Friday, December 31, 2010
Beulah Park in Ohio is under the threat of quarantine. Several horses shipped from there have checked out positive for the equine herpes virus. EHV-1, which can spread quickly through the air, can cause death in some cases. Its symptoms include fever, nasal discharge, and neurologic impairment Thoroughbreds in training at Beulah frequently ship to Penn National (in PA), Charles Town (in WV), and Turfway Park (in KY). Veterinarians will make their decision by Sunday regarding the possibility of a quarantine.
If you go to a New Year's Eve party tonight, please have a designated driver who will pledge (and follow through) to drink no alcohol. Tonight is a night that is celebrated throughout the world, and mainly with alcohol and good cheer - please don't harm yourselves or others. Please do not drink and drive.
From Cenedi, Leofgifu and me, a wish to you for a Wonderful New Year!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
I laughed out loud last night while reading the Winter Weather Warning scroll at the bottom of the news screen - it was listing areas covered by the snow storm warning, and I laughed when I saw the listing of "Clear Creak," and not Clear Creek. - Have you ever wondered how some studies get their funding? Here are ten studies that I say go in the "Duuhhh" file: (1) The use of meth can harm an unborn child, (2) Bullies pick on unpopular children, (3) Smoking large quantities of marijuana is bad for your health, (4) Friendless kids are sadder than those with a lot of friends, (5) Men prefer casual sex to dating, (6) Teens who sit in front of the TV all day are heavier than those who participate in sports, (7) Eating less and exercising more is a good way to lose weight, (8) Caffeine affects childrens' sleep, (9) Children raised by gay couples do not have more problems in school than children with straight parents, and (10) Students who study abroad drink more alcohol than those who attend college in their native country. I still want to know how these people got funding for their ideas! Give me some study funding, and I bet I could knock your socks off with my findings!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Well, I finally enjoyed an entire day of pro football yesterday. The Redskins, the Colts, and the Broncos won; the Vikings play tomorrow night after the blizzard warnings in Philadelphia. Yesterday, Tim Tebow, the young Gator quarterback with all the records, made some new records at Invesco Field in Denver. It has been awhile since Broncos Country has this much electricity running through it based on the play and potential of one single player. But the power plant fueling Broncos fandom is on overload today due to the play, potential, charisma and electricity of quarterback Tim Tebow.
What I choose to do here is give you a “Dragnet” version (“Just the facts, Ma’am,” as Jack Webb used to say) of his latest start and first at home. Tim Tebow made just the second start of his pro career Sunday, and his first before the excited home denizens of Invesco Field at Mile High. Erich Schubert of the Broncos’ PR department provided the statistical analysis.
- Tebow completed 16-of-29 passes for 308 yards with one touchdown and one interception, finishing with a passer rating of 89.4, and had 10 carries for 27 yards and one rushing TD, leading the Broncos to a come-from-behind win in his first home start.
The 17-point halftime deficit ties for the largest in team history in a game the Broncos came back to win. Frank Tripucka is the only other quarterback in franchise history to bring the Broncos back from that large of a halftime deficit (he did it twice — in 1960 and ’62).
- Tebow’s 308 passing yards tie for the most in a single game this season by an NFL rookie.
- Tebow’s 308 passing yards rank third in team history in a single game for a rookie QB, and the most since John Elway had 345 vs. Baltimore on December 11, 1983 (ironically, that game was Elway’s first comeback win of his storied career).
- Tebow’s 308 passing yards are the MOST EVER for ANY Broncos quarterback, rookie or veteran, in 51 years, in his first career home start.
- Tebow’s 19.3 yards per completion against Houston marked the second highest average among all quarterbacks in the NFL in 2010 and ranks second, all-time, in Broncos history (with a minimum of 16 attempts; Jacky Lee accomplished the feat in 1965, 45 years ago).
- Tebow Sunday had his third game of the season in which he has had touchdowns both rushing and passing — this despite just two games as a starter. That stat is tied for third among ALL NFL quarterbacks, and Tebow is the only one of the three to have just two starts.
- Tebow led the Broncos on two 12-play touchdown drives in the fourth quarter against Houston. Prior to Sunday’s game, the Broncos had just one touchdown drive of more than 10 plays all season.
- Tebow had just one three-and-out series against Houston (Denver had 54 three-and-out series this season entering the game, averaging nearly four per contest).
