Monday, December 26, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Daylight seemed to be sliding away with every bend of the interurban when Casey and I reached our objective, what we like to call our Winter Solstice tree. Seems every year a mystery hiker or hikers keep this tradition going, and while it might not meet department store standards, it's a Yuletide standout for us.
On this shortest day of the year our glitzy spruce will soon succumb to the solstice gloaming, but we'll be back. It's especially impressive after a snowfall and we'll even have a few more seconds of sunshine with each visit to take it all in.
Posted by Casey at Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
A week of snow off and on, Frisbee tosses in the white stuff, snowploughs and Snoopy rolls, ended way too soon for the kid as the temperatures rose from the teens to the balmy 30s.
Last night, when a melting blanket of snow on the backyard deck became a forgone conclusion, the very least we could do is give Casey a little extra time before we turned in.
Looks here like he had a clue that this was going to be it until the next cold snap.
Posted by Casey at Monday, December 19, 2016
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Well, it's that time of year and Casey can't believe it. A Boomer's burger served up for his ninth birthday in a new Jawz Frisbee - a veritable feast for the eyes...and nose. Don't worry. The waffle fries are there just for visual effect. We finished those off.
The look on Birthday Boy's face when he realizes that this dinner setting is for real is priceless. And to his credit he didn't move a muscle until his Mom said it was OK, then served it up to him piece by piece.
Good boy. And many happy returns.
Posted by Casey at Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
We came across this photo of a bewildered seven-month-old Casey as scoped out his back yard on his first day in Bellingham more than eight years ago, the start of a long road to recovery as an abused sibling and intimidated herding trainee.
You might have noticed that our guy has been doing quite nicely since he's adopted our family.
Posted by Casey at Thursday, November 17, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
You know, Stella just doesn't get enough press on blogspot. But it's usually because she keeps such a low profile during normal waking hours.
She's up and around most of the night though. And first thing in the morning, when the fireplace clicks on, her all night "crazies" come to a standstill.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
After two weeks of bluster, with power outages, tree fall damage, and farmers market closures becoming commonplace, weather forecasts show no let up for a week or more. Tough times for Border Collies, like our guy, who would much rather hunker down indoors...at least until the 50 to 60 mph gusts diminish. You know what, who can argue with that?
Posted by Casey at Sunday, October 16, 2016
Friday, October 7, 2016
Patience is mostly the ability to keep a good attitude while your waiting. Notice here that it might not necessarily be Casey's attitude. More like Victoria's firm grip on the leash in a Village Books lounge while I was busy checking out the used books shelf.
Thankfully our pristine lea has escaped most city intrusions or development for decades, still teaming with any and all forms of earthlings, from field mice to coyotes, even deer.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time again for Casey's seasonal "makeover" at the barber shop. (OK, it's a pooch grooming salon, but what's in a name.) Here, the kid's favorite groomer, actually the only groomer he's ever had, Melissa, is applying the finishing touches. He was getting downright untidy and with rainy autumn just around the corner, he was becoming a debris magnet.
Just look at this guy, will you. He's obviously thrilled with the results, and loving the attention from his Mom and Melissa.
|Basking in the attention and ready for the trip home.|
Posted by Casey at Saturday, September 17, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
In spite of temps hovering around 80° a swing through Wednesday's farmers market is always a given. After one circuit though, that collie rough coat was taking its toll on the kid. Just a couple of numbers from the Village Green band was all our panter could take today.
At least a shade cool-off was close by.
Posted by Casey at Friday, August 26, 2016
Sunday, August 7, 2016
With light and variable winds to make it interesting, late afternoon conditions were ideal for putting some air under Casey's Frisbee and turning him loose. The kid seemed pretty pleased with himself, as you'll see, but had no problem "taking five" after about 15 minutes.
Posted by Casey at Sunday, August 07, 2016
Friday, August 5, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
One of the great things about Bellingham in the summer is that scorchers are rare. But temperatures in the 70s usually require an occasional dousing of the plants by hand. Casey happened to notice that his Ma was next door doing just that and thought he'd take a peek.
'Course if he had just walked 10 feet to his right he could have come over and joined her.
Way too easy.
Posted by Casey at Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
|Spring eruption of poppies in Port Townsend|
|At the end of the day each poppy closes up shop and turns in for the night.|
Posted by Casey at Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016
What a rough weekend for Casey. On Saturday he caught a dew claw on something, somewhere, and by the time we noticed the digit was bleeding and the claw was hanging loose. It looked cockeyed, nasty and painful. Enough so that we had to clean it and wrap it and keep him comfortable until this morning. After a trip to the Fairhaven Veterinary Hospital he's back home and on the mend. His favorite doc Kris Johnson numbed it with Lidocaine and...Are you ready for this?...pulled it out the rest of the way. What a brave little guy. Notice that he's perfectly OK with his pink bandage. (Kinda matches the pink highlights of his nose.)
Posted by Casey at Monday, June 06, 2016
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
The Whatcom County eruptions of wildflowers wait for no one, and our Connelly Creek trail is no exception. The onslaught of Pacific Northwest varietals - buttercups, dandelions, and Columbia coreopsis - flourish from late spring into early summer, then give way to wild grass that make meadows inaccessible by routine trails.
Posted by Casey at Friday, May 13, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Just as impressive today as the aerobics on a brisk walk around Lake Padden was Casey and I struggling to keep up with Vic for a change. After knee-replacement surgeries on both knees, as well as two years of rehab, Victoria is once again setting the pace. No stopping her now.
Posted by Casey at Thursday, April 21, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Before venturing too far down the trail Casey became mesmerized by something or someone up ahead. Since coyote sightings are common in this area, with a pack known to call the undergrowth just northeast of us home, I was paying particular attention to the kid's slower pace. As I got closer it was apparent what caught his attention. And it was far from hostile, more romantic than anything else in fact. The mating calls of the tree frogs were in full swing.
Posted by Casey at Wednesday, March 30, 2016