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Living in the sticks

In dogs, house, wildlife on March 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm

It has been a little bit busy since moving to Alaska and starting a new job, hence the absence from blogging. It is also still bitterly cold some days, but the dark winters are fading into bright spring evenings which makes the cold much more bearable.

As my husband and I promised, we finally got the dogs a house with a big yard in Alaska. It’s not so far from town, but we do live on a dirt road that has been appropriately named for its notoriety for getting cars, trucks and trailers stuck in deep snow or mud. Personally, we have only experienced the snow trap (at great expense) and this spring when the snow melts we will see the full extent of the mud problem.

However, there are benefits to living off the beaten road and having several acres of wild Alaskan land. For instance, we sometimes get to see the auroras off our porch.

Aurora from home

And we occasionally get visitors to our yard.

watching the moose

Moose cow and calf

And sometimes those visitors decide to sleep in our yard overnight and stop at our place the next day for breakfast. Chloe and Connor go nuts when we see moose – and this results in much barking, whining and leaving of nose prints all over the glass windows. However, they will listen to voice commands to leave them alone when they are outside with the moose, which I can imagine is difficult for them because their first instinct is to chase it. Fortunately the moose are large enough to be intimidating up close.

connor is vigilant

Arguably there’s a price for living out in the sticks – but so far we really like it and we would love to be able to share the experience with others.

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  1. OMG, I could not image for myself or for the dogs to look outside and see a Moose in our yard! That is so freakin cool! Both Nikita and Bella would go nuts for sure! We do see herds of deer though in our neighborhood which we call “Big Doggies”, so when we say those two words – – they run to the window! We are so glad to hear that you are all doing well in your new home and glad to see a blog post! We wondered how you were doing! Hugs from us over here in Cleveland, OH!

    Also, I was hoping you could help us out and pass the word that we helping the APL collect donations for their annual fundraiser called Pledge For Pets. This is our third year participating in this event as it is a great cause. If you or anyone you know would like to make a donation (in any amount), here is the link: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/nikitaland/2013-doggy-dollars-kitty-kash Also, check out our blog when you get the chance too: http://www.nikitaland.wordpress.com We love when we find new friends! Hugs to you!

    • Great! I’ll pass along the information and see what we can do to help with your pledge drive this year! Keep up the good work!

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