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Qannik’s Outtakes

As you saw yesterday, it is possible to get great pictures of The Herd.  However, not every picture comes out quite as crisply as you might like.  For example, here is one of the early pictures that I took yesterday of Mr. Qannik: Not bad, huh?  But it was not quite right, so I had…
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Resting in the Jeep

A little warm here today, so we opted for three shorter hikes rather than a big hike.  Still, we put on a little over 5 miles, so we were all a little tired.  I was sitting under a shade tree and took these pictures of the dogs in the Jeep. Handsome Mr. Qannik resting inside…
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The Rain has Finally Stopped

Ok, the bi-peds were happy that we received 4.15 inches of rain at the house this week thanks to Hurricane / Tropical Storm Fay, but the Herd has not been happy.  Walks in the rain.  A mudpit for a dog yard.   The first day was cool.  The second day was ok.  By the third…
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Cool Siberian Clock

Ok, on the side bar, I have added a cool Siberian Clock that I had seen appearing on many of the other dog blogs out there.  In case you want one for your own blog (or one of the many others that are on the site), you can check them out at Oorvi’s Playground or take…
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Rock Stars

There was a girl’s soccer match in Asheville today.  How do I know that?  We parked at a Panera Bread for lunch when a mob of early teen girls wearing Knoxville soccer shirts came out and crowded around the Herd.  The dogs ate up all of the attention until the girls’ mothers came out to…
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Have we gone to sleep?

No postings all week?  What’s up?  Not the dogs.  Apparently, they actually have to do things in order to create postings.  So, today, we dedicate to laziness: Natasha in a rare cuddly moment Natasha in a far more common “Why are you bothering me” moment A Kodiak moment Kiska Rusty
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Lead Dog

Natasha has always been my best lead dog.  She knows her Gee, Haw, On-by (when things are not too interesting), whoa (usually), wait (a hiking command to give me an extra couple of seconds to scramble over a rock that their four little paws have no problems with), etc.   I have also long realized…
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Feeding the Queen

When feeding, each dog must sit before I put their bowl down. Then they must wait until I release them to eat.  Simple rule used every time and for my sanity in feeding the Herd. Queen Natasha the Evil is usually offered her food first, but she often wants to prove that she does not actually…
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Hole? What hole?

Hole?  What hole?  Oh, that hole behind me?  The other dogs dug it.  Really.  I had nothing to do with it.  The dirt on my nose?  What dirt?  Oh, that dirt caked in my nostrils and on my mask?  How did I get that there?  Well, see, I was trying to push this dirt back…
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How difficult can a photograph be?

As you saw yesterday, getting a photograph should be a fairly easy task.  Dog jumps up on a proper platform of some sort, in this case, a rock wall.  Background is provided courtesy of Mother Nature with bright slue skies, scattered white fluffy clouds, a beautiful summer mountain scenery.  All the dog has to do…
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Posing on Craggy Pinnacle

Craggy Pinnacle has become one of our favorite hikes this summer with the Blue Ridge Parkway closed in that section.  About a 4 mile roundtrip from the picnic area parking lot through the flats, up the road and through this tunnel: Then on to the top of Craggy Pinnacle.  Kodiak was really enjoying the weather…
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Shhhhhh – Cheoah’s Sleeping

Sometimes, you just have to find the most comfortable spot possible to take a, errrr, cat nap.  Or Sibe nap.  We were just sitting in the shade in the car after hiking some trails Sunday afternoon when I noticed Cheoah fading fast curled up in the floor board of the front seat: It sure didn’t…
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