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Monday, November 20, 2017

Dixie Goes To The Vet

Yesterday afternoon we noticed that Dixie had a problem. She was peeing much too often, like several times over 30 minutes and we couldn’t keep up to lead her outside. Females are prone to bladder infection and today we had to go see the vet, and it was quickly determined that we had been right. It was indeed a urinary tract infection. Now, that is not too dramatic in itself as the good doc had antibiotics right there in his office. 2 weeks with that and the problem should be gone for good. Meanwhile, until the drug kicks in, we still have to deal with that problem. Good thing is that Dixie still seems to be a happy dog and doesn’t seem to be depressed. We’ll see what happens over the next 2 days.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dixie Meets Summer

Summer is a Standard Poodle and belongs to our neighbours. They had been so kind to offer to let Dixie meet Summer. And that’s where we were headed this afternoon.
Arriving at their place, Summer, who is a 6-7 months old puppy but much bigger than Dixie, was acting totally wild behind the fence. Wild enough to make me think she would easily crush little Dixie.
They would first meet with the fence between them, than both dogs walked together – each on a leash. Then the moment came we all were anxiously awaiting: Both dogs got off the leash.

And the race was on.
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1-DSC_0228Both dogs chased through the enclosure like the devil was after them. It was obvious to all of us watching that Dixie had a great deal of fun and it didn’t take long until she was chasing the poodle around, even jumping over him, both dogs rolling around, taking aim for the next jump. I saw Dixie wild-eyed looking straight at Summer. She looked crazy, but had tons of fun with that poodle even though summer was at least double her weight and size.

It is safe to say that Dixie surprised bigly. While we had thought her to be somewhat timid, she showed us her real temperament.

While we were told that Dixie would be a cross between a Great Pyrenee and a Border Collie we think we have found out her real make-up. We have a picture of her mother, an Anatolian Shepard but her dad remained unknown, – until now.
pups9            The entire litter with mother in background

Dixie is almost a true copy of an English Pointer, which most likely is her dad. The left pic is Dixie, the one to the right an English Pointer.
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Below: And this is how she might end up looking as an adult.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

She’s A Quick Learner

The last 4 days Dixie has shown us that she is an amazing learner. Not only has she understood that her P+P business has to be made outside, but she has also started to let us know when it is necessary to step outside. She has also understood that there are two adults in this household and that anybody else doesn’t belong and needs to be met with caution. But maybe the most amazing progress has been that she now sleeps through the night. And I have also smartened up by getting off that couch and rather put the couch pillows on the floor where I can actually stretch out my 6ft. body length. The last 2 nights I have been resting with my head only inches from her crate. We went out at 5am and went to sleep again. Now, THAT is my kind of puppy.

The stream of visitors coming by our house has not subsided. I need to start the coffee maker again. Smile
1-DSC_0016 Murals on a barn wall in Maine
1-20171112_090428Fall leaves under water
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While I was driving Bea had been looking out for birds

Not only has Dixie proven to be very smart, but she is also very playful, affectionate and lovable. And she likes to put smooches into my face.

The video below (Dixie’s Play) is a bit long so I put it on YouTube.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dixie Becoming A Local Celebrity

The news of a new puppy on the island has been spreading fast and in order to handle all visitors we had to set up visiting hours. This morning’s first visitor told us that Dixie had been hot news during a church supper where people had been wondering who had already seen the puppy.
Of course, we welcome everyone to see Dixie, as it is very good to become socialised for her. Whenever she sees strangers at the door, entering the house she runs away and goes hiding in a corner. That is not a
desirable trait for a dog. As you can imagine it can quickly become a problem once Dixie reaches adulthood and her full size. So we are happy about the visitors trying to gain Dixie’s trust. Having a goodie for her, of course, helps the cause.

Last night, it was Bea’s turn to spend a night on the couch, while I turned out the light upstairs. Now, whether it was the spent night on the couch or the 4-hr-long drive on Sunday, I don’t know, but my lower back is aching like crazy.

Weather has been getting colder and the air feels raw, but after all it is actually the middle of November and we are more fortunate than other parts of the country as we have no snow yet.

