Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Rainy, miserable day

As we are RV bound today, I thought it would be a good day for a brief update on my blog.

We have had some really cold weather the past couple days.  Saturday and Sunday nights were really cold, below freezing.  The first night I shut the water off at the tap and put the hose in the heated utility bin.  The next night it wasn’t quite so cold so left it out, but kept any bins that house water, heated.  Last night the temperatures were back to normal. 

Jackson had a run in the other day at the dog park.  Now Jackson is the most easy going guy, but I find now that he doesn’t have Maggie around who was THE BOSS, he’s stepped up to the plate a couple times.  Apparently this Akita and Jackson were romping and then both went after a ball.  They both decided that it was their ball and had some words.  Ken said that Jackie didn’t take any guff from the other guy but he did come home with 3 small puncture wounds on his muzzle.  I cleaned them up, put some antibiotic cream on them and have kept an eye on them.  Then to make matters worse (for me anyway) I was clipping his toenails yesterday and some of his are black and you can’t see the blood vessel in them.   Yes, I clipped one a little to short, funny though he didn’t flinch, make a sound or anything, just saw lots of blood on the mat.  Fortunately I have some of the blood clotting stuff for dogs, so used that.   Oh and BTW some other people around here said that the Akita wasn’t a nice dog.  The owners have left the park. 

Last Thursday we went up to Panama City Beach Conservation Park.  (you can click on the link).  It has some beautiful trails and we took our bikes and went up with another couple.  What a lovely place and we hope to get up there one more time before we leave.  We biked probably over 10 miles, got there around 10AM and left after 1PM.  We then all went to Olive Garden for lunch and had the all you eat soup, salad and bread sticks.  YUMMY.  So much for the calories burned with the bike ride ???!!!!!!

We leave here on March 1st and head over to Foley, Alabama for 6 weeks.  From there we head home.  As much as we really love this place and the people are super duper great, we’re ready for a change of scenery.  Just hate the putting things away for the trip.  You tend to really ‘dig in’ when you’ve been in one spot for 3 months.

Well until later then…take care.


  1. If Jackson has just lost a pal and is assuming an alpha position he might have been pushed to far, Retrievers of any breed are usually very social with other dogs,We had one incident with Rigg's who is a very large Black Lab, He was playing tug with Husky and just having a ball when a yellow Lab came over and started growling at them, Rigg's ignored him until this yellow dog bit his hind quarters, Then Rigg's took after him and chased him off and then came right back for some more tug.This was the first I ever saw any aggressiveness from Rigg's and it took getting bit to provoke.Just have to do like we did and watch him close when he is at the doggie park, so far Rigg's had never even growled at another dog. Hope Jackson is the same. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

  2. We have been pretty cool and damp over here in California as well. The sun is shining today, but it is still cool. That Conservation area looks wonderful. Have fun.

    Mike and Dee

  3. sure hope Jackson's muzzle heals quickly!..some dogs just don't play nice!..Tucker plays nice with others!..and can't quite understand when another dog is a tad 'grumpy'!!

  4. Hope Jackson is o.k., dog parks can be interesting places just watching all the interaction that goes on.

    I'd be glad to send you an invite to Pinterest but your email address is not displayed on your blog.

  5. So sorry about Jackson's muzzle. Dover did the same thing to Sophia ( the Italian greyhound) at the park. Sophia just wouldn't stop sniffing Dover and then got a wee bit jealous when Joe was petting Sophia so she snapped at her at scratched Sophias nose....we felt so bad. It happened so quick.....

    We will miss you, Ken, and Jackson. We have enjoyed getting to know. Can't wait to read about Foley.....