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“We” are going on diet

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Shortly upon returning home from my second shoulder replacement, my wife was assisting me with my giant shoulder sling.  “A little tight huh, Bull? . . .  This is not good . .  .   we are going on a diet.”  For my wife, already being svelte and thin, this “we” was, obviously ME — but, not to worry, I …

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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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Pear wars

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The cold is early this year; yesterday I found the first crimson leaf from the wild pear trees that grow along our fence line. Green pears are turning golden and a few have fallen.  The fence is shared with a neighbor who grazes cattle, and while the pears are too bitter for us to enjoy, the dogs and the cows think …

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Night noises

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Maybe he’s paying us back for his last unhappy experience going to the vet. Maybe we just worry too much. Last night I woke at about 3:00 a.m. One of those noises, frequent in the country, but something seemed different.  A furious scream (is that a cat?) followed by two odd shrieking sounds.  And then Finnegan, barking loudly: something is wrong! …

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A room of her own . . .

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Even though the adult hens are tapering off, I have been collecting one or two eggs a day, pale blue or green, while waiting for the “chiclets” to start producing. But for a couple of weeks now there have been none, or maybe just one, in the nesting boxes. Not nearly so much fun to shut the chickens up every …

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And they lay blue eggs

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My beautiful Auracana hens are now over three years of age. Never considered the most prolific of layers, they are producing fewer lovely pale blue and turquoise eggs. For a laying hen, the first two years are the best and then she tapers off. Some people then make chicken stock, but I confess to fondness for my handsome hens. They …

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Gift of snow

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We hear warnings on the radio and NOAA confirms cold weather coming. Really cold for our region: nights in the teens, days in the 20s. This is not normal, and the forecast of snow is also surprising. We’ve had sprinklings in past winters, but here we’re looking for inches. We know what to do—we’re from the Rocky Mountains. We go …

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