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Monday, January 13, 2020
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Monday, December 30, 2019
Monday, December 23, 2019
Saturday, December 21, 2019
We put her on soft food and this morning when she went poop there was blood spatter all around where she pooped. We called the emergency number and the vet that seen her called right back and I told her there was blood on her poop, and all over the snow. Her reply was at least we know where the blood is coming from.
She said I could bring her in but I told her we would drive the extra distance to Monte Vista instead. I was not impressed by the exam she gave her and she did not do many checks and only gave her a cursory look at best. Clearly she was not happy to hear that but I was even more unhappy at her lack of professionalism.
Carol drove Lucy to Monte Vista and Lucy's diagnosis is an infected anal gland that was drained and she was given antibiotics. Different vet and one we have known for a long time. Won't be going back to the first vet.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Taking Lucy to the vet today as she has some bleeding when she poops. The shelter told us she had been spayed but on close examination there is no scar to indicate same. Being a young dog the spay scar should be quite visible. We want to know if she is in heat or if there is something else going on. Next will be Ruby as we want this vet to have a record of her (we use two vets) and to check her over too. Then it will be Boswell's turn to be checked.
We use two vets because one vet which is 25 minutes closer requires us to go over a mountain pass and in the winter that can be iffy to say the least. The other vet only requires a drive through the valley. The closer vet has many more years experience but driving over the pass in the winter can be dangerous and each year there are accidents on the pass. Driving through the valley is a little safer.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Monday, December 16, 2019
Sunday, December 15, 2019
They appointed both myself and a plaintiff attorney to co-head the committee. We were to each have equal members and they would like us to re-write the law and change it from indemnity to wage loss. We were to do it in total secrecy and those on the committee would at our direction take certain portions and re-write the law as the old law was outdated. After our committee met together and discussed the difference between what we had and what they wanted I assigned each committee member a portion of the law, including myself, and we went to work on drafting a totally new concept for a statewide law.
Then when they would submit their proposed changes I would meet with the other co-chairman and we would negotiate and finalize the final product. After several weeks of meeting in secret we had a new law ready for congress. It was typed up in its final form and I hand carried it to our contact representative. Several more weeks went by and one day a congressional delivery person came to my office and said he had a package for me. The secretary said she would see I got it but he said it had to be hand delivered to me personally. It was the new law passed almost unanimously by the state legislature and signed by the governor.
I closed my office door and laid it on the desk next to our proposed draft and went through it line by line. They had not changed one dot or word and passed our law in a bi-partisan vote. No one knew who had drafted it not even our immediate family and when my boss found out he was furious that I had not told him. He in a rage fired me but that did not diminish what we few had done and I was quickly hired by another company.
I have only told this story in the almost 50 years to a handful of people.Mainly because I to this day do not want it to appear I'm bragging or trying to boost myself. I tell it now to show that 18 people working to sincerely produce a lasting law irregardless of political affiliation can actually do something that has lasting and permanent effect. What I see now days clearly lacks the ability for our politicians to work together and make anything meaningful favorable change for our citizens. I am very saddened by what we have today.
We secretly left a make on Florida law and while it is something to be proud of I have never felt it so important (even though it was) to openly talk about it. Now as I reflect back the change we made has benefited untold numbers of workers. Florida had industrial judges across the state and it was these judges who recommended individuals like myself to the legislature which I found out later. I only tell this story now not to embellish my career or puff myself up but to show the comparison of our politicians of the past and those we have today which I consider a very sorry lot. I will leave the adjectives to describe them up to others but I find the entire lot pitiful. Instead of helping people like our past congressional leaders did they help themselves only.
Many who have known me for many years do not know my participation in this and but for the low quality of politicians now days still would not know I co-produced a brand new totally radical WC law. I hope this will inspire some to vote thoughtfully next election.
Monday, December 9, 2019
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Sunday, December 1, 2019
The wind has been blowing for two days at 20-30+ MPH and the wind chill is so cold it is not worth it to go out and try to move the snow. The wind comes from several directions so we can't adjust the chute to any one direction. Trees are whipping around and several have been blown over. This is perhaps the worst winter we have experienced here. Hope it is not the new normal. Other area's have gotten 80-94 MPH wind so I guess we are actually pretty fortunate to only have gotten what we have.
