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is sniffing out and digging up baseballs.
When summer comes, Sadie is ready, every morning, to find the baseballs that the Danville Braves, a
professional Appalachian League baseball team, have
fouled off the night before. Though most mornings
she will find one or two, one morning in July she
found four baseballs.
As a reward for her finding the baseballs, I take
her to a smaller fenced in field and let her run and
play with the ball. She throws the ball up in the air,
runs a small circle and comes back to retrieve it.
When I walk towards the ball she has dropped, she
plays keep-away until she is tired, and then she comes
to me with the ball and exchanges it for a treat.
Over the past two years, she has found more than
200 baseballs, six soccer balls, a half dozen tennis
balls, five golf balls, more than a dozen softballs and
two deflated footballs.
Each ball is special to her, although, in the fall and
winter, the baseballs she uncovers are often no more
than a ball of string and some loose leather. After she
has played with the tattered baseballs, I usually throw
them in the trash.
One cold January morning, I was talking with a
friend near Dan Daniel Park. Sadie had picked up a
rotten baseball, and while we were talking, she was
busy digging up something on a hillside. She had
discovered a second baseball that was newer and
whiter than the one she was holding in her mouth.
Now, she had a dilemma - two baseballs and only
one mouth. We watched for several minutes as she
thought through this problem. Was she going to drop
the dirty old ball and pick up the newer one?
I helped her make the right decision when I
picked up the cleaner ball and threw it just out of her
reach. She dropped the dirty ball and grabbed the
other one, carrying it back to the car.
One evening last summer, near the softball fields
at Dan Daniel Park, two games were being played.
As we walked near a couple of guys tossing a softball
back and forth, Sadie spotted an extra softball they
had left on the ground. She lunged towards it, and I
pulled her back, telling her that not all of the balls in
the park belong to her. She reluctantly continued
walking.
She will go after softballs, but she really has a nose
for baseball leather. While walking near the Braves'
ball field, she will suddenly jump into the high grass,
sniff around a bit, and come up with a new baseball
in her mouth.
When the Braves play their first home game of the
season on June 25 against the Greenville Astros, Sadie
will be eager the next morning to explore the new
crop of baseballs to be found at Dan Daniel Park.
Her final tally for last year was 89 baseballs. This
year she will be trying for 100. 
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014

Cover
Table of Contents
From the Editor / Worth a Click
From the Farm
Digital Help Guide
Creature Feature
The Hike
Mountain Report
Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Festivals & Events
Country Roads
Sip the Best: Mountain Wines, Brews and Spirits
Experience North Georgia
Wild Ponies of the Grayson Highlands: The Photoessay
‘Favorite Restaurant in All The World’
Sadie, Ace Baseball Dog
Sleeping in the Museum (No, on Purpose! In a Bed!)
Mountain Garden
Cabin in the Woods: The Expansive Welcome of Primland
Guest Column
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Intro
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Cover1
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Cover2
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Table of Contents
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 4
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - From the Editor / Worth a Click
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - From the Farm
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 7
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Digital Help Guide
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - The Hike
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 11
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 15
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 16
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 17
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 19
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Sip the Best: Mountain Wines, Brews and Spirits
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 21
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 22
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 23
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 24
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 25
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Experience North Georgia
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 30
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 32
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 33
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Wild Ponies of the Grayson Highlands: The Photoessay
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 35
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 36
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 37
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - ‘Favorite Restaurant in All The World’
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 39
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 40
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 41
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 42
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 43
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Sadie, Ace Baseball Dog
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 45
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Sleeping in the Museum (No, on Purpose! In a Bed!)
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 47
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 48
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 49
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 59
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Mountain Garden
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 61
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Cabin in the Woods: The Expansive Welcome of Primland
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 63
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 64
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 65
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Guest Column
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