Ava visits the Lamoille River

October 8, 2014 in Dogs, Outside Adventures, Photo Post, Wordless Wednesday by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!

Last Friday Ava was able to join me at work.  On our lunch break we visited a dog friendly park in downtown Morrisville, VT. The Lamoille River provides a natural boundary for the park and Ava couldn’t resist hoping in the river.

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The water at the river is very clear

 

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Ava thinks it tastes pretty good too

 

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Enjoying the sun on a fall day

 

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Tuesday’s Tails: Puppers

October 7, 2014 in adoptable dogs, Tuesday's Tails by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop hosted by DogsnPawz.com and Talking Dogs.

Tuesday’s Tails blog hop features shelter animals. Come join the fun and help a furry friend find a forever home! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the other blogs and share their dogs, cats, rabbits, and all the other animals that need forever homes on your social media sites. Please spread the word!

This week we are featuring Puppers!

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Puppers is an 8 month old pit mix staying at North Country Animal League. She is athletic, has a lot of energy for activities, and is very much trainable.

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Puppers would be best for experienced dog owners who enjoy training and devoting lots of time to their dogs. Puppers would also prefer in a home without cats.

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Visit Pupper’s Petfinder page to find out more about her or the other dogs and cats available for adoption at North Country Animal League.

Pupper’s photos were taken by the staff at NCAL

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Veruca hikes Beaver Meadow Trail, VT

October 3, 2014 in Hiking with Dogs, Nature Walks, Outside Adventures by Mark at DBDT

Just outside of Morrisville, VT, off of Mud City Loop Road, and down Beaver Meadow Road, is the access point for a trail known as Beaver Meadow Trail. The Beaver Meadow Trail follows an old logging road into the Mount Mansfield State Forest as it heads uphill towards an intersection with The Long Trail (2.6 miles from parking area) and Whiteface Mountain (3.6 miles from parking areas). Veruca and I ventured up this trail last Friday after work.  It was a wonderful hike for an early fall afternoon.

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Let’s Go!

The gradual incline of the trail isn’t very strenuous.  However, Veruca embraced the opportunity to jump in the first mountain stream we came to. The stream was about 1 mile from the parking lot.

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Water Break.

At 2.5 miles from the parking lot the Beaver Meadow Trail veers off the logging road onto the Beaver Meadow Bypass trail.

Veruca at bypass trail sign

Veruca at bypass trail sign

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Trail Sign

Beaver Meadow Brook is only a short distance after the turnoff for the Bypass Trail.

Lower Beaver Meadow Brook

Lower Beaver Meadow Brook

Continue up the Bypass Trail for about another 1/2 mile and you will reach Beaver Meadow Lodge.

Approaching the Lodge

Approaching the Lodge

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Resting at the lodge

Stream as it passes the lodge

Stream as it passes the lodge

For the adventurous types, there are many place you can go from here.

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Trail sign at lodge

But for Veruca and I the Lodge  was our turn-around spot.  We took a couple of minutes to enjoy the quite of the woods, before heading back to the car.  Once we reached the parking lot we were greeted with this great rural Vermont landscape.

Beginning of Foliage Season

Beginning of Foliage Season

The total trip was close to 5.6 miles, although I had to shut off my Wooftraxs mileage counter because I ran out of battery power on my phone. Even though there are not any vista or grand landscapes to see from the trail, the wooded paths and the river crossing provide a different kind of beauty for the hiker and canine companion.

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Steeler at Twin Bridges, Stowe, VT

October 1, 2014 in Dogs, Hiking with Dogs, Wordless Wednesday by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday.

Last week Steeler took a break from his normal activities to hang out by the river at the Twin Bridges in Sterling Forest, Stowe, VT.

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On the twin bridges

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Tasting the water at Sterling Brook

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Under the bridge

Steeler at Twin Bridges

Time to go!

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Tuesday’s Tails: Mystical Vixen

September 30, 2014 in adoptable cats, Tuesday's Tails by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop hosted by DogsnPawz.com and Talking Dogs.

Tuesday’s Tails blog hop features shelter animals. Come join the fun and help a furry friend find a forever home! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the other blogs and share their dogs, cats, rabbits, and all the other animals that need forever homes on your social media sites. Please spread the word!

