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With the snow, the rangers have closed our section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We love when that happens, because then we can use the road as a terrific hiking area and can explore the parkway at foot speed – discovering lots of things you never see in a car. Someone had obviously had been there before us, because we found a series of snowmen built, including this little guy.
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The hu-dad has claimed to be really, really busy at work lately, so we have been terrible about answering all of your questions. (Er, and not to mention that we have well over a 1000 unread blog posts in our reader thingy, so forgive us for that, too). So let’s try to answer a few reader questions:
No, those horses are a part of the many horses owned by our neighbors, Cataloochee Ranch. The ranch is a thousand acres that stretches across the top of our mountain. We love seeing all of the horses grazing in the fields around us.
Hound Dog Mom asked about our post “Always Too Many,” “How do you walk them all at once, I can see something around your waist. I am always looking for ways to walk 3 hounds better to free my hands up for picture taking.”
That waist belt you see is one of the coolest things we use. It is called a High Sierra Walk-a-Belt from White Pine Outfitters. You have to replace the carabineers with something a little more heavy duty (any good outdoor store will have good ones), but the product is solid. We have been told about a competing product – the Canicross Belt from Canadog Supply – but we have not tried it yet.
Well, no one said we had a perfect record. The Herd has been well known for its public singing ability. What we have learned is that we have two song leaders – Kiska and Rusty – and if we can keep them from singing, then we can keep the entire Herd quiet.
Kiska is easy. Just call her name. She thrives on attention, so a simple calling of her name and a few cuddles, and she has forgotten that she planned to lead a song time.
Rusty is much, much, much more difficult. He does what he wants when he wants (imagine that out of Siberian Husky), so getting him to stop is really tough. If you call his name, he may stop for a moment, but his lips are still pursed for singing. The key here is NOT to burst out laughing, because then song time has begun and it can not be stopped. For all of Rusty fans, you can imagine that keeping a straight face while working with him is quite the challenge.
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Our friends, Jake and Fergi, want to remind everyone of the Second Annual Worldwide Moment. We have so many friends who need a little extra Power of the Paw at the moment and this is our chance to harness it together as a single group. Please follow that link for all of the details and join so many others in the dog and cat and horse and bird and, well, every-animal blogging world.
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Lots of snow, lots of rain, muddy roads, four-wheel drive, and an open jeep window. This is when a dog should not hold their head out of the window, as demonstrated by Natasha and Kodiak as they show off their Mud Freckles.