Friday Furiends – Meet Oliver

Each time we go cruising I get to meet some new furiends. Mostly dogs but on the odd occasion I hear about other cats lurking below the decks of their boat who rarely make it out on deck so we can get introduced. Today I’d like to introduce Oliver.

Oliver is a 10 month old Yorkshire Terrier. He is very vocal and protective of his boat so even when you look at him he starts yapping away incessantly. His redeeming quality is that he is so darn cute. Oliver’s humans have setup a pee pad on their back deck for him. To me that makes more sense than trying to find somewhere on shore several times a day, that isn’t covered in razor sharp oyster shells, and/or in the pouring rain. Instead the grass-like mat is simply rinsed off in the ocean and ready to use again. Easy peesy.

Oliver likes to chew things. He has a chicken chew toy named Henrietta but he’d rather chew on things that he shouldn’t like the ropes of the fenders or the lines to tie the boat to a dock, or the strap on the fire extinguisher or any of loose piece wood he can find inside the boat. Once he has managed to get a forbidden prize of some sort, off he runs around the deck of his 50 foot Grand Banks boat, with his human mom chasing after him. He is such a little dickens. My human mom chases me around the deck sometimes too but just for fun and a bit of exercise.

We are leaving Squirrel Cove and heading East over to Teakerne Arm this morning. My humans say that’s the best place for prawns… so hurry up and let’s get going!

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Throwback Thursday – Squirreled away in Squirrel Cove

In Squirrel Cove, Cortes IslandLast year I was either too busy eating prawns and sleeping, or out of internet range to post about our adventures and if I don’t post about it soon, then the moment is lost. The humans say I have the attention span of a squirrel!  Well, I have something to say about that….

It was this time last year that we were in Squirrel Cove and we are again today. I don’t know why it’s called Squirrel Cove, but it is. This photo is from 2017 when there were a lot of fires burning in BC and the skies were full of smoke.

So far we’ve been to Pender Harbour and stayed at the dock for the long weekend, then to Prideaux Haven in Desolation Sound with 6 other boats for a couple of days. The weather was purrfect for the humans to swim and float around in water they say is the warmest north of Mexico.

My human dad has been trying his hardest to catch me a lot of prawns but so far this time he hasn’t been as successful as usual. Oh well, it might be for the best. I had a vet checkup a couple of weeks ago and I’m on a bit of a restricted diet and we don’t know yet if prawns are ok or not. More on that in another post.

Yesterday the weather was almost too hot but then became a tad unsettled at night and it rained. It’s sunny today but windy and supposed to rain again tomorrow. Then get nice again. Tomorrow we will break away from the group and go to Campbell River to meet some other humans. I’m just along for the ride, and the prawns.

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Magic Monday – Mobile Photography Editing & Processing

The magic of instant effect generators takes a ho-hum or flawed photo and transforms it into something unexpected and unusual. What I like about these types of apps is that at each tap of your pad (or human finger), effects, overlays and borders randomly apply themselves. Instantly. Right on your phone. Meowee, over 2 million possible combinations can make it a real challenge to like just one. So for Sally’s Mobile Photography Challenge this week, we used the same photo with two different outcomes. There are several apps that do this but the one we’ve been using is called Pixlr-o-matic, and is free to download to your iPhone, and probably Android too but we don’t use them to know fur shore. Hipstamatic is another as is Snapseed.

iphoneartoriginalI must have tapped about a hundred times until I decided on the looks I liked best for this photo. You can also makes minor tweaks to change any element of the combo. This ho-hum photo is of meow sitting on the stern rail where the prawn puller gets attached. I was trying to give the humans a hint. Turns out i didn’t have to try too hard; they managed to haul up almost 500 of them overall this cruise. Behind me is doggy-doo island in Squirrel Cove on Cortes Island that the humans took me to play on. As my nickname for it implied you had to be careful where you stepped and that didn’t impress meow much, and I just wanted to go back to Minstrel. The camera focused more on the island than meow so I’m a little blurry. A little insta-magic editing made the save.

In the first photo, the effect is called “Greg“. All the effects have people’s names and they are supposed to set the mood of the photo. The overlay is called “Rain“. It was actually was raining that day. Thirdly the frame is called “Sloppy“. The result? Kind of a pop artish look don’t you think?

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For the next photo, a few more taps and we have the “Lucas” effect, “Morning” overlay, and “Sand” frame. Seems to give it a bit of a washed out retro feel.

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So many looks, so little time. What phone photo editing apps are you using?

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Strange Looking Red Snapper

IMG_3061As predicted, the weather was a bit overcast and drizzly. Human dad got his fill of fishing, human mom got to take me to the island, and since there are no geocaches in this anchorage we were done here and headed back to Prideaux Haven to see what the fleet has been up to.

Mom had some issues trying to get her photos off the iPhone onto her laptop because all of a sudden the laptop wouldn’t list her iPhone as a device. She had been using iTunes to copy her music and thinks she set something that required all transfers including photos to use it, but since she couldn’t seem to get iTunes to copy her photos to her laptop, she ended up removing it from her laptop and then her phone was accessible again using the USB cable. I’m glad she figured it out because I was feeling a little lazy this morning.

