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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Happy Saturday!

These days, I feel so very thankful that this amazing dog came into my life.
We are having so much fun together. Our clicker training is a blast - Shyla completely "gets it" now and is learning tricks very fast. Moreover, we had a stupendous outing to town yesterday. And, I adore snow biking with her!
She's at home on our trails and is an incredible athlete.
On top of all that, she's sweet and sensitive. Her sensitivity makes some things harder for her (like getting used to an urban setting) but it also makes her a wonderful friend.
Today, as Shyla and I headed up toward Hug Hill, we were treated to the sight of a huge flock of Bohemian Waxwings. Apparently, these berry-eating birds are appearing in lots of places south of their normal wintering grounds. One report says that the berry crop that they usually eat further north failed. I hope that they're finding enough to eat here.
The flock looks like a hundred or more to me. The photo just shows a fraction of the flock as they flew past me.
 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
P.S. To those of you who asked about yesterday's post, the mountain lions do come out in daytime, and I've captured lots of daytime trail camera photos of them in the past. However, they are very wary of people and are rarely seen. I do get a little scared when I realize that one was recently in the spot where I'm checking a trail camera but I honestly believe that it's more risky to drive on my steep mountain road on a snowy day than to ride my bike through mountain lion territory.


  1. How beautiful. I know I would have a lonely life with my furry friends walking beside me.


  2. Shyla your nose is pure perfection :)

  3. Just beautiful! Look at all those pretty birds. I feel the same way about Nola!
    Nola's Mom

  4. So glad to read your training is coming along and your having fun. She is such a sweet girl and full of so much energy

  5. What a treat to see those little birds by the hundreds. and what beuatiful sunset.

  6. Hi Y'all!

    What great close ups!

    Agreed, mountain roads are treacherous, even in good weather. My Humans are happy to be able to spend most of the winter here at the shore where there is no snow and roads are flat and mostly straight.

    Stay warm and safe!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  7. Do you think Shyla would mind if I nuzzled her her nose? I can hear the joy in your voice today.

  8. I'm so glad you're so happy with your girl!!

  9. Shyla = lucky lucky lil girl


    Course, I think her human mama probably thinks the reverse.

    <3 <3 <3


  10. I want to plant a smooch on that cute nose. That sky in the last picture is amazing.


  11. We just love reading about your constantly expanding love affair!

  12. I know that K was a very special soul, and of course, nothing less than another incredible companion would do for you. Shyla needed you in her life to blossom into what she's becoming! She'll never be K, but a long, long time from now, the next dog will never be Shyla, either!

  13. Love that tongue picture. sounds like you and Shyla just love being together.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  14. The waxwings are magical, as is Shyla.

    We have a boot question. We remember that you used Therapaw (?) boots for K and were wondering if they stay on properly, even if the dog is pretty active. Tommy has a split nail. I have been trying to keep a boot on his paw but they all come off within 5 minutes. If you prefer, you can email us at tom at ikkyu dot biz. Thanks!

  15. You and Shyla sure are are the waxwings!! The sunset is awesome! Enjoy your Sunday! xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  16. We just love your ruffle tongue picture, Shyla!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  17. I like her hairy little chin! That picture of the bohemian waxwing flock is awesome. They are an elusve bird here that's on my list to see!

  18. She has a great nose!
    I agree with you that the biking is probably the riskiest activity. Have a great day.

  19. All the photos are great, but I especially love the one of the waxwings in flight! Incredible!

    Susan and Wrigs

  20. I'm breathless just looking at your beautiful photographs. You have a gift for capturing the beauty of life through pictures and words.

  21. Her fur and eyes are so beautiful and rich!

    The birds are absolutely gorgeous!

    Your pal, Pip

  22. That last photo takes my breath away! I need to see this place.

  23. What a beautiful and wonderful Saturday to enjoy with that cute nose of Shyla.

  24. What a cute nose

    Stop on by for a visit

  25. Here I am to see the beauty in your world.


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