- Tebow’s four rushing TDs this season are tied for second among all NFL quarterbacks, leading all rookies.
- Tebow’s third down passer rating of 139.1 (6-of-9 for 96 yards and one TD, with no interceptions) vs. Houston was the highest third-down passer rating by a rookie quarterback this year in the entire NFL (minimum nine attempts).
- Tebow Sunday became the first rookie since the NFL merger and one of just three quarterbacks overall to lead a 17-point comeback in his first home start.
Draw your own conclusions.
*** And, for those of you expecting something about critters, I'll make up for today's blog! ***
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Everything else went well, and the entire family made out like bandits in the present department. - I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with my kits, my family (and Suki, Boo, and Mona), and talking to my cousin Sarah in Wichita. All together, it was a splendid day.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
I've taken care of three households this morning, and given every critter a special Christmas goodie with their breakfast. On my way out, at 7 a.m., I saw one jogger, one person walking, and six other vehicles. During my return, around 9 a.m., I saw a bicyclist, a walker, and five cars moving. Boulder certainly slows down on Christmas morning!
Nedi is chewing on my right wrist, so I'm typing this left-handed. Lovey is looking at me with an expression that says, "I'm not sure what you're up to." She is curled up on the bed, while Nedi is stretched out on the desk top. They both got new toys and a new batch of catnip, plus chicken breast in broth for their breakfast. They've also had an hour's free time outside.
No matter your beliefs, or mine, I hope that this day and all that follow will give you pleasure, hope, love, and laughter. Have a wonderful time during these holidays!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I have a few e-mails I need to answer later this afternoon, but other than lazing around with the kits tonight, I don't plan on doing anything but read. Let's see... news wise.... Zenyatta, retired at Lanes' End Farm, finally had a day there with temperatures above freezing, and she was allowed to run free in her new paddock. There were farm personnel posted all around the 3 acre enclosure to ensure that she didn't hurt herself in her first outing. And she apparently had a ball! There is a video posted at The Bloodhorse website, (http://www.bloodhorse.com) if you'd like to see her play for the first time since she was broken to ride. ... The bombs at the embassies in Rome are frightening. Hopefully our postal service is being its usual, vigilant self. ... And how about the weather world-wide? Heathrow is getting back to "normal" after over a week of being closed due to ice, snow, and fog. The mudslides in California make my toes curl. And I'm quite happy for the Western slope to get all of the snowfall that Colorado's accumulating - 84 inches in Gothic, in Gunnison County (in 48 hours). I'm happy with just enough moisture to keep us out of fire danger!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Having fed and watered the Chandler chickens and rooster this morning, I have named the rooster "Topgallant Charley." Now I need to figure out the hens' names - two white, three black, and three red. Rosie and Remy were very happy to see me this a.m., and we went outside to harness up before leaving. Mona, my nephew's part pit-bull, is staying at the Snow house for a few days. She is not adapting well to having other dogs in the house. She has attacked Boo twice while inside, and now Boo runs when she sees Mona. The red kids met Mona through the fence this morning - Mona being in the west end kennel area, with Suki, Boo, Rosie and Remy in the back yard. Mona's hackles were up from the base of her nose to the tip of her tail. She is not a happy camper, poor thing. She's gorgeous - a rich red chestnut with black brindling all over her body - but she does not play well with other canines.
It's a little after noon, and 54 degrees outside. The kits are running in and out. The weather folks say that the wind will be picking up this afternoon, and that the night will be cloudy with possible snow showers after midnight. As the full lunar eclipse begins at 12:41 a.m. (MST), my chances of seeing the eclipse are very low. I'll be headed back to north Boulder this afternoon to put the chickens back in their coop for the night. Tomorrow afternoon, I pick up my rental car, and I add taking care of the Clark kits tomorrow evening, plus staying with Brandi tomorrow night. I'll be busy during the next week!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I attended Mimi's Winter Solstice party for a little over an hour - met some more dog owners and saw some old friends. I talked with two other women who had lived in Gainesville, and we had a blast discussing one ladies' trip to a wolf compound with her teen-age daughter. They stayed in a teepee, the temperature was below 10 degrees, and she (the mother) hadn't realized that wolves are nocturnal. She declared that she really deserved the Mother of the Year award for that Science Project trip!
