threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Aug. 19th, 2016 04:11 pm)

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Or as I affectionately call him El Bandido. Unfortunately, he does his best to live up to his name, and gets into everything, not just rattlesnakes. I like the way he seems to be winking in this photo.

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Jul. 25th, 2016 12:07 pm)

A few weekends ago, Jack and I used a friend’s pickup truck to take some yard tree trimmings to the county slash and mulch site. A volunteer is helping Jack, who is wearing his sun / dust protective gear, unload the truck.Mountain of Slash

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Jul. 14th, 2016 07:58 am)

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…that rattlesnake went.”

Four weeks ago, Bandit was bitten by a large rattlesnake when Jack was walking him in the late afternoon. With a lot of superb, and expensive, veterinary care, he made a complete recovery. Last night, I took him for his first walk since he was injured. We stayed far away from any areas that might harbor rattlesnakes. This the the first time that I had ever taken him for a walk, and he behaved better than I expected. He is a thirty pound dog with sixty pounds of pull when he gets excited, but he was calm except when a runner went by practicing uphill sprints. Bandit thought running with the guy would be a lot more exciting than the brisk walk I was trying to maintain.

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( May. 1st, 2016 09:05 am)

Elk In Snow

This morning I drove on icy, snowy roads on a mission of mercy to get cough drops and chicken soup for Jack, who developed cold symptoms overnight. On the way I passed this herd of elk, who seemed bewildered by the May Day Snow.

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Apr. 20th, 2016 12:00 pm)

Ears Up!

An early morning camera photo where Bandit is both making eye contact and has his ears forward.

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Apr. 17th, 2016 09:31 am)

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It was hard to take the forecasters seriously when they predicted 12 to 24 inches of snow this weekend. I had a serious challenge getting the dogs to go outside to go potty this morning.  Jack and I together managed to dig a path to an area where the snow had blown almost clear. As of 9:00 am Sunday morning it was still snowing, though overhead the sun was starting to become visible.

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Apr. 10th, 2016 10:19 am)

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We have rain forecast for this afternoon, so we had streaky clouds before the sun became visible.

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Mar. 23rd, 2016 12:37 pm)

Spring Snow Storm

We had to shovel a path to get the dogs through the drift by the outside door so the dogs could get to the “potty yard.” We’ll probably have to shovel again twice more before the storm is due to let up.  This is a heavy, wet snow with lots of wind so I occasionally hear the UPS click due to what I presume are power surges. The visibility is quite limited but not whiteout, unlike some of the surrounding areas.

 

 

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Mar. 18th, 2016 09:34 am)

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When I woke up, the local school district was on a two hour delay. When I checked an hour later, the district had closed for the day. It was very cold when I fed, probably because I have acclimated to the almost spring like temperatures we have been having.

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Mar. 11th, 2016 04:36 pm)

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he doesn’t get on the dresser.

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Feb. 17th, 2016 10:13 am)

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Rion and Bandit are taking a break after a play session. They are now playing about thirty minutes to sixty minutes a day. I think Bandit would be willing to play more, but Rion is older and doesn’t have Bandit’s energy levels.

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Jack and Bandit are watching the Super Bowl together.

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Feb. 5th, 2016 11:09 am)

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We have had a lot of snow in the past six days, eighteen or more inches with the last few inches falling last night. School was cancelled the first three days of the week, with a two hour delay yesterday and today. I am so glad that the long range forecast is dry, since it is going to take a while for all this snow to go away.

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Jan. 31st, 2016 03:29 pm)

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Bandit is a three and half year old, twenty-seven pound Boston Terrier who has had a bit of a rough start to life. His first family dumped him in the backyard and paid very little attention to him for a couple of years before surrendering him to his second family. His second family didn’t have him long before he damaged his left eye, which became badly infected. They couldn’t afford to have it treated and surrendered him to a Boston Terrier rescue group. They paid to have the eye (which could not be salvaged) removed, treated him for tape worms, and made sure he had all of his vaccinations up to date.

A friend of mine was fostering him for the rescue group and decided that he would be the perfect dog for us. He has been living with us since Tuesday. Rion is starting to grudgingly come around on the topic, especially since we have been working to convince Rion that Bandit is JACK’s dog, and not MY dog.

It is hard to get a good photo of Bandit, since he nearly always flattens his ears as soon as he makes eye contact. He is also quite active, and starts moving towards me any time he thinks I am paying attention to him.  We are working on “sit”, “stay”, “come”, “wait” and “off”.  He is very quick to learn and willing to please.

Although he is quite deferential to Rion his deference seems to be more a matter of good nature than submissiveness or fear.  He is very good about being crated, which is invaluable when anyone in the household (including Bandit) needs a time out.  In this photo, he is wearing his harness as well as a collar because evidently a harness is recommended in this breed so they won’t damage themselves pulling. Loose leash walking is going to be a real challenge with this guy.

Despite his lack of one eye, I am hoping to do agility with him. He has the energy levels, and is as agile as a cat. The first day he was here I watched him jump from the floor to the dining room table from a standstill.

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Jan. 12th, 2016 11:19 am)

Morro Bay

Morro Bay: taken with my phone from near Morro Rock.

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Dec. 16th, 2015 11:43 am)

Rion Wrapped Up

When I think it’s cold, I wrap Rion in a blanket. He doesn’t seem to mind.

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Lightning

A month ago, Lightning had a flareup of pancreatitis, and since then he has been rapidly fading. Two days Jack and I agreed that we could no longer guarantee his quality of life, and he made his last trip to the vet this afternoon. He was such a sweet dog.

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threeringedmoon: (CheesyWebcamPix)
( Nov. 17th, 2015 09:18 am)

Drifts

Still snowing, and I am guessing that we already have about a foot or more along with some significant drifts. This is the dogs’ potty yard, and the depth of the drifts posed a significant challenge to small dogs before I did some trail breaking and snow shoveling. I fed the horses and they seem to be coping just fine. We are fortunate that we rarely get more than two substantial drifts between the house and the barn:  one of them is just outside the house and the other is midway between the barn and the house. I usually just try to power through rather than dig a path.

 

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