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Old 02-17-19, 12:40 PM
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Looks like a Harris's Hawk, judging by the white-tipped tail feathers and a brief flash of white on the rump. That species is popular amongst falconers, and the tethers on his legs are a sure sign he's a falconer runaway.
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No big whoop. My awesome shovel is tubeless...
...and safely secured in an undisclosed location in metro Atlanta.
Bet you didn't get a build sheet with your plastic shovel.

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I attended a raptor show where a falconer demonstrated his Harris's Hawk in it's training exercises, and in fact the furry fake prey they use looks much like someone's small pet. Excuse the blurred image, I had a better shot of him as he locked on the prey.



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Friday night I got a text to see if Puppy Love could fill in at the Hunt Performance Test for a dog who couldn’t make it. In a Hunt Performance Test, you set the dogs loose on good rabbiting grounds and they have 30 min to stir up a rabbit. They are scored on a variety of hunting attributes (searching ability, tracking a scent line, determination/perseverance, voicing, not being gun shy, etc). Scent hounds used to hunt rabbit on foot (as opposed to on horseback) can enter- Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, Beagles, PBGV, etc. If you get X number of points in each attribute, you pass the test. If you pass 3 tests, you get the title Hunting Hound, then pass a few more (3 or 4), you get the title Senior Hunting Hound, then pass more and you get Master Hunting Hound.

The dogs can be run solo, in a brace (two dogs) or in a pack of four. Some friends were competeting as a mini dachshund pack and one dog got stuck in NY due to bad weather. Hence Puppy Love’s call up. To get a pass for a pack test, all four dogs have to score high enough to individually pass, so there’s a lot of ways it can go wrong. The biggest issue for dachshunds is voicing, it’s not a major breed attribute when working quarry but very helpful so that you don’t accidentally shoot your own dog as it flushes a rabbit your direction.

One of Puppy Love’s doxie friends was trying to complete his Master Hunting Hound title, and only a handful of dachshund have ever done that. The hunt performance tests are rarely held, maybe only 1-2 per year in each locale. So no pressure on newby Puppy Love, none at all. Lol.

OMG she totally rocked it. You have never lived until you’ve seen a pack of mini wirehaired dachshunds working rabbit. They flushed maybe 4 rabbit in the first 15 minutes (its hard to tell sometimes if it’s a new rabbit or the same rabbit flushed multiple times). They all voiced on the rabbit, worked together, stayed completely on task. It was a sight to behold. No video, sorry, you really do have to pay attention to your dog.

The aced it. So much so that the judges had us pick them up after 15 min of work, no need to keep going for the full 30 min. Puppy Love’s little friend Bentley got his Master Hunting Hound title. Willow and Char each got their second leg towards their Senior Hunting Hound title and Puppy Love got her first leg towards her hunting hound title. Puppy Love is next on deck to join this pack when a spot opens up- once Willow gets her Senior title, she will move on to competing in the non-pack categories and Puppy Love will slot in.

It was an awesome showing for a newby. The judges knew she was a substitute dog and very young for this kind of work. “Really, she’s never run in a Hunt Performance Test before? Wow.”


Sounds like you both had a great time!
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Earlier this week, I decided to poke around my Fitbit app and I started playing with the food logging feature. It's pretty easy and intuitive - there's a large database of foods, so a quick search is all you need. Since it was so easy, I've stuck with it and have logged everything for the last six days or so. What I've learned is that it's really, really easy to stay under 2,000 calories per day. What I've also learned is that it's really, really easy to go over 3,000 calories per day.

Basically, if you eat real food, in non-Super-size Me quantities, there's definitely room for small daily indulgences, be it a sweet or a beer or whatever your vice of choice. One trip out to eat, though, can potentially shoot your day to **** and I can only imagine what a caloric wrecking ball sodapop would be (I don't really drink it).
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Bet you didn't get a build sheet with your plastic shovel.

your plastic wheels did. Kudos.
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Bet you didn't get a build sheet with your plastic shovel.

I like it!
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Slow afternoon, everyone must be watching the great American race.
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Bet you didn't get a build sheet with your plastic shovel.

What a shame it can't even be printed in accurate English spelling. Hopefully, the errors aren't in the build reality.
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Slow afternoon, everyone must be watching the great American race.
Of course.
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Slow afternoon, everyone must be watching the great American race.
Nah, busy drooling over pics of this one-handed watch with moon phase.

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I read something that latex tubes are a good, cheap upgrade. Is this because they are lighter? If so, how are they on holding air? Same or better than regular tubes? I might spend a little to cheat father time. Any informed opinions would be appreciated. A good, smart ass reply would also be appreciated as long as it is a quality one. It is a rainy, boring afternoon. I did change the battery on one of my smoke alarms.
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Slow afternoon, everyone must be watching the great American race.
Nope.

Despite damp conditions and a non-sickness cough, I HTFU and went on a walk. Really nice in that when it was raining, I just popped open the umbrella and didn't get wet. Boring as heck, though.
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I read something that latex tubes are a good, cheap upgrade. Is this because they are lighter? If so, how are they on holding air? Same or better than regular tubes? I might spend a little to cheat father time. Any informed opinions would be appreciated. A good, smart ass reply would also be appreciated as long as it is a quality one. It is a rainy, boring afternoon. I did change the battery on one of my smoke alarms.
I use them. For my summer wheels. Cost more and a royal PITA to install. They lose air overnight so you must pump up before each ride. They are lighter and give a slightly more supple ride. Worthy of consideration but not for everyone.
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I read something that latex tubes are a good, cheap upgrade. Is this because they are lighter? If so, how are they on holding air? Same or better than regular tubes? I might spend a little to cheat father time. Any informed opinions would be appreciated. A good, smart ass reply would also be appreciated as long as it is a quality one. It is a rainy, boring afternoon. I did change the battery on one of my smoke alarms.

They are terrible at holding air, but they feel real good.
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Nah, busy drooling over pics of this one-handed watch with moon phase.

I don't know much about one handed watches, latex tubes or trigonometry.
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I read something that latex tubes are a good, cheap upgrade. Is this because they are lighter? If so, how are they on holding air? Same or better than regular tubes? I might spend a little to cheat father time. Any informed opinions would be appreciated. A good, smart ass reply would also be appreciated as long as it is a quality one. It is a rainy, boring afternoon. I did change the battery on one of my smoke alarms.
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Nope.

Despite damp conditions and a non-sickness cough, I HTFU and went on a walk. Really nice in that when it was raining, I just popped open the umbrella and didn't get wet. Boring as heck, though.
Maybe your blood pressure meds are messing with you. Or, maybe all those years in the coal mines are catching up with you and you have black lung disease.
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Here?Tomorrow is the last day. Then I will.post a total.
Might want to include photos for non-American birds.
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I use them. For my summer wheels. Cost more and a royal PITA to install. They lose air overnight so you must pump up before each ride. They are lighter and give a slightly more supple ride. Worthy of consideration but not for everyone.
Sounds like fools gold. I'll crawl back under my rock. Carry on.
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Maybe your blood pressure meds are messing with you. Or, maybe all those years in the coal mines are catching up with you and you have black lung disease.
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Sounds like you both had a great time!
Indeed.

Kudos to Puppy Love.
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