Tuesday, August 09, 2011


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Well, this has been a very busy, exciting & eventful day, but let me just back up for a minute.  After receiving the email Monday afternoon about Lexi I just didn't feel like putting together a whole blog Monday night.  It was time to just break with routine for a change & watch some mindless night time television.  But, one thing was crystal clear by the time we went to bed last night.  We both agreed that 'we will find our own dog next time!!'  And, that is just what we did today.
For the past few weeks we had been looking on Kijiji, animal rescue, the S.P.C.A. and local dog pound sites.  Some friends emailed us who knew of some dogs but it was a phone call a few days ago that would eventually turn the tide.
Even while waiting for the decision on Lexi we had a few other irons in the fire and one of those irons was our Vet in Zurich, Ontario.  He had called us with a phone number to call regarding a dog needing a good home.  Kelly called that number first thing this morning to gather some info.  Sounded promising.  But, we also had another lead on a dog near the town of Mitchell.
Mitchell is where my Uncle Harry is so on our way to see him this morning we stopped at a farm north of Mitchell to meet Sadie, an Australian Shepherd/Rottweiler mix.  She was a year old, beautiful dog and just full of fire and energy.  Liked her a lot but she was just too much dog for us to handle and when we brought the Motorhmouse into the barn Sadie went right after her bowling her over.  It was plain to see that was not going to be a workable solution.

Leaving Sadie behind we headed into Mitchell to visit with Harry.  He is in constant pain now with his back and says the best part of his day is at night when he is sleeping.  No results back yet from his X-Rays and Cat Scan last week.  He is keeping up a brave front but spends most of his days stretched out in his recliner hardly able to move. 
From Mitchell we headed straight for the little town of Zurich to meet Eve, a Burmese Mountain and Australian Shepherd Collie mix.  In other words, a Heinz 57.  It was love at first sight and an instant bond for me.  Eve was every bit as friendly and warm as Lexi had been last week and the clincher was Eve's gentle nature towards little Cora when we brought the little Beans in the house.  It was obvious right from their introduction they were compatible and would fast become great Pals.  Eve is not an aggressive dog.  At one point Motor laid down on the floor and Eve walked over and laid down beside her.  A very caring and gentle dog. 
We talked a bit with the owners and then drove down the street to the Vets with a few questions about spaying, etc.  It also gave Kelly and I a chance to see how each other felt about Eve.  The decision was unanimous, so back to Eve's house we went to talk with her owners.  Some tears were shed but they agreed to bring Eve to our house later this afternoon.  They wanted a chance to say goodbye to her.  With a younger couple's growing family, decisions about pets sometimes have to be reluctantly made.
We were home about 3 and Eve arrived about an hour later with her young family.  We all spent some time together showing the younger couple and their wee daughter around our place where Eve would be living.  Eve was flying around a hundred miles an hour and wouldn't you know it.....she landed ker-splash right in our frog pond.  No matter, she was just too excited to worry about getting wet.  And, we were just too excited to care about her getting wet anyway:)) 
Soon it was time for final good-byes.  A few tears, a few waves and the young folks were off.  Eve was now at home with the Bayfield Bunch:))  And, everything just seemed sooooo right.
She is just a darling and as I am typing this right now in our sun room she is sound asleep right beside me on the carpet.  She is just too pooped out from all the excitement and so are we.  From Monday's mental low we were rocketed in no short order into the highs of today.  It just all came together and we are sooooo happy to have her and we can tell she is sooooo happy to be here.  Of course I will have more to say about her tomorrow:))  
DSC_0042We thank everyone for all the kind comments on yesterday's post and agree that when one door closes, others are opened and today was a big door opening for us:))  Now, where was I before all this excitement started.

I made double sure I rolled up my Jeep windows Sunday night so Mother Nature made double sure it did not rain. Figures!!  Monday night I rolled up and Mother Nature rained down.  I consider us temporarily even now:))

Took advantage of Monday's cooler morning temps to do more grass and shrub trimming.  An elderly fellow going by on his scooter stopped to say how much he enjoyed seeing our garden lights at night so that inspired me to carry through with a few more lighting ideas I had kicking around.  Tuesday morning we woke up to pouring rain.

