polar bear who appeared lonely was moving in the fall to a facility where she would have 'friends'. The animals all looked very healthy too.

Here are some of my favourites. 

I have never seen a polar bear in the wild (and kind of hope I never do). I am always amazed at how big they are. 

The Man's hand in a paw print

Me beside one

This guy's face broke my heart.

The Man's hand compared to a Gorilla


The giraffe

Doozy was a rescue. He had been bought as a pet and people decided he was too big (imagine that). I am glad the zoo was able to give him a more appropriate home. 

Man vs. Elephant

It was this elephant's birthday so he got extra treats!

When it comes to zoo animals, the big cats are my favourite. I could spend the rest of my life watching them. I got to spend about 15 minutes watching this tiger play in the water trying to get a bucket. It was amazing. I heard someone who visits regularly say she had never seen him so active. 

Once he had the bucket out he was done with it. So like a cat! He was just so beautiful!

This bear cracked me up. She (I am guessing as there were other bears around) held up her paws so she could get the water to shoot into her mouth. 

Next week we will show off some more trip pictures. I think we will share the beach and rocks! 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Speedy's Pirate Party!

Today we put our travel Tuesday beside to join Speedy's Pirate Party!

Here we are:

Hailey, the fierce female pirate.

and The Jolly Phoddy!

To learn more about the pirate party, make sure to go over to Speedy's. You can vote for your favourite pirates there too!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mischief Monday - There Were No Treats - by Lee

Last week the Lady was trying to get a picture of me standing for some of the upcoming blog events. It was a beautiful late summer day, actually one of the nicest we have had all summer. Instead of standing, I enjoyed my time in the sun. That will teach her to always have treats when she has the camera.  I am not working without getting paid! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Black and White Sunday - Lee and Her Baby

"This is always how I wanted to snuggle with Angel Bagheera, but he wouldn't let me."
Hailey with Fat Cat

Friday, September 15, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Silly Phod

If we are around and maybe not giving Phod the attention he wants, he will roll on to his back as if to say:

"My belly is here if someone wants to pet it!"

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Travel Tuesday - Our Summer Vacation

Today we join Mayor Arty and Jakey in

If instead of being in jail, we got to go with our people to Oregon, this is what we would have done -

We would have run with the buffalo in the Calgary Airport during our 3 hour stop over. 

We would have met some friends at the zoo.

A bear - it reminds us of KB's bears on her blog

A rhino - that is a bit scary

The giraffe, he is tall and could help us reach the squirrels

We would have made friends with a monkey.

We would have been very good in the car as we drove from Portland to Rockaway Beach.

We would have enjoyed walking on the beach by the ocean. We wouldn't have appreciated the rocks the way the Lady did (we will share those pictures later)

We would have loved all the good smells of walking in the woods. 

Most importantly we would have cherished the time spent with friends. 

Jakey, Arty, Flat Ruby, Flat Us, Stanley and Murphy

That is how we would have liked to spend our summer vacation.

Monday, September 11, 2017

We Remember

Today we take time to remember. While it was an attack on a foreign country for me (I am Canadian),  it did change my life too.

May we find love and peace for our world.

Personal note: My father's geneology research has uncovered that my branch of the Vanderbilt's had a family farm on this famous piece of land in the 1700s. In case you are wondering, yes I am a distant relative to 'those Vanderbilt's'. whom I have never met Anderson Cooper is my 7th cousin twice removed. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Caturday Art - The Wolf

We have seen the Caturday Art around but I haven't taken the time to play with my pictures. If you have suggestions to fun photo-editors let me know!

Here is today's attempt: Phod the Wolf!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Flower Friday

We join our good pals Arty and Jakey in another addition of Flower Friday. Here is another rose from the test garden in Portland.

Yes, I stopped to smell them a lot while there:)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Poor Phod

First: People asked what was up with Phod's ears. It seems my boy has some sort of environmental allergies as he is getting gunky and itchy ears. It is not in deep so it is not an infection. As the kennel didn't clean them, they got very dirty looking and itchy. We have them almost all cleared up again.

Second: Phod's long weekend did not get off to a good start. On Friday night, when we got home from work we took the pups out to play. Phod 'twisted' his ankle while playing.

We noticed when he was 3 legged dogging

"Really Man, it is ok, I can still play ball."

"Do you really have to check it?"

Limping back to the house
It didn't seen serious enough to rush to the vet so we iced it and rested it for the weekend, neither are things he enjoyed.

"I hate this."

"It is fine, I can totally play ball."

While he was very sad to miss out on walks and playing fetch (we did let him carry Precious out once per day), the next day he had very little limp and by Monday he didn't appear to be limping at all. We are slowly allowing more exercise in and are monitoring how he does.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - Eye On The Prize

Sorry many of you may have seen this over the weekend because even though it was scheduled to appear on Wednesday - Blogger kept publishing it. I think it was a gremlin! 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Traveling Tuesday - Introduction To The Trip

On Tuesday, August 22, the Man and I flew from Ottawa to Portland.

Our general thoughts about Portland as a city:
-Easy to drive around
-Half the city is pregnant (I have never noticed so many pregnant women in my life)
-The other half of Portland is not wearing a shirt
-The food is amazing
-People are very friendly (this extended to the coast as well)

We stayed our first night in a B and B - Mayor's Mansion on Laurelwood Park. Because home built in 1912 that the owner has turned into a B and B.

The Mayor's Mansion
The Mayor's Mansion is decorated in an Asian style which reminded me so much of Japan. The owner had never been, but collected pieces for Estate sales.

Sample of the common sitting room

I feel like we spent much of our time in Portland eating.

We visited the food trucks downtown. This is a square city block of just food trucks. We picked Mexican as it was gluten free for me. 

We also tried a number of places on Mississippi Avenue. A couple of highlights other than food included:

A light shop (which wasn't open either time we went to the street)

and a used book store that sold you a blind date. Basically it was a fluffy piece of fiction, wrapped in brown paper with the first line of the book written on it. They sold for $3. Since I read 4 books on this trip, it was nice to find to pick up cheap easy reads. 

The one place I wish we had been able to explore more was Washington Park. It was an amazing park with gardens, museums, the zoo.  I will be sharing my pictures of the Test Rose Garden in Flower Fridays.

Look how tall the roses are!

Next Tuesday we will talk about the zoo, so be sure to come back!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Happy 7th Gotcha Day Hailey

Looking serious in her 7th Day Portrait taken Friday

7 years ago today an enthusiastic, energetic 8 month old puppy bounced into our lives. It is fair to say life hasn't been the same since. Without her there would be no blog, no blog friends, no scars on my arms and no stories about destroyed items. There would likely be no Phod. Life would look completely different without our girl who is the best of dogs and the worst of dogs rolled into one!

Happy, happy Gotcha Day Hailey Bug! We wish you at least 7 more!

To celebrate, yesterday I made her cheesy bake-a-bone.

Served to her on her bed in the dining room. 

Shared with Phod

and cousin Emma (who was visiting with Uncle Chris as on Saturday we celebrated Uncle Chris' birthday). 

The princess Lee loved having her treats in bed. She wonders why she doesn't get this service every day!