Wednesday, September 11, 2013

So long, summer!

For those of you that follow the television series Game of Thrones, you'll recognize the oft-quoted phrase "winter is coming". As Lily mentioned in our last post, summer left us far too soon. Granted, autumn is the season that normally precedes snow, but without any trees, it's really hard to determine visually when that season is occurring. We went from warm days and cool nights to...snow flurries. I honestly think autumn lasted about twenty minutes this year.

Seriously, summer was much shorter and cooler this year than last, which makes me wonder if we are going to have a longer, colder winter ahead. If that's the case, I'm glad we're bugging out when we are. We're just praying that the inclement weather holds off long enough for our flight to exit Baker Lake. Oh, and maybe let us land and leave Rankin Inlet, too.

By the way, if anyone reading this knows of a way to safely and humanely calm a Yorkshire Terrier, we're open to ideas. We have tried a variety of methods, with varying results. There are dog treats that purport to contain calming ingredients, and while Pepper is happy to eat them, their cumulative effect appears to have no effect, or not significant of one to make a difference.

We tried using a product called BioCalm, which was recommended by a vet. It possesses a rather unpleasant odour, and our dog wants nothing to do with it. We even bought him a Thundershirt, which is a velcro-wrapped T-shirt that tightly hugs a dog's ribcage. It is supposed to mimic a hug, which makes a dog calm down. Based on what we've experienced so far, we need a ThunderStraitjacket instead.

On a brighter note, I finally have a source for caribou meat. Lily and I have been anxious to try it, and I look forward to crossing it off my bucket list. That just leaves muktuk (whale blubber), but I need a little more courage to make that happen.



  1. When (if?) you get around to trying muktuk, try dipping it in a little soya sauce. Very yummy.

    Sorry about Pepper's travel issues. Have you heard of any other alternatives?

  2. I have heard that muktuk in soya sauce is the best way to eat it - this makes my sushi-loving heart very happy. I really want to try it; Jeff is working his way up to wanting to try it. LOL I have to ask though - do you eat it frozen, or is it soft like sushi?

    Haven't heard of any alternatives to Pepper's travel anxiety...we are hoping he will be better this time because he'll be neutered and that is supposed to calm him down significantly. We're also going to walk him for a long time before he gets into the carrier so maybe he'll be tired and sleep with the combination of exercise and some treats?

    One can hope!