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New adventures from Pete & Ruby

Rick C
May 25th, 2012, 11:30 PM
Lost my password for a while but thought I'd update you on the over-winter happenings of Pete & Ruby.

Ruby at daybreak at her home on the prairie, holding a chilled paw out of the fesh snow.

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Below, Ruby up high in the Livingstone Range of the Rockies, southwest of Calgary, the prairie in the distance.

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I've come here often in winter through the years, with Abby & Keeper and now Pete and Ruby. Usually a pretty safe place to be with a rounded summit, and a nice spot, with few trees to hide surprises, to let them roam a bit off leash. On this trip, however, on the higher point in the distance, heavy winds and fresh spring snow had allowed some cornice's, overhangs of snow, to develop. Pete got too close to the edge of one and went through, sledding about 10-15 feet and finding himself on the wrong side of an avalanche chute. It would have been a roughly 300 foot tumble had the slope given way.

I didn't know where he was except for Ruby trying to dig down to him and the occasional whimper from below. I walked upslope and finally got eyeballs on him but no amount of coaxing would get him to come through the deep snow to a safer exit point. He only wanted to leave the way he'd come down. I didn't want to go down there but leaving him for a few hours to go get help wasn't an option. I kicked through the cornice above him and made the one-way toboggan ride down to join him, Ruby in tow. With everyone leashed up in seconds, we made the rather nerve-wracking five minute sideslope walk to safety, finding some windblown bare ground, then pushed upward and outward. I hoisted them up and over another lip by their bums, then kicked my way up.

A few weeks later we drove near here and saw the slope was gone in the warming weather of Spring.

Rick's fault.

Below, before his episode, Pete at full gallop.

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Pete in this wind-whipped place . . . one of the windiest places in Canada.

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Below, after his rescue, a snow-blasted and exhausted Pete . . .

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More below . . . .

Rick C
May 25th, 2012, 11:32 PM
Below, Pete and Ruby run in Kananaskis Country after a Spring snowstorm.

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Below, Ruby, west of Longview, Alberta

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below, Pete and Ruby enjoy the open water and muck of Chain Lakes, southwest of Calgary

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Below, shoreline explorations . . . .

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Below, Ruby and Pete at home in the Spring

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Ruby and Pete explore the Sheep River Gorge, west of Turner Valley

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Hope everyone had a great winter!!!

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

growler~GateKeeper
May 26th, 2012, 12:32 AM
Always such happy dogs you have :dog: :dog:

Great to see the photo adventures of your pups, nice to see you back as well Rick! :D

Goldfields
May 26th, 2012, 12:51 AM
What a wonderful life you give these dogs, Rick. Glad you got out of that predicament with Pete safely. Stunning photo's as usual. I love the last one.

marko
May 26th, 2012, 07:57 AM
What a crazy adventure Story - Glad everyone is safe!
Always a treat to see your wonderful images Rick C.
I was lucky enough to visit Kananaskis Country last September for a few days - Awesomely beautiful!

hazelrunpack
May 26th, 2012, 10:42 AM
:eek: Harrowing experience but all came through safe! Whew!

Wonderful pictures, as usual! The furkids are looking well.

I'm really glad you found your password. :D

ScarlettA
May 28th, 2012, 12:22 PM
Really beautiful pictures and very beautiful dogs, they seam very happy!

Love4himies
May 28th, 2012, 01:34 PM
I'm so glad it turned out well :eek:!

Beautiful pics of the most beautiful place in the world. :cloud9:

doggy lover
May 28th, 2012, 04:57 PM
beautiful dogs and breath taking pictures as always :thumbs up

chico2
May 28th, 2012, 05:08 PM
Wow Rick,you had me worried there for a while,I am glad everything turned out ok.
You must have the happiest dogs in the world:lovestruck:
Love the wet,mucky dog-pictures,they must have had a ball:thumbs up

Dog Dancer
May 29th, 2012, 12:09 PM
Rick, so glad you found your password we've missed your stories and pics of the pups. So glad that things worked out okay on your snowy adventure. How scary that must have been for you. As usual your pics are stunning.

Barkingdog
May 29th, 2012, 05:02 PM
Below, Pete and Ruby run in Kananaskis Country after a Spring snowstorm.

http://www.goldentales.ca/DSC_5056-edit1.jpg

Below, Ruby, west of Longview, Alberta

http://www.goldentales.ca/CSC_5112-edit1.jpg

below, Pete and Ruby enjoy the open water and muck of Chain Lakes, southwest of Calgary

http://www.goldentales.ca/DSC_6594-edit1.jpg

Below, shoreline explorations . . . .

http://www.goldentales.ca/CSC_7039-edit1.jpg

Below, Ruby and Pete at home in the Spring

http://www.goldentales.ca/CSC_7061-edit1.jpg

Ruby and Pete explore the Sheep River Gorge, west of Turner Valley

http://www.goldentales.ca/CSC_7448-edit1.jpg

Hope everyone had a great winter!!!

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Great photos! I am glad your was not hurt when he fell. We never did get a winter in my state and now we're paying the price of it , the ticks and ants are really horrible this year! I would love to have some of snow right for my dog Marty to play in. You have some very lucky dogs to have great owner and great place to play. Are you dogs from the same parents, they looks a like ? they're beautiful.

BastienBully
May 30th, 2012, 04:20 PM
WOW!!!! Great pictures!!! Thanks for sharing, you have beautiful dogs