Well, we finally did it. Ever since the bay froze over completely–I don’t know exactly when that was, but I’ve been watching people make the crossing on snowmobile for several weeks–I’ve been threatening to walk over to the other side. While I can’t rule out an element of nervousness, I was just waiting for the..
Last week while Lady MacBeth and I were out on the ice, I all of a sudden felt my right snow go all floppy. I feared the heel strap or binding lace had failed, but was surprised on inspection to find the metal hinge had broken. It was the last thing I expected to fail…
Canadians are a hardy people, although we are a little prone to exaggerate when it comes to how cold it gets during winter. To hear us talk about it, you’d think December through February was three months of non-stop, hurt-your-face deep freeze. I am not entirely sure why we perpetuate this mythology. Perhaps to discourage..
We are very grateful to publications that feature our book. In the past two weeks, both The Labradorian and Yorkton This Week have published articles about Lady MacBeth Afraid of the Stairs. We’re also gratified by all the positive feedback from readers, including this from Patricia Forster on Amazon.ca. “I bought this book for each..
Did you know when you’re running a website (or blog, or Facebook page etc.), it’s more important to have new, content regularly than what the content is? A review of my snowshoes is not completely unrelated to Lady MacBeth–I wear them every day when I walk her–but it is probably the very definition of a..
I love learning new, or new-to-me, words, even if they are old out-of-use words. My latest discovery is one that Newfoundland owners in particular, and I suspect dog owners in general, will greatly appreciate. It is to groke, a verb that means to stare at somebody while they are eating in the hope they will..
If I were a superstitious person, I might think I jinxed myself with my previous post Lady and the Timber or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Pack Behaviour. In it, I marveled at how controlling two large dogs was almost easier than controlling one because of their instinct to form hierarchical groups…
So, I learned the cold way today the difference between tide water and freshwater freezing over. Spoiler alert: I survived. Before you start judging, I know not to go out on the ice yet. The inland ponds and lakes have been frozen over for a couple of months–to the point now you could drive a..
We recently took in a house guest. He is a very sweet, young (eight months) Golden Retriever named Timber. By comparison, he seems small next to Lady MacBeth, who, by comparison, seems small next to other Newfoundlanders, but she still weighs in at about 130 pounds and Timber I would say must be pushing close..
I am a northern person. I was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. In Regina there are about 86 days a year with wind chill of -20°C or lower, 43 days it feels like -30°C or colder and 16.3 days with wind chill of -40°C or lower. In short, it gets cold. I grew up mostly in..