Little Dog Fun

The life and adventures of Grizzly, my Pomeranian

Grain-free pumpkin cookies for dogs

These grain-free, gluten-free dehydrated cookies are a perfect holiday treat for your fur baby.  The smell of pumpkin and cinnamon is delicious and reminds me of pumpkin pie, but they are very healthy for your dog as they contain no sugar and are very low in fat.  They contain only good stuff, such as pumpkin which is known to help dogs suffering from indigestion and upset stomachs.  It has plenty of fiber, too. Cinnamon is safe for dogs and some studies have shown that it may have anti-cancer properties. And you’ll be happy that these treats are so easy to make.

Ingredients:

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  • 100 g raw skinless chicken breast
  • 1/3 can pumpkin, or about 3 very full tablespoons
  • 1 egg
  • dash of cinnamon

I use chicken breast because it’s very lean.  Fatty meats take longer to dehydrate and tend to go rancid faster.  Make sure that you use pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling which has added sugar.  Read the ingredients in the label to make sure there’s nothing but pumpkin in it.

Instructions:

  1. Cut the chicken breast in large chunks and put in a food processor.  Process until the meat is very finely chopped and looks almost like a paste.

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2.  Add the pumpkin puree, egg and cinnamon and mix very well.

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3.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and with your fingers drop teaspoon-sized pieces of batter. This batter is  very sticky and a little bit runny to make actual balls or patties, but you can make shapeless bitesize pieces with it.

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4.  Dehydrate in the oven at 170 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 to 5 hours depending on the desired final texture. You can use a food dehydrator, too, if you have one.   I left my cookies in the oven for 5 hours and they turned very hard, almost like jerky.  If you want them softer start checking at 3 hours.

This is the final result: crunchy, yummy, healthy goodness for your puppy.

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Enjoy!!

Grizzly loved his holiday cookies!

Grizzly loved his holiday cookies!

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Can you run with a Pomeranian?

We did it!  We did it!  Our first run together!  Kiss, kiss!

We did it! We did it! Our first run together! Kiss, kiss!

You sure can!  As long as it’s a young and healthy one.   I’ve been wanting to run again for some time now.  I used to be a runner but an injury and some life changes in 2010 made it more and more difficult to keep doing it, until I stopped running almost completely.  I miss it because it used to bring a lot of joy into my life.  Racing was fun, and training kept stress at bay.

I never thought that a Pomeranian would be a good running partner, but lately I’ve been thinking how Grizzly has a lot of energy and does so well on hikes, and that maybe he would like to run too, so why not give it a try?

So yesterday I laced up my runners and took Grizzly running with me.  We didn’t run much because it was his first time and he needs to build his endurance.  We went on a 40 minute walk, and ran 3-minute laps, 4 times, for a total of 12 minutes of running, with at least 5 minutes of walking between laps.  The rest was just walking.  At the beginning, Grizzly had no idea what we were doing.  He was jumping, grabbing the leash and pulling it, trying to grab my jacket, but I didn’t give him much attention, I just kept saying “Run, Grizz, run.”  On the second lap something clicked and he got the idea.  And he loved it!  He even wanted to run faster!  Too bad I’m a slow runner, and an out of shape one for that matter, but we both had a great workout.

We came back happy and with a new goal in mind.  I’m going to train Grizzly to run 30 minutes straight.  I plan to do it by running with him 3 times a week and increasing the running time little by little, while decreasing the walking time between laps.  And I’m going to train some more on top of that, so that I can be in running shape for the spring races next year.

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6 outrageously expensive gifts for your dog, and their more realistic alternatives

I was surfing the web, curious to find out what the extremely wealthy pay for pet products these days.  And with Christmas quickly approaching, I’m also on the lookout for a present for Grizzly, so I decided to compile this list of super expensive gifts, together with their more down-to-earth counterparts.  I’m still undecided on what to get for Grizzly, but it was fun to check out online pet stores.  I hope you enjoy my list!

As a side note, I haven’t bought any of these products, therefore I can’t recommend them or the stores that carry them.  This is just a list of dog products I would like to try.  If you happen to purchase any of them, let us know how you liked them and leave a message.

