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Puppies Hike and September Snow !
-----One of my favorite things
to do everyday is take the pups out for a hike. I head out behind our house
with them where there are a couple little meadows and lots of trees and
things for them to explore. Not only does this provide exercise for them
and fun for us all, I temperament test them in natural circumstances during
this time as well. Almost all our pups are very bold and go for it following
me everywhere I go but there is usually one that is first, one that is
most into me, one that is most into tracking (not sure what, but they follow
their nose everywhere!), one might be more into the other pups, etc.
-----I just came
back from my morning walk with Natalie's pups. They are just 6 weeks old
so they can't go for a long walk yet but they love to go! I headed down
the path like normal - 5 babies running along behind. They checked out
their usual trees, stumps, grass and pinecones. Today I took them a little
farther than normal and found a nice place to sit down with them and they
all climbed in my lap. While I was sitting there I saw a squirrel getting
all ready for winter. He ran as fast as he could with his pinecones - back
and forth. He has a huge mound of the shells that he took off the "nuts"
so it looks like he is more than ready for winter. Before long though he
noticed us sitting there and climbed up into his tree and started yakking
at us. With that insistent noise it was hard to enjoy nature so I headed
back with the pups and they are all taking a nap right now. Three are curled
up on my feet and two are laying just to the right of my chair - so I figured
I would take this time to write an article before they wake up!!
-----We had our first snowstorm about a week ago - 6 inches. It has
all melted but the aspen and cotton wood trees have big leaves on them
so the weight of the snow just pulled a lot of them to the ground. Normally
after the snow melts off they come back up but with the drought some of
them are so weak that they just break off. So we have spent a lot of time
this past week cleaning the place up, cutting the bigger trees for firewood
and hauling the rest of the limbs and junk to a big pile.
couple days the weather has been beautiful - about 75 during the day and
40 in the morning. The mornings are a little cool but with a jacket it's
not bad. I just love this time of year - warm days and cool evenings. On
the second level of our house we have a porch that comes out - kind of
like a balcony without a rail though. Every night I sit out there and listen
to the elk bugle. And the coyotes have been real active this past week
too - you can't get closer to nature than sitting on your front porch and
hear elk and coyotes! Our wild but sort of tame deer herd has been around
every evening as well. They come and graze just a few feet away from the
house. Last night because the moon was so bright I could really see them.
There are about 10 deer that hang around close but I couldn't see most
of them, just heard them munching. I could see the twin fawns and they
came up to their mom and wanted to play with her. She got very upset and
struck at them with her front feet - basically saying leave me alone! She
seems to know it is time for them to get serious and get ready for winter
too. They trotted off a short way and stood there - sort of looked like
they were pouting!
-----But it is
times like these that I am reminded how lucky I am to live so close to
nature with two of the worlds best animals - German Shepherds and Quarter
---- OH! The
puppies are waking up and I suspect they will need to go out. Gotta run!
---- Leah and
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