Goodbye Emma!

We had to put down the last of the two hounds this morning. Emma was old and her hips have started failing her. Mitzi left us over six months ago when she could no longer get up by herself.

She is a coonhound and in some circles they take that description as racist. I can assure you it is not.

A coonhound, colloquially a coon dog, is a type of scenthound, a member of the hound group. They are an American type of hunting dog developed for the hunting of raccoons, hence their name, and also for feral pigs, bobcats, cougars, and bears. There are six distinct breeds of coonhound. Wikipedia

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Between the two hounds, I’ve always found Emma to be more friendly. Mitzi was never unkind but they have such distinct personalities. Both dogs brought joy to our lives and we will be forever grateful to have had them in our lives.

On Vacation: Ellijay, GA

It is mid-July and we find ourselves in Ellijay. Ellijay is north of our homestead and located in the Georgia mountains.

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Currently, the high temperature here is 88F but walking out in the direct sunlight makes it seem much hotter. Just ask my wife.

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As a Canadian, she doesn’t tolerate warm weather like I do but she was the one to move to Georgia initially. I just ended up moving down from PA so not a big stretch for me. I love heat. I love the beach. These are things my wife does not.

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It is always nice to get away for a little while.

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