1.  Louis Vuitton Monogram Dog Carrier Bag  $1,050

Nice!  But that at that price it is way out of my budget. And this particular one is not even new but pre-owned!   I found this other carrier which is also very classy,  and looks well made, at a much more affordable price. It’s called the Santa Monica Pet Carrier. ($120)

2.  Amour, Amour Dog Collar  $3,200,000

I can only imagine the house I could buy with this amount of money!!  The collar is made of crocodile leather, 18-K white gold and 1600 hand-set real diamonds. Can you imagine if the dogs rips the collar off and eats the diamonds?  That would be some fancy shit you’d be picking up at the park!  Literally.

If bling is your thing (or your dog’s) you may like this rhinestone collar I found on Etsy.  It’s handmade and its real leather.  I think it’s lovely, and I like the price too. ($26)

3.   Eiffel Tower Dog Bed  $24,000

I have no idea why this bed is so expensive.  It does have a lot of detail and the bedding material looks expensive but,  I mean, with that kind of money you can fly your dog first class to Paris and let her see the Eiffel Tower in real life!  And still be able to afford this next bed.  It’s not a canopy bed, those are always expensive, but somehow the Strawberry Truffle Le Pet Lounger, at $80,  makes me think of Paris (because I’ll be a lot closer to a trip there if I buy this one instead of the previous one).

I really love these 2 beds.  They’re expensive too, but I would totally get them if I were super wealthy.

But at $1950 and $1800 respectively, I don’t think I’ll be getting them any time soon.  So instead I found these 2 other ones which are also very cute.  The Diva Bed ($80), and the Enchanted Home Pet Bed ($139.99).

4.  Woof Turquoise Swarovski Crystal Lead  $220

This is a very nice retractable leash, but there are  more affordable versions for the bling-aholic.  Like this one that retails at $50.

Or there’s always the original Flexi Leash, which now comes in many colors and designs ($55)

5.  Couture Leopard Fur with Glass Beads Coat $330

This cute coat is faux fur, of course.  You can find some real mink dog coats online, but they won’t disclose their prices unless you’re truly interested and make an appointment.  Well, I’m not interested because I’d never buy a a real mink coat for myself, let alone my dog.  But this faux leopard one is gorgeous.  I also found more affordable alternatives, with faux fur trim only.

This is the Aubrey Coat ($80)

Or this Quilted Parka ($45)

6.  Versace Barocco Pet Bowl $754

I have no idea where you can buy this bowl, but it must exist because I saw it mentioned in several websites.  I like the Bowery Dish much better though.  I like the price better, too. ($50)

It’s not the cheapest bowl out there, but it’s unusual, attention grabbing, and would go well with many kitchen styles.

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Hiking in Minnekhada Regional Park, and the yellow Lab from Hell

Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam is such a wonderful place to go hiking.  The thing I like about it is that the scenery is constantly changing.  The trails go through forests and marshlands, and there are some spectacular view points, too.    And you don’t necessarily need to spend the whole day there;  you only need a couple of hours to complete the entire circuit, but you leave feeling happy and completely relaxed, as if you just came back from a weekend getaway.

Apparently, the place is a hub for bears during certain times of the year, but fortunately we didn’t see any.

As in any other park in Metro Vancouver, the law requires that dogs be kept on leash, but as in any other park in Metro Vancouver, nobody cares, so Grizzly had a chance to run free like the wind!

And he wasn’t the only one.  We crossed paths with a nice chocolate Lab who was jogging with his dad, a cute Golden Retriever who was hiking with his extremely sociable, extremely talkative mum, an adorable Cavalier King Charles spaniel puppy walking with a little girl and her mum…  and then the Devil and its owners from Mars!  Let me explain.  Although most people let their dogs hike off-leash around here, any reasonable human being knows that if you can’t control your unpredictable dog you should keep it leashed.    It’s the polite thing to do. That’s why I think the people I’m going to tell you guys about must have been from another planet.

 
This is what happened.  We’re going uphill towards the High Knoll view point when we bump into a couple coming downhill with their yellow Labrador retriever. Suddenly, the dog freezes a few meters away from Grizzly.  I should have trusted my gut at this point and called Grizzly by my side because the dog’s body language spelled trouble.  But the thing when you have a small dog is that you want to be protective, but not over-protective; it’s a delicate balance.  So instead I asked, “Is your dog friendly?”  To which they both answer in unison “Suuuree!”  Well, next thing I know is the 80 pound beast is charging at my dog, all hackles up.  He starts chasing 8 pound Grizzly down the hill and two seconds later I had lost sight of my dog who was running for his life.  The guy then shouts: “Charlie, come!”  Nothing happens.  So he says, “Oh well, he’ll come back eventually.” Say what????  To say that this dude  has a very laissez faire attitude towards dog training is an understatement.

