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: