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Monday, July 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Well, my hiking vacation didn’t turn as as expected but I did get 74 new Appalachian Trail miles.

I was able to hike in Great Smoky Mountain National Park the first week. I ran across a momma bear and her 2 cubs after Mollies Ridge Shelter while hiking from Clingmans Dome to Fontana Dam Visitor Center.

The second week, I attended the Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2013 Biennial Conference in Cullowhee, North Carolina. I was the hike sweep for 3 hikes during the conference.

Prior to the hikes, we scouted the trail heads for the hikes. During our scouting trip, we found an emaciated dog and took her to the Macon County Animal Control (828-349-2106) on July 19, 2013.

We named the dog Cullowhee and she is a Treeing Walker Coonhound. Time is running out for Cullowhee. I have contacted several rescue organizations but I have not received any responses.

To read more about Cullowhee, click here.

Next our cherished indoor cat Bolt got outside and the pet sitter said that she hadn’t seen him in several days. Bolt was trapped as a feral kitten so we knew he would not come to anyone but us.

To read about Bolt’s capture, click here. To read about his mother’s capture, click here.

The pet sitter was not able to trap Bolt. She was able to trap a possum and another cat though.

So, we left North Carolina to find our baby.

We saw Bolt on the porch after dark on our first night home but he ran away as soon as we opened the door. Fortunately, we were able to trap him on the second night. We treated him for fleas & ticks and then took him to the vet the next day. The vet gave him some fluids but said that he looked fine.

Bolt was outside for 10 days and we were worried sick about him. I think he is a little embarrassed about all the brouhaha during his “holiday.”

So, getting back to working out. I don’t want start any rigid training program at this time. I decided to just go through “Kettlebell Express” and do a new work out each week. I did the first work out tonight.

Can kettle bells help you get strong for hiking? Absolutely!

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The Fundamentals Circuit, Week 1, Day 2

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 3 comments

7 Rounds

Happy Halloween from Lord Bolt

Happy Halloween from Lord Bolt

The King-Sized Killer, Phase 2, Week 2, Day 2

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Leave a comment

12 rounds with 10 kg

My little workout buddies are finally starting to feel comfortable in the basement with me. But, I still need to bribe them with food to follow me to the basement.

Springer near kettle bells

Springer with the kettle bells

Bolt surveying the iron

Bolt surveying the iron

Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

Sunday, September 2, 2012 6 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

Momma came by this morning to say hello to Baxter (left) and her kittens Bolt (middle) and Springer (right). Momma is a feral cat that we trapped, spayed, and released. The kittens were also trapped and spayed/neutered but we are keeping them as indoor cats.

Good morning Momma

Good morning Momma

To learn more about this wonderful feline family, click here.

The King-Sized Killer, Phase 2, Week 1, Day 2

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 3 comments

13 Rounds with 10 kg

Update on Momma
Momma was clearly not happy being in her crate because she would meow every night around 2:30 AM and wake us up. We decided to see how she would do outside the crate so we opened the door on Sunday night to see what would happen.

She slowly crept out of the crate and then explored the house. Then she went a little crazy and tried to escape up the chimney. We were afraid she would get stuck so we kept our distance and eventually she came down. Then she went to the kitchen door and saw her freedom. She definitely wanted to go outside

We decided to open the kitchen door for her so she could be free. We did not think we would see her again for a couple of weeks and were afraid she might get hurt by the mean tom cat in the neighborhood.

Momma went out to the porch and meowed a couple of times and then went off into the darkness.

Momma appeared back on the porch within 15 minutes and was meowing to us. We opened the door for her to come in but she ran away so we left her outside.

On Monday morning, she appeared on the porch for breakfast. Then on Monday night, we fed her again and propped open the kitchen door for her. She came inside several times – each time rubbing against Baxter and checking on the kittens. She would run out the door if we tried to approach her.

She came for breakfast this morning and came inside briefly and then ran back outside.

Momma just stopped by for dinner. Momma is still deciding if she want to stay with us.

Momma eating her wet food

Momma eating her wet food

The King-Sized Killer, Phase 1, Week 3, Day 3

Saturday, August 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Phase 1 is done! 11 Rounds with 10 kg.

Kettlebell express cover

Kettlebell express cover

We had a breakthrough with the mother cat, “Momma”, on Thursday night – Terri was able to pet her without any hissing. I was able to pet Momma this morning under the chin.

Terri petting Momma

Terri petting Momma

Promise Kept

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 4 comments

We trapped the mother cat on Monday night. We have named her “Momma.”

She was spayed on Tuesday via the Briggs Animal Adoption Center Spay Today program. A van picks up the animal on Tuesday morning at the center and they are transported to Harrisonburg, VA for surgery.

Transport Van

Transport Van

The animals spend the night at the clinic and then are driven back to Briggs for pickup at 7:30 AM.

Post surgery cats at Briggs Animal Adoption Center

Post surgery cats at Briggs Animal Adoption Center waiting to be picked up.

Momma heading home

Momma heading home

Momma is resting comfortably in the basement. We will let her decide if she wants to be an indoor cat.

Momma Resting

Momma Resting

We started to handle the kittens as soon as we got them home. And yes we got scratched! But, now they both liked to be touched and will eat food out of our hands.

Springer playing on my lap

Springer playing on my lap

Our 26 lb Maine Coon Cat Baxter is telling the kittens to behave

Our 26 lb Maine Coon Cat Baxter is telling the kittens to behave

If you want to read more about how we trapped the kittens then click here.