But that’s not the end of the story.  Grizzly did come back and jumped into my arms in a state of panick.   He was understandably upset, barking in terror, almost screaming.  The Lab was still bothering us, trying to jump on me to get at Grizzly, while the guy kept calling “Charlie, CHAAARLIIIIEEEE, COME!!”  He finally managed to catch his dog, and that’s when the woman said, “Your dog’s the one that’s barking, mine did nothing wrong. He just wants to play!”  Seriously???  I just wanted to slap the idiot across the face.  Let’s see, your dog:  a) is not playing but bullying a dog 10 times smaller, b) would not stop bullying when the other dog told him off, c) put a person in danger (that would be me) as she had to run downhill on treacherous terrain to save her dog, and d) you called him at least 10 times in a row and he ignored you.  I wonder if this couple let their kids terrorize little children at the playground and then say “It’s your kid that’s crying, mine only wants to play.”

I understand that dogs misbehave.  You think you have control over them, but sometimes you don’t.  It happens.  But at least apologize when your dog is obnoxious to others!  How about saying,  “I’m sorry my dog was such a jerk.  I don’t know what got into him”?  These people were not only rude but terribly misinformed.  This is how a friendly dog behaves:

  • Approaches another dog with a relaxed body, not with a stiff posture.
  • Has a relaxed facial expression.  The mouth is relaxed, too.
  • Walks in a curved path, not straight towards the other dog, and does so slowly.
  • Sniffs and lets sniff “private parts” (these are obviously not private among dogs)
  • Invites play by doing a play bow or enticing the other dog to chase

In other words, they use what dog trainer and behaviorist  Turid Rugaas calls calming signals.  Their dog did none of these. I don’t know where they got the idea their dog is friendly.

Anyway, letting your dog hike off-leash has its risks, and fortunately nothing more serious happened. Eventually, we reached the High Knoll and enjoyed the spectacular views.

Despite the incident, Grizzly had a great time, too.

We finished the circuit in about 2.5 hours and left happy and slightly tired.  But I must confess I had a few nightmares with the yellow Lab from Hell that night!

 

 

 

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Grizzly’s Remembrance Day special breakfast

Whenever I have extra time in the morning, like on long weekends for example, I make this special breakfast for Grizzly.  It’s a nice change from his usual raw diet, and he enjoys it very much.  It’s super easy to make, too.

The ingredients can be varied to suit what you have in your fridge.  You can use chicken, beef, or any other meat.  If you add liver, be careful not to put too much because it can cause runny stools, and that’s never fun.  You can also use other vegetables.   But this is how I made it this morning.

 
Ingredients:

  • about 1/2 cup pork sirloin cut into very small cubes (bite size)
  • 1/4 cup  lamb heart cut into very small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  1. Melt the butter in a skillet.
  2. Add the meats and sear lightly at medium heat.
  3. Add spinach and stir a little bit until wilted.
  4. Add the egg and continue to stir gently until firmly cooked to a scrambled egg consistency.

Grizzly loves this dish.   It’s nutritious and not too fatty at all, since pork sirloin is very lean.  Next time I should make some for myself!  Bon appetit!!

And there were lots of leftovers, at least enough for one more meal.

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Easy salmon cookies for dogs

Yesterday I tried baking these salmon treats for Grizzly and they came out really great. He absolutely loved them!!!   And they were so easy to make!!  The original recipe is on the latest issue of Natural Dog magazine but I changed it a little bit.

Now, if anyone is thinking that I must love baking and probably cooking, since I take the trouble of making my own dog treats, I’m sorry to disappoint you but that’s not exactly the case. I would never make, for example, cookies that call for a rolling pin, cookie cutters, or that have to be decorated.  Everything I cook or bake has to be quick and easy because the reason I do these things is not so much because I enjoy the process, but  because I value eating healthy.

And there’s nothing healthier, for people or pets,  than home made meals prepared with wholesome ingredients and free of any artificial stuff.  I must confess that I’m a little bit of a control freak, too,  so I like to know what’s in my food as well as in my dog’s  (my cats are a different story though; they love their corn gluten and chicken by-products and no matter how hard I try, and I’ve tried everything short of force feeding them, I can’t convince them to change their unhealthy ways).

