Another Hypo Half

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On Friday I went to the Running Room to pick up my race kit for today’s Hypothermic Half Marathon only to find out that they had no record of my registration and they were sold out.  On one hand, that wasn’t so bad because I had not done any training, but I had friends that were doing the race.

Yesterday Spirit and I spent almost 2 hours kick sledding and I was exhausted…but I still had this nagging voice in my head that said I really should do the half.  To make a long story short, I got my butt out of bed at 6:15 this morning and met my friends at the start line.  It was a cold and windy day but we toughed it out and finished.   Since I was a bandit (non-paying participant) I wasn’t allowed to attend the brunch afterwards but I was more than happy to jump into the car and crank the heated seats to maximum to try and warm up.   I hit the closest Timmies on the way home and then had a nice long soak in the hot tub.  I’m sure my body will hate me tomorrow morning but I’m glad I did it.

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My Golden Valentine

Now and then……..I can’t image a life without this amazing boy.  He is my heart dog!!!  (He looks so serious striking a pose in both pictures.)

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As a thank you to my Golden Valentine we went for a walk (just Mom and her boy) to Tim Hortons to get him his favourite treat.  He usually only gets a Timbit but today we went for the whole donut.

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The beauty of winter

I can’t say that I am a big fan of winter, but sometimes I just have to stop and appreciate the beauty.   We live in the prairies so we normally have very low humidity.  For the last several days we have had lots of fog and hoar frost.  Each day the frost gets thicker and thicker.  Here are just a few pictures I took of the amazing ice crystals:

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Diablo Ninebark flower cluster

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Hydrangea bloom

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Rose hips

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Rose hip cluster

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Jackmanii clematis bloom

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And last but not least,  hoar frost on my big girl Spirit during our walk this morning.  She looks like she has giant white eyebrows.

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Resolution Time Again

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We just finished the annual Running Room Resolution 5km race.   We’ve been doing it for about 5 years now. It is a family friendly, non-competitive event that helps us start our new year off with health and fitness in mind.   Of course the pancakes and sausages at the end are always a big hit with the skinny guy. 

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Sweet Gentle Soul

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McMullin snuggling in the kennel

My beautiful, gentle old man Wally. He is almost 16 years old now.  Over those years he has shared our home with more foster puppies and four-legged family members than I can count. Without exception, each one has gone to him to cuddle and seek comfort. He has always obliged. For an intact male he is truly amazing!!!!

Just a few more pictures to tug at your heart strings:

 

 

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Bucket List Disappointment

Although I was present at the birth of almost all of the litters that Wally sired, and I saw the puppies almost daily, I never had the opportunity to whelp a litter myself.  This has been a bucket list item for me for many years.

When we bought Spirit, we got join ownership with the breeder.  The plan was to show her and if all went well, eventually use her as a breeding bitch for Tailspin.  Sadly, at 6 months we found out that Spirit had a bad shoulder so that quickly put an end to her breeding career.

In November we were asked if we would be willing to whelp a litter of service dog puppies.  Although having a litter during an Alberta winter is not my idea of fun (puppies can never go outside and play) we accepted the challenge.  Molly was inseminated in mid November.  The sperm was collected from a beautiful English Golden from National Service Dogs with a great track record of producing quality puppies.  On Friday Molly went for an ultrasound to confirm if she was pregnant.  Sadly she was not.  There are a lot of sad and disappointed people….especially me.  They are hoping to give it one more try the next time Molly comes into season.  On the positive side, it looks like cute little McMullin might be hanging around with us for a few weeks longer.

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Meet McMullin

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We have a short term addition to our fur family.  This is McMullin and he is one of the puppies that were donated to Hope Heels to train as a service dog.  He is an 8 week old smooth Collie.  He will be staying with us until he has a puppy raiser family to go to.  He’s only been in the house for a few hours but he seems to have settled in just fine.

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