Donna Lynn

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Gaurī Rasp wrote:…when he gets a squirrel he becomes very possessive. If we come close he’ll pick it up & carry it further away then lay down next to it, nudge it or lick it. But mostly he’ll just lie next to it….for LONG periods of time. Weird!  

My boy Bear does the same thing with his catches.  He caught a tiny baby bunny about the size of a man's fist the other day, and messed around with it for so long that it managed to get away, LOL!  Most have not been so lucky.  I think I'm glad he does that though, as one time he caught one of my almost grown hens and brought her into the house through their dog flap.  He was playing keep away with his brother, and with me once I saw what he had, and thankfully I managed to get the poor girl away from him undamaged (physically that is...)   The hen had managed to not only fly over her own fence, but also over the dogs' 6' high fence (I have a climber) to land in their section of the yard.  I had to literally pry Bear's lips away to get him to release her, then as she scrambled behind a chair against the wall, I was able to order both dogs outside and lock their flap.  The hen waited patiently (or cowered in terror, I may never know which...) for me to pick her up, gently check her over, then reunite her with her flockmates.  

I think this playing behavior is something domesticated dogs (those who are fed by humans) do because while they may have a strong prey drive depending on their breed, they don't need to eat their catches to survive.  I can't recall ever seeing adult canines in the wild playing with their food before eating it.  Same with cats.  Ferals usually catch and consume their prey quickly while pet cats who are fed tend to play much more.  I had to actually train my cat (RIP Nandi ❤) to eat his kills so as not to waste the lives he occasionally took.  
1 week ago
Here are our current boys, now a little over 3 years old.  They're terrible with the chickens, but they do raise a fuss if a possum or other predator comes anywhere near.  They will always expect to be lap dogs, LOL

1 week ago

John F Dean wrote:My Australian Shepherd would very gently remove the lettuce without disturbing the bun and then down it.

LOL, reminded me of Petey Pup, a young Norweigan Elkhound we adopted when his retired owners decided to hit the road in their RV with their tiny dog only.  When I would make "broccoli cheese spuds", steamed broccoli florets over boiled and smashed potatoes, smothered in homemade cheddar sauce, Pete always wanted to lick the plates.  One time my man left a little broccoli floret on his plate amidst the sauce he left on purpose for Pete.  Pete scarfed everything down off the plate, worked his mouth for awhile, then spit out a perfectly clean broccoli floret onto the floor!  
1 week ago
When I was young and foolish and somehow thought that buying an old dilapidated school house to fix up was a good idea because it was cheap, I met Sassy, a rust-colored, wavy-coated Chesapeake Bay Retriever.  She was owned by the neighbors of the old school, but always came over to see me when I showed up to do some work on the place.  

One nice sunny day I had a small-footprint scaffold set up to work on the second floor metal window frames (glass was already out) when she came over.  The scaffold had been salvaged and reworked with an old restroom partition bolted to the top of the safety railing as a work platform to give me the necessary height to reach those high window frames from the ground.  I was on the scaffold and she could see me.  She ran into the door that I'd left open, ran up to the second floor, and greeted me enthusiastically.  But that was not enough.  Within a few minutes, she came flying out of one of the empty window frames (4' off the floor) and landed solidly on the scaffold, sliding a bit and nearly knocking me off!  She leaned against me, not in the least afraid, but excited, looking all around, whacking me with her really heavy tail, and just all around preening at her achievement.  

It was not as easy to get her to come back into the building, but I managed it.  
1 week ago
Just thought I'd add this about the "shelf life" of the aloe gel, or aloe gel mixture in the above video:

How long is fresh aloe vera gel good for?
Fresh aloe vera gel extracted from aloe leaves is generally good for:

1 day at room temperature
1 week when refrigerated
Up to a year when frozen

The above was cut and pasted from an online search.  I watched the video mentioned above about the aloe-honey-cinnamon mixture.  Honey and cinnamon powder last practically forever, so aloe gel was the determining factor in shelf life.  Now I know to use it within a week if I keep it in the fridge, and freeze it in cubes or smaller bits for longer term use!