Anyway,  here’s how I made these healthy, easy, delicious treats.  First the ingredients:

  • 1 can salmon
  • 2 egg yolks (save the whites for an omelette or something else)
  • dash of salt
  • a little bit of oregano

The recipe calls for flaxseed, but I decided to skip it. Flaxseed may be healthy for people to eat but I don’t  like to feed my dog anything that a carnivore wouldn’t eat in the wild, and wild dogs don’t eat seeds.

Instructions:

1.  Drain the can and put the salmon in a bowl.  Then shred it with a fork .  I left the bones in for added calcium.
2.  Add egg yolks, salt and oregano, and mix well.


3.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
4.  Make little balls with your hands and flatten them on the cookie sheet. I ended up with 25 cookies.

5.  Dehydrate in the oven at 170 degrees Farenheit for 5 hours or until crunchy.

That’s it!  It took me less than 10 minutes to make them.  The baking time is very long because you’re not actually baking but dehydrating them. You can also make them in a dehydrator if you own one (which I don’t).  Dehydrating makes them last longer and gives them a crunchy texture through out.  Just a warning:  these treats stink while in the oven.  They smell very, very fishy, so don’t make them when you’re expecting company.

And this is the final product:

Yummy goodness, chock full of protein and omega-3 for your 4-legged baby.  Even Grizzly, who normally doesn’t like any kind of fish, loved them.

Next time I’m going to double the recipe because there was enough room on the cookie sheet to make twice as many treats.

In appreciation for the delicious cookies, Grizzly “helped” me with the dishes.

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On dogs, cats, and keeping the peace in a multi-pet home

My cats Jazz and Milky, 10 and 9 years old respectively, have both lived with dogs when they were younger.  For that reason, I expected that they would accept Grizzly into the family without too much fuss, and although I expected some initial resentment, I thought everyone would settle pretty quickly into the new routine.  Well, I must say it hasn’t been that easy.

Of course I took all the initial precautions; I’m not a novice cat owner, I know how much they hate change.  I introduced Grizzly slowly to them.  First, Grizzly in a crate, then Grizzly behind a baby gate; lots of time to sniff each other, to get acquainted, and to digest the idea that the puppy was here to stay.  I also bought the cats another cat tree, so that they would have 2 trees to climb on and be out of reach whenever they felt like it. After the initial shock, Jazz (the boy) seemed very, very curious, amused even, by Grizzly’s antics, while Milky (the girl) made it clear she wanted nothing to do with the puppy.

So, days went by, weeks turned into months, and here we are today, almost a year later.  Milky has been very consistent in not wanting to be Grizzly’s friend.  If he bugs her, she hisses but stands her ground, she doesn’t run.  Fortunately, most of the time both are very polite to each other, and incidents between them are rare.  Grizz has come to understand that trying to get her to play is a waste of time; it’s not gonna happen.  With Jazz, it’s a whole different story.
Jazz has always had mixed feelings about Grizzly.  One minute he wants to play with the puppy,  but 30 seconds later he gets really mad at him.  Sometimes the cat hides behind a piece of furniture and then jumps when Grizzly passes by; other times he waits on a chair and  then swats Grizzly when he innocently walks near by.  He may also dash by Grizzly to get him to chase.  This would be all fun and good if it wasn’t that when Grizzly responds by playing, Jazz gets angry and hisses, chases, and even smacks Grizzly hard (with a flat paw though, he’s never scratched him).  He then climbs on his cat tree, leaving Grizzly barking hysterically in frustration.  Needless to say, it’s been really hard to teach Grizzly to leave the cat alone when many times  it’s the cat who teases him first. In return, Grizzly has been bugging Jazz quite a lot lately.  He pushes the cat’s buttons to make him run so that he can chase, while I run behind, trying to stop the whole thing by yelling “NOOOOOO!!!  GRIZZLYYYYYY!!!  BAD BOYYYYY!!!!!” with no luck whatsoever.  Other times I try my best Dog Whisperer impersonation and go “tchz, tchz,TCHZZZ”  to no avail.

