Category Archives: Dogs

And In The News, March 12

Bayfield Press, March 12, 1879 Kuchli of Outer Island came in with a team of three dogs, 30 miles in three hours 38 minutes, “which is rather good for this region.” Keeper Henry Kuchli provided some more detail in his … Continue reading

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And In The News, February 14

The Lake Superior fishery was under stress long before the lamprey arrived in the mid-20th century. Here is one early hint of the resource’s eventual depletion– one of the great environmental tragedies of North American history. Bayfield County Press, February … Continue reading

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Christmas Morning At The Ranger Station

Yeah, hey Nelson. Yeah, hey. Good bear. Good bear. Um, yeah, good morning, dogs. Hey guys. Good guys.  I’ll be right there. Yes, Nelson, that’s right, that’s my foot. Definitely. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Hey man – … Continue reading

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Stockings Hung In The Puppy Room With Care

December 2004 – Sawyer and Ernestine Thank you once again, Cissy. I will never be able to say it enough. And thank you even more, Rhonda.

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O Doggy Nose

Seeing that people are posting “Newfie Carols” on NewfNet, I decided to try my hand at the challenge. O Doggy Nose Based on a true story. To the tune of “O Holy Night,” scored for tenor and soprano. Tenor Oh, … Continue reading

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Nelson Update

(Photo 2007) Do you remember the eleven-year-old Newfoundland dog who survived an episode of gastric torsion one month ago this week? Yesterday afternoon in the yard he “play bowed” at seven-year-old Ernestine and when she responded in kind, the two … Continue reading

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Disaster Averted

My creaky old self is on anti-inflammatories these days, just like Abbie. Talk about side effects– now I know what she’s going through. I don’t steal food off the counter and I haven’t peed on the floor yet, but I’m … Continue reading

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Life With Mary

Mary In The Rain This Afternoon “How is Mary?” A number of people have asked for updates on Abbie’s “special-needs” daughter, Mary. I guess the best answer I can give you is, “Mary is Mary.” She’s really doing quite well, … Continue reading

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Nelson At Our Beach

Eleven years ago, on a slightly chilly late summer day, I took a brand-new Newfoundland puppy to my favorite beach for the first time. As the little guy looked at the great big lake, just a bit hesitantly, I was … Continue reading

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Standing Silent Vigil

Our Ernestine has many wonderful qualities, but one bad habit: she barks her silly head off at anyone walking by. Just one person will set her off, so this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to find her standing alert but … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, April 12

Outer Island Light Station, April 12, 1880 Monday 12‑ SW, moderate, clear. 22 to 60. Very warm. This afternoon arrived home 1 PM. Broke through at Cat Island with the dogs, one dog getting into the water.

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Keeper’s Log, February 21

Outer Island Light Station, February 21, 1879 Variable, light, fair. Ther. 14 to 27. Second Assistant returned at 5 PM; reports no fish to be caught. My dog Roddy ran away from him this morning at Cat Island, and he … Continue reading

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