Thank you to our blog hop hosts: 2 Brown Dawgs Blog and Ruckus the Eskie. This hop is “a little of this, a little of that, and everything in between.”
Kuruk: The Little Bear That Could
Just before leaving on vacation, I entered a drawing for the book seen here on the blog of the K9 Harper Lee. “Reflections of a Golden Retriever named Harper Lee”. If you don’t already know Miss Harper Lee you should go visit her. She is a beautiful girl living the good life down South and I know you will enjoy reading about her escapades.
While on vacation I got an email from her telling me I had won the book! It arrived at my house the day we got home, with a sweet note from Miss Lee and her Mom. This wonderful book was written by Ku, from the blog Haiku by Ku “A Poetic Pup’s Poems”. The book tells the story of Ku’s life, from a puppy mill in Alaska to a rescue in Washington state, then from a foster home to a forever home. Even though it starts out sad, the book is heartwarming and inspirational. Interspersed in the story are some of Ku’s haiku. My favorite is this one:
My Own Home
She took me away
To a place called my own home
Home sweet home indeed
You can visit Ku’s blog to find out how you can get your own copy of this wonderful short story. Ku wrote the book to raise awareness about puppy mills and animal abuse. A portion of the proceeds go to animal rescue!
Short Vacation Story and Photos
I don’t want to bore you with a lot of details about the trip my hubby and I took for our anniversary, since it’s not pet related. However, we did take one hike that was interesting, and I thought you might enjoy hearing a bit about it and seeing some of the photos.
Those of you from New England, or familiar with it, probably know of the Connecticut River which runs from close to the Canadian border in Northern New Hampshire, down between the states of Vermont and NH, through Massachusetts and Connecticut, and then into the Atlantic Ocean. This river is 410 miles long, at it’s deepest point it is 130 feet deep and at it’s widest is 2100 feet wide.
What you may not know is that the river begins at 4th Connecticut Lake in Pittsburgh, NH, close to the Canadian border. “Lake” is somewhat of a misnomer as this lake is really nothing more than a pond of around 2 acres. This was our third visit to Pittsburgh, and we had already enjoyed the other 3 lakes that the river runs through (they are really lakes). You can only reach the 4th lake by a hiking trail, and I’ve wanted to hike that every time we’ve gone up, and this time we finally got to (in spite of a cloudy, misty morning).
The trail begins at the US border patrol station, and runs right along the US/Canadian border. The land surrounding the lake is owned by The Nature Conservancy, and the trail to the lake is .7 miles, and then you can hike around the lake which is .5 miles. The trail is steep and rocky in places, and muddy on this occasion, so even though short it was challenging. The lake is actually at 2670 feet above sea level. On the eastern end of the lake you can literally walk over the Connecticut River at it’s very beginnings, where it is mere feet wide! I think we stepped on 3 rocks to get across. I thought it was impressive to walk over this stream and know that it ultimately turns into the majestic river which I have lived near my whole life.
We didn’t see any wildlife on our hike, but saw evidence of the beavers that live here:
Miss Harper Lee says
I am so happy that you enjoyed Ku’s book, and I love the picture of Sheba enjoying it! The photos from your trip are gorgeous, especially the last two. What a fabulous spot!
Thank you, Miss Lee. I’m so glad you had the giveaway for the book, or I might never have ended up reading it, and I would have missed a very special story.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos also!
It looks like you guys are really enjoying your new book!
Your pal Snoopy 🙂
It was such a sweet little story!
Have a good week, buddy! 🙂
Jessica @ Life with Duke says
That hike looks amazing! We’re in the New England area, I’ll have to remember that one!
It’s definitely something unique, which is part of the charm of it I think!
Dogs N Pawz says
Those pictures are beautiful! What a great place to take a hike!
Thank you! There didn’t even used to be a trail there…years ago you couldn’t even access that lake. So it’s pretty great they put the trail in.
SUGAR: Golden Woofs says
Golden LOVE your Haiku. What a PAWsome hike. Lovely beautiful hike. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
Thank you, Sugar, we really did enjoy the hike. I just wish the dogs could have been there too, although there were some steep rocky areas that might have been difficult for even them!
Pam | Words With Wieners says
Congrats on winning Ku’s book! It sounds very sweet!
Amazing photos from your hike! So glad you got to get away and make some memories and that your sweeties were just fine while you were gone!
Forgot to say before that I love your new header! So very cute! Gotta be GloGirly, right? Love how she kept a touch of your patriotic theme from before.
Thank you! Yes, the header is from Glogirly….I’m so pleased with what she came up with!
We don’t like to leave the dogs too often, but they are in good hands, so we could relax and have a nice time!
SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy) says
Beautiful hike. I’m from the NE (upstate NY) and miss that foliage and greenery, so thanks for sharing!
Glad to give you a little fix of the beautiful fall foliage here! It would have been a bit more spectacular if the sun had been shining. 🙂
Such a gorgeous place to hike, and yeah, it’s pretty neat to be able to visit the start of the river! 🙂
It was a very pretty hike, though we wish we’d had sunshine for it! Some of the mountains were in the clouds, but that can be very pretty in it’s own way also!
2 brown dawgs says
Thanks so much for participating in TNT! What a beautiful place. I love the part about the little stream that becomes the river further south. I would love to go to a place like this. Thanks for sharing your pictures!
I always enjoy joining in on this hop! I am so glad that you liked the photos and the story behind them.
Oh Sheba, I’m so glad you enjoyed my book so much! Wooohoooowoooooo! And thank you for mentioning it in your bloggy post! Extra special woooowoooooooooos toooyoowoooowoooooo! xx, Ku
I was happy to write about it, Ku, your story is so great!! I especially love the happy ending!! 🙂
Roxy the traveling dog says
Wow, that’s so pretty. I love seeing where rivers begin their long lives.
It is pretty cool. You’ve probably seen some things like that in all your travels!
Ruckus the Eskie says
Thanks for linking up with TNT! Home sweet home indeed. Looks like you are enjoying that book!
Glad to join in! Yes, it really was a great little book!
Great photos and you found a benchmark! Geocachers log benchmarks too 🙂 Gizmo & I enjoyed reading Ku’s book and we do recommend it
Thank you! I couldn’t think of what that thing was called! That was cool….we do need to try the geocaching, because that was fun seeing that. (there was actually at least two on the trail).
I’m glad you have read and enjoyed Ku’s book too….it is such a great story!
mollie and alfie says
Oh what a fun time you have been having, you’ve changed your header, or have I had too much of Alfie’z nip Bawahwhhahwaaa We want so many of our blogging buddies books, they all look fab. We won Emma’s and that’s terrific 🙂 xxooxxx
Mollie and Alfie
No, you haven’t had too much nip (that I know of…hee hee), we did get a new header! We have been having fun! Congrats on winning Emma’s book…I have to get hers soon, and I’ll be reviewing two others this month!
That is neat with the sign in French and then the border marker! Looks like a fun hike!
It was pretty cool. When we crossed behind the border patrol station, we wondered if we were on camera. The guard in the booth waved to us! 🙂