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Mere Four Hours South: Lewiston, ME

Our trip south through Maine ended in Lewiston, Maine’s 2nd. largest city.
Though the day temps never made it much above the freezing mark, we enjoyed a great blue sky with lots of sunshine.
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After around 4hrs. driving we reached Auburn and Lewiston.
1-DSC_0045As mentioned previously, we explored a nature preserve called THORNCRAG. The tall mature forest was impressive.


The TV-Program showed an old Batman movie and I don’t know whether it was the ridiculous movie or the drive south but we both fell asleep early.

Morning came and I got excited about picking up Dixie. But yet it was still too early. Shortly after 7am we left the motel to do a little sightseeing before breakfast. Lewiston is an old French city and we had already seen a multitude of churches.
The most famous one is the Basilica of the Saints Peter and Paul and since Bea was born close to the German city of Cologne with its famous Cathedral, we wanted to see this great church in Lewiston.
1-DSC_0059The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.
While the building is not very old, it was finsihed in 1936, it bears the architecture of historic European Cathedrals, its colorful church windows could easily stem from the 17th century.
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1-DSC_0058One of the most amazing parts of the services held at the Basilica, are the different languages. Mass is held in latin, french, spanish and english.

Lewiston’s history is connected to textil industry. But the start was the Androscoggin Falls, which offered plenty of energy for starting a lumber mill.

1-DSC_0067Driving through Lewiston on an early Sunday morning is a good idea as traffic is still very sparse. The city is neighbour to the city of Auburn, just across the river and both cities have lots of historic buildings to show.

For us it was time to have breakfast so we went back to the same Denny’s Restaurant as the evening before.
1-DSC_0083 These guys were just hanging out in a shrub at Denny’s
1-DSC_0094On the way over to Casco we stopped by a scenic lake. Most of the shoreline was occupied by private buildings though, some of them scraggy old cabins, others looking pretty expensive, all of them being vacation properties.

My previous posting describes our ride back home.

Having a puppy means you gotta be close when you new companion needs to his/her business, cause you don’t want that to happen in the house. So, obviously, you need to be in the same room as your puppy at night. For me, that meant to spend the night on the couch. After Bea had gone upstairs, Dixie started to give a free concert. The modulation of her singing was downright impressive. From the highests scream to the darkest angry growl everyting was present. I turned off the light, but it didn’t help. I turned it back on and she was still performing. I got up and started playing with her. My hopes that she would get tired paid off. After she went back in the crate and a few more high-pitched sighs, she fell silent. Suddenly she slept, and so did I. 2 hours went by and the whole thing repeated itself. But now I put her on the leash and led her outside to do a pee, which she promptly did. Back inside, I gave her an old baseball caps to play with. She eagerly grabbed it and carried it into her crate. Then, all-of-a-sudden, she slept. back to the couch I went.
2 hrs. went by and we did it all again. The rythm was set. At 6:15am I got up for the last time, meeting Bea coming down, in the kitchen. It was time to call it a night. Soon, I had coffee ready and a fire in the stove.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sweetie Pie DIXIE Is In Canada!

We picked up Sweetie Pie Dixie at 9:30 Eastern today and I think Dixie wasn’t the only one being stressed out. We had a smaller borrowed crate for travel and she lay down there and fell asleep pretty quick.
Made it home at 4:30pm Atlantic and unpacked the van.
One thing we noticed right away, was that the picture we “landed on” through Petfinder wasn’t our Dixie. As you can see in the first picture there was a black tail root, while our Dixie has an entirely white tail. Also look at Dixie’s speckled coat, hardly a speckle on the Petfinder picture! Somebody must have swapped the pictures. But that is not really a problem. We love Dixie just the way she is.

We stopped a couple of times, mostly to give Dixie opportunity to walk around and do her business, and she showed off her happy mentality. She is indeed a happy dog and likes to play – like all puppies. But when playtime is over she also enjoys a good nap.

Here are just a few more pictures of her. I will post pictures of the trip and our little sightseeing in Lewiston tomorrow.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Nice Drive South

The Mercury showed –6 this morning, making this a really cold start of the day. But the reward was a cloudless sky from the east to the west. So by 11am we were already rolling across the border bound southwards. Traffic was light to begin with, but once we passing Bangor and later Augusta, there was some more traffic, but we were on the I-95 and things were still flowing pretty good. Shortly after 2pm we reached Lewiston, where I had never been.

