March 10, 2015

I wonder how much longer Porter’s Perch will be around.

You look off in the distance and there’s constant new building going on.

Here’s one of the new developments about a half mile from Porter’s Perch.

Typical overgrown houses sprouting up. There’s a nice lot not too far from this photo; it’s price is only $425,000. I wonder if I bought the lot and put a dog house on it, would they be upset?

Lots of sun today. Dad and I got some miles in walking. I’m a little tired cuz I’m not use to all the walking.

The best of times in 2006 as George sniffs the weather forecast on Windsong Rise.

Yeah, he knew that major March 2006 snowstorm was coming.

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March 09, 2015

When the day starts out like this you just know it’s going to be a beautiful March day.

Just ask George in 2008.

My day saw plenty of sun…

and blue sky.

Pretty darn nice day for jogging and skipping around the neighborhood. Warm enough too so dad could grill Angus burgers outside.

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March 08, 2015

Not exactly a day full of sunshine, though it wasn’t too bad walking along Plum Creek after a Burger King Breakfast.

I’d like to go out and hunt Prairie Dogs, but the ground is in that snowy-muddy state. I don’t mind it. Too bad dad does.

Here’s a happy basset in 2008 at the airport.

And why not when the weather is nice and the early morning geese put on entertainment?

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March 07, 2015

That snow is still around but what a beautiful day at Sota’s place.

And what a great time I had romping in the woods and the grassy fields!

Go Porter go!!!!

After all that work I needed a darn good dinner, which did come way from Castle Cafe. Daylight savings begins tomorrow, and I’m ready to get up early.

What a beautiful day for George on Mathias Peak in 2006.

I can feel my paws there just looking at this photo.

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March 06, 2015

OMG, we finally got a full day of sun.

Haven’t seen a full day of it here in Castle Rock since February 18th. Course, we did take that trip to Edgemont and had two sunny days on Februray 23rd and 24th.

Bark about feeling good warming up the back as I surveyed my territory while perching on Porter’s Perch.

That snow isn’t leaving anytime soon, but it is decreasing.

March 2007 was a great month for sunrises in Edgemont.

And every month with George was a great month for dad!

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March 05, 2015

Got some sun this morning and warmer temperatures.

Actually got to see some of that snow melt, but there’s still plenty around…sigh.

Dad had the cellphone with him for a photo on Porter’s Perch.

Can’t take much of a photo, no doubt about that.

Considering how much trouble I have with colors and digital stuff, it’s a wonder that any of the photos look good, but there’s no denying the Sony mirrorless cameras do a good job.

Barking of Sony mirrorless cameras, here’s George coming along on Windsong Rise in 2006.

Then it was onto Elbow Canyon road for the last quarter mile back to the car.

Fine day for that early morning jog with a fine basset.

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March 04, 2015

Cold darn day with always a bit of snow coming down. Our run wasn’t all that fun. We did get about two minutes of sun before the sun set.

It might look like there isn’t much snow, but below the icy shell underneath the newly fallen snow is about 6″ of tough going snow. We definitely need a change in the weather.

George’s early morning walk in 2009 was easy without the snow and beautiful with the rising sun.

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March 03, 2015

Yikes, bark about an icy, dreary, cold run this morning! I had to rest up as soon as I got back.

Heck, I was even a little depressed, since it seems like ever since we got back to Castle Rock the weather hasn’t been all that nice. Even worse it started to snow this afternoon.

Bark about lucky!!!!

March 03, 2009

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March 02, 2015

Dog oh dog, I’m working my legs to the bone because of all this snow.

It’s not easy!!!!

Hey up there, don’t you think it’s about time we got rid of some of this stuff!!!

We actually got plenty of sun this morning and the temperature did get to 50 degrees. Yup, some of the snow did melt, but the forecast says more for tomorrow.

Here’s that classic ears in the wind on Ears to the Wind Ridge.

George will always be the master basset ear flyer.
March 02, 2008

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March 01, 2015

Rather gloomy day again. That snow isn’t going away, I’ll woof you. Here’s the sidewalk.

Yeah, lots of snow on the side.

It’s tough going through the courtyard if a basset should venture off the sidewalk.

But I’m a tough basset as we all know!

Turns out February was the snowiest February ever for Denver…geez!

George had it so much easier on his run on Basset Back Ridge in 2006.

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February 28, 2015

We started out with some sun…

but it didn’t last.

Good thing we went to Sota’s place today, cuz there was less snow there than in Castle Rock. I had a great time.

To tell the truth, I kinda like the snow. Well, I like it when it isn’t too darn deep for running. And there’s nothing like a good snow bath.

