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I’m Back / Ralphie Haiku

I know I’ve gone missing for a few months. Sometimes that happens. But now I’m back.

Much has happened since my last post in May. But before I pick up with new blogs, I pay tribute to Ralphie, my loyal canine companion of my year in Nanaimo who passed away to doggie heaven in June. So I’m now a girl without a dog and good shoes. Ralphie, you will be missed.

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May your path weave through

forests green-scented — a loyal

friend at your heel.


Ralphie’s Report Card

It was time for a really good session at the PetSmart groomers for Ralphie. |She’d had such a busy month full of forest walks, lake swims, and grass rolling that the house was starting to smell like a national park. So off we went and dropped her off for her spa day. And when Jamjarjude and I picked her up she was fresh as a daisy. Complete with a pretty red bandana.

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Before we left they gave JJJ Ralphie’s report card. “Ralphie was really good today. She was very happy today and very well-behaved. We hope to see her again soon.”

Good dog!


A Trip to Englishman River

On our way back from Coombs, Jamjarjude, Ralphie and I stopped at Englishman River for a walk through the woods. Ralphie was ecstatic. Anytime there’s water around, she’s in doggie heaven.

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The water was crystal clear and we weren’t the only ones out enjoying the river.

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Ralphie just had to have a go herself.

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We walked along the river, under the dappled shade of the trees, and I couldn’t resist taking pictures of the spring flowers…

…fawn lilies…

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…blue-eyed Mary…

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…and trilliums.

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The sound of the flowing river was never far from us.

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…and there were some quiet creatures about too.

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Poor Jamjarjude is still recovering from the snake and banana slug episodes.

Bath Day for Ralphie

It was inevitable the day would come. And, after a month of rolling in the grass, and the mud, and the sand, and a week in a kennel, it was time, high time, for Ralphie’s bath. 

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Jamjarjude and I headed into Bosley’s in Aldergrove, www.bosleys.com to take advantage of their “wash your dog yourself” facilities. Ralphie was not best pleased. We put on our aprons, rolled up our sleeves and hauled Ralphie into the tub. First there was the shower….

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…and finally, the blow dry. She really didn’t like this. Too noisy.

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We bought her a funky new bed and as soon as we got home, she collapsed on it and sulked. Even though she looked so pretty. Poor Ralphie. It’s been a tough week. Kennels then a bath. Things can only get better.

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