Daisy had a great day hanging out with me this afternoon! We started off by heading out to Tractor Supply. The closest one to us is about 30 minutes away. I had seen something called rubber horse stall mats. I thought it might be nice to have in the back of the SUV. Even though I have *tried* to cover everything I was thinking a solid surface would be good for cleanup and such. Well, when I saw it in person I did like it, but it was too heavy and would be near impossible for me to cut to size. So, instead, Daisy helped me pick out a new toy that she thought Riley might not destroy in 32 seconds. He seems to not love rope toys…so we bought one! Not loving=lasting longer. Daisy also thoroughly inspected the rest of the pet section, some of the horse supplies, and much of the gardening section. She was highly disappointed that this store didn’t have dog treats for her at the check out desk.
Next, we stopped at Lowes. It was her first trip there ever! Did you know many Lowes have chosen to be dog friendly? Before we could even get in the store some lady had pulled up in her car to talk to us. It still amazes me how many people don’t know about coonhounds! Daisy walked around generally looking a bit bored with the whole thing while I shopped. I might have taken a while carefully reading over the qualities of different grass seed. My yard has such differences in sun vs shade that one seed isn’t enough for winter preparation. Since many people don’t know Lowes is dog friendly, the other customers were pretty surprised to see a big dog walking around.
The final joy for Daisy was a treat she almost never ever gets…human food! I bought and let her have about half of a Wendy’s Frosty. I had stopped in a park down the road from me to share it with her and the squirrels were going nuts so we also had some spontaneous squirrel hunting time. She came home very happy and tired from her afternoon out with me!
So, Grandpa and I took Daisy to a spring today. This one is best to get to by boat. This meant a long, fast ride across a lake and she did great! We all had a great morning lounging and watching everyone in their boats enjoying the water and warm sun. Springs are where water comes right out of the aquifer. The water is clear and 72-74 degrees all year-long. Daisy loved watching all the people and was fascinated by the fish in the water. Of course, not enough to actually get in the water.
Hey, where are we?
Hmm…a spring run!
Lets look for a place to park the boat!
Hmm..you can see all the fishes!
But I’d rather look into the trees for squirrels.
There is a lot to look at here…
It’s like a Redneck Yacht Club (a country song, again)
Wow, all this activity has made me tired!
Time to head back home!
….or for squirrels-whatever works for you. Yes, Daisy starts and finishes this video jumping up the tree.
Daisy loves being able to bay up a tree. I don’t know anything she likes more, except maybe dinner time.
In other news, the girls are settling into life here pretty well. Bella has a lot of anxiety outside the house. Which is weird because it is mostly nature sounds rather than cars and stuff in the city. I hope she gets better. She’s lost some weight because she is skipping meals frequently again. Daisy think she’s owns the place. She likes being outside in the evening sniffing around. Fleas and ticks have hit us here for the first time ever. So, I went and ordered Preventic collars and started Comfortis. Guess its a hazard of living in the woods with lots of wildlife.
There is only one dog park within a reasonable driving distance from us now. Good thing for us it is awesome! Online says it is 15 acres. There is a pond in the largest section (pictured below). There are trees and squirrels (which Daisy says is the most important thing). The small dog section is really nice too. And although I don’t have a small dog, I do see that in many dog parks-they aren’t always given a nice area.
Daisy is fully aware of the squirrel situation. So she runs and runs looking for one. Sometimes she finds one and chases it up a tree-and holds it there for me. Sometimes, like this morning, she runs and runs looking but doesn’t find anything. I don’t think she’s upset about it though-she is stretched out on the floor napping. She was so tired she didn’t want to get out of the car when we got home.