Not that I want to carry the stuff home with me!

Hmmm-mm, much as I might like some snow, I like riding my motorcycle even better. Yeah, George was doing just that nine years ago today.

Did I woof lucky basset?!!!!!

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February 27, 2015

Yeah that darn snow is still here; I mean look at this!

It’s tough running in it, no doubt about that.

At least the sun was out in the morning, but I’m looking over my shoulder for the next snowstorm.

Where oh where was the snow for George in 2008?

You gotta love a handsome basset under a crisp blue sky, but George wasn’t fooled, more snow would be coming before the winter would be done.

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February 26, 2015

Geez! What did I wake up to this morning? More snow for Castle Rock.

Have I woofed that life isn’t always easy for a Porter Basset?

Dog oh dog, do I ever extra treats on this day! Oh and I forgot to bark that while in Edgemont I got weighed at the vet’s and I only weighed 48.3 pounds. There needs to be some changes here!!!!!

George’s day in 2008 was so much easier. Where’s the stupid snow?

Lucky basset!

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February 25, 2015

I woofed you yesterday that we came back to a loaded-with-snow Castle Rock.

Guess I best get used to pushing snow.


Whew! Bark about hard work. Even worse there is more snow in the forecast. What’s with that?!!!

And whew, bark about hard work, that would be George on his early morning run at the airport in 2008.

Fastest basset of his time, that was George.

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February 24, 2015

It was time to say goodbye to Edgemont and the Wild Horse Sanctuary.

In Edgemont we stopped in to say goodbye to Agnes and Gene…sniff.

On US85 I turned around to get one last view of Mathias Peak way off in the distance.

I felt sad leaving all those good Edgemont places.

At least the trains were running on the UP coal main.

And I got to see a new SD-70AH in the lineup of one of the trains.

We left Edgemont with no snow on the ground, but whoa, when we got to Castle Rock, bark about a lot of snow. Guess I’ll be running in that tomorrow.

George had another snowless and beautiful afternoon back in 2007.

The airport path was looking darn good as was George.

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February 23, 2015

Bark about a well below zero cold one at the Wild Horse Sanctuary this morning. But, it sure was beautiful and Rover was there to keep me warm.

As the day progressed it got pretty darn nice, whether enjoying the view from the canyon walls…

or the porch of the cabin.

And despite the cold air in the morning, the time for photographing the Spanish Mustangs couldn’t be beat.

Look’em go!

Yup, I had a terrific day at the Wild Horse Sanctuary.

George had a darn good evening at the airport on this day in 2007.

It was a nice break from winter.

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February 22, 2015

A darn cold day, but also a wonderful day for photographs at the Wild Horse Sanctuary. I was up early to enjoy the light.

Karen was a little more reluctant to get out in that cold so early in the morning, but she turned out to be the one taking the most photos.

You got to admit that on a day like today, there aren’t many places better than the beautiful Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

The horses were in a good mood too, like Honey posing for Karen.

Montego Bay spent a lot of time posing for me.

He’s a handsome guy with that long mane.

The best part of the day for me was stopping to see Gene. Dog oh dog, I do feel sorry for him as he recovers from surgery (I know how it feels!), but I sure had to express my happiness to see him.

In the evening we got out for some last shots of the mustangs. Sierra, sweet Sierra, was at her best.

An evening snack anyone?

All in all, it was a terrific day!

Yeah, I showed this George photo last year, but how can I resist it?

Dapper George!
February 22, 2007

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February 21, 2015

Cold, gritty day at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

I’ll woof you right now that it was better here than in Colorado where some 15″ of snow was happening.

No matter the day, I had a good time watching those mustangs.

How about the Sundance herd racing along?

And ya gotta love Sid and Laddie have some great playtime.

Yeah, it was a pretty active day for the horses.

We did make a run into Hot Springs for lunch and some groceries. In the evening we kept snug by the electric fireplace in the cabin.

George’s day in 2007 was, well, pretty darn nice!

Where’s the snow?!!!

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February 20, 2015

It’s early morning and here I am outside our room at the Best Western in Lusk, WY.

Edgemont isn’t far away.

It snowed as we drove on US85 in Wyoming, but good thing for us US18 was free of snow and the drive was great. We stopped at the Edgemont house where, after 4 and 1/2 months away, I scoped out the yard and let everyone know that it was still MY yard.

Rover needed some battery charging. While it charged we headed up Elbow Canyon Road.

A walk on Windsong Rise was just the ticket! I could feel the spirit of George.

That’s him in pristine snow near Windsong Rise back in 2006.

