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The View's Good From Here



Updated: 2017-06-19T06:28:52.817-07:00

 



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2013-08-23T15:17:20.046-07:00

It's been too long since I've posted and I must admit that I've forgotten how ... so I'll make this short just in case it doesn't work.  Hello out there to anyone still listening and posting.I will attach a few recent photos so you will know what is still happening with Mancos Mule MJ.  We are still all here ... a little older, a little slower, but still hanging in there with one more canine addition to the family. Backpack trip in the Cottswolds / 2012Polly (28) Retired and holding her own.  Rhettly (25) Retired and couldn't be happier about it!Polly on limited turn-out / Early August 2013Toma and #1 Hiking Partner  Maddie MayTippy, a recent rescue and now #2 Hiking companion!MJ in the Cottswolds 2012Local hike here in Colorado and enjoying the view.[...]



Happy Birthday Maddie May

2011-11-08T16:47:33.304-08:00

It's been one year since we brought this scruffy mutt into our home and our lives. 
It's now HER home, and she allows us to share it with HER!

Maddie May ...
somewhere around 4 years old today!




Dog & Horse Time

2011-09-01T17:48:13.429-07:00

I had time for my own dog today.We took a short walk and then after the barn choreswe tossed the purple Frisbeebefore heading for the shade. The flies have been really bad here this summer.Maybe it's because of the humidity and heat.Poor old Rhettly horse has really been botheredbut even with all the bumbs and itchinghe has managed to remain cheerful.Here's the new rescued pup.It's taken two days of transportingveterinarian visitsand finding a foster home but just look at this cute face.I think he's going to make somebody a great little dog![...]



Rescued, Fostered & Home Again

2011-08-06T17:57:14.716-07:00

It's been a month since my last post and even then the posts were few and far between.  I have been volunteering much of my time helping one of our local humane societies. I believe that saving just one dog will not change the world, but it will change the world for that dog. I have taken on the task of answering calls from people who can no longer keep their dog, have found a dog, or have lost their dog.  Believe me when I say that all my dog calls, and all the stories I hear, do not have happy endings.  Those stories, I will not talk about.  Instead I would like you to meet the faces of the dogs that have recently been rescued, found foster homes, and finally found a new permanent home.  All very happy ending stories, and today, with all the turmoil in our lives and in this world, we can certainly use a story,or eight, with a happy ending.Sally Rex Cedar PeeWeeDukeSampson Bear and last, but not least,Penny  [...]



Flag Day, June 14th

2011-06-14T11:55:00.099-07:00

Maddie sporting her colors!





The Big Fuzzy Wet Blur

2011-06-08T12:45:11.323-07:00

Two big surprises on our hike today.  1.) The cows have arrived for their summer grazing, and 2.) we (Maddie) ran into a shocked Dachshund.  I've never seen a dog with short little legs run so fast, and all Maddie wanted to do was say HI! Unfortunately, in my trying to get on with our hike I didn't not stop to take photos of either new encounter.This has been the hike that we have been taking since the weather has turned for the better here in SW Colorado.  It is a great hot-weather hike because of the irrigation ditch that meanders through the forest.  It's a good source for a dog that likes water to cool her shaggy body in, and then that same dog takes huge pleasure in shaking all over the person who is with her ... me.  Very refreshing indeed!Here is a small sampling of our many water crossings this morning.Maddie is in constant motion and she loves to run and move very fast! Here she's getting ready to dive into the irrigation ditch.  The routine also calls for her to then run past me at lightening speed just to make sure that I know how cold the water is this time of year.  (snow melt cold)Bridges are for sissies!I tried to take a photo of her crossing this little foot bridge, but she jumped it.  See her tail feathers in the bottom right hand corner and no wet paw prints on the bridge?Here's the Big Fuzzy Wet Blur blazing the trail (or blazing up the trail - I'm not really sure).A brief moment of almost stillness, and believe me when I say that, it's practically killing her.  Too much to see and sniff to just be sitting here to get her Big Fuzzy Wet photo taken.This is Maddie checking to make sure I'm coming.  It's not exactly like I'm a slow walker, but no way was I designed to keep up with the Big Fuzzy Wet Blur![...]



They say it with their EYES.

2011-04-20T10:29:51.055-07:00

NO WORDS NECESSARY!



Walking the Dog

2011-03-29T15:40:37.657-07:00

One country block.  A little over 4 miles.It's a fairly straight-forward loop ...  At a good walking pace that is, but in the eyes and the ears of a dog, there's just too much to see and do! Who came to visit?Here's the sum of the pieces ...Our big neighbor Bert.And we can NEVER pass a good gopher hole ... Okay, so he wasn't home!  Better luck next time.  Maddie getting the evil-eye from the neighborhood girls.Here's our valley looking north toward the La Plata Mts.See the red roofs between the two trees?That's home!We're half way there. And even with ALL the stopping to smell the gophers,it only took us an extra 15 minutes!!!![...]



