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A trip to Picklejar

Rick C
July 23rd, 2011, 07:25 PM
Pete and Ruby were up at Picklejar Lakes in Alberta's Kananaskis Country last weekend, where they found chilly temperatures and yes, some lingering snow in the shadows.

Below, Ruby and Pete sprint through some wildflowers on the way higher . . .

Below, Pete finds a wet reward after the climb . . . .

Below, Pete at the first of the five Picklejar lakes at this higher altitude and cool aerie.

Rick C
July 23rd, 2011, 07:26 PM
Below . . . Ruby's ears are in flight as the wind comes up

Below, Ruby on the trail home . . . . .

Below, Ruby with some off-trail exploration . . .

Rick C
July 23rd, 2011, 07:27 PM
Below, Ruby at home at sunset in the tall grass of the prairie . . .

Below, the day before, Pete explores the prairie at Chain Lakes, Alberta

Below, a day after Ruby learned to swim at Chain Lakes, she follows Pete out into Upper Kananaskis Lake

Rick C
July 23rd, 2011, 07:27 PM
Pete and Ruby at Upper Kananaskis Lake

Below, Ruby and Pete at their prairie home

Below, Ruby, right, has caught a little bird while Pete is curious about what is going on . . . . unfortunately, this did not have a happy ending.

Ruby and Pete at their prairie home. . . .

Rick C

July 23rd, 2011, 08:16 PM
Bittersweet memories but beautiful as ever.....

July 23rd, 2011, 08:24 PM
Oh, man, Rick, what a pair of lucky dogs!! They look like they're feeling right at home--both on the trails and with each other! :cloud9: I'm so glad this worked out so well for all of you!

How nice it was for Pete to teach Ruby to swim, too! What a great big bro he's turning out to be. :D

July 23rd, 2011, 08:34 PM
Sensational photo's, Rick. Such magnificent scenery and I love the first one of them tongueing it up the mountain, they looks so strong and happy. Nice place for Ruby to have her swimming lessons, thought it looks kind of cold with the snow in the background. :) Such lucky dogs .

July 23rd, 2011, 10:58 PM
Wonderful photos as always Rick :thumbs up

It's beyond obvious that You & Carol have made 2 pups so very very happy :cloud9:

July 24th, 2011, 09:23 AM
Rick, thank you for sharing these two wonderful pets and the magnificent scenery of Alberta's Rocky's with us. Pete and Ruby look like they have bonded with each other and love the life that you and Carol have given them. patti

July 24th, 2011, 09:36 AM
I am so happy for those two pups, they have won the lottery by having you for a dad!

Beautiful pics, as always, boy do I miss Alberta.

July 24th, 2011, 10:06 AM
Wonderful stories with the pics - always a treat Rick!

July 24th, 2011, 12:57 PM
Excellent photos with all subjects Rick. Pete and Ruby look like their becoming two peas in a pod. :lovestruck:

Thank you for sharing. :thumbs up

July 24th, 2011, 01:05 PM
Wonderful pics as usual. I am so sorry that i missed the passing of both of your goldens, :cry: :cry: I had been off for a while do to personal issues. They defintely had a great life with you , and these 2 look like there very happy as well. :cloud9:

July 25th, 2011, 06:38 AM
Rick beautiful pics as always and the pups look like they are having wonderful adventures! How are they getting along? What are their personalities like? How are they getting along with the kitty? I forget how old they are too.

Dog Dancer
July 26th, 2011, 10:49 AM
As always wonderful pictures Rick. Those two sure have settled in nicely it seems. Is Polly comfortable with them both now? What a truly amazing life you have given these two.

Rick C
July 27th, 2011, 11:40 PM
As always wonderful pictures Rick. Those two sure have settled in nicely it seems. Is Polly comfortable with them both now? What a truly amazing life you have given these two.

Polly was never uncomfortable with them.

Like Abby and Keeper before them, however, Pete and Ruby are terrified of our two-footed Polly.

Polly makes her own space, in spite of her handicap.

Ruby is getting closer to two years of age and Pete is about 2.75 years of age. They get along fine. Pete is pretty laid-back but definitely a guy and physically faster, more agile and stronger than Ruby. However, she still harbours pretensions of dominance and is a bit of a scamp . . . . she is very, very smart, almost coyote smart.

Rick C

July 28th, 2011, 12:37 AM
AHHHHH, it has been many years since I was up in that area. Just beautiful, brought back some lovely memories.

Thank you for posting the pics.

take care

August 18th, 2011, 01:09 AM
Absolutely beautiful!!! Now I know why I wanted to move to this part of the country!! Last fall when we drove to Pincher Creek, I was so excited to see mountains again! We didn't go further as it was getting late but I saw them again :) Hoping to make a trip after the tourists go home and before it gets too cold.

August 18th, 2011, 01:10 AM
If I get organized enough to get my paints out again, would it be ok if I attempted to paint some of your pics, puppers included??