We finally got Rover going and then it was on to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, where we stayed in the cabin. Come evening I scooted on into my basset bed and drank some basset wine.

Life is good!

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February 19, 2015

Road trip time to Edgemont and the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary today.

It was a splendid day for traveling. I rode in the Jeep with Karen.

Because of a late start in the day, we decided to overnight in Lusk, WY. I sure was ready for that stop and some Subway for dinner.

George’s snow in 2006.

Sure brings a basset alive on the run in the morning!

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February 18, 2015

Darn sunny and bright day today with not a bad temperature.

Guess I’d better enjoy while I can, cuz the weekend is bringing more winter.

I hope it’s not as cold as that -27 degrees George had in 2006.

Everything looked really cold that day.

Barking of Edgemont, I guess we’re going to try and make the trip to Edgemont tomorrow.

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February 17, 2015

Beautiful day today with that snow and blue skies (well, after our jog it was blue skies).

You know how that snow makes me feel! Whoopee!!!


Yup, I expended lots of energy today, so bring on the treats!

George got to see a beautiful day on February 17, 2006, but it sure got cold that night (-29 degrees). It was a good evening to cozy up in his favorite chair.

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February 16, 2015

Winter has returned!

I’ll admit that I was all pumped up to run in the snow.

So join me in my romp in the snow.

It’s pretty tasty stuff!

What a blast I had!
Quiet day in the house, so I got lots of rest between my runs in the snow. Dad didn’t enjoy all the cloud cover, but he survived.

George’s jog nine years saw snow falling all over Basset Back Ridge.

In the afternoon the sun came out and the wind came up, so George and dad headed back to Windsong Rise to appreciate the scenery.

Cold, but darn beautiful.

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February 15, 2015

We got a hint of sun at Sota’s place; otherwise the sun was a no show and it started snowing in the evening. With that hint of sun I tried using flash on the Sony camera…

and then no flash.

My eyes sure show up better with the flash. Dad almost always used flash with George because of his black fur around his eyes. But dad thinks with me, my colors always look better in natural light. You decide.

Barking of snow and winter, George’s run on Basset Back Ridge nine years ago was a snowy one.

2006 had been a winter of little snow, but now it was coming. Kinda pretty on Elbow Canyon Road.

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February 14, 2015

After our traditional Burger King breakfast we went on the road for a hike and some adventure. We rode in the Jeep, which by the way has some cool plates on it now.

Our hike was at Greenland along the railroad tracks (the old Denver and Rio Grande tracks).

There’s a pretty nice two track to hike along. Karen and I had a Kodak moment.

The sky wasn’t cooperating, but the trains sure did.

Then it was down to Colorado Springs to stop in at the map shop. Finally winding our way along to Palmer Lake, where the trains, like this brand new ACe unit, kept up their presence.

And I can’t forget to mention our Valentine’s Day dinner from Castle Cafe…arrhhhoo-ooo-oo!

George was all nose for the package sent to him by Sue in 2006.

What’s this?…an Australian cookie? Let me be the judge of that, dad.

George pronounced it quite excellent.

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February 13, 2015

Darn nice day today!

Good thing the weather was so cooperative, because we went downtown Denver in the afternoon. First stop for me; the Cheesecake Factory!

Dad and I had a piece of cheesecake while Karen got her hair cut. We then got a takeout order so Karen could have some. I’ll woof to you that I was having a hard time keeping that cheesecake out of my mind even as dad and I wandered the big city.

We did drop the cheesecake off with Karen, and then dad and I went to look at the skyscrapers as we always do on a nice day in Denver.

I should move this one to Edgemont!

It would make quite the sight rising from the Cheyenne River valley, don’t ya think?
We stopped at Chicago Style Beef and Dogs on the way home, picked up some beef sandwiches. It was a long ride home because of the traffic, but the reward, a beef sandwich, couldn’t be beat!

I was very upset to find out that my best buddy Gene had to have surgery, but dad told me not to worry. I can’t wait to see him. We were thinking of going to Edgmeont, but the forecast for the weekend isn’t so great. Sure hope we can go next weekend.
George would have known how to make Gene smile.

Yeah, a good way to wish someone get well.
February 13, 2006.

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February 12, 2015

Even early in the morning, most of the snow had melted.

By afternoon with some sun and 59 degrees, I’m glad to woof the snow is almost entirely gone.

Of course, it’s kinda muddy, so no Prairie Dog hunting today. I’m hoping that tomorrow will allow for chasing those little varmints. Next week winter is setting in, so I’d like to enjoy the fine weather as much as possible.

Barking of winter, that continued snow and frost of February 2007 didn’t abate on this day for George. Yeah, but does that mean he didn’t have fun? Judge for yourself.

