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Some recent adventures . . . . .

Rick C
February 17th, 2006, 04:34 PM
For those interested, some Abby and Keeper adventures in the last five or so weeks . . . . . I don't think I've posted these before.

Below, Keeper emerges into a clearing after a snowfall at Brown Lowery Park near our home, the Rockies poking through the clouds in the distance . . . .

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Abby goes on high alert in the forest . . . . something was running away. About 15 minutes later, we came across a moose which also ran away. I have hold of Abby's lengthy leash . . . . she's quite the little investigator.

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High in Kananaskis Country, down a dusty gravel road in the Whaleback area, we walked up to a very frigid Bear Lake, polished clean by a huge wind, Keeper and Abby investigating . . .

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Abby and Keeper struggle to stay on their feet as a huge gust threatens to throw them over the precipice on the left . . . .

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No one and no thing was nearby, so I let them run a bit, Abby in the lead . . . .

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We were better provisioned and better dressed (okay, I was) the second time we assaulted Brokeback Mountain, er, Moose Mountain in Kananaskis, the setting for the Oscar nominated movie. This is a very popular (in the summer) fire station walk of 12.6 km round trip but no one was around this day.

Abby and Keeper approach the first peak where some of the famous movie scenes were shot. . . . . a sign at the trailhead warns you'll be blown to smithereenies by frequent lightning storms in the summer so the odds of someone herding sheep up here near the timber line are pretty remote!!!

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The movie setting with Keeper looking for Jack and Ennis or even a few sheep to chase. No luck. We were alone.

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The view up here with Keeper, also very, very windy . . . . the TransCanada Highway heading into the mountains would cut across right to left far off in the distance . . .

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

ZebbyZeb
February 17th, 2006, 05:59 PM
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing.

BMDLuver
February 17th, 2006, 06:01 PM
Awesome as usual Rick! Makes me want to ride through Pritchard Creek again!

jawert1
February 17th, 2006, 06:25 PM
Beautiful Rick, just absolutely gorgeous!

shannon1233A
February 17th, 2006, 06:26 PM
Rick C, I have to tell you something, even though everyone here will laugh at me I'm sure.

But it just happened again. I was looking at your beautiful, absolutely gorgeous photos, and my eyes welled up with tears! They are sooooo beautiful, so full of love, so full of peace, and of course so full of beauty. Your photographs with Abby and Keeper, just fill me with such an undescribable feeling of peace and yet longing that I wish every animal on earth could experience the life your two have.

Last time I had tears in my eyes was 4 years ago when the last grandchild was born, but my eyes fill with tears of gratitude, peace and love every time I experience life though your photos!

THANK YOU!

doggy lover
February 17th, 2006, 06:43 PM
I always look forward to your pics and as usual they blow me away.

Rick C
February 17th, 2006, 07:46 PM
Rick C, I have to tell you something, even though everyone here will laugh at me I'm sure.

But it just happened again. I was looking at your beautiful, absolutely gorgeous photos, and my eyes welled up with tears! They are sooooo beautiful, so full of love, so full of peace, and of course so full of beauty. Your photographs with Abby and Keeper, just fill me with such an undescribable feeling of peace and yet longing that I wish every animal on earth could experience the life your two have.

Last time I had tears in my eyes was 4 years ago when the last grandchild was born, but my eyes fill with tears of gratitude, peace and love every time I experience life though your photos!

THANK YOU!

A wonderful note . . . . thank you. That's our only payment so its appreciated.

We all want to see you well up again so here is what Lake Louise looked like last Saturday, an ice castle in shadow on the lake and skaters circling . . . . one of the grand spots to be on earth on a winter day.

Abby and Keeper like it here too.

http://www.goldentales.ca/09230086_edited-1.jpg

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Prin
February 17th, 2006, 10:02 PM
Beauties. The doggies and the mountains.:)

And Shannon, nobody's laughing. Really great pics can do that.:)

glasslass
February 17th, 2006, 11:24 PM
I can only imagine what it must be like to live amidst such beauty. Thanks Rick! Lucky stiff!

Frenchy
February 18th, 2006, 11:15 AM
This is too much!Rick,do you have a garage,anything on your land so I can move there with my dogs (they are goldens too if that can help my "cause"!) It's just beautiful.

Writing4Fun
February 18th, 2006, 12:38 PM
Simply stunning, Rick. :love: Thank you for posting those beautiful pictures. You really have an eye for composition. :thumbs up

Misty'sMom
February 18th, 2006, 11:38 PM
Wow Rick, I'm amazed. I live in Newfoundland, we have some gorgous scenery here, but I dont' think I have seen much like that. You really have an eye to capture it. I just love those two dogs also. The pictures really blew me away. Great work, keep it up!

chico2
February 19th, 2006, 08:57 AM
Abby and Keeper are the luckiest dogs in the world:pawprint:
Stunning pics,as usual:love:

Lissa
February 19th, 2006, 02:12 PM
Great pictures!!! My favourite is the one with Abbey on high alert!!

Are they not trustworthy off-leash!?

Prin
February 19th, 2006, 08:23 PM
ooo Lissa... That might spark a debate. Some people here (not me) are really, passionately pro-leash and anti-off-leash no matter where the doggy is.... I never expected in a million years that this would be a hot topic, but somehow it is. Apparently, it isn't every dog owner's dream to see their dog running in the great wide open off-leash...

Rick C
February 19th, 2006, 09:00 PM
Are they not trustworthy off-leash!?

No. Keeper is fairly trust-worthy but Abby isn't.

They're acreage dogs and have little in the way of consistent training. They run our four acres as they please, a fence keeping them inside. They have a great amount of freedom in their daily lives.

They're afraid of nothing . . . . except for cows.

Keeper is pretty good off-leash and for staying on the path but Abby is particularly fearless and can wander half a mile away without thought. She tests the boundaries to see what she can get away with as her puppy personality test predicted - willful and independent and very smart. In the first Brokeback Mountain picture above, Keeper is walking ahead but I have Abby's leash in hand.

Lastly and most importantly, the things in these forests are dangerous to their life and limb and that is why all parks, both provincial and national, are leash-only areas. People think its a great place to run your dog but generally its illegal.

I was thankful I had them on-leash for our bear encounter last summer as an example.

If I can see pretty far in all directions or I'm confident nothing is around, I'll let them run as you can see in the picture below, also on Brokeback Mountain, where Jack and Ennis sat kibbitzing, looking off into infinity and the vast prairie beyond. Abby and Keeper's home is about 30 miles away, behind one of the far off hills before the mountains finally give way to the Great Plains.

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The freedom of home . . . .

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Lissa
February 19th, 2006, 10:24 PM
Eep! I didn't realize it was such an issue...:o

Thanks for responding Rick...I meant no offense, I was just curious!

Dodger knows all about those SCARY cow's (all it did was look at him!)
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Rick C
February 20th, 2006, 09:40 AM
Eep! I didn't realize it was such an issue...:o

Thanks for responding Rick...I meant no offense, I was just curious!

Dodger knows all about those SCARY cow's (all it did was look at him!)


Run away!!! Run away!!!

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Luvmypit
February 20th, 2006, 12:14 PM
Rcik you should make postcards and set up shop at Lake Louise!

Everything I see that you have posted a pic I make sure I go check it out. They are always awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Skryker
February 23rd, 2006, 09:25 AM
Stunningly beautiful photos! You are so lucky to live in such splendor, and to have such beautiful doggies to share it with.