little cow

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  1. I figured out pictures!

    You have such a cute herd. How do you keep them all in shape?
  2. The Front Porch

    Burt is adorable! I don't dare put this on the Debate board because it will morph into an argument about politics and religion, so I thought I'd ask you guys here what you think. This story is making rounds down here. A lady sheltered pets during the hurricane, but was arrested afterwards for practicing vet medicine without a license. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/09/22/florence-good-samaritan-arrested-after-helping-pets-during-storm/1397025002/ I think she was wrong for giving prescription meds without consulting a veterinarian. If she had a vet that trusted her, it would not have been a big deal because they could have vouched for her. For example, if I call my vet because I need Banamine (a controlled med) they trust me enough to sell me a bottle to keep on hand. I think most of us are in the same situation. If I need to administer it, I would typically call my vet to let them know because something serious is going on (colic, et...). They trust me not to misuse it and that if I need to use it, I will be calling them, anyway. That Banamine stopped colic twice over the summer when the vet was unable to come out. Saved their covering vet a long drive and me two large vet bills. I definitely appreciate that level of trust. There are so many ways to communicate, I'm sure she could have consulted a vet, but did not. She could have contacted the shelter. She may also have issues with controlled meds herself (it is unusual to have Tramadol on hand). I think there is more to the story. Perhaps other issues in the past. However, today, people scream victim, even if they are acting inappropriately.
  3. The Front Porch

    RRW, that is cool looking! Queen, what a great day for her! The theater sounds like fun. What's the deal with the boyfriend? Bad influence? I signed up to try playing my violin with our church's choir. I have never done this before. I don't know how it's going to go. I'm just going to try to practice with them to see if it will work. I have about a week and half to practice before I go.
  4. Kitty Needs Help Pics added 9/18

    Thanks, guys! She is a happy little kitty. We try to make lap time for her every day because she loves laps.
  5. We were asked to help a stray kitty in horrible shape. Someone hid her away from an angry neighbor that wanted to kill the kitty. So, we took her in because we need a barn cat and she needs help. Her rescuer scheduled her for Friday with the low cost clinic, but our vet waived the urgent fee and worked her in today. Delilah has scabies and hookworms. She is in a crate in the horse barn for three weeks to keep her isolated and get her used to her new home. She has a recheck in two weeks. She is terribly itchy and wants to snuggle. She has very swollen feet and layers of thickened skin all over her body. She is so skinny that the vet could easily feel her kidneys. I have never felt a cat this skinny. Ever bone and depression between her bones is easy to feel. Her chest is sunken in. The good news is that she is only two years old and spayed (YAY!) so she should recover nicely. Graphic pictures... - - - - - - - She was purring and gentle at the vet's. I think her green eyes are very pretty.
  6. Donkey Training

    Our little Rosie donkey is almost two years old. I am taking her for walks and exposing her to as many things as possible to prepare her for an obstacle course event in November. There will be a practice session in late October. It's fun to work towards a goal. She will be a little small for me to ride, but we will use her for kids and as a pack donkey. She needs two more years to mature before she can carry any weight, however, so this is our fun in the meantime. She still spooks a little at new things and she just got over her nipping issue, but, overall, she is doing well in her training. Donkeys are very different than training horses. You are on 'donkey time' when you work with them. They like to ask a lot of questions when you work with them. Once they get it, it's solid. No drilling them or they get bored. There are no round pen shortcuts or cute devices. Just time and patience. It's a bit like teaching a gifted kid.
  7. The Front Porch

    Awww! He's adorable!
  8. Donkey Training

    Overfeeding is a common killer of donkeys. I've heard the mini donks are bit trickier to manage. I've only had standards or large standards. It makes sense since mini horses are a little tricky. It's really hard to feed donkeys without them developing fat pads. You want to give them good stuff, but it's deadly. Ours gets coastal hay and a handful of senior feed for morale. The horse and pony get orchard hay, which is too rich for donkeys.
  9. The Front Porch

    Awesome! Sounds like many adults in her life have let her down. Good for you for trying to give her something she has not had enough of in her life.
  10. Kitty Needs Help Pics added 9/18

