Monday, April 20, 2009

NATURE

Today was a beautiful sunny day here in Southern Maine, Winslow and I took full advantage. First we uncovered daffodils, did some raking, brought out the bird bath and added two new Blue bird boxes to the yard.
With those chores completed I decided it was time for Winslow and I to take our first walk of the season. It is a lovely trail behind our home, down a hill, around the pond, pass the stream and loop back up again. The birds were singing and there was a slight breeze. Next month this walk will be almost impossible. With May comes the arrival of Black Flies, Mosquitos and Ticks. You practically have to wear armour to keep yourself safe! Ticks have become a real problem in Maine. Winslow is a victim of Lyme's disease. A back paw limp turned into full paralysis over a short period of time. DH rushed him to the Emergency Animal Hospital as it was the Christmas Holiday and I happened to still be on the island. His kidneys had begun to shut down and it was a matter of wait and watch. Enough said, he survived, still thinks he is a big dog in a little body and is loved dearly.

IN EVERY WALK WITH NATURE ONE RECEIVES FAR MORE THAN HE SEEKS.

JOHN MUIR








5 comments:

Cedar ... said...

That last photo is so inviting. I'd like to take a folding chair along and stop there for a while just to sit and read or watch the stream... my kind of spot!

Eve said...

I know just how beautiful it is there Julie! Love the quote and love that Winslow!

A New England Life said...

Sorry to hear about Winslow's lyme. What an awful thing that lyme is. We started the tick/flea treatment a few weeks ago. My daughter already found one on her wrist a couple weeks ago. Looked like a deer tick to me!

Great time of year to get out and walk, as long as there's no mud. After all this rain I'm not sure you can avoid it. Sounds like a great week-end headed our way and we deserve it!

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh, I'm so glad Winslow survived. He is a beauty. What a scary thing - was this just this past Christmas holiday that this happened? Ticks...yuck!

dog trot farm said...

Winslow contracted Lyme's four years ago. He is now seven. I have found some Vets. say once your pet has Lymes it stays in their blood stream others disagreed. Needless to say, Winslow is first in line for the Lymes Booster, Heatworm, and any other preventitve measures. Infact we went last night. He got a clean bill of health and is good for another year!