Ellie Mae and Memphis in the pond

After a morning hiking around looking for mushrooms in the woods, there’s nothing our Newfoundland dogs enjoy more than a swim.

At the beach with Memphis and Ellie Mae

Our Newfoundlands Memphis and Ellie Mae love nothing more than a walk to the beach for a good swim, and today was perfect for it. Here’s a little video…

Grey day in the Kawarthas

DSC02656At least the on and off misty rain wasn’t freezing. Today, back in Long Branch, it looks again like spring.

Memphis and Ellie Mae clean up real good

Here are the dog with Tuffy P. Thanks to Lorraine, who comes by with her grooming truck and does a fantastic job sprucing up the girls.

Tuffy P with Memphis and Ellie Mae
Tuffy P with Memphis and Ellie Mae

Flying Solo + messing around on the canjo

I’ve been flying solo this last week, as Tuffy P and her friend Suzanne have been in Baltimore and Washington having an adventure. Me and the dogs and cats have done OK on our own, but I miss Tuffy P and I’m glad she’ll be back this afternoon.

Today I ran some errands in the morning, then spent a couple hours grooming Ellie Mae and Memphis. I prefer grooming them in nicer weather so I can do it outside. You can’t imagine how much underfur I strip off Ellie and Memphis when I brush them down. I filled two plastic grocery store bags jammed with Newf hair. Memphis isn’t a fan of getting groomed. She behaves for it but when she sees the grooming tools come out, she fades into the background in the hopes that Ellie has to go first. Of course after grooming I have to sweep and then sweep again as bit of Newf fur floats around everywhere.

Still lots of time before I pick Tuffy up at the airport, so I sat down and played the oil can banjo for a while.

In the parade

Tuffy P volunteered to help out with the Lakeshore parade this year, so the dogs and I walked up to Lakeshore to see her.


There’s Tuffy P in the red, holding up the Long Branch Animal Clinic banner. She called out to us to join the parade, so Ellie Mae, Memphis and I did just that.


South Etobicoke Creek

We were thinking of a day drawing and painting in the landscape today, but it was a littly chilly for that, so¬† we settled on taking the dogs to the South Etobicoke Creek dog park. This off-leash area was closed for quite a long time and reopened in late summer. I understand the reason for the closure was so the city could run some storm sewers down through there. This is the first time we’ve been back since it reopened.

As a result of the work done in the park, the first section of it is not as interesting as it used to be, but beyond that, it remains a really nice naturalized gem in the city with opportunities for the dogs to check out some forest and the creek as well.