And Tim Tebow was the starting quarterback for the Broncos today. The team lost, but they gave their hearts to the game. Tebow ran 40 yards for a touchdown, then threw a spectacular pass to Brandon Lloyd. Well, the pass itself wasn't spectacular, but Lloyd's catch was! The next score for the Broncos was a field goal - and the game was tied at 17 at halftime. That was when I had to leave for the party. I did not see the rest of the game - they lost, scoring only two more field goals, but no touchdowns. The final score was 39 to 23. As I did not see the second half, I don't really know what happened - but the guys played their hearts out in the first half. Go Broncos!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
It's 21 degrees outside, and the kits are sitting in the sun on the patio. The sun is shining brightly on the remains of yesterday's inch-and-a-half of snow, and it is quickly melting. I just had my hair cut, and during my shower this morning I found that my abscess has returned. (What a wonderful Christmas present!! - Not!!) I have decided to treat myself - with the load of houses and pets that I've committed to care for during the next week, I've rented a car for a week. That way, I'll be able to zoom around to some of my out-of-the-clients without it taking up hours of time on the bus and walking. I have the money needed, and I feel that I am worth it since it's cold and windy - and because my butt hurts!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
And I just found out that I was wrong about Michael Vick. He can legally become a pet owner once he ends his probation in 2012. Jelisca Castrodale, an NBC sports writer, feels that Vick should get the chance and prove to the world that he is truly rehabilitated. My comment is, "Can we make sure that she dies and is reincarnated as Vick's first dog after probation?" - I know. That is mean and reprehensible. But that is my opinion and how I feel about the situation.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Rosie, Remy and Lucy were their usual wonderful selves this morning. And I stopped in to see Lizzie, but she was apparently sleeping with one of the boys, and ignored my call (as long as she's getting better, I don't care!). Lovey and Nedi have had two play periods outside, and Nedi really wants to go back out, but I don't want to have to chase them down in my nightgown.
Let's see... I visited Finn and Skippy today, got their new food and feeding schedules, and the house key for next week's 26-hours of care period. I need to find out how much feed to give to Chandler chickens while I'm caring for them.
I just read about a "puppy mill" in Oberlin, Kansas being closed down due to an outbreak of distemper. Twenty-four pups sold through pet stores by this breeder in October and November all had distemper. The breeder was closed down and over 1,200 dogs were put down by intravenous injection. This is just so sad, and another reason why people shouldn't buy a "pedigreed puppy" from a pet store. Please adopt through rescue agencies, through humane societies, and through pet stores affiliated with humane societies. If you simply must have a papered, pedigreed dog, please purchase your dog through a registered breeder - where you can meet the sire and dam, and see how the pup is being trained and socialized. (And I was just horrified to hear that Michael Vick, the current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, made the statement that he would love to own another dog. My God, the man just got out of prison for breeding, training, betting on and fighting dogs! Thank goodness he is not allowed, as a part of his sentencing, to own another dog during his lifetime!)
And locals were excited today when Tim Tebow took most of the snaps with the first string during the Broncos practice. Kyle Orton is nursing bruised ribs, but is expected to start in Sunday's game. The local news station took a poll, and two-thirds of the respondents want the interim head coach to start Tim Tebow at least once before the season ends. (With the Broncos in the basement - again.)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I walked the red kids again today, but Rosie was a perfect little lady throughout our 95 minute stroll. Remy had a few barking issues, in which he just wanted me to pet him, but he should know by now that barking is not the way to get love. (He was abused as a puppy; beaten for barking in the basement where he was kept. I just tell him, "No bark" and ignore him.) Lucy was her normal, loving self and was happy for her lunch-time walk. One of the neighbors offered me some of her home-laid eggs, but I forgot to stop by her house on the way home to pick them up. - I received a very welcome bit of news from Lizzie's owner: the steroids seem to be working and Lizzie is once again ambulatory and eating and drinking again. (Hip-hip-hooray!) - The kits are running in and out, enjoying the nice warm weather while we still have it. Nedi has discovered the bag of duck and sweet potato treats for dogs - and he stole it, took it into the bathtub and gnawed the bottom out of the bag. As far as I could tell, he didn't actually eat any of the treats, but he had them scattered in the tub. - And I'll be taking care of good old Ooch this January; Connie is going to Mexico and I told her I'd be happy to care for the old man (he's 20) while she is gone. Have a good week!
