Thursday, May 24, 2018

Moldy Chum Photo Contest

Moldy Chum is having a contest where people sent in fishing pictures from before they were catch and release fly fishermen. It's being called the "Before We Knew Better Photo Contest". The entries are pretty good. Here was mine.
Check out the other entries when you get a chance. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

When Your Kid Impresses

My daughter discovered how many people in this world live without clean water and decided she wanted to do something about it. She found a company called WaterisLife that donates water filtration systems to family's that do not have access to clean water. It was her idea to raise money to donate to this company so they could continue their mission. I helped her create a website but she choose and wrote most of the content. Her class is rallying behind her making posters and telling friends and family. The most amazing thing this company creates is called a drinkable book. It not only tells people the best practices to keep water clean but the pages in the book can be used as a water filter.

I couldn't be more proud of my daughter for trying to help others in need.  If you'd like to check out the site she collaborated on please click here.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Missing My Kayak

I've been missing my kayak really bad lately. Watching this video I made of fishing this east carolina lake made it worse. I've been scouring Craigslist for canoes and kayaks but haven't pulled the trigger yet on getting any. Until then I'll have to live vicariously through my old videos.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

5 Fish

My son wanted the internet to know he caught five fish. It actually was a huge accomplishment. He caught these fish on his own casting by himself with the fly rod. It's weird how the kid's shirts seem to some how fit the timing. His shirt that day said "watch and learn." It's not all fun and games in between there's me untangling rods and keeping hooks from embedding young children. The time with the kids and enjoyment they get fishing make it worth it.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Operation: Find Peacock

There were rumors for years that a peacock lived in our area. I heard a strange bird calling the last few days near my house. I googled peacock calls on youtube and found peacocks making the exact same noise. This peacock seems like it could be someone's pet but it's let loose to roam as it pleases. I don't think its wings are clipped because the last time I heard the bird it was high in a tree. Maybe it jumped from limb to limb but I think it flew up there. I'm going to bring my phone out where I last heard it and play some. Maybe I can get it to come near me so I can get some pictures. Should be a fun event to involve the kids in. I'll post some pictures if I'm successful.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Saying Goodbye

Right in the contract from the dog rescue it said in fine print "this is a decision for life."

The history of Echo's past was unknown and there was no reason given of why she was given up in the first place. When we first got Echo we were so enamored by her playful exposition that we ignored issues that would mushroom later. The first gut feeling that something may be a problem was on the third day we had her and my daughter ran to the door to go outside. Up until this point we never even knew the dog barked but she cried and yelped at the door in a way that should have been a red flag. It wasn't the type of bark like she just wanted to be outside it was a definite sound of distress and anxiety. I figured it was probably just a part of the adjustment period and she was trying to understand who we were and where she was.

The work week came and I noticed as soon as we put her in the crate she made the same barking and yelping noises. It broke our heart but we figured she just needed to get used to our routine. The next few weeks were filled with bonding and understanding what it really means to have a dog. Echo's house training was getting better and we could see her being a real part of he family. There still was this issue of separation anxiety. Several times when we came back from leaving she had an accident in her crate. We first thought the crate was too big and bought a smaller one. The same behavior occurred again even in the smaller crate. I read tons of articles, worked with trainers, and tried a myriad of things to help with Echo's anxiety but nothing seemed to help. We had neighbors and friends check on her while we were at work but that seemed to make matters worse.

There was the idea of leaving her out of the crate altogether. She was fine at night uncrated and the only variable is we were in the house. The issue we could see with doing this during the day is Echo liked to find things to chew. Especially if she was bored. When we'd come home to get her out of the crate the blanket inside or outside cover was chewed or pulled in. We couldn't trust her having free range of the house and we didn't have any small room or part of the house to fence her off with nothing to chew.

It was over a month since we got her and I decided to record her with a video camera while we were at my daughter's soccer game. I wasn't looking forward to watching the movie when I came home and it pretty much confirmed my fears. The video lasted roughly 40min and Echo cried and whined pretty much the whole time until the recording stopped. I had always wondered if this was happening after we left her but I didn't want to believe it was the case. I was torn because our family loved Echo and she obviously was happy with us but could she ever get used to being in the crate?

The contract said this was a life decision and I take owning a dog very seriously. Even if all the other aspects of having Echo were perfect I couldn't get past the feeling we were in some ways torturing her. I had several discussions with my wife and after many other attempts to find solutions to Echo's anxiety we surrendered her back to the rescue we got her from. It was probably one of the hardest things I've ever experienced. I feel horrible about returning the dog and the impact of sadness this brought on my family.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Kids Playing With Kids

Yesterday the family checked out the Baby Goat Festival at Prodigal Farm. My wife found this event online and I have to admit I rolled my eyes when she first told me about it. The festival ended up being a great time and it's hard to be in a bad mood when you're surrounded by baby goats.
The goats were used to people and didn't mind if you picked them up. There were several that seemed to actually enjoy being held.
We had a blast playing with the goats and watching them frolic around. It's a great family event. The farm also offered goat cheese tastings and tours of their farm. I think we might be attending this every year.
My wife definitely is. I'm surprised she didn't try to smuggle a goat into our car before we left.