Well, did you know pony halters are hard to come by?? And so are other things that the little guy needs. So first things first. He needs a halter. So I went to youtube and started searching and found something that taught me how to make a pretty good one. This is the first one I made and it is about Jethro size ... LOL
So today not only did I learn something new but I learned something useful. What I learned was to make rope horse halters. So why would I need to learn how to do that? Well, you see Sedan is feeling better. Not only does he get around much better but he is actually coming to the gate to greet us when we go out to feed. So what does that mean? Well, that means he needs something to wear so that we can lead him around and move him when we need to.
Well, did you know pony halters are hard to come by?? And so are other things that the little guy needs. So first things first. He needs a halter. So I went to youtube and started searching and found something that taught me how to make a pretty good one. This is the first one I made and it is about Jethro size ... LOL
This is the final one
It fits Sedan really good and tomorrow after my field trip I will see if I can get a picture of him in it.
While I was busy learning to make rope halters Mom made me a little something. Check this out...
It is a large mouthed project bag for my knitting loom ... I like it ...
And just so everyone knows Lot is in Vermont ... Pictures and his adventure will come later... If anyone is interested in having Lot come visit let me know and we will get him sent on your way...
So, everyone that saw the Knittinonthefly Pod Cast heard Katie call us "self proclaimed repurposers". And we are. I come from a very long line of Repurposers. After all, ya'll saw that wastepaper basket my Great, Great Grandmother made from the egg crates, didn't you??? Yup, that is the picture again on the left. Mom says something, that I always think of when I am giving something. She says that when she is giving something away to someone that, that doesn't mean it's final home is with that person. If that person doesn't have a need for the item, they are welcome to give it to someone else that does. Mom says that Every Item has a journey in this life and when it comes to our house it is our job to help it find it's way to were it is most needed.
So what does that mean? Well, it means that if you get something from me or my family it is yours to do with as you see fit. If you want it, keep it. If you don't, then give it where it is needed. If you think something isn't your taste give it to someone it is better suited too. Does it offend us? No way ... We are not perfect and can't know everything about everyone all the time. We try to get the perfect gift just like everyone else does but if we fail? It is our Fail. No big thing to us. We just learn something about that person and move on. Most times Mom tries to give what she calls disappearing gifts. NO, not the kind people have to give away ... LOL ... Mom is very much into giving food baskets. LIke for a Weddings and anniverary she puts together a date night basket. Cheese, crackers, maybe a movie and sometimes even a bottle of wine. For kids ... It is a junk food basket. Complete with their favorite pop or drink mix, chips, cookies and sometimes even a movie or craft kit. And at Bowling she doesn't even bother with the basket part. Even though Mom isn't much of a drinker she just buys the ladies what ever their favorite liquor is at the liquor store. (Just so you know I had to look up the spelling of the word Liquor ... It doesn't come up much in our house ... LOL).
So does that mean that we give away things that are given to us, too? Well, to be honest sometimes yes. Mom is very upfront with people when a gift is something that she can't use. For example, Mom gets perfumes and body washes from her co-workers and as many of you know I am allergic to alot of things. One of which is perfume. When that happens she just tells them "Thank you so much for the thought but I am sorry I can't use a _____________ Because (insert an explaination). Can I exchange it for a (insert something like a hug or a lunch date) If you would like it back to give to someone else or use yourself it wouldn't offend me or I could give it to someone I know of in need. If you don't mind" You would be surprised at the number of people who are not offended at all. Yes, from time to time it upsets people to thank them for a gift and then tell them you can't use it but Mom would rather be honest then end up with a bunch of stuff at our house that we can't use but we can't get rid of because it was a gift.
But to tell you the truth we don't feel repurposing is just for gifts. There are alot of other things we repurpose too. Household things like these two items...
You see a coffee can and a laundry soap tub. I see a gallon feed scoop and a feed bucket. That isn't the only thing a coffee can, can be used for. Remember the Electrical problems at the barn. Check this out ...
