Spring greens and a not too shaggy dog tale

I knew I shouldn’t have been too excited about spring appearing last week – since then, we’ve had a couple of cold and dry days, and now we’re in the middle of a rainy stretch, one where we’ll far exceed the expected monthly rainfall long before April reaches the midpoint. Oh well, it’ll keep everything green!

Taken at the start of the week

The other day Scout and I hit the nearby beach at low tide and we enjoyed the greenery revealed, some welcome brightness on a generally overcast/rainy morning. The chill seemed to have deterred other walkers and we had the place to ourselves, aside from the crows and eagles. And everything else I didn’t spot.

Low tide

Crows! Now, aren’t they clever birds? Scout was desperate for a spa day on one of the cold yet sunny mornings, and with a little time on my (poorly manicured) hands, I was happy to oblige. To get going, I warmed up by trimming my beard, and then… nope, that was it for me. Scout’s turn. Soft brush, then hard brush to remove the shedding hair and undercoat of shedding hair. Although Scout is a shedding dog, we’re fortunate she only sheds once a year, and that her shedding season only lasts twelve months. She sheds at least five times her own body weight in hair each year.

Spring greens

What has this to do with crows or spring greens? Getting there, but don’t feel you have to stick around for this one – an un-shaggy dog tale…

Is this one about me? I’ll stick around…

A couple of crows were watching from the spring green branches hanging over our yard. Given the tremendous excitement a PlaidCamper spa day can generate, who could blame them for wanting to get closer? They hopped across to the little fence screening our yard, clearly excited. Scout has long ago learned to ignore the tricky ways of crows and their cousins, having too often been made to look foolish when she makes a friendly approach, only for the crow to hop back just out of leash range. And anyway, she was totally blissed out from the pampering to care about the crows.

Fresh

We wound up the activities, avoiding the need to take before and after selfies for the Insta. I know, and so sorry to disappoint, but trust me, there wasn’t really a discernible difference. As we opened the back door, a crow cawed behind me and flew down from the fence to pick up a clump of dog hair. Away it flew into the forest. Scout shepherded me indoors, and when I turned back, down came the crow again for another clump. I didn’t clear up the rest of the hair – laziness, or curiosity about the crows? You decide…

By the following morning, all dog hair was gone. I like to think there is a happy crow couple out there enjoying their newly insulated space, yet looking at each other wondering if perhaps it smells slightly doggy and do you need a bath dear?

Spa day? Me? Please, for the love of dog, spare me!

Scout continues to look good, professionally groomed or not, and she continues with shedding season, so please don’t look too closely at our rugs. I’m thinking about getting in touch with the crows, see if they’d like to come inside, help themselves to all the dog hair they can carry?

Beachy

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

6 thoughts on “Spring greens and a not too shaggy dog tale”

  1. Those spring greens, moss & cedar boughs, etc., look lovely & to think that Scout’s shedding for the crows is part of the recycling process is delightful, too. Way to go, guys, and enjoy those green transitions!

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  2. Loved the un-shaggy dog tale and photos!! Still laughing at Scout’s spa day photo, “selfies for the Insta” and your definition of shedding season! I bet the happy crow couple with the luxury nest are thrilled to have you as neighbors. You guys must be enjoying watching your new backyard visitors and all the new changes the seasons bring. I hope for Scout’s sake more birds don’t show up looking for nesting material. I’m shocked to say we have a perfect week of weather for biking or kayaking. Hopefully extra chocolate today helped you forget the rain and Everton results. Enjoy the week!!😎

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    1. Thank you! It’s getting greener by the minute here, with some other colours beginning to show, and we’ve even had a break from the rain. Not too bad!
      Everton? Nope, you’ve lost me…
      Delighted to hear you’re likely to get great biking/paddling weather – enjoy!

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