Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Too Dang HOT!

It’s been 90-98 degrees every day for  a month now……and we have July and August to go.  Hey, you guys up in WI, is it nice up there?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Old Bo is still on the prowl!

This is Julia's Bocephus (Bo) this spring outside my barn. He's 11 now, but still active and looking for mischief. I just got back from the vet and the old boy may have some type of testicular cancer- one is swollen and hard as a rock with no pain. We are doing a surgery Wednesday to remove the problem and get him back into shape for this season.
I just noticed that he's wearing one of the Garmin Astro collars.....

Garmin Astro

I've been using the Astro every day for a while now. I have to say, it appears rugged and it most definitely does everything they say it does. I like the way that it not only tracks the dogs, but allows you to put the data on a laptop and look at the track to get distance, average speed and a visual of the track on a map. I mark any whistling birds I come across on my sojourns and it keeps track of my current trip as well as the total mileage. The compass feature is also very useful. You don't have to be moving to have an accurate compass reading- very nice. But I noticed that it's best to re-calibrate the compass before every trip. I would like a more frequent update on the dogs, but 5 seconds is useable. When I decided to get one of these, I merely Googled the name and found it for $470 delivered to the house. Then, for the extra collar, I did the same thing and found it for $170 delivered. So total out of pocket for the handheld and 2 collars is $640.