Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dixie - home alone

As a dog owner there is always the question:
What shall we do in case we are not at home for some reason or other?
That day had arrived.
 Peter was having an assignment for a tour in St John, NB 
and I was scheduled for a Dr's appointment in the same town. 
That meant for us to be away from home all day long, from 8AM to at least 6PM. (8-18:00Uhr).

The thing is - Dixie does not easily trust in strangers even though we have tried all we can to socialize her and meet strangers on the beach and along the road.
She will never be a "love-all-people-labrador"
and: Dixie has not been walked by others than us either.

While living near Cold Lake, Alberta, we very fortunately had
a great boarding kennel available nearby.

Too far away now. 

The solution came in form of our good friends and owners of 3 poodle girls. 
The "girls" have been good playmates all summer long. 

"Summer", Dixie and little "Acadia" are best friends.
Dixie also knows their owners since the first day she came to us.
Meet and greet: Ken and Dixe in November 2017
10 month have past since then.
So today was the trust test.

We invited Deborah and Ken over to our house and while they knocked on the door, entered 
and met Dixie WITHOUT US being present in the house 
we, Peter and I, stayed out of sight, hidden outside.

What would Dixie do?
She barked, of course. Then realized it was her friends coming over for a visit -
and that was it. 
No problem at all. They put her on the leash and walked her. 
She went willingly. 
And so it went well while we were away the day after. 
No problem at all. 
What a relief for us. Another hurdle taken.
Now we have to test this with another friend and another. 
Just in case. 

Friends visiting. Is Acadia allowed on "my" couch?
 All dogs love Peter.
Acadia is the same age as Dixie was when we got her.
Two cuties.

A big "Thank you!" to Deborah and Ken.


Finally I have the couch for myself again! 

Für jeden Hundebesitzer kommt der Tag an dem man seinen Vierbeiner alleine zuhause lassen muss, aus welchem Grund auch immer. Dieser Tag war nun auch für uns angekommen. Peter und ich mussten nach St John, einer Stadt 2,5 Fahrstunden entfernt und wir würden den ganzen Tag nicht zu Hause sein können.
Dixie hat auch kein Vertrauen in Fremde, sie wird niemals wie ein "ich-liebe-alle-Menschen-Labrador" sein. Glücklicherweise erklärten sich unsere Freunde bereit einzuspringen. Sie selbst besitzen 3 Pudelhündinnen und Dixie und die 3 sind gute Freunde. Dixie kennt sie auch seit dem Tag 
als sie zu uns kam, denn sie waren einer der Ersten die sie bei uns begrüsst haben.
Wir machten den Test. 
Unsere Freunde kamen, klopften an die Tür, und gingen ins Haus, während wir uns draussen versteckt hielten. Wie würde Dixie reagieren? 
Sie hat natürlich gebellt, aber schnell gemerkt dass es ihre guten Freunde waren. Sie liess sich anstandslos an die Leine nehmen und ging mit ihnen ein Stück spazieren.
Da fiel uns ein Stein vom Herzen.

So hat es dann auch am folgenden Tag alles reibungslos geklappt. 
Ein herzliches Dankeschön and Deborah und Ken!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Early morning walk

Today I was up on the beach a little earlier than normal and was able 
to catch the sun rising over the Bay of Fundy. 
The beach was all deserted and the air very soft and mild.
We walked by this old tree root. Sometimes it is nearly buried with sand.
Today, after the last tide, it was exposed again.
Looks somewhat like a crab to me.
Someone build this "sculpture" out of driftwood. I wonder
how long it will survive?
We walked only for half a mile before turning in towards Lake Glensevern. 
After the latest rain the water level has risen to nearly normal again.
The lake was like a mirror this morning.
Dixie loves the tall beach grass.
Perfect reaction to my recall. 
What a good girl!
Today she turned 14 month. 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

October hike to Sunsweep Sculpture

One of our favourite trails on the island is 
Sunsweep Trail. 
That's were we went today.
Although the trees are colouring on the mainland we still 
have plenty of green around here.
We followed one of the carriage roads into the park to
Liberty Point and parked close to the trailhead.
Along the path, which is part board walk, part natural,
 we also found some mushrooms.
The trail leads us along the rugged coast of the island, 
facing the Bay of Fundy.
In the distance: "Rugget Point" our destination for today.
In the seaweeds a Great Blue Heron is watching our progress.
This sculpture is only half an hour away from the parking lot.
All of the trails are well marked.
The afternoon sun was bright, the air very clear with
a brisk wind out of the northwest.

After 30 minutes we reached Sunsweep Scuplture,
erected in 1985 by Michigan artist 
David Barr (1939 - 2015) 
as a symbol for international friendship. 
The other parts of the sculpture are located at 
a place near Lake-of-the-woods, Minnesota 
and Point Roberts, Washington.
In the distance the ferry from Grand Manan on
its way back to Black Harbour, NB.
We never get tired of the spectacular view.
Sometimes we spot whales out in the water, but 
we were not lucky today.
Just beautiful nature all around us. 

Heute sind wir zur Sunsweep Skulptur gewandert. Dieser Pfad entlang der Küste ist eines unserer Favoriten hier auf der Insel. Eine halbe Stunde vom Parkplatz entfernt, auf der Spitze von "Rugget Point" gelegen befindet sich die Skulptur. Sie ist eines von 3 Teilen. 
Errichtet wurde sie 1985 von einem Künstler aus Michigan, David Barr (1939-2015),
 als Symbol für internationale Freundschaft. 
Die beiden anderen Teile findet man:
 in der Nähe vom "Lake-of-the-Woods, Minnesota und auf "Point Roberts", Washington.
Wir sahen Pilze und einen Reiher. In der Ferne zog die Fähre von Grand Manan in Richtung Blacks Harbour. Wir werden nie müde diese grossartige Aussicht zu geniessen.