June 18, 2015

It started out sunny so dad and I had a great jog. Naturally I took time to smell the wildflowers, in this case Yucca.

Since it looked like the sun wouldn’t last dad and I got the GoPro camera set before the clouds moved in for a Porter romp.

Looks kinda weird on my back, I’ll woof to you.

But you got to admit the results are pretty bassety cool!
Porter’s Prairie Dog Hunt

I’m an awesome basset!!!!!

Barking of awesome bassets, how about George in 2006?

An awesome basset! Yes, indeedy!!!!

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June 17, 2015

Back in 2007 George was still thinking of the great sunrise as he lazed about in the little sunflowers.

Dad and George were up early (5:15am) on their jog and got to see this beautiful sunrise unfold.

My morning jog was hot but the wildflowers sure were a delight.

Globemallow anyone?

And how about this Prickly Poppy?

Gorgeous!

The Trumpet flowers are starting to come out in force too.

I wonder how the wildflowers are in Edgemont?

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June 16, 2015

Once again I had to get out early if I was going to beat the clouds.

Did I mention how much the wildflowers help get one through these gloomy days?

You’re probably wondering if there was thunder in the afternoon again. Yup…sigh.

Barking of wildflowers, George sure got to see a lot of Sweet Clover in 2009. Nothing like a motorcycle ride to go out and appreciate the wildflowers.

Beautiful day also.

Lucky dog!

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June 15, 2015

Wasn’t gonna be much sun today so I got up early…

and got going.

Dad and I had a pretty good jog, but what made it the best was how well the wildflowers were doing.

Dad tells me what makes the jog the best is me!

I won’t argue with him.

The lightning sure was close this afternoon. Scared me, I’ll woof you. And it managed to fry the network card in dad’s computer…bummer.
On a much happier note, Karen got dad an early birthday present, a GoPro Hero4. Dad and I can’t wait to try it cuz Karen also got a dog harness for me to carry the camera. Way neat!!!!!

George sure got to see a lot of Lanceleaf Bluebells back in 2006.

They made for the perfect place to rest after his run on Basset Back Ridge.

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June 14, 2015

The day started pretty well as dad and I went for a short jog.

We had a great Burger King breakfast. Then it was time to go see Sota. I bark you right now that the Beardstongue has come in numbers this year at Sota’s place.

Quite beautiful!

For dinner Karen made this terrific chicken recipe in her clay pot. Bark about delicious! Pretty good day for this Porter basset.

George had a great evening of signing books on this day in 2007.

Yeah, if you have a paw signed Sheriff George book, you are one lucky person.

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June 13, 2015

The day started out with chances for sun.

Dad and I had a pretty good jog compared to yesterday morning.

Then it was on to a Burger King breakfast. After breakfast we headed downtown Castle Rock to see how things were coming for the Duck Derby on Plum Creek. The creek sure is running fast, so I don’t know how those ducks did other than they must have moved right along.

While the sun was shining I stopped to look at some Spiderwort, which is always a great flower to view.

In the afternoon we went to Lena’s 90th birthday. I sure made a pest of myself as I begged for treats. I was pretty darn successful, I’ll have you know! Come evening those darn thunderstorms rolled in, but at least I got dinner from Outback Steakhouse.

George’s morning six years ago was pretty darn nice for his walk on Red Canyon Rim Trail.

I’ll woof you that I miss Red Canyon Rim Trail, particularly before the White Draw Fire.

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June 12, 2015

Bark about a lot of rain from yesterday and this morning. We got over 2″ of rain. Dad and I had to wait for our jog because of the hard rain. We waited until it was a light rain; dog oh dog, I sure got soaked. Toward the afternoon the sky starting clearing.

It was nice to see some sun again, but the mud, blah!!!! Maybe the weekend will be better.

George could woof to you all about wet weather on this day six years ago.

Gotta admit the fog looked pretty cool in Red Canyon.

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June 11, 2015

Once again dad made the wrong decision about running in rain gear. This morning he wore it and guess what?…after the initial spitting of rain it didn’t rain at all for the whole four miles, so dad was too hot again because of the rain gear. Me? Well, I was doing just fine on our jog.

Hey, you think that I can’t look basset cute?

Well, take a look at this photo.

Yeah, basset cute!

And here’s more basset cute!!

George, June 11, 2007

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June 10, 2015

Those darn clouds have taken up residence again. They’re relentless, no doubt about that. We almost got sun when dad and I walked on Tower Road. There’s still some Indian Paintbrush blooming.

Meanwhile, the Fleabane is looking pretty good now.

