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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2942

This is another place I love to go to , with this beautiful big open field ( a rarety here , usually everything is dense brush ) - the girls are hoping to spot coyotes and I am hoping they won't as baby Hermione will follow them already.....
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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2943

And another mountainous area with beautiful views - best in winter ,as otherwise there are free range cattle and horse and lots and lots of tiny little burrs . This here was Hermione's first visit up there - a backroad goes almost all the way so she could come with us even at this tender age .
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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2944

And finally a picture taken last xmas , when I had a bautiful 4 hour hike in fresh snow , again in a strictly " winter only " place , it being a main grazing area for horses and cows the rest of the year . I love to be out in the open though , we all can see better and I get to watch some phantastic runs then at times . Nothing more beautiful than a deerhound , or 2 or 3 , in full flight , this always touches me deeply.

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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2945

Wow Verenav, thanks for sharing those beautiful photo's, how wonderful to be able to walk with the dogs off lead without worrying about bumping into another person, my idea of heaven.
We'll make so with the golf course where Murphy can chase the odd golfer........ luckily they know him now!

We do have some lovely walks, but without knowing who is round the next bend, I keep him on the lead unless I am sure.
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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2947

Thank you Lurch - you know what , after having lived here for 13 years I seem to have adapted so much , that I do worry at times , hoping no one with another dog will come - not that mine are nasty , but they will run up as fast as they can to say hello and that scares almost everyone....But I know that I am blessed to be living here and am grateful every day - there are other worries , like wildlife ( I mean bears and cougars , though bears do go up the trees for the dogs normally ) and accidents , which , touch wood , haven't happen often and if so , usually not too bad , mostly abrasions , at times one or the other has to be on leash for a while or wear a shoe , which doesn't slow them down , only makes some extra noise. Wish , ther were more deerhounds around to hike with , my friend lives about 1ookm away , we meet on average 1nce/month for a good hike with our 6 combined dhs.

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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2948

Bears, OMG, how frightening, do you mean brown grizzly bears?
I know exactly what you mean about them running up to people, mine does the same and it does frighten people, I have never had a dog do that before and I find it irritating that he doesn't do as he is told with regards to this.
There is another Deerhound in our village, Alfie, who is about 2. The lady takes him to the local park every day and lets him off lead, he doesn't charge up to people and gets on well with all the dogs. Perhaps where that is where I have gone wrong, a walk 'through' the park and out the other side is our limit, we tend to just go to places that are more desolate. Murphy thinks he is the be all and end all of everything! We met a black lab today and he had a growl at Murphy! Murphy isn't aggressive, but he can be vocal. Other dogs tend to have a go at him purely because of his sheer size, they fel threatened.
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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2949

No , not Grizzlies here in the part of BC where I live , the smaller Black Bears though ; I think , that cougars in the end are the more dangerous ones .
I do go to dogparks every so often - and with a ton of treats and only one off leash at a time it works pretty well . For my girls it is more the " teamwork " that riles (sp? ) them up and , also , if they spotted a tiny white thing ( Bichon , Maltese , whatever ) in the distance , I am not sure , what would happen , they'd for sure course it intially - not good....So for us dogparks are more " work /training " than fun and games . I used to go more often when I had only 2 dhs - once the 3rd deerhound was added they formed a (hunting) pack rather than being " best buddies " , making it all the more interesting . In the end, I love to be out walking in the woods/mountains much more anyways than driving to town and having to constantly be on the lookout and not being able to let them go. I found , too , that quite a few dogs will go for deerhounds without any good reason - one idea on one of the American lists I am on was , not only their seize and colour , but also , that the deerhound( also other sighthoundbreeds of course ) build suggests a submissive dog ( ears flat , tail low , a bit " hunched up " - sorry you showpeople , but this is , what a good topline might look to another kind of dog )and then they are not , what a dispappointment/frustration.... As I have 4 wel socialised girls here , who keep each other good company and every so often get to meet other dogs and humans , too , I happily decided that my dogpark visits can be cut down to minimum ( 4 per year or so , I think ) . A golf course sounds like a nie place - I always wish we could hold lurecoursetrials on them - they look perfect for it , well maintained and beautifully designed and usually slightly " undulating " , not totally flat either I mean . And , they are usually fenced here - a big plus .

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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2950

Truly magnificent. How lucky are your hounds. The only place ours are off lead is at home and at least we have room for them to run and chase the odd wallaby.
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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2956

Chase the odd wallaby sounds very nice - hoping , the wallabies can escape somehow....I have very little room at home , my lot is more like a bigger dogrun - so , we do rely on the wilderness around us.
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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2958

Oh Verenav I narly choked onmy tea when I read your comment about lure coursing on golf courses. It's my husbands course, well not his personally! but he is a member and I could just see his face when I say "Can we have Lure Coursing on the 9th!"
Murphy has been trained not to walk/run/breath/look at the greens, I always say "away" when he goes anywhere near and he is very good. Occasionally he gets a bit frisky and dives into the bunkers and digs like crazy, my husbands face is all stressed and red and he shouts at him which makes him do it more as he has the devil in him (I am usually trying my hardest not to laugh)
These golfers do love their course!!! Lure Coursing!! I know what you mean thoughthey are perfect running grounds, so lush and smooth!
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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2963

I had the feeling golfers would defend their courses to the bitter end....But really , soft grass , beautifully landscaped and super good maintained , not totally flat , big and very often fenced . The only thing I'd worry about are the amount of pesticides some golfcourses use.


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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2969

Now i can help you there son was a greenkeeper! They don't use anything that is harmful, well not in the UK anyhow. You only have to think of the wildlife around a golf course and they aren't allowed to use anything that harm an animal or a human being.
Luckily I helped him with his revising!!!!
Now off to let my boys have a good bound around the 9th green! I only let him off here as it is centre of the course, nothing around and if anyone was to approach I can see them comning up the 7th, bliss, just munrjacs we have to watch out for.
Murphy caught a bunny the other night, my husband stewed him with Leeks, Carrots, Onions and Swede and thoroughly enjoyed him! My daughter isn't talking to us, but I tried to explain, Murphy caught it, it would be rude not to.........
Incidentally, he caught it, lay down with it, his big paws cuddling him and then washed him! Terrier came along and stole him.........
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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2974

Shouldn't Murphy have gotten the bunny for dinner - especially since he already started to prepare it ?

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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2977

Ha ha, you would have thought, but hubby loves bunny stew, he grew up one of 7 kids and had Lurchers, Greyhounds and Whippets also a pet fox too and has great memories of sitting round the table with bunny stew, actually I think they had it all week!!! times were hard then!!!

Murphy didnt kill it, he only wanted to wash it and take it home!!
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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #2981

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Chase the odd wallaby sounds very nice - hoping , the wallabies can escape somehow....I have very little room at home , my lot is more like a bigger dogrun - so , we do rely on the wilderness around us.
Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. The wallabies go through fences like they don't exist and there are plenty of blackberry thickets for them to hide in but the hounds will flush them out if they do that.
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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #3457

our favourite walk
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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #3458

Playing in the surf
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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #3459

and again, no wallabies but there are plenty of them at home to chase (or stalk and then give up when they bounce off ;) )
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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #3460

Very useful for tiring everyone out for a day or two
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Re:Places to Walk 9 years 1 month ago #3480

Wonderful pics!

This is one of our favorite walks - Carew castle in Pembrokeshire
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