Mar 2, 2011

Back in the sun.. finally...

Ok so now we've finally finished with our English trip ( I need another vacation we crammed so much in) its time to top up the pasty english skin in the Florida sunshine. Gary had been in doggy daycare in Orlando for 2 weeks at Christmas and so I thought I'd give him a treat and take him for nice long walk around by the lake and orange groves..

Enjoy walking with us down to the lake.. keep an eye out not to step on a rattle snake - they are sluggish in winter and dont rattle to warn you..


In the United States 99% of all snakebites are caused by so called pitvipers - a family of snake encompassing rattlesnakes, copperheads and water moccasins (cottonmouth snakes). All these pitvipers are present in Florida.
They are called pitvipers because they have pits between their eyes and nostrils allowing them to sense their prey.
About 50% of fatalities from snake bites in the US are from the eastern and western rattlesnake. There are plenty of eastern rattlesnakes in Florida and as their bite can be fatal, they pose a severe threat.

It scares me silly when Gary goes galloping across the scrub!... he'd probably think it was something to play with if he found one....

Anyway I'll see you tomorrow for some romance!

Enjoy


Not a bad view to walk down to...

Gary's favourite pee tree... thought you'd like that!

Which way handsome?

We overlook Little Lake Nellie... across the tree line is Lake Nellie

Something smells good!


Gary's friend Ohio.. and when I say friend.. she comes to my front door and paws it for Gary to come out.. that's friendship!



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6 comments:

Jewell said...

I have to say...Gary is too adorable for words! =)

I tend to love snakes, but, knowing that, even I am smart enough to be scared of the nasty ones. However, my husband, as a young child, he grew up in Southwest Texas. Rattlers are prominent around those parts. There used to be a big open field that the kids would cut across to get to some stores. One summer, being a child in Texas he was in his cowboy boots and cowboy hat. One day cutting across this field he heard a rattlesnake in CLOSE proximity. The way he tells it he looked like a cartoon character. He jumped sideways, and took off running so fast that he left his hat behind. Needless to say he hates snakes! =) lol

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

Great pics, I love that he has such a pal on Ohio! Dogs are pack animals, and are great together - good to see.

Snakes freak me out. Period. Ewwww...

broken biro said...

I only started following you recently so I haven't seen much of Gary yet - what a wee sweetie! ... and now you're going off on your travels again?

Annie (Lady M) x said...

Is that the lake that your house overlooks? Ah, it's lovely there. I thought you were gonna find some flights for me coming to think of it!

Jim said...

Are you trying to discourage tourists? Now I know I will stick to the resorts......can't do snakes!
Gary is a real cutie, Claire!

alejandro guzman said...

Awww what a pretty snake and Gary's not bad either. lol

Cheers A

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