This coffee can with it's lid became weather proofing for the extention cords to get the heat to the calves in the barn.
Turned it over and weighted it with a couple of Bricks and there you have it. So what else do we repurpose on the farm? For starters barrels ... All shapes and sizes and they can be so many things....
Water troths for small livestock. The hoods keep wild birds from pooping in the water and spreading Coccidious to our livestock.
Cut one in half and Add two scrap pieces of 2X4 for legs and you get Feeders
Cut an opening and add some straw and you have a Dog houses
Cut a barrel into rings and you have plenty of tree rings to mark sapling trees so they don't get run over by farm equipment or the lawn mower. Okay, so yes, there are a ton of ways to repurpose Barrels but check this out ...
Yup, that is the foot warmer from under your desk at work but to us that is a baby warmer. Or what about this?
You know these totes they are the ones most of us use to keep yarn or fiber stash in ... Not here ... That is a chicken carrier. Here another one ...
This is a tub that cattle feed comes in. After the feed is gone it becames many thing around here... they are portable water troths. Or you can put them on pallets and they become compost transporters. You can even cut them down and make portable duck ponds out of them.... Not to mention the various planters you can make out of them. OH WAIT! Here is one you will love...
What are those calves drinking out of?? Yup, it is an old bathtub from when one of Dad's friends remodeled their house.
So are we extreme? Not at all... but let me point out that a real water troth costs about $80.00 and we need troths in every stall and pen we have. That comes to 8 water troths... That is $640.00 in water troths alone. The items we repurposed to use as troths??? FREE!!!
Bird boxes run about $25.00 each. those totes we use to move chickens are about $5.00 each at your local discount store. And the scoops and buckets?? Well, since Mom drinks the coffee the cans are free but a real scoop is $10.00 and Laundry soap is always in use here on the farm but real feed buckets are about $15.00 each. Not to mention that feed buckets and scoops have to be replaced because of things like getting overloaded with goats and sheep while trying to feed, happens often. LOL.
Do I think it is weird? Nope it just makes sense... So what have you repurposed to save money??
You know how sometimes you stop and look at what is going on and ask ...Did that just happen? Well, Today I asked myself that questions about 5 times. First, I got up, did chores and headed to work. Nope nothing crazy there. Then I ended up buying a calf that the auctioneer couln't get a bid on. It is really the sadest looking calf I have seen in a long time. He is the little on with all the warts ... Poor thing. He was doctored for them before we let him out of the trailer when we got home. (First did that just happen)
So speaking of when we got home ... You will never guess what we found. First, the cattle had pushed the North Gate open and the entire herd was standing in the road. No I am not kidding... It took Dad and I and are really nice lady (Mom was at work this lady was just someone that was driving down the road) about 15 minutes to get them all back in. (Second did that just happen)
After that I called Mom to tell her about the calf and she had a Dog in Labor at the shelter and couldn't talk (Third did that just happen) At this point Mom has the Puppies at the shelter and doesn't know if we will foster or not.
Then Mom got another call. She called Dad and I so we could take care of the matter because she was delivering puppies. You see there is a small pony that our neighbor had. They had to move and they are having issues with their new place and finding pens for everything. To make a long story short the pony foundered and is now tender footed and can't really walk much. So They called and wanted up to come get him and give him a forever home right here on the farm. We promised to keep him until his last days here on the farm as a petting animal. He is so cute and so Little... Storm is even bigger then he is. So without further adieu ... Meet Sedan a Miniture Geld Pony. (Did that just happen #4)
He is sore and can't really walk right now but that will pass in about 2 weeks. It comes with founder and we have him stalled so he will be fine. It is a condition he will live with and we will keep it under control by stalling him when the grass is what we call hot. (hot means growing and full of richness) After We got Sedan settled Mom came home and we took her out to see the new addition.
