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  1. The Front Porch

    Does your Grandmother room have a lock on the outside, for when they drive you up the wall? Sorry, maybe it's just a personal problem...
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    So busy, RRW! You are also very creative. So, this is the quieter season where you can do more projects? We went to the Veteran's Day parade in the local big city yesterday. We took our 10 month old GSD. He was so lovely with all the kids. He doesn't get off the farm enough though, so he beelined towards families like a Golden Retriever. Problem is, the families saw what looked like a police dog coming at them (his wagging tail and relaxed ears was not noticed)! I had to reassure people he was friendly. Everything was going well. He didn't even worry about the police cars with their sirens going by. However, the fire trucks freaked him out. It was the strangest and scariest reaction I have ever seen from a dog. He wouldn't let me cover his ears as they were coming, and then, he started to spin and scramble in a circle on the grass. I thought fire ants were on him, until a guy on a bike yelled that the sirens were causing the trouble. We ran as far as we could get from the fire trucks, but the buildings blocked in the sound, so I trapped him in a corner and covered his ears. He calmed down and we kept a bit of distance until we were sure no more sirens were on the parade route. He was instantly back to his happy self, but, boy was that scary. There were other dogs, but I didn't see if they reacted. I was too busy with poor Zeke. LJ told me later that the firefighters were motioning to the kids to cover their ears (LJ did), but hardly any of them did. Why would they keep the sirens going if they know they are too loud for kids? What about toddlers and babies? If a mom has a toddler and a baby, she can't cover both kids ears. They do this at all the local parades. Seem really stupid to me.
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    RRW, my Monday started that way. I was so frustrated, LJ caught me yelling at the garbage cans (I hate moving them to the road). Then, the day just flipped into perfect with us being on time everywhere and cool coincidences. You just never know.
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    LOL! He has always been pasture kept. He was found on a big ranch down here four years ago, abandoned, along with a couple of other Appys. The veteran's group took them in and discovered a well-trained horse ready to take people on trails. The other three were not trained, so they were brought along and sold as greenies. The veteran's group is a good place for local sheriffs offices and AC to send horses in need. Other people simply donate horses to them. They are training a couple of high bred Arabs to sell that an older lady donated because her husband was a veteran. They have 400 acres of pastures and trails, plus young teen girls with the willingness and skill to bring along donated horses. Many join the trail ride program, but others are too high strung and are sold better trained than they arrived. Right now, they are focusing on making their trail horses heavier so they can carry veterans of all sizes. Cutter has a lighter build than the others, so, even though he has been a trail horse there for four years, it was his time to go to a new home. This horse has never been spoiled by a kid with treats. Cutter's PPE came back sound, but it wasn't done by our vet. Something about his rear fetlocks caught my eye and I am paranoid about DSLD, so I made a slo-mo video of Cutter walking on cement and sent it to our vet because I thought I saw the left hind fetlock sink down a bit more than normal. She is not worried about it because she thinks it's more about long toes and underslung heels, but she encouraged us to take precautions anyway (they won't hurt). He is LJ's horse only, and therefore, he will have a light rider. I can get him some performance boots for his hinds and we'll put him on MSM (which is cheap and will reduce any swelling- I'll probably give it to Bitsey, too). He has no swelling, bumps, or other indicators of any issues; but I am going to trust my eye and do the extras to keep him sound. He's 14 and LJ is 11. Good age match for them. The cutest thing is how he is getting used to being a pet. He was hesitant about the apple LJ gave him Sunday, but once he bit in, he was quite happy with it. Not sure he's had one before. And the bran mash I gave him last night (all the horses get their weekly maintenance bran with psyllium). He licked it, and then slopped it a little, and then dug in. It was very funny. We'll see how he takes to the stall/paddock, once the boarder pony leaves. Bitsey, Miss wild-on-the-range, loves her stall. She always lays down in comfort at night and stays inside during bad weather. She loves her treats and bran mashes, too. And rub downs and grooming..... Little princess.
  5. The Front Porch

    Nice arrangement! It's in a spot where it won't be one of those obvious things that your guests contemplate, but as a pleasant splash of cheerful color. :) Cutter is home. We didn't want to wait, lol! He's in the round pen settling in and getting used to the sheep ("What the heck are those?" SNORT!). He's a very good boy. LJ led him around the farm and gave him a bath. Cutter already knows his boy and whinnies at him when he sees him. He is a mellow horse. After the initial snort at the sheep, he ignored them. I am not sure what color he is. He was pasture kept for years on a farm with sandy soil (lacking in minerals). It will be neat to discover whether he really is a mousy brown color, or a faded black. I'm guessing smoky black, which will be even cooler with his chestnut spots. He's still wet in the first picture, so, it's hard to spot his spots. One with LJ so you can see how tall he is compared to the boy. He head was a bit of a reach for LJ, so his halter is too low. LJ will get it right next time.
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    RRW, I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers with you and your family. I hope your mom is holding up well. There is no illness or suffering where he is now.
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    Jenna knew you were there. That was what mattered most. Her favorite human was with her. Hugs.
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    RRW, I'm so sorry about your father. It sounds like you knew this was coming, but it doesn't make it easier. It's wonderful that your father enjoyed retirement years. It seems like many don't get that chance. I'm sure your boys will be fine without you, but they will miss you very much. My boys pout if I am gone, too.
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    This little piggy went whee, whee, whee, all the way home... Actually, he traveled quietly, but he's GONE!!
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    You guys are awesome, lol! Hopefully, the woman claims her pig tonight and the drama is over.
  11. The Front Porch

    I got Porkchop through the heat by hosing him off and he's stuck in the trailer until the owner gets back tomorrow night. The weather has cooperated as well by raining at regular intervals today. Much the same tomorrow. Did I mention that I don't like pigs? That's funny about the sheep. I can imagine. Ours are so friendly, they come up and lean on you, like a Golden Retriever.
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    Wait, pound called me back. They are finding out if they can put him in a dog kennel. I'll tell them he identifies as a dog. They can't say no. Violates his rights.
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    A friend helps you move. A true friend helps you move a body. The truest friend helps you find a home for a boar.
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    Boar meat is not good for eating. Our local rednecks were about to help us until they found out is was a boar, lol!
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    Neighborhood pig is back. It's in our horse trailer. Neighbor gave up on it. She says it keeps getting out. No one, and I mean no one, wants an intact boar pot bellied pig, no matter how friendly. No rescues will take it in. Pound doesn't take in pigs. Somehow this is my problem. I hate pigs. We don't have a pig enclosure. It's getting hot. People suck.