Sunday, December 28, 2008

Snow Tracking

Howie and Norah had their first experience of tracking in the snow today. Norah had no problem with her first short track so I laid her a longer one and she did quite well. It was fun to see her put her nose in my footprints. The second track crossed a deer trail near the end and gave Norah a learning experience

Howie, predictably, had a lot of trouble on the first track. But after a 30 minute or so wait in the car for me to lay the second set of tracks, he did much better. I left the glove for each track in a footprint so it was not visible and each poodle was very pleased with themself when they found it. You could tell when they scented the glove as their behavior went into article search mode.

My older poodles did a little snow tracking about 5 years ago when we had snow. I can wait another five years before we go out in snow again; my van is still buried so I had to transfer a handful of tracking stuff to my little car. The chains are still in the back end along with a shovel, "just in case." LOL

Sunday, December 21, 2008


My county is dealing with ongoing ice and snow storms. MOST unusual for this area; heck my little home town doesn't even have a snow plow! Today is day 7 of below 32 degrees and it is still snowing. On the level the snow is 12-15 inches with drifts well over 2 feet. The snow is above the wheels and bumper of the Mini van and would need to put on chains to get the Pontiac out of the garage. Even if you get out of the garage, the roads are ice over packed snow and the main route Hwy 30, requires chains. Guess we are snow bound for a while!