Friday, August 5, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Circle Paw Dog Camp opens for business!

Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio crew left Iowa at 8am with a great cool morning for driving 3+ hours. Humidity was gone, and slightly overcast. Trip to Ainsworth from Iowa was an easy drive with a short detour due to a bridge out. Luckily Route 20 wasn’t affected too much by the flooding in Iowa and Nebraska, but 29 southbound was mostly underwater. Lucky for Mary the northbound was open! Crazy.

Entering Ainsworth, Old Blue automatically took Pine street like it has for the past 10+ years, while Bob went though town and headed south on Hwy 7. As we all know, there’s a bit of a competition between the Ruff family and the Geddeis’ on who will arrive at camp first. Last year Corinne and Lucas almost won, however this year Bob managed to hold the title (Amy would be proud). Pine Street was a bit slimey due to rain over night, but drivable. To Lucas, the title was worth the real home stretch feeling.

Temperature was around upper 80’s on arrival and dry. Dogs were cool from the morning drive, horses content. With barrels set up, putting out dogs was a breeze, sprinklers turned on right away.

Dogs found summer homes, all on the front line of the shelter belt. Mary, Lucas, and Whitney got their trailers cleaned and situated while Bob assembled the new bed he brought with--having slept on the old one for over 20 years!!

All gathered in the kitchen, Bob called Lucas “honey”. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again!

Bob made a dinner of hamburgers, mashed potatoes, and grilled zucchini--awesome and easy! McBrides showed up before dinner and had some great catching up chats. Big thank you again to them for mowing the front ‘lawn’!

Tomorrow is an easy day for the 23 dogs that showed up today, but we plan to run 4 of Bonnie’s on the hills.

Note: Ragner is a night barker, sounds like Galt. Decided to just let them be for the first night. Mary is convinced his dad, Galt, was whispering to him that it was ok.

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