Follow Your Nose

Three dogs are a strong force to be reckoned with when being walked by one fairly petite gal. Caskie has always been a go-getter on walks, practically choking himself to get from point A to point B. With River and Iris gaining weight and strength each day, our walks together were starting to become more of a chore than a joy and we got to the point where it took (at least) 2 people to walk the lot of them.

On the advice of our vet, I decided to try out a new collar situation which causes the pups to be led by their noses with the leash, instead of the usual tug of war with a regular choke collars. With just a couple of weeks of adjustments, all three dogs are now using these new collars with much success. River and Caskie still stop now and then to try and weasel their way out of the nose collars but Iris took to it right away. New collars and pretty weather have us walking together most days which is therapeutic for all of us.

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Wax activity continues in the studio when I have a chance. At this point I am making a lot of experiments and just trying different things out. I ordered some more supplies from R&F Paints and have cut a few boards down to size which are slightly bigger than the first few. Little by little I am learning more about this wacky encaustic process.

Meanwhile, house renovation has begun in earnest. The termite damage we knew was in the walls was even more extensive than expected. That coupled with an out-dated/ questionable electrical situation made for a house fire waiting to happen. Thankfully that didn’t happen and we are glad to have all of this uncovered, being repaired and brought up to code. So far it is an amazing process, getting this house down to its skeleton, even with all of the work ahead….

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