Friday, December 25, 2009

Pratt Lake

Tail head to Pratt Lake was plowed, and we took advantage of it.  It is always a treat to be able to drive to the trail head and park at the parking lot.  Usually in the middle of the winter, I have to park way far from the trailhead.  Snowshoeing from the free way to the trailhead is itself a workout. 

There are many creek crossings on Pratt Lake trail.  One of the creeks is all frozen.  I had to put on yaktrax. 

Be careful. 

Snowy creek crossing.  Audrey is having a sip of ice water.

Olallie Lake, looking down from the Pratt Lake trail.  We save it for others because it's a popular shorter easier hike. 

Princess Audrey

We are at the fork.  You can go straight to the ridge and then to the Island/Rainbow Lakes (they are a couple of little dinky mosquito ponds) or go right down to the Pratt Lake.  Can you see the signs?  On the left is the sign for the Island/Rainbow Lakes.   On the right is for Pratt Lake.  There was no foot/shoe prints on the way down.  And I didn't have snow shoes.  So we decided to go straight. 

At the Ridge:  we decided to take lunch.  Again there was no foot/shoe prints beyond this point.  I sank  2-3 feet every other step and slipped on every other step.  Next hike, I'll be sure to pack snow shoes. 

Snow is soft and wet and deep.  It was hard to maneuver.

Sly looking all cute and hansome. 

Audrey, the Princess of the Mountain.

Blue dripping melted snow.

Trio At the Ridge

It's an old man's country.  Can you see his beard? 

Usnea barbata (old man's beard) is a tree lichen.  It grows on tree branches in wet wooded areas.  I also see them grow on tree trunks.  They are used for their antimicrobial and immune stimulating properties.  I have made tincutre from the one I harvested on the trail from Melakwa Lake to Lake Tuscohotchie.  It requires high alcohol menstruum.  Before you use it, be sure to consult your nanturopathic doctor. 

We hiked on Saturday, December 19th.  The weather was forecasted to be mostly dry with rain in the evening.  But it turned out to be drizzly all day.  I don't think dogs noticed the drizzle at all.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Business as usual

Audrey is recovering well and gained 3 lbs, weighing 63 lbs.  Ribs and spines are not that obvious any more.  She, of course, had to get a bath to get the stinky poop cake off her back and neck.  Bath is not her favorite activity but she tolerates.

Clean and shiny Audrey invited Blue to tug.

Nope, she wants to chew it now.

Audrey got another rope toy from the toy box.  Of course, Blue wants it.

Hiked to Tiger Mountain.

Hiked to McCllelan Butte.

McCllelan Butte trail:  it's all frozen. 

On the way from Gold Creek trail.

Snooze time after warm milk.

Life as usual.  As if nothing happened.  It's all good now. 

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Audrey is found!!!

I placed the posters on Sunday.  On Monday, I got a call from Debbie.  BJ got a call from someone who saw the poster and said Audrey was in her trailer park eating the foods left out for racoons.  Mike also got a call.  Debbie is a Mike's neighbor and has a chocolate lab.  The chocolate lab is the mother of Mike's Wolfie.  They live a few blocks from Mike. 

I asked Debbie to put food and water in the kennel.  Audrey was very interested in food but would not go into the kennel.  BJ took a half day off and went to Enumclaw hoping Audrey would hang around.  By the time BJ got there, Audrey moved on to another neighbor's house hiding behind bushes. 

"Audrey, Audrey good girl, come here Audrey." 




Very thin with obvious grooves between ribs and spines.  Walking on all 4 paws, no obvious injuries, and no bleeding anywhere.  Alive and breathing.  Stinky with caked elk poop on her back and neck, exhausted Audrey hopped on to the car and plopped down on the seat. 

Thank you angels.  Thank you for returning Audrey in one piece. 

Monday, November 30, 2009

Audrey Search

It is not going to be a quick search, and I need different strategies.  Went to office supply store and bought 10 giant posters (neon green on one side and hot pink on the other), black permanent markers, stencil sets, plastic to cover the posters, clear plastic pockets, clear packaging tape, and 100 copies of Audrey's color picture.  Cut the old molding into 5-foot posts and cross boards.  Got the staple gun out.  Did I miss anything?  Printed phone numbers in 144 font size.  It took me all day Friday and Saturday to make the signs.

I picked these 2 pictures because I want people to see what Audrey looks like with minimal distraction.

Audrey on Augsut 10th, the day she came to our house.  She fetched along with the boys.

Audrey at Surprise Lake.  We went there on September 20th.  She loves water.  A graceful and strong swimmer.  I fantasized her being a dock diving dog.  See Surprise Lake & Glacier Lake

On Sunday, I went back to Enumclaw:  Issaquah-Hobart Road to 18 to 169 to 164, and to 410.  Placed the giant posters in strategic intersections, stapled brochures on trees and poles, knocked on doors, talked to people, drove around, went to the fair ground, walked in the golf course, went back to Mud Mountain Dam and walked around the area, and went wherever Audrey sightings were.  Scattered Blue's hair and pre-cut pieces of Audrey's rope toys.  Wiped my hands off here and there, hoping to disperse dead skin cells.  Audrey, where are you? 

