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….
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.
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…
Thanks to BlogPaws for hosting the Wordless Wednesday blog hop.
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!
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!
Bald eagles can also been seen throughout our hikes.
Less common are the fox and wolves, but they can be seen from time to time.
For all these reasons, the snowieners have to be very careful while hiking in the city.