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7/18/2012 11:11:00 AM
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Glory be! The rains finally came down, and how!
Heidi Dahms-Foster
Special to the Tribune

By the time you read this column, I'm hoping that the monsoon rains have spread to all of the Corridor communities and we all are sufficiently soaked. This past week when the first storm hit in Prescott Valley, I stepped outside my office and stood in the rain.

In fact, I was so excited I took a photo of the rainstorm and posted it to Facebook.

This past Friday and Saturday, as it rained nearly the entire day both days in our area, did I stay inside with a good book? You're kidding, right? I packed up and went to a dog show.

I'm fond of saying that dog show folks are like golfers, doesn't matter what the weather, we'll freeze, fry or blow away to pursue our sport.

That's where I was Friday and Saturday mornings, standing under a leaking canopy with my dogs at a show in Dewey. The dogs loved it, it was cool and cloudy, and they were frisky. I was just cold and wet!

I have attended shows when it was so hot I thought I'd melt, and shows where it was so cold it took hours to thaw when I got home.

So, you're wondering, how do the pups fare? Well, in the heat, they have canopies, and we carry battery powered fans and misters to cool them off! We get them out long enough to make a round or two in the show ring, and back to the shade they go.

In the cold, Australian Shepherds are in their element! They love water and mud, so they were as happy as pigs in slop this past weekend, and it was hard to keep them from looking that way. It's kind of backwards, but at this weekends' shows, you would have seen lots of people with wet, muddy feet carrying their dogs, which had pristine feet!

I was astonished at the rainfall amounts. In Crown King - more than 6 inches of rain fell in some areas, unfortunately triggering a rock slide that took out the main road. PV from all reports had about 3 inches, and down the Corridor, Mayer had a whopping 5 inches.

At home, the garden is happy, happy, happy! I always enjoy seeing it take off after it begins to rain.

No matter how much water and fertilizer I apply, it can't hold a candle to whatever is in the rain! I stepped outside this morning to enjoy the freshly washed garden and listen to the hummingbirds chatting away to each other in the trees. This is a wonderful time of year.

That is, wonderful unless you happen to be driving when one of those gullywashers hits! My friend called the other day and had to pull off the road twice because the rain was coming down so hard that she couldn't see to drive!

Be careful out there, and enjoy the monsoons!

Heidi Dahms Foster is editorial manager, non-daily publications for Prescott Newspapers, Inc.


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