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June 24, 2012

It had been far too long since…

Filed under: Walking the Dogs — Karma @ 9:05 pm
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…the poochachos and I went for a walk.  With the busy-ness, issues and recent heat, Teddy and Daphne had been just a wee bit neglected by their mama in the walk department.  Don’t get me wrong, we have a nice sized yard for them to romp around, but for them, nothing matches the excitement of a walk on the leashes, outside of their little backyard world.

I swear Teddy figures out what is going on from the moment I make the decision to go for the walk.  This past Saturday morning, as I sat on the edge of my bed putting my sneakers on, Teddy began to whine his happy whine.  I hadn’t touched the leashes or the “special orange bags” but I swear he knew what was happening.

It’d been so long since we took a walk along the powerlines into the woods, I was unprepared for the changes that had taken place in our absence.  The path that we take to the fireroad along the powerline was all grown in:
overgrown path #1
We had to hike through some tall grasses and thorny vines to get where we were headed. My legs are a bit scratched up.

Apparently a lightening strike had taken place:
lightening strike?

I was happily surprised by the wildflowers everywhere I looked:
wild daisies

wild susan

Wildflower meadow

Even a little daylily appeared on the edge of our path!
wild lily

I even took a video with my phone because I wanted to share the sounds with you as I followed the fire-road for a bit, but my phone is unfortunately being a bit persnickity about sharing that video.  I tried emailing it to myself – froze my phone in the process – and tried uploading directly to YouTube from my phone – video no where to be found on YouTube.  If I get it to work anytime soon, I’ll add it to this post.

There was a little downside to this walk too.  When I got to one of my favorite sections of the pathovergrown path #2

when normally the only sounds I can hear are the red-winged blackbirds and peepers and on warm days like this one was, the cicadas, the dogs and I were assaulted by deer flies!  I put on my bug repellent before heading out for the walk, but these buggers didn’t care.  I hurried through the normally very quiet and peaceful section of the walk swatting all the way.

Daphne always looks forward to the creek crossing near the end of the walk so that she can do this:Hot n tired golden retriever

but I couldn’t let her linger as long as she would’ve liked due to those nasty flies!  Does anyone know, would a stronger deet percentage repellent help?  I was using fairly gentle “Skintastic.”

I certainly won’t let a few obstacles prevent the dogs and I from enjoying more walks this summer, but I will definitely be looking for a way to be more bug free the next time!


  1. I (my kids) have noticed the deer flies. I don’t know how to deter them, those pesky flies. The “cooler” weather of the weekend was a nice break from that tropical stuff that we had last week. I bet the dogs loved their walk. Poor Stella hasn’t seen much walking.

    Comment by Becky Sue — June 25, 2012 @ 7:31 am | Reply

    • The dogs did enjoy their walk, but near the end of it they seemed a a bit worn down from the heat. The temperatures were a lot different from the last time I took them out. Maybe we can find a nice moderate day this summer to take them all out together.

      Comment by Karma — June 25, 2012 @ 7:51 am | Reply

  2. The girls and I have been walking down our road, but not off into the scrub as we have in previous years. We’ve all grown lazy over the winter, so I think we need to build up slowly to longer walks. As to deer flies – I do not know, but I do know the only thing that deters our mosquitoes is a stronger Deet repellent and the battery-operated Off repeller gizzies that clip to a belt.

    Comment by Carol — June 25, 2012 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

    • You know I’ve wondered if those electric repellers did any good. Maybe I should check them out.

      Comment by Karma — June 26, 2012 @ 8:08 am | Reply

  3. Okay, you made me look up “deer flies”. Don’t think we have them around here, so I am no help. We’ve been dealing with mosquitos and gnats and thankfully, can spray the yard for those.

    I’ve often heard “Skin so Soft” by Avon is a good bug repellent. Have you tried that?

    Sigh, it has been far too long since I’ve been on a walk. Can’t live life on an elliptical, right? Best to get my butt out there! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — June 25, 2012 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

    • We’ve done the skin-so-soft route and I wasn’t impressed with mosquito repelling ability. I think the deer flies will need more.
      In the beautiful place that you live, I’d have no trouble gettng myself out for a walk as often as possible!

      Comment by Karma — June 26, 2012 @ 8:10 am | Reply

  4. Check the level of Deet in the Skintastic. It’s probably something like 7%. The “Off” I use if 25%. I Googled to see what level of Deet is safe, and now I’m sorry I did … Some sites say it’s safe — some say no level of usage is safe …

    I know what deer flies are and understand why you’re asking …

    Comment by Sybil — June 25, 2012 @ 8:30 pm | Reply

    • I’ve read about Deet too, but I think as long as you are reasonable about its use, it is fine. Just like most things in this world, moderation is usually the key.

      Comment by Karma — June 26, 2012 @ 8:11 am | Reply

  5. Deer flies. Ugh. You’re right. They don’t seem to care. Except for the deer flies, I very much enjoyed the walk. 😀

    Comment by Robin — June 28, 2012 @ 3:20 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin. I’ve been checking out other formulations of repellent in anticipation of next time!

      Comment by Karma — July 1, 2012 @ 8:33 am | Reply

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