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Posted 10 February 2012 - 04:10 PM

Oh Bigtex, I forgot to tell you, they don't tolerate the heat down here in the south very well. I bought one of those round blue plastic baby pools from Wal Mart and filled it up everyday with clean water during the summer months for Cain. I put it in the shade of a large tree so the water would stay cool, he just loved it.
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 09:40 AM

Hey Cervelo.....I was told that the inherent tendencies of the German Sheppard to 'protect & serve' doesn't translate well to the wolf-hybrid, and you end up with a potentially big aggressive dog, with no fear of humans - the worst traits from both breeds. The Malamute on the other hand is not breed for aggression, but instead social harmony, among other things.

Good idea on the pool Jodie, and was worried about that, but she sure seems to prefer being inside with the other dogs. I will probably need to leave her at home during my summer hikes though.

And a couple of good photos taken over a weekend hike; first, and hard to see, a pile of animal poop in the middle of a large cactus plant - what message was this animal sending in what I would consider a dangerous move?

And two nice prints, both from the same trackway heading uphill on a game trail. The second picture is a half-print, as the 'animal' was using just the front part of their feet negotiating the incline.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:39 PM

Great hike over the weekend!

Lucy was such an incredible animal to watch! Her feet and legs are already enormous for a puppy - the end size she reaches will simply be astounding. It is also sort of interesting how the other dogs mostly ignore bones from old kills, etc. whereas Lucy kept one bone for more than half an hour before finally dropping it. Probably the most impressive thing to me besides her obvious intelligence was simply how quiet she was. Listening to 'Tex and I and the dogs stomp around on the leaves, she was silent other than a few crunches in areas where humans and dogs would have made several crashes.

It definitely speaks to how Sasquatches could possibly be so large and so quiet at the same time. At one point Lucy stepped on a short twig (which acted exactly like a thorn) and kept on trucking other than one yip. When Tex pulled it out, I noticed how deep and wide her paw pads were. Probably one of many things which adds to the quiet factor.

One thing is for certain, she's going to turn a lot of heads as she gets older and looks more and more like a full grown wolf.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:59 AM

Thoroughly enjoyed the hike as well Shado, and as always......thanks for coming!

Too bad we didn't get the night hike in, weather kind of turned on us, and was a little too cold.......22 degrees is not my idea of fun in the woods at night.

Lucy enjoyed meeting you ae well.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 12:15 PM

One of the best hikes yesterday in a while, and the creeks were flowing at levels not seen in over 2 years, very nice.

Here's an interesting print, and fairly fresh. There was no before or after print, and the direction would be difficult for a human. It came from a city owned restricted area (city water supply), and has a well made & maintained barbed wire fence with metal posts. The individual appears to have stepped over the fense, made the print in mud, and jumped/leaped down into the ravine. There is a run-off creek that flows through this part, and resuling mud.

First pic shows the fence, and have outlined the print area & direction in red, second pic showing the area from the other side & print area outlined in red, with the 3rd & 4th pics the print, and a closeup. What ever made the print stepped over the fence, but didn't leave any sign on the fence, and then headed down into the ravine.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 09:19 AM

My beautiful pool is back!

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:46 PM

Nice!!
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:17 AM

Took this picture while deep in the woods, and they were everywhere in the sky. I was deeply tuned to the nature, then looked up, and a reminder that the civilized world is never too far away.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:35 AM

My beautiful pool is back!

Well we know where the bf there take their bath now.
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 02:03 PM

Some of the creeks are getting down right swampy........been waiting for these conditions for 2+ years. With all of the water, good cover, and abundance of easy food......this place is turning into a BF 4-Seasons Hotel, with an Animal Interstae Highway (Power Lines) going through it.

Lucy the Wolfy dog, is starting to look more & more like a wolf every day, and big too. She's 13 weeks, and already holding her own with my Ridgeback.

I am also noticing more of the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, differences between her and a regular dog. As an example, she wags her tail in a upward wispy 'S' motion, where most other dogs wag a mostly regid tail. Notice the white tip on the end, and next to black for contrast.......it has a real purpose. When we hike, she is very quiet, and hard to see......but with the upward wispy motion of her tail, the white tip is easy to follow.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 01:10 AM

You will need to put some sort of a sign on her saying "Please don't Shoot!" -_-
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:55 AM

Good looking doggies you have there bt.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:38 AM

Thanks Biggie.......they keep me busy, almost like children, and spoiled rotten, especially the Wolfy. She can jump on the bed now, which is cool for me, but the wifey doesn't get much sleep with a wolf stretched out across the bed.

My good friend Shadoangel has a thread going, and referred to a spooky story incident we had one night, and made me think........what is the scariest BF situation I have been in?

There are a few, but one stands out more than the others. Of course, my original and only visual sighting is tops, and these other incidents were what I would term near-miss sightings.

This one story occurred about 6 years ago, at my research area on the Brazos river, and in the same area as my original sighting back in '69. There is a legend in this area about the 'Brazos Apeman', and goes back at least 150 years. Also, there is a working Cattle Ranch across the river from where I camp, and has been there at least 50+ years.

Here was the Plan : It was Spring, April, I paddled my stealthy/quiet hunter green kayak up river (against current) to this location a few miles, and hugged the cliff side for a stealthy approach. I did this because there are several natural look-outs in the area, and the downstream route can easily be observed. I set up camp very quietly (no dogs), and concealed my camp in thicket as best I could. I waited until just after dark, and started a manual game caller, and made it sound like a distressed Calf. The long standing Ranch across the river, and obvious food source gave me the idea. The one area of the River where the Cattle would come down to drink was right across from me as well, giving them easy access to the River. In addition, there is a natural low spot on the River allowing the Cattle to easily cross if needed.