What did we happen upon?? But the one calf that wasn't out when we got home was laying down sick in the hay pile ... We have been giving him medication but he seemed to have had a relaps. So Dad and I got ahold of him and did some Doctoring on him too... (In case you lost count that was Did that just happen #5) Dad held and I gave his shots.
With all that going on throw in Buddy the Dog still on treatments and our Eagle issues and I was just praying to get everything through the day in one piece.
So today was interesting. First, I have lost a chicken a day for the last few daya and at first I thought the dogs might have been getting them. Then I found one in a pen that the dogs can't get into and figured I had a problem but I didn't know what. Today, however, I figured out what my problem was. The Eagle is back. Now I know that I am Blessed to see this National Treasure up close in the wild But do I really have to see it eating my own chicken?
We called the game warden and he is aware of the problem.... In case you don't know the problem is bigger then you think. It isn't really about the chickens it has taken at all. You see, a male Eagle stands about 3 ft tall with a wing span of over 6 ft. The female is even larger and both have very sharp talons that can rip through flesh. That means they are large enough to kill a newborn calf. So what does that mean to me?
Well, Newborn calves can weight in from 60-80 lbs on average. So if you stop to think "what does a sheep or goat weigh in at?" you will see that an Eagle can take a full grown sheep or goat from our herd/flock because we raise fiber animals that are smaller then the meat animals. I guess at this point you are catching on. So how do we solve this problem? Well, we don't! We will keep the chickens put up tomorrow but the Game warden said that until it takes real livestock Nothing can be done. So what am I going to do? I am going to keep watch and keep all our guns loaded with blanks. Why? you ask? Because if we can fire blanks in the air anytime the Eagle comes around soon he will learn that the food here is protected and he will go hunt some place else. Animals never hunt where there is known danger to themselves. It will be alot of work on my part but at what cost will it take for the Government to step in? I am not willing to pay the price and we did get the approval of the warden to put our plan in action.
The other thing that was interesting that happened today has to do with my Dad. First you need to know that Mom made him watch Katie's podcast. It was kind of funny because Dad didn't really want to pay attention until he heard my name. Then he thought it was so funny that Katie Smelled everything. He did agree with her that Sheep do smell so sheepie. The only thing is that around here ranchers call sheep and goats Range Maggots. So his exact words were "she right those Range Maggots Stink" When he got done watching he looked at me and said that he thought that by Katies reaction to my products that the "Range Maggots products are a good thing" I think that translates to "You done good young man" in Grumpy man talk. LOL
Please remember I love my Dad and as I get older I have grown to learn he is who he is... And he is a grumpy old man! That also don't mean he doesn't love me. It just means he says it in funny ways like he did tonight.
Now to end this post I want to answer a question that I am getting from our new readers. (Howdy to everyone, hope you are enjoying yourselves) Most that have followed me already know but I will explain it again here. Our products are available in two forms and two seasons. First we have shares. They are only available in early months of the year and are for the spring shearing only. They can be found on the web page tab labeled General Store. In the fall, I keep all the harvest and process it into our inventory. I then sell that harvest at a booth in the Fiber Fest in July. (We are looking into having a booth at Wool Fest but we will see how that goes) If there is anything left over from that booth then we sell it on the web page. Most of the time it sells out pretty fast because our shares and products are limited. As our herd/flock grows we will have more and more available. For right now we are in the process of selling Spring shares if anyone is interested. Just go to the General Stor
If you remember this spring I will be trying my hand at growing a fiber garden. I got some colored cotton for a lady that follows my blog and plurk. It is great but I am worried because I have never grown anything for fiber before and I don't want to mess up the seeds that came with the pods of cotton. So I took some time to order some regular white cotton and some Flax seeds from Bountiful Gardens.
I am sure there isn't anything weird about that but what is different is that when my seeds arrived I found a few extra things in the package to help me out. You see my order came with a whole sheet on growing my own organic cotton. It covers everything from Soil prep, depth of planting the seeds, and even how to harvest my crop. Did you know that the average person can pick 200-250 pounds of cotton in a good day?? Did you know that one bale of cotton can make 21,960 women's hankies?
