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Posted on: Thursday 06/07/2018 02:16:52

We had quite a stir here this evening. While relaxing on the patio, my BIL decided to let his two rabbit hounds out for some exercise. Luckily (or maybe not so much), he had their GPS collars on them, because they saw a rabbit at the end of the property and tore after it. They bolted along the creek line, then into the bordering brush and trees. We could hear them howling as they chased the rabbit. They went a long way, and we could hear them going nuts. Usually the rabbit would circle back, and the dogs would, too. He was showing me their path on the GPS unit.

They started to come back as the rabbit did, but picked up the original track, probably because the rabbit fooled them by crossing the creek in the process, BIL lost track of Buddy due to weak signal from his collar. Then the GPS showed that Ace stopped dead. They don't do that. It was thought that he may have gotten caught in a coyote snare, so my BIL walked the path to find Ace while whistling for, and calling Buddy. Buddy caught up to him, and we lost sight of them both. He found Ace over a mile away. His track had stopped because a family who saw him was holding him. My BIL's conversation with the man, as he related it to us:

Man: Is this your dog?
BIL: Yeah, it is.
Man: We saw this antenna on him and didn't know what to do.
BIL(holding up GPS unit): Yeah, I'm tracking him. This is how I knew he was here.
Man: That's sure some thick brush you came through to get him.
BIL (holding GPS up again): No shit. I was paging his collar. If you would have let him go when you heard me calling him, he would have come to me, I wouldn't have had to go through the thick brush. 

So, BIL headed back to the house. I could see the three of them a ways off through a pair of high powered binoculars. Then Buddy disappeared back into the brush about 80 yards from the house. His collar was only now working to the degree that he could be tracked, but not paged. BIL stood in the yard calling him. He was back on the original rabbit trail, then started to head back. He repeated that, and then took off to where the two had gone before. Buddy's tracks then stopped a half mile further. 

BIL was mad now, and night was coming on. He got in his truck, following the GPS signal. He pulled into a gravel road at a farm where the GPS showed Buddy was. He got out and called him. The barn door rolled open, and out came Buddy. Those people had been holding him. My BIL was a mess when he got back- clothes full of burrs. He got a thorn a half-inch long from a hawthorn tree completely embedded under a thumb nail. It will get infected bad even if he gets it all out. He had to cross the creek twice- In jeans, socks, and shower sandals, all of which were soaked and covered in algae. 

His night was ruined. A tip: always make sure the tracking collars are fully charged. Good night, all.

  • Fritz The Bootlegger Says:
    Wait....the SAME people? Or different bumpkins?

  • lermontov Says:
    Kill neighbours, beat dogs

  • Fritz The Bootlegger Says:
    For once Lerm may have a valid point.

  • lunamor Says:
    Yeah, no country living for me, thanks.

  • kittenheel Says:
    Semi-rural was too rural for me. It was nice to let the dogs run loose, but it was more than made up for by the scorpions (one of which I stepped on), rattlesnakes, other random snakes, etc. /homepage

  • snow Says:
    If I'm less than 10 minutes from a Sephora... not happening.

  • Fritz The Bootlegger Says:
    I’m very suburban and I have coyotes and copperheads. And a Sephora 15-20 minutes away.

  • kittenheel Says:
    You raise a good point. I live smack in the middle of town and I've had 3 copperheads this year alone*

    *could be the same copperhead 3 times, actually

    The nearest Sephora is 76 miles away. I checked. /homepage

  • lunamor Says:
    I have never been to a Sephora. My face is brought to you by Cover Girl, Maybelline & Revlon.

    Ok and Elf, I just discovered their makeup setting spray and I am HOOKED.

  • Fritz The Bootlegger Says:
    Mary, is my Sephora your closest Sephora?

    No, that must be Nashville. I think I’m further than 76 miles.

  • kittenheel Says:
    Yeah, Nashville. I can get there in an hour and a half-ish, but it takes more like 3 hours to get to Atlanta.

  • Fritz The Bootlegger Says:
    I’m only about 3-1/2 hours from Nashville, depending on number of Bathroom/Culvers/Fireworks stops I make. Also depends on my will to live making it over Monteagle. Monteagle is always the game changer.

    And for some reason going east to Chattanooga always feels worse.

  • knifeboy Says:
    Steve, different bumpkins. The family that had Ace live in a McMansion. The second people, holding Buddy, were farmers.

  • kittenheel Says:
    Monteagle Mountain is the troll in a metaphorical Three Billy Goats Gruff, and so far, nobody has horns big enough to knock both the terrain and the redneckery off into the gorge below.

  • Fritz The Bootlegger Says:
    Nobody would be more happy than me if they tunneled under that fucking mountain.
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