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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Thursday, May 01, 2008


While we had a nice time downstate, it was wonderful to get back home.

As I’ve mentioned before, Nick (the Husky) is having health problems. He WILL be 13 next month and that is pretty old for a large dog. He is what we call an “old, bones doggy” and he hurts. The aspirin doesn’t seem to help much and we had tried another medicine from the vet but the side effects finally caught up with him. He has lost weight; he has gone from 62 pounds down to about 45 pounds. Nick has never been a big eater and has always been a runner so what he DID eat, he soon burned off.

Before we left we had blood work done on Nick and it all came back as it should for a dog his age. We figured we would have X-rays taken when we got back from our trip. While we were gone, he hardly ate anything and acted very depressed. It was a rough trip for him (for all of us). Nick was very happy to see Jody (our daughter) and wagged his tail and talked to her and he got all excited to see Thatcher (one of our grand-kids) and wagged his tail and talked to him, so that gave us hope.

When we pulled in our driveway, Nick perked up and couldn’t wait to get out of the car and into the house. When he came in he made a BEELINE for the bedroom. HE WAS LOOKING FOR CHEWY! It made me cry (I still miss her fiercely but it was hard knowing he was still missing her and thought we’d left the little girl here while we were gone).

When we had She-ba put to sleep about 11 y ears ago, Nick was in mourning for a very long time and at that time, we also did the blood work because we just didn’t think he could mourn her that long. With She-ba it was about 6 months before he snapped out of it. Nick and She-ba were VERY close. Nick thought he was close to Chewy, but she did not appreciate his presence as much as he did hers.

After we put Chewy down in January, Nick didn’t act like himself and we expected that But since he didn’t act as bad as he had with She-ba and since he IS a lot older now, we figured this was all a health issue.

For about an hour or two after we got home on Monday, Nick seemed to still be looking for Chewy. He even sat on the deck for a while and softly howled. It brings tears to my eyes to even share this with you. BUT, since getting home, his appetite has picked up and he is eating MUCH better and acting a little happier. Maybe he has ‘come to terms’ with not being able to find his little sister. (After the vet put Chewy to sleep and before we put Chewy in her hooch, we did let Nick spend some time with her but who knows if a dog really understands that concept??)

On a brighter note, we have bluebirds! I haven’t seen a hummer yet, but according to the migration map, they have been spotted around Cheboygan and even Soo, Ontario so I have put one feeder out (which is partially frozen this a.m.!). I haven’t had a chance to see Ernesto Scott’s bird photo exhibit (now showing in Newberry) yet but hope to when I go to town next week. Don’t forget to do that if you are in Newberry. It is at the Old Bank store, which is right “downtown Newberry” on the west side of the street.

And I almost forgot to tell you! Dan saw moose tracks on our nature trail! Well, it is either that or one of Ike McTiver’s Angus got loose!

Catch up with you all later!

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