Saying goodbye to Summer

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Earlier this summer, I shared some pictures of fireweed blooming all over. There are several myths associated with this plant. One is that once it fully blooms, Alaska has reached the end of the summer. Other myths include that once the Fireweed plant tops out, then the first snowfall is 6 weeks away.

Guess what? This is how fireweed is looking these days….

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It’s not outrageous to get snow mid-October. Last year we were surprised with snow in September, although it did not stick. We’ll see what Mother Nature will prepare for us this year.
It is definitely starting to feel like Autumn.

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Wordless Wednesday- play sequence

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Smile, it’s Friday

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Wordless Wednesday – Someday I will catch that squirrel

Wordless Wednesday - Someday I will catch that squirrel

Black & White Sunday -High Five

Posted On August 18, 2013

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Thanks to the B&W blog hop hosts: Dachshund Nola, YDWWYW and My life in blog years.

And now we wait…

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My puppy is sick. It started yesterday when my hubby was wiping some dirt off her face after playing in the backyard. A whole chunk of hair fell off leaving an area of exposed skin. The spot was semi-circular about an inch if diameter. The skin looked irritated. It was late at night and we decided to wait until the next morning to take her to the Vet. She was acting normal and it didn’t seem to be itching.
The Vet is suspecting either an allergy or a bacterial infection. A skin scrapping and culture will determine if it is related to a fungal or bacterial issue, but results will be ready in about a week.
In the meantime, we will be giving her antibiotics (pills and ointments).
Fungal (ringworm) is contagious to both other dogs and humans. Fortunately, it is very uncommon in Alaska. Also Bailey nor us are showing any signs of itchy skin, so more reasons not to suspect ringworm. Time will tell…

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Wordless Wednesday -Rolling in the grass

Wordless Wednesday -Rolling in the grass

Thanks to BlogPaws for hosting the Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

Alaska wildlife edition

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Mama bear with her 3 cubs in Katmai park.

This week’s positing is a bit different. I will share with you some pictures I have taken of the Alaskan wildlife over the past 6 years. None of these encounters have been with the snowieners. If it gets to happen I doubtfully will snap a picture.

Here are the big and powerful brown bears. Do not forget to look up, you can also find them in the trees!

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Three grizzly in Katmai park.

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Black bear in the wild

Black bears are more common in our area. They are generally smaller than the brown bears.

The most common by far are the moose. Look how civilized, these are using the pedestrian crossing!

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Cow and calf moose in Anchorage streets

Bald eagles can also been seen throughout our hikes.

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Bald eagle in the wild

Less common are the fox and wolves, but they can be seen from time to time.

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Fox at O’Malley Golf course in Anchorage

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Wolf at Denali national park

For all these reasons, the snowieners have to be very careful while hiking in the city.

Wordless Wednesday

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B&W Sunday -Grooming day

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First thing we do after being groomed is to model for a few pictures…

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Then we go and do our thing…

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Until then we are happy.

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