Friday, June 26, 2015


Waiting at Happy Pooch
What a week! But the dust has finally settled after an unsettling encounter with a tumor discovered while being groomed by Melissa at Happy Pooch Styling and Spa three weeks ago. Long story short, Melissa was concerned about a subcutaneous lump in his groin that we might never have never noticed, that is until she gave him his summer haircut and found it. On her advise we took him to Fairhaven Veterinary Clinic that very same afternoon, and surgery to remove a suspicious tumor was successfully performed this week.

Well, the patient has been on the mend and is doing well. The mass was atypical and removing it was a good move. And the lab report for the tissue...benign. 

Not much sleep this week, needless to say, but we'll be back to normal soon. Casey is still adjusting to his new accessory, a post-op collar to keep him from exploring the incision. But now, following doctor Kris Johnson's orders to keep him fairly inactive for two weeks - no running, Frisbee, and on a leash - is the real challenge.

Rufus dilemma

Our resident rufus hummingbirds have been presented with a dilemma this week. The vibrant lucifers are bursting out almost within a beak's length from the liquid feeders. They love their one-to-one water/sugar troughs but the enticing flame-red blooms of the crocosmias have been irresistible.   

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Doubling our honey crisp apple crop in one year!

Honey crisp apple #1

Honey crisp apple #2
Incredible. In just one year Victoria doubled her organic apple crop! 
The sky's obviously the limit in 2016.

And it looks like Casey couldn't be happier.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Making the rounds at the Farmers Market

The Saturday routine in the summer includes a scouting trip to the Bellingham Farmers Market, checking out everything from local artisans to in-season produce.

Unfortunately, the kid always has to be satisfied with a walk around the perimeter for his people watching. Casey's all right with that even though we still think Border Collies ought to be exceptions to the rule. 
But the crowd inside today was way more hustle and bustle than laid back and by the time we were done with the fringes, the shady backseat of the car was looking pretty good to Case.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Still laying low

When Casey obsesses near a shrub or bush this week he's got his eyes on the last surviving robin chick, maturing on the run with the help of her parents, who ward off crows, jays, and even give Casey an earful if he gets too close.

The chick has been showing up down low in the ground cover and higher up in hydrangeas. With survival skills clicking he's been showing up each morning in spite of the odds. 

So far so good. Our cute little guy, with a few breaks, just might make it through this week. Stranger things have happened.