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« on: April 23, 2010, 10:55:20 PM »

Just pulled into Freer, Texas and I am ready for bed.  I just love turning the key off, walking 40 feet and going go bed.  We are at the rattlesnake roundup to buy 20 rattlesnakes for the upcoming training season.  Short trip as we will be home tomorrow night but fun to run the Eagle no doubt.
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2010, 11:02:53 PM »

Is it possible to buy only older rattlesnakes with dentures you can remove and hide?
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2010, 04:10:06 AM »

Glad you got her out to stretch her legs!

They just held the Rattlesnake Roundup over in Sweetwater TX I believe. I'm glad it's you and not me, I hate the buggers! Grin
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2010, 05:08:23 AM »

Is it possible to buy only older rattlesnakes with dentures you can remove and hide?

I wish they had removable dentures.  I clip the fangs prior to training the dogs but in two weeks they have grown back again ready to go.

Hey dreamscape!!  I have never been to a round up.  I always buy the from a guy in Odessa or Flatonia, Texas.  Neither Odessa or Flatonia snake dudes had snakes.  This is the last round up I can get to so hopefully it will pay off.  I do have sone kids in Bay City, Texas that go to the beach and catch rattlers but they are nit consistant.

I used to hate the buggers myself.  Over the years I have changed and have had 180 degree mind change.  After 22 years of policing,  the only thing I have ever seen kill humans were other humans.  I have never seen a snake kill anyone.  We without a doubt are the most dangerous animal on the planet.  Once I got the fear out of holding a rattler, I was able to see just how beautiful a rattlesnake really is.

Anyhow hey bus ran good unilateral we got into the mini hills south of Beeville, Texas.  It was difficult to operate the fuel pedal without over throttling.  If I was not careful to lock my foot in one position on the pedal, the temp gauge would rise to 190.  If I locked the pedal by wedging my flip flop between the pedal and the side wall, then the temp would go right back to 180 and hold.  Tricky thing to do sometimes.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2010, 06:25:51 PM »

We are home!!  Actually feels good to be home.  The bus performed well.  I paid close attention to locking the pedal into position and the heat range never went over 185 even with the ambient temps at 85 degrees.  I would assume the hills going home were the same coming or going.

Do y'all still get nervous driving your buses.  I know I am new but I tell you I get nervous.  I consider me as one who has been to the cave and seen the critter inside and I ain't scare of him.  But driving the bus I can't hardly relax.  If I get on a long straight I am better but then I worry about the tires, or tranny or engine or whatever else can go wrong on a bus.

Is it just me or do y'all get that too?
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2010, 07:02:04 PM »

Yep, usually when I wake up in the middle of the night, wondering; "what have I done?". LOL! :0  But, the more often I drive my bus, the more comfortable I become with it.
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2010, 07:15:12 PM »

Wait until you are flying a single engine plane at night.  You mind will make up noises.  Time will improve your comfort, but don't get too comfortable.

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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2010, 07:28:00 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2010, 07:28:11 PM »

I'd be a whole lot more nervous wondering where you put those snakes!!!!!! But I think we all get nervous. The best cure is a long drive!!
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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2010, 08:03:58 PM »

Oh yeah now I feel a lot better Dallas!!!  I do beleive I need to give the bus's long haul ability more credit than doubt.  I do have 6 years to do a lot of what I want to do to it before we strike out for the 4 and 5 month trips.  What am I talkin about, by then we won't need tires because fuel will be so high we won't be able to take the dern things to the grocery store.  I saw a .20 increase overnight here.

I swear if we keep talking dems this and repubs that they are going to keep us down.  I say outhouse both parties and let's get somebody that started flipping ha
burgers or digging ditches for a living to run the show. 

I do feel better after a long haul.  I just hear things when I am going down the road.  It usually turns out to be the surround sound television my wife has blaring while I am driving.  I make her turn all the white lights in the living room off and use the blue lights to cut down glare.  So what does she do you ask, she turns on the flashlight and accidentally shines it on the windshield so I can see.
Oh yeah !!!!!!  She puts me at ease just like Dallas did.
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« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2010, 08:09:03 PM »

Wayne, You never should feel comfortable, it's not right! Grin

Just turn up the stereo, watch the gages and head into the sunset! Roll Eyes

I get nervous everytime I take it out. But the feeling is better than not driving it at all!
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2010, 11:51:41 AM »

WAL,

Your post was music to my ears.  I have two energetic and very curious Manchester Terriers.  Think a twenty three pound Doberman on speed.  I can't walk far or fast enuf to get them even the barest min of exercise so they are reliably trained to stay out of traffic and come when called and run off leash as rule.  Snakes are my concern as I don't seem to be able to see them....like at all.  And I have precious little doubt that the "kids" would want to sniff the long critters @$#.  A defanged striking rattle snake is such an obvious  (except to me)  and GOOD idea.  Where can I go to get mine trained to respect snakes?  You would think that this would e some sort of standard practice...like house training.

Thank you very very much,

John
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2010, 04:51:23 PM »

John, i read about a place in Tucson or Phoenix that will snake train your dogs......try Google?
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2010, 10:15:57 PM »

Ed,

I can't believe there is so much info on the subject. I always feel a little pregnant and that I am the only one with "this" problem.  How naive of me and I do it way to many times..  I asked and got what I needed....thanks.


