Thursday, September 11, 2008

Saba, Swimming and Slate

Maeby got to visit another canine cousin over labor day weekend. We went up to the Finger Lakes where my brother and sister-in-law live. Her cousin Saba is 11 years old and has just one good leg - she has two torn ACL's and an injured front leg from jumping out a second story window to get away from the noise of fireworks over the Fourth of July -- as such, she didn't seem to enjoy having a young whipper-snapper running around her territory and chasing her tennis balls, but there wasn't much she could do. They did have words though when Maeby landed on Saba as she was trying to catch a ball, there was much growling and snapping, but no blood was drawn and we got them separated. Most of the time they were cordial to each other. 

A little info about Saba. 
Saba is a rescue dog, we're not sure exactly what her heritage is, but she looks kind of like a tall Corgy. She is named after the Dutch Caribbean Island and is a allergic to most dairy and meats, so she eats vegetarian dog food. She is a really smart dog who used to take care of  a cockatiel (that's a bird, not a bluish green cocker spaniel), until she passed away -- her duties included waking the bird, Dulce, up in the morning by removing the blanket on the cage and watching her intently when she was out of the cage. 

Maeby also has a feline cousin who lives with Saba, Chico, but he stayed away from Maeby, they met once, but only long enough to sniff each other, then Chico took off into the garage.

Some Pictures of Maeby and Saba being cordial with one another:

Maeby decided to give Saba's vegetarian lifestyle a try and had her first taste of corn on the cob.
Maeby taunted Saba for a little while by running circles around her. Saba just growled and tried to snap at her, but was always a bit too slow.

Maeby also got to go down to the lake for some kayaking and swimming

Here she is checking out the water

Most of the time she just seemed a bit wary of our kayaking skills. She always thought the other kayak would be safer. 

Action Shot!!!
Then on another day we took a hike up a nearby gorge. It was a beautiful hike and the slate stream bed was amazing. Then we walked back along fields of corn, alfalfa and soy. 
Maeby trying to get dry - it was a losing battle
Maeby looking out contemplatively (is that word) over the fields of green
In this one I think Maeby looks like a frog. Her legs are too short to be able to run through the alfalfa, so she had to take a series of leaps to get through the field. In real life she looked more like a bounding deer, but this one is all frog - or maybe toad.


Maggie and Mitch said...

What an awesome labor day you had, Maeby! It's so beautiful at your cousin's house!
Saba must have frightented her hoomans to death jumping out the second story window! We're glad she lived to tell about it!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Cracked said...

Great blog. If maeby has any human friends looking for a dog, please send 'em my way. Woof.