Saturday, July 26, 2014

6 Month Coyote Greets Us As We Hike

 My friend Tess brought Penny, a three year old Vizsla, along for an eight-mile hike in Las Trampas Wilderness Area.
 Two miles in we came across this lone juvenile coyote howling down at the four dogs and two humans that had dared come into his world. 
 He stayed about 100 yards up hill as we walked the high meadow.
 Up on the ridge to the left I saw a man with his dog taking pictures.  These are his shots
 Kevin Nobel and his golden retriever were enjoying nature on this warm summer morning.
More of Kevin's work can be found on his website.  Excellent.
Here is my site where I post my good pics - - Kevin


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Front Page "News"

Diane, owner of Outfox Field Guard, ran a front page ad in the Contra Costa Times on July 4th and July 5th.   Hope the ads did well for her business.  Good looking models.

Chloe on the left and Bailey on the right.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Too Hot? Watch the eyes

Today on this 85+ degree summer morning, Bailey and Chloe joined me for an 90 minute hike in the Las Tramps Wilderness Area.
We came across a cow trough about 20 minutes into the hike and the dogs enjoyed a cooling dip and drink before we continued our hike.
  I use these "baths" regularly on hill hikes.

 It did not take long in the dry heat for the dogs to dry off and start getting hot again.  They run hard.
The picture below doesn't show it very well but Bailey was overheated about 45 minutes into the hike.  His nose is pinker than normal but the true thing I look for is his eyes.  If the tissue around the eyes are puffy and red, then I know he has to cool down.
We found a shade tree that we hung out under for about 10 minutes.  The dogs drank water from my camel back water pack and just relaxed.   IMPORTANT IN THE HOT MONTHS TO WATCH YOUR DOGS EYES CLOSELY.