Thursday, November 27, 2014

Brother's Creek Hike

It's currently the awkward time of the year in Vancouver when it's cold and rainy but the mountains have yet to become snowy. Our normal hikes are blocked by clouds for views while the trails have become streams (and no snowshoeing yet). Where to go for a quick afternoon hike? North Vancouver of course!
our climbing Vizsla
streams in the trails
Daddy's girl
I'm constantly surprised by my mountain goat
where's the stick?
While Deep Cove, Lighthouse Park, and Lynn Valley become packed with families when the skies are low and grey, Brother's Creek on the bottom of Cypress Mountain is somewhat empty. There are a variety of trails and loops here and many of them are more "natural", less groomed, which is what we prefer. In half of these trails the rainfall has turned them into streams but it's nothing a water-proof ankle boot can't deal with. Whiskey had loads of fun chasing sticks, climbing logs, and posing for photos.

Our Whiskey girl discovers the remains of an old sawmill
how pretty is the rain in the sunbeams?
majestic forest in our backyards
Beams through the clouds
We still have phone connection here so with our GPS phones we can't get lost and can create whatever route we want. There is even a section of old growth trees you can check out (9m in diameter). When we began this hike in the rain, the clouds passed through the trees creating amazing lighting and after an hour the sun came out making me wish we had attempted a longer hike! Next week.

Canadian graffiti
Mom why do we need to stop every meter for photos?
Giant logs make a great backdrop
I see you!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Vizsla Half-Sisters

Since I've gotten Whiskey I've been happily daydreaming about having another Vizsla sister for Whiskey. Imagine my glee when we met up with Whiskey's half-sister Millie (from the same father Ripley).

The two half-sisters (Whiskey with red)

They are both fearless climbers, though a little silly as they are "stuck" on the log
Millie is 2 years old and this is our second time meeting up. The first time was at night in a downpour so no pictures could be taken. They get along famously and I've never seen Whiskey run so much! It's just great watching them play and get into trouble together (they found the same pile of poop to eat, and another pile of poop to roll in).

They ignored all the other dogs at the park
Whiskey learning to hold her own
Chaos getting two Vs to listen!
Whiskey is getting faster and is the same height as Millie but you can still recognize she's a puppy with less developed muscles and a shallower chest. Her turns aren't as sharp and her gangly legs make her tumble more. We watched as a blur of orange zoomed around and around and tried to photograph them. In the end I think we really need to invest in a faster camera with better auto-focus!

getting the most out of a ray of sunshine
until next time!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Back from Mexico

At the end of October we went off for a long diving vacation in Mexico. Suffice to say, the trip didn't go to plan and we were both counting the days until we could come back and snuggle with Whiskey.
Mexico's Great White Sharks (not dog friendly)
We picked her up at the boarder's the day after we landed and were welcomed with a bundle of wiggles, nibbles (she still nibbles when she is too excited) and loads of licks. There's nothing like coming home to a Vizsla! Best.Day.EVER

A Mexican blanket for Whiskey
Apparently she was perfectly behaved and got along famously with the house dog (standard poodle) and another GSP that was also being boarded. They went on at least one hike a day and she was so exhausted when we got home. So far she's been right back to our schedule with few behavior changes we assume is just part of her maturing. The boarding experience was so great that we don't even feel guilty about it.

an empty kibble bag keeps her entertained for quite awhile
paws everywhere!
She had no accidents at the home, was great on recall, and only missed one meal (Whiskey has about 1 meal a month she just decides she doesn't want). She's also changed quite a bit. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what it is, but she's bigger and her muscles have filled in a bit. I can't tell you how happy I am to have her back in my life! Excuse me while I go demand more cuddles...
can't move...I'm stuck
And Moo. Still up to no good, we had a fabulous house sitter that watched over her.