Black and White Sunday: Hummingbirds

July 27, 2014 in Black and White Sunday, Photo Post 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 few pictures of the hummingbirds that visit the feeder on our deck.

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DIY Dog Puzzle

July 24, 2014 in Animal Health, Animal Shelters, Dog Toys, Dogs by Mark at DBDT

Last week our friends at NCAL contacted us to see if we could make a puzzle toy for a dog that they have in the medical isolation kennel. Dogs that are in the isolation kennel usually get restricted walks and limited human interaction. They aren’t able to go in play groups with other dogs and often spend many hours alone. The isolation can be very stressful and providing alternative ways to engage their minds is one way to keep them happy and healthy.

The DIY dog puzzle is really simple to make and can provide opportunities for the dogs to use their nose, their mind, and engage with the shelter staff in a positive way. This puzzle toy  only requires:

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a muffin tin,

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and some wood to make a base.

Directions:

First you need to cut out the middle of your wooden base.

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Make sure that your base is thicker than your muffin tin so that the tin rests on the edges of the wood and doesn’t touch the floor beneath it. The base provides stability to the tin. I didn’t have any wood in the shed that was thick enough, so I had to glue a few pieces together to get to the desired thickness.

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Next secure the tin to the base.  I used some wood screws that I had lying aroun.

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Finally find some tennis balls and a handful of treats and you are ready to use your DIY dog puzzle.

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To play with the puzzle, hide a treat under one of the tennis balls and let your dog try to find the treat. Here are a couple of pictures of Veruca playing with our DIY dog puzzle.

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Veruca really enjoyed playing with the puzzle. At first she would paw at the balls and nudge them with her nose as she looked for the treats. After a couple of sessions, she began picking the balls up with her teeth and then dropping them outside the tin.  She quickly figured out the basics of the game and but still enjoyed every minute of trying to find the treat. You can always make the game harder by adding more tennis balls.

We sent our dog puzzle off to the shelter earlier this week where it was quickly put to use.  Since that time, Veruca has put in an order for another puzzle because she had so much fun with the first one.




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Dogs, Rocks, and River

July 23, 2014 in Dogs, Outside Adventures, Photo Post, Wordless Wednesday by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!

For this week’s Wordless Wednesday post we are featuring a couple more photos of our trip to the White Mountains and the Pemigewasset River.  I have titled these three pictures “Dogs, Rocks, and River”

That is a mighty big river

That is a mighty big river.

Yep, That is a mighty big river and it is moving fast.

I think I will stay here on this rock where it is safe.

I think I will stay here on this rock where it is safe.

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Tuesday’s Tails: Kala

July 22, 2014 in adoptable cats, 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 Kala!  Kala is a six year old sweet cat who is staying at North Country Animal League.

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Kala is very playful and can often be found zooming up and down her cat tree in NCAL’s turnout room.

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Kala would do best in a home with no other cats or dogs.

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To learn more about Kala visit her Petfinder.com page

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Kala’s photos were taken by our friend Brooke at TruckieLoo Photography.



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Black and White Sunday: White Mountains

July 20, 2014 in Black and White Sunday, Dogs, Hiking with Dogs 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 photos from our Ava and Steeler’s outing in the White Mountains.

Steeler's first steps on the suspension bridge

Steeler’s first steps on the suspension bridge

Look at the view!

Look at the view

Now get me off this bridge!

Now get me off this bridge!

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Veruca visits Wiessner Woods

July 18, 2014 in Dogs, Hiking with Dogs, Nature Walks, Outside Adventures by Mark at DBDT

If you ever find yourself in the Stowe, Vermont with your dog and you are looking for a quick and easy walk in the woods, I suggest heading to Wiessner Woods.

Wiessner Woods is a four season pedestrian recreational area maintained by the Stowe Land Trust.  The 79 acres of protected land is almost entirely forested with a mix of hardwood and softwood trees.  The four main trails that provide close to 3 miles of hiking include several stream crossings to keep you canine walking partner well hydrated during your outing. The trails are easy to access from the Stowe village, yet remote enough that you feel like your are walking in the woods.  You can read more about this trail system and its origins at the Stowe Land Trust webpage page. 

Last Friday, Veruca and I headed to Wiessner Woods to celebrate the end of the work week.  Our hike was about 1.5 miles in length and touched all four of the main trails: Main Street, Meadow Trail, Hardwood Ridge trail, and Sugar Shack trail.  This loop wasn’t very strenuous or difficult, but since it was a little hotter than normal it made sense to take it easy for my tri-pawed hiking partner.

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From the parking lot area, Veruca and I headed up the Main Street trail. About 1/4 miles up Main Street, we came to the Four Corners intersection.  At the intersection we took a left onto Meadow Trail.  Meadow trail winds through a section of old growth pine trees before coming to a scenic meadow overlook.

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Looking east from the overlook you can see Mt. Mansfield.

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After the overlook, we continued down the Meadow trail until it connected with Hardwood Ridge and then Sugar Shack Lane.  Sugar Shack Lane passes through a marshy area where the volunteers from the Stowe Land Trust built these simple, yet effective, bridges to keep the hikers dry and the ecosystem intact.

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Sugar Shack Lane, of course, leads to a Sugar Shack.  I am not 100 % sure if this Sugar Shack is still used to make maple syrup in the spring, but I do think it is open most days during the winter as a warming hut for cross-country skiers using the Catamount Trail system and other skiers who are using the private ski trails that run adjacent to Wiessner Woods.

