“She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city" -Roman Payne, The Wanderess

31 January 2017

Camping: Death Valley National Park

The Devil's Golf Course
(Photo credit: The Love Camp)
One of many new friends.
(Photo credit: The Love Camp)
Fire on the sand dunes.
(Photo credit: The Love Camp)
Sand dunes.
(Photo credit: The Love Camp)
The first morning at camp with Liam Ari Puppypants.
The view from our first camp site, we moved later in the day.
Exploring the wash and soaking in some sunshine.
Jenn with Liam Ari Puppypants, enjoying the sunshine.  Temperatures ranged from the 30's to the 60's (Fahrenheit).
Liam is 14 weeks old and must eat all the dirt, pebbles, and sticks.
Exploring the wash.
There was a storm a few days before we arrived.  The road to Scotty's Castle was washed out and closed.
Left or right?  Liam says right.
Wind/shade structure going up.
Camp fire and night light. 
Puppy love.
The only wildlife we saw were birds and jackrabbits.
Liam has to potty every few hours, so I saw a lot of the night sky and sometimes the sunrise.
Relaxing in the motorhome (not mine, however, I did learn a lot on this trip about what I need to be a happy camper). 

14 January 2017

Hiking: Madera Canyon, Super Trail

Jenn with Ginger.  This is Ginger's first hike.
Laura with Hera.

Ginger's white eyelashes slay me. 
Nibbling on grass.  
Hera will never be a "normal" dog, however, she is happiest when hiking.  She likes to greet people but won't allow them to touch her (yet).  
Beautiful views along the Super Trail. 
Ginger likes to put her head in holes. 
Hera and Ginger.
Pretty views along the Super Trail. 
One of my favorite pictures of the day. 

This was one of my best hikes.  Aside from the girls having a good hike, it rained and hailed.
Ginger's face sums up how she's feeling about being wet.  For her first hike, she was amazing.
Hera is happiest when hiking.  I think about Boca every day.  I thought about him a lot on this hike: places we'd hiked, stopped for water, posed for pictures.  I still grieve for him deeply.  
Hera being brave.
Hera likes to follow game trails, she seems to follow a lot of good scents.  
Post hike rainbow, a beautiful ending to a great hike.

11 January 2017

Welcome To The Pack: Liam

On December 24th two "German Shepherd" puppies became available for adoption at Maricopa County's East shelter.  Many people came to adopt them.  The Universe conspired, someone got lucky.  
Aunty Julie has kept an eye on the puppies while they were in the shelter.  Liam at 8 weeks. 
Brother and sister.  
Post-neuter and the ride home.
I honestly had no intention of keeping Liam.  My intention was to give him a good start and send him on his way.  After letting my big Boca bear go, I didn't think I was in a good place to adopt another.  
I haven't had a puppy this young in my care for many years, puppies are a 24/7 affair.  
There are some coincidences about young Liam that I couldn't ignore.  Liam's birthday is on a very special day.  
I can't pinpoint the defining moment I knew Liam had to stay.  I knew that I wanted to give Liam the chance to be the very best Malinois he can be.  In my search for opportunities for a working dog in Southern Arizona, I found SARCI.  I've long had an interest in Search & Rescue work.  Some pro's for me: I'm already a licensed ham radio operator, while working with helicopters I've had some exposure to high altitude rescues, and I like to hike.  I'll attend my first SRDI meeting in January.  Liam is a bright boy, I'm excited to see how a future as a SAR dog looks for Liam. 
Liam at 12 weeks.  Welcome to the pack Liam.