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I really miss my Kat

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For five years we lived on a farm with an increasingly participatory companion.  One day I stopped to open the main gate and realized how far the relationship had already gone.  A yellow striped Kat was sitting on my truck’s console —  where he henceforth regularly sat and moved over to drive.  From this beginning we increased our companionship: he followed to my studio, to the …

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How to get a fast referral

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This is about health care and how I, or should I say my cat, got the world’s fastest referral. Our feral cat Dennis was adopted for his supposed ability to keep vermin out of our house, for which Dennis’ claws were needle sharp and intact.  He could defend himself or get up a tree with faster-than-a-fast-dog speed. Now if you have …

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My early spring friend

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We gardeners are an optimistic lot, particularly in the spring — nothing like getting into the soil for the first time, setting out the plants that will make the early garden.  For two years I had a large friend with an even larger propensity to lie happily in the freshly dug and composted beds.  I had barely finished putting out the compost …

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One of a Dog’s Worst Enemies

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Two of life’s greatest pleasures in the garden are flowers and the family dogs, in this case “Franklin Dog” — the clematis-chewing, vine destroying dog.  One cannot choose one or the other, since we love both the dog and the clematis. Our first solution had been a wire cage around the clematis.  That was unwieldy, unsightly and removable by the dog of strong skills …

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Franklin goes hunting

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My wife had gone to Denver to help our daughter . . .  and to get a rest from the demands of the farm and Franklin-Dog. As she left, I said, “Don’t worry, the guys (Franklin, Dennis the Kat and I) will have everything under control . . a little extra work but we are guys, we can handle anything!”  . …

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Protecting man’s best friend from man

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Over a lifetime of great animal friends, Morgan (my Irish Wolfhound “witch” as I deservedly called her) had some of the finest genes: to stalk, run and hunt, that I have ever seen.  God, I was proud of that dog. On the funny side, we decided early in her life she needed a companion to replace one who had died, …

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Franklin knows who he is!

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After two more weeks of experimentation, he has decided that he is indeed a “sheep-watching” dog, a “Bordador” or Border Collie-Labrador mix.  He slips through the rail gate into the pasture two or three times a day.  He hangs around, watching, sniffing and checking for fox or squirrel traces, lying in the sun near the sheep. One day, however, it …

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Franklin experimenting

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Franklin is irresistibly attracted to the sheep and lambs.  He sits and watches them from the deck with intense interest. He is too small to be any threat to them; more likely the reverse. And llama Sassafrass, of course, could toss him over the fence in a heartbeat. Franklin went missing yesterday. A little alarmed for him (he’s very slippery …

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Franklin, confused

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What am I? Rumored to be a Labrador cross on one side; unknown papa (possibly a Mastiff or Great Dane?), “Franklin the Farm Dog” has joined our family. Devastated by the loss of two Wolfhounds in rapid succession, we have been searching far and wide through all our contacts for a rescue Hound.  While the search continues, we check in …

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Finn’s goodbye

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Two days ago we put down our dearly beloved Wolfhound, Finnegan, seven and a half years old, 165 pounds of pure love and male determination:   to chase the deer off our place, to play with our wild young Wolfhound girl, to ignore the ravages of joint problems and a bad rear end — and to love us every day. …

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