Neighbourhood Hawks – Inspirational

It seems like it’s been a month or more that I’ve been listening to the screeches of hawks in the backyard of my home, which by the way faces a magnificent Natural Park Area. While in my yard; a silhouette and a swoop of  a huge bird caught my eye.

I ran inside the house to get the camera, thank goodness I had a battery & disc in the camera. My dog, had no idea what the heck I was up to but knew well enough to stay clear of my urgent, grab and dash with the camera.

Two juvenile Swainson’s Hawks were perched on the swings in the playground and the parent Hawk high above them on the lamp post. The “call and response” of the three went on and on. That mother (maybe father?) was determined to get those Hawks flying.

Once they took flight the amazing wing span and movement was a sight to see. See if you can tell which is adult and which are the young?

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This Fall 2017 “take flight” have a wonderful season, and soar high.

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Adventure with friends at YYC Airport

Airport Therapy Dogs – Pre Boarding PALS Calgary

A few observations to look for in these photos;

  • did you notice that our dogs ride; the elevator, the escalator, the LINK?
  • did you notice how much our dogs and us, (the ones on the other end of the leash) are really connected, a team?
  • did you notice that once one hand is on the dog, many more follow?
  • did you notice that our dogs love it when you get down to their level, get ready for a hug?
  • did you notice how LITTLE Charlie looks next to Ava and Tina?
  • We love our dogs and can’t wait to share them with you every week.

*Guess where we are in the YYC airport.

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I’m a Winner

of : Reflecto Girl’s Lost Notebook

It’s always a lovely surprise when you win something, this prize came in the mailbox (snail mail) all the way from the UK, by Violet Plum of Violet’s veg*n e-comics.

The package was a welcomed gift, the book came with a handful of colourful postcards. Inside was an awesome journal “Bus Dpot Lost Property #2471: Reflecto Girl’s Lost notebook” and some great recipes, along with room to add my own notes and stories.

On a funny note I noticed that this issue was actually printed in Charleston, SC, USA, first addition was published in Great Britain.

*A creative adventure memo, check out this website vag design, recommended by Violet Plum.

*vegan books for children

Thank you for the gift.


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Dog Days at the YYC Airport

Pre-Boarding PALS (Pet Access League Society) at YYC Airport


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We’re back, with a new friend. Meet Wyatt, he has a few breeds bred into him:) This was his first day as an official “Airport Therapy Dog” and proved to be a natural; calm and caring therapist. Sadie and Charlie and a few others were there to show him the ropes.


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Charlie and friends continue to share the love and accept the love from friendly guests at YYC airport. Charlie made another new friend, one of the maintenance staff, he had a really cool cart that was just the right size for Charlie to parade around on. 🙂

Wyatt and Cassandra on the LINK


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Dog Day

Friday is Dog Day! Work and Play….

I know that it may seem to be a little redundant posting pictures of Calgary’s Airport Therapy Dogs every week. However, it’s crazy exciting to the people at the airport; staff, guests, us, even the dogs, sharing photos of guests dogs or guest taking pictures of our dogs is pretty special.

While we’re at the airport with our dogs, it’s like we’re one big family; staff come out of the shops and restaurants give hugs to the familiar dogs then back to work with a big smile. During our visit, we hear more than once from staff, that it’s the best part of their day when the dogs are around, or that they are so glad they came to work today.

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Hard to say what the dogs are thinking, but they do let us know when it’s time to take that vest off and for them to take a nap.

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Little Chairs for baby Dragons …. part 1

Gurple Chairs…

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My dog Charlie and I love our walks, and when Spring rolls around our “dog walks” are opportunity to find resourceful materials to create art with. During one of our walks in early May 2017, we saw these two little chairs on the outside of a fence (in the alley) with the words “FREE” attached to them.

I knew that Charlie nor I would be able to use them, but the opportunity for creativity was knocking. So the story begins.

Who would have guessed how much work goes into sanding and removing layers of yellow and orange paint, YIKES! Then, the slow process of thinking about what to do with these cute little chairs…..

Gurple ! Finally came to mind, do you remember her?

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These little chairs still have work to be done on them and will soon be a part of Gurple story time.

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Guard Dog – Needs a new home

“Guard Dog” dressed up for YOU.

She (or he) is looking for a new home. Her adoption papers will tell you;

  • weighs 30lbs, Height 19″, Width 18″, length 50″
  • very quiet, great listener
  • flexible with fashion, willing to wear nothing and is open to a new coat of paint or artistic expression
  • made from paper mache and fabric

Why “Guard Dog” would be good for you and your family.

  • ready to paint and design to your own creative appeal
  • family time away from the computer, hands on art project
  • personalize your home and rename the dog

What not to do with “Guard Dog”;

  • sit on her, she’s not a toy (she has feelings)
  • leave her outside in the rain (may become very sad)
  • pull on her tail (it may fall off)

Be Prepared;

  • you’ll have to speak on behalf of the dog, though, she doesn’t mind if you put “post-it” notes on her
  • moving her can prove to be a bit awkward
  • make sure she is comfortable on a flat surface

Starting bid $500.

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Charlie and Friends at the YYC Airport

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Amazing! the greatest guests and staff at YYC airport, fly_yyc know how to snuggle and share the affection with our Airport Therapy Dogs.

The dog’s white bandanas and red vest with “PET ME” are hard to miss when traveling in a pack of three or four. Often times, we can just imagine what the dogs are saying to one another, like “shotgun”, and one rides on the front seat of the famous YYC LINK.

What does the slang term shotgun mean?
(slang) The front passenger seat in a vehicle, next to the driver; so called because the position of the shotgun-armed guard on a horse-drawn stage-coach, wagon train, or gold transport was next to the driver on a forward-mounted bench seat. I call shotgun! (I claim the right to sit in the passenger seat.)

Sadie and Darby, Charlie’s angels, love belly rubs and attract a crowd when they lay down to submit to affectionate humans. Charlie seems to find people who are sitting minding their own business and promptly rests his body at their feet.

As we approach summer and of course the Stampede our dogs will be busy with the party atmosphere at YYC airport.


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Airport Therapy Dogs at YYC

Sometimes you have to wonder….

which one of us is more entertained; the volunteers, the children, the parents, the on lookers, the cameras, the DOGS?

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We love it when parents want their children to pet the dogs, we have so much fun watching the interaction and the progression of the kids slowly getting closer and closer to our furry friends. There’s a few shot with the dogs and a whined up rabbit,  they were not fooled by the fake rabbit, they know the “real thing” when they see it.

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When adults feel the excitement about PALS dogs, we do too. Some feel compelled to get down with the dogs and really make this therapy pet enjoy the company (and massage). The vest says it all “Pet Me”.

Who doesn’t like to hear a good dog story, other than a cat? We, volunteers really love the pet and animal stories we hear from around the world, we can’t get enough, please keep visiting us. WE LOVE IT.

What would I do without my cell phone camera! All these photos are snap shots of me clicking with one hand and holding a leash with the other.

Enjoy your weekend. Here are a few fun commercials to entertain you.



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Collage Textile art – Birds & Buttons

For the love of Birds (& dogs) paper and fabric collage with buttons and threads.

Each piece is framed, 14 inch square.

I’m inspired by the seasons, my favorite is Spring, but if you ask me in the Fall which is my favorite, I’ll say Fall.

Visit me at the art sale tomorrow, you may see one of the seasons, the collage art.

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