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Turkey Tracks: AC is Tired

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Turkey Tracks: March 29, 2020

AC is Tired

After his morning trip to Laite Beach at low tide and his lunch, he has put himself in his “house.”

PS. I’m learning the WordPress block editor with this post.

We are meant to get some rain later today, so we may not get an afternoon outing. Thus, extra time at the beach this morning, and AC did a fair amount of swimming.

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March 29, 2020 at 12:49 pm

Turkey Tracks: Happy Birthday AC!

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Turkey Tracks:  March 26, 2020

Happy Birthday AC!

AC Slater, my rescue dog, was 2 years old yesterday.

He celebrated with a long walk on the still-icy Erickson Trail.  We had about 6 inches of snow Monday night.

Later, he breached his electric fence and went swimming in the beaver lake/wetland below my house and over a BUSY road.  When retrieved in the car, he was soaking wet and scared.  When we had both calmed down, he had a very nice tub bath and warm hairdryer rubdown.  He now smells delicious.

We went to Laite Beach this morning.  AC LOVES to go to Laite Beach.  He’s very vocal these days—in all kinds of fun ways.

The beach was near high tide, but with enough beach left to throw his hard rubber ball with a chuck-it.  The beach is well below the park, so one climbs down a steep set of granite steps.

Here are some videos of AC chasing his ball.  He thinks this is his “work” I think.  He is deadly serious about chasing down his ball.  This pretty girl wanted to play with him, but he stuck to his work.






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March 26, 2020 at 1:44 pm

Turkey Tracks: AC Slater and His Yellow Ball

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Turkey Tracks:  January 28,2020

AC Slater and His Yellow Ball

AC Slater carries this yellow ball with him everywhere.

He carries it—or whatever toy he can find—to greet visitors.

But the ball is his “go to” toy.  His favorite.  It used to light up in the dark when in motion.  No more.  But it still squeaks—a high-pitched sound he adores.

I am asked to throw it for him many, many times each day.  But he does understand when I’ve had enough.





For the past 2 days I have not taken him to the dog park.  We have a warm spell, and there is too much mud.  And too much thawed you-know-what.  I get it that some people do not want to walk in the snow and risk slipping on underlying ice, but…

AC gets a fair amount of running in my woods—and he loves to go out to tree whatever squirrels have ventured out.  But he’s also VERY social and loves seeing the other dogs at the dog park.  And, the people.  He loves people.

The sun has come out and all is bright and shiny—but the snow has mostly melted away.  It is colder, so I will check later to see if the dog park mud is frozen.  If not, maybe I’ll take the chuck-it thrower and some balls elsewhere so he has some time dedicated to just him.

He may have acquired an allergy to meat proteins—but more on that for another day.  Meanwhile, he is happy, affectionate, and continues to enrich my life.

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January 28, 2020 at 9:13 am

Turkey Tracks: AC LOVES Water and to Swim

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Turkey Tracks:  August 2019

AC LOVES Water and to Swim

Who knew?

Apparently it is a Jack Russel terrier trait.

If there is a stick involved, AC is on board.



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August 19, 2019 at 11:13 am

Turkey Tracks: AC Slater and His Girls

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Turkey Tracks:  August 3, 2019

AC Slater and His Girls

He adored them!

He pined when they left.

He still goes to their beds and hunts for them.

They each wanted a picture with him, so we did that one afternoon.



AND NOW, he has new grandchildren that are playing with him.  He’s ecstatic!  They have him SWIMMING like a mad foo.


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August 3, 2019 at 6:51 am

Turkey Tracks: Mud Season, Cherished Walks, Happy Spring

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Turkey Tracks:  April 22, 2019

Mud Season, Cherished Walks, Happy Spring

I took these pictures a week ago at the Erikson Wellness Trail.  And yesterday, Easter Sunday, AC and I returned and walked, playing along the way, the whole trail, which is about 2.5 miles with the added spur.  We had “pea soup” fog here yesterday, and on the back side of the trail, rain started.  I had on a good raincoat with a hood and my LLBean boots, so I was fine.  AC didn’t care, of course.  He got a bath of sorts.

To recap, this trail has been iced over for much of the winter.  AC and I went in once, me with spikes on my boots, but mostly I avoided going.  The one icy trip was, however, lovely, and the boot spikes and walking stick support were terrific.  Still, it was…kind of lonely back in those woods.

My LLBean boots are PERFECT for mud season and have been much used this year as AC Slater has me outside a lot these days.

Last week, there were still patches of snow/ice deep in our woods.  But the trail was clear except for two spots that I could more or less walk around.

The rock moss is such a startling, rich green.

As the snow melts out, the hillsides are full of water moving downward.  The streams are filled and rushing madly.  AC has not figured out yet that he can swim, but he’s fascinated with the rushing water.  I throw sticks in, and he tries to get them.

This creek runs along side the path and crosses under in a culvert.

This bigger creek has a bridge over it.

My older grandchildren walked this trail with their father and me at Christmas.  I’m looking forward to taking the three little granddaughters here when they come in June.  They will love this stream, which does have the most enticing pools.



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April 22, 2019 at 8:34 am

Turkey Tracks: AC LOVES the Dog Park

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Turkey Tracks:  April 11, 2019

AC LOVES the Dog Park

It’s mid-April, and we’ve had three snows in the past week.  Two, plowable!  There are 6 or 7 inches of snow in my woods at the moment.  But temps are going up this weekend, so this snow will melt slowly into the ground.  Some up here call this kind of spring snow “a poor man’s fertilizer.”

My dog fence is not working.  Perhaps a deer stepped on the line.  But it could be anything, including a falling rock or tree branch.  I am replacing the dog collar, as it is not working.  The transmitter works, but is 14 years old, so I am replacing it as well.  And I’m hoping that by the end of this weekend all will be in place again.  That will depend on how fast the snow melts.

AC is a year old now and full of zip, which spring has intensified.  He is now watching what goes on in the road beyond my house and wants to patrol that too.  No!  So, the dog park, especially right now, is a must as until I can sort out the dog fence issue, he is not safe outside unsupervised.

AC LOVES being with other dogs.  That makes sense as he was raised in a household with five other dogs.  He knows how to play and delights in getting the dog park dogs to play with him.  Many times he has to teach them how to chase him while he gets to hold the ball or a stick he’s found on the ground.

I never thought that I would be spending “dog park” visiting time most days.  But there are some really nice people there, so that’s kind of fun.  I feel like I have a toddler again as there are days where “play dates” are arranged with owners/dogs that work especially well for AC to get LOTS of exercise.

AC knows the dog park road, and he starts “talking” as soon as we enter it.  He is really very vocal now.  And a total character!




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April 11, 2019 at 8:15 am