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Catching up….

I just don’t know what happened to March. It flew by and was very busy. I attended an out of town show, have been training CB in agility and doing a lot of Pilates among other things things. Even though I’ve been busy CB and Kona have still been getting their walks in and we’ve finally had some nicer weather.
Here are some things that have kept us busy of the last couple of weeks in no specific order….

March has had mostly miserable weather but it finally has started to warm up and we’ve been able to get out for some of our longer walks. We also explored a couple new parks; Bowmont and Baker.

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As well as hitting our favorite place for walks – Edworthy Park. The ice formations are pretty awesome right now and make for some interesting photo ops.

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A couple weeks ago I went to a show in Camrose and we drove out from Calgary during treacherous road conditions. I went to help a friend show some poms and her friends chihuahua’s and also entered Kona in 1 Pre-Novice trial and 2 Rally Advanced runs to try and finish his Rally Advanced Title. I didn’t do so great in the conformation ring with the Chi but did better with my friends pom (Remmie) even though I didn’t get any points on him.

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This is my friend’s pom puppy Remmie. Pretty cute little guy.

Kona did well and got his first Q in Pre-Novice and got his 3rd leg in Rally Advanced for that Title and is now Firesprite’s Dark N Bold RA.  Woohoo! It was a little too close for comfort running between the rings and on the Saturday I ran from the Rally ring to the conformation ring with about 5 minutes to spare. Missed getting Kona’s Q ribbon from the judge (and third in class ribbon) as I left when right as we finished our run but I was able to pick it up after we were all done.

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I didn’t get a picture of Kona in the Rally ring but here he is on the grooming table getting a little touch up before his title photo with the judge.

Last weekend it was really nice and I found a Canine Good Neighbor test to take Kona too – he pass it easily. It was a lot less stressful for me doing the test with Kona than it was with CB last year, I guess my confidence has also improved over the last year.

CB and I have been spending our training time together focusing on agility. I’ve done 3 agility training seminars this month and one of them was with Kathy Keats. It was interesting to do her seminar with a faster dog this year. One of the skills she helped me with was pulling CB through threadles. His speed has picked up but we slow down when the handling is a little more complicated such as where I need to wrap him or bring him through a threadle.

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Kathy has such great insight and the time I got to spend with her was even more amazing than it was last year. I have a better idea of where I need to be to pull CB through a threadle quickly. It was so worth the time and Kathy and a couple other participants remarked how much quicker we were than last year.

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This weekend is going to be a little busy. My agility club is hosting a two day trial and it’s also the weekend of the Red Deer show. I love the Red Deer show, CB has usually done well there but the agility trial is my priority. He only needs one Rally Excellent Q for his title so I entered him in the Friday in Red Deer and then we’re in my club’s agility trial Saturday and Sunday. And I’m also helping in conformation and showing Remmie again. Fortunately the show schedule is working out much better than it did in Camrose as I’m in one ring in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

This weekend is probably going to be too much for CB though with how long we’ll be in Red Deer. I think it might be too much for me…. The weather is supposed to be crap too so the drive to Red Deer might not be that great. Oh and did I mention that I’ve been focusing on agility? When we’ve been practicing our Q ratio has been about 50% with Rally at this level. Oh well, we’ll see how it goes and I hope he (and me!) won’t be too tired on Saturday when we are in the barn.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Changing Seasons

One picture just couldn’t show my interpretation of Changing Seasons. The Bow River valley shows the change in seasons not only in the color and amount of vegetation but also in the water levels of the river. High in Spring and Summer, low in fall and winter.

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Douglas Fir Trail and ICEtrekkers

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It is no secret that it’s winter in the northern hemisphere. In Calgary we sometimes get spring in January and snow in August but even though it happens, the norm in December is for sub-zero temperatures. Winter hiking or even just walking around the neighborhood can land you on your rear end if you’re not careful and there can be added implications walking with a dog (as we saw on our hike of Jumpingpound Trail last month) or a child.

We are outside walking CB and Kona regularly and like to spend time on the slopes of Edworthy Park and the Douglas Fir trail even though the access from our house and the trail can be treacherous this time of year. The traction cleats we purchased after the Jumpingpound Trail hike have been very useful keeping us on our feet, so much so that I wish I’d bought a pair of these years ago.

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There is approximately 60 m (200 feet) of elevation from the top of the escarpment to the Bow River valley, and the grade is quite steep along the Douglas Fir Trail as well as on the old trail we use to access the river valley. With the weather we’ve had it’s been icy to boot. I generally don’t write about product but I’ve made an exception with this topic because watching a friend slip on ice and land on their dogs head is upsetting to say the least, not just for them. Fortunately the dog was fine but it highlights how important traction is for safety while winter hiking for our best friends.

