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  2. The Front Porch

    Glad you're home, Heidi. I hope your husband and pets help you heal. The calf will be named by the church. They are keeping her, which makes me happy. Mama cow and daughter will stay with us and we'll work out the details later. She was born during the first week of Lent. Lent has purple as a traditional color, so we were going to ask if they liked VIolet as a name. The neighbor kid first thought of that and I think it's a good one. Ironically, I just got a call regarding the same bull that I thought I would trade for the red calf. We put him up for sale, but after no interest, we thought he would go to slaughter, but now, I got a call about him. Things are working out for the best. We could use the extra cash. Clover finished her halter training and I turned her loose with the new mama and baby. Little calf is a spaz! She was racing back and forth in the pasture with Clover. The new barns are finished! I will bring pictures soon. We still need to build the paddocks, but the barns are done.
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    Heidi, Glad you made it back home, I'm sure home looks very good, after what you have been through, but still amazing what our crittes can do to brighten up our day. I buy cookies these days, as I think baking could be a challenge that wouldn't go well, & I'd still have to eat my mistakes. So getting them from store, seems the best idea. PD
  4. Florida horse twins

    jubal, Very interesting, thanks for sharing this with us. PD
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    Then again the cookies eaten in one day are the same calories as eating in a week or two.
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    Heidi it is interesting how we miss our critters. Every other say I'm asky hubby about the ponies & barn cats. Life is total poo not being at home. Jubal your snowing pic made me think you should take a nap then make a batch of oh let's say some molasses cookies. Melt in you mouth sugar cookies would do the trick. Course you'd have to eat my share. Starting to see a trend here. I am classically trained as a captain one more at the bar. Well we don't go to the bar like we used to. So I am captain one more in baked goods.
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  8. Gravy Train and Nibbles and bits

    From the linked article: “We have narrowed the focus of our investigation to a single supplier and a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility,” the Gravy Train statement said. “We will take the appropriate steps to ensure this does not occur again.” The brand also explicitly said that its products do not include meat from euthanized animals, including pets. Apparently, the only food the drug was found in was cans of gravy train, 60% were positive. The levels were not enough to "pose a health risk". The other brands mentioned and tested were voluntarily re-called and the test samples were negative for any traces of phenobarbital. I read something about this somewhere a coupe of days ago. Some woman lost one of her two dogs to this but I had never heard of the brand of food and cannot remember it now.
  9. Would you adopt a BLM animal?

    I would have done it years ago but we don't meet the fence requirements. I still might adopt a burro some day but I do not have the time for one right now. I've never been overly impressed with mustangs but I adore the burros. They are so clever, I'm surprised they even catch them!
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    Thank you for the sentiments everyone, they are much appreciated. I'm home now and slowly stepping back into my routines. I missed home and all the pets. If you get to keep her and don't have one, I'd like to submit the name Siobhan (She-vawn) for consideration. I've always thought that was a lovely name ever since I read it in a Maeve Binchy book.
  11. Would you adopt a BLM animal?

    Oh! So it will be like you are fostering them? I think that is a fantabulous way to help them find good homes!
  12. Florida horse twins

    My sister sent me this update about the horse twins in FL, who needed so much vet assistance when they were born. https://www.news-press.com/story/life/2018/02/09/rare-twin-horses-turn-10-now-happily-living-good-life/310119002/
  13. Texas People #6

    I use a good-sized piece of tempered glass under my pot.
  14. Texas People #6

    What a cutie! She looks very intelligent to me.
  15. Texas People #6

    You’re smart to do that and most people don’t even wipe their carts down. Friday Paul ran by his Dr. To get some insurance forms filled out and his Dr. Made him get a shot and put him on antibiotics. Also did a swab of his nose. This is viral which is what I suspected. I felt good enough today for a drive in the country and lunch out. Our little Lyra is one month old today. She sure is changing her looks. It has been 10 days since I’ve seen her and it’s starting to depress me. On to the pics.
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  17. My horse got hurt:(

    TL, No advice, but I hope your gelding heals up without any problems. Best Wishes. PD
  18. My horse got hurt:(

    EMT or Corona works wonder. Clean with saline solution first then ointment. I have used these products with really good out comes.
  19. Gravy Train and Nibbles and bits

    Thanks for the link, Jubal. Companies do anything to make a dollar.
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    Danyel, here's a link to the article. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dog-food-euthanasia-drug-pentobarbital-gravy-trai_us_5a887644e4b05c2bcacb7a29
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    I lived on a cattle farm and ate beef for years. I haven't eaten beef for 8 years now. I feel healthier. My family has had a lot of heart problems so stopping eating red meat was one reason.
  22. Gravy Train and Nibbles and bits

    Ugh! Jubal, that's disturbing to think about.
  23. Gravy Train and Nibbles and bits

    If they have horse meat in them, it would mean a euthed horse got into their horse meat supply.
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    I'm sure you're a good cow mom, LC. And I do eat beef and drink milk.
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    Our steers have a great life in the herd. When the day comes, they are taken to custom slaughterhouse that I have walked through and made sure things are done so the animals don't suffer. I still cry when i drop off each steer. I was there when they were born. I fed and cared for them for two years. I know their moos. We unload them into a stall at the facility and I get back in the truck. The steer always moos before I leave. One of those 'where's my herd' sort of moos. It's the first time that I cannot help them, so I cry as I pull out of the parking lot. When I stop feeling sad for dropping a steer off is when I stop raising steers. The heifers that we sell go on to family milk cow homes. These are good homes where people treat their cows like pets. They typically do a share milk system with the calves, rather than separate them or sell them off. mama cows get to be mamas. People don't realize how devoted cows can be to their calves. I could tell lots of stories, but I'll just give you a few general observations. When the calf is born, the mama cow does not leave their side for food or water until the calf is strong enough to get up and follow. The new calf typically toddles around the first day, rather aimlessly. But mama cow stays with them. I always bring alfalfa or T/A to the mama cow wherever she is watching over her calf, so she gets some nutrition during her vigil. After a day, baby can follow mama cow pretty well, so mama can eat and drink more often. My cows trust me and I give them pets and reassurance often when they are calving, as well as assistance, if needed. I also bring them food (and water, if necessary). They let me pet the babies and check them over right there in the pasture. Mama cow gets lots of attention, too.
  26. Gravy Train and Nibbles and bits

    This is unreal that a drug like that would be found in dog food. The brands listed aren't food that I would ever feed but how in the world did this ever happen?
  27. Gravy Train and Nibbles and bits

    Oh joy! How'd that get in there? Do they have meat in them?
  28. My horse got hurt:(

    I'd do a comparison but $8 an ounce?! I'll stick to the bacon grease. My sister saves it for me and it's free.
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