Belle - the traveler
Belle – the traveler

This is our traveling hound.  Hubby has had for a little over a month and you’ll remember week before last that I was begging for any information from anyone that may have seen her.  Belle was gone for exactly seven days on the National Forest that sits between our farm and Johns Creek in Craig County.  The forestry office makes sure the roads going through the National Forest in some areas are closed during the winter months and any real wet seasons to try to keep down on road repairs.  The National Forest Road that Belle was traveling is fourteen miles long and our place is about half way through.  No one lives on these roads except at one end or the other.  The creek was up from snow melt and rain we had been receiving and too high for her to cross.  So she walked and walked and walked.  She came out on what I think is the west end onto a farm that was rented by friends of friends.  Their kids were out playing in the cow pasture and Belle went to them.  She was cold, tired, hungy and I think very happy to finally see some humans.  They took very good care of her until we could pick her up.

Belle is eleven years old, loves to hunt and believe it or not a week after we got her home, Hubby took her and Roxie hunting again but just a mile up the road from our house.  They hunted good but after the first treeing and the coon was out of the tree, Belle was off again.  Roxie followed but went on another track and we don’t know what happened to Belle.  Hubby came home without her AGAIN!!  Thankfully he found her the next morning at a neighbors house which connects to our farm.

Hubby said he knew things weren’t going to go good when he left the truck with the dogs that night because he immediately ran into other hunters and their dogs.  We don’t know if she went to the mountain again after another coon, went looking for the other hunters and their dogs, or if she was trying to find her way back to Botetourt county.  So tonight, he went hunting again but without Belle and only Roxie.  We think maybe we had better get her in better shape and make her more familiar with her new home.  She’s got a long ways to go to put weight back on and build up some stamina.  Here’s a couple more pictures of her and you can tell her ribs are showing and she doesn’t hold herself very good.






Another thing I wanted to point out is how much her and Brandy look alike.  Belle has a much grayer face and isn’t quite as big as Brandy.  Here they are side by side:

Belle - the traveler
Belle – the traveler

She sure does get around good for her age and condition!!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

2 thoughts on “Belle”

    1. I don’t think a puppy would have made it and coyotes would have surely gotten a puppy. Belle is doing better but has a long way to go. Eddie said yesterday that when he fed her he left her food bowl on the outside of her doghouse. She would come out and get a mouth full, go back in her house, eat it and come back for more. He watched her do it for a long time. Bless her heart, the wind was going straight through her. She’s got a long ways to go to come through this ordeal!!


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