We purchased ICEtrekkers traction cleats because we saw someone else hiking in them last year but had forgotten about them until we hiked Jumpingpound Loop. ICEtrekkers makes three kinds of traction cleats; Spikes, Chains and Diamond Grips. We purchased the Diamond Grip cleats even though they were the priciest of the three ($44.99 CDN) as they looked to be the most versatile.

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In lieu of chain or spikes, the cleats are comprised of pointy metal beads that rotate to keep them free of ice and snow. With these cleats we had no issues slipping on the ice and the usually treacherous stairs on the Douglas Fir Trail were surprisingly not so.

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There are plenty of companies making winter traction cleats and there are better price points than what we purchased. Ideas have come a long way – these are definitely not the “rubbers” your Dad used to wear. Anything that will keep our buddies safe is a good thing and it’s unfortunate that we had to experience what we did to be motivated to buy a pair.

The only negative I have with the ICEtrekkers is that they were a little tough to pull on as they fit quite tightly – but I guess that’s a good thing as you don’t have to worry about them falling off on you and being hung on tree or fence post by a fellow hiker like we saw with this one.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Mine

This weeks photo challenge of “mine” turned out to be trickier than I thought it would be at first.

What is “mine”? First realization is that I have too many things. And what of the pups point of view? I’m sure they have their own concept of “mine” at least when they fight over toys. So this photo is not as much “mine” as it is “ours”.

Here is the view from the hidden park near our home. We can see pieces of this everyday from our home and from the street during our comings and goings. It’s one of the reasons we wanted to move here in the first place.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

This weeks photo challenge topic of Solitary seemed like a good one to incorporate with one of our walks and good fit within a general dog/dog training theme. We always work on some skill when we’re out and about and we do tend to do a lot of stays since I can get some really nice portraits of the dogs when they are still. I’m able to put either in position someplace or on something and we’ve been slowly able to build up distance. I guess since I take a lot of pictures we get a lot of practice.

To capture this photo of CB required me to get very far back (I had my telephoto lens with me) and time my shots to capture him with no other passerby’s in view. He had to be patient for a few minutes until I was able to get my shot but my husband was 20 feet away just beyond the trees ready to replace CB in his stay if needed. Neither one of us was all that visible from the pathway and as this is a very busy area there were a few people curious about the little dog seemingly by itself.

I didn’t actually expect that anyone would take notice of CB but one woman walking by was very concerned when she saw him and started to look for the little dog’s owners. She had quite the look of surprise on her face as I came into view and then recalled CB to join me. A cruel trick? Perhaps. She did not know that the better half was out of view and the distance was mighty impressive at first look.

Black & White Sunday – 1

CB and Kona hanging out along the Bow River near Edworthy Park. These rocks are usually underwater but the river is so low right now they made the perfect spot for some photos and down-stay practice time.

This is my first post for the Black and White Sunday blog hop hosted by You Did What With Your Wiener, My Life In Blog Years and, Dachshund Nola. To join visit one of their awesome blogs.

* photo taken using a Canon Rebel with an EF 70 to 300mm telephoto lens

Weekly Writing Challenge: an update on things you can find in the woods

One of my favorite things about Fall is that feeling of renewal that one gets this time of year. We’re near that middle of the last half of the year but I guess that feeling of starting new things will always be there for me no matter how long it’s been since I’ve gone to school. And what better time to start something new.

With that in mind I’m going to give the weekly challenges a try to push myself as a blogger. I will be posting the photo or the writing challenge depending on how the upcoming topics fit with the overall theme of my blog. I’m going to give it a go at least until the end of October. And with that, here is my first Weekly Writing Challenge post, sent by email. Here goes!

A few months ago I posted the above photo as this Wordless Wednesday. I think it’s been my most popular Wordless Wednesday post next to this one, and it’s struck up a little bit of a passion for photographing CB and Kona with cars etc. The biggest questions that arose in our minds when we discovered this vehicle was not only how did it get to the bottom of a gully in the woods, but we were also curious as to what it was – make, model, year? Did it belong to a neighbor years ago? Did someone push it down the hill because it had been neglected? Or was it simply abandoned when the sandstone quarry that was adjacent to the gully closed in the 1950’s? There’s definitely a story here, but how does one go about finding the answers?

We ended up turning to our community newsletter, the Wildwood Warbler. It’s published monthly and is hand delivered to all mailboxes in the community of Wildwood. This year the newsletter has been running a theme called “My Wildwood Vision” and with every issue a photograph is published on a resident’s vision of Wildwood. We feel that the adjacent park (Edworthy) is a big part of our vision of the neighborhood as we are often there and with how visually interesting this photo of Kona with the “fossil” car is, we decided to submit it to the newsletter. They loved the photo and published it in the September edition. We did have an ulterior motive, perhaps someone in the neighborhood had an idea as to what kind of car this was, how it got there or how long it had been there. Maybe we could get some insight as to what this car’s story was.

