Saturday, February 6, 2010



We woke dad up at about 6:30 this morning and he was pretty groggy as he opened the back door to let the six of us backyard paddock dogs (Homer J., Jubal, J.E.B., Shelby Belle, Jack & Abby) out back; it was sleeting. He then went to the front door to let Sophie and Radar out front. They just stay right around the house. All this time dad's was in his PJs. He then went in and got dressed to let the Newfs out into their pen. That usually entails bringing Sophie and Radar back in from out front and then letting Homer, Jubal and Jack back in the house from the paddock. Then he goes down to the kennel and lets J.E.B., Shelby and Abby into the kennel and then he takes Max and Shiloh out of their crates in the kennel out to their pen. Then he'd feed the 3 retrievers in the kennel and then bring Max and Shiloh back into the kennel to feed them. With those five in their crates in the kennel he'd then go back upstairs to feed the other five of us. That's how it should go....HOWEVER... when dad opened the back door to bring in the 3 "inside" dogs there was only one dog there...Jack. Dad called and called but no one else was showing up. A bit puzzled he then went down the steps to look for the other 5 of us. He checked that the gate was closed and he noticed that there weren't any paw prints in the snow by the gate. He went down the start of the paddock run and that's where his eyes followed all of our paw prints to where the big tree had fallen over and taken out our paddock fence. The five of us had climbed over the wreckage and made our GReat escape (part 3). Dad then went back to the house and let the Newfs out into their pen; holding a couple of milk bones insured that they stayed close to him and didn't make a break for the paddock. Then dad went into the house and got his winter gear on to go looking for us. When he went out the front door he saw our neighbor lady, Ms. Jessica, from up the street. She had come to tell dad that we dogs had escaped. She had been taking her dogs for their morning business walk when she encountered us. We then took off down a street and Jessica decided to come tell dad what had happened. About that time 4 of us 5 escapees came running down the street toward the house. Dad called us and we all came running. Jessica started back to her house in the snow and dad brought Shelby, Abby, Homer and J.E.B. back into the house. Only Jubal was still out there in the blizzard. Dad started up the driveway towards the street following Ms. Jessica who was about 100 yard further up the street by then headed for home. Suddenly Jubal came running around the corner and made a beeline for Ms. Jessica for some attention. He stopped for a few pats before he noticed dad and then he came running down to dad. Dad, smart man that he is, didn't yell at Jubes or anything. he just encouraged him along and when Jubal got to dad he got lots of pats and rubs and then the two of them came back in the house where it is warm and toasty. So now we can't go out in the paddock until the fence is fixed, it's still blizzarding and the cars are all snowed in so dad can't get out to Lowes or The Home Depot (which are probably closed anyway). Dad's initial estimate is that the tree fell directly on a post and that the boards and wire will still be usable and that he'll only have to replace the post. He has some 2 x 4s in the detached garage he can use until he can buy a 4 x 4 post. He says that nothing will happen until it stops snowing. He 'll have to get the chain saw running to cut up some of the tree to clear the wreckage before anything gets fixed. He's really not looking forward to this and wants spring to come ASAP.


Hey Hounders,
It started snowing here at about 1:00 PM Friday afternoon, very lightly at first but it started accumulating after 3:00 PM. Here are some photos that we took at about 5:30 PM. We're posting Saturday's blog on Friday evening because dad is sure we'll loose our satellite signal because of the weather and we want to post Friday night and schedule it for Saturday release. The forecast for the metropolitan D.C. area is for from 20 to 30 inches of snow. It's not supposed to stop until about 10:00 PM Saturday night. Any accumulation over 28 inches will set a new record for this area.

We are still getting our butts handed to us on the proverbial silver platter by The Ritchie County Humane Society. So if it isn't too much trouble, please vote as often as you can each day for AHGRR; pretend that you're dead and living in Chicago. We hope that our blog buddies Chandler and Max are doing well today and that they have a comfortable weekend. Please keep up your prayers on their behalf.

We'll try to edit this post during the day if we have a good enough signal. Radar sure loves the snow and he will be romping in it on behalf of our buddy Chandler. We hope that Khyra gets some of the snow this time around; she got robbed last weekend and snow is one of her most favorite things ever.

- The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties


February 6, 2010:
Wrangler at AHGRR sez: We have slipped back to #58 (from #57 yesterday) nationally but, unfortunately, we are still #2 in West Virginia. The Ritchie County Humane Society is #1 in WV and #29 nationally; 29 places higher than us and still widening their lead. Please help us get back on top by voting today.

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Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Oh how I khould fire up The Xterra and khome play with Radar in the snow!

He'd be soooo fun!

And yes yes yes!


It is just a bit after 1am - I think it is 6-8" AND someone turned on the WIND machine!

Stay safe down there!


Gus said...

WOOOOO....we think you guys gotta put a muzzle on Khyra...all those folks she has praying so she gets more snow must be working overtime!

The great escape stuff is wierd. Muzzer had a dream early this morning that your dad called and said..."if you really think they are so cute, come and get them." She figured you all were in some kind of trouble. If ya get kicked out, you can head for E.Rabbit's place in DeeSee. She'll love ya lots.

Oh, but there isn't much of a yard.


~Kim~ said...

What a way to start your day--I'm so glad you were able to round up your "renegades!" We decided to let one of our pups off lead this morning thinking that in the snow he would stay close...No, he looked at that as an opportunity to make a run for it too. Fortunately he's an older dog and with the deep snow was easy to catch up with!
Not being so far from you, we are also getting bombarded with snow--We are up to about 2 feet and it's still coming down! Be safe and stay warm! I hope it's an easy fix for your fence!!

PS: THANKS for your comments on my blog!! I really enjoy hearing from you!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Geez, a 5 Dog Escape??!!!- what a way to start your day! You've got quite the lengthy routine taking care of all those doggys, huh? Well, I for one (foo foo dog or not) THANK YOU for being so generous & kind to so many pups. And yeah... spring can come any day now!

Sheila and Bob said...

Oh My Gosh, What a morning and it's still snowing.
Stay Safe you guys and no more escaping, you have it so good at home......

Hamish & Sophie

JackDaddy said...

That's great that they came home after their adventure!

Even if one of them did have a little more adventure than the rest! :)

Scout Harrison said...

Radar, we should have a snow playdate! The urch can come help with the fence and stay *cough cough* ;) Have fun with the snow!!

Anonymous said...

Sure wish we were nearby to lend our helping paws!

Stay safe, warm and together!!

Everyone please vote for AHGRR.


Whimpurr said...

That must have been very scary! Whimpurr is always so afraid that something like that will happen here and she isn't so sure that all of us would be so easy to round-up!

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Whew! We are so glad everyone is home safe and sound now. That must have been super scary for your dad!


Morgan in Pittsburgh said...

Looks like you got more snow than we did, but you guys are taller! We sort of got stuck in it, at least Maisie did - BOL!
your pals, Morgan & Maisie

Morgan in Pittsburgh said...

We also wanted to say it was nice of your dad to thank you for coming home, instead of yellin at you, like some peoples does.

dewdana said...

Whoa, glad you are all home safe and the tree did not fall on the house or anything! I have fallen behind on my blogger buddies with all of the mango minster activities! I really BOL at the comment about shelby not being able to hold her licker when the sporty dogs went to Key West. Hee Hee!
Enjoy the snow and stay safe!


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