Dad doesn’t know whether to wear his rain gear for our morning run. If he wears it then it probably won’t rain enough to make it worth while, but if he doesn’t wear it, then…yeah you guessed it. We left for our jog and no more than five minutes into it, the rain poured. Dad wasn’t wearing any rain gear; he wasn’t happy about that! Dad took me back to the house and left me home as he ran with rain gear on. Naturally the rain quit soon and dad simply got wet from sweating too much under the rain gear. Poor dad, right?

2008 and more of George and that wonderful basset statue in downtown Loveland.

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June 09, 2015

Couldn’t muster another clear day today. But I can’t complain about our jog this morning.

And I found some Spiderwort on our jog, so that’s pretty neat.

Karen took me to Wendy’s for lunch and dad grilled chicken outside for me in the evening. Pretty tasty day!…and no thunderstorms.

George was never afraid of thunderstorms. Back in 2008 in Loveland he asked dad if he remembered that beautiful rainbow on this day in 2006.

No way dad would forget that one!

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June 08, 2015

Would you believe we had our first clear day since March 7th?. Well, I’ll be a basset with big paws, if this just doesn’t beat all! It’s about time. Dog oh dog did I ever have a nice jog with the sun early in the morning.


It was a good day for being a lazy basset and then enjoying Karen’s great lasagna for dinner. I love this kind of day!

George had a warm on this day in 2006 on Basset Back Ridge.

I woof you that I looked just like this after my jog this morning.

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June 07, 2015

A darn beautiful morning for a jog. I took a camera along to get some shots of wildflowers like these wild Roses.

The Beardstongue and Rubberweed under the waning moon.

And the Sweet Clover.

The only fly in the ointment was the numerous mosquitoes. Beautiful day overall; I sure enjoyed it!

George had a foggy morning six years ago. You’ll notice, though, the Wallflowers were still blooming in number.

Wow!

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June 06, 2015

Will this day?…

Be one of sunshine and flowers?…

or thunderstorms and rain?

Turned out to be more of a day with thunderstorms and rain again. We went to Sota’s place but didn’t stay long cuz the thunderstorm came along pretty fast. The morning wasn’t too bad, but the afternoon brought a thunderstorm every two hours. I did a short jog with dad in the morning when we had the sun. I did have to spend time in the car after a Burger King breakfast as Karen and dad bought exciting stuff like a sump pump and weather stripping at Home Depot…sigh. The highpoint of the day was sharing Filet Mignon with Karen…worth a lotta drools that was!

George had a gloomy day in 2007, but there’s no denying the Sweet Clover was looking…well…sweet!

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June 05, 2015

I could tell that this wasn’t going to be a sunny day as dad and I jogged under an overcast sky. The only brightness came from the wildflowers like this Goatsbeard.

Dog oh dog, did it ever pour when we went to Burger King for lunch. I was not happy. We did get some sun in the afternoon, so I spent some time stalking rabbits.

No luck, but on our walk on Tower Road I almost got a Prairie Dog (little bugger got down the burrow only six inches away from my vicious basset teeth).

There were more thunderstorms than sun.

Yeah not a good day.

Yahooooo!!!! Look at George happy as all get out on his run on Basset Back Ridge in 2006.

It was a great morning for him.

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June 04, 2015

I’ll woof to you right now that this was a dangerous afternoon to be out and about. Sure the sky looks nice in the morning.

But come the afternoon those thunderstorms started to form. There’s a little one behind me right now.

Can’t really see any rain coming from it yet at 1:30.

By 1:50 it had grown into a supercell.

Thank goodness it was a ways to the east from me. About 20 minutes after this photo it dropped a good sized tornado out of it, scaring the bejesus out of dogs east of Castle Rock. North Denver got pounded really hard too. But guess what? We almost got no rain at all. The lightning show continued until bedtime; I had to sleep with Karen, cuz I was darn upset by all the thunder and lightning today.

Wish I would have had the nice day George had in 2007. Yup, it was a nice morning for hanging out on Windsong Rise after the jog on Basset Back Ridge.

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June 03, 2015

Lots of low clouds this morning. Looks like the bad weather is returning. Even worse some bozo decided it was time to mow my favorite field which has the Prairie Dogs and the wildflowers. No wildflowers there now.
Barking of wildflowers, because of her operation I gave Karen a book of me and wildflowers. It’s called Flowers for Karen from Porter.


I think I did pretty well on this one. It sure helps to have a handsome basset as the focus of any photo book.

Bark about a handsome basset! That would be George with the Spiderwort in 2007.

