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Welcome to CLIQUE!

I can trace my love of photography back three generations, to the early 1900s and my paternal great-grandfather, Henry Mattson. I have a really cool photo that he took of the old family homestead in Minnesota, sometime before 1910. According to family history, Grampa Mattson frequently took photos of his world - the people and places that he loved.

It warms my heart to know that this love of photography didn't skip any generations as it passed down to me! I am blessed to have such a legacy and I hope to pass it on to my own children and grandchildren some day.

I experience a physical and spiritual thrill whenever the Lord shows Himself in His marvelous creation around us and in the people I meet. My dream vacation would be to spend a year or two just traveling around the US, stopping at little out of the way places and photographing the interesting characters and the beauty of nature to be found along the way - those things that draw me closer to GOD and help point others to Him, too.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Buck Branson ~ Nov 1999 - Oct 25, 2007

With great sadness and heavy hearts, we had to put our beloved "Buck" to sleep yesterday evening. After several months of dealing with what we believed to be bouts of constipation, Rog took Buck into the vet's yesterday and it was discovered that he had a hernia in his bowel area and a large tumor that was believed to be cancerous. We were told that the only way to know for sure was to operate and even after doing so, there were no guarantees that he would live. As much as we loved our "Buckster," we simply don't have the discretionary funds for this procedure, especially since the outcome was so "iffy." We chose to have Buck cremated and will be keeping his ashes until Rog and I decide what to do with them. We also clipped some of his fur to keep as a momento.

Buck on Oct 16, 2007

Now that he is gone, I can share openly that Buck was half wolf and half malamute. In 2002, Alaska declared it ilegal to own or sell wolf-hybrids; anyone owning a such an animal before 2002 had to get a permit and a microchip imbedded in the skin for identification purposes. Rog got Buck as a puppy in early 2000, but we never got the permit, nor did we have him micro-chipped or neutered (also required by law). Therefore, had it been discovered that Buck was part wolf, he would've been destroyed by the authorities and we would've been fined.

Cully and Buck, saying Hi ~ Oct 23, 2007

Contrary to many "horror stories" that exist about wolf-hybrids, our Buck was a sweet-natured, friendly dog. He was protective of his territory and his family, but also quite welcoming to the meter-readers, septic cleaners and such. And he did his best to keep our property moose- bear- and porcupine-free - twice, getting a muzzle-full of quills in the process!

Unfortunately, none of us took the time to properly train Buck when he was young and, consequently, he could not be let into our home, as he would jump on everything (and everyone), knock things over, pull things down off of counters, etc and pee everywhere. The few times we did let him in to hang out with the family only lasted about 15 minutes, tops. When the temps outside were too cold for Buck, we would put him in our heated garage - but unless he was tethered, he would again, knock things over, pull things down off of counter tops (my DH's workshop is the garage) and "do his business" everywhere.

Still, he was a lovable dog and I truly regret not making more of an effort to have him trained well enough to be involved in our family the way our little dog, Cully, is.

I have a lot more photos of Buck over the years that I would like to post here now, but it will take some time to locate them (some are in digital files and others are actual photos from my "pre-digital' stage). Once those pics are found, I'll post them in another blog entry.

-- kimB


Lynn/annasmom said...

So sorry for your loss Kim. Our pets become a part of the family here too and it's really hard to lose one of them. He was a really handsome guy.

Jane said...

he was a gorgeous dog....so sorry to hear things turned out this way for you all!! Great picture of him!

Mindy said...

He was a beautiful dog.

pdxscrappinmamma said...

Love those brown eyes......he could look right through you.

Gayle said...

What a beautiful dog. So sorry...I'm sure you will miss him.

pixelchick said...

Again sorry for your loss Kim, they are both beautiful dogs!