Category Archives: Pets

Choco’s First Anniversary

I remembered that our beloved Choco passed today, a year ago.

She was a wonderful cat, very intelligent and personable.  We mourned for months, and eventually adopted Sora from the SPCA, and she’s filled a void in our hearts.

But Choco was amazing, and we honor her memory, her spirit, and the love that she showered upon us for so many years.

paul choco the cat
One of my fave shots back in 2004.

Streamkeepers Install Dog Posters on Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby

Volunteer streamkeepers make dog posters that the City of Burnaby’s Parks Department gives us permission to zap-strap to trees to remind dogs to stay out of the creek during the salmon spawning season, and until salmon eggs hatch in the spring.

Byrne Creek Streamkeepers volunteers Maho and Yumi have created several whimsical posters that impart the information with humour.

We’ve been doing this so long on Byrne Creek that dog walkers start asking us in the fall when the posters will be up!

They’re also a conversation piece, and we chatted with several walkers about them today.

dog posters creeks spawning salmon

Gentle Giants, Wee Porkers

These gentle giants provide coyote protection on a farm in Langley. The owner said her predator losses went to zero after she got the dogs. Apparently they love to work, sleep much of the day, and patrol all night.

huge dogs provide predator protection

And these once nearly-extinct little KuneKune pigs love petting and attention.

kunekune pigs

Thanks to the Langley Environmental Partners Society for hosting this WaterWeeks: Farm Fresh Bus Tour!

We enjoyed it, and learned a lot. Great to visit all these small organic and heritage farms operated by passionate folks attuned with nature.