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Traveling With The Mutts and the Discovery of BringFido.com


Here on the HK Bar our dogs are part of our family. They are constant companions that go everywhere (nearly) with us. So when the rare road trip or vacation comes around they typically travel with us. 

I have been in the midst of planning a short getaway for the girls and I, (plus Virgil and Booker Blue.)  While I was wasting my time on google trying to sort each individual motel/motel on prices, availability, location and pet policy I came upon a jewel! 

The secret you ask? Www.Bringfido.com 

It’s basically the answer to my trip with dogs in tow planning dream come true! It even has an app! Which I quickly downloaded. Super easy to navigate. 

I was able to compare hotels and read all the info easily in one place. No more clicking on each hotel site and wasting time. 

In addition to hotel arrangements you may also search pet friendly restaurants, find dog walkers, dog parks, as well as many other tools at the specific area you plan to be. 

So if you are planning a trip soon and your pup is going along check this app out! It’s a win! 

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Bullet and Blitz, School Days

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Bullet and Blitz continue with thier training. Bullet is Beginning to be very reliable, and only sneaks up on the horses about once a week. The rest of the time she has been behaving herself. She is a great little girl, and her body is really starting to mature. She is a slab of muscle, and she continues to seek out my attention frequently. She will dash off and then I find her right back at my heels. Bullet is supposed to be my husband’s dog, but I think it’s safe to say she is one of my pack now.

Blitz still drags the leash everywhere. He likes to chase cars, thank heavens he hasn’t caught one yet. The goofball has not attempted to chase the cows or horses again. I think the hiding he took the last time has stuck with him.  He is a sweet boy. Quite a bit more independent than Bullet. He will run far and wide with no worry to seeking out my attention. He is getting better with his recall, and he stands nicely to be pet. Such a lively boy!

Until next time!

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Bullet and Blitz, Snow Adventures

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Bullet (left) and Blitz running after completing thier morning chores.

I tell you what my two pups are so comical together. This was a picture of them during our after work run. It is currently 25°F and as you can see we have a dusting of snow.  And oh the wind! Enough to freeze your face in a short few minutes. Bullet and Blitz did not even seem to notice the cold.

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They were both saints during our chores this morning. I was so pleased with both of them. I didn’t have to call Bullet off even once. She did her job quietly and respected the horses. She is getting so reliable, and I am so very proud of her!

Blitz continues to be on the lead when we are around the livestock. And he still drags it during thier free run time. This way I can get ahold of him easier if need be. His recall needs work, but he is improving already. He doesn’t seem to miss much and is always watching what is going on around him. He has almost perfected sit. Wahoo!

Until next time!

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Walking With A Purpose; Raise Money for you Animal Shelter just By Walking!

I use a app on my phone called Walk For A Dog. You can find it at http://www.wooftrax.com

This app keels track of how far I walk my dogs and then donates money to my local animal shelter. You should check it out! The app is super easy to use, and how cool that I can earn money to support the area homeless dogs and cats just by walking my dogs, which I do ANYWAY!

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Tucker and Bunny

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Boo and Precious

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Bo and Owl

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Bullet and I (Well, my leg)

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We all had to stop and dig in a rabbit hole...

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And discuss how many rabbits probably live in there....

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Tucker and Bunny

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Then walked off into the sunset.

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Bo and Tucker

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I love my old dogs! There is something so reassuring and predictable bout an old dog. They aren’t trying to find themselves like puppies do, you already know who they are and what to expect from them.

I took these pictures of Bo and Tucker this morning after I fed the horses. My sweet babies. Why can’t dogs live forevor? In recent weeks I have seen changes in Tucker. He wanders away from the farm, which he has never done before, and he is shorter tempered with the other dogs. I even saw him bite at one of the stable cats. Old age has set in, and its effects are becoming apparent.

So I have been keeping Tucker close to me. He was never one to like staying in the house for long, now he is curled up in his dog bed in the house for most of the day. He gets up to chore with me, and then goes straight back to bed. I also dont want him to wander out into the road and get lost or hit. Of course he isn’t completely senile, but I don’t want to take a chance with him.

Even though there are  challenges to having a senior dog, I wouldn’t trade having my babies for the world.

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Working Shifts on the HK Bar

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Tucker tucking in after his morning shift.

The forecast has been nothing but rain the last 24 hours. We have now received about three inches of rain. On days like this the chores get done in three shifts. The horses and cows get hayed, watered, and grained three times a day in this type of weather to ensure a little more comfort, and so I can make sure all is OK medically. So much can happen in the deep mud and rising water.

I started first rounds at four this morning. Tucker did first shift with me. He makes the rounds with me quietly and precisely. After eleven years he’s always right where I need him to be. He doesnt hesitate to move the stock where they need to be, or swim the small ravine we have to cross to feed the horses and cows. He’s my right hand and a solid working partner.

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The water over the lane is about two feet deep.

Tucker came in after first shift and snuggled in his big comfy bed on the mud room. He was a tired guy and seemed relieved to be back in.

I just finished second shift. I took Bullet with me to let Tucker get a rest and to give Bullet some schooling.

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Bullet waits while i dish grain.

She is still on the leash at all times. She is doing well on basic commands and sticks very close to me most of the time. The only time she offers to take off is when she sees a rabbit or squirrel. The girl loves a good game of chase.

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Bullet crossing the little ravine.

She wasn’t especially excited about crossing the small ravine. After some encouragement from my daughter Boo’s Miniature Australian Shepherd, Precious, she came right along.

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Bullet receiving some encouragement from Precious.

These are the moments I realize what an asset Tucker is. And how big his proverbial shoes to fill really are! Bullet has it in her, she’s just young and green right now. A fact that I will ensure changes.

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She got lots of praise after the ravine crossing from me! Then we moved on to check the cows. I was checking on our calf so it is Bullet’s job to keep the livestock back. She loves this job and is always on the look out for a chance to nip some heels.

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Bullet on watch.

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Bullet standing guard.

We finished rounds and came back to the house to dry off. We finished second shift with no worries. Bullet did great and did her job.

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Bullet sticking close to Mom

Cheers to winter, and cheers to the HK Bar dogs that work with me in shifts.

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Until next time!