If the heat is getting you down I suggest you cool off with some fine snowy glacier photos, cooling lakes and cascading waterfalls in the North Cascades National Park, Washington.  The  GYPSY LIFE JOURNAL folks were enjoying their beautiful cooling days while the rest of us are sweltering in the heat and humidity of a long hot summer.  Also, check out what happened when they were just pulling into a campground and a man yelled at them......."YOUR CAR IS LOOSE!!"

Catching up on a few blogs this morning I noticed one of our fellow RV Bloggers in North Virginia is fast approaching a well deserved retirement.  His post a few days ago titled, I FEEL NAKED caught my attention.  You may find this man's career rather interesting, just as I did.  Paul and Marti Dahl from  R SANITY RV ADVENTURES are an RV couple planning to travel full time shortly in their Class A Motor Home.  Just a little matter of selling a house first. 

If you happen to be traveling in Canada you might want to stay off Saskatchewan's secondary roads and IVAN will tell you why!!
THE LAST PARAGRAPH:  I had said to Kelly a couple weeks ago that no matter which dog we eventually end up choosing....it will be the right dog for us.  Whether big or small, green or blue, it didn't matter because we would shower the dog with love, affection and attention and make it feel welcome, needed and wanted.  It is just the way we are with our very much most bestest Pals of ever.................10-4:))
Tomorrow I will let you know how our first night went.....................
GROANER'S CORNER:((  And remember, 'Don't believe everything you think!!'

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now...... AL.


  1. Eve is absolutely lovely. What a face! Big congratulations on your new family member!!


  2. How exciting. Eve is such a pretty little girl. She is going to be so loved she is going to think she's in doggie loveland. Congratulations on such a precious pooch. I am so happy for all of you.

  3. Congratulations on the newest member of the Bayfield Bunch. Eve is a gorgeous dog and she sure is lucky to be one of the Bayfield Bunch!

  4. Al, I'm sure you'll hear this from others too. But North Cascades NP is in Washington, not Montana.


  5. Now you're a bunch again! Good for you! :)

  6. Oh we are so excited for you motormouse Kelly and Eve...how lucky you are to have her and how lucky she is to have you folks...we are SO happy for you...from a low to a high..I just knew there was a special angel out there waiting to join your herd :)...congrats to you all....
    Elaine, Rick Tucker and Lilly!!!

  7. Well that is just so wonderful. She's a real cutie pie!! When one door closes another one opens, for sure. Enjoy and try to get some sleep and make some room for Eve.

  8. So, so happy for you guys, we can't wait to meet Eve!

  9. oh She is beautiful, we are so happy you found your girl. I love the picture of the two on your knee, she just looks like she belongs.

  10. Congrats! Glad it worked out so well and quickly. I am sure she will be a great addition to the team.

  11. Welcome the the Bayfield Bunch, Eve..you scored big time!!!..now about this bloggin' thing?..all good and bad will be written..so for now..behave yourself!..you are a real cutie and I don't think you are going to be any trouble at all!..have fun with Cora, and Al and Kelly!!..
    Tucker from BC...there is always room for more dogs in blogville!..can't wait to read all about your adventures as you explore your new home!!!

  12. Congratulations, she looks adorable. Here's to many happy years.

  13. Congratulations on the arrival of your new family member.

    I have journeyed with you on this painful journey of grief and choosing another special friend. Thank-you. I love the way you write as well as your inspiring photos.

    Blessings to you and Kelly.

  14. I had no idea things would come together that fast, but am sure pleased that they did. The fact that Eve and Motor get along so well is a big deal so it looks like the bond is already formed. I do feel sorry for the folks that had to give Eve up as they obviously loved her very much.

  15. And a new family dynamic has been launched.

  16. WOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

    Be happy!!!!!

  17. So glad you found your Eve. She looks like a great dog and I'm sure your little Cora will like having a new buddy too.

  18. Awwww...I LOVE Eve. I just knew you would find the pup that was meant to be. Incredible how Motormouth and she became instant friends. She has a very, very sweet and gentle face.

    Congratulations. I'm very happy for you and Eve. Even thought parting was tough for the new family, they have to feel very good at the wonderful and loving home they found for their pup.

  19. Once you find the right "forever fur friend", life just seems so right.

    Im glad you did, you sound so happy.

    Eve is a lucky girl for sure!

  20. Eve looks like a beauty, we knew the right pup would come along for the three of you. Little Cora will have her whipped into shape in no time. ENJOY!!

