Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wise Old Mollie

This is a photo of Mollie on her 16th Thanksgiving.  It is her second with me.  Before that she spent 5 years with my mom, and before that, over a month at the shelter after being abandoned by her family at 9 years old.  She was going crazy at the shelter, though she'd been taken out for walks.  When she realized she was getting in my car to leave, she looked at me as a personal savior.  Whenever I visited her at my mom's, she was thrilled to see me.

When she moved in with me after my mom went to assisted living, she showed no signs of looking back.  She welcomed the chance to lived with other dogs and cats.  She was overweight, and she had a few infections....but those problems were quickly taken care of, and she is now a very healthy weight and moving much better.

She likes to feed the horses with me.  She likes to steal toys from the other dogs even if her teeth are too old to chew them.  She loves to lay looking out the front door and bark at people and dogs who pass by, and the mailman.  She loves to go for rides in the car, go camping, and lie by the fire.  She still has a very high quality of life despite her age and her arthritis (for which she has a daily med).

She is a good dog.  I am glad to give her a good final home, and I will be interested to see how much more time she has.  I hope for her sake the end is in her sleep, dreaming of the treats she still enjoys.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Night Owl in Borneo

We saw two of these brown night owls on a night drive in the Danum Valley, but I can't recall their formal name now.  I was just glad to get a photo in focus; my camera is not great at night.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It Really Is A Long and Winding Road

This is a photo of the access road to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley, Sabah.  It really is a long and winding road, but a surprisingly good one as well.  The diversity of life in the forest this road runs through is amazing.  Luckily, it's not open to the public, so it takes researchers and tourists only and is tightly controlled.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Snorkeling off Manutik

I had a day to kill at the end of my Borneo trip so some of my group and I went to a small island near Kota Kinabalu named Manutik.  It was nice - sandy beaches, a little store for snacks, and not too many people.  The snorkeling off the beach was very good.  Lots of fish, some coral.  I really enjoyed it and it was a great last day.  Although I didn't have an underwater camera for photos of the fish, I saw clownfish in huge anemones, including some pink rather than orange ones.  There were lots of colorful fish I've had to work much harder to see before.  These photos are taken from the dock, where tons of small fish were all over the place.