They included Planting and processing instructions for the Flax too but I haven't had time to read it all. I did skim it and did you know that if you plant oilseed varieties they will produce poor fibers. It covers everything bugs, irrigation, Haresting, retting, rippling, breaking Hackling, Scutching and spinning.
I have to admit I don't know what all those things are but I bet I will when I get everything read ... LOL
So First I hope you all Liked Katie and her podcast as much as I do. I really didn't think she would go on like she did but I am guessing she is as excited to do the Give Away and I am ... Anyway .... On to tonight's Post
Yesterday I touched on something that I never really thought about before. How Country Kids differ from City Kids. The first time I remember thinking about the differences was when a Guy from the Railroad company came to our property and I was out target shooting.... I think I was about 9 or 10 but he freaked out when he saw a kid with a gun and Mom couldn't stop laughing... He Dove behind our propane tank. Okay, so some City folk don't know what a propane tank looks like or they just don't think about what is in it when they are reactiing ...LOL ... Either way it is a pretty funny story.
Well, tonight I am going to show you a few things I think are not things you would see in a city home ... (Correct me if I am wrong ... Please) Let us start with the obvious ... I know that you all know we have a pen in the kitchen for livestock and I am sure not to many people have those .. Next up
This is a bucket of chicken scratch (country word for bird feed) that Mom uses to fill her bird feeders. Nothing odd there ... Until ...
Put a "bucket bowl" on it and it becomes Jethro's feed dish ... Next we have
These are just what you think they are ... Baby Bottles ... For Calves. They hold 2 pints each and that is what each calf drinks twice a day ... sometimes three times a day. Next we have this by our back door
Those ropes and halters are the very same ones that we use in emergencies that come up on the farm. (Oh and if you look really close you can see Mom's shearing hat ... Pink with Flowers... It keeps her neck from getting sunburnt) I am sure the next item is no surprise ...
This tub sits by our frig and is our go to kit for livestock medical supplies we also keep the sheep shearing sheers there. This next item you probably have seen for other things just not what you would think of in this case....
This is the measuring tape that is on our frig at all times when it is not in use. It is a very special tape as it measures a horses height and weight. Yes, I said height and weight. Here is how it works. On one side you have this...
You put the end of the tape under your toe and hold it up to the horse at it's shoulder and this tape tells you how many hands tall your horse is. (Hands is the unit used to measure the height of horses) On the other side you see this...
This is the side of the tape used to measure a horses weight. You just wrap it around you horse's belly right behind the front legs and then read it like a normal tape measure...
There are also things in our deco that I am sure not to many city folks have. Well, they have them but just not in our Style ...Check out this ...
Most people have hat racks but they are mostly for ball caps and not cowboy hat. This next item I am not sure anyone has this in their home but us...
If you can't guess what that is ... It is a waste paper basket made by my Great, Great Grandmother out of Egg Cartons... (Nope, No joke!! True story) ... You know, now that I think of it there are some activities that go on in our kitchen that never would happen in city homes ... Like my roping practice. But did you also know that I target shot my soft air pellet gun in the kitchen as well???
Sometime I will have to let you in on some of the stories about Mom's adjustment to country life... She didn't grow up country. She moved out here the same time I did ... Only she was older and had different issues.... LOL What is weird about your house???
Just so I am very clear I had to edit this post... I forgot to say Howdy to Katie's viewers and tell them they need to read at least yesterday's Blog post but it will make more sense if you back up to the 13th... Anyway, Welcome, And enjoy ...
