Early Fall News

Our new puppy, McNally.

I’ve had a busy late summer / early fall!

In addition to preparing for and leading my lakeside retreat, tending to and harvesting the garden, and starting my training for the Frosty Moss, (an 80-mile running relay on one of our local trails) Justin and I got a new puppy at the end of August. He’s a little black cutie patootie mixed breed. (Well, he started out little anyway. Now he’s nearly 40 lbs and only 4 months old!) His mom is part Irish setter, Husky, Malamute, and German and Australian Shepherd, and his dad is a fence jumping yellow lab. We named him McNally after the family homestead name, and call him Mick, or Micky.

Because we lead such adventure filled lives, our goal has been to introduce him to tons of experiences so that he learns to take everything in stride. He and Blue have become fast friends (although Blue prefers to have quieter less-active mornings, like me.)

For those that don’t know, our big beloved old dog Hank passed away on Father’s Day, and left a big hole in our hearts. In late August, Justin decided he was ready for a new puppy. Almost immediately after we clarified our intentions we found Mick and fell in love.

Blue & Micky immediately became best buds.

 

Micky snuggling up to my sweatshirt after his first swim in the Elwha River

 

Blue showing Micky how to swim in the Elwha

 

A few weeks after we brought him home

 

It’s starting to look like Fall!

 

Blue and Micky at the head of the Lyre River with Lake Crescent and Mount Storm King behind them

 

His first row boat ride –he bailed out over the side and had a moment of panic. We think he didn’t expect it to be water over his head.

 

October … not quite 4 months old and already almost as tall as Blue

 

Micky in the Fall leaves

 

Playing in the leaves down near the Elwha River

 

In a canoe on Lake Ozette. He only bailed over the side twice.
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