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Comment by kathy: ky on September 2, 2015 at 7:49pm
Joan, my dogs have always grieved when one of their companions has had to be put to sleep. Sweet E, my Boston terrier, grieved for a month when my gson was able to retrieve his dog from our care after he fostered with us for six months.
So I was taken completely by surprise when she turned on Jack when he came here to live. She's warmed up to him a lot but still seems more reserved than she was with Sam, her prior mate, or Patton her foster brother.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 2, 2015 at 5:48pm
Kathy, I agree with you about puppies. I am too old for tending to their needs and don't enjoy their energy.
Laura's dog, Dominic, is now three years old. We got him from the Animal Rescue Center in Priest River, and he was not yet a year old. He was very shy at first and didn't like brooms or sticks. He is over that now. He still does not like vacuum cleaners, but neither does our human one-year-old, Brooklyn.
Michelle's big English pointer, Zec, is hyperactive, as is Michelle. He is the perfect dog for her.
Michelle's other dog is a Pom/Chihuahua, full of energy, gets into trouble in the forest. He lost an eye, probably ran into a branch and poked it out. He took on a friend's Rottweiler and received a very deep fang wound to his throat. Another injury involved fangs and claws, probably a cougar. He was gone for several days before he came home; all chewed up.
Teddy was a beagle I loved; he disappeared with no sign of him or his dog tags.
They have lots of cats to keep the mice and mole population down. They all follow me around, probably because I carry little snacks for them in my pocket.
The chickens are fun! I feed them daily with scraps from the kitchen. They have become quite tame with me.
Wildlife, of course! Deer, cougars, crows, several kinds of finches and hawks. Life and death occur before our eyes. I wonder if the dogs and cats and chickens have a feeling of grief when a companion dies.
Comment by kathy: ky on September 2, 2015 at 3:46pm
I adopted a seven year old beagle/jack russell mix to thin out the moles. He's done a splendid job.
I prefer older dogs. They need a good home and my puppy training days are far behind me. Puppies are like toddlers. Constant attention and entertainment is required.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 2, 2015 at 11:11am

Daniel, when you live in "farm country", you don't need raised beds, although it is tempting to try. I'm just too lazy. Really not. It's just that my motto is "keep it simple". That's why I'm so impressed with what you and others do.  Did I ever mention my final mole total was 9? Haven't seen one in ages. "Piney" squirrels, too, totaled 9. And they've been deported. Maybe that's what I've needed--a "Trump wall".

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 1, 2015 at 8:54am

Good luck, Randall. We've finally been lucky enough to get some rain here in the Portland area.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 1, 2015 at 8:40am

Good grief, my garden is a disaster. At least the corn stalks are down, potatoes and onions dug up, and lettuce patch cleaned up. That's only about a third of the area. I'll keep plugging away, but with temperatures forecast in the 90's for the next 2 weeks, I doubt if much gets accomplished.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2015 at 2:49am

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2015 at 11:20am

The terriblre fires devestate so many lives; my heart goes out to the people and property owners. The firefighters work so very hard under impossible conditions, heavy packs, high temperatures, ambiant heat and winds and losing ground hour after hour. 

Thankfully, Fire Dist 8 has not been called out. The few volunteer firefighters mean each Dist supplies what personnel they can and holds back the rest in case of fires in the district. One of the fires north of us had only 11 volunteer firefights until the state and federal firefighters arrived with a plane, helicopter, and personnel. 

The Gibbous moon and sun glow a brilliant red, day and night. Sunsets give a spectacular show. 

Each night, the volunteers who are not on the fires scout out for flames. They are easier to see at night. The daytime smoke is so thick we can't see any new smoke. I thought I saw a smoke plume across the valley and it turned out to be smoke from the fires already known.

Everyone has burning eyes, runny noses, sore throats and raspy voices. 

We now have 500 gallons of water in the greenhous fishtank and hoses strung all around the perimeter of the houses. We have a fire tender on the property that Laura drives when called out to a fire. Michelle and Jared (my granddaughter's partner) and Jacob (16 years old and taking Fire Science at school) both have training on how to use the water sparingly, effectively and efficiently. Larry, handicapped by polio serves as fire commissioner and supplier of equipment and refilling water tenders.. Zac serves as fighter and Laurie (my granddaughter) as provisions provider. She feeds and keep water buckets full for the firecrews as she cares for one-year old Brooklyn and my smaller great-grandchildren. Katelynn (14-years old) helps Laurie. The little ones act as go-fers. I serve as sous chef for Laurie. 

This amazing family works as a team, at home, in the Fire District, and in the community. I am very proud of each one.

Thanks, Chris, for blowing rain our way! Sadly, it works as well as prayers. It is the thought that counts. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 26, 2015 at 7:22am

Thanks to the smoke, we've had some pretty sunsets recently.

Comment by Plinius on August 26, 2015 at 6:55am

Looks horrible, Joan! *Blowing some rain your way.*


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