We took our boat down to Montana with us as we planned on doing a bit of fishing. We ended up on Whitefish Lake for the afternoon and fished til dark. It was quite hot, so I was glad to have an umbrella on the boat and cooling blankets for the dogs.
The scenery was spectacular and I could have just sat and looked at the view all day - hey, I did LOL
Once we anchored the boat I took the dog's life vests off as they were so hot and just kept a tether on them. They were so much more comfortable.
Molly is such a cutie…..she doesn't mind the boat at all
Zack keeps an eye out for, well, everything….
especially those fish, but when we catch one, he wants nothing to do with it. Pete caught a little cutthroat trout, I hadn't seen one of them before so that was cool
Zack loves to sniff the air and all the mountain and fishy smells - he was in heaven
Eyes peeled again, the closer to the shore the more intense the search gets
Zack spied a little duck so I kept a tight hold - Just in case LOL
It's not a great photo but this was the little duck that kept everyone's attention for a bit
We were on the lake til dusk and Capt. Zack guided Pete back to the dock like a pro :)
I looked at the wonder scenery as we got back
It was a great day - I could live down there that's for sure
We learned Molly is a dream to travel with, accepting and settling in all the new places. Zack, was well, Zack LOL
Whitefish has an awesome fenced in off leash dog park that now has a separate area for little dogs, doggy water fountains, a pond, a small natural agility course and a pavilion for the people.
There were not too many dogs out the day we were there but there was a few. Zack found a few dogs to run round with - he got chased pretty hard - even by the cute little shih tzuey thing !!!!
Molly was just happy to stay with her people, she doesn't play like Zack and even Zack is more picky who he plays with nowadays, but at least they got some off leash time which was great. They ran a lot.
Of course, found smells to roll in
and found someone else's tennis ball and scarpered off with it, little bugger LOL
Who me ?
Great time at the dog park, now off to another adventure….. Part III to follow
Here we go again, I cannot fit everything into one post so I will be doing several posts to show what a wonderful weeks vacation we had in and around Whitefish, Montana. It was a first for us, just Pete, me and the dogs.
We rented a cabin in the woods near Whitefish, Montana. It was lovely, away from it all with a wonderful view of the mountains. TV didn't work and WiFi was iffy but it didn't matter, it was nice to disconnect from the world for a bit. Here is a photo of the outside of the cabin and the view we had every morning. Can't complain that's for sure.
I was a little nervous of bears so every time the dogs barked I jumped and looked around. All in my head as we didn't see one all week :)
On the first day we did a lot of exploring in the Town of Whitefish. It was very quaint and "outdoorsy" loved it. We found wonderful walking paths along the river and walked for miles.
Zack had to stop and look for fish, Pete has taught him well :)
We then walked from the river into the Town and came across this quaint Fly Fishing Shop. Of course Pete went in to look around while Zack stood guard outside.
Actually he licked everybody to death that entered the store LOL
So many more photos and stories to tell of our trip, more walking, doggy park, fishing, Glacier National Park etc. Part II to come soon…..
As Pete and I are hardly ever in a photo together as one of us is always taking the photo, we decided to get family photos taken so we are both on one together. Last week we had them done by Paws on the Run Photography and Wendy did such a great job. I loved them all but here are just a few. They were taken in our back garden, Pete, me, Molly and Zack of course.
After the finding out Asia (Fat Cat) may have bone cancer we included her in our photos as she is part of the family. I just love this one of her - it means so much right now and will be a great keepsake.
She took some great photos of Zack and Molly too which I will post another day.
Thanks Wendy Devent at Paws on the Run Photography.
Since posting last a lot has been happening in the White household, some good, some not so good.
The Bad News: I haven't been able to post about it til now cuz it was upsetting but we took Fat Cat into the vets last week cuz she was drooling from the mouth and we thought she lost a tooth. Our vet booked her in for X-rays and dental surgery and she went in the next morning. Once Fat Cat was under anaesthetic the X-rays revealed she has a mass and her jaw was separated (fractured). The vet did a needle biopsy but no cancer cells were found which was good, but it doesn't rule it out. So for now the vet sutured her jaw back to stabilize it and see how she does over the next little while and see if it is cancer and whether a lump develops or not.
