Mar 26-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: March: Mar 26-05
A dog's life    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Joyce Tormala
A dog's view    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Joyce Tormala

Toivo from Toivola on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 06:32 am:

This pooch sure looks to be on top of the world - - and no wonder, look at the beautiful surroundings he/she gets to spend the day enjoying. Toivola is a small town on the scale of things, and being out of the way it cuts down on the number of people just passing through. That being said, there are plenty of spots to explore and Joyce Tormala has discovered the gems of the area, enjoying them with her faithful companion. After looking at those peaceful blue skies, you think to yourself, 'what a lucky dog'. For this one at least, it truly is a "dog's life", with plenty to eat, lots of love and beautiful scenery to enjoy! Who could ask for more?

By Susan, Fl on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 06:38 am:

Good morning....what a BEAUTIFUL pooch! Do you s'pose he's like my cats, Gilbert and Sullivan?

By SGT Nate Tormala, Afghanistan on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 07:08 am:

Hey!!! It's Paco, at Agate Beach! It's HOME!! Pretty soon I'll be there to see it in person, another 30 days and I get to make it back to the States, I can not wait. Still a lot of snow by the looks like huh, well, I get to see some Yooper snow, YAY! Take care and Keep the Faith everyone!

By sur5er on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 07:20 am:

Most definately a lucky dog...and a beautiful doggie at that. Joyce what breed is your buddy? I'm thinking a Chow Chow mix?

Nate: you stay safe now, you hear? :)

By Yooper Stuck in PA on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 07:44 am:

Chow Chow is that Cross and Blackwell pickle/mustard mix you can only buy in the Yoop.
Happy Easter to all!

By Bec on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 08:25 am:

What a stunning blue sky!

By Cindy, St. Clair Shores, MI on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 08:32 am:

Who says dogs don't smile? That's a smile of sheer contentment if I ever saw one. What a beautiful creature!

By keweenaw lover on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 08:34 am:

Come home safe, Nate.

By pam fruitport on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 10:47 am:

SGT Nate, So Happy you are coming HOME!!!!!!!! Happy Easter, have a safe and joyful trip home! Thanks for all you have done, learned and will share upon your return... I get to see Yooper snow soon too and UP blue skies, sunshine and THE LAKE as I am going to Marquette for Spring break 1st wk in April! YAH!!!!!

By GJSTEO / TM now TC on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 12:22 pm:

Great Pics!

A beautiful time of year in the Keweenaw, indeed.

Special note to Nate: Mr. Klever and I were just talking about the "Boy-gas" from the Heikkinen School. Days later Mrs. Larson had a story or two. :)

Keep up the good work. I'm sure Toivola will be looking forward to seeing you in the near future!

"AbvDaLgts ...!"

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 12:29 pm:

Just checkin' out the scenes!!!

By Bryon, Kansas Wish I still lived in the U.P!! on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 01:55 pm:

Hello everybody!
I was just wondering if any of you know what would be a good
picture of the woods. I need a picture of the woods (birch trees,
waterfalls, etc.) for my Anthology cover page. I was also
wondering if I could use one of the beautiful pictures on this site
for it. Thank you so much! It is one of the last things I have to
do before my anthology is finished!

By JUDY, ISHPEMING, MI on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 02:14 pm:


By Bea, salem mi on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 02:45 pm:

I can get Cross and Blackwell's chow chow in the store here in northville, It's hard to find on the shelf but it's there. Safe journey home Nate, and God Bless.

By sur5er on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 05:57 pm:

ROFL! Chow chow as in bow wow doggie.

By sur5er on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 06:01 pm:

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah....B from da Ironwood animal shelter sent me pictures of cute doggies and even pics of China's puppy trying to walk.

By julie b., MI on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 08:46 pm:

Sgt. Nate -
Praying our Lord will keep you safe as you return home! Have a blessed Easter!

Thank you for your service to America!

By Ronald, Oregon on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 09:53 pm:

Yep. I think I know this place. There used to be a bench right
there in the second picture where the dog is resting.. It's been
gone a long time now.

I possibly might be coming to Toivola this summer. Have not
been there for many years. Misery Bay Road was still the old
road last time I was there.

I was injured in Vietnam combat, nice to see that Toivola
Afghan vets can come home in one piece....

By elm on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 10:29 pm:

Beautiful animal and companion:)

By Joyce Tormala Toivola on Sunday, March 27, 2005 - 01:26 am:

Here I sit,late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. Thanks for the smiles!
Sur5er, we do not know what breed Paco is. Her mother is a Black Lab and the whereabouts and whoabouts concerning her father are unknown.I've always seen a little 'Dr.Seuss' character in some of her expressions and maneuvers. She is part Chow,as in Chow Hound. She and I were hiking in the woods Saturday afternoon. I had the advantage of snowshoes, while the poor dog sank to elbows and knees when she ventured off the beaten path. Soon I was alone. I figured she'd had enough of this nonsense and decided to just go home. About a half hour later I heard the familiar whine. The branches were moving as she created a shortcut,tail wagging,an ear-to-ear grin on her face. I later heard how she walked into the neighbor's house,gobbled the food from their doggy dish,gave them all a little attention,then walked out the door and headed up the road.( The door was open to cool the house. Two words: wood heat!)
I guess she was bored during our hike today because I bought another camera and spent more time fiddling with the hunk of machinery than trudging along at a decent pace.
The kids gave the name 'Paco" when she was a puppy,ten years ago. On the LOYALTY and TRUST scales,we rate this dog a perfect ten...gazillion!
Yes,she likes cats. We have three. We don't need three,but she does.
The pics were taken at Agate Beach. The second one was taken on the hilltop across the Little Elm river. You were close enough,Ron.
The poikas will always be the poikas. The days of the "Heroes in the half-shell" are long gone,but once a know the rest.
Nate,your barbecue fork is still in the sauna. I think of you when I am enjoying the l o n g steam while melting a chunk of ice on the rocks. I'll dig up the recipe for ice and will prepare a batch for you to use at your leisure when you fianlly come home! Have a blessed Easter,everyone!

By sur5er on Sunday, March 27, 2005 - 02:10 am:


ROFL about Paco walking into the neighbor's house and helping herself to chow. What a character. When we first adopted our little Abbi, we didn't have the fence in yet...and she would wander out of our yard and visit our neighbor. She had the neighbor trained...she would 'knock' on thier patio door with her paw and they would let her in...where she would recieve her attention and of course a treat of some kind.

When we put the fence up, she learned how to climb the a cat. It has become even more hilarious as her hind end as expanded over the she just teeters sometimes on the top of the fence..and she has to wait for the motion to stop before she can jump over the fence, to see our neighbor.

Last summer, hubby and I were getting ready to take the girls out to dinner...and when we looked for Abbi, she was of course at our neighbors. So I sent the girls to collect the Abbi. The girls came back...minus the Abbi.

"Where's Abbi...why didn't you bring her back home with you?"

"Ed's feeding her a popsicle...he said he'd send her home when she's finished with it."

Hubby looked out the picture window and there sat Ed on his back patio, holding Abbi's popsicle as she ate it. Now how spoiled is that?

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