BLACK FRIDAY-- THAT DAY WHEN EVERYONE IN THE STATES... EATS A BREAKFAST OF TURKEY, STUFFING, HAM, AND APPLE PIE... AND THEN JOINS TEH HUDDLE MASSES YEARNING TO BREATHE BECAUSE TEHY ARE SQUISHED WITH ALL TEH REST OF THE HUDDLING MASSES YEARNING TO BUY DISCOUNTED ITEMS AT THE MALL... I NEVER DID THAT.
ROUTE 95-- MAIN ROAD FROM MAINE TO FLORIDA--- WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WAS SOLID TRAFFIC- AND I FIGURED IT WAS VERY POETIC HOW TEHY WERE ALL GOING "UP TO THE COUNTRY" FOR THANKSGIVING DAY--- NORMAN ROCKWELL STYLE HOMECOMING .
I DUNNO WHAT HAPPENED BUT WHEN I PICKED UP OUR DINNER AT NOON thursday AND DROVE ON RT 95, , THE TRAFFIC COMING BACK FROM "UP COUNTRY" WAS SOLID--THERE ARE SOOO MANY PEOPLE -- MAYBE MAINE WAS FULL?
IN THE DOG DEPARTMENT.....I DID HAVE ONE BRILLIANT IDEA YESTERDAY- WE WENT TO WATCH JANINE "TAKE OFF" WITH THE MYOPIA HUNT-- A VERY FORMAL AFFAIR- ALWAYS SHOCKING TO ME THAT THE SOMETIMES JANINE/HORSE EPISODE CAN BE ANYTHING BUT FORMAL-I REMEMBER HER COLLEGE DAYS WHEN SHE WAS HAPPY TO MAKE $20 BY BRAIDING HORSES FOR OTHERS TO RIDE IN THAT HUNT.... NOW THAT SHE IS A YELLOW COLLARED MEMBER, MAYBE SHE CAN ARRAINGE FOR SERVICEDOG PROJECT TO "USE" THE MYOPIA HOUNDS TO ACCLIMATE OUR DOGS TO GROUPS OF DOGS.
THESE HOUNDS-- MAYBE 30 OF THEM WERE PERFECTLY BEHAVED-- ALL LOOSE OF COURSE-- FOLLOWING THE GUY ON A HORSE WHO WAS IN CHARGE.- THERE ARE DETAILS I FIND AMAZING-- LIKE - NO FIGHTS-- AND ALL QUIETLY STANDING AROUND THAT ONE HORSE UNTIL TOLD TO RUN AND BARK-- WHICH THEY THEN DID !
TO THE UNINITIATED-- IT IS CALLED FOX HUNTING -- BUT AS TEHE HOUNDS RACE THRU THE WOODS THEY ARE FOLLOWING THE SCENT OF A ROTTEN DIRTY SMELLY RAG SOMEONE DRAGGED AROUND on horseback 2 HOURS EARLIER... THAT IS HOW THEY STAY ON A SPECIFIC PATH/TRAIL-
ANOTHER WIERD--- THE HOUNDS ARE RAISED WITH GOATS-- I MEAN IN THE SAME PEN WITH GOATS SO THEY ARE NOT FASCINATED WITH MAYBE CHASING THINGS LIKE DEER....
WE HAVE A DOG OR TWO WHICH MIGHT BENIFIT FROM SOME OF THOSE CONCEPTS...
\ I AM TIRED OF SITIING AT PET STORES WAITING FOR DOGS TO ARRIVE SO I CAN EXPLAIN TO OURS THEY MUST IGNORE OTHER DOGS. MAYBE I CAN , IN ONE HOUR At myopia, do what it takes me days to do at pet stores.
couple other details l --- there were a few horses with a red ribbon in theri tails... don't ride/walk behind them.... those kick.
it was a photo op for sure... hounds-- followed by red coats( men ) and yellow collared jackets ( women) a bunch of perfectly turned out riders-- then.. the " hill toppers" those who's abilties- or the horse's abilties are not up to jumping all the fences- they follow but go around teh jumps.-- kids on ponies etc.. all perfectly "turned out" .
THEY DO IT "RIGHT" BUT IT IS NOT WITHOUT DANGER....
TO ADD TO THE RIDE-- THERE IS ALSO A TRADITION OF "THE STIRRUP CUP" WHICH IS A WEE BIT OF WINE OR OTHER DRINK OFFERED TO RIDERS ABOUT TO GO ON A JOURNEY-- WHICH AT THIS HUNT IS EVERY PROPERTY/ ESTATE THEY GO THRU OFFERS THEM A DRINK... OR SOMETHING. THAT CAN ADD TO THE WHOLE PICTURE...
WE HAVE OFTEN STOOD AROUND AND LISTENED FOR THE SOUND OF THE AMBULANCE WAY OFF IN THE WOODS.
goldie is at it again..
I drove up here to spend TG in Talkeetna, AK, about 150 miles north of Anchorage. It is a very small town, 1 Main Street 2 blocks long, dirt. I am in a cabin way off the road that is cozy and warm and no TV or internet but WiFi;. I am having TG dinner in town at the Roadhouse family style. Winter wonderland here.
now I REMEMBERED......who is teh person in 2017 who send us some collars and her camera name was TALKEETNA-- that is too strange a word to have any other expliantion than a connection to that town.
AND CAROL NEVER SENT US COLLARS... SO.......IN A TOWN IN ALASKA-- WITH A POPULATION OF 84 PEOPLE --- 2 OF THEM JUST MIGHT BE SDP CAMERA PEOPLE AND UNKNOWN TO EACH OTHER?????
NOW FOR GOLDIE 2
A CAMERA PERSON--- I DO NOT KNOW FROM WHERE... HAS A SON IN TEXAS WHO MIGHT BE ABLE TO HLEP WITH MY COMPUTER PROBLEMS--- -- I TALKED TO HIM ON THE PHONE- AND HE SAID HE KNEW OF A GUY IN MASSACHEUTTES
WHO MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP... ED WHITE--
TURNS OUT ED WHITE LIVES 1/2 MILE FROM ME AND ONCE HELPED ME WITH SOME ANIMAL COMMERDCIALS VERY LONG AGO.