October 31, 2015

Hounds Have High Energy Today

I spent most of Friday afternoon visiting with an old college friend of over 40 years. I met her and her husband at our favorite establishment in Bloomington. With the temps at 48°, the word "chile" sounded good to go along with a locally brewed pale ale. We talked about old college memories, places we had traveled to over the years, her grown kids and a lot of sports. Laughing was a major activity.

So needless to say by the time I arrived back home late Friday afternoon, the hounds were more than ready to get outside and dump their tanks but more importantly they were ready to eat.

For a dog that had a reputation of having separation anxiety, Stella has done very well staying with the other hounds in a room with the door closed. No damage of any kind. I suspect she does a lot of sleeping like the others while I am away.

Friday morning didn't have much activity before I headed to Bloomington, after a couple of cups of coffee and some blog reading. Heidi was not outside long enough for her to be photographed.



I could tell though this morning (Saturday) by the way Stella and Sadie were playing inside, they needed to get outside to burn off some of the "Halloween Energy" they had. They were not 10' outside the door when they started playing. With my hands full with a camera, a lens and a cup of coffee I was unable to photo those first few feet.

They started their normal sniffing of the field. Stella trotted out to the edge of the field and woods.

You can tell she knows her name by this photo as I yelled it out from the house. She then started the trip back to the yard.

About the time her feet touched the yard where Sadie was waiting for her ... they were in action. Sprinting, dodging each other showing off their moves and agility for big lumbering hounds.

This was about all the energy Winston could muster up this morning. It looks like he might have found some good tasting dirt on his way back and was trying to lick it off his chin before I would see it.

Checking to see if I am watching him

My football marathon starts soon. I need to replenish the food supply but cannot find time today to head out to the store between games. I'll find some combination of food that's here in the kitchen and come up with something I can survive on. It's amazing how quiet the house is with 4 hounds all off in dreamland.

Cleaning up tree limbs and raking the last of the leaves will take place Monday.

Life is rough here in the tropics of southern Indiana.

October 29, 2015

Fall Is In The Air

I guess it's expected when you stay up until 3:30am or a little after and then get up to let the hounds outside for their first trip in the morning at 7:30am ...  things could be a little foggy until that first cup of coffee hits the bloodstream. Why not go back to bed? Tried that but couldn't get back to sleep, so the hounds and I were up for the day.

I forgot to mention last night while I was working replacing the photos, around 1am the wind became so strong and loud, it made me get up and go outside just to see what was taking place. With leaves blowing across the drive from the NW, I was hoping I would wake up today with a yard "cleaned" of leaves. Not quite.

They blew off the large sycamore tree. They blew off the small saplings along the end of the drive. But there were plenty of them blown up along the house that will expect me to come outside a rake them for a final time. Of course Winston had to walk through the stack just to check how deep they were. Just like that, after a day of rain and wind what little color was there ... was gone.

Even though it was 46° by the time we hit the streets, Heidi decided to make her appearance to check out and see for herself if it was as cold as rumored. It might be hard to tell from the photos but Heidi is starting to gain weight. From the "feel" I think it's enough to stop by the vet to use their scales just to check how many pounds she has gained recently.

Stella and Sadie started a little search on their field but Sadie was more interested in some playing. With Stella out in the field, Sadie's nose picked up her location. Stella didn't know that as she ran back into the yard Sadie had a running head start toward her and was planning to meet her head on to start the wrestling session.

After some good kibble for lunch, some napping, they came out for a late afternoon break. Even with the damp ground and cool winds, it didn't take long for Stella to find her spot for the day and lay down to enjoy the breeze from the SW.

Life is good in the land of hounds.