Mystery

No, the mystery is not why is our hu-dad so far behind on checking on blogs. That is clear – he has a lot of busy-ness to attend to this week. He promises to get caught up really, really soon.

But the mystery we are working on may require us to bring in an expert. Maybe even Dennis the Vizsla dog, because you know he never gives up until he solves a mystery – no matter how utterly strange.  And this one was strange.

We were walking on the Blue Ridge Parkway after a fresh snow.  In our area, they just close the parkway for most of the winter because they lack the budget for snow removal.  Fine by us, because it makes for a great walking area.  So as we were going up the road, no one else had been by that morning.  We saw a few deer tracks, and birds, etc., but no other human or canine tracks marred our path.  It was really beautiful:

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But after we got to the top, we turned around and started back down the road.  You know what had happened?  There were tracks everywhere.  Lots and lots of tracks:

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We do not profess to be the expert that our pal KB is.  She can look at tracks and tell you all sorts of things.  We really encourage you to follow her blogs because we learn something new about nature everyday.

But we still studied these tracks and made some conclusions.  Two humans and six dogs had come this way earlier.  Wow, bet you are impressed with that conclusion.  Now if we could only figure out who they were.

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Natasha is carrying away some top secret evidence to be examined later.

16 Comments

  1. Smrp on December 15, 2009 at 6:57 am

    that, my dear herd, gave me a good laugh. i hope you can figure out who has been mysteriously following you! and thanks for the giggle 🙂
    what a wonderful thing to have that park road (almost) all to yourselves!!
    yay for snow!!
    xoxo
    sue and the crew at DVR

  2. Steve & Kat on December 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Did you catch any familiar smells with the tracks? Maybe that would be a clue.

    Steve

  3. Mochi on December 14, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Whoa, that’s a lot of tracks! 🙂

    I hope you solve your mystery soon! Good thing you got Natasha to carry the evidence!

    Mochi

  4. Biloxi and Siber-sibs on December 11, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Hmmmmmmmm! Dat’s a lot of footy prints. Did woo try sniffies to figure it out. We is always sniffin’ da footy prints we find. Never know who might be around.

    Husky kisses,
    Biloxi

  5. husky mom on December 11, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Maybe it was some Woozles that made the tracks! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woozle

  6. Bentley on December 11, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    What an amazing mystery! Hope you solve it soon – are hedgehogs anything like squirrels? Good for chasing? I really liked the pictures of “my” road too! *smile* Thanks Herd!

    Citation’s Blue Ridge Pkwy (Bentley)

  7. Fiona (as typed by Dr. Liz) on December 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Wow. That IS a mystery. Luckily Dennis was able to come in and solve it for you. Although now I’m very worried about the imminent hedgehog (or would that be hedjhog?) attack. I must prepare. Red alert! Red alert! (*ahem*)

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona

  8. Wild Dingo on December 11, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    There are some things that must remain mysterious. This could be the eighth wonder of the world. Sibes have much better things to do like, snow ball fights, plotting their next escape, digging, chewing, counter surfing, comparing size of pantyloons and playing games that are mysterious to humans.
    ~wags-n-wiggles~
    wild dingo

  9. Denns the Vizsla on December 11, 2009 at 10:42 am

    hello thundering herd its dennis the vizsla dog hay after eksawstiv eksaminayshun of the fotografik evidense i hav come to the konkloozhun that theez traks wer kreated by a small detatchment of ninja hedjhogs waring human shooz and fayk dog paw shooz in order to conseel there moovments!!! i sugjest yoo go to dogcon wun immedyatly as the hedjhogs may attak at enny moment!!! ok bye

  10. KB on December 11, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Were the humans and dogs dropped in by helicopter? Or, is there an ‘opposite end’ where they started? That sounded like the weirdest part – the sudden appearance of their tracks like they’d beamed onto the parkway!

    Don’t worry – I think that we’re all getting behind on our blog reading. At least I am!

    I love the roads that the officials close for the winter. Areas that used to be car-infested become quiet oases. I bet that the wild animals are kind of mystified by the whole thing, don’t you think?

  11. Bobo and Meja on December 11, 2009 at 9:57 am

    That really is a quanter ah quaand ah pickle yes a pickle. Perhaps when they saw you turn around to come back they scattered in the woods and hid behind trees? Go look, we’ll wait…

    Bobo and Meja

  12. achieve1dream on December 11, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Oh my gosh! This made me laugh so hard!

  13. Stella on December 11, 2009 at 7:47 am

    This might be one of those ever unsolved mysteries. Not even sure that Dennis could get this one, uh, I meant if you guys can’t.

    I hope you guys can find your way home!

    Kisses,
    Stella

  14. The OP Pack on December 11, 2009 at 7:20 am

    You know, we had the same phenomenon on our deck and in our yard. We have a five foot padlocked fence around our perimeter so we just can’t figure out who the intruders might be. Please let us know is the Queen finds any clues in the CSI lab.

    Happy Friday, the OP Pack

  15. MAXDOG on December 11, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Hehehe…very intelligent pooches indeed!!!
    Lotalicks
    MAXDOG IN SOUTH AFRICA

  16. Khyra on December 11, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Hmmmmm

    Or was it five dogs and one khat?

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra
    PeeEssWoo: Bricey channeled me to paw that!

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