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Stay off the ice . . . . and the lunch that keeps on giving

Rick C
November 22nd, 2009, 06:41 PM
The more I look at the image below, the more comical it gets . . . . . and I like the colours too.

On a lakeshore walk, Keeper and Abby take a tentative step out onto some very thin, early winter lake ice, staring intently at a particular spot. Lest you think I'm a bad dog daddy, they seemed to instinctively know not to go further (and didn't) while I was there to make sure that was as far as they advanced. A few minutes later, a pair of muskrats surfaced in the open water in the distance . . . . and I think those rats were right where Keeper and Abby were staring, hence the unusual fixation.

Below, we were actually cruising the prairie and avoiding the lakeshore, as Keeper pauses for reflection. . . . .

Below, some might remember a few years ago when Abby and Keeper were pictured hovering over a prize find, the picked-clean bones of an elk . . . . . well, Abby found the same site yet again and the bones had been much reduced but were still there.

Below, same scene, from a few years ago, the Spring revealing it's winter treasures . . . . . in each case, we lingered only a few minutes.

Below, some storm-tossed, early season ice . . .

Below, earlier today, coming down from Nihahi Ridge in K-Country, west of Bragg Creek.

Below, down in the valley again, Abby contemplates a crossing of the Elbow River . . . . . not a good idea and a retreat was soon ordered.

Rick C

November 22nd, 2009, 07:08 PM
Good thing Abby & Keeper didn't go in after the muskrat :thumbs up smart grrls

Below, some storm-tossed, early season ice . . .

That is so cool :cool: I've never seen that before

November 22nd, 2009, 08:46 PM
Beautiful pics, Rick! Ice already...I guess winter is almost upon us! :eek:

The girls are looking great! Love the muskrat story! They're pesky critters, those muskrats! :D

November 22nd, 2009, 09:01 PM
and I think those rats were right where Keeper and Abby were staring, hence the unusual fixation.

They look so intense ! Love it :)

November 23rd, 2009, 02:59 AM
The girls are looking great. :lovestruck:

Your pics always show so much detail. :cloud9:

November 23rd, 2009, 11:02 PM
What an absolutely beautiful place you live in. And your dogs are even more


Dog Dancer
November 24th, 2009, 11:10 AM
Abby and Keeper remember when one of them fell through the ice a couple winters ago! I'm sure you do too Rick, as I recall you had to launch a wet rescue. I love the first pic and I'm sure the muskrats must have been right under their noses. We used to have them in the ditch in front of our house, and more than once the dogs went in :yuck:.

November 25th, 2009, 11:50 PM
Rick great pics! But that icy water sends shivers up my spine. Our bay probably looks like that too,,,but I stay away from it this time of years, as I'm in denile that winter is coming. LOL