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Turkey Tracks: AC Slater LOVES No No Penny and Sewing Update

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Turkey Tracks:  January 15, 2019

 

AC Slater LOVES No No Penny and Sewing Update

A common sight these days:

Very tired dog after a really good dog park day with lots of flat out running.  I finished another selvage placemat.  These are made with the “quiet” selvage, not the side with words, etc.

 

The dog park runs are made possible right now with boots loaded with spikes—as it is a sea of ice.  The good part is that balls thrown with the long thrower travel a long, long way.

 

Progress on the circles made with the fabric Tara Faughnan, from THE COLOR COLLECTIVE, at Sewtopia, sent.  I’m liking the scrappy nature—am still moving around blocks like crazy though.

I’m quilting the Katja Marek EPP blocks on the domestic.  Pics on that in a bit.

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January 15, 2019 at 9:48 am

Turkey Tracks: AC’s Cold Sunday

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Turkey Tracks:  December 18, 2018

AC’s Cold Sunday

AC Slater is 9 months old this month, and I’ve had him since September 1st.  In 3 1/2 months he has come a long way in terms of training, growing bigger and shedding puppy ways, and learning about cold weather in Maine.  He’s shedding like crazy as he is growing a Maine winter coat now.  (He came from Arkansas.)

He has a ton of terrier energy, so on a recent Sunday when it was really too cold and icy out to be tramping through the woods, he figured out ways to amuse himself—in between trying to get me to play with him.  No No Penny, in the face of being confined inside with him, hunkered down in her bed and tried to ignore him.

I tried to sew, but AC kept finding things that were “dangerous” and needed my immediate attention.  The front-load washing machine for instance.  The turning clothes and noises had to be checked out AT ONCE.  (He’s a good watch dog.)  A roll of new quilt batting propped against a wall, waiting for help to load it on to the long arm carrier fell over, and it became an object of suspicion for some time following.

AC has recently gotten really vocal.  Here he is with a squirrel we trapped—one of the dreaded red squirrels.  And he’s taken to making these noises when we ride up to the dog park, which he loves.  Yes, I rehomed the squirrel a long way from my property and not near other properties.

Ac and the squirrel

And here he is trying to steal Penny’s treat.

AC stealing treat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 18, 2018 at 10:28 am

Turkey Tracks: AC’s First Snow

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Turkey Tracks:  November 20, 2018

AC’s First Snow

We got snow last Friday–and are getting more today.

Here’s a cute little video of AC Slater’s first encounter with snow.

 

As AC is a happy little dog who exudes boundless joy, it is no surprise he’s good in the snow.  Since this video we took a long walk over at Erikson’s and, at first, he was very cautious and stuck nearby.  But by the end of the first mile, he was back running through the woods.  His feet seemed to be fine in the cold snow.

Here are some pics of our snowy path:

We heard the playful voices of children as we walked–somewhere further on from us.  Laughter, shrieks of delight, and the joy of playing in the snow.  We finally saw them–a young mother and her children.

My heart lifted even further.

 

 

 

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November 20, 2018 at 10:02 am

Turkey Tracks: Slaty Magic

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Turkey Tracks:  November 13, 2018

Slaty Magic

AC Slater is probably the last puppy I will every own and train.  If there is another dog in my future, it won’t be a puppy because it would not be fair to the puppy with all his/her puppy energy.  But I’m so enjoying working with AC Slater, who is now 7 months old.  It’s been magic to be out in the woods with a joyful companion who wants to work with me in some way.  So I beg patience from my readers as I experience this doggie magic.

AC on paper is a terrier/hound mix.  He’s a mutt.  He may be the smartest dog I’ve ever had, and he’s as sweet as he can be.  But there’s plenty of fiesty in that body too—along with some retriever genes.  He discovered this past week that he loves water and wants so badly to retrieve something in the water.  By summer he’ll be swimming for tossed sticks I’m sure.  Right now the water is getting too cold, and he has not figured out yet that he can swim.  I come home with a wet dog after every walk, which is ok too.

He points.  He runs ahead to spots he’s found on our walks, points them, and waits in some sort of frozen position for Penny and me to catch up.  He will not move off the spot until I comment on it.

Here there is a hole in the ground on a downhill slope, so it slants down the hill.  Is it an animal den of some sort?  I don’t know.  AC thinks it is highly suspicious though.

Culverts are another attraction, and there are lots of them along our pathways.  Most are small, and I worry he’ll try to go inside and get trapped.  But, here’s one he’s learned he can travel through.  Needless to say, it’s a favorite spot, and he has to go back and forth numerous times before we move on.

I live in an ideal place for dogs.  There are so many pathways where we can let dogs who behave run off leash.  Yes, we pick up doggie waste—or many of us do.  But a young dog like AC can run out his kinks every day.  And owners can go into the woods and fields, can get close to nature, and do get in a good walk themselves.

A few weeks past I bought a year pass to the Maine state parks—and walked one of the paths with the doggies.  The woods were spectacularly orange and gold and red.  It was a treat!  This time of year and mid-week, few people are on many of the trails.  (I carry a phone, and the trails are wide and beautiful.)  So, Slaty runs free once we are away from the trail entrance.

Penny does not like AC’s puppy energy, but she loves to snuggle with him when he’s quieter.  He is a huge snuggler who wants to be plastered to or on other bodies.  I am on the left of them both in this picture.

Today we have heavy rain, so I don’t know if there will be a break for a walk.  I will miss it, and so will AC.  Penny will be quite happy to stay in her bed.

 

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November 13, 2018 at 10:24 am