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Carol went to town today to get our thanksgiving dinner and get Bozwell some of his Rx to relieve him of the pain from his cauda equina. As she drove to the vets office she has to drive past the animal shelter and sitting there in a corner of one of the outside stalls was this girl. To shorten the story one of the attendants told Carol this girl was being transported to Denver tomorrow so if she was interested she had better be quick. Carol came home with Lucy who is now the newest member of our family.
The meet and greet went well but Lucy was terrified of Ruby and Bozwell. We let them greet her in their own way by staying their distance and slowly she came around. She has explored the house and checked out everything, had a little food, a couple drinks and now she is taking a nap and has settled in real well. I can tell these three are going to be fast friends. She is a petite girl, 62 lbs, just a few pounds less than Ruby, but now with a home, brother and sister she will probably put on a few pounds. She has been adopted, chipped, got her rabies vaccination at our vet and now is settling in.
Friday, November 22, 2019
Monday, November 18, 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
There are add's from attorneys on television seeking clients who have had certain types of cancer to collect from manufacturers who have put these carcinogenic compounds together that have shown they cause cancer. Our community and many landowners use herbicides that are even more toxic than the one attorneys are advertising for clients for.
When I challenged our association for using a highly toxic herbicide it was necessary to be very familiar with Amine 2- 4-D, to be effective. While it has a half life of only days outside where the sun breaks down its components if tracked inside and transferred to the carpet it remains potent for one year. It can enter our body or that of our pets up to one year. It can be ingested (licking paws), absorbed through the skin, or inhaled.
What about carpet shampoo which our fur family on all fours walks on, lays and often eat off. Or window cleaners, bleach, kitchen and bathroom cleaners. Many have components that over time are toxic to our pets. Then there are fertilizers, antifreeze, deicers and detergents. We keep our antifreeze under lock where dogs can't get to it. We don't use fertilizers and detergents and soaps are all safe for our canine family.
Most people know chicken bones, grapes, chocolate, onions, macadamia nuts and alcohol are not good for our fur family. It is also good to keep prescriptions away from our pets. Anything you drop on the floor there is a good chance your pet will find it. Heavy metals are toxic to our fur family. Responsible pet owners owe it to their pets to keep them safe from toxic chemicals, heavy metals and items that they may ingest that could harm them. Rodent poisons will harm our animals. Also if they eat dead rodents that have been poisoned.
Responsible pet owners will provide their pets the same safe environment as they do young children. Consider the use of other pest control measures that are not harmful to your pets. Some hazardous toxins are dangerous immediately and some are cumulatively over a period of time. Think before making application for the good of your pets.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
I just learned a couple months ago Rocky passed away but his wisdom and his book are still available on Amazon I believe.
Several people have asked me why I don't write a book but by doing this blog and writing for Mother Earth News I really don't need to. We have been featured in Mother Earth News and either two or three books written by other people. I prefer to keep it like that.
I've never had a dog stab me in the back or gossip about me. Dogs teach us infinite patience. They don't hold grudges and are quick to forgive. They love you more than they love themselves. They don't complain. They have a sincere desire to please. They live and enjoy the moment. They don't need expensive toys to play. They always want to be with you. In one look they make you feel important. They are 100% loyal. They are protective and will give their life if necessary to keep you from harm. They entertain us and make us laugh. They sense when we are troubled or sad and are by our side to cheer us up. When we come home they are always there to happily greet us. When they do something they do it with all their heart and give 100%.
So my question is: What is not to like about dogs? I have found very few people that can consistently possess these qualities in my lifetime.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Monday, November 11, 2019
I don't like to kill them as they are just being true to what they are but what they are is destructive. They can chew the wiring harness under a closed hood of a vehicle over night. They can chew the insulation off electrical wiring in an instant and use it for a nest. They tend to gather small items like nails etc. to hoard in their nests. They can chew through walls and you know they are present because they pee and poop which smells terrible.
We therefore run a relocation service and since they are suckers of peanut butter they go into the live trap and stay for a few hours until they can connect with our relocation service. With their big ears they are cute little guys but smelly and destructive so we put them in an area that they are more suited for. Normally you don't see them except when it gets cold and then they are looking for a warm place to winter. That is when they join our relocation service.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Sunday, November 3, 2019
We have not seen any for weeks before this congregation all came together and since they have left we have not seen any sign of a single elk. One group went toward the big lake at the end of our road, two herds went up the mountain in different directions, another went down the mountain, and the others all got into their respective herds and moved off. I would estimate that there were 30-75 in each individual herd. The 9 bulls don't include the younger spikes we saw. We may never see that phenomenon again. We felt privileged to watch for a solid hour.
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