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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!

Friday, June 05, 2009


THIS is the kind of house guest one should have.

I would like you to meet Maggie. She is an Australian Shepherd and a sweet heart. (Don't you love those eyes???).

Her Mom and Dad took off for a vacation on the Outer Banks of N. Carolina yesterday (driving down). They will be staying pretty close to where Dan and I will be working/staying next fall and winter. So, we have Maggie till about the 14th.

I know she looks sad in those photos, but she seems to be adjusting pretty well...and for us, while we are not ready to get another dog yet, it is fun having her around. She is eating, drinking, playing...doing all those things.

We weren't sure what bed time would bring, but she thought she would sleep WITH us. I go to bed before Dan so she jumped up in bed with me. There really isn't room for the three of us, so before Dan came to bed, I asked her to get down which she did with no complaint. Kathy, Maggie's Mom, figured Maggie would find a "hooch" (a place where she could pretend she was in a den...like the photo above) for bed time. I put a pillow down on the floor on my side of the bed, and that is where she slept. (As far as the den photo....I can't let her under there due to my computer stuff)

Maggie started getting a bit restless about 4:30 a.m. Her Mom usually is up around 4 a.m. because she has to be to work around 6 a.m. She settled back down so I went back to sleep till I heard her again about 5:30 a.m. I got up, let her out, she did her thing and came in. Since she is use to eating early I went to the kitchen and put her food in her dish and made my coffee. She wasn't interested in food but acted like she wanted me to follow her.

We went back to the bedroom and she kept looking at the bed and then looking at me. I pulled the covers back over my side of the bed and she got right up there; curled up next to Dan...but first she had to wash his forehead for him. And there they are....I think she will be fine for the next several days!
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  1. What a fun way to have a dog for a while and she sounds so good. Being an Australian Shepherd, she could probably keep your campground free of pests too-like Canada geese.

  2. She is beautiful and Australian Shepherds are suppose to be extremely intelligent dogs!

  3. SBW, she is VERY well behaved which otherwise we probably wouldn't have volunteered. I can't help but feel sorry for her though. As busy as we are trying to keep her, she still misses her parents.

  4. Shellmo, she certainly is a pretty girl. It is funny to see her little stub wag. You can hardly SEE it wag! Kathy and John keep her clipped close so I don't have to contend with a bunch of shedding...Nick would start blowing his coat in April and would still be blowing it come time to grow it out again! (Nick was a husky)

  5. Awww, what a sweetheart. She will be great company for you. Sleeping in bed with you? Wow! That dog has you totally schooled. LOL! Have fun with her and I can't wait to hear more about her visit with you.

  6. What a cutie pawtutie! Her eyes are mesmerizing!
    I would love to babysit her too!

  7. DVMs wife and Retired One...she is such a polite dog. She basically asks "is it OK?" before she does anything.


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