He can still see much better than I can. It was nice to finally get up close and personal with Red Shouldered Hawk after chasing them around my yard for the better part of a year with no real luck. Apparently he had an infection in his right eye that eventually got to the point where removal of it was necessary. Still a magnificent creature.
I don’t believe I ever posted any of the photos of Oshie at the Biltmore House. He would have fit right in at the Estate with his little bow tie. I am sure he would have appreciated the high society living too. This is the largest (or was) private home in the United States and has 250 rooms, 43 of which are bathrooms. One could easily get lost in there. It is still owned by descendants of George Vanderbilt and is open to the public year round. The setting is beautiful and Asheville is a fun location to explore and I would highly recommend checking it out.
The grounds were gorgeous and very dog friendly. If only the weather had been a bit nicer on this trip. It was hot and overcast for most of the day we spent at the Estate. There was even a little rain at one point. Hopefully we can make it back during cooler weather and do some more exploring with Oshie. There are so many excellent photo opportunities and the grounds are just pleasant to walk around.
Oshie having a blast rolling around in the sand. He loves doing this and it looks hilarious. Unfortunately this means that there will be sand falling out of his coat for a few days, even after a long bath outside. He loves doing it though and we just can’t say no to him (even if we did he would still do it).
Another shot of Oshie enjoying sun, sand and waves over the Labor Day long weekend.
We decided to take Oshie to the beach on Tuesday. The recent temp cool down made it much more pleasant to spend a few hours out on the hot sand. Nancy was finding Shark teeth without even trying and Oshie just didn’t want to stay out of the water. After almost 3 hours out in the sun we could tell he was getting tired (we were too) and we called it a day.
A short car ride home and a bath for Oshie and we all settled down for a quiet evening at home. Oshie was so exhausted that he slept for the rest of the day and this morning he didn’t want to get up. He may have over done it a bit because it looks like his sore hind leg from a few months back was bothering him again. Nothing a bit of rest won’t fix and he had fun so I am sure in his mind it was worth it.
It may be the only position he knows but he performs it better than even the best Yoga Guru in the world. And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, May I present to you, the Downward Dog!
Oshie is looking all fancy with the wind blowing his hair back. He loves when a breeze comes in from the front carrying all the delicious scents of the neighborhood. He tips his head back and takes it all in. I like to think that he is smelling what everyone else is cooking for dinner and wondering if he is going to get some.
I figured it was probably time to post some new pictures but I don’t have anything all that interesting to post at the moment so here is a shot of Oshie running and two shots of a Mississippi Kite returning to its perch with a meal. The kites have been hanging around in a tree across from our house catching all the big flying bugs. It is pretty neat to watch the aerial acrobatics they perform while chasing dragon flies and other large flying insects.