This week we are featuring Mystical Vixen! Mystical Vixen was picked up as a stray with her kittens and is now staying at North Country Animal League.

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She is a very sweet girl and likes to spend most of her time lounging around on the cat trees.

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Mystical Vixen is okay with cats when given a little time and space to get to know them.

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Visit Mystical Vixen’s Petfinder.com page to find out more about him or the other dogs and cats available for adoption at North Country Animal League.

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From Steeler’s Perspective

September 24, 2014 in Dogs, Hiking with Dogs, Nature Walks, Wordless Wednesday by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!

This is a pair of pictures that I am calling “From Steeler’s Perspective”

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Looking Down the Trail

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And Over the Wall

In both of these pictures Steeler is looking for his hiking buddy Ava.  Ava usually gets ahead of us when we get distracted by the squirrels and when we stop to greet the other hikers.

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To date we have donated 449 dog toys and 6512 cat toys.

Tuesday’s Tails: Aurora

September 23, 2014 in adoptable dogs, Dogs, Tuesday's Tails by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop hosted by DogsnPawz.com and Talking Dogs.

Tuesday’s Tails blog hop features shelter animals. Come join the fun and help a furry friend find a forever home! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the other blogs and share their dogs, cats, rabbits, and all the other animals that need forever homes on your social media sites. Please spread the word!

This week is very special because it is Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week!

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Many factors can make a pet seem “less adoptable.” To promote these unusual (or, in some cases, too common) animals, Petfinder.com has designated Sept. 21-27, 2014 as “Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week.

In preparation for this week, Petfinder.com asked “What pets do our shelter and rescue group members have the hardest time finding homes for?” Here’s what they said:

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 In honor of Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week we are featuring Aurora.

Aurora is an independent and stunningly beautiful Pit Bull.

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Aurora is about 4.5 years old and is very friendly and content dog! She is laid back but also athletic and strong! She would be great for outdoor activities like hiking and going for nature walks!

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Aurora would be perfect for someone who is looking for a dog that’s out of their teenage and puppy behavior. Aurora recently visited 2 local nursing homes and has received rave reviews.

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Visit Aurora’s Petfinder page to find out more about him or the other dogs and cats available for adoption at North Country Animal League.  

 Aurora’s photos were taken by the staff at NCAL
 

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Ava at Franconia Falls

September 21, 2014 in Black and White Sunday, Dogs, Hiking with Dogs, Nature Walks by Mark at DBDT

We are happy to participate in the Black and White Blog Hop hosted by Dachshund Nola and Sugar: the Golden Retriever!

This week we have a couple of pictures from Franconia Falls in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.

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The sign at the beginning of the trail. If you notice one of the destinations is call Black Pond trail. I have a couple of photos of Black Pond here.

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Ava reaches the edge of the falls.

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Looking downstream

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Looking upstream

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On the rocks

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I had to share this sign. I don’t think I have ever reached the “End” of a trail before.

I posted a couple of other photos of this trip for Sepia Saturday. You can check them out here.

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On the trail to Franconia Falls

September 20, 2014 in Dogs, Hiking with Dogs, Nature Walks, Pets by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Sepia Saturday blog hop hosted by Ruckus the Eskie.

This week we have two photos of Steeler on the trail up to Franconia Falls in the Lincoln Woods area of the White Mountains.

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Steeler scopes out the mountain stream

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Steeler on the banks of the falls.

Don’t forget to visit all the other great blogs who are participating in Sepia Saturday!

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Steeler and Ava at Black Pond, New Hampshire

September 17, 2014 in Dogs, Hiking with Dogs, Nature Walks, Wordless Wednesday by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!

About 2.6 miles up Lincoln Woods Trail in the White Mountains is smaller trail that heads up to Black Pond.

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A mile up this trail the woods open up to reveal a wonderfully peaceful pond in the mountains.

Ava at black pond

 

Steeler at BP

 

And of course Steeler needs a “Selfie” for his scrapbook.

Steeler Selfie

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To date we have donated 449 dog toys and 6512 cat toys.