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A Dam Fine Post: Happy Canada Day!

July 1, 2012

A very happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends, fellow bloggers, and subscribers! Thanks a lot for your support, and I wish you all a wonderfully enjoyable day.

P.S. And if you see a beaver, be sure to shake his hand. Β : )

Happy Canada Day poster with Canadian Royal Mounted Police guy with beaver standing on hat brim pointing to hat crown which looks like beaver dam

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30 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2012 7:14 AM

    Wooden ya just know it? Another hit. Love that beaver – so cute.


    • July 2, 2012 8:34 AM

      Thank you, Madam Punster! I gave the beaver my own charming smile, which probably explains why he’s so cute… : )


  2. July 2, 2012 11:03 AM

    Had no idea that beavers commanded such respect in Canada. But after seeing the dams they build, I got to give them credit:-) Plus, they have a great work ethics….you know…being busy all the time!


  3. July 2, 2012 11:57 AM

    We enjoyed our holiday yesterday with my sister, hubby and her 3 kids. Didn’t see any beavers up in a mountain suspension bridge with rainforest tree top walk at the end of bridge.

    But heard lots of jokes about lumberjacks at a lumberjack comedy outdoor show on top of Grouse Mountain (which is a ski mountain) within spittin’ distance of Vancouver.

    We walked by a Beavertail food stall…a deep fried type of dessert.

    I loved the Royal Mounted Police and his beaver mascot there! (I live in a city that also has a Royal Mountaed Police museum.) Another Canadian icon and how they helped developed western Canada. But sometimes they got drunk too (like the folks they were throwing into jail).


    • July 2, 2012 12:39 PM

      Hi, Jean! Thanks for the lovely Canada Day report. Sounded like a great way to spend the day, and thanks for including a bit of history, too. Deep-fried Beavertail, eh? I wish we could get that kind of healthy, organic, nutritious food down here… : )

      Pedal on, and thanks so much for stopping by!


  4. July 2, 2012 2:07 PM

    Mark, I love drawing animals; your beaver made me laugh out loud.


    • July 2, 2012 7:32 PM

      Thanks, Mort! That means a lot coming from a fellow cartoonist. A cartoon can’t score much higher than that: making someone laugh out loud. Leave it to, er, Beaver! : P

      Thanks again!


  5. July 3, 2012 12:52 PM

    This is my favorite one yet! I hope beavers can run because that mountie (is that what he is?) doesn’t look terribly pleased with the alterations to his hat. I bet mounties and beavers are equally hashed on Red Green.

    Just a guess, I bet you’re at least as much a fan as me. πŸ˜‰


    • July 4, 2012 10:50 AM

      Hi Amelie, thanks so much for stopping by our friendly Beaver Preserve. I guess that Mountie does look a bit “grim about his brim”… : P

      Having a rickety old TV antenna (no cable), I’ve never seen The Red Green Show. However, I just googled it, and read all about it, and yes, it sure sounds like my kind of lunacy! I liked Red’s advice: “When all else fails, play dead.” I must remember that, I feel sure it’s going to come in handy… : )

      Thanks as always for your good-humored support!


  6. July 4, 2012 7:53 AM

    Happy Canada Day from Oz… πŸ˜‰ Very late but ‘better late than never’ as the saying goes… !

    ‘Bout beavers building dams, I have no idea. I have to rely on the truth being told by Canadians… Can I rely on the truth being told by Canadians… hmmmmm…. πŸ˜‰

    They do wear funny hats, and some have the strangest teeth… But then, you can’t judge a something by its something… you know what I mean… πŸ˜‰


    • July 4, 2012 11:00 AM

      They celebrate Canada Day in Oz?? That conjures up a delightful image of a Munchkin Chorale singing O Canada… : )

      One does have to wear funny hats when it’s cold– I speak from experience! And those people with the strange teeth? They’re called beavers… : P

      Thanks for clicking your heels and stopping by, Carolyn! : )


      • July 4, 2012 4:06 PM

        Haha – I am enjoying that ‘munchkin’ image ….. however; beavers, smeavers to funny hats and strange teeth.

