Saturday, May 31, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Fit as a Fiddle


Hi Y’all!




It’s a typical summer day in the south.  Everyone and everything moves slowly…that is when they move at all.  By midday not even a self respecting bird can be heard…or seen. 


Early morning before the sun forces the temps out of the 70’s and into their ritual climb I manage to get some exercise and have some fun!







I’m joining Slim Doggy, Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love in Fit Dog Friday blog hop!






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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thoughtful Barks and a Serious Byte


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Y’all know by now that Bert’s best buddy Goose has been very, very ill.  Wonderfully he is smiling and back home with his Mom.  He still has lots of healing to do and needs all of us to continue to send our paw power and prayers 




About Sepia Saturday’s Post…”Hey What Are You Doing?”

Jans Funny Farm said...

“We thought at first glance you have a corn cob in your mouth, but that's not right. We're not sure what it is, but nice pic”.



Too funny!  That’s one of my training bumpers in my mouth.  My Human had hidden several around and sent me to find bring them back. 


Now this next photo threw lots of y’all for a loop…




easyweimaraner said...

“your sepia photo is great! What's that thingy in the second picture? Mom said it's a head of a rhino but I think she should wear her glasses. Have a good saturday!”

Ruckus Eskie said...

“What a funny creature you have there. What is it Hawk?
Happy Sepia Memorial Weekend! Ruckus the Eskie


Then on Wordless Wednesday I posted this color photo and suddenly it was clear we had a Great Blue Heron.

Only easyweimaraner seemed to still be confused…

“Oh that's Big Bird from Sesame Street, right? Will he have Kermit for lunch?”





M. K. Clinton said...

“Great sepia photos. Did you get close to that egret or zoom in? So cool!”

JoAnn Stancer said...

“Very cool photos, how did you get to sneek up behind that egret? You are super sneeky.”

Janet Keefe said...

“What is that bird up to? It looks like it might have nesting materials in it's mouth?
Cool photos, love them in sepia!
Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets”



Above the great blue heron spied me and my Human…we think what we are seeing is…well…y’all know that the heron catches fish and swallows them head first…after he digests the meat the bones are regurgitated…



We always thought they expelled the bones as a pellet, however, we think what we may be seeing is the regurgitated bones or perhaps it is nesting materials.  Other wise, we’re at a loss to know for sure what the heron is holding.


Oh, and it was a combo of sneak and peak and zoom!!! to catch that photo.

On Sunday, the day of rest, I got this question…

JoAnn Stancer said...

“Watcha resting up for Hawk? For your big Memorial Day grill out party? Hope the rest of your weekend is great!”




I’m afraid we don’t get to barbecue and party over Memorial Day.  My Humans make Sunday a day of rest…literally.  That means no work of any kind.  Isn’t that fun!!! 



Today I’m joining Thursday’s Barks and Bytes Blog Hop hosted by 2 Brown Dawgs and Heart Like a Dog.

I’m also linkin’ up with Ruskus the Eskie in Thoughtless Thursday.



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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Rhett Needs an Awesome Family


To match his own awesomeness. 

You looking for a dog that knows when to play as well as how to play?


You need  a dog that loves kids, other dogs, puppies and even cats?

You need a dog that’s already house trained?

You need Rhett!

He’ll adjust his playing style according to the size and age of the child or dog.

He’ll let you know when it’s time to eat by bringing his bowl.

He’s current on shots and neutered.


If you’re interested in adopting Rhett email POPP.  That’s Pet Over Population Prevention.  That’s right, email…  Be sure the Rhett’s name and Petfinder are in the subject line. 

(All photos and information courtesy of Petfinder and POPP)





Monday, May 26, 2014

Monday is for Remembering!


Hi Y’all!



At first glance you might think that the above photo is yesterdays, but in color.  If you look back you’ll see that it is a different picture of me.

Today I’m joining Alfie’s Blog, Luna Dogs Life and My Brown Newfies for some Memorial Day mischief…


My Humans look at Memorial Day differently than most.  In the south Memorial Day was not a holiday for many, many years.  It was considered a Yankee holiday.



In 1868 May 30 was proclaimed Decoration Day; it was the day to decorate the graves of soldiers.  May 30 was chosen because it was not the date of any particular battle. 

Hawk looking serious in cemetery


After World War I, it became a holiday to honor, not just Civil War dead, but all soldiers lost in battle. Until that time most in the south honored their dead on different dates.


Many southern states still honor their Confederate war dead on different dates, depending on the state.

