Off the Grid  Retirement at our remote log cabin in Colorado

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Bear Bells

Posted by: Rick

When we had 7 or 8 or 10 dogs up here, some of whom liked to wander beyond our sight, we got some "bear bells" for them. These are medium sized bells that are attached to a velcro loop that can wrap around the dog's collar. That way, we'd hear them jiggling even when out of sight. It was hilarious when 4 or 5 dogs would take off after a squirrel or rabbit. 

We have one left. They tend to get torn off, especially when the velcro becomes innundated with dog hair and the dogs run through the briars and the bushes.

The last one is Destin's. Tonight we put it on instead of attaching him to his rope or a lead. Within minutes of being outside, the bell was lost. Destin was 100 yards away in the meadow looking for cow poop to chew on and other distusgting things to roll in (it is the day after a dog show, after all). No bell dinging. Crap. We lost the last bell.

Lynne and I sat by the firepit. No fire, it is too dangerous right now. We sat for a long time while Destin, Bella and Hailey roamed and played. Finally, when we were about to come inside, we heard "ding", "ding", "ding". That was the sound of the last bear bell. 

Destin had found it. Picked it up in his mouth. And, was bringing it back to the camp fire site. 

We still have our final bear bell.

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