Several pictures from this morning’s dog walk. The picture of the turkey’s (to the left) is blurry because it was free hand and they were about 800 yards away. The squash is Kabocha Winter Squash from Johnny’s Selected Seeds that I planted in a rotting mulch pile — the honey bees were busy getting pollen from the blooms. Pepper Pot (black dog with the red collar) and Griz (the grey dog) have shock collars, which is how I can walk them around the place with no leashes — these dogs only need the vibrate setting to be kept safe while being given a great deal of freedom. The walk is about 3/4 of a mile around the edge of our field, and you can see the allure of the woods in some of the pictures; I only had to say, “Hey,” and back they came. Also, Griz flushed the turkeys (that were by then hiding in the woods) and was chasing them as they flew. When she go to the edge of the field, I was easily able to call her back. There’s a lot of poison ivy in the field this year. I don’t know why but I don’t like it.
Dog Widget training collars are reasonably priced: $70 for the two collar system I use and $42 for a single dog collar. More expensive collars don’t work any better, and often lack the all-important vibrate setting.