December 14, 2014

Snow today!!! I was all pumped up about it. Yup, I got Hedge and went outside to play.

Dog oh dog, I sure had a good time. Blasting through snow Porter, that’s me!

The Canon 70D did pretty well in the snow too. I got a lot of sharp photos despite the snow and cold and bouncing basset.

Funny that the electricity cut out for 2 hours right around 4pm. What’s with that? Karen had just made some of her fabulous lasagna and had the oven ready when, poof!…lights out.
Well, we went out to get dinner and when we got home Karen cooked up lasagna. Look at all of it!!!! What a feast!!! It’s better than Christmas!!!!

Could I have some now, please?

George had a sunny spot on his chair in the afternoon of 2008.

It was great to get the warm sun after a cold morning hiking.

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December 13, 2014

We headed to Sota’s place today (after a Burger King breakfast!). I thought it would be a good time to see how well the Canon 70D does in focusing on moving objects, like very fast basset hounds.

I have to woof you that the camera does very well indeed, and even better it’s darn easy to use for these shots when I want portrait orientation.


Not bad at all. I’m guessing that about 75% of the time the camera got the focus. And this was with the 50mm lens, which hasn’t been good at fast focusing on past Canon cameras.

No fast shots for George on this day in 2006. I was a day to hang out with the Prairie Dogs and take it easy after a morning of running and hiking.

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December 12, 2014

Today was another day of warmth and sun. I’ll bark to you now that a Porter Basset sure could get used to this type of winter weather, no cold paws, no ice on the ears, and easy running.

Yup, it was a good day to have the Canon 70D and the Sony NEX-7 go head to head using their 50mm lenses.
Blue sky shot:
NEX-7

70D

Detail on the pic:
NEX-7

70D

Golden grass shot:
NEX-7

70D

Detail on pic:
NEX-7

70D

Not very objective, I’ll grant you that. Go to the web camera tests for the objective pixel peeping, but this is what I get using the different workflow for each camera on a typical subject…that would be me!
Each photo was shot at 100ISO with f/5.6 on the 50mm lenses.

In the end it’s all about the whole composition and dad tells me that I look very handsome in this photo.

Barking of handsome and a great background, nothing can beat George and a good sunset.

December 12, 2007

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December 11, 2014

Dad bought a new camera, a Canon 70D! Yup, I went out this morning to try it out.


The colors are typical Canon and the sharpness too. It feels pretty good in the paws, but as is typical the controls just HAVE to be moderately different from other models.

Bark about a warm and sunny day to be out with a camera. Is it really winter? I got puffy hot on our walk in the afternoon.

And now it’s time for more Porter antics on the sofa in the basement. Watch for the from behind pillow punt! It’s classic Porter. Sorry that it’s such a big file to download.
Porter on the sofa, December 11, 2014

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December 10, 2014

And now may we take a moment to praise a glorious blue sky.

And warm temperatures too!

It was great sunning myself on Porter’s Perch this morning. I could look all around me and not see a sign of winter.

But, winter will be coming back, I know that. But for this morning, enjoy the Prairie Dog hunting in the great weather. There’s one now!!! Bye!!!

George on his couch in 2007 after a wonderful day of frolicking outdoors in the pines.

Pretty darn good, no?

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December 09, 2014

Another gray, ugly day…what’s with that? Well, to keep myself in good spirits I spent a lot of time on dad’s knee, hoping for treats.

The clouds did move out towards sunset, which led to a beautifully rich sky as the last bit of daylight raced to the west.

December 09, 2007, will always, always, always be a day for the history books!

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December 08, 2014

Gray, ugly day, though mild temps again. Dad and I had an easy job running, but it was nicer snuggling in my bed.

Even nicer than nicer was receiving in the mail my new mouse pads.

They look pretty darn cool, don’t they?

Bark about cool!

Yup, that would be a George book signing in 2006.

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December 07, 2014

I never know what will happen on a Sunday.

I wish dad would get input from me for Sunday plans.

Before you feel sorry for me, I’ll woof you that I had a great day. After a Burger King breakfast I scoped out the beaver action along Plum Creek.

It turned out to be a beautiful day…a Ponderosa-sky day.

I got to hike around Sota’s place under that beautiful sky. And what did Sota think of the day?


So right!

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December 06, 2014

The couch down in the basement is pretty nice, I’ll woof you.

