Archive for May, 2007

Dove Cloud

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Chris took this incredible photo of what appears to be a dove cloud floating inside a halo of light.

Wild weather

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

We have been experiencing some wild weather for the past two days, including rain, sleet, golfball size hail, a dirt storm, and wind so strong that we lost the horse shelter and a corral panel. The shelter was picked up by the wind and carried over the shed where it landed on the fence line. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

During a power outage in the evening we were witness to another spectacular New Mexico sunset.


A day of firsts

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Today was my first “real” experience milking a goat, and it was Sherry’s first time being milked, so considering all the things that could have gone wrong we did a great job. I only got a cup of milk from her, which isn’t unusual due to being her first time and my first time, and not counting the milk that sprayed on me, my clothes, and the side of the bucket. Over time I will develop better technique, aim, and Sherry will know to let her milk down for me.

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Another first………….cattle herding! Our part-time neighbor and his mom came home last night and closed their gate, not knowing that three cows had visited and stayed while they were at dinner. Little Bit and I played City Slicker and attempted to go in and herd the cattle out the gate. Easier said than done, but eventually (with Terry and his mom on foot, and Chris on the quad) we got the last one out. Little Bit had a blast, even though I am sure she was annoyed with my inexperience in all things cattle. Sometimes I sense she is rolling her eyes at me.

TGIF!

President Signs Animal Fighting Bill Into Law

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

An email I received from Humane Society of the United States:

Today President Bush signed the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act into law. This is the culmination of an almost six-year campaign by The Humane Society of the United States and our allies to enact meaningful federal penalties for animal fighting.

The law takes effect immediately. It provides felony penalties for interstate commerce, import and export related to animal fighting activities, including commerce in cockfighting weapons. It will make it much harder for criminals who engage in dogfighting and cockfighting to continue their operations. Each violation of the federal law may bring up to three years in jail and up to a $250,000 fine for perpetrators.

We are fortunate to have had steadfast Congressional leadership on this issue. But this campaign would not have been a success without your tireless efforts. Thank you again to each of you who sent emails, made phone calls, wrote letters and visited your federal legislators on Capitol Hill and in their home districts.

This victory reminds us to never to give up, and that there are rewards for compassionate action and perseverance. Please share this tremendous news with others and let them know that you had a part in making it happen.

Sincerely,
Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

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