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Friday, July 19, 2013
An Absence of Achmed
He came into our lives at 3 a.m. in the morning, 7 years ago, crashing in through the cat flap into my bedroom, announcing to all within that HE lived here now.
It wasn't an easy start. He loved our old dog, Holly. Loved all the people at the resort. Did NOT love Napster, the resident cat. Because he was given to leaping out of hiding places to pounce on Napster, David dubbed him Achmed, the Terrorist.
The name stuck. So did the cat.
We loved him dearly. He was a huge personality (cat-anality?) He loved to come hiking with Nancy and the guests. Would go along with Nancy when she rode the horses, or coached them. Rode on the roofs of cars... and adored riding on the golf cart with the dog.
He was everywhere, visiting all the cottages, chatting up all the guests. Making friends .
When the G8 rolled into town, he changed Canadian Security regulations. Every evening he would hop up on the balcony, rubbing his face against the screen, purring, trying to get inside where the officers were holding their briefing. After a few days, the Supervisor asked me, joking, "So, Achmed, who DOES he report to?"
I replied, "Well, you know that bell he is wearing? It isn't really a bell." Because of Achmed Security now checks all pets for electronic bugs. He saved the world.
He became best friends with Napster, sharing a bowl of food and a place to curl up in the sun together.
He was with his best buddy Holly, when at 17 1/2 she left us. For two years he 'held the fort' until Taffy arrived to take over the duties of a 'proper dog'.
Determined and persistent, it was impossible to convince him to stay inside at Night. He was his own cat, with his own agenda, his own ways.
And his own, huge, fan club.
On July 8, following a big rain storm, he slipped out the cat flap door, as he had every day since he arrived.
This time, he didn't come home.
It is incredible how big and echoing the hole is that is left behind by 15 pounds of ginger fur and a purr.
We miss him. Terribly.
“He heard a whisper on the wind, and went to
chase the leaves of heaven, play with feathers on angels’ wings and sleep in
the Greatest Lap of all.”
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We do have vacancies throughout July and August, but not that many... so you should scoop up yours! In fact, there are only about nine vacancies left for this summer!! We've got your cottage waiting, but you should call now!
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Summer is here. The lake and the loons are calling, the cottages are ready... and Environment Canada is predicting a hotter than usual summer -- so where better to spend some of that than at the Lake of Bays, in one of our lakeside cottages. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
We also have some vacancies for the summer still --
We've got a fantastic place to gather, enjoy the scenery, relax by a fire, and spend time with family and friends. Whether a quiet couples' getaway, or a family reunion or a club outing , we've got your cottage waiting.
We'd love to hear from you. The experiences our guests have are precious to us. If you have photos you took at Bondi, we'd love to have those as well. You can email them to Nancy at email@example.com
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. This lovely little creature passed away July 2015, but left a huge legacy, having raised over $12,000 for various charities through the sale of his artwork. That artwork, through prints and notecards, is still available. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Now sold around the world, he was honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
And Click Here for just one more...