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Red Snapper (Creepy)

IMG_3076Back at the raft-up in Prideaux Haven that afternoon, one of the other humans had caught a Red Snapper. Boy is it ever strange looking and what the heck is that sticking out of his mouth…it’s tongue? No apparently that’s it’s stomach which happens when they rise to the surface of the water too fast from deep water, and the gases that are in the fishes blood, tissues or in their swim bladder expand faster than they can naturally be released and therefore forces the internal organs out of their bodies. Creepy. I shore hope it tastes better than it looks but I may never know because it’s not our fish even though human dad gets to fillet it. I’m not big on eating raw fish as much anymore and prefer it cooked, but I still enjoy watching him play with the fish.

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Good Sport in Squirrel Cove

IMG_3006IMG_3010They say the early bird catches the worm, well the early fisherman catches the fish, and my human dad caught three today! Pink salmon that is and I couldn’t be more tickled. Coming over to Squirrel Cove shore paid off. After he cleaned and  cut them into freezer size portions for us to enjoy later this year, he saved a big piece for tonight’s dinner. I told him not to put his fishing gear away because I wasn’t sure we had enough and he’d need to go fishing again, and he quite agreed with me.

IMG_2987Our next adventure was the little island that human mom wanted to take me back to that I had been on 2 years ago as a kitten. A small, no tree mound of rock and moss that every boater with a dog takes their dog too. It didn’t really bother me as a kitten, so why would the humans think it would bother me now. We got into Jester and left Minstrel, which was a little unnerving to say the least, and then circled the island to find the best spot to disembark. As soon as the bow touched, they lifted me up and over onto the island. Before I could determine if  I really wanted to be there or not, human mom sent dad back to Minstrel to get her special boat shoes which she forgot to bring, so there was no getting off the island any time soon.

IMG_3025I IMG_3023set about to explore, and climbed to the top of the island. I could see Minstrel anchored a short distance away. I think it would be safe to say that not many other, if any, kitties have been on this island before. Therefore, if you recall my prior post that involved a fire hydrant, it seemed just and sporting that I left my mark, on doggy-doo island as I’m now calling it, before I left it.

Tomorrow we are heading back to Prideaux Haven to join up with the squadron for the weekend. Unfortunately the clouds are pressing in again and the forecast is not looking good…more rain is a coming.

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Looking for Sunshine in Squirrel Cove

IMG_2965This morning we woke up to gray skies and pouring rain. What a contrast from the sun baked days we’ve had for the past couple of months. Some rain is welcome but not when you’re on a boating holiday and your boat has a lot of outdoor deck space. I don’t normally go out much when I’m at the house so I don’t quite understand that rain is wet and something I’m not supposed to like. It doesn’t stop me from going out, but my fur shore gets frizzy and is much more maintenance than usual.

Human dad prepared the boat for departure and then went for a nap to wait for the rain to subside, and it did, but only until we started untying and bringing up the anchor of course, and then the flood gates let loose. Everyone got soaked in a matter of minutes. Soon though we were underway and heading out of the cove towards brighter and drier skies ahead.

IMG_2969IMG_2971We stopped in at Refuge Cove to get a few supplies and fuel. The sun was starting to peak through and the fuel dock looked like a great place to stretch my legs. A couple of time I jumped off board without too much fear when I thought they weren’t looking, but that only got me closed up in the cabin, especially when they went to the store. We weren’t here long and soon headed off to Squirrel Cove. By now the skies had cleared and it was a beautiful evening.

Tomorrow I get to go on a dinghy ride to the little islet we anchored near. I was on it 2 years ago as a kitten but we didn’t get to spend much time on it so human mom was hoping to bring me back one day, and here we are!

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Double Takes

Photography 101 Day 19 Today, you and your camera are seeing double. Double can be interpreted in many ways. Your twin sisters. Your neighbor’s two poodles. Your vision during a dizzy spell. Your doppelgänger.


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Two of My Boat Furiends: Shylo and Shyan (Mother & Daughter Border Collies)

It’s not too often we see Shylo and Shyan sitting still. Being border collies, they are usually quite active and the docks are usually quite crowded with humans and other furiends. This moment in time, mom caught them on camera and they became part of our squadron’s 2014 Pets & Wildlife calender.

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Two Inukshuks, Roscoe Bay, Cortes Island, BC

When the humans first visited Desolation Sound back in 2005, a couple of years before they joined PMPSS, they ventured into Roscoe Bay on Cortes Island for a couple of nights. On the way out, mom glanced to shore and saw these two Inukshuks perched on a large boulder… in the middle of nowhere it seemed! Rushing to find and then position her camera, she managed to use the zoom feature to take a quick snap before they had rounded the corner out of the bay.

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Two Baha Lights On Our Dinghy “Jester”

The humans really like the Baha style lights on the roll bar of the dinghy they call Jester. None of the other squadron members have them, and it makes Jester look really sporty. One early evening the humans went gunkholing in Squirrel Cove (also on Cortes Island) and entered a mysterious looking lagoon. The entrance to that was really quite shallow and they even scraped bottom a little going through. Now this was what the silly humans found out later were called “reversing rapids” where the water always rushes into the lagoon on the high tide, so trying to leave the lagoon against the rapids at that time proves very difficult, which it was, and as the evening darkened into night, the humans were really glad to have those lights!

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Two of Me-ow

Just a meowror mirror image of myself…there’s a play on word poem in there somewhere!

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