Thursday, June 08, 2017

Sadie & Stella Enjoy Their Morning Walk

After a full night of great sleep, the hounds and I started this morning's walk a little later than we did in recent days but not by much. With the temperature at 60° when we started I knew the field was going to be very wet in the shaded area. I was going to let Stella do whatever she wanted and go at her pace. That proved to be a good test for Sadie later in the walk.

Sadie did not hesitate and was way out in front and never looked back. Stella took her normal path of recent weeks along the return path we take but was also keeping up the pace of my walk, staying ahead of me.

While letting her do whatever she wanted it was a nice surprise that she crossed my path and headed over to the edge of the field to catch up with Sadie. By their activity it was obvious this morning was again providing a lot of new scents.

Sadie turned the corner and took off running. I did not see any deer on the horizon, nor did I see any birds like we did last week. She would stop and glance back at me different times to see where Stella and I were.

Again today, Stella tried to step into the wooded area but turned around when I said 'no' and she fought through being tangled up in the wild thorny bushes she had stepped into. She is not eating berries but was more interested in something else.

By the time I was almost at the back of the field, Sadie was on her own also. I could tell there had been a lot of deer traffic overnight.

She was also intense in her exploration during the walk.

Walking along the back edge of the field I looked through the 200mm zoom lens to see if I could see Stella anywhere on the horizon toward the neighbor's woods ... didn't see her there ... as I scanned to the left along our path we had taken I barely saw some 'red' moving through the tall grass. Once I yelled Stella's name, she stopped and looked in my direction.

I asked Sadie "where's Stella?" She stopped and looked for Stella in the same direction I had just seen her.

My camera was not able to catch the best shots of Sadie running full speed as she found Stella. Once she picked up Stella's scent she ran at full speed.

Obviously Stella had found some fresh 'natural protein' and that was even a different spot that Sadie had found and stayed at earlier in the walk. Stella is getting more determined not to move when she on a spot like this, that even a tug on her collar will make her fight against moving.

At least the hounds do not fight each other when they share what they have found.

As I walked toward them I noticed a spot a deer had been sleeping recently based on the mashed round grass.

This is a 2nd spot and close to what the hounds had found.

Once I said "let's go home" Sadie touched noses with Stella and they both took off at the same time and trotted up the path, almost at a slow running pace. They acted fairly happy about what they had found this morning.

Stella showed what I would call 'normal' energy and that is a lot more than I witnessed just a month of so ago. She is becoming her old self again by being stubborn and that is her and a bloodhound's normal DNA. As the vet told me on April 21st, it will take a long time for her regain her weight and possibly her normal energy levels. Heidi did it when times looked hopeless and I hope that Stella can also.

I am trying something different today out of curiosity ... I am going to try to carry my iPhone as much as possible today to get a better count for the number of steps I take per day and how far I walk per day ... even inside the house. I've been thinking about buying an Apple Watch Series 2 but can't come to a confirmed decision. My friend uses an app called Strava on his iPhone for his exercise and I noticed that is the main app that is used by people that wear an Apple Watch for the same tracking.

I have looked at other fitness trackers but have found too many, in my mind, negative comments. Of course that is the same with most anything that is electronic that I consider buying.

We will only have a couple of more days with lower temps before the windows are closed again and the AC turned on starting this weekend. It will be about a week of temps back in the 90's. Sadie will still be requesting three different walks per day.

A great morning again her in 'the tropics' of Southern Indiana.


  1. Sure do not miss walks in dew covered deep grass, hated it as a kid. Usually trying to get a smart ass calf who found a hole in the fence, back into the field with the other cows.
    My nephew uses a smart watch and phone to track his walks and I had just my Garmin VIVO 3 and after many hikes in Utah, they both showed the same travel. I like my simple Vivo, very light, water proof in shower and rain and I have not broke or lost it. Very comfy to wear and it works as a watch for me. Less than $50 at box store when I bought it. It syncs to Kathy's Ipad when I get near it each night.
    I met another professional photographer last week and she makes her living with pictures. Nikon D 3300 and Tamron 150-600 lens got my attention. She explained why that set up for wild life and after a short conversation I learned a lot. She is done with NIKOR after many focus and firmware issues. She has been using Tamron for years now and has several sizes. For meetings and such she uses a Nikon D 7200 and a 15-50 lens. For normal shots it is a D 3300 and 16-300 lens like I have. Seems I should get a light D 3300 as that is why she uses it. It has same picture quality, just not all the computer aided stuff a D 7200 has like insane ISO and really fast multi shots, and really awesome video. Just gee wiz I thought you might like to know.

    1. Then you know how cold that dew can be. For some reason I hate getting wet on that walk. I'll take a look at those Vivo's. I like the Apple Watch but I don't need most of the features it has. All I want is an activity tracker that gives me constant heart rate monitoring that I can see on the screen. I also need to have it synchronize with my iPhone.

      that is GREAT info about the camera lens. I'm glad you sent told it to me. My long time friend that introduced me to 35mm photography back in 1976 was just discussing these lenses with me last week. He understood why I bought the Tamron and did not realized all the focusing problems I was having with the Nikor lens that came with the camera. That virus I contacted came on a Nikon firmware download. I still wonder if that is what was the REAL cause of my iMac crash a few weeks after I found it and removed it.

      Thanks again for the Garmin info and the camera/lens info.