I’m sometimes a nutty basset before I get settled down on the couch. Here’s a video of me trying to get that blanket spot just right!
Porter goes nuts on the couch!

How about this Christmas ornament of Karen’s?

Pretty nice, even if it isn’t a basset on it.

Darn cloudy day, but dad and I did have a good time walking at Sota’s place. But, it sure was warmer than George’s day six years ago.

Look at that darn snow!

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December 05, 2014

Yea!!! There was plenty of sun today with warm temperatures.

The weather made for a great jog and for a great morning to sun myself on Porter’s Perch.

I was hoping the Prairie Dogs wouldn’t notice me lying in wait, but no such luck.

George was up running in the foggy, dark morning in 2007.

No matter the weather, though, basset eyes get see through any darkness or fog.

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December 04, 2014

Warm, but cloudy day. I figured it was a good day to sit in front of the Christmas and hope some presents with treats would be unwrapped.

Alas, no luck.

How about this gift wrapping paper that I made up for Karen and dad?

I think it’s the finest gift wrap paper ever. I’m being completely objective when I woof this.

What a great morning for a hike on Red Canyon Rim Trail in 2008. There’s the ever famous George making his way back to the car.

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December 03, 2014

Castle Rock certainly doesn’t have nearly the windy days of Edgemont, but today was one of those days with wind.

Look at those basset ears fly!

It was one of the few days where dad and I had to fight the wind on our jog. And did I get to chase Prairie Dogs today? You betcha!

Bark about a great time on a perfect winter jog for George.

Windsong Rise, December 03, 2006

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December 02, 2014

Enough sun today to make things pretty nice for wandering around.

Looking around, you’d never guess that it was winter time here in Castle Rock.

The temperature was wonderfully mild. Bark about the easy life.
Even better was pot roast from Castle Cafe for dinner!

It was a beautiful life for George in 2007 as he prepared for another great Sheriff George Christmas card.

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December 01, 2014

Up on Porter’s Perch you would never guess how the weather was last night.

That would be some snow and colder temperatures.

Just think it was 50 degrees warmer on Saturday!

But the frost was pretty on the trees and weeds.

Pretty nice day too for running off leash and hunting Prairie Dogs. I had a grand time!

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November 30, 2014

What a surprise, another day with plenty of clouds. Well, it gave me a chance to watch on our TV yesterday evening’s great Christmas light show at the Denver city building.

It was a good day for putting up the Christmas tree too. It’s a big one, I’ll woof you. I need to get a photo of it once there are more presents under it (treats for me, I hope!).

How about George spreading Christmas cheer in 2007?

Gotta love it!

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November 29, 2014

Another warm day, 71 degrees! Too bad the sun wasn’t cooperating again. It did come out for a bit after we had breakfast at Burger King. We headed to downtown Castle Rock to get a photo or two of the new (plastic) Christmas tree there.

How about this for a family portrait?

Don’t think I’ll use it on a Christmas card :-)

Come late afternoon we headed for downtown Denver, where Karen bought me some of that tasty cheese cake at the Cheese Cake Factory. Then we went over to the city/county building to watch the lighting of the Christmas lights on the building. Bark about spectacular!

How about a video of the lighting?!
Denver City Building Christmas Lights

George didn’t have nearly the excitement of the Christmas lights on his day in 2007, but there’s no denying he sure looked great!

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November 28, 2014

Pretty warm day today, but it would have been a lot warmer if the sun had spent some time shining. We did get nice lighting toward sunset.

I woofed to Karen that it would make for a nice Kodak moment with her.

Yes indeedy, it did!

As the sun set, the colors were pretty darn good.

I’m still munching on Thanksgiving dinner delights. You know, a dog could get used to this life!

George on his chair on this day some seven years ago.

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November 27, 2014

Hey, what to you think of my new Christmas greeting sign?

Bark about the dog’s woof, right?

I sure was slobbering on Porter’s Perch this morning, it being Thanksgiving, which means eating and eating in my book.

I’ll woof you that I had a great time stuffing myself because Karen did such a fantastic job with the meal.

Bark about a windy day for George in 2007.

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November 26, 2014

Tomorrow’s Turkey day!!!

Yahoo!!!

I wonder how much turkey I’ll get, cuz I can eat the whole bird if they let me.