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June 02, 2015

Our first day over 86 degrees. Yup, it got darn warm. Dad didn’t make me run so far this morning; I was glad of that. The sky couldn’t be beat with interesting clouds and lots of blue. Yup, another day to celebrate in the wildflowers.

Gee, it kinda looks like these flowers have grown a basset head!

Wow, that’s pretty cool!

Even better than wildflowers was eating outside at Freddy’s. Dog oh dog, do I love a warm evening.

George and his wildflowers…it doesn’t get any better.

George with Vetch. June 02, 2007

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June 01, 2015

We’re finally out of that May of rotten weather. And today was pretty darn nice with lots of sun.

It did get a little toasty but that didn’t stop me from appreciating the wildflowers.


We didn’t get any rain either. Nice not having that fearsome thunder booming at me. Dad tells me that tomorrow will be almost hot.

Poor Abigail. George checked out her broken arm back in 2007.

George hated to see his good friend with a hurt paw, because hurt paws are no fun at all.

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May 31, 2015

Here it is the end of May and I’ll woof you that this has been the cloudiest month I’ve ever seen. There wasn’t one day, not one, where there was abundant sunshine all day. And there were only three days without rain. Even worse there were 14 cloudy days (I’m barking no sun on those days!). There was a grand total of 26 days of more clouds than sun. Enough to get a basset depressed.

Good riddance to this month!

At least today was more summer like with some sun and…Goatsbeard to appreciate!

I sure hope June is a lot, lot better!

George had a darn cloudy May in 2009, though it wasn’t as bad as May 2015. And he had all those beautiful Wallflowers that month. “I think the Wallflowers are about done, dad. Too bad.”

May 31, 2009.

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May 30, 2015

Well, pull my tail!!!! We had a morning with all sun and no clouds!!!! That’s a first for this dismal month. Of course, the clouds moved in for the afternoon, but for once we had a truly nice day. I sure took advantage of it!

After a Burger King breakfast we stopped in downtown Castle Rock. And how about this Jeep?

Karen thinks that turquoise color can’t be beat, but it isn’t such a good deal at $4900 for a 1990 Jeep with 161,000 miles on it. Guess we won’t be buying it.

At Sota’s place I got to laze about in the sun with the wildflowers like this Indian Paintbrush.

Can’t forget the Beardstongue either.


I spent a lot of time lazing outside on the patio in front of the house too.
All in all, it was a darn nice day.

A dad favorite (as you know)!!!! And absolutely spectacular!

George in the Wallflowers. May 30, 2009.

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May 29, 2015

FINALLY!!!! A day in which we got more sun than clouds. Geez, it’s been a cloudy month. Since we had some sun I figured it was a good time to get some photos of the Rubberweed wildflowers. They’re having a great year.


Dad and I got plenty of mud on our paws for these two photos, but the sun made it darn nice to be out.

There may be abundant Rubberweed this year, but it still can’t compare to the 2009 Wallflowers.

George was loving them!

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May 28, 2015

Dad and I finally could jog off the sidewalks this morning. We haven’t too many days when we could do that this month. I’ll woof you now that grass and dirt is a lot better for the paws than concrete.

Even better for the paws is getting the weight off them and enjoying some treats!

With the ground drying up some maybe I’ll have more chances to get some wildflower photos like George did in 2006.

Penstemon anyone?

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May 27, 2015

Yesterday my jog in the morning sure wore me out, but today I had a lot more energy to enjoy the morning sun…

while it lasted.

We did get more thunderstorms this afternoon. There have been so many that I’m starting to pay less attention to the thunder unless it’s REALLY LOUD. We haven’t been in the car very much at all in the last few weeks cuz Karen doesn’t feel up to riding around. So when I got a ride to Petsmart this afternoon that was really great!

I look at these photos of George in 2009 and have to wonder how in the heck did those Wallflowers get so numerous that year.

Wish George was around so I could ask him.

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May 26, 2015

You know, it ain’t easy being me. Here I am past the ten year old mark and dad still makes me jog four miles in the morning.

Sigh…I need extra treats.

Dog oh dog, it’s nice to get some better weather, so I can get out and enjoy the wildflowers.

Not that we’ve had a sunny day with no rain or anything, but it sure is an improvement over the dismal weather of last week. I should woof that this photo was taken a football field length distance from a house for sale for 2.2 million. 2.2 million?!!!! Yup, that’s right. I think it’s time I get more treats in my life if people have that kind of money so nearby.

George and the Penstemon on Windsong Rise.

You gotta love it. May 26, 2007.

