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    To the OP....walk the path and if it is safe, then throw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clebba View Post
    I knew someone was gonna jump in on the rattlesnakes. Yeah, I plan to attend the snake-proofing training (whatever you call it) when they offer it at the local club. Though, I have only ever seen one rattlesnake in my 8 yrs. here. What about scorpions? Do those pose much problems to dogs? I thought I heard someone once say that dogs are not affected by them. Don't know the voracity of that.
    I grew up and spent my summers just down the road from you in Austin, the only areas that you have to be careful are Manor, and the wooded area of the Granger WMA....RRock,Pflugerville,Taylor,Hutto and surrounding areas have been developed so heavily in the last few years that they have done a lot of the snakeproofing for you..no need to be paranoid but be aware...around water think water moccasins, which dont make noise but smell horrible...a little local knowledge goes a long way..
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    If you want to sound like you've been in Texas awhile refer to the plant as prickly pear, a member of the cactus family. It has edible fruit, beautiful yellow flowers, and the pads are edible although not tasty. When you get those tiny spines in your skin they are almost impossible to remove so handle it with a tool or heavy leather gloves. It is easy to dig up with a hoe and difficult to kill with herbicides. Now go impress your friends with your local knowledge.

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    I got bagged on by the elite here when I posted a video once, where my dog did the bob and weave on a retrieve and was told how he was avoiding cover.
    He learned real quick to avoid cactus and especially Russian olives.
    Those that bagged on me have no idea I guess what they do to a dog.
    I figure my boy is pretty smart to avoid them AND still make the retrieve.
    Straight lines be damned. ......

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    Watch out for the locust thornes and mesquite thornes

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    Around here the prickly pear is more in the nuisance category. Some of the low growing yucca is very treacherous---razor sharp leaves that can cut up your dog if you are careless with your setups or happy bumper throws.

    Renee P

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Snows View Post
    You know now that I think about it .... Snow, ice, mosquitos and black flies don't look so bad now!!
    Im with you on this. Today we add goat heads to the mix. I think those botherd him more than the cactus. Gotta get his pads toughened up.

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    wait til you/he finds out what sand burrs are!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Teahan View Post
    I got bagged on by the elite here when I posted a video once, where my dog did the bob and weave on a retrieve and was told how he was avoiding cover.
    He learned real quick to avoid cactus and especially Russian olives.
    Those that bagged on me have no idea I guess what they do to a dog.
    I figure my boy is pretty smart to avoid them AND still make the retrieve.
    Straight lines be damned. ......
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    Hi Mark, IF this is what you referenced, my opinion is that you posted it and sought critique.

    I did not see folks attempting to be "elite". I saw folks attempting to be helpful and give what they believed to be meaningful input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Teahan View Post
    wait til you/he finds out what sand burrs are!
    Oh yea .... And I hate sand burrs! Have met them up close and person myself in South Dakota!!!
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