Since we have started a new year, I want to end the old year with…guess what! answers to y’alls questions. Some were in comments, some came privately to browndogcbr(remove)@live.com. I also received a couple signed by Anonymous… Anyone know who Anonymous is? Well, I can’t link to them then! too bad.
First, let me tell you why my favorite posts included some from 2009. Last year I never gave you 2009 favorites, and to be honest, I preferred some of those to posts in 2010. I promise in 2011 I’ll give y’all only the years best.
Second, I’ll address individual questions.
About my friend Murphy holding things in his mouth on command…he’s at a good age to learn. Just be patient, like teaching any command. Ask him to “take” and put something in his mouth, like his chuck it ball. Then quickly, take it out using “give” or Momma uses “hand it” and TREAT. After awhile, let him hold it longer before treating. Soon he’ll sit there while you fiddle with the camera and take a picture for all of us to see!
Remington made a comment about the mountain weather sounding like everyday Minnesota. But they have no mountains. We are in the Southeast in the Southeastern mountains for part of the year. A few of the roads that are regularly traveled by tourists do have guard rails, but most do not. It’s funny really, but the Thundering Herd travels many of the same haunts we do.
Remington also asked, if God made me brown so I’d blend in with the scenery and not scare the birds, was he black so no one could see him at night? I asked my Humans and they said yes. They used to have a black Flatcoat retriever and he would lay down beside the porch at night so Momma couldn’t find him. ROO, ROO!!! even I can’t hide that well!
The Blab Labs asked a question about the entry on how I came to live with my present family. They asked if I overheard any Human conversation concerning why I was sent to live with my present Human family. All I really know is that my present Humans wanted me and my original family sent me to be with them. I know they need me. I take care of them and it’s loads of fun.
I know I answered Kari in WeHo’s question about how often we hike in comments, but many may not have seen it and have the same question. If the weather permits, we go daily. There aren’t many places to go where I can be off leash and run and sniff to my hearts content, but my Humans have found a couple of them and we go there most often. In the winter, since I’m not a husky, I prefer to be in the Low Country where I can do lots of running and playing. In the mountains it is often too icy or snowy too do more than hurry outside for necessity. BORING!
I still want more puppies said they had a wonderful Thanksgiving and asked me about mine. The entire family had a nice Thanksgiving. My Human went to celebrate with the rest of the family, but not before we got a nice hike!
DawgBusiness offered a comment about my handwriting. I am pawed y’all know, with no opposable thumb. It makes it difficult to write clearly, so I’m trying to print. My paws are too big to type well. I know my friend Mogley manages to type. I wonder if he uses that “voice” activated typing. I understand you train it to understand your voice and it types what you say.
I hope Bella and Ollie saw my Thursday post on Jessie, cause they were praying he’d find a forever home.
Opie and his Mom asked “what’s a bear? Is it like a squirrel?” Anna the G S D says she’s heard they are like “giant, giant, giant, giant, giant mean kitties.” My friends K, R and KB have big bears where they live. KB has wildlife cameras set up that have captured some pictures. This is a great video on her site. At the bottom of this next post Is another video showing a bobcat and a bear, at two different times. We have bobcats in the mountains too. Opie and Anna, I hope you stay away if you see big black hairy fellows who can stand on their hind legs and walk ‘cause, as these videos show, they aren’t like big squirrels or even giant, giant, giant, giant unfriendly kitties…maybe you could call a bobcat the latter.
According to Gus loves his Iowa Hawkeyes and thought maybe I was an Iowa dog. I’m sorry Gus, but Hawkeye is part of my registered name and I’m named for Hawkeye in the TV series MASH.
Sage from SageChronicles asks if I like to sniff flowers. Yes, I do. I love all the pretty flowers. One of the plants was a hot pepper plant. It had an especially spicy scent.
The last two questions came from my email and that person called Anonymous. I was asked if my yard are fenced. The answer is yes and no. The farm here has cattle fencing between the fields. In some places trees have fallen on the fences and I can cross, but the Humans won’t allow it. In fields in active use, the fences are maintained. Here in the mountains the men refused to put a fence. We sit on a rock ledge. In this picture, to my left there is a straight drop and to my right the mountain continues upward. Here I have a fenced yard, but it isn’t much larger than a large kennel run. It I more to stop the rocks that break loose in the winter from striking the house. Y’all know how, when you drive through the mountains, y’all see warnings about “falling rock”? Well, this fence keeps me from bein’ crushed by a bolder. Here at the shore the trees and that little wooden edging symbolizes my boundary. The waterfront has no fence. On the other side of the yard there is a wood rail fence behind the shrubbery and originally there was a wire dog fence. However, it disappeared while we were traveling and we suspect the neighbor on the other side was responsible. They have a big yellow Lab and he has a loud voice and likes to lay under the pear trees. Momma says since I refuse to go outside unless one of the Humans, preferably Momma is with me, she likes havin’ Max on guard outside. He goes right back to his side if Momma tells him to “go home”. The place here in the low country I love to run free and get to meet other pawed critters is here
There are no fences and there are alligators, snakes and fire ants. Even when the nose is busy, I must always keep one ear perked for commands from the Humans. This time of year , on a warm day like today with 70 degree Fahrenheit temperatures (21 Celsius) , there is a little danger of a snake, but alligators like water temps around 50F (10C) and snakes like ground temps above 50F (10C). Also, the fire ants are deep in their hills.
Hope I answered everybody’s questions. Go get y’all’s Humans and frolic!
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