GG’s Back with This & That


GG got back yesterday after a long trip away. I left when it was summer and returned to find a fall bite is in the air…a few weeks earlier than I remember as normal.

It was good to discover that Captain John’s Fawn Harbor & Marina is still open for rentals.

Although there is a cool breeze, GG plans to head out on a kayak adventure.

If you were wondering, the particular jaunt was both a vacation and medical excursion.

Looks like we have some answers on the medical front and it was good to see family, friends and to enjoy myself.

I actually did very little work but was super busy and came back as one tired puppy!

Alas, speaking of puppies, there sad news around Fawnskin.

Buddy - Fawnskin Dog

Both Buddy and Calla passed away while I was gone.

Best guesstimates are that Buddy was somewhere near 18 years of age.

In his youth, he was notorious around here and sired many puppies including my pal Shadow.

Losing an animal is tough but losing two in a couple days is unimaginable.

Calla - Fawnskin Dog

But Calla crossed the rainbow bridge to follow Buddy within a couple of days.

As far as I know, their deaths were simply from old age.

They will be missed by most of the neighbors who were “forced” to supply treats when they appeared on the doorstep or by those of us who were greeted or accompanied by them on walks throughout their reign.

Mountain Lion Fawnskin
Sadly, many pets have been the target of the cougar. GG wonders if this is a younger cat since I don’t remember pet predation being so high prior to this year.

I first wrote about Fawnskin mountain lion activity back in 2005 and over the years have shared cougar safety tips.

Even so, in my absence I heard of at least two more pets that were attacked by the mountain lion.

Just another reminder to keep your pets inside at dawn and dusk and to supervise them if they go out to toilet at night.

Many locals have been confused about the name of the local feline predator. The cougar (Puma concolor), also known by other names including mountain lion, puma, panther, mountain cat, or catamount.

In addition to these common references, the animal allegedly also has a world record for the most names (Guiness World Record of 40) but I was unable to verify.

Over time the cougar has also been labeled as a Mexican lion, mountain screamer, Florida panther, painter, cuguacuarana, devil cat, sneak cat, king cat, mountain devil, deer cat, fire cat, quinquajou, long tail, swamp lion and more.

Fawnskin Post Office Update

Since my last update about the Fawnskin Post Office, Deanna has moved to Lucerne Valley and is commuting daily.

She will not be working from around the October 29th through November 4th due to some strange process at the USPS that requires them to pull her off the roster and then bring her back.

We all know how that works around here…

Anyway, not to worry–Layney will be filling in while she is gone and Deanna anticipates returning on schedule.

That is it for the news on my end, which is amazing since I just returned and wondered if I would have anything to share.

Watch for the next post on Tuesday but if you have any other news, please be sure to leave a comment to update everyone.

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4 Responses to “GG’s Back with This & That

  • 1
    Dogman's Friend
    October 5th, 2013 09:25

    It seems that Buddy was one of the more popular residents in Fawnskin & Calla certainly one of the more beautiful. Everyone seems to have a Buddy story. The photos of them are really great by the way.

  • 2
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    October 5th, 2013 09:41

    Thanks, yes they were here so long. They were pretty cooperative since I had a treat bag on that day. LOL

  • 3
    Bill Teague
    October 5th, 2013 15:35


    I have been reading what you have been to able to tell about being confronted with a Mountain Lion or even maybe a bear. It has all been very good so I wanted to tell some other concerns about Lions and even Bears. I worked in the Motion Pic. Industry for 50 years all of which was on what is called Production meaning out where the actual photography is being done with the animals and Actors. I want to tell you something about lions that most people don’t know. You have to work out in the open with the lion animal handlers both in and out doors to learn that this is very important. Before they bring any lions to the set the handler always Checks if any of the women on the set are having their period because the lions are not safe and cannot be controlled if there is a woman that is in her period, they become a very uncontrollable. My suggestion is that a women that is having her period should not be out where she may encounter a wild Lion or Bear. Thanks for all that you tell. Bill

  • 4
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    October 9th, 2013 18:44

    Hi Bill, I am a wrangler for the motion picture industry from way back (retired) but not all cats or bears react. There was an interesting polar bear study that was the first to verify the issue so thanks for sharing.