Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I've Got a Brand!

So my brand arrived...and since we aren't technically reading to 'brand' yet, I had to try it out. Flour and water works well:
If he finds out this is on here I'm dead. Ha, ha, ha!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Canis lupis

Canis familiaris was once the Latin description for the domesticated dog. Awhile back it was changed back to Canis lupis, the Latin description for the Wolf. Why? Because they are so genetically similar, there is essentially no difference between them other than looks.

Where am I going with this? In short I think people that abandon their dog, especially with so many shelters around, should be shot. Why? Dogs abandoned who don't wander into somebodies yard to be brought to a shelter or adopted go wild. Essentially they revert back to their natural instincts, those of wolves...but without the respect of humans.

There has NEVER been an attack of a healthy, wild wolf on a human in the United States. Despite all the hype about them they keep to themselves, and only out of curiosity have they approached humans, and never in aggression. Has there been dog killings by wolves, and livestock slaughter? Yes. Another dog is a threat to a wolf. It is called species competition. Livestock, especially sheep and calves are no different to a wolf than a rabbit, young wild sheep or goat...except easier to get at. It's their instinct. They kill to survive.

Dogs that have been abandoned often 'pack' together. There is survival in numbers, and it's their instinct. I've watched Dixie and Maverick 'pack' together to hunt rabbits and gophers. It's amazing to watch their silent communication to be successful, and I have no doubt they would be able to survive without me. However this instinct, combined with their familiarity with humans, could make them dangerous if they were ever abandoned.

We had a pack running in the area. Running our livestock, bold with our dogs, harassing anything else on the property...We've shot off all but one. The one that has cornered my landlord in the grain storage, growling, the one that has bit our calves in the nose along with a yak so they can't breathe and die, the one that ran 100 head of yearlings in a pen that ran over each other, breaking two of their necks...the one that ran a prize bull and horse through a bard wire fence and cut them up...

I've had little feeling for this dog, other than to curse him for his cunning ever time we try to shoot him. If I had children I doubt I'd let them be in the yard unless my dogs were around since they keep the wild dog out. As it is I doubt I'll let any of the poultry run until I know he's dead. He's sneaky and quick, and he shows no fear of humans and has been caught in the yard when my dogs have been inside.

This morning though, when I let my dogs out he was standing in the kennels, drinking from their water bucket. Maverick went after him like a shot, but as he turned to run from my dogs he looked up at me standing in the doorway, trying to call off Maverick least a fight occur. As our eyes met, I had the strangest feeling. He didn't look aggressive, he just gave me that hangdog look like, 'How can I help this? What more can I do?'. And granted we will eventually shoot that dog because every time he kills something it costs a few hundred dollars, and he has shown aggression towards humans, but at that moment our eyes met, I thought how whoever abandoned this dog to the elements should be shot instead. He's trying to survive. He's doing what nature has told him to do. He's a carnivore. Dogs eat meat. The dog food we feed our dogs, mixed with corn and other grains is not natural. For a working dog this is not enough, as those who use dogs for work well know. Corn can rip up a dog's intestines as it swells when a dog works hard. Hard working dogs eat meat. Raw meat. Yet we call these dogs pets. Well, this guy was a pet once too, and now he's a hated killer.

Don't abandon your dogs! Find them homes, or let a shelter take them. Something other than forcing them into something that could possibly hurts other's livelihood, or kill their pet.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Is He Smiling At Me?

I'm convinced he is. This is one of last year's calves who has been blessed with an underbite. His name? Smiley. He just makes me laugh.

A Gander Named Lucy
There's been a casualty at the ranch. Lucy has finally attacked the wrong animal. I've watched him attack cows with calves, spin around on their tails, nip at horses heels, tear hair out of unsuspecting dogs, chase down cats, been held down by irate animals 1000x his size ...etc...anyway he went after Rebel yesterday. Rebel only jumped over him and out of the way, but Lucy chased after him anyway and when Rebel came down he stepped on Lucy's left wing. There was a loud 'snap' and poor Lucy went away salking. Rebel basically snapped his wing right off. The only thing holding it together was skin and feathers. So I played vet and hopefully reset his wig and put him FAR away from anything that he can attack. Though this incident seems to have humbled him some. He's all wrapped up.

Next installment: Baby Envy
Preview: Yes, it's another one, and another one, and another one....
Spur, an Aussie/Border Collie/Heeler cattle pup, and Maverick, The Wonder Dog, sleep off a long day of work.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The Shoes, The Purse, The Wedding of the Century...

Though I wanted the Naturalizer Prissy, I had a hard time justifying spending $75 + for a pair of shoes I'll probably only wear once. And then only for about 3 hours tops anyway...

So these are what I found cheap. I did not spend more than $30 (including shipping) and they are Gabriella Rocha's. Real leather. Great web site thought it is a hit or miss due to size:

I also decided to accessorize. Again, cheaply. eBay rocks.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Go Wings!

Yeah for cinching the Presidential Cup (like there was any doubt...) and winning home team advantage for the Playoffs!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

I'm Still Not Dead Yet...

Really. I'll update again soon. Things are crazy here! I have pictures! Anybody read about the huge Salmonilla outbreak in Southern Colorado? I live there! Ah! (don't worry, we have our own well)...