Wordless Wednesday Woofs

2011-03-23T09:25:02.055-07:00


BIG WOOFS



Just Chuckit

2011-03-17T12:07:56.025-07:00

A few photos taken of my friends here at MANCOS MULE!


 Rhett & Polly
 Sharing Tuesday morning turnout and breakfast.

 Mad Maddie May
 Learning to play with the chuck-it stick and her Chuck-it BALL.

 Then taking a break on the last of the melting snow.
 ALL brand-new experiences for the silly dog!




Adopt A Shelter Animal

2011-03-15T11:48:52.112-07:00

I know that I'm singing to the choir here, but today is Adopt the Internet Dayand NOTHING melts my heartstrings like the face of a shelter dog !  Here is justONE Shelter MANY faces agoand ALL were looking for a New Home.Rub-a-dub-dubA dog in a tub...Spiffing up and hoping to smell goodfor YOU ?? Adopting one animal will NOT change the world,But it will change the world for that animal!ADOPT A SHELTER ANIMAL[...]



More Snowshoeing with Maddie

2011-02-22T13:44:10.122-08:00

Wish that I had big fluffy feet like Maddie,
then I wouldn't need to wear snowshoes either!


 What's taking so long, Let's go  ............. Let's go !

 Ready ...

 Set ...

 And ACTION......

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WOOOOOOO!



Snowshoeing with Maddie

2011-02-14T13:13:52.058-08:00

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If you didn't blink 
there was a very brief moment 
caught before Maddie gallops off 
in search of some unsuspecting rodent ....

 HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY 
from all of Maddie's friends here at Mancos Mule!



Redemption Song | Playing For Change

2011-02-08T13:06:35.679-08:00

Just felt like sharing a song today.  
Hope you enjoy it!   
Memories of ... Bob Marley ... some things never change!
 
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Our Unhelpful Help

2011-01-31T07:05:15.941-08:00

BEING HELPFUL ...
 Is sometimes
in the eyes
of the 
BE-HELPER



My Morning, Revisited

2011-01-27T13:43:37.639-08:00

It was a beautiful morning.  It was cold, but not too cold.  Sunny, but not at all windy.  All and all, a perfect day to do my daily barn chores, and then walk the dog.  I have finally learned to juggle the leash, the camera, and this new dog!The dog, by the way, has not had her bath yet.It's been too cold, so she gets brushed and then goes for a good roll in the snow.  Anyway, that seems to be working, at least until the muddy season hits.  Hopefully by then it'll be warm enough to soap her up and give her the scrubbing that she has earned! So, here's my morning in photos.  I decided that it's about time to show my blogging friends that life goes on... Same place, same daily chores, different DOG ... but as you would guess, she's starting to grow on us.Maddie watching the neighbor's cat!Not sure she'll ever be trusted leash-free.  Polly from muzzle to rearRhett from muzzle to rearGood Morning Rhett Chow's down Cleaned stalls and shut doors Polly patiently waits until the coast is clear and clean ... and then lets fly with a steaming-hot new pile for me! The barn winter ready ... Blankets off and time for the "DOG WALK"Let me add that on a day like today, I enjoy it more than she does.So, It's OFF we go ... Gloves, leash, dog, camera and away we go... Ending with a treat for the birds and one for the DOG.[...]



This and That

2011-01-16T11:16:01.909-08:00

Yesterday we took the dog for a Red rock walk and came home with mud all over, so today may be BATH DAY!  I'll let you know how THAT turns out, and we'll see who gets the bath!


We also finished the hardwood floor in the kitchen yesterday.  The tricky part was getting the refrigerator out and up onto the new floor without the help of an 800 pound gorilla!  It took a little ingenuity and time.   Now it's on to baseboard and kick plate building.


What do you get when you mix a muddy dog with a new floor?
You quickly try to teach a new word ...

STAY!
I'll let you know how THAT works out!



ONE BOARD AT A TIME

2011-01-11T13:22:53.753-08:00

    RECIPE FOR A NEW KITCHEN FLOOR    Take and mix together:  1 cold winter weekend 1 husband with woodworking skills 1 less-than-helpful dog AND ME (THE WIFE) to organize!!!    What do you get?     Almost a new kitchen floor.      One more weekend     and it's a wrap,     a done deal,     Fine'!     One more weekend ... a real floor!          and then just finishing touches.[...]



It's a New ...