Finally, last Thursday things took a turn for the worst, or at least that’s what it seemed at first.  I had finished cooking my breakfast (yes, I eat a cooked breakfast of sausage and eggs; no cereal for me please) and was walking towards the living room, when I heard a loud yelp coming from the kitchen.  I left my plate on the table and ran back to see what was going on.  Jazz was walking out of the kitchen hissing, growling, and making awful noises I had never heard before.  Grizzly was barking at him in a very high pitch.  Both were extremely upset at each other.  So I rushed Jazz into my bedroom and closed the door to give them a break from each other.  Then I checked both of them for injuries, but fortunately they were ok; only their feelings were hurt.  So here’s my theory of what may have happened:  Jazz must have been sniffing something on the floor or being distracted by something, when Grizzly must have jumped on him from behind, pushing him like he does to his dog buddies when he wants to play.  Normally Grizzly doesn’t touch Jazz, but he’s been getting cheekier and cheekier with the cat, and probably this time he did.


Anyway, this is where the whole thing becomes positive.  Jazz is now  scared of Grizzly (even though Jazz is bigger, faster, and heavier by 5 lbs).  He’s not terrified, but scared enough as to not want to provoke him.  For example, he doesn’t dash by Grizzly anymore, but walks slowly because he doesn’t want to get chased.  In general, he’s avoiding the dog as much as possible.  And this is wonderful news because finally I can teach Grizzly to leave the cats alone.  Since that day I’ve been keeping Grizzly on a harness and leash so I can catch him easily whenever he’s up to no good (no more yelling and making a fool of myself).  I also brought his ex-pen from storage, and now it’s his time out corner.  So these are the new rules:

  • Grizzly is not allowed to bark, chase, tease or bug the cats in any way (the cats are not allowed to chase, tease, or threaten Grizzly either, but they don’t seem inclined to do so anymore).
  • If he does any of the above, I pick him up immediately and put him in the ex-pen for a time out (which lasts only a couple of minutes, otherwise he forgets what happened anyway).
  • If I’m in the kitchen, he must be in there with me.  This is easy to do with the help of a baby gate.  If I’m taking a shower, he must stay in his puppy room. No more unsupervised time with the cats.
  • I’m also practicing a lot of sit-stay and down-stay with him, to help him develop better self-control.

And as usual, lots of exercise!  That always helps a dog behave better. The cats can play with each other as they have always done.  They still have the place for themselves  most of time, since Grizzly is at daycare in the mornings, passed out afterwards until at least 3 p.m., on a walk until 5 p.m, passed out again for a while, and the whole night when Grizz’s sleeping in his crate (actually, that’s their favourite time to play, when I’m trying to sleep).

A baby gate is useful when you have 4-legged babies.

Serving time? Nope.  Just staying where I can see him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully, my home will be a peaceful one again soon.  I’ll let you guys know how things are going.  Any suggestions are welcome.

Taking a time out.

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Car seat review: Top Paw Booster Seat

Although you and your little fur ball may start a new adventure as soon as you walk out the door, it’s a fact of life that a lot of amazing places are quite far away and you’ll have to drive to get there.  And there’s of course everyday activities like running errands, going shopping, or to the groomer’s, or to grandma’s, when your dog will have to ride in the car.  I’m all about safety and comfort, so if you’re like me you’ll rather have your dog sitting nicely on a car seat than bouncing and jumping all over the place,  and distracting you from your driving.

So as soon as I got Grizzly, I got this car seat for him:

I got it at PetSmart.  It’s called the Top Paw Booster Seat and this is how it looks in real life:

Out of five stars, I would give this seat a 3.  First the pros:

  • It does the job of restraining your dog.
  • It fastens securely to your car’s seat belt, and a strap attaches to your dog’s harness, keeping him safe.
  • It adds the height to the seat, so your dog can have a view of the outside.
  • It comes with a food/water bowl that comes handy when you forgot to bring one.
  • It’s durable.
  • It’s affordable.
  • This is my favourite feature:  It has a nice storage space (under the seat) to keep all your pup’s gear, such as poop bags,  towels, rain jacket, and even your own stuff.

Now the cons:

  • It doesn’t look that comfortable.  It doesn’t have much cushioning and the sides are very low. To make it more comfy I put a blanket on it.  The blanket also makes easier to clean any “accidents.”  I just throw it in the washer.
  • The legs won’t stay extended; due to poor design they fold inwards, rendering them useless, thus the seat is not as high as you would expect, but it’s still high enough for Grizzly.
  • The 3-way strapping system that attaches to the dog’s harness is useless too.  The dog can’t turn around without getting tangled.  I use one strap only and leave the other 2 loose.

