Abby Sunshine

Duck Toller

2-19-10 A Thinking Dog

While lying about on a sunny winter’s day, what is a puppy pondering?

Abby Sunshine Inside

Is she thinking of the next great invention?


Does she imagine her next meal?


Is she wondering when her cousin will come again to play?

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Maybe it’s a bigger, worldly issue?

global warming

Global warming?

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Let’s face it. There are some things we’ll just never know about our pupper wuppers!

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2-14-10 LOVE Sonnet

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I can’t think of a better day than Valentine’s Day to do a sonnet. I recently found a sonnet that I wrote while studying Shakespeare (some years ago). In fact, that class was my all time favorite. It was taught by an incredible, enthusiastic and inspirational professor, Dr. Gordon Lell. Sadly, he passed away last year, but will live on through the many students he taught. His passion for Shakespeare was contagious.

First, maybe you’d like to read a sonnet or two. Click here

I had to memorize this one for my class. Try it!

Sonnet 116

by William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Admit impediments. Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove.

O, no, it is an ever-fixed mark

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wandering bark,

Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks

Within his bending sickle’s compass come;

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me proved,

I never write, nor no man ever loved.

Sonnets may seem a bit confusing, but there is a pattern. They are most often about love, but one could write one about any topic. There is a method to the madness, so try it! I’d love to read your sonnet.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

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2-8-10 Pole Wrapping Evidence

More action packed footage from the race! Just for clarification, Gus is Abby’s “cousin.” He is an energetic and loving Black Lab that has visited us on occasion. He has a friendly disposition and warm personality.


Here you can see that Gus and Renae got off to a fast start. It’s a good thing, too, as Gus had to make up time for when he took his little stops along the trail. . .


Here come the racers under the bridge. Look at all of the spectators.


You can get a feel for the conditions- great temperature and perfect snow for skiing.

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OK, here’s the photographic evidence. Notice that Gus has wrapped their line around a pole? He is not coming back to get untangled either, so Renae has to carefully climb around this embankment. I don’t know if you can see it, but the snowbank is a little more challenging than at first glance.

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Ah, yes, almost home free! You can see the snow sculptures ahead, which line the trail near the finish line.

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2-6-10 City of Lakes Loppet- Skijoring

When skijoring, the first step is to clip on the belt, very important, or you won’t be connected to your canine.

Clipping Renae into Skijor belt

Here Anita is assisting Renae with her belt. Shortly after this photo, the race began. There were about 130 skiers with dogs. It’s quite a sight- poodles, dalmations, huskies (of course) and many more types of dogs. The mushers ages were wide ranging, too. I think Renae was the youngest participant.

Here Gus pulls Renae on the final stretch to the finish line!

Renae and Gus on the final stretch

Go Gus! Go Renae!

Renae and Gus at the Finish

A forced smile after a grueling race!

Renae, Anita, Natalie and Leash

Truth be told, apparently on the trail, Gus took it upon himself to make a few stops. Perhaps he thought the spectators were calling to him- Renae was recounting her experience of Gus stopping to greet the people that were cheering. She’d have to get him back on course to run more. He also departed the trail to sniff and got them tangled around a pole, which Renae had to go around with her skis to get free. Notice the three of them looking at Gus, and Gus looking up trying to look innocent??

Petting Gus after the race

We’ll try it again next year. Good dog, Gus!

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