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I love my dogs but sometimes they are just plain goofy.  Once the squirrels come out for the season, they go from tree to tree chasing them.  They will sit for hours under the trees watching and waiting for the squirrels to come down.Maggie Squirrel Hunting

My next door neighbor once wondered if  they get stiff necks.  My sister, Ruthie, came over once and asked where they were.  I told her they were outside.  She said they couldn’t be because they didn’t run to greet her.  I told her they must have a squirrel up in the tree.  Sure enough,  they were staring up at the tree.

These two are hunting dogs.  I guess they don’t understand they are bird dogs, not squirrel dogs.  What I can’t figure out is why the squirrels even come back.  Sport and Maggie do this every year.   If they are in the house and see a squirrel out the window, they go crazy.  They will jump and whine until you let them out.  Then they race out the door jumping down off the deck.  Mind you we have six steps coming off the deck.  They jump over all of them.

When I first  saw the add for the movie “UP” with the dog with the talking collar, I just laughed.  That is my two.  They will be going along then “SQUIRREL”.  Just don’t get in there way or they are liable to run you over.

They keep Tom and I smiling.  They are such a joy to have around.

I love my Sport and Maggie.

C

Sport, come help me find that squirrel

That squirrel went somewhere

I don't see where it went Maggie

It's up in the tree

Oh squirrel, I'm waiting

Maggie I see it.

It's right up there

Mom - leave us alone.  We're busy.

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The gathering of snowmobiles at the club house.

The gathering of snowmobiles at the club house.

This past Sunday (3/15/09) was the last vintage ride of the season for the Baker River Valley Snowmobile Club.   We had quite a turnout.  There were 31 snowmobiles. We had good weather.  The sun was shining all day.  It did get a little warm for some of the sleds.  The older motors just don’t like the heat to much.

Sport and Maggie came with us on the ride.  They had a blast.  Sport rode with me.  Maggie rode with Tom.  Sport curled up in between my legs.  It felt like he was trying to go to sleep.

Maggie and Sport on Tom's Rupp Nitro

Maggie and Sport on Tom's Rupp Nitro

He kept poking his head out under my arm to watch Tom and Maggie behind me.  Maggie on the other hand sat with Tom and watch as the world whizzed by.  She loves to have the wind in her face.  Everyone got a kick out of the fact that they would just sit with us on the sled and ride.  They also enjoyed exploring the trails when we stopped.

There is a great look out over the valley where we stopped for a while.  I almost had to stay there.  The sled I was riding was getting hot and kept on stalling.  Then the rope came out of the starter.   Tom tried to put it back but found that the starter spring had broken as well.  So with help from our friend Greg, Tom wrapped the rope around the starter cup and kept trying to start the machine.  After quite a few tries, they got it started.  But I couldn’t let it stall or shut it off or I was done.  As we were leaving the look out area, I notice Greg was having issues trying to start his machine.  But I couldn’t stop to help.  Sorry Greg.

Eve on her Skee-Horse at the look out.

Ev on her Skee-Horse at the look out.

We had a hard time keeping such a large group together.  It was the largest turnout of the year.  Next time we will probably break up the groups so it will be more manageable. There were a few Rupps.  A really nice Polaris and an Evenrude.  Ev, the club president, rode a Johnson Skee-Horse.  Other makes included Kawasaki, Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo, and Northway.  There was even a Johnson Skee-Horse with a caboose.  When we stopped for the day I had Maggie and Sport pose for a picture in the caboose.

Maggie and Sport in the Johnsons Caboose

Maggie and Sport in the Johnson Caboose

At the end of the ride we all met at Ev’s house.  She lives just off the trail.  We had a cook out.  The weather was gorgeous.  No jackets needed.  Everyone had a great time rehashing old snowmobile stories.  Talking about various sleds they had in the past or have at present.  Maggie and Sport tried there best to get food from everyone.  I was very proud of my two. They were very well behaved.

I can’t wait until next year.  The word is spreading about these rides.  I’m sure that next year we will have even greater turn out.

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C

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