THE NEW ADVENTURES OF PETE & RUBY
2012 Photo Blog
Ruby, in winter, a portrait
Ruby on a hoar-frost encrusted day . . . . 23 below zero Celcius in this picture
Pete, in winter, a portrait
Ruby leads the charge on a cold, cold, cold day
Ruby exploring the prairie
Ruby and Pete enjoying winter
Staying warm on a cold day
Pete, leading with his nose as usual. . . .
Ruby, in pose . . . .
Ruby, happy in the fresh snow . . .
Pete listens for mice . . .
Hoar Frost Morning
Hoar Frost Morning
Pete runs at sunrise after the big snowfall
Ruby at sunrise
Pete runs towards the sun
Ruby on the move . . . .
Ruby at the lake
Ruby and Pete explore their home at daybreak
Pete tries to scoop up some late season berries from the Ornamental Crabapple tree before the birds hog them all.
Pete in the mountains
Ruby on the trail after a snowfall. We inadvertently followed a bear out of this place. We had walked in, breaking our own trail through pristine snow, then came back the same way and Rick only noticed at a fork in the pathway the bear tracks leading in one direction while we had to go in another. Pete & Ruby, of course, had known all along through their noses that they were trailing something recent.
Fortunately, everyone missed each other but probably by minutes and not more than half an hour.
Were Ruby and Pete listening to the bear? It was right about here on the way back that they began to strain at their leashes on a fresh scent.
Ruby on the trail
Ruby reaches the top . . . .
Pete going home . . .
Ruby leads the chase at home, with fresh snow
Ruby looks for mice
Pete & Ruby on a hike
Pete explores the forbidding forest
End of September
Pete at home
Ruby explores the prairie
Up high, Ruby's most excellent view
Crossing a steep, scree slope on the way to Ruby's most excellent view . . . . yes, there is a trail there and it's a short crossing but a little hair-raising for the human. The four paw drive dogs had no problem.
Pete was there too . . . .
Ruby, on the way home, with another excellent view
Pete on the way home . . . .
The day before, Pete & Ruby . . . . . taking a windswept break on the way to Picklejar
Pete enjoys the view
Over the top . . . . and down to the lake
Pete runs with a precious stick . . .
Ruby, on the way home, down, down, down into the valley and beyond
At home, the crabapples are ripening . . .
Ruby runs along the lakeshore . . . .
Pete has a treasure . . . . the spine of an elk that had died here a few years ago
Pete exploring . . .
Walking in late summer with Pete
Ruby enjoys the view . . . . . and yes, she really does enjoy the view
Ruby and Pete in fading summer . . .
Pete in the fading days of summer, investigating an old, grass-covered Adirondack in the yard.
"Leggo my leg!!!" yells Ruby as Pete takes a chomp at sunset. A few hours later, in the dark of the night, they would engage in an epic nocturnal battle with a skunk in the yard. Unfortunately, Ruby got splatted by the skunk, which led to treatment from the miracle product, Skunk-Off of which we have plenty. We could see that coming a mile away, a fact of life of living in the country. Skunk was no where to be seen by morning.
Pete & Ruby, exploring Elbow Lake under fresh snow
Ruby looks for a drink in Elbow Pass . . . . only plus 5 Celcius on the start of our hike and ice on puddles in the shadows . . .
Ruby & Pete in Elbow Pass
Ruby enjoys the view . . . .
Pete takes a drink
This will soon be under tons of snow . . .
Ruby . . . . the aftermath of mining for Muskrat . . . . sticking her nose into a Muskrat den and digging furiously
Dedicated to her work . . . . . and a little annoyed that the human stopped her
Ruby explores the prairie . . . .
Ruby & Pete, climbing to the snow in the Highwood Pass on a hot, hot, day
Snow fed lake welcomes Pete & Ruby
Pete loves wading a cool stream . . . .
Cool snow on a hot day feels good on the feet . . . .
Pete on the way home
Ruby on the trail. Grizzly activity had closed the trails on the other side of the valley
Lakeshore walking with Pete
Pete takes a break in the shade on a hike in the West Bragg Creek area
Ruby and Pete ford a backcountry stream . . . .
Sunrise . . . .
Pete at sunrise . . . .
Pete heads up a hot and humid Sentinel Trail in Kananaskis Country
Pete takes a break on Sentinel
Ruby and the tall grass of mid-summer
Hanging out with Ruby and Pete in early July, up in the Highwood Pass
A bit of a struggle with the snow to get there . . . .
. . . . but worth the journey
Ruby with a last look
Two-footed Polly, the handicapped cat, waits patiently beside a mouse hole . . . . she caught four in an hour . . . . and Pete knows it.
Ruby prowls at sunset . . . .
Ruby at home
Pete at home
Swamp trekking on a dark, wet day at Brown Lowery . . . .
Pete in the late Spring
Pete at Blue Rock on the Sheep River
Pete and Ruby, running up on Powderface Ridge
Ruby and Pete explore the Sheep River
Have a wet day!!!
Greening grass and
budding trees speak to a new summer on the way for Ruby and Pete
Another day . . . . . sign of a coming summer . . . . . fun at the lake again for Pete & Ruby
Rebuilding the dam at the north end of Chain Lakes means the water is well below its normal level for this time of year.
Ruby learned to swim
here last summer and is putting her new skills to use
Pete on the move amid greening grass and budding crocuses
In the early morning, at sunrise, Ruby holds her paw out of the fresh but cold snow
Ruby on an adventure, up high . . . .
Pete was there too . . . .
Pete explores the wind-blasted landscape . . . .
. . . . as does Ruby . . . .
Pete on the run . . . .
For Ruby (above) and Pete, it was all fun and games for a while . . . . until Pete went through a snow lip, putting himself on the wrong side of one of the few avalanche chutes on this usually benign and safe ridge.
Our fun walk had suddenly turned serious.
He was unable to crawl out of his trap, 10-15 feet down a vertical wall of snow and a roughly 300 foot rolling tumble if the slope had given way.
After failing to coax Pete to a safe place to ascend further upslope and with no other options remaining, Ruby and Rick made the one-way toboggan ride down to Pete. Once together, it was a matter of traversing the roughly 100 feet across the slope to get out of the danger zone of the avalanche chute. Then we had a painstaking climb out. Rick's fault. He has to watch for things like that better. Blame Rick!!!
An exhausted and snow-blasted Pete after his rescue
We saw three moose crossing the highway together on the way home . . . . this is one.
Top O' the World - Pete and Ruby
Pete at all the right angles
Ruby and Pete, running in the high country . . .
Ruby enjoys some fresh snow in early Spring
Pete settles in with a pine snack as Ruby takes a break
Ruby in the Foothills of the Rockies, west of Longview
The climb higher, Ruby upslope, Pete closest
fun on a warm day
Ruby follows a trail
Windy morning for Ruby on a mountain slope . . .
Pete is on a mission . . . .
. . . . with Ruby close
behind . . . .
Ruby and Pete
Ruby and Pete enjoy some subzero adventuring in mid-winter . . .
. . . . with Ruby waiting in the weeds in ambush mode . . . .
. . . . and Pete dashing to and fro trying to lure her out.
Winter sunrise, about 25 below zero Celcius and elk lingering in the foreground . . . .