Archive | April, 2012

Dog Update

24 Apr

I wanted to give you an update on the two dogs I found the last week. I put them in a pen at our house in town, it is only 12X12 but that is the best I can do for now. So we took them out to the homestead yesterday to let them run and get some exercise.

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This one is named Wilma. I originally named her Wilbur, but I looked closer and said OOOps! I need to change your name.

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This one is named Jethro. They ran and played and chased each other for a good while. All the time they were doing this they never got more than 50 feet away from us. I thought I would have to chase them and keep calling them back while they were loose, but they stayed right with us.

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After a while they were all tuckered out and had to take a nap.

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After their nap I decided to take them for a tour of the homestead. We walked a big loop around the perimeter and they stayed right along with us, not running about wildly. So I thought let’s try this again with a leash and see how they act. They stood there calmly, not jerking and pulling or fighting the leash like many dogs do. I couldn’t believe it! I hope I can train them to sit and act properly, and they are smart enough I think I should be able to. ( if I’m smart enough ) I need to give them a bath because they stink to high Heaven from the mange and neglect, but it turned really cool so I’m going to wait a few days until it warms up a bit. Then we can see how civilized they act.

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While I was at the homestead I decided to finish mowing. My tractor has been in the shop for 3 weeks getting a repair on the backhoe, so the grass got way too tall. I could have baled this up for hay if I had the right equipment. It looks really streaky and clumpy now, but I’ll mow it again going the opposite direction and it will look better. Stay safe!

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Gumbo Mudders

23 Apr

I was working today and I came across several turtles. They are coming out of their water holes and laying eggs on the shore. First I came across this snapping turtle.

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They are called snapping turtles for good reason, I poked at him with a stick a little and he bit the end of the stick off. It could have just as easily been a finger, so kids, don’t mess around with this kind of turtle.

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Then I found this painted turtle. She was so recently out of the water she still had moss growing on top of her shell.

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Then I saw this turtle and when I stopped to take a look I knew something was wrong. She appeared to be high centered on something, and she was flapping all four feet but not going anywhere. I picked her up and discovered what the problem was.

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In places we have a sticky soil type we refer to as buckshot or gumbo. This soil has a high clay content and gets very sticky when it gets wet. If you walk on this soil when wet, it will adhere to your feet, and with each step the mud on your feet will get bigger and bigger. Well this turtle had the misfortune to try to crawl across the ground when it was exactly the wrong time to try it. The soil was just wet enough to be extremely sticky. As she crawled along, it stuck to the bottom of her shell. The farther she crawled, the more the soil built up until she was so high off of the ground her feet could not get any traction. Some of the good-ole-boys around here have 4X4 trucks with big old aggressive tread tires made for this type of mud. We call these tires Gumbo Mudders. I guess this turtle needed four-wheel drive and gumbo mudders on her feet! I took my knife and scraped the mud off of her shell, pointed her back toward the water and off she went.

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The last I saw of her she looked none the worse for her experience. So just let this be a lesson to us all, keep the mud off your belly, and keep your shell right side up!

Newest Follower

23 Apr

I would like to welcome my newest follower Ladyromp. I certainly appreciate you hitting my follow button. Feel free to comment or ask questions, I will always answer. Once again, thanks and welcome.

Albino Robin

22 Apr

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I was checking a field today and I flushed up a flock of about 20 Robins and one of them was an albino like the one pictured above. I couldn’t get my camera out in time to get an actual picture they kept just out of range. I remember seeing a robin like this one other time. So in the last few months I have seen a white turkey and a white robin. I hope I don’t start seeing white elephants now! Stay safe.

Kitten Update

21 Apr

The kittens are doing just fine and dandy. They took to the bottle like human babies. They each want to be held and get a belly full of milk, then they jump and pounce and play like little jungle tigers. Then it’s naptime! Here are a few pictures.

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They should be eating out of a saucer by now but they won’t, because they are spoiled! We have a few people interested in taking some of them, so I think we will find all of them good homes.

Lowlife Scum

20 Apr

Some of you will remember it’s been just over a week since I found the kittens someone dumped. Well, today in another location I found this….

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Some other lowlife had dumped these two fine chocolate lab mix pups. It just made me sick, but I don’t know why I should be surprised. With the way some people treat their fellow-man, I don’t know why it surprises me when people abuse and neglect their pets. Just a few days ago the news had a report of a woman from West Memphis, Arkansas who had left her 9 month old son locked in her car while she went inside Southland Park to gamble. A 9 month child locked and left in a car like a sack of groceries. And to add icing to this cake, this was not some brain-dead crack head. Oh no. This woman was employed…. as a schoolteacher! How would you like her to be teaching your child?  Fortunately, some passers-by noticed the child and called the police; maybe the child and the woman both can get the help they deserve. So, when I read about people like that, why should I be surprised by people who neglect animals? Anyway to get back to my story, I didn’t have any way to pick up the dogs when I found them. It was right about dark so I came home and slept on it. I decided if they are still there in the morning I will pick them up and carry them to the humane shelter. Early the next morning I went back to the bridge where I saw them the previous evening. I slowed down on the bridge and before I could even get my truck stopped, here they came running. They were so glad to see me. I fed them each a McDonald’s Sausage Biscuit and petted them a bit. They had a case of mange, which is probably why they were dumped. I think they will be good dogs for someone. I have been talking about getting some homestead dogs, but these were not what I really had in mind. I imagined some big, mean, scary dogs. Not these loveable mutts! So I told them; OK here’s the deal. I’ll take you to see the vet and if he can cure the mange, and if he thinks nothing else is wrong with you I’ll take you home for a tryout to see how we all get along. The vet said they had sarcoptic mange, which is the mildest form and the easiest to cure. He also said they are in good health otherwise, and they appear to be about 4 months old. I think after the mange gets cured I could find homes for them with someone else. But if they behave themselves, I might just keep them myself. We’ll wait and see!

Cedar Apple Rust Gall

19 Apr

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I was working around the trees on the homestead recently and I saw this orange-colored, alien looking thing on one of the cedar trees. I thought “What Tha???, Are we being invaded?” This thing looks like it could have come from outer space. After I did some Goggle research I discovered it is a Cedar Apple Rust Gall. This gall releases spores into the air, which then attack apple trees! It takes two hosts to complete it’s life cycle. First a cedar tree then an apple tree. I plan on having apple trees on the homestead, so I am going to be checking my cedar trees closely for this gall so I can pick them off and destroy them before they have a chance to infect any apple trees.

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I also found these funny looking green growths on another tree. I have been looking for an answer to what they are and I haven’t had any success yet. Anybody have an answer as to what they might be? You never know what you might encounter during the day. Be safe, and watch out for those alien creatures!