So is everyone sitting around anxiously waiting for Jetgirl1313 (AKA - Katie of Knittin' on the Fly) to Pod cast so you can get the secret code to enter the Great Flyin' West Give away?? If not, Katie and I understand that ya'll have a life besides a farm and fiber but we do hope that you have enjoyed the extra time to drool over the Fiber and think of the possibility of you winning it ... LOL ... Don't worry, your wait should be over soon
Now on with my day. Mom was home and did a bit of late night cleaning. She says that sometimes it is easier to clean with Dad and I out of her way so she stayed up late last night to clean a few things out. That means that she over slept/slept in this morning. Which means she didn't get me up until later and I got to sleep in too. The flip side of this is that also means I was late doing chores.
Before I get into my story, I have to tell you that here on the farm even the routine isn't always routine. All in all, most of the time, being late for chores just means you get to hear all the barnyard sounds very clearly and very, very loudly and much more often until you get everything fed. Before Chores, while I was eating breakfast, Mom likes to look out the window to the pasture and just watch the world go by. She watches everything ... The animals, the birds, The sunrise, sunset ... Everything. This morning Mom noticed one of the animals in the goat pen standing with it's front legs up on the fence rail. We thought it was Honey (young Cotswold Ewe) because normally when you are late she is the first to get upset and make a fuss. Mom told me she thought the crew was a bit upset at me being late and to make sure I checked everything well because she thought that poor thing had been standing there a bit to long. (Mom is always observant and always notices things out of place or that don't seem right... It is one of the things I hope that someday I will be able to do)
So, out I go to do chores. Well, I check the goat pen (this pen has our open young female sheep in it as well so they don't get breed to early in life.) and what I saw kind of freaked me out ... No, I ddin't get pictures and for that I am sorry but I had no time I just had to react. You see our water troth is by the fence and our Angora Billy "Phinny" has a beard. Some how, when he got a drink from the troth his beard got wet and just like in the movie "The Christmas Story" He was stuck. I don't know when or how long he had been standing there, the poor thing. I thanked the good Lord that it was just his beard and not anything else. This brings me to one small difference in city kids and country kids. You see country Kids always have a pocket knife with them. So much so that we often forget we have it. All I could do was run to him, whip it out and go to cutting the fleece just above where it was stuck to the fence. (Shareholders don't worry the beard is skirted away so we lose nothing there) As he ran off all I could think was "Did that really just happen?"
It was a bit funny when it was over but more scarey then anything due to the fact that I had no idea when it happened ... All I could think was that I had to get him free and calling the Fire Dept. just wasn't an option. Oh well, at least he is fine. He ate his breakfast and we checked him from time to time today and by the Grace of God there seems to be no ill effects from his whole ordeal...
So this is yesterday's blog continued ... Recap:
Lot at Oz Museum
Mom at WoolFest
Now all that left me at home taking care of the animals on Cold days. Well, I got on Ravelry and tried to find a group that just talked about blends of yarn. Not name brands but just blends and composition. For example mohair/wool or Alpaca/wool or Wool/silk (you get the picture) what percentages and what people liked or disliked about them. In order to improve products or come up with sucessful ones you have to have info. And to be honest it just isn't there... There are alot of sites that sell yarn and blends but they only post the reviews of the people that like their products. They all also have groups on Ravelry. Again only people who like their yarn join the group. That is fine with me but what about the people who didn't like the product? Why didn't they? Is there something that needs to change to make the product better? How do you know if a company is getting more "dislikes" then "Likes" The truth is you can't. And in this business you can only change your product at harvest time. Each harvest I look at our fleece and deside what to make... Yarn, Roving, Blends ... We came out with a roving blend last year and it didn't spin up so hot. All the shares sold out but not one person said anything ...Good or bad ... So I turned to my Mom and her friends. The Roving didn't spin smooth and while My Mother loved the Rustic look and feel I thought it wasn't the quality of my yarn So we didn't make it again this year.
