I don't have any one topic to do a blog on today, just alot of 'this and that' type things so I was going to use 'rambling' in the blog title, but apparently I've used that word a number of times in blog titles.
I searched the thesaurus and honestly, this was the best substitute. 'Confused', 'long-winded', and 'tedious' (or Tedious Tales from a Confused and Long Winded Musher) just didn't seem like titles likely to make anyone put down their coffee cup to read!
Things are just motoring along here - preparations for winter are well underway, dogs are getting run, the dog truck is starting to come together, chores are getting done, etc, etc.
We had a nice 10 mile run with X and Utin in lead this morning. I had to swap Utin and Jr once we got into the highway ditch. Utin just isn't 'steerable' enough to work without a trail yet and the highway ditch with semis roaring by is no place to learn! I'm still very pleased with the young man though!
His sister, See, did a turn in lead a few days ago and was as much a superstar as the first time she was in lead.
Yesterday I had big, opinionated Irving in lead. He did a really nice job, although every now and again those big Irving ears would start flapping around indicating that he was thinking too much. Thankfully, it wouldn't take him more then a moment or two to stop thinking and get back to doing!
Mark and I were out scouting out a few new trails this afternoon. One of my neighbours has fenced off trail that I used to use almost everyday in training. Part of his fence is legal and part illegal, so even if I start a battle with him and get him to move the illegal fence, part of the previous trail is still cut off. So that leaves us scouting some new routes. The new route is going to take alot of work, that just won't get done this season (no time), but it is workable and we have other trails to use in the meantime.
We did discover one nice new trail in the grazing lease west of our place that I can start using right away! The dogs will like that!!
Bet and I spent a couple hours out picking the other afternoon. It was a beautiful warm and sunny fall afternoon and I'll confess to spending a bit of time with Bet just lying on our backs watching a big flock of geese circling and gathering up for their long trip south.
Bet has learned to catch a ride on the ATV when she gets tired!
Bet on 'Bear Patrol'. Her big ears help me find my way back to the ATV!
A lovely few hours and we came home loaded down with blueberries, lowbush cranberries and Labrador Tea. (Blueberry Coffee Cake in the oven as I type!)
Snap, Crackle and Pop are growing up - alittle too fast in fact. Snap and Crackle have decided that they can't stand each other anymore, so after a few attempts to smooth things over (including bringing their Mommy Sprite up to referee)they have been separated. Crackle is living with Pop and Snap is spending time with Meg during the day. I expect once they grow up a bit, all that juvenile sibling rivalry will be forgotten (right Jim??)
In closing I thought I'd mumble a few thousand more words - yup, some random photos from the last few weeks.
<Bet resting up after a 'hard' in the woods!
Mike scootering with Jr and Runner
Anna making the Rice Krispies sit for their breakfast!