Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A new puppy!

Very shortly we will be bringing the newest member of our family home... A chow-shepherd, shepherd-lab cross puppy! He is 8 weeks old, and a boy from a litter of 7(or so) puppies. These are some (not very good) pictures I took of him when I went to go meet him. I'm sure I'll take lots more pictures when he comes home later today! He is very "chewy" and was trying to eat our pants! Apparently the smell of chicken poo is very appetizing for him... He is very energetic, and loves to play "tag" with the other puppies by running around with a water bottle or a stick. This should make Asha happy, as that's her favourite game too. We're really hoping that he is well received by the other animals. Kiri, however, is very reclusive and doesn't really like any other dogs. Asha likes to gently nibble on the cat's heads, so hopefully she won't think that the puppy is her new chew toy... We don't think the cats will be very thrilled at us, as they're not that fond of small jumpy things that try to chase them. The only problem with getting a puppy now is that it was really short notice, so we're barely ready to bring him home! There's still very chewable objects laying around the whole house which will need to get squirreled away to unreachable places before he gets here and decides that he wishes to teeth on "the economist". Another problem is that we don't have a name for him! So far the names we've come up with and sort of like are Tarak, Adair, Stoke, and Kazlo. And puddles... but that doesn't really count. We're pretty sure that we're going to call him Kazlo (because you have to admit, Kazlo and Kiri sounds really cute! I'm not sure where Asha fits into that... Asha, Kiri, and Kazlo just doesn't have the same ring!)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Well... you know it's spring when the barnyard turns to goo...

It isn't officially spring time until you step into the barnyard and almost fall because of the slippery mud. It doesn't even have to be an almost... I've fallen down in that goo before! It was not a pleasant experiance. This is probably the earliest that the yard has defrosted and turned into a sea of mud. Thanks global warming... And as unhappy as we are because of the mud, the ducks are exstatic! They love the warm weather, the flowing water (and the puddles for that matter), and even the mud. Wherever you can see mud, you can see little duck footprints. The ground is literally covered by them! As soon as I take a picture of it I'll make sure to post it.


I finally found my camera so now I'm trying to put a picture onto every post! Look at some of my older posts to see pictures of the animals I've described!

Monday, March 8, 2010

A Death in the Family

On Monday February 22 Amaroq passed away at the Breslau Vet clinic after suffering a heart attack. Roq has been in the Family so long that I can't remember a time when we didn't have him. This year Roq was turning 14, which is really old in dog years. As a puppy Roq loved to chew. He would chew up anything that came into his path. He was also very energetic and loved to run around. Most of all, Roq loved the snow, so it seemed kind of fitting when it finally snowed the day he died. During walks in the winter, Roq would jump into snowbanks and bury his nose. During his last year you could tell that he was getting old though. His fur was tangled and he could barely breathe. He seemed like he was in pain, and it was time for him to go. We will all miss him lots, and even in his last days you could tell that Roq was still the puppy we brought home all those years ago.
This post is in memorial of Roq, a great dog and our family. If you have a favourite memory of him please post it in a comment!