Volunteer banquet 2016

Volunteers and guests enjoy a barbecued brisket dinner

Volunteers and guests enjoy a barbecued brisket dinner

The Southeast region of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDF&G) held their annual volunteer banquet this past Friday with a catered dinner by Del Monte Meats (that was a treat in itself).

The banquet is held each year to recognize those who volunteer for the IDF&G and for the past few years, my part in volunteering has been handling the Spins (Sophie and Dakota before that) for the youth Pheasant hunts. After a delicious dinner of barbecued brisket, bacon-and-cheese potatoes, salads, and fresh blueberry cobbler with ice cream, came the awards ceremony.

Trap shooting was available for those who wished to participate

Trap shooting was available for those who wished to participate

A raffle for several nice items was then held, and the banquet ended with trap shooting for those who wanted to. I shot two rounds of trap, hitting only 12 my first round but a more respectable 19 on my second round.

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Back in the water

Doc swims out for bumper

Doc swims out for bumper

Last weekend I began water training in a new area not far away, a series of ponds near the river, and once the water level goes down, a nice area on the river to go fishing.

Doc retrieving bumper

Doc retrieving bumper

After tossing a few bumpers for Doc, I took him for a long walk along the nearby bike path before finishing with a window-shopping trip to Cabelas.

Mia swims out for the bumper

Mia swims out for the bumper

I took Mia the following day and tossed a few bumpers for her before walking her along the bike path and checking out some areas for fishing.

Mia retrieves bumper

Mia retrieves bumper

Memorials of Sophie

I’d like to thank the Intermountain Therapy Animals for sending me the book, The Dog Chapel in memory of Sophie, I enjoyed it very much.

"The Dog Chapel". Intermountain Therapy Animals sent me the book in memory of Sophie.

“The Dog Chapel”. Intermountain Therapy Animals sent me the book in memory of Sophie.

I’d also like to thank Harmony and the Photography Boutique for this nice picture of Sophie. This is one of our favorite pictures of her, taken a few years ago in the prime of her life. Harmony photo shopped this nice background and since Sophie’s passing, we’ve decided to get canvas prints of all the guys.

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A busy day for Elvis

Friday was a busy day for Elvis with two therapy visits, a hospice visit, and shopping at the Army surplus store.

The Army surplus store has so many things to see and smell!

The Army surplus store has so many things to see and smell!

We spent the morning doing half of our regular therapy visits, one to the local hospital’s rehab center and one to an assisted living center. A lady at the assisted living center is afraid of dogs but after nearly four years of visiting, Elvis has won her over. Not only did she scratched his ears but kissed him on the nose.

Elvis checks out the winter camo.

Elvis checks out the winter camo.

We received a call from the hospice organization where we volunteer, that a lady asked to see a dog. We scheduled an afternoon visit so after Elvis’ morning visits, spent about 45 minutes visiting with her, her daughter and son-in-law. Her daughter told us that she hadn’t seen her mother smile like that in a very long time.

We ended the afternoon with a trip to the Army surplus store, which I was pleased to find that they admit dogs on leashes. Elvis had a good time exploring all the smells and even checked out the camouflage.

Fishing with Elvis

Elvis cools off in the river

Elvis cools off in the river

I had good intentions but my little fishing trip with Elvis didn’t turn out as I’d planned. I had planned on taking Elvis fishing and then afterwards, lunch at the Power County Search and Rescue Salmon BBQ. It was their annual fund raiser and they fly in hundreds of pounds of fresh Salmon from Alaska, several thousand people attend the BBQ, and they have terrific raffle items.

Elvis looks out at the rapids below us

Elvis looks out at the rapids below us

However the water is so high that, at least where I went, the river was only accessible in a couple of places; everywhere else was either heavy brush or lava cliffs. Then we got into some dry cheat grass and Elvis was covered with the seeds so I was afraid that he would get some in his ears. So we returned home without going to the BBQ, and I found several wood ticks on both Elvis and me. The afternoon was spent in tick prevention mode.

This little bird raised a fuss but refused to leave the bush, so it must have been nesting

This little bird raised a fuss but refused to leave the bush, so it must have been nesting

I took Elvis because he seemed to have taken Sophie’s death pretty hard and I figured a change of scenery was what he needed. After Sophie passed away, he would occasionally go to her favorite dog house and look inside it, he’d been quite listless, little appetite, refused snacks, and spent much of the time sleeping on her dog bed which is in our walk-in closet (Elvis’ man-cave). He also decided to sleep on her bed rather than his own crate.

Elvis on the trail

Elvis on the trail

Even though the fishing trip was a complete failure, the outing may have been what he needed because after a couple of days, his appetite has come back, he’s energized and playing, and is back to sleeping in his own crate.