Goose Creek Dog Sledding

Click the still image to go to the short video at SmugMug.

It’s a whole nuther world out here.  We make our own kicks–even the dogs.

Girls just wanna have fun.

This slope above the creek was a much faster slide a few days earlier when Gandy could get a good ten foot downhill run, with the help of a little squiggling and foot kicks.

Feather, OTOH, just does not have the pelt to make for a good dog-sledder, but she is enthusiastic and always tries to keep up.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Your blog has degenerated to the point of my Facebook entries. All of them are funny pet videos that I “Share.” I get lots of great political items, too, but I rarely share them, even though I enjoy getting all of the ones I agree with. I even like to read what “the other side” has to say for themselves. Always interesting. But I have Facebook Friends on both sides of the aisle, and I don’t want to add aggravation to their day.