        Dorothy and I shall now traverse that yellow brick road to the Wizard and ask him if you are ‘pulling our leg’…! I hope I get to see his wind machine… πŸ™‚


  7. July 5, 2012 11:27 AM

    Dear Mark,

    I love this illustration. There are beavers where I live and they are the model of industriousness. They spend 8 months of the year working on their dams day in and day out, and 4 months raising their kits.

    The personality you injected into the Mountie and the beaver made me smile broadly. You are so artistically talented and so funny, Mark. Thanks so much for this Canada Day post. On Canada Day we attended an international cuisine potluck dinner and ate far too much. πŸ™‚


    • July 5, 2012 5:07 PM

      Thanks for that very lovely comment, TT. It sure means a lot coming from you– especially since you’re Canadian!! : )

      I’ve heard that expression “busy as a beaver” all my life, but have never been in a position to watch them work. From your description, I can see their reputation is well earned!

      Glad you enjoyed the post, and it sounds like you had a nice Canada Day, even if you did have to top it off with Tums… : P

      Thanks again! : )


  8. Robpixaday permalink
    July 5, 2012 2:08 PM

    HA!!!! so wonderful! LOVE the expressions! and the pun! You’re so GREAT at this!!!!!


    • July 5, 2012 5:09 PM

      I’m a dam nuisance, is what I am, but hey– sometimes it works to advantage… : P

      Thanks so much, Robin, for your supremely cheery and exuberant support!!! : )


  9. Margie permalink
    July 5, 2012 10:27 PM

    A very excellent depiction of our Mounted Police and our Beavers!

    If you would like a short version of the history of the beaver, waddle over to my post Thank-you, Mr. Beaver.

    There are a number of beavers near our cabin, and for the most part they are welcome additions to the neighbourhood. At least they are until they cut down a favourite tree in your yard, or they fell one into the power lines and the electricity is off for a while!


    • July 6, 2012 9:03 AM

      Ah! I should have known you’d be way ahead of me on the, er, beaver front, Margie! If only they could be trained to gnaw some of those trees into firewood, and stack it neatly in your yard… : P

      I enjoyed your beaver post, and I’m glad that you, distinguished Alberta citizen that you are, enjoyed mine! : )


  10. July 7, 2012 12:10 AM

    Ha ha Mark! Leave it to Markie MacGiggles! I thought that rascally Beaver looked familiar! And I absolutely LOVE the new banner and slogan. I wish I had a cute little pencil sharpener like that! The font is also very eye-catching and unusual. So dam cool!


    • July 9, 2012 10:53 AM

      Blush, blush! I thank you, and my pal Bucky Beaver thanks you… : P

      I must tell you that having a beaver for a pencil sharpener has an additional advantage: when I doze off at the drawing board, he gives me a tremendous SLAP with his tail. When I finally regain consciousness, I get back in the chair and get to work. Very helpful, it is… : P

      Thanks for swimming over and leaving that very supportive comment!! : )


  11. July 11, 2012 4:06 PM

    Hey, I think that beaver jumped off the hat and got to your title! Hahahahahaha. Awesome!


    • July 12, 2012 9:18 PM

      The little rascally rodents are takin’ over! I’d take a big stick to ’em, but that’s probably just what they’re hopin’ for, the toothy wood-chompin’ varmints!! : P

      Thanks as always, Christine, for your cheery good-humored support!! : )


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  13. July 27, 2012 9:42 PM

    Oh my…I am very late to wish Happy Canada Day to every Canadian. πŸ˜€

    I didn’t know about the beavers until I read this post. So thank you very much for sharing it, Mark!

    And I’m very sorry for my late wishes. πŸ™‚


    • July 30, 2012 8:45 AM

      No worries, Inge– I checked with all my beaver friends, and they say you and your kind wishes are right on time! : )

      Thank you so much for your ongoing support– I’m slapping my own tail in appreciation!! : )



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