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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Update on K and wildlife flurry

I just wanted to give you a quick update. We still have no internet but I'm at the library. After we received the go-ahead from the vet that K could travel despite her kidney infection, we took a short trip to a beautiful part of Colorado. This was the view from one of our campsites.
K spent most of her days lying in the shade, drinking lots of water, and being pampered. By the last day, she looked almost like herself, standing proud by the mountains. You can see her shaved belly from the ultrasound of her kidneys.

Meanwhile, my wildlife cameras have been seeing a huge flurry of activity from a mountain lion and bears. A mountain lion has been circling a small area for more than a week. I believe that he killed a large prey item and has it cached nearby.
He's been going back and forth in a gully that's seen no human activity in a year.
In the next photo, you can see how full his belly was, hanging down like an overfilled water balloon below his spine.
He's still in the same small area as of today. Believe it or not, over the weekend while I was away, a parade of out-of-town people and very small dogs (off-leash) kept walking through this gully. When I saw the photos, I could not believe the incredibly bad timing. I haven't heard any rumors of missing dogs or attacked people so I guess that it all turned out okay (the people seem to be gone). It's a testament to the fact that mountain lions are not easily provoked to go after dogs or people, even when they unknowingly go close to a hidden carcass.

The only downside to the fiasco was that I had to move my camera because the people spotted it - and that's a recipe for getting a camera stolen. It's now hidden incredibly well and is off the people's path. Maybe it will catch some more action.

We have technicians coming to work on our internet later this week. Please cross your fingers that we get a connection. I miss visiting your blogs!


  1. Thanks for the update KB! I miss you terribly and hope that the techs can get you up and running reliably!
    Great shots of the lion!
    Geeze....our ultrasound doc at the vet school make us shave about 3 times as much!

  2. So glad to hear K was well enough for a short trip. Paws still crossed here for continued healing.

    I wonder what those people would have thought had they seen the pictures from the gully they walked through! Glad all humans and dogs appear safe.

  3. So glad to hear you guys are all ok. And K looked GREAT. So glad you took K camping. What better way to start to heal than by relaxing on a camping trip.

    Stay safe and we are all waiting for your techs to get you up and going.

    Really miss all the action when your off line.


  4. So good to see a post. We hope K continues to improve. We have missed her and you and R. And paws crossed from the pups and good thoughts from me for that person to be able to fix the Internet for you (and for us).

  5. I've missed you! Your photos are how I picture Colorado in my mind! So glad K had a relaxing camping trip and appears to be on the mend. Hope your techy guys are able to do their magic!!

  6. Hi Y'all!

    My Human and I missed you too.

    Some humans (as my Human would say) "don't have the brains they were born with".

    So glad y'all had a wonderful Indepence Day!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  7. K we are glad you got to go to Colorado. Looks like a fun time. Hope you are feeling better
    Benny & Lily

  8. Kia ora KB,
    What a great place to camp and convalesce. Awesome photos of the full lion. Amazing how people can be so unaware of what is around them, a lesson my son learned not long ago. He seems to be looking around him a bit more now :) Look forward to seeing you back more often. Kia kaha e hoa.

  9. Mom and me miss all of you too! :)

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  10. Oh it is so good to hear from you.
    Thank you for the update,, it makes us feel better.
    We are happy that you have had some time together camping,, and the best rest for K.
    We keep sending postive thoughts for K.
    We hope the fix it man,,gets your internet fixed,
    we miss you

  11. I'm glad you had a trip to distract you from the lousy internet, and that K was well enough to go with you! I miss you, too! Here's hoping that your internet is fixed really soon.

  12. First I am sorry to hear K had kidney problems earlier and hope the meds get her on the mend soon.

    2nd Whoa... lucky humans they were not on that trail when the cougar was strolling about.

    Hope your internet connections get sorted out! I had a few wks of not being able to post on anyones blog and it drove me insane to be so quiet! At least I could read though.

  13. We miss you too, but are so glad K is feeling up to herself again. Hope you had a wonderful trip.

    Great shots of the mountain lion. Thanks for the info about him.

  14. Thanks for the update. We do miss your wonderful posts. It sounds like K is doing better which is great news!

  15. I'm glad recovered enough for you to take your vacation time and hope she is completely well soon. I certainly enjoyed my week in Colorado. What a beautiful state you live in! And I loved the challenging hikes I was able to take. The dogs are missing their days of wandering the mountains. The trails made me even more amazed at the mountain biking you do. I can't imagine how people travel some of those routes! I had a hard enough time walking some areas. Oh yeah, and I dearly hope you get a good solid internet connection soon!

  16. Nice shots. Hope you're back soon. We miss your post too.

  17. A good vacation can help you feel better! But wowza! That's a giant kitty!! Glad to hear it's belly is full of things other than small dogs! Scareee!

  18. I was so glad to see this, and to hear that K is doing well. It's funny, I always picture you as being deep in the Rockies, but, if you have tourists walking in you area, you can't be that far in. That cougar was probably all hunkered down someplace, just waiting for the foolish humans to leave.

  19. We are very glad to hear K is doing better! Thanks for the update and we miss you!! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

  20. VERY glad to hear K was well enough to camp; still sending White Dog healing energy that all is totally cleared up! We have missed you, your adventures, and your marvelous photos. Thanks for the little gift of an update. Hope you are reconnected soon.

  21. Thanks for the update! It's good to hear from you all. I'm glad K is hanging in there and showing signs of feeling better. She has had more than her share of woes, bless her. I always love your beautiful photos. Fingers crossed your internet is up and running soon. Take care!


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