Notice I got my old leash back that dad left in Plainview, Texas. Thank you Karen for your persistence to get it back.

George, what a guy! Putting a blog together for basset friends from around the world in 2006.

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November 25, 2014

Happy Tough Basset Day!!!!

Always, always, always dad’s favorite photo!

Someday I’m going to write my autobiography.

I’m going to call it Tails of a Handsome Basset.

It would be a big seller, right?

I had a nice surprise for breakfast this morning, that would be a Burger King breakfast. It was nice to have such a great breakfast since the day was kinda gloomy in the weather department.

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November 24, 2014

A great morning for a jog, though the rest of the day brought clouds and a little snow.

It was kinda breezy too.

Though it was nowhere near as breezy as the gale force winds that sweep through the Edgemont airport. I’ll woof you that Castle Rock has much less wind than Edgemont. Dad’s becoming a slacker on his runs cuz he doesn’t have to run into the winds of Edgemont. Me? I’m low enough to the ground that I don’t have this problem.

Barking of Edgemont airport, how about George at the airport in 2007.

Sheriff George territory, no doubt about that!

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November 23, 2014

It snowed last night and was on and off during the daytime today. Lots of clouds too. But you got to admit the sun was shining on this Porter basset when he got to shop for treats at Pet Smart.

It boggles my mind that Pet Smart is only about a mile and a half from where I live!!! Why don’t I get to go there more often? I need to have a talk with dad about this.

Summit Tree Camp is one of the finest places in the world for communing with the universe and taking in the landscape. Bring along a basset and it’s perfect!

November 23, 2008

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November 22, 2014

When I start out my morning, I don’t always know what the plan will be for the day.

You can bet, I do hope plenty of good things to eat will be coming my way!

We did visit Sota, which meant I got to walk around the grounds so to bark. To the west the Rocky Mountains are gathering a thick mantle of snow.

It’d be tough going for a basset during the winter months in the Rockies.

And woof about this! Karen’s great lasagna for dinner on new Porter plates that I got for Karen!

That’s a handsome basset on the plate, but my heart (and tummy) is with the lasagna.

Ya just can’t deny the beauty of this winter morning.

George after his jog at the airport in 2007.

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November 21, 2014

Dad took me out for some Prairie Dog hunting on this fine morning.

I’ll woof to you that digging them out doesn’t seem to work, so I tried barking them out.

Barking at Prairie Dogs
Prairie Dogs!

That didn’t work either…sigh.

You know, if you take a look at DxO’s lens measurements the Sony NEX-7 with the 50mm lens should be the sharpest combination we’ve got now. It’s a lowly 13mega pixel.

The Canon T2i coupled to the 24-105mm lens is 8mega pixels.

Personally when pixel peeping it’s awfully hard to see any difference between the two cameras. I’m not sure if DxO’s way of measuring is all that objective. Now if we could talk Karen into spending $5000 on a Zeiss 85mm lens, then we should see 35mega pixels when the lens is put on Karen’s D800e. Of course, if the D800e did have an anti-alias filter on it then the Zeiss lens would drop to 29mega pixels. Well, I dunno, the world of digital cameras sure can be strange. The only cameras that show all the sensor pixels would be the Canon full frame cameras connected to expensive Canon prime lenses. Like I woofed, I think the DxO measurements should be taken with a grain of salt.

“Enough with the lens talked!”

“It’s the picture that counts,” as George would always woof to ya.
November 21, 2008.

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November 20, 2014

So I took a look at the shutter counts for the Canon 50D and the Sony NEX-7. You’d never guess the Canon 50D has 43,867 photos done by this time.

The Sony NEX-7 took this photo.

And here’s a Canon 50D photo. The Canon 50D is over five years old now.

Even more surprising is that the Sony NEX-7 has 34,259 photos taken on it. Guess I’ve used that camera a lot in the last two and half years.
Most of the time the Canon colors aren’t my favorite but when I use the Sigma 10-20mm lens things look pretty good except for the heavy vignetting.

Happy trails to you! Right George!

George’s Mathias Peak walk in 2008 was terrific. Lucky dog!

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November 19 ,2014

Wow, just think dad’s had the Sony DSC-R1 for nine years now.