So What am I going to do? I need real feed back. So I am turning to the what I know works You!! The trouble is that not all my readers have tried my products because they sell out so fast and are limited because of our small herd/flock sizes. So where do I get the info? Well, there is one thing to be said about you all and your friends. You see I have made friends on Facebook, Twitter and Plurk not to mention most of those people are on Ravelry. There are a ton of people with Ravelry Groups and those same people have Podcasts that reach even more people. So I went to a group (podcast not a yarn owner or Dyer and with permission) And asked a simple question ... Okay it was more then one and it was long ... But still ... This is the post ...
1 "Hi I am RJ and I have a question (okay more then one) Beside the over all quality of the fiber, the color and the staple length, what other Qualities do you look for in a yarn or roving blend? What blends of rovings or yarns are your favorite? What do you like about them and what would make them better? What blends do you dislike? Why? Can they be made better and if so how? Thank you for your honest input"
You know what happened ... Nothin' Not one person is willing to talk to me about what blends are better then others and why. What they like or don't like. I tell you with Mom gone and Me not getting any feed back I was at a stand still. So, I got Mom to pick up a little something from WoolFest to get everyone interested.... Check this out ..
This is 1/4lb. of a Merino/Silk Blend in the Colorway Bay Breeze by Ms. Nikol Lohr of Artclubshop.com She is known on Ravelry as "cupcake" She is also the author of Naughty Needles and her new book Literary Knits. I tell you it really looks better in person. So Now I have something to offer you for your time ... Now to get more of you ... UP STEPS Jetgirl1313! (applause, applause ... Hug, Hug .. ) Most of you know her as Jetgirl1313 on Ravelry and Plurk or as Katie O the host of the Knittin' on the Fly Podcast. As for me .. This is "Katie O Spaghetti O" that Mom watches and I follow on Plurk. (I call her that with love she is just so bubbley and funny) Mom watches her because of her flying stories (Mom was an Air Force Brat you know) Katie is also having a contest right now that won Mom over because it is going to the snuggle project that makes beds for Cats and Dogs at shelters across the country.
Anyway, back to my story... Katie asked if there was anything she could do to help. Well, that is when it hit me ... She has what I need ... More of you... and I have animal lovers that could help Katie win her contest. (Just so you know she has prizes too for her contest I even provided some) So Katie and I have teamed up to bring you "The Great Flyin' West Give Away" Here is how it works. You can win that great fiber in the picture from Me and Katie. How do you win? All you have to do is go watch her podcast and get the secret code and then come back here and post it along with a blend of yarn you either hated or liked and why ... For Katie if there is any humanly way possible if you can make a snuggle for her project and you can win even more. You do not have to send the snuggles to Katie. You just post a picture in her Ravelry group on the thread and then donate them to your own local shelter. If you want to mail them to her you can but you don't have too. The idea here is to not cost you anything but get things to you at no cost ... LOL ... You can also get more info on her contest from her on Rav, Plurk or her podcast.
The drawing will be held Feb 1st, 2013 at 7:00PM CST and will be posted here that night and Katie will reveal to her viewers on her podcast on the 2nd (which is her podcast anniversary... to cool huh?) Just so you know here is the yarn I picked for Mom to make beds with for Katie O's snuggle team.
Just for fun I want you to know when I say "Katie O - the Spaghetti O" I drag out the Os ... LOL Gotta Love Katie ... she has a kind heart and a great sense of humor ... After all she is celebrating the anniversary of her podcast by helping another person in the business ... The Fiber world doesn't get any better then that, does it? Katie has such a big heart!!!
Man, sometimes it is so busy around the farm. It makes it hard to keep up on the blog so I end up spreading things out. This is one of those times. Today I will back up and cover what went on Yesterday ... Tomorrow the rest of the story ...LOL
So First Mom and Ms. Karen ended up at Wool Fest in Wamego Ks. Where the heck is Wamego, you ask?? Well, it is about 4 hours north of the farm. What makes it so special, you ask? Well, First it is home to the OZ Museum. This museum houses a ton of artifacts about the Wizard of Oz. They have built the town up with the Wizard of Oz theme. You don't understand? Well, I will give you some examples: You can eat at Toto's Tacoz and take a tour at the Oz Winery. Not to mention OZtoberFest the first week of October. Oh, I almost forgot there is the Wicked Stitch. That brings me to why Mom was there. Mom and Ms. Karen attended WoolFest hosted by The Wicked Stitch You have to check them out. Mom seems like she had alot of fun. She took a couple of classes there too.