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After the Sugar Shack we headed back onto Hardwood Ridge Trail.  Near the intersection of Sugar Shack Loop and Hardwood Ridge is where the Gnome Home is.  I took these pictures of the Gnomes.  I guess we didn’t scare the Gnomes.

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After leaving the Gnome Home, Vercua and I continued about another 1/4 mile until we arrived back at the four corners.  At the intersection we took another left and headed back to the car.

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On our way back Veruca found one more stream to play in and I got this picture of one happy puppy!

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Wiessner Woods is a great place for a short afternoon hike. The Woods are located close to town and trail conditions make it a great spot for those hikes that you try to fit in at the end of the day.  The terrain is fairly easy and you can link trails together in multiple ways making the walk as long, or as short, as you want.

Do you have a favorite spot for an afternoon hike?  If so, where is it and what makes it so special to you?

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Ava the Tourist

July 16, 2014 in Dogs, Wordless Wednesday by Mark at DBDT

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!

This week we are featuring Ava the Tourist.

Ava with Joe's Pond Sentry

Ava with Joe’s Pond Sentry

Ava at the footbridge

Ava at the footbridge

River view

River view

Joe’s Pond is located in central Vermont and according to the Vermont Department of Water Resources, the “Joe’s Pond Basin” was formed about 1.6 million years ago during the Pleistocene epoch (Ice Age). Joe’s Pond is at an elevation of 1,551 feet and covers an area of approximately 393 acres. Its maximum depth is about 100 feet. It is three miles long and at its widest, three-quarters of a mile across.

In 1877 Joe’s Pond area became a center of commerce due to the railway line that ran from St. Johnsbury to New York and Boston. In the 1920s small cottages were built around the pond and Joe’s Pond became a summer vacation destination. Today, Joe’s Pond continues to be a recreational destination. To find out more about Joe’s Pond history, or how to get there, visit the Joe’s Pond Association website.

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Tuesday’s Tails: Rocket!

July 15, 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 we are featuring Rocket!

Rocket greet

Rocket recently arrived at North Country Animal League and is a typical lab who loves everyone and everything.

Rocket smile

He always has a smile on his face and has lots of energy to put toward obedience training.

Rocket on table

Rocket is great with other dogs and could go into a home with cats, with caution. Rocket could benefit from a family that is willing to work with him on his manners and could give him an active lifestyle.

To learn more about Rocket visit her Petfinder.com page

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Black and White Sunday: Hiking with Steeler

July 13, 2014 in adoptable dogs, Black and White Sunday, Dogs, Hiking with Dogs, Outside Adventures 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 photos from our hike with Steeler.

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Steeler is a young, energetic dog staying at North Country Animal League.

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Because he is just a puppy with a ton of excess energy we have decided that Steeler should accompany Ava on her weekend hikes.  Hopefully, the long walks in the woods help him cope with the long hours in the shelter.

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Ava Finds a Flying Disc

July 11, 2014 in Dogs, Outside Adventures by Mark at DBDT

Last Sunday Sallie and I brought Ava, Veruca, and Damien up to Barr Hill for an early morning walk.  It was an ideal morning because it was close to 75 degrees, sunny, with a light breeze to keep the bugs away.  It was also a couple of days after the 4th of July and evidently Barr Hill is a great place to watch the fireworks.

With Barr Hill’s view overlooking the town and the lake, the view of the fireworks from the Hill must be outstanding.  We may not have ever realized how perfect this spot was if it wasn’t for some of the things we found on top of the Hill.  At the designated picnic area we found the leftovers from a really good holiday picnic including the remnants of a campfire, some slightly charred marshmallow roasting sticks, and a blue flying disc.

To my knowledge, Ava had never played with a flying disc before and I wasn’t really sure what she would do.  But once she saw the disk in my hand she was locked in and ready to go.  I barely got the first toss out before I realized that we had a dog that loves the flying disc.

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Unfortunately, with all her effort, her success rate for catching the disk was pretty low.  I should probably take a majority of the responsibility for this because my throws were actually pretty poor.  But even with our poor success at catching, we had a really great time tossing the disc in this beautiful location.

Here are a couple of photos of one of the more successful throw.

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If you are interested in learning more about canine disc, or you are just looking for some really inspirational pictures of dogs and flying disks, check out some of these websites.

UFO World Cup Frisbee Dog Series (http://www.ufoworldcup.org/)

The UFO was founded in 2000 and began a World Wide canine disk competition.  In 2006, UFO held its first World Cup Final in Scottsdale, Arizona with competitors from around the world.  They continue to grow this world wide disc event.

 DiscDiscDogEvents.com (http://discdogevents.com/)

 DiscDog Events is an all inclusive, unaffiliated, disc dogging website filled with all kinds of disc dog links, and much more.

 Skyhoundz (http://skyhoundz.com/)

 Skyhoundz is the self-proclaimed “center of the disc dog universe.” This website contains great resources including an online store, blog links, and list of disc dog clubs in the US and around the world.

 Hyperflite (http://hyperflite.com/)

 Hyperflite is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance flying discs designed for canine competition and recreational play. Hyperflite has several speciality disc including the cold weather competition disc known as “FrostBite” and the first glow-in-the dark/color  changing puncture-resistant disc known as “Jawz Fuzzion”.