Slow Day at Cotton Hill

Another view of the Casita from the water, taken yesterday.

This morning was the hot, sultry kind of day that saps all of your energy and ambition.  There was a bright side, though.  It also sapped some of Sheba’s overabundant puppy energy!

A nice alternative to staying penned up

Then this afternoon clouds rolled in and thunder rumbled for a couple of hours.  We got a short little shower, then the storm moved on.  But it left cooler temperatures and a nice breeze in its wake.

While Ron visited other campers, I worked on a counted crosstitch project.  Every two hours I walked the dogs.

It is a real trip walking Sheba and Sunny together.  Sheba races out the full extension of her retractable leash, lunges for butterflies and wasps, picks up pine cones, hickory nuts and sticks, tosses them in the air and catches them, sits to examine bugs and leaves and whatever, then races madly toward Sunny, attacks him with fearsome dog fight noises, then tears off in another zig zag direction at full speed until the leash yanks her, then repeats the process the entire walk.

Bags on board. The greatest solution for carrying poop bags!

I have resisted the idea of a pinch collar, but I think when she is a little older I might consider one, primarily to avoid injury to myself!

Geese families

I’m tired today.  It felt good to just hang around camp and simply enjoy being here.


  1. Sheba is so cute and they are funny to boot when young. I really like the poop bag holders to.
    You should sit back and enjoy that beautiful camp ground. Enjoy your time out in nature.


    • Jo, this is our favorite campground so far. We have loved every minute!

      We’ll be heading out tomorrow. We plan one more night at FDR State Park before heading home.


  2. Elizabeth in NC

     /  May 22, 2012

    We once had one of those very energetic types like Sheba. While walking her one day we saw some folks who had solved this jarring arm-being-jerked-from-a-socket problem. You need a bit longer than normal leash, then you take it to the top of the back on the dog, moving the collar hookup to the middle of the back/neck, then run the leash to the the top of the back, where underneath is the stomach, then make a loop around down under the stomach, catching the top of the leash as you come up to the back spot again (like you do when you wrap a package with ribbon in a + pattern. If that makes sense. Dogs will respond a hundred times quicker to the pull on the belly over the neck!! We were amazed at how well it worked. Our dog became so much calmer walking too. I have felt it was cruel kind of to put hurtful things around the neck when it can be so easily solved this other way. We lost our wonderful dog in Dec. 2010 and we miss her like crazy…yes, she became the best dog we ever had!! You just have to get past the puppy months first. She lived to be almost 16.5 years old. A very old age for her breed. But try leashing your puppy that way, he should respond much quicker and easier.

    Just found your site recently…enjoy what you post here!


    • Elizabeth, I was so excited to read your suggestion about how to do the leash. I’ll try it when we take her for her morning walk tomorrow.

      THANK YOU!!!

      I also appreciate your experience about how your dog calmed down and became a wonderful adult. I have wondered if we had chosen the wrong puppy. That gives me hope that Sheba will turn out to be the sweet dog we hoped for.


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