The WooFDriver has seen much evidence of beaver activity while taking the WooFPAK on rail trail mushing tours. Looks like they are in the process of making a dam. Beavers also fall smaller trees for food. ‘Beaver fever’ is a term that coined by the press after finding the parasite Giardia lamblia that is carried by beavers. They then pollute the waterways infecting animals that drink the water downstream. Dogs and humans alike can get this parasite and need to be careful and purify the water they drink.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about Beavers
While Free Ranging running the WooFPAK on May 5, 2013. Zarro thought he would make some new friends with these Mules! I was interested to learn that a Mule is an offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. They are thought to be more patient and hardier than horses and also less stubborn, faster and smarter than donkeys.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about Mules
May 17, 2014 the WooFDriver took the WooFPAK to the horse track! Yes, the PAK was running the track while the horses got to watch! A horse’s anatomy enables it to make us of speed to escape predators, but they were not scare of these WooFs. Horses(Equus ferus caballus) have the largest eyes of any land mammal and have a great sense of balance.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about horses
On September 5, 2014 the WooFDriver took the WooFPAK for a Free Ranging run in the Shenandoah Valley. Here they got on the scent of this little groundhog. Luckily for him groundhogs are very capable tree climbers! Did you know that groundhogs are on of the few species that enter a true hibernation? In most areas they hibernate from October until March or even April! That’s a long slumber!! In warmer climates they may only hibernate as little as three months though. Still a hearty nap! Read More About the Groundhog
Beautiful Deer are frequently part of our WooFDriver Activities. We see them all over and it is really cool especially when they are together with their offspring known as Fawn. I have trained the WooFPAK not to chase the Deer. They oblige with this rule nicely. On this sighting we were in the Shenandoah region summer of 2004!! Read more about Deer here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deer
Here are videos from some of the deer sightings WooFDriver has seen on his adventures!
Our Latest 2011 Summer Adventures find us at the “Big Farm”. This is a 400 Acre+ working Dairy Farm with beautiful Clydesdale Horses, Huge cornfields, a maze of FREE Ranging Trails, and an awesome Pond. I have been fortunate enough to rent the use of the “Big Farm” to FREE Range the WooFPak!! I use the Polaris Electric ATV and Roll with dogs all over this place!! My Tail of this Trail is the mix of my PAK with the Dairy cows and The Bull!! I was certainly apprehensive about the first meeting. Again my dogs are trained and very responsive to my commands but I was not sure how the cows were going to receive us!! Obviously the cows are contained in their pasture, but I certainly didn’t want to scare them. Well it was an excellent experience for all of us!! The dogs were of course very much interested in the cows and the cows were also quite interested in the dogs!! The Bull of course stared us down and stood his ground. Now, when we FREE Range at The “Big Farm” the cows and dogs are comfortable with each other and in fact the cows have started to come right over to us and seem to be “mooing” at us!! This is so cool and a great nature experience!!
Cute, Curious, and Cool – Canines & Cows 9.21.2012
On our Farm Run today we saw a bunch of cows!! We are lucky and get to see them frequently at this particular farm (I call The Big Farm because it is over 400 acres). The Cows are always very curious about the WooFPAK (my dogs) and the dogs are likewise curious about them. If we approach gently the cows will come to the fence and check us out. My one Dog Jag is a real ham and the only one in my WooFPAK that will actually go right up to the fence and maybe have a “Cow Kiss”!! He is a little unsure of the situation as you see in the video but he gets more confident and comfortable with time. The other dogs look on with their own curiosity!!