hiya radmax, and thanks! for interesting comments. so glad you, too, enjoy the great outdoors - even with your near-snake encounter. eeek!
i also noticed the rattlers seem more aggressive than ever before. my theory is they are ticked off, like coyotes have become, that people keep infringing and are finally taking a stand. coyotes go ahead and walk through supermarkets these days, you know!
as notable as rattlensakes are, however, i think perhaps one of the most annoying entities are gnats. they don't stay outside, either. you can find them buzzing around unwanted all over your lightbulbs, eyeballs and computer screens. double eek!
thanks for your input and SO COOL! to hear you, too, have found joy in nature. one correction - i am a ms. or miss, not a mr. - but that's OK, especially since you spelled gargulinski perfectly!
enjoy the great outdoors and thanks again for comment,
thanks for input! and esp. appreciate the tips, Just Me. as luck/fate/inevitability would have it, i did my first WHEN today. went down softly on a sand/gravel bank, so all is A-OK. was also ATGATT-ing, so no scrapes or bruises, either!
and wow on the 100,000 miles - hope it was through some terrific scenery.
DOG OWNER - yes, the HOA is on everything these days, from dog barking to dog poo patrol. mine even encouraged residents to snitch each other out by taking photos of people not cleaning up the dog poo!
radmax - glad you found success with the collar and stanley! what a cool name and what a cool breed. love your comments, as always!
Reisnervetbehavior - MUCH! appreciate your well-thought-out input and link to citronella abstract. phoebe continues to be on her best behavior for the moment, which is a good thing. i wish i could delve deeper into why! she barks at random moments. with my other dog it's easy to see when he is motivated by fear. although he is not a barker, he has little quirks where you can tell he is afraid. phoebe - she's an enigma!