As the water came down the Bow it flooded many areas of the City of Calgary and there were approximately 100,000 folks evacuated from their homes in the city. Many low lying areas along the river have suffered severe flood damage and many of those evacuated had destroyed homes when they were allowed to return. The massive clean up is underway and folks are jumping in and helping when and where they can. Yesterday I was at a BBQ at my sister-in-laws where the newest common injury, rubber boot rash, was in evidence on a large percentage of the legs. This is where the tops of rubber boots rubs on the legs of the uniniated. Not a problem for those of us with farmers tans we are not wearing shorts and keep our jeans tucked into our high top boots. Saves on the laundry too. After spending a lot of my working career interacting with our First Nation communities it seemed natural to me to head out towards the Stoney Reserve west of Calgary and see what I could do to help their situation. Although the population density is much lower there than in the city the devastation was just as terrible. The surrounding communities, all impacted by the floods also, had marshalled folks and were dropping off donations of food, water and clothing. The Stoney folks have Reserves along many of the rivers coming out of Alberta's west country and I hooked up our horse trailer and started hauling food, water, clothing, and cots and blankets out to one of the more remote Reserve's. You can bet you have never met more appreciative folks than those at Eden Valley when I arrived with supplies. One elder who came to thank me said because of you folks hauling this stuff I will sleep safe from the water tonight. PAID in FULL is all I could think.
There have been many great photo's and video's on the internet so I won't try to compete with those as we decided this might be a great time to follow directions and stay home while the Emergency Service folks did their thing.
As I mentioned earlier our new dogs were caught up in the drama and excitement and spent an extra few days in the shelter in Canmore. One of the directors of the board at the shelter walked over and received permission to stay in that evacuated zone so as to care for the critters who were stranded there. Once the flood had receded the roads into Canmore were closed to non-residents for a few days so we imposed on our sister-in-law Sandy, who lives there, to load up Maya and Max and meet Brenda out on the Stoney Reserve to effect a rescue of sorts. So a week or so late they finally made it to Dogpound North.
|Having a look around their new forever home
|Claire, Matt, Bonnie, the horse, and of course their security detail Mack
Claire got her new horse saddled up and had a ride, and Madison was working Spanky on a barrel pattern in the yard here and I got out for TWO rides, one with Caron, her horse Quiz and Willow, this morning and the second with Brenda Wink, and Blue this afternoon.
|Claire and Bonnie
|Madison and Spanky
|Caron, Quiz and her dog Rex
|Brenda and Wink crossing the Moose Pasture
|Blue and I just enjoying the day
So here in Southern Alberta it has been an exciting week and we here at Dogpound North have had our share of it as well, although ours has been a nicer version than those along the rivers to the south of us.
|Max and Maya settling in at their new digs
Two years ago today my little brother Brent went to join my baby brother Kelly, in a different place and since then Dad has joined the both of them so although the weather is great, and the new dogs have made it home, and I have two granddaughters here riding their horses, it has been bittersweet. I know they are still with us, I talk to them all pretty often, and still get advice on most everything I am doing, but I still miss seeing them all.
|Damn I miss you guys