SAUDADE - A longing for something you already have......

Pronounced "sow-dahd-jee" this word is hard to define.

It's being in a moment so wonderful that all you can do is

mourn it's passing, even as it is happening.

Friday, May 3, 2013

From Crooked Creek to Cool Creek

Fun Facts - I have learned that it's pretty hard to take pictures of a black dog inside the house, so a majority of Varick's pictures are outside.  However, he does live in the house, of course.  Lot's of people ask us "do they all live in the house?!" when they see our dogs.  It always seems like a weird question to us, where ELSE would they be?

The best present I got this Christmas was my DROPCAM.  It's a wi-fi camera that I can view anywhere, anytime via my iPhone.  It is SO awesome for checking up on the puppy/dogs.  It will "alert" me anytime motion is detected.  Most of the time, it's one of the dogs ROLLING OVER, because they are lazy BUMS when we are not home.   Here are a few hilarious screen shots I caught of Varick in his crate.

You can see he's pretty comfortable in there.

And a note to Varick's breeder, Karen Belcher of Crooked Creek - we do have the "toe traps" under the doors blocked :)

Varick's had a couple of adventures this month.  First, he outgrew his "gold" puppy collar and graduated to a nice light leather collar from Ella's Lead .  It's their "tag collar" in 1/2 inch.

I think he looks handsome!

And best of all, we FINALLY got a break in the cold, rainy weather to visit the park that is literally across the street from us.  It features a free-flowing artisian well, where many locals come to fill up their water jugs, and also Cool Creek winds it's way through.  There are 17 acres of trails and the creek runs along them.  Varick has CREEK water in his blood, coming from the beautiful Crooked Creek Ranch.  He got his first taste of flowing water EARLY, and he STILL loves it.  We hope he will be our future dock-diving star. 

He had a ton of fun going over there, and played in the creek with Samantha.  It was hard to get the two of them to go home!

Not sure what is going on in this photo, but that is not a black bear cub with her!  Sure looks like it though.

 The first time we went, I used a leash.  We quickly changed that to a harness and a flexi-lead.

And a little digging for treasure!

The park had severe flooding about 2 weeks ago.  Our street was flooded as well, first time that has ever happened!  It's been WAY too rainy this spring.  There is a LOT of debris along the creek right now.

Photo taken of our TV News that morning.  You can just barely see the top of the bridge railing!

The bridge!

Video of his first visit to Cool Creek

Another quick video of him splashing


His first Water Retrieve!

 and his second

And lastly - sleepy, sandy puppy!

Next month, hopefully the weather will be even better and I can catch some pics of ALL the dogs!