Saturday, August 23, 2008

Austin discovers the dangers of the wilderness

Austin was attacked today.

Before anyone panics, he is fine. He only sustained a couple of small cuts and some deep bruises. But he has been through a positively frightening ordeal, one we'll all likely be recovering from for a while.

Long story short: After a week of paranoia about letting Austin off his leash, we FINALLY loosened up and let him run. For the past couple of days I've let him run up the hill adjacent to our house and pick his own ... spots.

But today, Austin took off into our back yard the moment the door opened. He approached two neighborhood dogs and apparently began his domination/greeting ritual. It was not well received.

Neither Bethany nor I saw the actual confrontation, but everyone within a couple of miles heard it. From the bruises and cuts, it appears that one dog grabbed Austin around the throat and threw him, and another (or possibly the same one) grabbed him across the chest and gave him a thrashing.

One of the temporary neighbors from across the street came running after he saw his dog involved. He was most apologetic.

Austin appears to be ok. He shakes when he gets near the outdoors and he yelps when anyone touches his chest or neck.

I think we're going to be going back on the leash for the time being. Sometimes paranoia doesn't mean unnecessary fear.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Getting back online

Whew! We're here and there's just too much going on at once.

I am getting back in the habit of blogging, but a couple of factors are going to make this process more erratic:

1) The mess with Mayflower and the local Denver company over the details of our move is ongoing. I'm not sure I want to make either company angry just yet, so the posts I've written about our move will not be publicly posted until after those issues are resolved (one way or the other).

2) We still do not have Internet access in the house. So I am limited to posting from my office on campus or using publicly available Wifi in Boulder or Nederland. Should make my posting erratic, whether or not my writing is.

Anyway, we're back online. Finally.

BTW, not having Internet means that we will not have reliable telephone service in our home. We can still check the voicemail for our 214 phone number through occasional Internet connections, but we will be experiencing (and enacting) continual delays in our communication.

Sorry for the inconvenience.