Anyway, I kept up the calling, and trying to sound more distressed as I went on. In fact, it was working pretty good, as several of the Cows across the River were responding, several came down looking around the River area, with one aggressively coming across the River towards me.......so I stopped. I continued to wait quietly concealed, and within an hour, the Cattle had calmed down from my Calf distress calls.

I was getting a bit bored, so I decided to do one of my yell/screams, took a few deep breaths, and belted one out. Within seconds of my yell, I heard the loudest most blood curdling roar I have ever experienced. The amount of air this beast was moving was staggering, huge lung power. I was facing the River, let's say 12:00 was directly across from me, and the roar came from across the River, and the 10:00 position. Almost immediately, and after the one roar, the same animal started to mimic a Barred Owl. To my increasing horror, these calls were answered by two more individuals, and on my side of the River! Consider me in the middle of the clock, one was at 7:00, and the other 5:00.........yup, I'm in the middle. This 'Owl' chatter lasted maybe 20 seconds, then silence again. I didn't move or make a sound, and was waiting for something else to happen, and didn't have to wait long. In about 10 minutes, I heard a real Calf being killed.......this lasted about 8 seconds, and the screams this poor animal was making was like nothing I had ever heard, very disturbing. I decided this was enough, left my concealed location, and immediately started a big fire.

I had a parabolic dish, started listening for sounds from the two on my side, could hear them shuffling around for about 45 minutes, and about 50 yards out. During this time, a mother Cow started calling for her Calf. This went on all night, and well into the next day when I left. The mother moving throughout the area, with her voice so horse from calling by the next day. One thing is for certain, a Calf was taken during the night by something.

After thinking about the incident for several days, I was able to make some sense of it, and this is only my opinion of what happened. At least 3 BF's heard the Calf distress calls, and decided to investigate. The amount of time between the distress calls and my yell is about equal to the time it would take them to come down from the overlooking mountain, and take up positions near the Cattle. The BF's were totally unaware of my presence, and were positioned for a perfect ambush attack. The one across the River would try to make the kill, which he did, but just in case the Cattle spooked, the other two had taken up positions on the other side of the River (my side). Their location was strategic, because if the heard spooked, they would most likely cross the River at the natural shallow crossing, and the other two waiting BF's. The one that roared was just pissed that their presence was discovered, and he may have thought that my yell came from one of the other two, hence the curious Owl chatter.

I stayed up all night feeding that fire, and without a doubt was one of THE creepiest things I have ever experienced, highlighted by the power & anger of the roar, plus the blood curdling screams of the Calf being killed.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:10 AM

I've heard it before, but that story still gives me goosebumps!

Wolfie's gett'n big!

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:03 PM

Here's a few pics from a recent hike, with one interesting print photo.

The snake pictured was a non-venomous type, about 6+ feet, and when I picked it up by the tail, my Rat Terrier charged in from my blind side & ended up face bit.......then Duncan charged in for his chance, but I saw him coming & jerked the snake another direction, near face bit. Lucy, in all of her wolfy wisdom knew better, and was standing about 10' back watching the whole thing. Then later the same hike, Duncan & Izzy pulled a Racoon out of a hole, and the fight was on. I had to jump between them, and the Racoon finally headed up a tree. Interesting though, I was next to the Racoon & very close, as he was reared up and snarling on 2 legs, but he somehow knew I was on his side, and didn't maul the side of my leg. Once again, Lucy was watching at a safe distance.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 03:02 AM

Well that does it. I'm gettin a wolf. Do they roll in smelly stuff too?

I like you're story. I'd of fainted. Have you ever talked to the cattle ranch about them missing animals or seeing weird stuff?

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 06:35 AM

Beautiful Pine Snake!
Love the new addition to your pack! Hopefully she will teach the other two to keep their noses away from the business end of a snake
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:48 AM

I have a Rat Terrier, same coloring as yours. She has an unusual personality.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:54 PM

Lucy usually doesn't roll in nastiness, but the darn Ridgeback does, drives me crazy. However, when we are hiking, Lucy will always start feeding on a kill, no matter how old, and will bring along a souvenir for a hiking snack. The other day it was a rather knarley Possum skull, cared that thing for miles, and wanted to bring it home.......no doggie licks in the face tonight. She never gets sick either, cast iron Wolf stomach I guess.

Hey Gail, there is a report from this same cattle ranch at one of the BF sites, either the BFRO or Texasbigfoot.com folks, Palo Pinto County Texas, and where the guy was positioned for his hunt in the story is right where the cattle head down to the river, and across the River from where I camp. There's also the legend of Hugo's Monster, and the Brazos Apeman that goes back over a 100 years. Another sighting posted at the BFRO is on a bridge over the River, and about 6 miles from where I camp.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 10:00 PM

What do you think it is about BF encounters that scares people the most?
Will they eat us, drink our blood, rape us, steal our children?
We don't think so.

Very cool story about the Brazos Apeman (good name). I live in Palo Pinto county. I thought about telling the kids about it but not sure if they'd be scared or not. Then I started thinking about why BF scares us. We go into their home and look for them and then get scared when we find them. Kinda cool and weird at the same time.
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