2011-01-01T14:59:54.760-08:00

It's a new ...  Day.It's a new ...Dawn.It's a new  ...Year! What a difference a Day makes...2010                         2011[...]



Seasonal Greetings

2010-12-19T17:45:56.073-08:00

"MULETIDE GREETINGS" And they say that you can't teach a NEW DOG OLD TRICKS ....Maybe they are right? O.1                                     O.2O.3                                          O.4O.5                                    O.6 O.7                                   OH WELL May Your HolidayBe Merry & Brightfrom all of us here atMancos-Mule-MJ[...]



Pick the Correct Personality

2010-12-06T10:00:59.610-08:00

Okay, let's see if any of you can guess this dog's personality just by looking at a few photos?  It's not a contest, it's just for the fun of it.  
We think, that after living with this dog for a month now, that she might be a Lab-Terrier mix of some kind or a "Somekinda" Terrier?  What???  So if any of you have Terriers of any kind I'm in need of all the help and/or advise we can get!
Here are a few recent photos ... of the Maddie May our new/older "Somekinda" Terrier.





So hey all you Terrier experts .... any comments, suggestions, or words of encouragement in changing our training techniques from working with a Herding dog to working with a Terrier-mix would be greatly appreciated!




Turkey Trot - 2010

2010-11-25T12:59:54.237-08:00

This is one very lucky turkey.  It was only fitting that a real turkey should strut his stuff and start  off the 2010 Turkey Trot that is held here annually to benefit our local "For Pets' Sake Humane Society".  Under a clear sky and very cold, sub zero temperatures we started the trot.  Everybody, both two-legged and four legged, quickly warmed up the day. What a great way to really feel thankful.   Here are just a few of the very active participants.We are Thankful.Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there in blogdom![...]



Ready, Set, Go ... New Post

2010-11-12T13:54:15.241-08:00

I've been thinking about a new post for a while now, but wasn't quite sure where to begin.   So, let me start with ... This has been a very nice break for me. Enough so, that I think I will do less posting and spend more time following all your blogs.  I have really enjoyed reading your daily/weekly posts.  Having  said that, I do have something to share now. Cape Mendocino, Fort Bragg (my hometown), California 10/24/10Everyone paces themselves after the loss of an animal.  I expect that the pace is different for each situation and for every individual.  For me, in the beginning, it was hard to take a deep breath.  It was hard to sleep.  It was especially hard to do all the familiar things that I always did with my good friend Maggie.  Within a very short time I realized that it was more than just missing Maggie.  I knew that I needed to have another dog in my day to day life.  Selfish, maybe, but about three weeks ago I started looking for a new canine-in-need, to call our family dog and to help fill the big void in our lives.Meet ... "Maddie May"   Maddie May ... Day #5 We Do know that she was in need of a good home.  We Do know that she was rescued after being dumped along the side of the road.  We Do know that her foster family named her Maddy.  We Do know that we didn't have the heart to change her name because she was just starting to respond to being called Maddy.  We Do know that we tweaked the name a little, and that we now call her Maddie May.  AND yes, it's confusing, but every time we goof and call her Maggie, we Do know that it's a very loving slip-of-the-tongue.We Don't have a clue what she is, or where she came from, or why she knows so very little about being a family dog, but we Do know that we will try to help her be the best  darn dog that she can be!  And we welcome this dog-in-need into our home-in-need of a dog.[...]



Break Time

2010-10-13T07:01:24.227-07:00

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        I'm going to take a little blog break. Although I have been keeping up with some of my favorite blogs,  I haven't felt very inspired to post anything lately.  I guess you could say that I have blog-block.  Hopefully, when I come back, I'll have something cheerful to write about.  Until then, happy and interesting blogging to you all.



Maggie May - Last Words

2010-10-04T11:55:41.716-07:00

Let me begin by saying,
"Go give your dog a big Hug for me!"


When someone who has been your best friend and constant companion is no longer here, it's very hard to continue your daily rituals without them. I had not realized how many little unimportant things had become automatic, and unnoticed in my day to day routines with Maggie. I guess when you are retired, like I am, and spend most of your waking hours working at home, the way I do, you simply don't realize how often you are having a conversation with the dog!  And so this past week, I found it very comforting to have those little conversations with her wonderful spirit. 

Most of you who read my blog have your own animals, so I don't need to tell you what  this week has been like for Toma and I.  I've tried many times during the last few days to think of some final words to say about our Maggie.  Unfortunately her  life started out badly, and I'm sorry to say, ended sadly.  What I now hope to remember is the ten great years in between, that was her life!  

So here's to Maggie, the good listener, the hard worker, our protector and old friend. We will miss you, but there's no way that we'll ever forget you.

 Maggie - 1998 - September 27, 2010