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February 11, 2015

Just to let us know that winter is far from over, it snowed last night.

I won’t deny it looked rather pretty with the blue skies of the day.

Dad and I had some good walks, but the jog was kinda messy. Rumblings about taking a road trip to Edgemont, but Karen and dad aren’t sure about the weather for the trip home.

George’s February 2007 foggy and frosty weather continued onto this day eight years ago. You gotta admit, though, George always kept his head high and looked great after his jog on Basset Back Ridge.

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February 10, 2015

Do you like me better with sun behind me?

Or sun behind me with some flare in front of my ear?

I’ll woof you that I still like brilliant blue sky behind me.

And brilliant blue sky is what we had for the morning and a temperature of 69 degrees. The clouds moved in during the afternoon and snow is predicted for tonight.

George had one of those typically windy days in Edgemont in 2009.

Freedom is basset ears blowing in the wind!

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February 09, 2015

Pawing around with the 400mm lens on the 70D this morning.

Yeah, it’s really good for basset portrait shots.

How about yellow grass instead of green grass?

Dad and I had a great jog in the morning and afterwards I got to go…

yup, that’s right, Prairie Dog hunting. It was kinda warm with a 69 degree temperature. Oh and it has felt like spring the last few days, though I’m not fooled for a minute.

In the evening Karen made up about 10 pounds of her fab lasagna. Dog oh dog, I sure love that stuff.

George was up early (as usual) on this day in 2008.

He and dad sure ran most of their early morning runs out by the ponds that winter. A good time had by all.

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February 08, 2015

Another winter day for George in 2007 as he hiked around Dead Horse Canyon.

It occurred to me that I’ve been with dad for five years now, just as George had been with dad for five years in 2007.

And another day of bright sun for me today with a temperature reaching 64 degrees.

I had a great time running at Sota’s place.

And as I looked off in the distance I could see those Rocky Mountains with plenty, plenty snow.


Yup, pretty darn nice day again.

Sota couldn’t see the mountain from his area.

But I did tell him all about the snow in the mountains, and I agreed with him that it would be a lot of working trudging through all that snow.

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February 07, 2015

George’s day in 2007 on Windsong Rise had low clouds, a little snow, and most definitely winter.

My day? Sunny and bright!

Would you believe the temperature reached 75 degrees?!!!

After a Burger King breakfast, Karen took me for a warm walk along Plum Creek.

Since dad is never in these photos, he thought his shadow should show just so he has proof that he was there.

Around lunchtime we got new seat covers put on the Jeep.

The light gray sure is nice compared to the black leather of the seats. It was rather warm wandering around as we waited for the place to install things on the Jeep, but we did stop in to a motorcycle shop, where I felt very much at home. We finished off the day with a pizza celebration for Karen’s birthday…yum!

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February 06, 2015

It’s a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Karen!
Pause for thought that she is such a youngster compared to dad and me.

She claims she’s older than what we know her to be, but we go along with it even though she looks nowhere near the age she claims.

And you can you believe this? It got to 73 degrees today. Bark about hot for poor Porter Basset.
I did make it to Porter’s Perch after our run. This time I thought I’d see how the Nikon D800 does with sky colors up close to me…

and farther way.

Still has that lighter sky even though the exposure and the processing didn’t change. Not as bad as the Canon cameras, but, well, interesting.

Bark about interesting, how about George goofing off with the Eeyores of the house?

February 06, 2006

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February 05, 2015

Pretty darn nice morning for a jog, and the day got better as the temperature managed 60 degrees. It was a big sky morning too.

But the only way to get a picture of that big sky is with the encroachment of civilization on the Colorado High Plains.

Did I woof you how many people live around here? It’s more and more all the time. That’s not all bad, cuz there sure is a lot of great food for a basset here in Castle Rock, but it does make sky photos difficult.

Big sky photos were always easy for George. He could sit on Grand View or Summit Tree Camp and not see any signs of civilization at all.


And this was the norm for a very civilized and sophisticated basset.
February 05, 2008

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February 05, 2015

Dark, cloudy day today, and it was darn slippery on our run. Dad and I managed to be outdoors some, but it wasn’t all that great. Because of the sky, I decided to try underexposing the sky while taking photos.

I figured the underexposed sky would be interesting with a cynaotype filter.

Of course, you can make some modifications to the filter for something like this.

Dad likes them, but I think there’s too much blue tint. The basset, however, is very handsome.

Barking of handsome, George was thinking up his latest story on this day in 2006. Yeah, he might look like he’s going to sleep, but inside that creative mind of his the F Street War story was taking hold.

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