Saturday, September 07, 2013

Blogger Friends and Baxter Escaped

 

Blairsville, Georgia (high 82, low 62)

As I write this post, the morning temperature is 57 degrees.  Boy, what a difference from Tampa.  I wish I had known years ago how much cooler it is here than it is in Florida.

Yesterday (Friday) was a full day in North Carolina at the Freestyle Kayak World Championships.   I’ll have to get together all my photos for another blog tomorrow.  Today, we’re off to the farmers market.

 

Wednesday night, we almost lost our boy Baxter.  We were outside, it was dark, and Baxter was safe inside his cage, wearing  his harness and leash. 

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A neighbor came over to visit, and Baxter was anxious to get out of the cage and greet Roger.  We let him out and he was fine.  I was holding on tight to the leash.

All of a sudden, Baxter saw something under the cabin that scared him.  He took off running like the big wienie that he is, and quickly came to the end of his leash.  When the leash stopped him, he did a flip and was immediately out of his leash.  That must have startled him thankfully, because as soon as he came out of the leash he stopped running.  I rushed over to him, swooped him up and gave him lots of kisses while I was rushing him back inside.  Boy, was that close!   I shudder to think if he hadn’t stopped, because it was pitch black outside and he is certainly not used to being outside.

I guess we need to look for another harness, because he likes to walk around on the patio, but I won’t be doing that anytime soon, unless I’m sure he can’t get out of the harness.  I have been looking online for better harnesses that are escape proof.  If anybody can recommend a good harness, I’d appreciate it.

 

Thursday, we made plans to drive up to Dillard, Georgia to meet up with fellow bloggers, Jeff and Barbie, from Boldt's Rv Castle.  

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We met them at their favorite local Mexican restaurant and spent a few hours eating and visiting.  Afterwards we followed them back to their beautiful mountaintop Rv site.  They sure have a nice place.   We enjoyed visiting with them and hope they’ll come down here to visit us and our favorite local Mexican restaurant!

We did the touristy thing on the way to and from Dillard and finally found the bear we had been looking for.  No, not the real thing, but one to welcome visitors.

Meet Yogi.  If he doesn’t want visitors, you can turn the sign over and it says “go away.”

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Come back tomorrow for pictures of the kayak championships in beautiful Bryson City, North Carolina.

20 comments:

  1. Baxter, sweetie, you have to learn to run towards Mom when you're scared. Not away from her. I am so relieved that you were able to catch him. And meeting up with more bloggers - definitely a good thing.

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  2. Glad to hear you caught Baxter before he took off into the wild!

    I like the idea of Yogi's "Go Away" sign!

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  3. We have been very happy with the Kitty Holster we purchased here. http://www.kittyholster.com/index.html
    To see all the different colors and patterns you will need to click on the "Click here to buy now" button and then click on the "Choose Options" buttons under the various choices.

    There are two strong wide Velcro straps with these holsters. But if the cat pulls hard back straight against the leash and gets his/her front legs straight out over the head then any harness can start to slip. But for a cat running away, this harness would hold fine. You just have to watch that one pull back position with any harness.

    If you look under harness photos, near the bottom right you can see the picture we submitted of our black and white Alley in her hot pink holster. For some reason, she is the only one without a name caption.

    We have had several people in campgrounds come up to us while we were walking her and ask where we got the harness and we know some have them ordered one too and have been very pleased.

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    1. I'll check them out. Thanks for the tip.

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  4. Karen, where did you get Yogi? We've been looking and haven't found his brother yet. Really enjoyed you and Al's visit and the conversation. We'll get with you on our journey to Blairsville in the future.

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    1. We got him somewhere on the way up to Dillard. It was at Creekside General Store in Hiawassee. Off of hwy 76. It was the last of the bigger bears, but they had some smaller ones.

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  5. Uh oh! I hope we get the side of Yogi's sign in the picture instead of the other if we swing by for a visit. I shower and use deodorant...honest! ;c)

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  6. Well I'm glad Baxter is safe and sound!! That was a close call.
    Like your bear...the best kind to have around!

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  7. Paul used to do chain saw carvings. Yogi looks exactly like a few he did. Cute.

    I follow Jeff and Barbie. They seem like really nice people. They do have a lovely place.

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    1. Why am I not surprised Paul did this type of carving? What a handy guy he is.

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  8. 57- yes! We may have to consider that as a summer spot.

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    1. There are several lots for sale here....cheap.

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  9. we must look into heading that direction. It looks so nice and i love the temps you are having. Glad Baxter didn't escape. Love the bear!

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    1. It really is lovely here this time of year. Who knew?

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  10. Whew, that was a close call with Baxter. Our Bowie is an escape artist and has bolted out the door of the RV a few times. It was especially scary when we were gate guarding and humongous trucks were rumbling next to the RV. At least Bowie was smart enough to stay under the RV. We finally caught him, but I had to crawl under the RV and grab him by the scruff of his neck (after the trucks went by).

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    1. I'll bet that was scary. Baxter comes to the door to try to escape at times, but we try to bring some keys to rattle and scare him. Better scared than gone.

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  11. So glad Baxter decided to stop! Love your new bear, he's just perfect.

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  12. You sure are making your mountaintop retreat quite welcoming--at least for those who meet your high standards. :>)

    Scary to have a cat bolt in a wooded area. At least now you know that you need a more secure harness.

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  13. So glad you got to visit with Jeff and Barbie. Hope to see them in FL this winter. Love the new bear. I'm beginning to think you are in a perfect summer place. Our Annie has slipped out of her harness also. Luckily she doesn't run away.

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  14. You're making us jealous. Lows in St Louis have been high 70's. Although, we're about through with the hot summer weather and about to go into Fall.
    I track the Blairsville weather on my iPhone. Cannot wait until retirement and we're parked 3 up from you!
    We haven't gotten to explore BVille much. Ate at the Zaxby's and that's about it.

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