It’s the one camera he’ll keep until it dies, which he hopes is a long time into the future. In most ways the camera is antiquated in the digital camera world, but I agree with dad that it does do the best with colors, like displaying white and white while keeping the other colors true.

Here’s a photo from the Sony DSC-R1 and I’ve got the Sony NEX-7 around my neck, the newest camera dad and I own. It’s almost four years old now.

Will the Sony NEX-7 be around until the end of its life? Hard to woof. It’s not a bad camera, but it doesn’t have the qualities of the Sony DSC-R1 that dad and I like.

Long clouds streaming from the northwest today off of the mountains.

Seems like these cloud banks are pretty normal for the Colorado front range.
But it is nice and warm and the snow is going.

Lucky George and those trains at Igloo Bridge.

November 19, 2007

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November 18, 2014

George had one of those sullen days of clouds in 2008. But he sure looked handsome by the sagebrush.

My morning was another one of great running weather.

There’s still snow around here…not gone yet.

This afternoon, those darn clouds covered the sky. Rats!

Dad’s been making up all sorts of stuff for Christmas. I hope he gets me something good.

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November 17, 2014

Yea!!! Blue skies again!

That kept me in a bouncy mood today.

Look at my paws go!!!

Watch out greyhounds.

The temperature was great, making for a splendid jog.
Looks like the snow will be gone by the end of the week as we finally get some warm air headed our way. But for now, what a great morning to be outside.

A gorgeous morning for gorgeous George in 2008.

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November 16, 2014

We got more snow last night, and what a beautiful morning came upon us.

I loved being out in it! Sure helped that Karen and dad let me hunt for Prairie Dogs.


I’ll admit that I caught a lot of snow but no Prairie Dogs. But hey, hope springs eternal.

Barking of cold, it got down to -21 degrees in Edgemont. Glad I’m in Castle Rock today.

Why doesn’t dad have pictures like this of me?!!!!

Lucky George in 2006.

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November 15, 2014

Another winter day outside. Dad and I made it for a short run, but most of the day was spent inside. I spent time working on Zazzle.

Mustang Dreams Anyone?
Mustang Dreams at Zazzle

Bassets of the sunrise by Sheriff George himself.

November 15, 2007

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November 14, 2014

Well, so much for fall. Porter’s little Cottonwood tree has changed overnight to brown leaves.

Do ya think the below zero temperatures had anything to do with it?

Plop!!! Hey!!!

Geez, I ask a silly question and look what I get, a snowball on my head from dad!!! Not fair!!!

So like the temperature was much more mild today, getting above freezing. But, it’s still stupidly cold for mid November and tomorrow more snow and cold. What’s a basset to do? I think I need a hug.

2008 and George on Howling Rock.

If you listen closely, you will hear him singing early the morning.

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November 13, 2014

Looking at this photo, you might think it’s a pleasant fall day.

Okay, okay, the ice on my snout gives it away that it surely isn’t fall at all.

How about -5 degrees when dad and I went for our run? Jeez, it’s not fair!

Is it really eight years ago now when George and Abigail were becoming stars?

Yup, George and Abigail were a great team!

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November 12, 2014

Yikes, it was -1 degree when I took this photo.

Bark about cold and snowy and cloudy. Yeah, weather unfit for a basset, though I did move fast to keep warm.

Later in the day the sun did shine through a cold haze, but the temperature never got above 1 degree.

Hey, it’s only November 12th!!! What’s with that?!!!

George was having much nicer weather in 2008.

The sun was shining and it was great time to sit outside and contemplate the wonderful morning.

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November 11, 2014

Dog oh dog, did I ever need this, an electric throw.

Karen bought it for me and considering the temperature will get below 0 tonight, it’s just in time.

Karen’s the best!!!!

George was watching a beautiful sunset on this day in 2008.

It’s was a lot warmer than here, too. Look out for the cold tomorrow.

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November 10, 2014

This is the way the day started.

Beautiful! No?

It was warm and sunny and some leaves were still hanging onto the trees with a nice waning moon behind.

Gotta love it.

Dad and I took Lulu for an oil change this morning. It was 60 degrees and very pleasant walking downtown Castle Rock.

But what’s this?!!!!

Right around 11:30 the wind and clouds came in and the temperature dropped some 40 degrees in three hours. Stupid winter!

If I was on Howling Rock like George was in 2008,

I’d sure let the world know how a felt about this cold snap coming.

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