As I embark on this journey 500kms away from the place I have known my entire life, I am reflective, grateful, happy and very active. It has been sometime now since I stopped treating in the city, though the "transition" weeks felt like an eternity and what a nightmare! With that said, I can happily state I am in my second week of work up here, and I am loving it! The clinic space is bright, light, and HUGE - giving me more leg room for extra torture! So far it has been the perfect amount of busy. with at least one patient everyday, and some days more. The hours have been ideal, giving me ample time to trek with Hudson, cook lovely meals, prep meals, do laundry, cook, clean etc!
I know some of you would like to know about my main squeeze Hudson. I am happy to report he is doing very well, and loving it up here. Everyday we get to embark on new, fun, long walks or rather treks through the bush!! It has been a little bit of a learning curve for me regarding his walking schedule since we are in Bear country. Most of our walks happen after dawn, before dusk, and I am constantly on the lookout for bear poop. Thus far he has not seemed interested in going too far off the beaten trail, but as a precaution I always have an air horn, bear spray, and I sing like I am in the middle of a classic Disney movie. I found after a few days at work, Hudson was glued to my side at all times, whether it was under my feet while I was cooking, or sitting on top of me while I tried to watch a movie. This was not like him. We were going for amazing walks, he was eating fine, and I wasn't exactly sure what it was. He was lonely. He has missed seeing you guys! What do you do for a not so little dude who is lonely? You get him a friend!! Hudson now has a little friend to play with every day!! His name is Owen, and he is a little 8 week old Kitten. All the reading I have done, they say to keep the animals separated for a week or more to acclimatize to each other, well that didn't happen. They have been chasing one another around the house since I brought him home - but trying to get a picture of the two of them is near impossible - they never stop! I will say, try to picture the very big bulldog and a little tiny kitten from Loony Tunes, and that is what I have on my hands. Just yesterday Owen tried to make Hudson his bed!!
On another note, I have been trying to enjoy what the City of Temiskaming Shores has to offer, just last weekend I took in the 116th annual New Liskeard Fall Fair. What a treat!! So many animals!!! And this coming weekend is Oktoberfest. Haven't decided if I am going to make it there, but I am at least going to try - all proceeds go to build a splash pad on the waterfront!
It has been great sharing with you! Hopefully I will have some pictures of Hudson and Owen on the next update!!