Monday, December 13, 2010
I walked the red kids this morning, and Rosie led me on a merry chase when I turned her loose for a romp at the Snow house. As soon as I unhooked her lead, she bolted across the yard diagonally, sailed over the fence and disappeared. I saw her in Connie's yard, and called her. Rosie headed in the opposite direction. I ended up down in the dry creek bed, trying to get Rosie to rejoin me, and when she did appear, she was back inside the Snow back yard. She was covered with leaves and twigs were woven throughout her longer fur. She was a mess, but she was whole and happy. She certainly had me running around this morning! - With the weather as warm as it is, I've had the kits out and playing for the last hour. Lovey just came running in and she is completely covered with loose sand - I'll have to brush her before she gets on the bed. Nedi is chasing leaves that the breeze is blowing, as well as trying to sneak up on and attack Lovey. He doesn't seem to realize that he's no longer a little handful of kitten, and that a leaf does not hide a 6-pound body covered with long hair that blows and waves in the wind....
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
I received some bad news this morning from Lizzie's Mom. The Anatolian Shepherd was perfectly fine last week, but this week it seems her auto-immune system has gone haywire. Her face and legs and feet are covered with raw, open, weeping sores, and she can hardly walk. She was given a pain-killer, which they now have to wait to get out of her system, before starting her on steroids, in hopes that she will respond. It's terrible! Lizzie is a sweet dog and more than willing to do whatever you ant her to do - and she's a super lover, and likes to give you big licks on the arms, hands, and face. I hope she responds well and quickly to her new meds!
And I just received an e-mail from a lady stating that she had heard of me through a friend; and that she wants me to start taking care of the new puppy (possibly two) that she'll be getting for Christmas. I wrote back to her that I was extremely flattered to be offered the job just by word of mouth, but that I'm completely booked through September of 2011, plus for the Christmas Holidays through 2014. I really cannot, with a good conscious, accept any more clients and/or bookings. - And I never, in my wildest dreams, thought I'd be such a wanted person! It seems very, very strange to me.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Besides taking care of these five dogs, I've also been walking Rosie and Remy, walking Lucy for her mid-week days, walking Tessa and medicating and playing with the 3 cats at Lynn's. Not to mention spending time with my own kits. I can't wait 'til Sunday afternoon, when I can come home, watch football with Nedi and Lovey, and completely relax!
And I also opened two of my Christmas gifts from Florida this week - Kathryn knitted me a very bright snow cap, with a long tail and a snowy bobble on the end (which has received many compliments and questions of "where can I get one?"), and I opened Mary's gift which is a wonderful book about location shooting of old Western movies and TV shows, plus two DVDs shot on various locations. They are fantastic! Now I can look at a lot of the old films and shows, and figure out where they were filmed! Many, many thanks to my friends in Gainesville!!
Monday, December 6, 2010
News-wise: The local court disapproved ex-Professor Ward Churchill's bid to be re-instated at CU. He has vowed to take it to the State Supreme Court. ... After firing Coach Dan Hawkins, CU has now hired Jon Embree, a former Buff. ... The Denver Broncos just fired Head Coach Josh McDaniels - with no word on either an interim, or full-time, replacement. ... A local politician wants to set limits for driving under the influence of marijuana, much as the blood level alcohol numbers have been established. ... And Zenyatta said farewell to her legion of fans at Hollywood Park yesterday, and at Keeneland this evening. She arrived tonight at Lanes End Farm to begin her new life as a broodmare. ...
Lovey and Nedi have been able to go out and play three different times today. I'm beginning to think that the dog is only next door during the weekend, when the guy's lady friend is visiting... All I know is that my kits were extremely happy to be out and about this morning, afternoon, and evening without a large dog chasing them. (I go see the general surgeon tomorrow afternoon to see what he thinks about my recurrent abscess - it's still draining. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, 13 days since the last incision....)
Sunday, December 5, 2010
So, the BCS championship game will pit Auburn against the Oregon Ducks. I think I'll be rooting for the Ducks. My Broncos and Redskins lost, Favre got hurt and removed from the game on the third play today, - but Troy Polamalu saved the day. I cheer for number 43 on the Steelers team, as well as for Maurkice Pouncey (a Gator last year). I also cheered this evening when Big Ben got a bloody nose from Ngata. So I was cheering for the Ravens, and for the Steelers' center and safety. It was weird. And since Troy made the big play that allowed the Steelers to win, I guess the final score was OK with me. But I was extremely delighted to see Philip Rivers and his Charger buddies lose to the Oakland Raiders! Yahoo!!
