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To cold . . . . as Cat With No Name demonstrates

Rick C
December 6th, 2009, 10:58 AM
Forecast for our area is minus 19 with a wind chill in the minus 30's today . . . . so no walking - too far - for Abby and Keeper. I might try a run later on if the wind holds off a bit.

Only "Cat With No Name,' below, which followed us to our country home more than a decade ago and suffered a sudden ear loss to the thrashing jaws of Keeper, is fit to be outside, getting drifted under . . . .

Below, the blustery but beautiful scene yesterday on our lonely country road on the prairie.

Below, the week before, Abby and Keeper spent an early morning assaulting the aptly named Windy Ridge in the Livingstone Range, west of Chain Lakes, Alberta.

Below, Keeper struggles into a heavy wind. A confluence of geographical factors makes this particular spot one of the windiest in Canada.

While Rick was woefully underdressed for the breeze, Abby and Keeper were in synchronization rubbing their faces in the snow to cool down. I think. Abby and I - leaving Keeper at home - climbed Hailstone Butte in the distance. Pictures of that are on their blog in September at if anyone is interested.

Below, Abby gets a big treat on the way to the county dump . . . sitting in the front passenger seat. We had too many bags to fit her in the back.

Rick C

December 6th, 2009, 06:14 PM
Absolutely stunning photography. What a beautiful place to live.


Rick C
December 6th, 2009, 09:11 PM
This afternoon, the storm had disappeared, leaving clear skies but the temperature dipping to about minus 27 Celcius tonight. It's about minus 18 in this picture as Abby wanders by some old Adirondacks in our yard. The snow is too cold for their feet at about this temperature, so walks shorten up.

Below, Abby likes to hunt for mice in our willows . . .

Below, bonus coverage, Christmas lights . . .

Rick C

December 6th, 2009, 09:34 PM
I love that shot of Abby near the willows! :flirt: But I never tire of any of your pictures, Rick. :thankyou: for sharing them!

December 7th, 2009, 12:09 AM
Love the synchronized face rubbing :laughing: :cloud9:

December 7th, 2009, 01:22 AM
LOLs to qoute below Rick!

Only "Cat With No Name,' below, which followed us to our country home more than a decade ago and suffered a sudden ear loss to the thrashing jaws of Keeper, is fit to be outside, getting drifted under . . . .

I can see your Kitty is still speechless for losing her ears. Congrats! you really have nice shots (very colorful) and wonderful dogs too...

December 7th, 2009, 01:38 AM
Brrrrr, looks way to cold for me ;).

Beautiful pictures, love the synchro doggies especially :cloud9:.

December 7th, 2009, 03:44 AM
BBRRrrrrr :eek: but beautiful :cloud9:

Rick C
December 12th, 2009, 04:27 PM
Adding to this thread, another cabin fever weekend, minus 27 Celcius (-17 farenheit) right now with a wind chill taking it far lower . . . . . . and colder, colder tomorrow.

For Abby and Keeper, that means no hiking this weekend and only limited forays outside.

Below, Abby this morning listening for mice along an old fence line in our yard . . .

. . . . . and Keeper spends some time warning a couple of packs of screeching coyotes to keep away.

So . . . . . we sit mostly inside and wait for warmer weather next week.

Rick C

December 12th, 2009, 07:58 PM
Great pic of Keeper keeping the coyotes away. :lovestruck:

Have you noticed that the packs seem to be alot bigger nowadays? We have noticed that over here and not near as many deer as previous years. :sad:

December 12th, 2009, 08:18 PM
Oh, Rick, those are just magnificent. I always get excited when I see you've posted new pics. Just beautiful! Love "cat with no name!" :)

December 13th, 2009, 10:39 AM
Rick great pics! I love your dogs. I really would like to get a dog like yours.

It has been -28C here and I have found it seems to be colder now that I'm older. LOL I'm going to send the snow to KK, she likes it. We have about a foot now. LOL


December 13th, 2009, 05:28 PM
That's a great shot of Keeper talkin' to the coyotes :lovestruck:

December 13th, 2009, 11:21 PM
god i want to take pictures like you do. maybe once things calm down here i could take lessons. Such beautiful shots i look forward to looking at your posts :)