Our homestead has always been a great place for dogs. From friends and family visiting with their dogs (see A Good Dog Looking for a Good Home) to occasional dog sitting (see Puppy Camp and Dog on the Homestead) our four-footed visitors appreciate the rugged terrain, fresh air, frequent outdoor activities, and abundance of squirrels.
On the most recent sunny day, we all had lunch on the veranda, then moved to the water’s edge. Our current doggy guest, Lettie, seemed to enjoy the moment even more than we did.
The Tier II Subsistence Moose Hunt limited out and closed Thursday after a record short season (see The Obligation to Bear Arms). I racked my rifle, and Lettie and I are free to ramble the woods unencumbered. Of course, the day the hunt closed, we got over two inches of rain, so she and I worked out a ball game that we could play within the limits of our small cabin. It kept us both from going stir crazy, and reduced the wet dog odor in the house.
The Dog Days may be gone with the summer, but Lettie’s continue here at our place. We’re glad—mechanical problems shuffled the ferry schedule and will delay her family’s return to Haines. We’ve got dog food, toys, and plenty of squirrels, so we’re not worried.