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    Wink My pre-ride ritual...

    Took a little ride today - 50* and humid, so a little chilly but not bad. About a 14 mile round trip to the nearest little town and back.

    Prior to my ride though, I must do a ritual. Yes, I check the bike over but that's not what I'm talking about.

    You see, I have two outside dogs - Chester (yellow lab/terrier mix) and Ember (Great Dane). They have a compulsion that I can't seem to break - they think they need to escort me off the property and down the road a bit as I go out for a ride on the TW... I don't like this as it puts them out on the road and many folks around here don't brake for dogs.

    Yes, I know I could tie them up but I don't want to. Eventually, I'm going to construct a fence around the house to contain them - about an acre or so. But for now, I do the ritual.

    Before going for the ride, I ride the trails on the property first - the dogs running along with me. Take a trip out and back and then a shorter out and back to get them good and tired and heading for the water trough. Then, I can make my escape without them in hot pursuit

    Silly I know but it works for now. When I came back they were both crashed on the lawn.

    Other than this one bad habit, they are really very good dogs. I can leave them with gravity feeders and the automatic waterer and they are just fine. They stay on the property (60 acres) for the most part and out of trouble.

    The ride was just enough to get the bike good and warm and the battery fully charged again. I try and do this several times over the winter here when the weather is warmer.

    Here are the culprits....

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    Chester & Ember sound like great companions to have around the place
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    Back in my days on the Old Farm....my Airedales would do the same thing...so I would take them to the back woods, deep on the property, wear them out, and they head down the road...
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    image.jpgimage.jpg that sounds so familiar. Good for you. Even better for Chester and Ember! My ankle-biters expect similar ritual.
    Last edited by Fred; 02-09-2014 at 05:40 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OSOK View Post
    ... Before going for the ride, I ride the trails on the property first - the dogs running along with me. Take a trip out and back and then a shorter out and back to get them good and tired and heading for the water trough. Then, I can make my escape without them in hot pursuit .....
    Not only are you lucky to be able to ride in February but you are lucky to have enough property to get two dogs tired running after you! It's 15 degrees with a foot of new snow here.
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    Well, no riding today! 32 out right now and going down - supposed to get "wintery mix" precip tonight... yuck. It's not supposed to do this here!

    And yeah, back and forth to the back of the property is about a mile, so it takes about a mile and a half to get them tired enough not to give chase up the driveway.

    I need to start running it instead of riding the TW - would be a good way to lose some weight. I am planning on doing a morning walk with them each day.... if it ever warms up!
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    Murf used to do follow me too but now he's too old. He just lays on the porch and watches. Time will tell what the new pup will do. He's only 3 months old and not allowed out of the fenced yard right now.

    By the way, some of you guys are fairly new and may not know we have a dog thread here where you can show off and brag about your pets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    image.jpgimage.jpg that sounds so familiar. Good for you. Even better for Chester and Ember! My ankle-biters expect similar ritual.
    Nice to see the cat & dog getting along
    Altho we have just cats now, we had a dog & cat once & we all went for walks together & sometimes out in the car too, the cat used to get on with any dog that didn't chase her
    but avoided other cats
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    Thanks Tirebiter, didn't know.I'll look for Murf and your new pup on dog link, maybe find Sparky Jan there too.

    My sympathies to Rocky and all other artic denizens, may warm weather come your way soon. I recall Hailey Idaho as a really pretty place from a July 4th .
    Last edited by Fred; 02-10-2014 at 10:35 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    ..... and all other artic denizens, may warm weather come your way soon. I recall Hailey Idaho as a really pretty place from a July 4th .
    Hailey? Artic? PolarPilot would get a laugh out of that! But I WILL have the TW loaded up and on the way to Death Valley in a few weeks.
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