Here she is a couple of months after her arrival, when she weighed in at a very large 89 pounds (Photo by Big Air Photography):
And here she is today, a reasonably svelte 57 pounds:
She spent her gotcha day at her favourite offleash park - Osborne Bay Park - 65 acres of field, forest and beach.
It was a fabulous day today, with spring in full swing - flowers and trees in bloom everywhere, sunshine bright in the blue, blue sky, and water sparkling and clear.
Our day started, as usual, with Belle sounding the alarm at 5:00 AM. I let her out for a pee then tried to go back to bed, but by 5:30 I could hear Oliver bumping around in his crate, also needing out. Oliver was full of energy, so once all the critters' needs were taken care of, he and I headed for the seawalk and the beach so he could indulge in what has become a morning ritual - his polar bear dip.
Sunlight hits the Seawalk
Oliver struts along, heading for the beach Splish Splash! In he goes!
(I can't get pictures of him actually swimming as I am too busy holding tight to his leash and trying not to be dragged in for a polar bear swim myself!)
I was puzzled by a strange shape on a post out in the water, and then realized it was a cormorant sunning his wings - he was a bit out of reach of the zoom for a good shot, but he held this pose for a full five minutes!:
A cormorant spreads his wings
In the early afternoon, while Oliver napped, I took Charley and Sadie to the park. We hit the beach at low tide and Sadie dined on a gotcha-day smorgasbord of crabslegs, oysters, clams, mussels and barnacles - grazing the beach is her favourite pasttime. She was one happy puppy!
Sadie investigates a hollow log
Charley tests the waters
Two dogs on a beach
Sadie cruisin' for shellfish
Yum, yum! Sadie's Gotcha Day feast!
Returning home, I took Belle outside for a little walk and some sunshine, and she graciously agreed to pose beside the flowers in our garden:
The Princess and the Daffodils
Her Highness and the Hyacinth
A good day for all.....and now Sir Oliver says it time for one last walk before bed.