Wednesday, January 13, 2010

SNOW!

Last week, Georgia finally got some snow! When that happens we immediately dress and pack up the hounds for a hike through the Winter Wonderland (Below - Left to Right - Julie, Stacker, Allie, Reagan, and Riley).We went to one of favorite hiking places just 10 minutes from the house. It is private property.I decided to give Riley some freedom since she has been doing good on long lines and I was sure we would be the only folks braving the elements and temperatures. Occasionally we have a run in with out of control Weimaraners that we will not hesitate to pepper spray in the future.Riley can still get very over stimulated with smells. In fact, at one point, a squirrel crossed our trail and Reagan and Riley started to pursue, but then Riley stopped dead in her tracks to smell something. She tends to get overwhelmed hunting with her nose.Riley is the only one of my greyhounds (past and present) that I hesitate to trust off leash. Obviously, she is very well trained and I spend a great deal of time working on it, but my gut still says she is not quite there yet. I generally allow her freedom only on the trails that are lined with thick brush to keep her somewhat contained. Oh No! My hounds are in front of me! The Dog Whisperer would not approve!Do you see my pepper spray?.... Its hanging on my right pocket. Don't leave home without it! Stephen is a good Dog Whisperer. In all fairness to Cesar, I do agree that out of control dogs should not be running ahead and certainly not out of sight. Do you hear me Weimaraner Woman? Its not good manners on the trail! But I knew we were alone on the trails and I sufficiently boss my dogs around most of the time. They know I am in charge.Do you think their feet are cold? I cannot imagine. They were troopers and even stood in the creek to get a drink. Brrrr!Reagan is very good on the trails. She is very obedient and responsive. She likes to hunt, but does not get carried away with it.The snow is gone now and I know some of you northerners are laughing, but this is big deal snow for us southerners.

12 comments:

Malika said...

Glad you enjoyed your snow! If you like, I can send you some from here (Northern Alberta, Canada). We have plenty of snow and cold to go around. :) Enjoy your hikes!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Hmmm... Malika, I think we'll let you keep your mountains of snow. :-P

jcp said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! I was also up in Canada last week visiting my folks. I helped my father shovel the driveway which is something I have not done in about 10 years. Some of the snow even survived my 10 hour journey back to TN in the bed of my pickup. I'm glad to be back in TN although we got a nice dusting here as well.

Hiking Hounds said...

Beautiful pictures! Looks like everyone had a grand time. :-) Is that a hawk in the the last picture?

Bridget said...

Okay, so I did chuckle a little. We just had to snowblow a path in the yard for our crew. Sometime I question our sanity about living in the "snow belt."

Jen said...

Great pics!

Jen

houndstooth said...

Looks like you guys had a great hike!

Aragon greyhounds said...

But do they have matching hats?

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Yes, hawk in last picture.

Aragon, this is how they feel about hats. :-)

IHateToast said...

you can be teased in the winter because we in the hot spots can tease the northerners in the summer when they have real heat. ah, banter.

i'd love a place like that near by. we have a paralysis tick here that keeps a lot of dog owners away from the woods. at least with a grey, you can search them easier. do they have the paralysis tick in the US?

Samantha said...

That seems so fun! Is there anything better than having a pack of dogs out with you in the snow??

greytblackdog said...

I love seeing Riley running and having fun. I think when it gets cold out they are like horses, just a bit unpredictable and unfocused.