P1010003 Hawk in cemetery wi flags

When my Humans were children there were still elders surviving who remembered growing up hearing tales of the “war over states rights”.  These elders refused to recognize Memorial Day as a holiday. It wasn’t until 1967 that the day was officially named Memorial Day.



So, for my Humans, this is the day that you visit the cemeteries and say prayers for those who have given their lives for our country. 

Congress changed Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May in 1968 whey they passed the Uniform Holidays Act.

The National Moment of Remembrance Act asks every U.S. citizen to pause at 3pm local time for one minute in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Hawk with head bowed in cemetery

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Fit Dog Friday


Hi Y’all!


Last Friday I talked about hydration and how important it is for both your human and you. 


With my heavy Chessie coat I don’t do well in the hot weather that starts in April and May and continues through October here at the shore. 


My Humans had some business to take care of and stopped at this little waterfront place for lunch.  There were several dogs there with their owners, all short haired but suffering with the heat. 


One little fellow was drinking water from a bowl.  No my Human only caught this Great Dane on her cell phone.



Just think twice before you take your dog with you on warm days.  Remember, we’re wearing coats we can’t remove. 


The same goes for boating on sunny warm days.  Dark coated dogs heat up more quickly than those with light colored coats.  We can’t change into light colored clothing like you can. 


Below I’m practicing my whistle sit.


Obedience practice is mentally stimulating and many exercises can be practiced indoors on really hot days.  Do weaves around chairs, practice some of the strengthening exercises Slim Doggy has shown us.  Try scent training and hide and seek games.




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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lots of Barks and a Few Thoughtless? Bytes Too…


Hi Y’all!



Today I’m joining Thursday’s Barks and Bytes Blog Hop hosted by 2 Brown Dawgs and Heart Like a Dog.

I’m also linkin’ up with Ruskus the Eskie in Thoughtless Thursday. 

I’m going to start back at last Thursday’s Barks and Bytes post


LetterstoAndrew said...

“Thanks for answering my question Hawk. I have found one tick on Delilah and the other day I had one crawling on me. I sent it swimming in the alcohol jar. ;-)
I'm thinking the mountains are looking pretty good for temperature wise, so tell me, how is the humidity?”


If we continue up our road from our house to the higher elevations, it’s mid to late June when spring arrives.  It rains above us (higher elevations) almost daily. 

Most days we need no air conditioning and it's rare to need it at night. July temperatures vary from highs in the high 60's at the highest elevations to the low 80's at lower elevations.  Very few homes are air conditioned.  It's more humid here than in the Rockies...Coming from the southeastern shore we don't find it very humid, so it's all relative. 


LetterstoAndrew also asked...

“I haven't been over to Blogpaws to check out that discussion, but have you heard of Creative Commons? It is a place you can find photos to use on your blog with clearly defined guidelines about how you can use them. I have a disclaimer on my blog about them.”


A Creative Commons license allows the individual (you) to dictate how, and if, others may use any of your work.  Providing they give you credit, others may copy and distribute your work.  You get to choose the conditions and keep your copyright. 
DMCA is a protection site that will give you one free take down a year for free or those running a business on their blog may want to pay for more protection. 

You’ll notice both of the above in the top of the sidebar.

You can do your own searches for image theft on Google images.  There was another suggestion on one of the links I posted.


About Friday’s Fit Dog post…

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

“Great tips about the water! Super important! BTW Hawk how have you been feeling lately?
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!




I’m feelin’ pretty good.  My eyes still bother me and my rashes still itch, but are getting better.  I get my eyes treated 4 times a day and my allergy shots once a week. 

Moving on to Sepia Saturday


Emma said...

“Those first two photos are kind of scary looking, and the one of you looks like you are running from bad weather...was it stormy?”




Actually in the first photo the skies are clearing after 2 days of heavy rains.  In the second it is an early and sunny morning.  In the photo of me, I’m retrieving a bumper my Human has thrown high on the slope.


About My World in Black and White

Mark at DBDT said...

“What great photos of the mushrooms. Any idea what type they might be?”


They are growing on a mossy stump.  Lots of neat mushrooms grow on old downed trees and on stumps, but these were some of the most interesting.  I think my Human was hoping someone would tell us what kind they are.


Mischief Monday brought these questions from  Oz theTerrier   “Such strange weather, Hawk. But, the mountains look beautiful. I love how you get to hike and hunt bumpers in such a beautiful landscape. Is that a cow in that last photo? What kind of mischief were you up to, pal?



Yes, that’s a cow in that last photo…


I, myself, have been a good fellow allowing my Human to treat my eyes 3 to 4 times a day and treat my rash at least twice a day. 


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