In a nutshell, this is an ok starter car seat; it does the job and it’s a good price. And Grizzly agrees.

However, I may get him a new one for Christmas.  I’d really like to try this one out:

It looks very comfy, it seems well constructed, and it has excellent reviews.  It’s called the Snoozer Lookout II Car Pet Seat. It’s sold at different stores, but PetSmart has the best price I’ve found so far. I’ll let you guys know what I think, if Santa brings it for Grizzly (meaning, if I buy it).

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6 tips for a safe Halloween

Grizzly, the scary bat, wishes you a very spooky Halloween!  And hopes that you will follow these 6 safety tips so that your furry kids will enjoy this evening as much as everyone else.

  1. Make sure your dog is comfortable in his costume.  Not all dogs enjoy dressing up and, if that’s the case, you should not force them to wear one.  In order to take this picture, I introduced Grizzly to his costume days in advance, and made him practice wearing it for a couple of minutes at a time, giving him plenty of treats in the process.  Nevertheless, I made him wear it for the picture only, because I knew he wouldn’t be happy wearing it outside.  Even if your dog loves to dress up, make sure the costume fits properly, allows him to move freely, and does not interfere with his vision.  And never, ever leave a dog unsupervised while wearing a costume; he may chew and swallow pieces of it and get sick, or even choke.
  2. Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with ID tags.  Dogs can get nervous with the noise outside, the fire-crackers, the strangers knocking at the  door again and again, and dart through the door, into the night.
  3. Only let friendly, outgoing, confident dogs to be at the door when the trick-or-treaters knock.  Shy or scaredy dogs won’t enjoy watching the little goblins, and will be happier in some quieter part of your home.  Also, it is best not to take but the most confident of dogs trick-or-treating.
  4. By no means leave your dog alone in the back yard if you’re going out.  You never know what kind of creep with a twisted sense of humor may be wandering the streets, and decide that terrorizing your pet with fire-crackers, or who-knows-what, is fun.  For this same reason, if you own cats, please keep them indoors; it’s the best way to keep them safe.
  5. Remember that chocolate is toxic to dogs.  It’s best to keep all candy out of reach, or you may end up spending a very spooky night at the emergency vet’s.
  6. Be careful with candles and decorations.  Dogs can knock candles over and inadvertently start a fire.  They may also chew and swallow decorations.  Be aware of these hazards and either keep your dog supervised  or in a safe room.

Happy Halloween!!

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Hiking the dykes of Pitt Lake

Trivia: Can you spot the Pomeranian?

As the days get shorter, and snow accumulates at increasingly lower elevations, we have to be more careful with our selection of hiking trails.  If we go too high up in the mountains, we may find snow and it’s not pleasant to walk on it (unless you have your snowshoes with you, which we never do); and if we go too far, darkness may creep up on us before we’re back in the car.  Thus, this is the perfect time of the year to hike the dyke system on the south end of  Pitt Lake in Maple Ridge.   The dykes extend for kilometers but, since they are flat, they are easy to walk, and given that the area is at a low elevation, they are free of snow for the most part of the year.  The day was perfect too, dry and not too hot or cold,  so packed some trail mix for Walter and myself, and some treats for Grizzly and off we went.

Right at the entrance of the main trail, there’s a nice picnic area, canoe rentals, and this sign showing a map of the lake, and advising to respect wild life, and stay away from bears if you come across one.  We didn’t see any bears today (fortunately!) but we saw lots of birds: ducks, seagulls, blue herons, and lots of little birds which we couldn’t identify.  We also saw lots of these cute, fluffy caterpillars:

I should have put a coin beside it for scale, but they were about 7 cm long.  We had to walk carefully so that we wouldn’t step on them; they were everywhere on the ground.

Grizzly had the time of his life, as always!  I let him hike of leash all the way because his recall is great these days, and also because the visibility on these trails is so good that if there had been any  danger, say a coyote, or big dogs running towards us, or a bear, I would have been able to spot it well ahead.

We even enjoyed a free air show!  These 3 planes were practicing some stunts right above our heads.

In all, we hiked 12.8 Km in 3 hours 15 minutes.  We went right home after that and had a late lunch-early dinner.  Grizzly had an early dinner too, and then went to sleep, tired but happy!

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