Great thread and great contributions people!
1 week ago
The animation is great!  Easy to follow.  I'd make each piece of timber a slightly different shade of "woodtone" though, so that at the ending it is easier to tell where one piece ends and the other begins.  other than that, wonderful!

Someone mentioned not being able to follow your writing since it disappeared too fast, but I didn't even see any writing!  
2 weeks ago
Kristine, if you do get a cow, guard your bag because they will try to get food out of it just like the elephant (although perhaps more clumsily!)

Many years ago I was visiting a farm animal rescue facility with a group.  At breakfast that morning I had grabbed a banana and stuck it in my tote bag for later.  We visited a rescued cow who was quite friendly.  I went up to pet her, and she started rubbing and pushing on my tote bag with her nose.  I said "All I have in there is a banana!  Nothing for cows!"  She kept nosing the bag, and it was getting all snotty, so I took out the banana and held it out for her to sniff.  "See," I said, "it's just a banana.  Cows don't like --"  **CHOMP**  
My banana disappeared, unpeeled, into her mouth.  Her eyes got wide and she looked like she was in cow heaven as she slowly chewed the whole thing up and swallowed it.  

Horses will also eat unusual things, given the chance.  I worked at a boss's home and at lunch time went out to hang with his kids' horses some days.  One day I was eating an orange and one of the horses in a stall reached out to sniff.  I peeled one segment off and offered it on my flat palm.  The horse sniffed, gingerly took it, chewed once and spit it out with the most hilarious expression on its face!  Then after about ten seconds or so of making funny faces, the horse recovered and reached down over the stall door toward where the segment had fallen.  I said, "Oh, now you want it?" and picked it up, brushed it off, and offered it again.  The horse took it and ate it that time.  Their two horses would follow me all around the paddock if I had an apple in my pocket, and would nudge me around with their heads if I stood still, until I gave up the apple.  Fun times!
1 month ago
Good thing I was not that little girl who got the toy RMH... I would be cutting up toothpicks, loading that sucker up and lighting it to warm up my doll house!
1 month ago
Why was this post put into a tiny ad today, 4-27-2024, when it is about a product that is no longer available?  Was gir-bot too busy eating tacos to do its job properly?  Hmmm???
1 month ago
This may not be super easy the first time you do it... but I choose a commercial dressing that I like, then I read the ingredients on the bottle of my favorite brand.  Then I play with those ingredients at home (organic versions of course!) and sub out any overly processed items or other things that I don't want to consume, such as dairy or certain oils.  Make a small batch and play with adding more of different things to tweak the flavor.  The order of ingredients on the bottle gives you a baseline of what to use more of (they are usually listed in decreasing order of the quantity contained in the product.)  Blend everything up, saving any ingredients you want to stay chunkier to mix in by hand at the end.  

For my all-time favorite, Kraft Thousand Island, I recall using organic cold-pressed olive oil as the base, and added things like quick-pickled minced cucumber in raw apple cider vinegar with a little natural sweetener, nutritional yeast to replace the cooked egg yolk flavor, tomatoes (some fresh, some sun-dried, as needed to get the right consistency), seasonings, etc.  It turned out pretty darn good although I haven't made it in years since I haven't been raw vegan in years.   But you can do that with any commercial dressing you enjoy, and make it yourself from ingredients you feel good about consuming!  Once you tweak the recipe to your preference, write it down, and making that dressing from then on will be much easier.

With homemade dressings, unless you figure out a good natural preservative to add, they don't last very long in the fridge.  Some will freeze well and others may not, so experiment and you may find recipes you can make large batches of which will make things much simpler for frequent salad eaters.  Either freeze in ice cube trays then put the cubes into a larger airtight container in the freezer, or freeze in containers that will hold enough to be used within 3-4 days once thawed.  

I'm looking forward to some salads now!  I had an awesome recipe for a raw vegan Caesar dressing (using pine nuts instead of parmesan cheese) that was way better than any commercial Caesar dressing I've ever tasted.  I'll have to see if I can find that!
1 month ago