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Animals, Confessions

My Helpers

We have a couple of helpers that always go with us to feed the horses and cattle.

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Although, sometimes they are more ornery than helpful. Here, Gibbs thinks he has to kiss me while I’m trying to drive around. It’s super nice of him, but…

Then the little fart thinks he is sneaky by stealing cubes while I am filling the buckets.

StealingCubesEven though they bark at the cattle and horses, steal feed, and cover me in kisses while I am trying to drive, I will let them keep helping me feed.

 

Animals

Doggy Update

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This sweet little girl, Pepper, isn't so sweet anymore. 

If you will recall, I asked for some advice regarding our girls that were fighting all the time. 

I really do appreciate all your advice and words of encouragement. 

A couple of people mentioned talking to the Dog Whisperer, Cesar, so I went to his website and did a little research. I learned that we needed to be the dominate ones instead of letting one of the dogs dominate things. I am pretty sure a couple of you mentioned that as well. So, we started dominating more, and that has helped tremendously.

We have only had one more fight since we have changed the way we are handling things. It was the strangest thing. Little Miss Pepper, sweet as she could be girl, was the one that started the fight. Abby did not want to fight, and tried to get away. I was able to grab Pepper and keep them from fighting. 

Earlier this week, McD and I went to San Diego for a few days, and took Pepper to the vet to be spayed while we were away. We are hoping that she is still young enough that spaying her might help. 

We will see.

I wanted to let everyone know that we are keeping both dogs. We are working with them, and hope to see more and more improvement as time goes on.

Thanks again for all your feedback!! 

Photos

52 Pix – Pepper

New Year's Resolutions? Yay or Nay?

Usually my answer would be, Nay. Not this year! This year my list is chock full of resolutions! Honestly, I like the term "goals" much better.

A few years ago, one of my resolutions goals was to take a photo every day, and post it on a special page. It didn't work out to well. This year I have modified it a bit. My goal is to take a photo each week, and post it here.  I am calling it 52 Pix. At the end of 2013 there will be 52 pix (photos) in that category. That is my goal.

I am starting the 52 Pix project with a photo of Pepper.

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Okay, a part of Pepper. I love seeing the heart on her nose.

Join in on the fun! Just leave a comment here that you plan to participate. If you don't have a blog use Instagram with the hashtag #52pix. Not on Instagram? (you really should be) Email the pix. I can't wait to see your pix!!

 

Animals

My Dog, My Camera and Me

Last Thursday I went for a jaunt with my camera, and my sidekick, Pepper. 

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We made our way back to one of our ponds so I could take a few shots of the catfish that have just shown up out of nowhere. 

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Pepper is the kind of dog I've always wanted.  Don't get me wrong, I love my Abby and Mia, but Pepper is my sidekick.

So when she got into the water I got a little antsy.

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This just happened to pop up about five feet from us.

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I tried to get a shot of all of him, but he was just too stinkin' big.  I think it was about six feet long.

There was a second snake swimming around but it was only four and a half to five feet long, and it wasn't as thick as this one.   Look at that forked tongue!

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We saw pretty butterflies.

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And some weeds that just happen to remind me of fireworks.  They look like little bursts.

Then, we finally saw what we came to see.

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They might be hard to make out, but those are catfish. Bullhead catfish. They just showed up outta nowhere.  I've heard that birds can bring the eggs in, they hatch, and then we have fish.  However it happens, it did.  We have lots of fish. 

Later that day, when McD got home, we went back to the pond toting a .22 and some ammo.  Those snakes flipped and flopped after they were shot. 

Now, my sidekick is sitting here waiting for me to go over to the garden.

Coming soon, photos of my garden.  🙂

Animals

Our Poor Pepper Has A Boo-Boo – Warning: Wound Photos

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Remember this cute little puppy that some heartless fool dumped out in the country?  Sorry, I shouldn't speak that way, but I just don't understand how someone could dump an animal to starve or be coyote/bob cat/cougar bait.  But that is a soap box I won't step on tonight.

Pepper started getting a bump on her right hip, and at first we thought she might have just gotten bit by something.  We hoped it would just go away, but it didn't.  It just kept getting bigger, and bigger, so I took her to the vet.

Dr. Dysktra put a needle in the bump to find out what was in it.  Pepper did great.  She laid on that stainless steel table leaning into me with all her might.  We were nearly one. 

Dr. D said she thought it was either an abscess or a cyst.  We had a decision to make.  We could put her on antibiotics and hope it goes away, meaning hope it is a treatable abscess.  Or, we could sedate her and cut it out.

I decided to have her cut it out, and I am glad that we did.  It turned out to be a cyst, and the antibiotics might not have worked on that.

I warned ya in the title that there would be wound photos, so here they are…

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She was a little drowsy when McD picked her up from the vet, and then she couldn't get comfortable in some of her favorite spots so we figured she must be in some pain.  We gave her a pain pill, and she settled down for the night.

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There is still some swelling, but it is going to be all better soon.

Why is it that when dogs find you they cost more than the ones we pick for ourselves?  It just always seems to work that way.

Pepper is doing great!  She is running, jumping, and playing just like nothing happened.