We really couldn’t have received a better outcome. We have met so many new neighbors when we’ve been out on walks as Kona is recognized from the newsletter. Others that know us have been very excited to see the photo and we have received so many comments on the picture as well as other people’s story’s on their own discovery of the car, whether it was last year or years ago. But what has been most exciting have been the emails with model/year suggestions for our mystery vehicle. One email we received said;

“Hi Guys,
I saw Kona’s picture on the front page of the community newsletter! Cool! One of our friends works in the car industry and seems pretty confident that the car is a 1940 Pontiac. He spent about 40 minutes last night at our house going through a few other options, but has decided that based on the lines, this is probably the car. See attached.
Famous Kona!”

We were thinking that this 1940’s Pontiac could be the car. And then we received this note from the editor of the Warbler. A newsletter reader sent her an email with a link to an online car sale website;

“Hello! This email was a quick response to your request. I think it might be the car!
Cheers,”

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Calling All Cars Vehicle Listing #150611

I saw this Car listing at cacars.com and wanted you to see it. I think

this may be the car you asked about.

1939 Buick Roadmaster

So now we had two really good options. Both cars are pretty similar in general shape so it required a trip down into the gully for another look. And wouldn’t you know it, it looks like our mystery car could be convertible based on the fact it has no roof, and there are no saw marks to indicate that the roof was hacked off. We’re now pretty confident that the car is most likely a 1939 Buick Roadmaster since that car came in a soft-top model, such as the photo below.

soft-top Roadmaster – could this be our urban fossil?

We also found this vintage ad. Our find sure would have been a beauty in it’s day.

Here are a few more pictures of the 1939 Buick Roadmaster from the gully.

We think we have one part of the story figured out but there are still questions. What I find most interesting is how our picture of a little dog and an old car brought about so much discussion in the neighborhood. It’s quite cool to have people take the time to help us solve our mystery but it also shows what a great community we live in. We are still meeting new people when we’re out on walks and its been really great discovering their connection to the old car and the community itself.

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Brickburn

It was a ho-hum rainy kind of day today so we ended up doing some errands and CB and Kona got an expedition to our local garden center. Kona even befriended a Ferret of all things while we were wandering around. Didn’t think of taking a picture of Kona with his Ferret friend but here’s one of CB on some patio furniture we like. And guess what, another opportunity for a sit-stay!

Today’s 10 degrees (C) felt cold compared to the nicer weather we had on Thursday earlier this week. Thursday was our only nice day and so far we really haven’t had that great of a spring. But when it’s nice we try to spend our time outside as much as possible and lucky for us we can wander into Edworthy Park through a gate down the road from our home which is what we did Thursday after work.

There are a number trails on the slope to explore and the park is quite extensive so we end up taking a lot of photos here. The park extends from west of my Brickburn label on the map to the natural area below the Shaganappi golf course on the east end. It’s a massive park but convenient enough to be able to go for anything from a 30 minutes walk to a hike of several hours.

Last year we did some exterior renovations to our house and we removed a large  planter that was attached to the front and found that it was constructed out of these bricks.

We started to get a little curious as to whether they might be Brickburn bricks as we’ve walked past the Brickburn site in the valley many times and had seen the  artifacts and remnants the Brickburn factory so we decided to do a little more investigating – CB and Kona came along for the walk.

The area of the park was first settled in the 1880’s and there were several sandstone quarries as well as the Brickburn plant that were operational in the area during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The photo from this Wordless Wednesday post was from wandering into the woods off of the Douglas Fir Trial adjacent to one of the rock quarries.

To get to the Brickburn site you head west from the paved pathway at the south Edworthy parking lot and follow the double track path along the railway. The Brickburn rail sign is an homage to the history of the area.

The location of  Brickburn is marked with this historical placard. We are looking towards the east and in the early spring before the veg grows you can see more remnants of some of the buildings from Brickburn.

There are still plenty of bricks laying about and here is one of the many that were left behind. I’ve been here a couple of times but have not read the placard.

Brickburn operated from 1905 to 1931 and the bricks made here were either stamped “EHC” , the initials for Edward Henry Crandell who was the owner, like the one we found in the above photo or with “Calgary” for Calgary Pressed Brick and Sandstone Company like the bricks from our home.

What’s interesting is that our house was originally built in 1957, 26 years after Brickburn ceased operating. Brickburn bricks must have been available for years later, or someone went down to the old site in the late 50’s and collected some from the factory remnants to use as the base for our old planter. I guess anything is possible.