Thursday, February 18, 2016

Weather Breaks Mean Hound Walk

It took a while but finally the temperatures moved out of the upper teens and low 20's to something more bearable. It took another day for the ground to absorb the melted snow. We found out yesterday afternoon it was solid enough to take a walk. The hounds loved it, as they had some serious 'cabin fever'.

There was plenty of other action before that afternoon walk though and at the time I didn't care for it ... because it caused me to lose my favorite baseball cap. It's the one I wear whenever outside doing yard work and at times when I am running errands around this rural area.

Sadie tried to warn me ... but I didn't pick up on what she was telling me. She came to sit next to me at my computer desk and had this look in her eyes that there was something going on that should not be going on ... she turned her head toward Stella. Both of them had been laying on the floor chewing different bones. I thought that was what Stella was doing. When I checked ten minutes later I found out what Sadie was trying to tell me ... Stella was chewing up and eating my favorite baseball cap.



Anyway after the initial shock was over, everything was okay ... I figured Stella was telling me it was time to buy a new ballcap to wear when I do yard work in this year. I am not really sure how old the one was that she chewed up.

With the snow melted and the first walk in a few days, the hounds were pretty excited with all the new scents and with the amount of deer tracks I was seeing the deer activity had been heavy. There was one close call yesterday with Stella. By the time I got the camera pointed in that direct she was already running towards me knowing she was in trouble. I had turned just in time to see her inside the wooded area and was on her way of running down into the very deep gully. She came running when I yelled her name.








The sun was trying to break through the overcast toward the end of our walk. Plus this shows a pretty nice "skyline" view of the neighborhood. The place is so quiet you don't know if people are still living there or have gone south for the winter.


Heidi for some reason protested any offers to go outside yesterday after her initial trip in the morning. With the change back to Earthborn Holistic Dog Food, the Primitive blend ... her skin has really looked good and has shown no signs of redness as the day progresses.

Stella spent most of the walk lagging behind ... I think it's because she likes to run to catch up to us. That's good exercise for her.



I didn't notice until I was editing this photo that a neighbor had put on a new red metal roof. I evidently don't get out much because I don't ever remember seeing that replacement taking place. Back in the 60's I remember visiting that house to meet and talk to my great grandfather. 

You can see that the hounds tracked scent all the way home. I also think you can see that the collar I bought for Stella a few weeks ago shows up well when the two hounds are together ... it's easy now to tell them apart.



Some of you know I've been thinking again about blogging. I am going to leave this blog open but I will be posting less frequently. Over the years there have been so good online friendships developed and due to the distance from 'the tropics' this blog is one way to stay in touch. Plus everyone likes to check in on the hounds to see what they are up to. I would prefer to set the blog up by invitation only but I found out yesterday from further reading that each person would need to log in with a Google account, which I assume that means you would need a gmail address to log in to read the blog. Most of the readers that I would invite don't have gmail accounts.

Honestly I'd like to block a few readers but that is not possible with Blogger like it is with Wordpress.

So, the blogging will continue but on a less frequent basis. Life is pretty boring here in 'the tropics' of Southern Indiana, especially in the winter months. It's hard to find things to write about during those times, as well as the warmer times of the year.

It's time to head out ... Sadie is giving me her stare telling me it's time to go out and check things since the sun is up.

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  1. Oh my gosh, Stella really did a number on that ball cap. It got the bloodhound seal of approval for being nice and salty I would guess.

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    1. That salty taste probably made her think she was eating chips.

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  2. Definitely time for a new hat. I really enjoy looking at your pictures of the dogs and your property-neighborhood. It's cool you still live in the area your Great grandfather did.

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    1. Even though I did not grow up in this town, my parents did. I would come back here to visit the grandparents. I moved here to live in 1997, buying this house from my dad. His aunt built the house in 1975. My father did live on the highway where the duplex sits. He would swim in the creek below the steel bridge I posted about in May 2015. He and my great grandfather would plow this field that my bloodhounds run through, with a team of mules. It's interesting because I never planned on moving back to Indiana once I was west and never planned on staying here as long as I have.

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  3. To be fair, it's not like you picked the southeast suburbs of Indianapolis to settle in. In my opinion you are living in the best part of the state.

    Oh, and I'm not sure I would write off that hat just yet. Sure, it looks bad now, but a little triage and some duct tape, after it dries out a little on a hook far above Stella's reach of course, and that hat could be good for another dozen years or so! Now, what to do about the wall she's been eating???

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    1. I am in a pretty good location. Near a large university, an hour or so away from two cities in different directions. Near a NF and a few hills to keep that flat land away. Not bad.

      The cap was normally kept high out of reach but I moved the cap to a door handle and my down parka out to the door hinges when freezing temps arrived. I did find my old yard hat in the closet this weekend. I had it before the IU hat ... I may use that this summer, photo will be in the next blog post. The wall .... LOL. I've been blocking that area with my chest of drawers, close enough that I can just barely close the door. Right now the wall damage isn't as bad that would take new drywall to repair ... luckily.

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  4. You sure have a wonderful place to roam with your hounds. I am stuck in this little town with noise and racket all the time. Have to walk the dogs on the city streets with all the traffic. Usually I try to walk in the alleys to get away from the traffic. Sure is sad to see the conditions some of the other dogs have to live in. Living their lives on the end of a chain or in a little pen with very little attention. Such is the situation now that this town is a meat packing town with all the foreign workers here now.
    Don in Okla.

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    1. I've turned down offers to buy new houses in better condition of mine, in this local area. One was the red brick home across the highway and the other is on the west side of town that was owned by an aunt. That field has always been a positive to staying here.

      I've seen some nice houses for sale in town but after being on this property for 19 years, I am pretty settled here.

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  5. A lovely story of the family history. I agree that field is special.

    I am finally getting caught up on each and every post you have written in the last few weeks. FYI I am now getting them in my inbox.

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    1. I'm glad that box for signing up to follow by email is working. I am sure with all the movement recently, plus the one time in the past I deleted this blog, probably is what 'broke' that email signup. I'm glad it's working for you.

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