Sunday, July 26, 2009

Living Within The Howling Winds



"At night they would go walking til the breaking of the day..." -Coldplay

Some folks may believe our kennel name comes from all of those people who have enjoyed watching my 'huge messes' over the years. Let's throw this arrogant cityslicker out in the northern wilds and see what happens. Lord knows there's been plenty to chuckle about. When we moved here even our neighbors thought we were a bit odd in choosing to live off of the electrical grid with no running water.(thankfully we have installed both now) Folks were laughing because we chose to live in the wind. Annie lake stretches a mile west towards the ocean thus we rarely see mellow weather. Tough on humans, Perfect for dogs.

This has been the funnest summer we've had in quite some time. Guess why? We rarely leave the dogyard. Every day we're shifting the poopers around, giving them plenty of playtime in the pens. As always, there are usually half a dozen rummaging around the house sniffing about for tasty treats. Around here we truly live in Dawg world, except for the ocassional griz or wolf wandering thru the 'hood. We have placed chimes around our perimeter to ward off any nosy intruders, most critters being wary of man-made noise. Of the dozens of possible superstars this year half are 3 years or younger thus the level of excitement each day is rather extravagant. Let the good times roll...

Living in the mountains has been a blessing. Lots of wind = few bugs. Pleasant temps. for the pooches not only in the summer but winter too. Sometimes we'll receive enough wind that our wind generator shuts down from too much overload. One storm was strong enough to snap a 100 ft.spruce tree in half lopping off the top of it. Guess that's why our closest human neighbor lives nearly a mile away. Dealing with the wind allows us the chance to enjoy a natural privacy so many yearn to have. It also reminds us that there will always be more mountains to climb and storms to survive on this unending journey thru life. As we seek to create dreams anew on a yearly basis not just for me but for You. Enjoy the view, Hugh

We are finalizing fall school tour dates, if interested please send us a note: laughingeyeskennel@hotmail.com
Tentative schedual: Montana, september 12th-14th, Denver, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Amarillo, Austin, Seattle and Spokane the remainder of the month. Schools are schedualed in order of requests received. Some cities are filling up quickly.

5 Comments:

At 5:59 AM , Blogger Sally said...

Funny you should mention wind...is it your friend now?
Anyway, you "hood" looks great. We'll be up to visit next week.
Very exciting news about the amount of promising pups too!
Enjoy the fall school tour. We will miss you here in the East.
Also, this is one of your best written posts. BUT, you never mention the true meaning of Laughing Eyes...wondering minds might want to know.

 
At 5:59 AM , Blogger Sally said...

Funny you should mention wind...is it your friend now?
Anyway, you "hood" looks great. We'll be up to visit next week.
Very exciting news about the amount of promising pups too!
Enjoy the fall school tour. We will miss you here in the East.
Also, this is one of your best written posts. BUT, you never mention the true meaning of Laughing Eyes...wondering minds might want to know.

 
At 6:33 AM , Blogger Tracie said...

Awesome pictures Hugh! Wish it were my backyard!

Tracie
Buffalo

 
At 9:33 AM , Blogger Loon said...

Wow! You can even SEE the wind in your first shot ;)

 
At 10:47 AM , Blogger Guiper said...

Hugh, that doesn't look anything like Westmoreland in Wilmette. Much nicer. Good to see you doing so well.

Kyle Perkins

 

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