Friday, February 12, 2016

Hounds Hibernate With Temps in Teens

Yesterday was the first day in a long time that I didn't post on the blog. There was just nothing to blog about. With the temperatures floating between 18°-21° most of the day yesterday and it looks like that again today ... we didn't get out much. After Sadie, who I cannot carry if required, raised her left front paw yesterday around noon because it was frozen or had snow/ice between her toes ... staying inside seemed to be the right thing to do.

They hounds slept, I read books, had some hot soup and a nice siesta. All nothing to write home about nor blog about. I am finding the book I picked up at the library this week, Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen is a great book, right from the start.

With weekend temps projecting to drop to the low teens or single digits ... expect more of the same. It might be a good time to "ramble" a little, dig through the photo archives and tell some stories of past hounds or places I've been. Many of those photos still need to be converted to a digital format. So I'm not sure what the blogging situation will be.

In the mean time here are a few photos from yesterday afternoon and this morning.

The afternoon yesterday felt pretty warm but neither hound had any desire to stay out long. These first photos were from yesterday morning. We did take off on a walk later yesterday afternoon but I didn't have my camera with me. It was a nice change of pace.




I knew it was too cold yesterday morning when I glanced out to Sadie seeing her lift her front paw. She limped back to the house.


It might look warmer this morning but don't let that sunshine fool you. It was 23° when we took these photos and WeatherBug said it "felt like" 15°. I had to agree with my fingers freezing almost immediately.





The "to do' list is starting to be developed for the spring of 2016. High pressure washing the fence along the driveway will be one of the first things done. Some minor repairs of nailing some parts back together and I am going to add some steel fencing posts to help support some of the wooden posts .... yes, the same type of steel posts that I just cut down about 5 years ago.


If my memory serves me well ... I am pretty sure that I cut these shrubs at ground level about 3 years ago. My neighbor at the time denied he set them on fire while burning "my bank". I guess the south side of them became mysteriously burnt, reasons unknown. The time is not the factor here but "ground level" is. If I am correct about that, then I have some serious erosion going on that will have to be taken care of. Any suggestions for saving a bank that is being eroded away?? In the meantime I'll do some research on the internet.



The problem has always been, the 10 acre field behind my house angles downward and towards the south end of my property. All of that underground water flows towards my house and veers towards the south end of the property over the bank where Winston was sitting just last May. Back 60-70 years ago, my driveway use to be continuous with a small brick road that went between these two trees. The red brick is still down in the bottom of that gully. It would come out to the road that is still there today and used.


I learned from a cousin that grew up a few houses north of me and was very familiar with my house, that annually they would bring in a load of pea gravel every spring and fill in the washed out yard that is at the edge of my property and bank. A few years ago I had 2-3 truck loads of 'mine dust' brought in, recommended by an old neighbor and that stopped the underground water. Of course that water found another path around the edge of that mine dust over the years.

I may or may not clear that patch of land I talked of last week and make it all green grass. The problem is, a "to do" list is coming together but I am wanting to travel. I'd like to back out to Utah earlier this year to miss the 90° temps and get up to Glacier NP before the forest fires, then head back to Indiana. My issue isn't the list ... it's Stella's separation anxiety.

She is passing tests where I leave for short periods of time, most of the time ... but didn't like being left in the FJ when I stopped in the library this week. Although there is no damage in the bedroom lately, she is still digging  at the door trim and was still able to move my chest of drawers ... with a 25lb dumbbell on the floor to block any movement.

With her anxiety ... it would be hard to stop for grocery shopping. When I buy gas she seems okay, because she can see me. When it gets a little warmer, we will stay overnight in the tent in the backyard to see how she handles that. With that anxiety I am not sure that Stella will be a good camper ... hard to say until we try a few things. I was about to leave a few weeks ago to a friends place in AZ and warmer weather but when she started trying to dig out of my bedroom while I was gone, plans were put on hold. There is no way I am going to let her destroy a friends house while we are away.

That's all for this morning here in 'the tropics' of Southern Indiana. I'll post more later, possibly today.

4 comments:

  1. On Stella, do you think being really consistent with increasing the timed isolations coupled with rewards will eventually work? Or do some dogs just improve a little but not to perfect and that's all anyone can hope for. I had two dogs years ago and had to leave them in a large unfinished room for the day. Came home to all the insulation torn out of the walls. Next I thought it would be okay for them to stay in the huge fenced backyard. Nope, they dug out under the fence and ran around the neighborhood doing things to irritate the neighbors. Didn't happen all the time, but it was frustrating when it did. That was all pre internet, so it was harder to find information, and I wasn't much of a dog psychologist. In fact that was back in the day when there really wasn't much in the way of pet toys in the stores. Now it's a huge business with aisles of the stuff. It's interesting to see how things change...





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    1. Why that's the million dollar question ... will it work. LOL I have no idea it will work. It's what I did when I first got her. I don't think there is anything I can read to find out if she will ever get rid of it. I am totally unsure of the source. What started it with the original owner/breeder. I've had a couple of hounds in the past like the ones you had ... escape artists. Yes, some found that niche and the pets stores are full of everything. Who would have ever thought of dog diapers?

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  2. WOW!!! Way too COLD to do anything!! I can remember those cold snowy icy days when I lived SE of Columbus OH. Then I got transferred to Corpus Christi!! What a wonderful change. Here in Okla. it has been a very mild winter. We saw 82 a couple days ago and it was in the 70's today and will be at or near that the rest of next week. Sure is unusual for us.
    Just a thought on the separation anxiety, could a pet trainer or psychologist help? Maybe some intensive training for a period of time?
    Take care and don't freeze.
    Don in Okla.

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    1. Thanks Don. It is still cold this morning and it's 10:15am already. It might be possible that a pet trainer or psychologist would help ... even that is not 100% sure but I do know it would cost more than I would want to spend. It's not that big of a deal to pay that much. I always wanted to check out Corpus Christi.

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