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May 25, 2015

Hey, at least the day started out with some sunshine.

I finally got a chance to check out the Penstemon out in the muddy fields.

Not looking too bad, but I can’t figure out a way to get a good photo of these beauties without a McMansion or power line in the background.

I have to be darn careful how I point the camera around Castle Rock, since civilization is everywhere and creeps into the photo all too easily.

Sometimes I can make it look like nothing man made is around, but it sure leaves out some nice wildflower choices.

Lucky George didn’t have this problem.

Look at all those Wallflowers in 2009! Did I woof, “Lucky George!”?

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May 24, 2015

What’s this as I sit on Porter’s Perch?!!!

Some sun and blue sky.

Let me think now. We haven’t anything but cloudy days since last Sunday.

Not that it was a sunny day, but I did get to see my shadow on quite a few occasions today.

Wallflowers on misty meadows.

You can’t do much better than that, now can you? Oh wait, add in a basset hound and you’ve got a great photo. Thanks George!

Wagon at sunset.

Not a bad day for George and his cameras.
May 24, 2009

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May 23, 2015

Still no break from the rotten weather. It’s rained so much that we have waterfalls all over the place like this one at the Diamond Ridge entrance.

Okay, okay, I’m pulling your paw, cuz this is a fake waterfall built by Colorado Ponds. Kinda weird around here how there isn’t much left that is natural.

Barking of natural, well, you can’t beat 2009 for Wallflowers.

Yup, quite the year and George was out enjoying them daily.

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May 22, 2015

Whew! George had one hot run on Basset Back Ridge some nine years ago. Look at that tongue hanging out as he got back to the car on Elbow Canyon Road.

No chance of me getting too hot today as the miserable weather continues.

What’s that a break in the clouds behind me?

Dad and I have been enjoying fish and more fish for lunch these days. I’ll woof to you that it isn’t as tasty as beef, but it’s darn good.

I left the asparagus for dad 😉

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May 21, 2015

So let me tell you how little sun we’re getting around this place.

Okay, okay, you’re probably tired of Porter’s whining about the weather. But how would you like to have your tummy sprayed by the hose after every run?!!!!

Someday, it might improve here. George had one of those cloudy days in 2009, but the Wallflowers sure were fine.

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May 20, 2015

Not even a hint of sun today. I needed something other than gray, gray, gray, so I made up a Pasqueflower book.

I’m kinda living in the past today, so I can remember what good weather is like.

Dog oh dog, another one of dad’s most favorite George photos. It was the perfect morning for it after a terrific run on Basset Back Ridge.

May 20, 2006

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May 19, 2015

Another cloudy day with rain…it won’t stop. I did get up close to a Goatsbeard flower this afternoon.

I think it could use some sun (though that’s not going to happen any time soon).

Lucky George had some great Globemallow growing at the airport in 2007.

There was plenty of sun that May; I’m envious!

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May 18, 2015

Not much to report today other than rain and clouds and rain and clouds. Oh wait, the sun did shine for about a minute. I managed to snap a nice shot as it did.

Now look at George’s day in 2006.

Yeah that’s Goatsbeard and that’s George and that’s blue sky. I should be so lucky.

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May 17, 2015

We got some sun this morning, so of course, I took advantage of it…like lazing about on Porter’s Perch.

And enjoying the the wildflowers.

It was a pretty nice sky too as dad and I walked around Tower Road cliffs.

Good stuff to eat too for dinner from Outback Steakhouse.

2009 found George having a great morning with the Gromwell.

I’d kinda like to do that myself.

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May 16, 2015

Kind of a surprise to see a decent amount of sun this morning. I sure took advantage of it by checking out the wildflowers (um, after a Burger King Breakfast).


With all the rain that has fallen in Castle Rock, the wildflowers sure don’t need to worry about water. Here’s something to ponder, so far this month through today we’ve had 11 days of cloud cover and not one sunny day and only one and a half days of more sun than clouds (we’re running less than 10 percent for sun so far!). Dad and I wonder if we’ve moved to Seattle or maybe even Juneau, Alaska?

No worries for George about sun on this day eight years ago.

His hike around Mathias Peak couldn’t be beat!

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May 15, 2015

Karen had another vet appointment, so dad and I drove her there. While waiting I wandered down to the pond to check for any creatures worth chasing.

I did go after a couple of squirrels, but didn’t have any luck.

It’s not a bad spot for a little quiet in the hubbub of lots of traffic all around.

Bark about quiet…what could be better than wandering through the fields and woods of Edgemont and enjoying the May wildflowers? Right George?

May 15, 2007

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