We had a Motel 6 reservation and though one really can’t expect much of any Motel 6 we found conditions in the room very deplorable. Dirty floor and dirty bed covers. Yuk!

Since the day was still young we looked for something to do in this town. Looking at the map we found out that there was a bird sanctuary close by. It’s called the Thorncrag bird sanctuary, and once we found it we were amazed, not of the birds, cause they had all flown away before it got cold, but the trees, the whole forest was impressive. The trees seemd to reach the sky, Old stately trees indeed. A forest that seemed genuin and original, most likely never been logged was stretching out across a hilly area. But due to the sun going low, our walk was a short one. Reaching back to our van, we decided to go find a restaurant to have supper. With the help of our norwegian-talking GPS girl we found a Denny’s. Generally not a bad choice, Bea’s salad had some ominous slime on some the spinach leaves. We told the server and the manager popped up at our table. We were offered a free dessert, but we were full and I ust ordered a coffee on the house.

Driving back to the motel, it was pitch dark and we were thankful again for our GPS showing the way.

Tomorrow we gotta pick up our DIXIE in Casco, ME and then we will turn homewards again.

We did lots of pictures but forgot to take the card reader with us so can’t move the pics to the laptop yet. Will do after our return home.

Friday, November 10, 2017

It’s The Evening Before…And Dixie Is On The Road Tonight.

Where did the week go again? Friday came and went and tomorrow we are going 4hrs south to Lewiston,ME. We will stay there overnight and going on to Casco to pick up Dixie. Dixie is on the road tonight. I am a bit afraid for her. It’s over 1500 miles up from Little Rock,AR and a lot of things might happen. Is she going to be fed? Does she have water to drink? Is she afraid of the long drive? Are there breaks to get out for doing a dog’s business? I know the transport is USDA approved…..but what if….?
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Too many questions, too many worries, I know.
Gotta wait until we are there.

Leaving tomorrow.

Until then from Lewiston.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

One More Week

Did you count the days to Christmas when you were a kid? I did. And I am most surprised to discover that I’m doing it again. Not to Christmas this time though, but to November the 12th. when we will receive our furbaby DIXIE. While waiting, we spend time learning all we can about the breed, (Pyrenees) and all derivates of it, and
training a puppy. We have watched countless videos published by all kind of more or less successfull dog trainers. We endulge in the cute images of playfull puppies and just now Bea is out there buying a dog crate for training, cause it is important that our new furry companion will have a place of his own. Furniture will have to be moved out of the livingroom to make space for that crate. Not that we are planning to keep the dog in a crate at all times, but it’s gonna be a resting place for Dixie after playtime.

Can anyone be more excited than us? Hell, it’s like expecting a baby. Of course we are anxious about the timely arrival of the transport. In anticipation I have already booked a room for us. A friendly soul in Maine is gonna meet the truck and we are gonna meet with that lady the next morning to receive Dixie.

When not perusing dog videos we try to keep ourselves busy with chores. One of my still unfinished chores is producing firewood for next winter season. Meanwhile, Bea has been gathering up a lot of her plants and moved them into the greenhouse. Nights are finally getting cooler and there could be frost any time now. Day temps are still pretty nice with lots of sunshine though.

To do something else I have tried to design a tourism logo for Campobello Island. What do you think?
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A thing I got worried about was one of our vans losing coolant. Since we plan on using that van next weekend, I brought it over to our mechanic to diagnose the problem. The diagnosis was quick and hefty. He called 15 minutes later telling me that coolant was leaking out of the radiator and that I would need a new radiator. Also, the coolant line to the transmission looked to be in need for replacement. Darn…I had a hunch about looming repair costs.

Oh-well, most important is getting our new family member safely home.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Strong Wind–But No Storm Here

While much of Maine was pounded by a strong hurrican-style storm, Campobello stayed relatively calm. Gusts may have been at 50mph but no trees fell over hitting the power lines. Driving rain, yes, but the brunt went north towards Quebec. However, I was curious to take a look from Liberty Point. It was pretty rough out there, and I had to park in an angle away from the wind or I would get my camera wet.
With the sidewindow down just a tad, I was able to shoot through the open gap, yet it was hard to avoid getting rain drops on the lens, and the van was rocking.
1-DSC_0819The wind was blowing from the south-east straight over from Grand Manan.