    Yep, she's a long haired kitty. She has a brush that she loves, so, hopefully, she will be easy to manage as an outdoor kitty. She was afraid of strangers, but if we introduce them, she will come out to meet them. Her fear of men is also going away (remember that horrible man that wanted to hurt her?). She is much darker now that her coat is coming in. All that grey was her skin showing through.
  11. Kitty Needs Help Pics added 9/18

    Oh yes. In fact, the dogs are not allowed in. At all. We have gates to keep them out. They pout outside the gate a little, but it makes it easier. The puppy just tries to reach 'snacks' in the stalls anyway.
  12. Kitty Needs Help Pics added 9/18

    Delilah has really settled in. She loves her barn and her tack room. The tack room is enclosed except for the walls on either side, which are stalls. That provides ventilation. Or, perhaps some entertainment, if a mouse slips in. She is locked up in the tack room at night and has her cat door for access to the barn during the day. I have never seen her outside the barn. She loves it.
  13. Just wanted to say hi!

    Oh boy. Our little puppy is great about poop. However, he lets a little pee out if we take too long to open the door. We are working on that now.... I love bathing him. He shakes off and his coat is almost dry.
  14. The Front Porch

    I think you have a very generous heart and it's a neat idea. For the moment, though, if she has suicidal posts, contact a professional immediately. They can find her parents. If you know what high school she attends, you could start by reporting it there. Someone needs to intervene and sit this girl down now. I am dismayed at what is trendy at high schools right now. It appears that telling other kids to "go kill yourself", whether in person or online, is common. A kid like this might not bounce back from the general sarcastic comments from other kids.
  15. Donkey Training

    Norm sounds awesome! He sounds like our first donkey. The jennies are different than the jacks. This is our first jenny. They are more reserved than jacks. It took longer to get her to meet new people and she is more wary of new things.
  16. We have a four stall barn and we are looking into buying bulk versus bagged shavings. Does anyone do this? How did you set up your shavings bunk? Do you just cover with a tarp? Do you get a lot of waste? We're going to wait until after hurricane season, lol!
  17. Solo got ridden last night!

    Cute horse! Is he a Cob?
  18. The Front Porch

    Here's a link: https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/jacksonville-equestrian-center-takes-in-horses-to-help-hurricane-florence-evacuees/832227959
  19. The Front Porch

    FInally caught up a bit on chores. My fall/winter garden is all ready to go. We haven't been able to garden for a year and a half because of the move. It's very nice to play in soil again. The old mare, Libby, is doing well. It's really hot this week because we are south of the Florence mess and the heat builds. Glad it's not heading our way, but praying for those we are in the Carolinas. Heidi, you okay? It was showing some crazy swoop through Georgia yesterday. If anyone needs to shelter down here, let me know. The Equestrian Center near us is taking in horses. Very nice place and they have RV hook up sites.
  20. Been a long time

    Hello! People kind of pop in and out randomly. How are you?
  21. Kitty Needs Help Pics added 9/18

    Pictures! I'll add some more when she moves into her tack room. :)
  22. The Front Porch

    Cool trip! I love seeing offbeat stuff like that.
  23. South Africa

    Oh dear. I'm glad you are happy and I hope you find the scenery inspiring. I must admit that the hunting makes me sad.
  24. Kitty Needs Help Pics added 9/18

    I got to snuggle Delilah, finally! Before her vet appointment today, I placed her in an old crate, bagged and threw out all of her "furniture", and then cleaned the empty crate with diluted bleach. She went into our laundry room for a bath in the deep sink (our other cats were locked out). Then, back into a clean carrier to dry until her vet appointment. Meanwhile, I had a shower and dumped my clothes into the washer. Our house cats received a treatment yesterday in case they had contact with scabies. The appointment went very well. She is clear of internal and external parasites. So, while waiting for them to draw up vaccines, I snuggled her on my lap/ What an amazingly sweet kitty! She nestled right down, purred, and even gave me a few licks while very gently kneading my legs. It has been very strange having a pet that I could only touch with gloved hands. She was probably wondering what I was waiting for. Anyway, she is ready for her tack room, which will be completed tomorrow. We just need to nail up some OSB on the back wall. Imgur has an issue right now, but I will upload pictures when I can.