One class was about Alpaca care (Mom took notes and her and I went over everything they talked about today) and one was on Batt making. The other one was a crocheted Alpaca Roving Rug. It was a kit and a lesson ...
This is how far she got in class.
The one thing she got that has her excited is a new drop spindle. It is a bottom whorl so Mom will have to practice because she is really good with her other one but it is top whorl. I have to admit it is pretty (for a girl that is ... Mine is still my old John Deere looking one)
On their lunch break Mom and Ms. Karen took Lot to the Museum. You have to check this out ...
Lot on Oz's Thrown
The good witch
Dorothy and Toto
HUGE Tinman statue!!
The lion ...
The Tin Man
The bad witch and the flying Monkeys ....
The Witch is Dead ...
After Lunch they did a bit of shopping before heading home because the weather took a cold turn and the snow and ice was headed their way .... Mom got me some really cool things. I even got something blue ... Well, kind of but I can't tell you right now or someone some where (Katie O) will want to hurt me ... (I am getting ahead of myself)
As for today I was busy, busy, BUSY! Making plans ... I took time to print out applications for the scholarship program to take to the local schools tomorrow. If You haven't done so yet Please purchase a 2013 Calendar of our animals and all the money goes to the scholarship fund. And don't forget we have the rope crosses that can hang in the garden too. I pray every day the scholarship program grows ... Anyway I worked on that a bit. Then I took time to finish a few half done projects. The PVC banner holders, The lucets for a workshop, Stuff like that ... We also did some running... I got the yarn for Mom to make a pet snuggle for "Katie O - Spaghetti O" (Dang it, that is part of tomorrow's Blog - Getting ahead of myself again ... )
Anyway, on the animals subject ... I don't know if I mentioned before but Buddy is Sick. Buddy is my 15 year old Manchester Terrier. (according to Doc he is 105 in Dog years) I have never known a day of my life without him. I don't know if I have really talked about what is going on with him but he is having breathing trouble. So far he has been on antibiotics .., Nope not infection of any kind. He has taken allergy medication ... Nope not allergies either. The only thing we have narrowed it down to is his heart or lungs and it not only will cost to much for a dog his age, with no really good results to come of it, but the stress of the tests could kill him because he is a biting kind of dog and he would have to be knocked out to do them.
Lucky for Buddy my Vet know's I own a nebulizer and he has got us on a treatment program to help Buddy breathe better. The truth is that I am going to have to make a very hard decission very soon and I am not looking forward to it. Until then I am going to keep him on his treatments .... So twice a day we put him in his kennel and cover it with a blanket to trap in all the medication so that he can breathe it in ... He is getting to hate that kennel ....
I stay with him through the whole treatment... Which is funny because when I was a kid doing treatments Buddy would be right there with me every 4 hours when I did mine.... Most the time on my lap.
When he isn't in the kennel the cats think it is just for them though ... Check this out ... One in, one on and one beside ...
Okay this blog is getting to long ... So I will have to hold off on the BIG - BIG - BIG news until tomorrow ... Here are a couple of clues though ... Katie O of Knitting on the fly, Me, and Fiber!!!
Today I had to go to work like every other Saturday but on the way home the snow and Ice started coming down. I had just turned the cattle back out on the back acres but with the temps dropping they had to be brought ack to the front so I could keep them off the pond if it froze. After work we did chores and then huddled in the house around the fire. Other then that we waited for Mom to get home with Lot ... We tracked the weather and kept her and Ms. Karen up todate until they got home safe and sound. Tomorrow I will post more about their trip but for now I am off to bed.