  21. I'm so happy for you and your new cutie, Eve! She's got to be one of the luckiest dogs alive! Cora is going to love having a buddy again. :)

  22. I am sooo happy for you, Eve looks like a wonderful, sweet, perfect dog for your family. I read the post about Lexi and was just ready to comment when this popped up. Hooray, Al, she's a sweetheart. OF course, she reminds me a bit of our Abby, who was also a rescue dog.

  23. What more can be said...We are very happy for you and Kelly. Actually we a very happy for the entire Bayfield Bunch...Kelly, Al, Little Motormouse and Eve!! :))

  24. So happy for you guys! Such a quick turn from sadness to joy. That's always nice to see.

  25. What a lovely surprise to read about Eve. So happy for you all, she has sure come to a good home. Loved the way she sat next to Mouse, that is so sweet.
    Will be interesting to see what nick-names you give her!
    Hope she likes burritoes and hope little Mouse doesn't mind sharing!
    Happy times again.

  26. So very happy for the new Bayfield Bunch! Can hardly wait for all the new stories of the fur kids and their adventures. I'm just wondering though...who is going to get the biggest share of the burrito now?

  27. Yay! Nice to see the Doggie Dilemma worked out.
    Congratulations on the new addition.

  28. Congratulations on your new addition, I'm so glad you found Eve, she is absolutely gorgeous. But it is sad that so many people don't make lifetime commitments to pets...to me, having kids is not an excuse to lose the the family dog. I can't imagine having grown up without animals.

    Wow, if you were here in AZ, you'd have your choice of thousands of dogs that need homes. They must have more respect for animals in Canada because they sure don't here!

  29. Congratulations to Eve for finding such a good home! She looks so sweet and she does seem to be a good fit for you.

  30. Now there's your newest Pal! All you have to do is look at those photos - Eve's expressions, her smile, the way she looks at Cora (already with affection after just meeting so recently). Wonderful! So very happy the four of you have found one another! Hmmm...now I wonder if Eve likes burritos? Or the bigger question - will Cora share hers? :)

  31. Eve is such a beautiful girl and what a sweet face. I'm so glad you snapped had to wait to find her. Good thing too that you have Cora to "vet" your new addition. I can't wait to see how she likes traveling and the southwest.

  32. congrats on finding such a wonderful fit to your family...

  33. Absolutely true - you got the right dog for you.

    My daughter and son-in-law are in same process. Fell in love with one at SPCA. After background checks, home inspection, etc, they were approved. However, found he does not get along with cats. So no deal. They were brokenhearted. But, as with your experience, it takes patience and time.

  34. Congratulations. You are all lucky to have found each other.

    On a different note, in your bog today, every time the word "and" should appear I see "&" or is it just me. Checking yesterday's blog the word "and" appears fine.


  35. Just one word -- YIPPEE!!!!


  36. Al,

    Marti and I want to wish you and Kelly well with your new friend Eve, she sure is a beautiful dog. We're sure she'll bring much joy and happiness to the Bayfield Bunch.

    And thanks for mentioning my post in your blog, we both are big fans of your blog and have been reading it daily for quite a while now. Hoping one day to cross paths with you!

  37. A great end to your search. So happy for you, Kelly and Cora. Looks like one big happy family.

  38. Eve is beautiful and so respectful of Cora. You can tell the sweetness in Eve's eyes when she looks at Cora...as if to say, "I know this is your home and I respect your space. Thank you for choosing me to share your space and your family. I promise to love you and be your friend forever." So Congratulations Al, Kelly, and Cora for the perfect new addition to the Bayfield Bunch!!

  39. Congratulations and Hallelujah! What a happy looking and happy acting new pal!

  40. Congratulations. I figured you wouldn't put all your eggs in the one basket. Looking forward to hearing some Eve did this today stories. Wonder what her selection at MacD's will be. Perhaps the whole buritto.
    Best of luck.

    Bev in Halifax

  41. Looks like the latest member of the Bunch is going to a be a lot of fun for you all -- lucky Eve! and thanks for mentioning our blog -- hope our experience will help someone else avoid a similar one! -- Martha

  42. So happy for you, Eve, and MotorMOUSE! I think it was a blessing in disguise that Lexi went to another family. What a nice thing for Eve's past humans to do--very unusual to see that sort of kindness these days.

    Glad you are so happy.

  43. I knew it,,,,I knew there was something special coming for you... I know you are all happy with your new friend. She looks like a jewel.. I'm happy for you!!