Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
"This is another one of those great, easy, historic, scenic walks that every walker in the area should know about. The No. 9 Trolley Trail follows an old trolley line that was built in the 1890s to transport folks from Catonsville to Ellicott City."
Monday, April 28, 2008
I found (so far) that the best device for removing them is this little thing called "Ticked Off." Some vets sell them and they're available online. I have about 4-5 in various locations. I think there are some other variations on this model, but this one works very well. I find tweezers very difficult and they basically just mutilate the tick. This gadget pulls out the head and isn't yucky to use.
Meanwhile, we're continuing to keep up with our Frontline treatments. But I have a feeling this year might be a little worse than usual.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
"This walk in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area is for everyone--especially nature lovers. It has a wealth of habitats and is home to many species of birds, butterflies, frogs and mammals. It is an easy 2 miles, unpaved, mostly shaded, and very scenic. You'll enjoy the views and sounds of the river and the chorus of bird songs. Your dog will love connecting with his Inner Wolf."
For more details, directions, and sign-up info, check out the "Wag on the Wild Side" walk on the Columbia Dogs-on-the-Go Meetup site.
The hike is a single loop of about 5 miles with several scenic overlooks along the way. The trails are rocky and very steep in places so good sturdy hiking boots with ankle support are required. Check the group's website for more details and sign-up info.
Also scheduled is a May 10 hike at Great Falls Park, VA.
We've done several hikes with this group and always enjoy them.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Helen, an assistant organizer for the group, has been scheduling these Thursday walks--a great way to unwind after work!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Now, mind you, this is not a glamorous place where you go to celebrate your anniversary or sample nouvelle cuisine. There are about 4 outdoor plastic tables under a canopy on a side deck. (You may need to let the staff know you're there so you can get served.) But we liked it. It was quiet and relaxing for lunch. You have a view of the Forest Motel and ice cream shop (more on that later), the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center (with a PetCo), and Rt. 40 traffic, but that was all OK.
Richard had a "Forest Beer," which was a dark beer--one of several selections on tap. We don't really know its origins, but he thought it was very good, along with his pea soup. I had iced tea, a BLT and coleslaw--which were all good. The Forest Diner serves breakfast all day, and there were lots of standard diner selections on the menu, like liver and onions, burgers, and salads. The wait staff was friendly. The dogs enjoyed the shade of the covered area.
A peek inside was quite surprising. The front area was straight out of the 50s--but not in a "contrived" way like the newer diners aim for. This felt real and looked kinda fun. This place's history actually dates back to the 40s.
After lunch, we walked across the parking lot over to the Forest Motel's "Soft Serve" walk-up ice cream shop. I think the motel and diner were once owned by the same entities, but are now separately owned. There is a wheelchair accessible ramp up to the walk-up window.
We shared a hot fudge sundae and were able to enjoy it in a semi-shaded area with about 6 picnic tables. Although there is a sign on the ice cream shop saying that they do not provide seating, patrons take their ice cream over to the picnic area which belongs to the motel. The motel seems to be OK with this, based on a phone call I made to enquire before writing something up. Overall, this was a very pleasant dog-friendly area to get a bite to eat!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
What is it with dogs and grass? I searched the Internet and you get the usual stuff about "settling their stomachs." But basically, they just LIKE it!
I find that my guys tend to vomit only if they gulp it down like it's the last grass on earth. But if they graze slowly and mindfully (ha!), they're usually OK.
Probably the only thing to worry about is fertilizers and pesticides on the grass. Otherwise, I guess it's no big deal.
Riley and Cody can be found by clicking on "Browse the Mosaic" and then entering the codes: riley170 and cody121.
It can take a few days for them to work a photo into the mosaic.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
We had about 19 people and about as many dogs--some people had 2-3 dogs, and some dogs had 2-3 people. It's always great to see the mix of little guys and big ones and how well they get along and trot along the trail.
Crossing the historic Bollman Truss Bridge at Savage Mill.
The Savage Historic Mill Trail is very short (about 1.5 miles round trip), but what it may lack in length, it makes up in ease and beauty. You can even take a short side trail down to the river and any dog so-inclined can jump in. And some did. Then you can wind up the walk with a visit to Savage Mill and Bonaparte's bakery. There is a nice enclosed courtyard to relax with a dog and enjoy coffee, lunch and all manner of sweet treats.
We'll definitely do this one again!
Follow up comments and photos from the walk are on the Columbia Dog Meetup site.
Monday, April 14, 2008
We were there only a short time and didn't see all the results for the different contests (costumes, raffles, etc.), but it was great to see some of the new (and old) vendors catering to dogs. For one, it looks like we'll soon have several options for boarding and day care. The Coventry School has been around for several years, and Dogtopia opened in Clarksville last year. Also coming is Camp Bow Wow, offering day camp and overnight camp, and due to open in August. It will be located on Oakland Mills Road near Coventry. Club Pooche, on Red Branch Road, will have a grand opening on May 10.
I provided some cards for the Columbia Dog Meetup, so I'm hoping to see some more members sign up.