Sunday, November 25, 2012

It's All I Have To Bring Today

November 23, 2012
Sandy Creek Park, GA

It's all I have to bring today -
This, and my heart beside -
This, and my heart, and all the fields -
And all the meadows wide

[Emily Dickinson]

Oh Happy Happy Day!

November 22, 2012
Thanksgiving Day
Athens, GA

The first of four days off - Thanksgiving Break - but sadly, the big park is closed, so we found another field to run and blow off some steam. After an hour of this, we went on a 2.5 hour walk all across a very empty and peaceful campus - our Thanksgiving tradition!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 18, 2012
Greene County, GA

After having faced - and somehow survived! - a terminal illness seven years ago, there is not a day that goes by on which I don't feel thankful for what I have, even if life gets a little bumpy sometimes. I am thankful for being alive and well; for having so many great friends and a wonderful family; for having a home, and food every day; for not living in a war zone; and for my sweet Tessa, who will patiently hold a corn cob in her mouth for three full minutes while I take the same photo over and over again. 

I am wishing everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving - enjoy the food and your time with friends and family - and don't forget to be thankful!

The Return Of The Iron Horse

 November 18, 2012
Greene County, GA

The Iron Horse sits in a corn field in Greene County, right off GA 15. It's an easy drive from Athens, and one of my favorite places to go. 

The abstract sculpture was created by Abbott Pattison at UGA's Lamar Dodd School of Art and placed in front of Reed Hall in 1954. Back then, art, and metal sculpture in particular, was new to southern universities and the horse was not well received - at all.  Just hours after its placement, students gathered around the iron creature, placed straw in its mouth, manure at its back, and painted the words "front" on its neck and "back" on its tail. Balloons were tied underneath the rear legs, and attempts were made to set the horse on fire. The university decided to remove and hide the sculpture until in 1959, it was moved to its current location on a farm in Greene County, where it now sits in the middle of a corn field, visible from GA 15 only in the winter. Jack Curtis, owner of the farm, says they are now judging the corn crops on whether or not they can see the horse.

There have been several attempts to bring the Iron Horse back to campus but they all failed.

Last week, the Board of Regents approved a request by the University of Georgia to purchase the farm in Greene County, to be used for agricultural research. It is ironic that the Iron Horse will once again sit on UGA property (unless there are plans to move it once again). 

Let Me Count The Ways ...

 November 18, 2012
Sandy Creek Park, GA

... I catch thee, my frisbee!

Tres Amigos

November 18, 2012
Sandy Creek Park, GA

Dewi, Rhys and Tessa take a moment to pose for the camera. Rhys is finally back after hip surgery, the recovery of which took six months. It's good to have him back.

Sadly, Tessa's mentor, sweet Shane, stepped over the rainbow bridge on November 4. I miss seeing him at the park, and he will be even more missed when we go hunting this winter. Tessa has some big shoes to fill.

1995 - 2012

Morning Run

November 10, 2012
Sandy Creek Park, GA

Monday, November 12, 2012

I'm A Georgia Voter!

November 6, 2012
[at home]

Election Day! The question is, did she vote for Romney or Obama? Neither. She confided that she wrote in Bartholomew DuVal, who apparently ran for president on the promise of reducing the quail deficit.

Bartholomew DuVal

Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon

November 4, 2012
[at home]

Kim and Sunny left a raw bone in our freezer for Tessa and it made her Sunday! 


November 3, 2012
Lake Hartwell, GA

Tessa takes a survey of our favorite lake and this year's drought. On this day, the water level was 645.83 feet - 14.17 feet below full pool. 

Lake Hartwell Dam

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Tessa's World

November 3, 2012
Gholston Stand Crossroads, GA

We hit the road today with our friends Kim and Sunny. Our first stop was Gholston Stand and the Tar Paper House. I am a little worried about those two icons of Madison County. Gholston Stand seems to have folded up its latest business, and the old sign in front of the store has disappeared and I recall a conversation I had with locals a few years ago, regarding Wal-Mart which apparently has its eyes on the big field across the road...right where the developer's billboard has sprouted. Of course, the tar paper house was supposed to be burned down years ago, do to its dilapidated state and a severe bat infestation. It will be sad to lose it, but I understand. Gholston Stand, on the other hand, is in good shape and deserves to be saved.


Lean Forward

October 28, 2012
Athens, GA

Getting in shape for the hunting season. We do this by increasing both food and exercise. 

Long Legs

October 22, 2012
Athens, GA

Duck Dog

 October 20, 2012
Jersey, GA 

The duck chase last month was not a fluke. Tessa has finally clicked with the ducks and today she had several live duck retrieves, and was very impatient whenever we watched the other dogs work. There will definitely be some duck work when NAVHDA training resumes in March 2013!

Field work also went well.

The Fabric of My Life [Season 5]

October 13, 2012
Oconee County (GA)

Frisbee [Minus The Kung Fu]

October 10, 2012
Sandy Creek Park, GA

Kung Fu Frisbee

October 3, 2012
Sandy Creek Park, GA

Always trying to outdo herself, Tessa has found a way to combine two sports in one.

I Got A Tag As Big As - Texas?

October 2, 2012
[at home]

Tessa was due for her rabies and corona shots today, and needed a heart worm check. Since she had a reaction to one or more vaccines in a batch of many, when she was a puppy, she is classified as a pre-treat for DHPP and rabies. So I dropped her off at the vet in the morning and picked her up after work. All went well.

As I paid the bill, I pulled her new rabies tag from the packet and to my surprise it was big, and oddly shaped. Only states have that kind of crazy shape. No cute heart, circle or fire hydrant. And not giving it much further thought, I asked why the rabies tag has the shape of Georgia whereupon the office staff replied: "Uhm...that's not Georgia. It's actually the shape of Texas."

And it sure is. Of course I knew that Georgia does not have such a ragged shape. It just didn't occur to me that a dog vaccinated in Georgia by a Georgia veterinarian would receive a Texas tag. But I guess it's possible and for the next three years, we will have to live with a huge Texas shaped tag adorning the collar of my Georgia girl!

After the initial shock I was able to accept it, and I don't think Tessa even knows what a state is.

Free Drinks!

September 29, 2012
Athens, GA

A man's trash is a dog's treasure: beverages on the sidewalks and chicken bones in the curbs, after a day of tailgating in a college town, Tessa is in heaven, while I am trying to navigate her past the trash. She  doesn't exactly need to consume chicken bones nor caffeine.