“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The nice weather makes things easier.


Poor old Joe Teti.   Dual Survival seems to be a kind of death trap for the people they pick to co star in the show.  First Dave Canterbury gets eased out in a welter of gossipy allegations on the internet that he "padded" his military record.

Now Joe Teti is on the receiving end of the same sort of treatment.  There are stories circulating on the internet that he does not have the experience he claimed, and that much of his time in Afghanistan and Iraq was not spent as a soldier but as a Blackwater style contractor.

Whatever the truth of it, it's pretty hard for a individual to defend himself against a whispering campaign on the internet.

Personally, I find the man even more arrogant and abrasive than Dave Canterbury was, but personality is just something we all have to deal with.  I'm not Mr. Sunshine myself.  Given that Cody Lundin got the axe, if they get rid of Teti they'll have to virtually start a new show.

There are so many survival shows on television now, and some of them are so bizarre, that I stick to Les Stroud's productions and don't watch the rest anymore.  I'd watch Hawkes and his buxom wife if they were still on, but their  show "Lost Survivors" is not currently being shown on the Travel Channel at the moment.   I did watch the first episode of Season 4 of Dual Survival, but I understand Lundin is only in the first four shows. Don't know if I will watch after that.

Today was the one day of the Great Rabies Clinic.

The Rotary club sponsors it and the veterinarians contribute their time . If you take a dog to a vets office, the fee for rabies and distemper shots is $145.00.

If you go to the clinic, the fee is $24.00.

So we loaded up the dogs and went to the fire station. It's on top of a low mountain. There's no parking up there to speak of, so I figured someone would block my truck in and they did. It's just part and parcel of the way things work.
So is having to "chat" with the people in line behind you and in front of you.  Years ago it was local people with big hound dogs and pit bulls.

Now it's people from up North who moved to Florida to retire, then move to the North Georgia mountains at least part of the year. They are called "half way backs" because they move half way back to where they came from. These people don't have big dogs. They have very tiny dogs that don't look like dogs.  That's ok, times change.  I'm just glad to have it over with.

The weather has been spectacular. Warm, and dry.  Life is so much easier when the weather cooperates. I can see why people move to Florida. Sure, it's hot down there, but you rarely freeze or have to put up with snow.


16 comments:

  1. I see they do ferrets too did ya take em in as well?

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    1. No. The ferrets don't get around other animals at all, so I don't worry about them getting rabies. And the truth is, I wouldn't take my ferrets to a "clinic", only to a specialist. The dogs are hardy souls and they do fine at the clinic. I don't take the cats for rabies. I've lived here since 1986 and I can't remember the last time I heard of a case of rabies here.

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  2. I liked that show with Cody and Dave. The othernguy was oktoo. Now we don't have Tv and it is not worth watching on the net.

    Dog got his shots at the military vet at ft huachuca. The customer service was notngreat but they charged a pittance. Now he goes to some local vet. We just get him whatever shots he is supposed to have.

    How people look at dogs are sort of funny. Dog is 9 or 10. He is a Newfoundland/ lab / who knows whatl black shaggy mutt. Weights 80-85 depending on how many leftovers I feed him. He is the calmest dognever. My 40 pound son is Ike and Dog is Tina Turner. Dog either ignores him ornoccasionally runsnaway. However people are fairly scared of dog.

    Innretrospect I intentionally got a fairly large chill dog. My theory is folks casing the place or looking at wifey n the kids on a walk will see a biggish dog and pick an easier target. If they watched for a week they would see dog lays down 22 hours a day; he isnsort of protective and might eat a burglar though. It is unlikely to be needed; sort of like a 300lbs brick layer named tiney could be a pacifist with a glass jaw who faints at thensight of blood but you would never know; cuznwho in their right mind punches tiny?

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    1. TOR, I always get my dogs when they come up the trail after someone drives them out in the national forest and dumps them off. So I take pot luck. I've been lucky, I seem to get big dogs that are excellent watch dogs but don't kill chickens or cats. The two I have now I've had a long time. Poor old Sam died a couple of years back of old age and I still miss him, he was a "yellow hound" and I think one of the best dogs I ever had.

      A big dog is good protection for the home and family. Two big dogs is even better. ;-)

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  3. We would like to donthe old dog youlg dog thing. Whenndogn1 isn6 ornso get annew one. Tried it. With current dog but he is too old n tired, had to pass the young dog along. To somebody else. À pair f by dogsnwould be great.

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    1. That's a good system. For someone so obsessed with planning and control, I tend to be haphazard about my animals. They just turn up, one way or the other. Sometimes I've had as many as six dogs at a time over the years, but never fewer than two.

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  4. I'm convinced that all reality stars are fake to some extent. The media has to build them up, so people will watch them.

    You mentioned me being more of a mace girl. Anything with a spray could fail. I suppose a gun could fail as well. In a time of need; I'd go for something that I know would work.

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    1. When Cody Lundin was asked at one of his guest speaker appearances whether everything was as it appeared on Dual Survival, he laughed and said "it's tv, man!" I guess they have to create a little drama, since 45 minutes of two guys wandering through a swamp would be dull. There's a line though, at least as far as I am concerned. Les Stroud really does everything he says he did. That guy Bear Grylls absolutely faked a lot of his, and he stayed in hotels at night, that kind of thing.

