Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Eight feet


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I'm still trying to get used to country life. We are having a difficult time finding someone to put up 6' fencing. Luckily our present 4 dogs don't challenge our 4' fence.
There is a definite divide between West Tennessee and East Tennessee. I was at the local veterinary office and oh my, my, the vet tech was such a pleasure to watch. In NJ, most vet techs I've come across are women. But here in Huntingdon the vet tech I had was a 20 something country boy. Call me a dirty old lady, but I was definitely enjoying his rear view while he was working on the computer. Tsk, tsk. You know that country cowboys like to wear their jeans a little snug and "my" vet tech was no exception. Like men say, "I may be old, but I'm not dead!" If he caught me looking, I could always just say...

Think he'd believe me? Did you know, Pinterest actually has a board called "Cowboy Butts"? You know I'm following that one!
Well, this country boy vet tech asked me a question and I just looked at him blankly. No, not because I was thinking of his butt! Just simply because I had no clue what he said. Excuse me? He says it's again. Still nothing registered. My brain is trying to very hard to unscramble his words. It's not working.

I finally had to confess to him that this Yankee doesn't understand his heavy southern accent. Woo hoo! That made him smile. The vet starts laughing and says "he's not from around here". He's from the other side of The River. Hmm, the Mississippi? Nope. I'm still not sure what river he was talking about, but vet tech was from Eastern TN, which supposedly is a whole other culture and accent.
Did you catch what I said about our dogs and fencing? Our FOUR dogs? Yep, we have grown by 8 feet, at least temporarily. We are fostering a sweet pair of 8 year old English Setters. They had been in another foster home for quite a while. They are wonderful dogs and I have no idea why they haven't been adopted! Lou & Ella arrived 10 days ago and settled right in like they've always been here. They are house trained, very loving and well behaved. Feisty Ella likes to claim her own space on the couch or bed, but she's all talk/growl and no action. We make sure to let her know that is not ladylike behavior. These are the first fosters that Scott has invited into our bed.
Steven Huneck

Ella always like to have body contact, while Lou wants to be near also. They are fine with a 4' fence, but are happy to stay inside all day as long as they are with their people. No food aggression, although they would love to finish off our other dog's food before they've had a chance to finish.
They are spayed and neutered, fully vetted, HW negative.
They are very easy care dogs and seem to adjust to a new home easily. Any of my blogger friends interested in adopting this pair or even one? Since they've always lived with other dogs, I think if you don't adopt both then you should already have another dog in the home for company. If at all interested, email me or go to Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue website to fill out an application.
Ella under Scott's knee, Lou in foreground
Lou (left), Ella (right)
 I'm really enjoying having a larger amount of dogs in the house again. Our own dogs are a little standoffish, so it's nice to have dogs that want to cuddle.
I'm very happy to be living in a house again. I do regret not waiting until the fall to purchase. Just a short two months and we could have seen the Upper Peninsula. But we got all caught up in househunting. I was feeling very lazy, we didn't want to move as often, we lost interest in sightseeing. I think if we hadn't had such a miserable Winter between the cold in New Mexico and being stranded for 3 weeks in Fort Stockton, TX, then we may have traveled as we had planned and Wintered in FL. That may have extended our full time RV'ing for a while. But, if the truck's engine didn't blow, we would have arrived in TN 3 weeks earlier and gotten the house we were originally looking at. What's the point of "if's". Let's talk "NOW".

We still have a fairly empty house, although as you can see in the photo above, we did buy a sectional couch. This was mail order from Home Reserve. We could configure it any way we like.
Our layout
Notice our furniture before, a couple of lawn chairs and the easy chair from the RV.
We can also add to it if we want to go larger/longer. What sold us on this particular brand is that the cushion covers are all washable. They zip off, throw in washer, zip back on. This also means, that I can make my own covers if the dogs really wear and dirty them, or purchase more covers separately.  The seat cushion sections lift up for storage. That's a great place to throw clutter when we get unexpected guests, or a place for my yarn stash!

The couch came in multiple boxes and we had to put it together. We spent about 4 hours completely setting it up. Home Reserve does an excellent job of packing, shipping, quality control, instructions, etc. With each section, there is an instruction booklet, a pair of work gloves and a foam sandpaper block. I would highly recommend this company.

I called the 4 hour assembly, "quality time" with my husband. A couple of differences of opinions, but overall a memory made.
I like knowing what's behind the fabric and how it is built.
The dogs certainly are enjoying all the off the hardwood floor area. There's enough room for EVERYONE on the couch!

Lost River Campground - N. Woodstock, NH
Our rating for tent camping, 5 out of 5
We can't rate RV sites since we were not RV'rs at the time of visit.
RV's up to 32 feet.
Some full hook up sites.
Very wooded.
A lot of things to do in the area.

I was speaking of  the artist Stephen Huneck earlier. He is only with us in spirit now. About 10 years ago, when we were still tent camping, we stayed at Lost River Campground in NH. It is not big rig friendly, but if you have a smaller RV, this is a lovely, very wooded campground. Many sites are along the flowing brook. We loved camping here, but it was an 8 hour drive from NJ, so our vacation days were wasted in travel time.

Lyla was about 6 months old. Her first camping trip.

Ryley & Lyla
 There was a beautiful pine forest area right next to our site. We would let our Flat Coated Retriever, and our Irish Setter Ryley, have a blast running through there in the morning.
All the comforts of home?
Dog Mountain - Saint Johnsbury, VT
Our rating 5 out of 5
Stephen Huneck's "Dog Mountain" was about 45 minutes away in Vermont. If you are a dog lover, this is a great place to visit. Mr. Huneck was in an accident that left him seriously ill with a long recovery time. His black lab at the time was his savior and gave him the will to survive. He turned his 150 acres into Dog Mountain and built a dog chapel, an art gallery, a gazebo and hiking paths.

Memory wall where you write your pet's name you've lost and sentiment

When we went, it was free (donations accepted). I did not know if it still existed since the artist's death but looking at the sight, they still have activities up there.
There are no leash laws on Dog Mountain. Owners are encouraged to let their dogs run free and enjoy the land and water.

The art gallery can be pricey, but it is fun to look at all the whimsical doggie items. Check out the bathroom. The faucet is a dog's mouth if I remember.
I ended up buying a t-shirt for $15. and framing it instead of buying a print for $35.00.

Chance, our Flat Coated Retriever loved the water! Best dog I ever had!

Chance was in doggie heaven on earth!
Lyla's first swim. She was not happy.
I'm sure there are places to RV, but that was before "our time". New England is a lovely area to explore, vacation, relax.

So it seems, I can still find things to blog about...


  1. I've been thinking about you. I am reading a book by a man, who with his wife, rescues dogs. (Don't know when it was written). They would have as many as 40 at a time living in their house in California. This book tells about some of the dogs and their trip moving from CA. to Maine in 3 RV's with 25 dogs.

    1. I read and reviewed that my Feb. 16, 2014 post. I liked it.


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