John ever amazed
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« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2010, 06:19:54 AM »

JohnEd where abouts are yall from?  I travel the state of Texas now.  That is one of the reasons I bought the bus.  Thi9s is how it used to be, HAve a pile of stuff at the sidewalk waiting for my wife to get home Friday at 6PM, unload her stuff and load the car including a 1/2 dozen rattlers which have to be air conditioned or they will die.  Drive 5 hours and get to a hotel at midnight, settled in and unloaded including the snakes again.  5AM wake up get going to the clinic to train dogs until about 3PM then drive 5 hours home.  That is not fun and it is dangerous.  I am not old by any means, when finishing a clinic my wife would have to drive home.  It is hard work, extremely hot and physically demanding.  With the bus I can park it at the clinic, walk 40 feet and go to bed.  Coffe in the morning and step out to train dogs.  I can get out of the heat for a break, take a nap before I drive home or better yet take a shower.  This will without a doubt be the best year since we bought the bus.

John if your anywhere near Texas just look at my website  www.snakebreaker.com.  I will be posting a schedule soon.  I have a standing date for the 1st Saturday in August every year in Weatherford, Texas.  I do the training for $40 per dog and it does not take long at all.  I also provide the vaccine.  With the vaccine and the training coupled together your pups are well covered.  The training to avoid a bite and the vaccine in case of a bite.
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« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2010, 06:27:34 AM »

Wayne if you find your self out in these parts, I would love to have our dog go through the training. there have been to many close calls out here in the desert with Boo (our pup) wanting to mix it up with the snakes, and that has always scared me.
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« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2010, 06:36:24 AM »

Wayne I was going to stop and visit with you when we came through Brookshire but a guy buying rattlesnakes to go with the nasty copper heads in that area you will have to meet me at the truck stop lol


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« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2010, 06:37:28 AM »

Wayne if you find your self out in these parts, I would love to have our dog go through the training. there have been to many close calls out here in the desert with Boo (our pup) wanting to mix it up with the snakes, and that has always scared me.

Well Van I would love to load up the bus and head out there.  I need to get the Waste Vegtable Oil conversion finished and maybe I know how we can get it done and put a lot of money in your pocket.  I am sending you a PM.  I could talk about snake training all day but if I don't keep it bus related I might get the wicked eye from a moderator.
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« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2010, 06:42:40 AM »

Wayne I was going to stop and visit with you when we came through Brookshire but a guy buying rattlesnakes to go with the nasty copper heads in that area you will have to meet me at the truck stop lol


good luck

Luvrbus!!!  Your welcome anytime.  As a matter of fact I have a 50 amp service you can access right there by the barn.  We can fill your fresh water tank and light you up all in the same spot.  Soon I am going to get my neighbor (biulder) to send his workers over and sink a 5 inch pipe in the ground from the barn to my septic tank.  That way I don't have to find a dookie shoot on the way home.  I can just back into the Eagle Nest, drop the line in the pipe and let her rip.  When I have guests who stay in the bus they can shower and use the facilities at will.

Your welcome to pull in anytime!!!  To be honest I wish you would buy the property next door.  I need a neighbor with that much bus know how.
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« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2010, 06:46:15 AM »

Thanks Wayne. Clifford, Did I ever tell you about the one that found me under the bus while sealing the air leaks the day we moved it in the shop? LOL! Held him at bay with the heal of my boot till I was finished, guess I was to exited about moving the bus LOL. Grin
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« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2010, 07:29:21 AM »

Look in the dictionary for the word dumb a@@ this is what you will see.  He was kissing a cobra on the head this weekend.
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« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2010, 11:31:21 AM »

Wal,

I live in Eugene, Orygun.  Just up from Van in Vegas.  My profile is complete.

There is the slimiest chance I will be in Texas this fall....slimest.  If you get to vans place I will travel there to visit with you and Van and do the snake thing.

My kids are Manchester terriers.  Problem is a MT Standard dog has Whippet blood in it and the sight hounds are known to be very sensitive to anaesthetics.  Venom would be a non survivable event.  My MT Toy bitch is in worse shape genetically considering they are made by mixing the Standard with the Italian Greyhound.

As well as being trained to stay out of the striking range I would really like these guys to get really noisy about the presence of any snake.  They are already excellent watch dogs,,,,breeding.

Thanks for the invite,

John
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« Reply #22 on: April 26, 2010, 12:24:04 PM »

I would love nothing more than to pack up the buss and go to Las Vegas to train some dogs.  That would really be a great trip.
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« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2010, 02:21:05 PM »

Wal
Yes it would be a great trip....for me too.  I can't find anyone in my area that does snake aversion training around here.  Doesn't mean there areen't any.  I'll check further.  I would think that anybody would be interested that loves their dog(s).  LV has a lot f rattlers so I would guess you could make a buck there and defer some of your expense.  Is it terribly difficult to train them to "alarm" on snakes?

I'll let you know what I find out.

And also, you can pick up oil along the way.  I can bring you 100 gal of cold filtered and de watered.  Thsat should get you 500 miles or so.  I'm sure Van can come up with a local source.  Filtering it and getting it dry on the road would be a real bitcx, I would imagine.  Did you know you can dry it using salt water or salt crystals?  Just need to circulate it back on itself.  Heat your processing tank with engine coolant to expedite filtering. Lots of particulate falls out and mixes with the salt water when you dry so that should be the first step.  Not sure if heating would enhance the salt drying process.

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« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2010, 05:45:26 PM »

Hello John. I am installing a 100 gallon tank now.  I figured I can put 35 gallon poly drums in the Kherson bays and just pump from them to the 100 gallon tank.  I hope we get this thing rolling, Vegas here we come.

The trainig is not hard but there is a trick to it.  The dog can't know the human is giving the shock, it has to beleive is the snake.  There is a very critical time frame, without it you might as well hang it up.  The other thing is you have to know the tricks to finish out a problem dog,  one that is not getting it.  Those are the tricks of the trade.
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