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Hello Monday!

Shall we brighten the day with some photos of dogs?!

These are some shots I took at the Ottawa Humane Society’s Wiggle Waggle Walkathon, their largest fundraising event of the year.

It was a seriously windy day, but the dogs seemed to love every minute of it!

Congratulations to all of the wonderful people who ran, walked, and raised money for the Ottawa Humane Society!  You all rock!

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Happy Friday!

I told you I would post some photos of Rufus, the Snowshoe Hare.  I know it’s been a while, but here he is!

Note: all of these photos were taken with an iPhone 6S.

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This is Rufus as a little boy, maybe a week old. Seriously. This cuteness exists.

 

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Bright eyes and bushy tailed. Literally.

 

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A few ways in which hares and eastern cottontails (regular brown bunnies that are often seen in neighbourhoods at dusk and dawn) differ, include the way they look at birth. Hares are born fully haired (no pun intended) with their eyes open and ears standing up whereas cottontails are born with no hair, eyes closed and ears laying flat to their bodies.

 

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Foster mommy’s boy is growing up!

 

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Look at those handsome ears! Also, notice the back feet, hence the name Snowshoe Hare. Their feet actually act as if they’re snowshoes, so that they can run across the snow easily.

 

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Dandelions are delicious!

 

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Release Day…the day I look forward to and yet dread with all my heart. I love this little guy so much and I know that I’ll never see him again, but the wild is where he belongs. It’s where he knows how to be a happy hare. He’ll find a mate and hopefully have young ones of his own. I know I’ve done my job if he is healthy and able to be free.

 

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This is the photo that gets me teary-eyed every time I see it. He looked back at me, so I told him to go ahead and that he’s a good boy (not sure if that is a requirement of wildlife rehabilitation). Shortly after this photo was taken, Rufus hopped down the path, jumped up in the air and kicked his feet together like Fred Astaire (a sure sign of happiness and excitement), hopped into the bushes and was gone. (Thank you to Colin Mills for capturing this moment.)

I still miss Rufus to this day, but I look at these photos with great fondness and hope that he’s living the best life that a Snowshoe Hare could live.

I hope that these photos and this story has helped to make your Friday a little brighter.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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My second post in 2 days?!  What what?!  Yes, I have more time in the summer.  Well, yes and no.  I’m rehabilitating quite a few eastern cottontails right now and I released a Snowshoe Hare a couple of weeks ago.  I bet you’d like to see pictures, right?!  Okay, next post will be of Rufus, the Snowshoe Hare.  Deal.  Back to the eastern cottontails…most of the babies are on individual syringe feeds multiple times a day, so one of the things that I love to do most in the world is taking up most of my time.  I can’t describe the emotional connection to nature that this gives me.  It’s surreal, yet grounding at the same time.

Stay hydrated on this awesomely warm summer day in Ottawa and please enjoy the pictures of these peaceful beauties that I took in the Spring.

Mahalo!

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