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Regal Rusty

About a month ago, I posted about the critical job of Alpha Male (second picture into this post) – remaining alert at all times and keeping an eye out for intruders while also not appearing to be stressed out.  Today, I once again share Rusty’s amazing ability to stand guard and protect the herd while…
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A Lone Turkey

For once, I had my camera within reach when I came across wildlife in the road.  This turkey stared at me for a few seconds, and then took off across the road just as I took this picture. After getting to the side of the road, much to the delight of the Herd, he hung…
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Clouds in the mountains

Saturday was rainy weather (good – we needed it), but Sunday dawned with clear blue skies.  As I said yesterday, we hiked to the top of Waterrock Knob.  From the pinnacle, I took this picture.  I love watching the low clouds burn off in the valley while the peaks are clear (the opposite of many…
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Dog Fight on Main Street

If you have multiple dogs, sooner or later, you have to deal with a dog fight.  I certainly have over the years and have learned a number of techniques to deal with them – both preventative and in the moment.  What I have not had to deal with is a fight in public.  Until today.…
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Kodiak wants a lap

I have described before Kodi hugs.  Kodiak stops whatever he is doing, comes running across the room, slams his head into your chest, wraps his front legs around you, and squeezes.  After a few seconds, he releases and runs back off to play.  It is very sweet. Today, he added a twist.  I was squatting down…
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Close-ups

It is the lazy, hot days of July (ok, a high of 75 F (24 C) here, but that’s hot for us) so not much is happening here.  But we are doing are trails, trying to stay cool, and getting admired by tourists.  Well, the dogs are getting admired by tourists.  In that spirit, some…
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Hiking in the Rain

You may remember the story Rain Storm about getting caught by surprise in rain on a trail.  Well, this is different.  We did it on purpose. We got up this morning a little slower than planned and ended up having a late breakfast / early lunch downtown Waynesville at one of our favorite Sunday spots.…
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Rufus Morgan Falls Trail

One of the great things about living in Western North Carolina is the sheer number of waterfalls.  Today, we elected to visit one simply because it is a little out of the way and, thus, very likely to have no other hikers.  It worked – we did the entire trail without running into anyone until…
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It’s good to be the Queen

Queen Natasha the Evil.  Royalty.  Need I say more.  
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Homing Pigeons

While out over the weekend, we drove past a large sign in a person’s yard advertising, “Homing Pigeons For Sale.” Now The Herd is fascinated with the concept because a Siberian is exactly the opposite of a Homing Pigeon. Release a Siberian and he runs away from home, not towards it. Sibe Quentin was built…
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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Yesterday, we went to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.  Why?  Because it is in the Cheoah District of the Nantahala National Forest.  I was looking up the history of the word Cheoah and was reminded of that trail. Though the forest itself is not very convenient to get to, the trail itself is a very easy…
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Experience and Youth

We spent the day yesterday on the trails and when we made it back to the jeep, the dogs were tired (our goal, of course).  So each of the dogs made themselves comfortable as they got water and relaxed a little before we drove back home.  Here is Natasha demonstrating how to remain regal and…
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