Drove back 410 to 164 to 169 to 18 to Issaquah-hobart Road, back home without Audrey. It is Sunday today. Audrey has been on her own for 7 nights.  Is she safe?  Where is she sleeping?  Is she staying out of rain and frost?  She must be hungry, terrified, confused.... if she is still alive.  Time for another discussion with angels.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Lost in Enumclaw

Audrey went to her new home.  Nice couple and 2 other dogs in a rural area, I thought ,would be good for Audrey.  After 2 sleepless nights (you know you get those feelings), I sent them an email (3am I think).  And called them later in the morning. 

Mike called me back and told me Audrey escaped and hasn't been back.  Immediately, I got on the car and drove to Enumclaw.  She's got to be there nearby.  She is too scared to run away.  I called "Audreyeeeeeeeeee"  over and over and over around the neighborhood for hours until my vocal cord gave up.  Then I drove around in desperation.  How could she be lost?  She is my precious Audrey!  How can this be happening?  It's Tuesday today and it's dark.  I couldn't see the road very well driving back home. 

At work, I share my passion for dogs with many of my clients.  On Wednesday, one of my clients asked me about Audrey.   If I utter one word, I would just break down so I jsut said, "Don't ask, please." 

Trying to figure out how I would find her, I retained a search and rescue.  He will meet me in Enumclaw tomorrow, Thursday at 1pm.   He has 2 dogs.

On Thursday, I met him and his 2 dogs near Mike's house (Audrey's new person).  And off we went in search of Audrey.  His name is Harry Oakes in Longview, WA.  Don't ever hire him.  He is an idiot.  He does not search on foot.  He drives a distance, let his dogs out and sniff, then drive some more, and get his dogs out to sniff.  He did that for 2 hours all the way to Buckley, WA.  Buckley is a city adjacent to Enumclaw.  He said  Audrey went to Buckley!!!   Incredible.  Audrey is skittish and would not venture out too far.  How could she be in Buckley?  Did someone pick her up?  Can't be.  She won't let any stranger pick her up.  Did she ........?  The only way she would be in Buckley is ......  OMG ohhhh my.......

I am determined to find her.  I will not give up until I find her or confirm her death.  Called the animal control lost and found hotline, nothing matching Audrey.  Went to Kent shelter, no Audrey.  Stephanie will check the shelter for me regularly.  Faxed Audrey's picture to Humane Society.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Surprise Lake & Glacier Lake

From I-90, turn on to 405 North and drive 13 miles.   Take exit #23 Bothell/Woodinville Highway 522 East and drive 14 miles.  Left on to Highway 2 (522 loops over Highway 2).  Drive 35 miles on Highway 2.  (From Skykomish exit, it's 10 miles to the dirt road)  When you see an overpass, turn right (south) onto a dirt road (before overpass and before railroad trestle).  Drive across the railroad and turn right to the trailhead.  Turnoff to the dirt road is very inconspicuous and easy to miss.  When you see the big sign for "Iron Goat Trail," start looking for the open area on the right.  11 miles round trip to Glacier Lake.  Elevation gain 3000 feet. 

Surprise Lake:  the trail to the Surprise Lake follows the Surprise Creek, and there are plenty of water for thirsty dogs.  We met katie, 9-year-old red female border collie. 

Audrey at Surprise Lake

Glacier Lake is just another mile from the Surprise Lake.  It's  a much bigger lake.  I didn't sees anyone at the Glacier Lake.  Water was blue and cold, but dogs had to go swimming.

Blue at Glacier Lake


Princess Audrey

Hypericum perforatum:  probably the last of the year.  They were still flowering in sunny areas.  But most have seeded. 

It was a long drive to the trailhead.  And trailhead was hard to find.  I went there on Sunday, Septmber 20.  On the way back, traffic in Monroe was bumper to bumper on Sunday evening.  If I were to go back, I would do it on Saturday.  Nontheless, it was another great hike with stunning views, few hikers, and happy border collies. 

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Audrey Hepburn Available for Adoption

Princess Audrey is set out to find her new person.  The special person who would be her leader whom she will adore and worship. 

Her last persons loved her very much, put her through school, and hired a dog walker to go swimming with Audrey.  Audrey in return tried very hard to protect her people which was not appreciated.  So she came here, and she is having grand time with brothers Blue and Sly. 

Audrey at 3 months.  Isn't she cute?  She used to be called Bug then. 

Audrey just turned 2 and all grown up, almost.  Isn't she gorgeous?  The most beautiful female dog in the planet. 

Audrey likes to fetch a ball.  Got Chuckit? 

Audrey likes to fetch a frisbee.  Waiting for a "Release" command.

Audrey likes to go hiking.  She hiked to Silver Peak. 

Audrey hiked to Rampart Lakes.  She loves to swim in a lake.  Whenever she sees water, she runs and gets her paws wet.  Here in one of the ponds, she fetched a branch.

If you are looking for a special companion, don't let this magnificent being get away.  Audrey needs a leader, someone who enjoys doing dogstuff, who will provide life experience, and who will help her grow up to be a confident companion. 

If you are that special person, please click on the link AUDREY'S ADOPTION APPLICATION