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Wild & Free Forever   2 comments

Sunrise (whose blog nickname has been Goldeneyes) passed into the realm of “wild and free forever” yesterday about noon.

Related imageAt 14, it was not unexpected. She’d had a cancerous tumor removed in February and we knew it could come back. But she wasn’t bowing to age. She still jumped over the back of the couch and was always ready to go for a ride. She could still run pretty fast and swim like the water dog she was. Her molten gold eyes were always smiling and she absolutely loved her people dearly.

In earlier years she had tried to catch a beaver — and almost had it landed when her companion dog, the black-hearted pirate Friday, let go. And this after she taught her elder how to swim. Disgraceful! She enjoyed catch-and-release — the neighbors’ chickens would get out, she’d catch them and bring them to us uninjured. She never quite understood why we took them back. She wasn’t afraid of heights like most dogs so she would cross a log bridge rather than swim a swift current. She was at once very smart and a total goof, domesticated by the belly rub. She was the only Lab I’ve ever met who would be trusted with a full bag of dog food. She’d eat just what she needed to not starve to death and leave the rest for later. She once ate mushrooms while we were on a camping trip and freaked out in the tent (thought Brad was an ogre, we think). Once released, she ran off down the trail and attacked the Davidson Ditch, a metal aquaduct. I’m thinking she thought it was a giant metal snake. She wasn’t particularly brave – kind of scared of the woods and if someone was yelling around her, she’d hide, but she’d do things that you could tell terrified her just because she wanted to be with us. Back when she was still a young puppy and hadn’t convinced Brad to like her yet, she stole his shoes once — picked them up from the Arctic entry way and carried them to her favorite cozy spot, put them side by side, but didn’t chew them up. He thought he was losing his mind until he found them. They were friends after that. She was extremely empathetic, could sense our emotions, and was always ready to listen and love us. She was a great companion, a loving friend, a tireless hiker, a sweet soul and she went out on her own terms.

Image result for image of female yellow field labTuesday night, she seemed tired and she declined going “wild and free” – a holiday evening tradition when she was allowed to race the streets in pure abandon. This is what comes from a Lab being raised by a husky – a water dog who enjoys running. She spent the night watching us sleep. Every time I opened my eyes, she was there with a loving grin on her face. In the morning, when I let her go out to pee, she had trouble coming up the stairs, like it exhausted her. But she was still smiling. We agreed she probably needed to go to the vet today, that the cancer was probably back and she was in pain. We were torn on whether to euthanize her or get her pain meds so she’d enjoy her last few days. Brad went by the bedroom around 11:30 and told her “you’re going to get to go wild-and-free forever soon.” A half hour later, we found her on her bed, on her side, eyes open with one ear furled under her as if she’d sprang to her feet planning to go wild-and-free and simply fell over dead.

That’s a great way to go for a fine athlete who loved to run and it even seems that she was smiling as she did it. And it being Independence Day — well, what a great day to enter the realm of “wild-and-free-forever.”

Image result for image of female yellow field labWe’re going to miss her, but we know she’s somewhere pleasant, maybe hanging out with our other dogs Cana and Friday or the cat Angel that she loved dearly but could never convince to be friends. It would be wonderful if the mini-lion would now lay down with the Labrador.

Where ever it is, I’m sure there’s water for her and Cana (a water Lab) to enjoy and for Friday (a husky) to complain about. And I’m sure she’s smiling because that is who Sunrise is and will always be.

Posted July 5, 2018 by aurorawatcherak in Gratitude, Uncategorized

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Degrees of Dumb   1 comment

This joke is courtesy of husband “Brad”


 

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There’s dumb! We all know dumb!

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s Army dumb! Fairbanks is a BIG Army town.

There’s drunk Irish dumb! Brad’s Irish (formerly) Catholic from the Boston area. His family represents the photo.

 

 

 

But the deepest level of dumb is ….

Posted March 26, 2014 by aurorawatcherak in Writing

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Pups at the Airport   Leave a comment

I can’t help it. This is a great idea and it uses volunteers – although I suspect the dogs work for treats. I am definitely down with pets from the canine crowd. Hopefully, it will help ease the stress from the TSA sexual harassment.

Huffington Post/Ryan Grenoble

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/18/lax-airport-therapy-dog_n_3110674.html

Some people recommend a stiff drink to combat anxiety about flying. Officials at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) think they have a better solution: friendly dogs.

Launched this week at LAX, the Pets Unstressing Passengers — or “PUP” program — aims to have tails wagging in various terminals at the airport in an effort to create a less stressful environment for travelers.

“It’s a great opportunity to spread happiness to millions of travelers from all over the world,” said Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey in a release. “Expect to see the PUP’s on a regular basis in Terminals at LAX.”

The release hastened to add that all dogs and their handlers have undergone both classroom and “in-terminal” training. The dogs, a mixture of mutts, Dobermans, Bichon frises and other breeds, will be identified by red vests that read “Pet Me!” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Similar programs have launched at the Miami International Airport and the San Jose International Airport in the last several years, undoubtedly bringing a more welcome form of “pat down” than those currently offered by the Transportation Security Administration.

LAX is part of a system of three Southern California airports – along with LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.

 

Posted April 19, 2013 by aurorawatcherak in Non-partisan

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Priscilla Feral Is Not Going to Be Happy With Me   3 comments

Let’s get something out of the way at the outset – the gray wolf is a species that comes in many colors of fur from black to white and every shade of gray and tan. In some parts of the country, they’re called timber wolves. They are second only to humans in adapting to climate extremes and once ranged from coast to coast and from Alaska to Mexico in North America, except in the Southeast, where the red wolf predominated and in the large deserts of the Southwest. Although pack alphas mate for life, younger wolves of both sexes may disperse from the pack to find a mate and form their own pack and they are not necessarily monogamous prior to that bonding.

Your family pet canine is 99.8% gray wolf and can, if a comparable size, mate with their wild siblings. Think about that the next time you sit down to eat a steak in front of Fido.

Gray wolves are rebounding in the Lower 48 after being listed on the Endangered Species List, but they have never been endangered in Alaska. They occasionally hunt humans during times of scarcity. They do not actually act like the wolves in “The Gray”, but they do attack humans occasionally.

http://www.newsminer.com/article_78ddd3dd-a279-5bab-ab4a-3a95db4c6549.html

When I was in junior high (early 1970s), we had a high snow year and wolves, finding it difficult to hunt game in the deep snow, came into the outskirts of Fairbanks and took several pets. They also stalked a friend and her brother as they were walking home. Their family dog – a wolf-hybrid – defended them and died of his injuries.

It’s happened enough in Alaska that we don’t think wolves are good neighbors.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/35913715/ns/us_news-life/t/fatal-wolf-attack-unnerves-alaska-village/

Another village caught a wolf on video tape a number of years ago trying to carry off a child who was rescued without serious injury. And, attacks on dogs – especially when chained – is common.

http://www.sciencebuzz.org/blog/wolf_attacks_in_alaska_raise_concerns

When the wolf is available for examination, they are often found to be quite healthy, with good fat stores.

So when environmental groups wail over Alaska’s predator control program, Alaskans are less than interested in hearing it. When wolves overhunt their own resources, they start hunting us or our pets and that makes us, like every other prey in the world, less than warm and fuzzy toward them.

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