The other afternoon, I was standing and chatting with Bernie, a neighbor in Githens Acres, when she called my attention to a crow following a squirrel. It seems she's had a family of three crows visit her backyard every afternoon since August. She also has a large squirrel population, as well as other birds, as she has several bird feeders and one peanut feeder especially for the squirrels.
The squirrels will sit at the feeder and eat their fill, then they will grab a nut and go bury it for later eating - you know, the thing that squirrels have done for time out of mind. Anyway, this crow family each picks one squirrel each day and follows it on the ground at a range of three inches to two feet behind. Once the squirrel finds the right spot, digs the hole, places the peanut inside, and then covers it up, the crow walks over and eats the nut. We watched a crow follow a squirrel for 10 minutes on Friday afternoon - the squirrel wove it's way in and out of the chain link fence, down a side of the yard, and then crossed the road to plant the nut beside the Silver Lake Irrigation ditch. Of course, the crow was following right on this squirrels' tail - literally - and it very happily ate the nut. Since Bernie provides nuts for the squirrels year-round, at least these guys won't miss what the crows are feasting on once the weather gets worse!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
I have already walked Tessa, played with Lilly and Lyra, and I searched for Dhisana, but never saw her. When I let my kits out this morning, I was surprised to have them run back inside, followed by a large dog muzzle that, luckily, the door didn't open to. It seems my neighbor has adopted a large dog, and ties it on a very long rope on his patio or to the aspen trees by the back fence. I now have to check and see if it's clear to turn my kits out. - But maybe Lovey will learn that it is not nice to be on the end of bullying....
Friday, December 3, 2010
Tomorrow and Sunday I'll be walking Tessa and playing with the three kitties that are her housemates (Lilly, Lyra, and Dhisana), and tomorrow afternoon I'll probably end up with Rosie and Remy. The Rs' parents are hoping to get away for the day.... I just took bookings for a client for one week each month through May, and another client has asked if I'd house sit for 6 to 8 weeks in June and July. Then there's the Rs' family summer vacation, too. I'm almost fully booked through next Christmas. And, of course, I am booked for Christmas and New Years' through January 5, 2014. I guess I'm doing something right. I need to take photos of all my clients for Christmas, and it was Nedi's 8th-month birthday on Wednesday. I need to get photos of him and Lovey wearing their collars and tags. - Have a great weekend!
Oh! And my granddaughter, Kennedy Grace Devine, is in the running to be a Gerber's baby. If you can find the time, please vote for this little cutie on the Gerber website, found at: http://www.gerber.com/photo/#/gallery There are literally thousands of entries, but you can narrow things down by entering the name Kennedy and the city of Brandywine - that'll get you to the photo and page to vote for my littlest grandchild! - Many, many thanks !!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Today would have been Ray Walston's birthday. I loved him when I was a child in My Favorite Martian, and in later life as Judge Bone on Picket Fences. But I will always remember him best as Luther Billis from South Pacific. As a Navy brat, he became my favorite Sea Bee.
I just finished reading Bernard Cornwell's The Fort, which totally captivated me. I had, of course, known of Paul Revere from school and history. In doing some of my historical background research for my family tree, I had read of Revere's being court-martialed for cowardice in what was referred to as "the Penobscot Bay fiasco." Wow! This novel is fantastic! It explains why there was such a fiasco, and gives a very clear view of all of the characters' personalities. I have always enjoyed Mr. Cornwell's books, and once again, I doff my hat to him for writing such a cohesive tale. He did change a few things, and he admits that in the historical note at the end of the book, but it takes nothing away from the story. One of the main characters in the book is Brigadier-General Peleg Wadsworth, who likes and supports Colonel Revere in the beginning of the book, but whom Revere directly disobeys in the final chapter. Peleg Wadsworth was not impressed with Colonel Revere as a soldier or an artillery commander. Both were family men, and Peleg's daughter Zilpha was the mother of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who wrote the poem making Paul Revere such a well-known patriot. ... It deserves a pondering.