“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” -Henry Ward Beecher

27 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

26 November 2014

Goodbye Hendrix; Welcome Jax and Welcome Ryker!

Furry friends around my desk. 
Dogs have no sense of personal space. 
This is how Zane shares my chair with me. 
West Valley sunset. 
Hendrix at the vet.
Welcome Jackson Browne "Jax". 
Jim Morrison "Jimmy". 
There's dog hair everywhere, even on the dogs. 
My Boca bear. 
Boca making sure he's not forgotten while the pack gets treats. 
Treats for the pack, there are currently nine Shepherds with us.
Our friend and dog lover, Aunty Julie, brought treats and a new stuffie over for the dogs.  She brought a shark to the shark tank.  
A shark for the shark. 
Team Ryker saying goodbye to Ryker as he joins us at Pack Strong AZ.
Hendrix was adopted and we're very happy for him. 
Zane sharing my chair with me. 
Good night boys. 
Jax and Blondie.
Zane and Jimmy. 
Ryker and Blondie.
Goodbye Jax.
Having a sniff before his vet appointment. 
Jax inside Dr. Kit's Mobile Vet.  
Getting Ryker out and about for some real world training. 
Shopping for a replacement door knob.
Via Postcrossing, a kind young woman from China sent me a package for my birthday.  I have a small package ready to mail to her.  Unfortunately, in China, she cannot see my website.
Boca and his bone.
Love my Zane.

20 November 2014

Hiking: Lake Pleasant, Pipeline Canyon Trail to Yavapai Point Trail

On the way in, we saw nine burros.  
Dear Baby Burro: will you marry me?  You are adorable, warm and fuzzy.  How could I not love you? 
Burros along Pipeline Canyon Rd.
I'm sorry you have burrs on your tail.  If you'd let me, I'd pull them off.  
Baby burros.
Pipeline Canyon Trail, beginning from the North end.
The view from Yavapai Point Trail.  Across the valley is Pipeline Canyon Trail.  
Looking up.
Looking down. 
Looking up at the twisted arm of a saguaro. 
My hiking buddy David enjoying the view. 
Almost at the top, nice views. 
The last bit of trail and we're at the top.
The view from the top of Yavapai Peak.
1934.  I'd like to know what the "Cholla" stamp stands for, but I can't find anything on line that helps me with that.
David hiking by the same saguaro with the twisted arm.
72 degrees, 4.2 miles.
YTD: 94.2 miles.

Me with my hiking buddy David (aka: Mr. Bosseh-Pants).  I haven't seen him for several months, it was good to catch up.