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10-20-2008, 10:39 PM #71
If my cat comes up dead I'm bringing home 2 more dogs!!:wink:
And one of them will be a pitt-lab mix, and I'm gonna shut it in the bed room after I remove all my stuff from that room!:smile2:
10-21-2008, 02:23 PM #72
Motion detector activated!
I don't know if sheila mentioned it anywhere else yet, but last night at about 12:30 or so, Kasha started grumbling. Long, deep throated growls. She never got up, but I told her to stop, but she wouldn't. When I'm not in bed, I usually tell her to go look, and she will go to the door, and alert me if there is someone actually there. Last night, I just kinda ignored her. I did look out the window into the driveway, but didn't see or hear anything, so I went back to sleep. Well, when I got up this morning, Sheila informed me that someone had stolen some of her Halloween decorations. :angry: A couple of pretty cool animated thingies. Next time the dog growls in the night like that, I'm gonna grab the shotgun, and head outside. I shoulda listened to her.
10-21-2008, 03:50 PM #73
They don't lie.
Matt: You had no idea and probably didn't give it a second thought. Like cats staring at boogie men in the dark dogs don't lie. How they hear as well as they do always has always fascinated me.
We have two outdoor dogs. Whether it's coons, deer, coyotes, fox or people they let us know. They actually, if you listen to them closely, have a different growl or snarl for each critter.
Amazing critters they are. I don't even think you need that scattergun. Let that dog tie into 'em. Uh, better ask Kenny about that.
Be careful, call the cops first then go out.
10-21-2008, 04:11 PM #74
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Hraven, my fierce protector and self proclaimed security expert, has been
skittish and barks a lot at night these last several weeks. I have an apple
tree in my back yard. Sorting through the grounded apples, I have found
some of them with bite marks no human would make. No. Not vampires
or any undead critter. Around three in the morning, deer sneak into town
and chomp on the grounders. Sometimes they almost finish one before
the watchdogs chime in with one another. Scares the deer and they
bolt. It's right there on the ground if you look at it. Helps if you read good.
10-21-2008, 08:15 PM #75
I could be wrong, but I doubt that, even if I gave her my blessing, Kasha would bite anyone. I could be wrong, and dogs know when things aren't kosher. Anyways, the way things are these days, I would be the one to get in trouble, and my dog would most likely get put to sleep. It's a sad day when dogs are not allowed to guard. :sad2: But for sure, the next time she does that, somebody is gonna wish they hadn't woke her lol.
Different growls. Yeah, she growls and grumbles every day. Whenever anything is going on outside. Usually, it's our room mate coming or going, or the neighbors mowing the yard. But you can tell she's not being serious. Last night was a whole different growl, long deep growl, but she didn't get up, so I didn't take her serious.
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10-23-2008, 06:37 PM #76
10-27-2008, 09:00 PM #77
John, Coltan's hamster died unexpectedly sometime Sunday. He had food, he had water, and he was alive and well the night before. He was less than a year old. I suppose things just die sometimes. How much do you charge to do a necropsy and tox screen? Should I freeze him before I mail him to you?
Also, the snake had his first square meal since he moved here. He also shed his skin. He seems rather testy. How much xanax should I give him? He's about 10" long, and weighs maybe an ounce at the most.
10-27-2008, 11:59 PM #78
So, I just watched on 'How it's made' about horse shoes. Now, I've been to Silver Dollar City, and seen the black smith do his thing. I just figured that with the advent of modern technology, that there was a more efficient means to produce horse shoes. From what I just watched, it's pretty much done the same way it always has been since each horse has unique hooves, and specific tasks for which the shoe must be suited. They said that the shoes need to be changed about every 5 weeks.
My question is...I see alot of horses around, but I don't see too many black smiths. There is an Amish community nearby, but surely not all the horses that I see get shod by the Amish. So, who does all this horse shoeing? How much can one expect to pay for a set of re-treads for a horse? Do they really get changed that often? Is there a more mechanized process that this show did not include, or it really all still done one by one by hand?
10-28-2008, 05:13 AM #79
So now you know.
Matt: Jumped on now 4 o'clock. Have a busy day. Will be back later with some input.
God, now we are going to get into horses, with snakes and gerbils thrown in.
10-28-2008, 12:00 PM #80
Hotshoe, coldshoe don't give.................
Them Gerbils should live to around 3 years old, 2-3 anyhow. Don't know what to tell ya. Two things maybe:
1. That Gerbil was already as old as the OTHG when ya bought it or
2. It saw that snake and died out of fear.
Can't help ya with your snake. Not my religion. I like 'em but I don't handle 'em too well.
A lost and losing art. Only becomes science when used for corrective shoeing for some anatomy or pathology problems. And then it is still an art. Some smarta$$ Vet can see a problem, but the Farrier corrects.
I assume the show you saw was making shoes from bar stock. Heat and hammer and anvil work. Hotshoeing. Gets a better fit in the hands of the right guy. Can be real ugly in the hands of a numbnuts who don't know coal or gas fired furnaces. And can't use a hammer and slaps too hot a shoe on a horse for fit.
Most of them now go coldshoeing. Premade shoes they tap out and align to the horses hoof after trimming. Lot of arm work here, using the heel, spike and a combination of both on that anvil.
Corrective shoeing can involve both. This is tricky stuff. Can ruin or make a horse.
Farriers are few and far between. I don't know of any combination blacksmiths and farriers. Used to be able to go to town, get a horse shoed and have a set of hinges made. Not any more.
Most travel a fairly large area. The good ones usually specialize in certain breeds of horses or horses used for certain kinds of work. If they are no good they don't last long especially with some of the more refined and expensive horses used now.
Shoes are changed about every six months if a horse needs them to begin with. Hoofs grow like our tonenails. After a length of time they drop the shoes if they are not worn out and trim the hoof back to the origional start.
Dirty, dangerous and very physical job. I give them credit but it would take a couple of cold days in He$$ to get me to do it.