little cow

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    Lol! But, my 10 pound pet lives inside. And he knows where I sleep, if I slight him.
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    Ours might get scraps after we eat, but only a little. The worst beggar in our house is the cat. He sits at the table, in HIS chair, and stares at every bite I take with big eyes. He was an orphan kitten that I raised on a bottle from about 2 1/2 weeks old (remember Jacob?). He was too weak to move or meow when he came home. I guess I am his provider. I do give him a scrap or two, but I drop it on the floor. Spoiled brat.
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    Well, after reading a lot about it, I would cook it, if I made my own. But who has time to make their own dog food? I don't trust dog treats, though. Raw soup bones and raw egg is about as raw as I want to do. I still wonder if it was that stupid treat that caused our beautiful Shepherd to have torsion. Never, ever feeding store bought treats. Carrots make good chew toys and beef from our own cows.
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    Research says not to mix raw and dry kibble. I hate the whole pet food thing. It's so hard to figure out what to feed. Poultry poo, ah yes. Our dogs are connoisseurs of poo. Poultry, equine, bovine, caprine, ovine...they could give farm tours of poo for dog gourmets.
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    Queen, your dog gets into more trouble! I am very surprised the deer bone splintered. I thought that was a problem more with cooked bones. Maybe the deer was old and had osteoporosis...
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    Okay. We have extra hamburger and another steer going down for processing. The old steer had a bit of an odd taste, so we were trying to figure out what to do with the beef. Anyone have a good reason not to feed it to our dogs and cats? It is fine, just not as tasty. I was considering mixing it into a plain dry food. Maybe switching over entirely.
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    Or, you could just provide the supplies and let them decorate their own bags. It's fun to see how creative kids can be. ;)
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    We brand of dog food do you guys feed?
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    Do you have pool noodles? They use them a lot in obstacles around here. They even set them up so a horse has to walk between two poles with ten noodles pointing in on each side, rubbing against them. Little Rosie donkey didn't like that.
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    I am so sorry, Heidi. I know how it feels to lose a good one. He was a wonderful horse. You were so attentive to his illness. You knew he needed help and didn't just blow it off. Sometimes a bit of loose stool is nothing, but a horse without an appetite is always a problem. Cancer in a horse? That is unusual. No wonder it was so frustrating. You saved him a lot of pain by getting him to the university. I'm glad you were able to bring him back with you. There is much comfort in having them close. Have the other horses figured out that he's gone? I'm sure you will soothe them over the days to come.
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    Farah, Your girl is adorable! There is so much I love about Leo, but he has to be loved by the whole family. He's done well with his training, but he is a big, burly, dog that doesn't know how easily people fall over, lol! I have not seen any signs of meanness in him. I never used harsh training with him. We use a martingale collar, which allows you to correct them without choking them. He does very well on walks and he was socialized very well with people and animals. I can even call him off the chickens when he tries to stalk them (knot-headed hen flies out of the coop sometimes). He is a good boy. Leo goes off to duck training this week. We're excited for him. He is going to have a great life doing what he was bred to do. I feel like one of those families that raises puppies for service dogs. I hope we gave him a loving start to a great working life ahead of him. Meanwhile, I am trying to get in puppy training mode again. I can't believe how the timing worked out. The GSD breeder, that we got our beloved Luther from, has a puppy for us. He breeds, maybe, once per year and this is the only litter he will have this year. When I called, he was so gracious and kind. We have third pick out of five males. This will be the third GSD I've raised. I always wish dogs would live longer. We pick up our new GSD pup at the end of the month.
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    Wow, poor Leo! I hope his stay is brief and productive.
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    Nice, Jubal!
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    Is anyone else getting any time to ride?
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    PD, sometimes dogs come along when you need them, if it's meant to be. Meanwhile, I'm sure your cat appreciates the lack of a canine presence.