She has been spoiled rotten since then, and it has been a week now and she is back to eating normally and seems to be a happy cat so we are just going to keep her going as long as we can. She is on pain meds for her arthritis so she has pain relief. I will not let her suffer if it does turn out to be cancer, we will just let her go peacefully. I am not putting her through surgery or anything like that at her age. It's just hard to come to terms with the fact she could have cancer and every day I am checking to see if there is any changes.
The Good News: This last weekend Zack had his Advanced Rally Obedience trial. In our first class on Saturday morning Zacky decided to ignore me and had no interest in doing anything we had practiced. He was just as happy to gawk around and leave the ring twice!! To get his attention I was clapping and calling him but I think that totally put him off even more. We were disqualified. I was a bit disheartened but thought I would continue. Well in Saturday afternoon's class he was way way better. He listened, showed more attention (not perfect) and did really well. We qualified with a score of 90 out of a 100 and won High In Class and got a huge ribbon!! Talk about night and day. I was so happy with him. Here is his new ribbon that he won.
Sunday was like a repeat of Saturday, same thing in the morning leaving the ring.
Sunday afternoon he was brilliant. He was way more attentive, did everything I asked and would have got a score of 97 out of a 100 but it was ME who screwed up a sign and lost 10 points. We still qualified and came in second. It was a great weekend.
Here is a group photo of my classmates who also won some of their classes.
It was a great weekend. I am now going to try and get Zack's last qualifying score in November at the trial in Lethbridge to get his Rally Advanced Certificate.
Molly is saying "hey, what about me"…..
Molly is not going to be left out as now the Canadian Kennel Club is allowing mixed breeds to compete in obedience and I am going to register her so that we can start "rally obedience" with her too. She'll do anything for hot dogs LOL
I love having an additional four legged visitor every so often whether it is Deuce of Zoey. This time we have Deucy Doo staying for a few days. Luckily all the rain that was forecast hasn't happened yet and so have enjoyed spending some time outside, walks and just hanging out.
Here are a few photos so far.
Deucy Doo has never seen Fat Cat outside before. He couldn't figure it out LOL. The warm sun seems to help Fat Cat's arthritis which must feel good to her so we let her out when we are outside with her now.
I got some yard work done this weekend and had lots of four legged company - although Zack of course got up to no good eating the soil and whatever else he could get. I was chasing after him on numerous occasions so he was banned to the deck until I got everything picked up.
Sunday afternoon was a lazy one. It was so sweet how they all just settled together while I was reading my magazine. Love that they get along so well.
My name is Lisa and my husband and I share our home with White's Wiggly Zack our border terror (I mean terrier). We named him Wiggly Zack as ever since we got him at 9 weeks old he always wiggled his bum sideways and still does!!! He has another furry friend he shares our house with our cat Asia (aka fat cat). I have a passion for anything to do with animals and their welfare. I also love to paint when I get a chance.
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Zack is a Border Terrier. He is Grizzle & Tan in colour and is full of fun. He is such a happy little guy who loves everyone. He has such a zest for life and loves, loves, loves other dogs. From being a little terror of a puppy, Zack has grown into a wonderful dog. We can do anything with him, from stripping his coat to clipping his nails - he loves it all (weird but true)!
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Asia (aka "Fat Cat")
Asia was a rescue cat. I got her from my friend who is a vet. She is a grey tortoiseshell. I have had her for approximately 11 years and we don't know for sure how old she was when I got her. She had been abused and was very emaciated in the beginning. After a couple of months of recovery from her wounds and a respiratory problem she blossomed. Considering what she went through she is the sweetest little thing and very affectionate with us (not so much with strangers ahaha). She is definitely not thin anymore and is overweight I am afraid, hence the name "fat cat". She is Zack's good buddy and is more like a dog than a cat. She comes when called and always greets you at the door when you come in.
We adopted Molly our little rescue dog on June 7, 2013. They figure she is about 2 years old. We don't know what breed she is and was very scared when we took her in. She came from a hoarder/puppy mill situation and we were told she was almost feral when the rescue group took her in. Zack has helped her come out of her shell so much and now she is so sweet and loveable and way more trusting than she was. She is such a happy little girl and is enjoying the "outside world" I think. We are glad she has joined our family and will update her progress from time to time.
Gone, but never forgotten. My Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and old cat.