2008/10/15– Ranger goes to school!

Mr. Ranger has started Puppy Kindergarten at a local trainer, Training Tracks. This past spring Beau completed a class through Training Tracks to help me learn the basics of clicker training and he did very well–he’s a much faster learner than I am. Ranger is taking to the clicker very well and I can see…

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2008/09/24– Across Indiana

The PBS Program “Across Indiana” (produced by WFYI, Indianapolis) came out at the end of August to shoot some footage of the park where I work and live (well, the Park end of it. the other end, Brookville Lake, is 16,000 acres with 5,000 of that in water). We spent 8 hours out on the…

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2008/09/18– Let There Be Light!

Sunday night SE Indiana/SW Ohio was rocked by the remnants of Hurricane Ike. I lost power from 2:15 Sunday until 10:30 last night (I celebrated Beau’s 8th “Homecoming Day” in the dark with him on the 16th). I was all right since I have enough food on hand to survive a zombie uprising, plus I…

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2008/08/26– Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall

One of the projects I’m currently involved with–and why this site hasn’t had much by way of updates this season–is hosting the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall as it visits Whitewater Memorial State Park in September. This is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

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2008/06/16– Beau’s UKC Premier Show Results

Beau and I traveled to Kalamazoo, Michigan to partake in the festivities of the UKC Premier. This was our 8th appearance. We showed in the Top Ten Breed Finals, COBRA Breed Specialty, and all three days of the Premier. In Saturday’s show Beau earned the Grand Champion Award of Merit under judge Karen Johnson. There…

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2008/04/17– 2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

My friend Christine sent me a link for 2 Dogs 2,000 miles. This is a hike by Luke and his two Great Pyrenees are taking from Austin, TX to Boston, MA to raise awareness for canine cancer research. Much of what we learn from animal cancer directly affects the treatment of human cancer. Finding a…

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2008/03/06– Make a Clean-Up Bag Dispenser

I usually carry a reusable bag when I go shopping, but many times the cashier forgets to put my purchases in the sack or, on occassion, I forget to bring the bag on my shopping trips. This leads me to collecting plastic shopping bags by the dozen– I reuse them as trash bags and to pick…

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2008/02/29– Western States Endurance Run

I met a couple of guys today doing trail maintenance to qualify for the Western States Endurance Run (aka WS100). This is a 100 mile wilderness trail run through the California mountains (Squaw Valley to Auburn) to be completed in 30 hours or less. The two guys I talked to are attempting to complete the…

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