      You're right, Mace and the like have a lot of drawbacks. A gun could fail to function, but the primary problem with women or anybody else carrying a gun for protection is that usually, the place where you work won't let you bring it even if you have a state permit. Since you are a teacher I am sure you couldn't bring yours to and from work. It takes intestinal fortitude to use a knife. That's up close and personal. I don't doubt for a second though, that you would do so if you had to, to protect yourself or your family.

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  5. We used to have two cockers ( strays ) and took them a couple of times to a rabies clinic. It wasn't too bad if you got there early and they had two stations running plus the guy from the county that issued the tags. It was a lot cheaper. I'll never have cockers again though, one of them was great to us but I was always concerned when people arrived. Our friends have two dogs that are a Great Pyrenees-Australian Shepherd mix, they watch over the goats. Great dogs, huge and I'm sure would scare off anyone but when they know you they want to lay in your lap.

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    1. I don't think I've ever had a "pure bred" dog, although my dad raised AKC registered German Shepherds for a long time. My brother will only have registered Springer Spaniels. The Great Pyrenees Australian Shepard mix would be excellent dogs, especially for goats like your friends have, or sheep.
      I like a good mixed breed dog, myself. They have been great security aids and friends over the years, and never cost me anything to get since they came here needing a home.

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  6. Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I'll be sure to tell Mr. Toto (the Yorkie Mix), Miss Moppsy (The Wirehaired Terrier/Chiuwawa mix) and Axle (The only purebred, full Chiuwawa) and Gigi, The Snoodle (half poodle and half Snouser, rymes with Mouser) that Harry said that "They have very tiny dogs that don't look like dogs. That's ok, times change"

    Well now Harry. I happen to know that Mr. Toto is a 120 pound dog in a "ten pound package" and he will bark up a storm at the slightest sound. He is also the "perfect toe biter" and will bite your toes if not fed on time. Toto has a side nickname, "Toto Toes"
    Moppsy has to be carried everywhere. She is also a "little huntress" when it comes to cats in her yard. She's a tough little Terrier.

    Axle the Chiuwawa will sneek up and steal food from you if its in your hand. He's the perfect little food thief and he sneaks up on and jumps up on the kitchen table looking for extra food. We keep food off of the table. Axle is untrainable and incorrigible, but we love him anyway.
    Gigi is the "Ottoman Empress" My mother has several ottomans in her house and Gigi is always on an Ottoman somewhere. She's a spry 16 years old and still likes to run and hop. Her hearing is bad, but when the other dogs start in on a "barking chorus" she joins in, not knowing what she's barking at. Its just good to bark anyway.

    All of thease dogs stay at my mothers house and sleep on the bed with her (King Size bed of course) I live a short distance away and see them almost everyday. I grew with big dogs (Norwiegen Elkhounds) but little dogs eat less, crap less and you wont be crippled from a 10 lap dog sitting on your lap as opposed to a 120 pound not just sitting on your sofa, but taking it over.

    My mother also has as .22 Mag single action revolver for intruders. That and four dogs are a hell of a deterrent. A chorus of small dogs barking and acting as a pack will confuse intruders just by their numbers. If I recall correctly also "Tibetian Buddest monks" used a small dog breed as alarm monks of intruders.

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    1. CC, yeah and in the last ditch you can always throw small dogs and the cats at an intruder! :-0

      My dad had a deer born Chiwawa, named "Tiny." She would sit on his chest when he was in his recliner and she would bite anyone who tried to pick her up.

      I've got nothing against little dogs, or any kind of dogs. But I do think that in the past, the bigger dogs I saw at the clinic were "working dogs."' Hunting with hounds was a big thing here, and about every other pickup had a dog box in the bed. Pit bulls were very common as security dogs. I don't think we had much of the dog fighting problem here, but it probably went on to some extent. Now that there are so many more people who only live here part time, it has changed. Those folks just don't have big dogs, I suppose because they want dogs that are easy to travel with and who live in the house.

      I didn't know your mother was still living. I guess that's how you settled in the area you are in then. Nice to have some family.

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  7. Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I had to 'rib you a little' on the small dog thing.)

    In the end, a loyal dog of any type can be can be used in many ways. Little dogs with their keen ears and loud barks are great alarms.

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    1. I like little dogs. I would have one for a house dog except I'm afraid there'd be friction between ferrets and dog. Even a little dog can pretty easily kill a ferret, and the American Ferret Association web page is full of sad stories where a dog didn't really mean to kill his friend the ferret, but did.

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  8. I really liked Season 2 of Dual Survivor. I haven't watched it after that.

    Our vet is a rural vet and they will let you bring in a dog or cat just for a rabies. They will only charge you for the vaccine - no exam or whatever, so it costs $8 flat. It's nice that they offer that - I think they know that there are so many farm families that couldn't afford all the extras, and at least this way their pets are protected against rabies.

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  9. Lisa, it was that way here too once upon a time. Then the country vets who would come see your horse at your place slowly disappeared, and the vets in pastel work shirts, with hair cuts they got at the beauty parlor, kind of took over. The farmers were displaced by the retirees. Not all the changes here have been positive over the years.

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