Maple is now almost
6 months old, very happy and healthy, loves her home and family and
her “Big Sister” Daisy (a 2-year old very large hound)…and we love
Thank you! ...
it's been a long winter, and Maple (Marla) has grown! She's
doing just great!! In fact, Maple turned 1 year on April 15th!
She has grown more than anticipated (she's about 75 lbs. now and the
vet is predicting another 10-15 lbs by the time she turns 2), but that
is fine as Daisy (her "big sister") is a 95 lb. hound.
have a cabin near
Ontario (between Lanark and Calabogie, off highway 511) with 50 acres
that we visit every weekend all year round. The dogs were out
with me snowshoeing in the snow for long runs this winter - they were
particularly interested in the many deer around!
fall Maple discovered she could swim in the river on our property -
once she made that discovery it was hard to keep her out of the water.
She has become an excellent swimmer...and that leads to one anecdote
that we would like to share with you.
weeks ago we had the dogs at the cabin and Daisy went out on the river
and broke through the ice - she created a hole about 6 ft. by 3 ft.
and was hanging onto the edge downstream trying to get herself out of
the water - but, the current was pushing her behind under the ice and
she was really stuck, and very scared. She kept fighting and I
talked to her for a moment and then headed up to the cabin through
deep snow to get our 100 ft. rope to start a rescue attempt.
I was heading up to the cabin, Maple dove into he water and I thought
"oh no, now 2 to rescue!" But, Maple swam to the back of the
hole and got out! She did this a few times and each time would
nudge Daisy a bit. I lost sight of them for about 2 minutes as I
retrieved our rope, but as I headed back down to the river, both dogs
were now out! I think Maple passed along the message to swim out
the back way (against the flow) to get out. Anyway, Daisy was
frothing and very scared - it took a couple of days for her to fully
recover, but they are both fine now. Maple was amazing - she was
that's our excitement highlight for our dogs - Maple continues to be
very lovable and extremely intelligent - she is an awesome dog for us
and a great friend and companion for Daisy!
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