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What We Will Do For Our 4-legged Family Members

Posted by: Elizabeth Lane on 09/03/2012 - 3:48 PM

would cause the non-animal people to shake their heads.
I am in the house taking a break, getting out of the mid 90s+ heat, from a very arduous task of installing a thick HEAVY mat in my horse trailer. I got this on sale yesterday, it took 2 men to load it in my truck and it probably weighs as much as I do.
So, I pondered HOW am going to unload and lay this mat down on the trailer floor since yesterday. (I don't have any strong handy guys around).
My brain storm: hitch up the trailer, move it to where I have room to maneuver, unhitch it, chock the wheels, prop the trailer tongue on the cinder blocks I use for that purpose, prop the doors open with bungie cords, (as we have a good breeze today), back the truck up to it and tug, push and tumble and pull the mat into the trailer. They had it rolled and tied up with rope and it made it a lot easier. Once I got it positioned where I wanted it, I cut thee rope and let it unroll itself.
So, I LABORED on Labor Day, majorly.
Why? So the Equine Queen can ride in the trailer on a thicker mat in comfort.
What stories or idiosyncracies do you have to relate? (Believe me, mine is one of many; they have us so well-trained).


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Posted by: Wibada Photo on 09/03/2012 - 4:27 PM

I know the mats you speak of, and, yes, they are very heavy and difficult to move around. We did the same thing yesterday in a stall. Same hot weather (Florida) but two people. Bad part was these mats were mud covered from Isaac's outer band. YUCK! The tops were pretty dry, but they were mud-stuck to the ground. Nothing to grip.

After all the work, mats moved back in place, shavings in, smelled they better not muck it up right away!! Know what I mean?! :-)

But it is so nice to know the horses are happy!


Posted by: Dan Daugherty on 09/03/2012 - 5:38 PM

Here in Phoenix, in the summer, it really doesn't take much effort to make the dogs happy...Just open the pool gate and they become instant water Dogs.

This pic was in the winter when it was too cold for them...

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Posted by: Elizabeth Lane on 09/03/2012 - 5:59 PM

Oh yes, the joys of horse ownership........mine stands in the doorway, (as I have a come and go as she pleases shelter set-up), waits patiently for me to clean her shelter, rake it out/ fluff it up, and dashes in to "christen" it, by pottying.
@ Dan, Love gets a boat ride!
Thanks y'all! Very smile-worthy!


Posted by: Jean Noren on 09/03/2012 - 7:04 PM

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We bought a 300gallon pool just for our labs.


Posted by: Wibada Photo on 09/03/2012 - 10:26 PM

Jean, you are a dog owner who understands what your breed requires!! Classic images of the fun.

Dan, love the dog in the raft! Have to ask, though, how many times was a repair patch needed? ;-)


Posted by: Elizabeth Lane on 09/04/2012 - 8:35 AM

So, I am not the only person willing to go that extra mile/expense for the fur-babies! Love the photos, Jean. As hot as it has been lately where I am, that pool look refreshing.......and the dogs are obviously loving it.


Posted by: Daniel Rauch on 09/04/2012 - 10:26 AM

lets not forget the family members with fins ..... my fishies love me :), or at least the giant hand that brings them food lol


Posted by: Elizabeth Lane on 09/04/2012 - 11:43 AM

Daniel, I used to have gouramies(sp?), Angel fish and black mollies......who LUVED their frozen brineshrimp hand-fed. Nasty slimy stuff but the fishies went crazy over it, sometimes "nipping" my fingers in their excitement and feeding frenzy.


Posted by: Dan Daugherty on 09/04/2012 - 11:53 AM

Jean... Awesome Pictures..Really!! I Love them!! Pasha looks like she is reflecting as well...Thanks for sharing those...They brightened my day!!

Wibada... LOL... The bottom of the raft is flat for sure, but it still floats with the main part being intact.

Awesome Pics, Elizabeth...Thanks for this thread!!


Posted by: Daniel Rauch on 09/04/2012 - 11:59 AM

I have 5 glass catfish 6 marbled hatches(flying fish weeeeeeee) 3 ottcinclus's (sp?) 2 feather fin squeakers which have turned into giant sea monsters and 2 banjo catfish, there existance can not be verified lol, actually, i did notice one of thems little snouts poking out of the sand the other day but thats the only sign of them i've seen in months lol.


Posted by: Elizabeth Lane on 09/04/2012 - 12:09 PM

Aquariums are fun, and SO relaxing to watch, especially at night, with just the tank lights on. I enjoyed watching the fish swim around and interact with one another. I rather miss having one.
Is yours a salt water aquarium, Daniel?


Posted by: Dan Daugherty on 09/04/2012 - 12:13 PM

I bet I could get used to having some fish around... I remember an article about the ugliest creatures...As weird as it looks, I think this Blobfish is kinda cool....Almost looks like a human...


Posted by: Elizabeth Lane on 09/04/2012 - 12:19 PM

Is this for real, or a hoax???? It was in I can't read what it said, Dan.
I don't know......I'll take my black mollies, gouramies and angel fish, instead, LOL.


Posted by: Daniel Rauch on 09/04/2012 - 12:32 PM

I do a fresh water community tank(meaning most of my fish are schooling types) , it really helps finding fish that get along lol. and yes, I do find it way relaxing, especially if the hatchets are 'frolicing' lol

Dan, there addictive really, the one thing that gets most people though is the maitanence, its not that bad but you can't just put them on the shelf and feed them, there little habitats need care :) . seeing as your as hands on as to be a sculpture I'm betting a tank maitenence wouldn't even phase you :) , especially if its a frsh water tank. The big prices are all up front on fish tanks .....


Posted by: Elizabeth Lane on 09/04/2012 - 2:45 PM

Intially establishing the habitat was the most work, I found. Such things as proper Ph levels, water temperature, the filter system operating properly, having to change the water often at first......adding the fish once you have the habitat established......then it's just maintenance, once a month.
But, on to the other critters.......
My kitties only like certain kinds of food.....not the cheap store brands.....Nooooooooo. Fortunately it's not the expensive variety either. So, of course through thick and thin [wallet], they get what they like to eat.


Posted by: Dan Daugherty on 09/04/2012 - 3:18 PM

Elizabeth...Nope...a real fish...Anthough not seen often by Humans... Gust google it...

I maintain my pool, so a Fish pond or aquarium shouldn't be too hard... I think I'll keep the sharks out of my pool though...LOL Dogs might get' em...LOL


Posted by: Daniel Rauch on 09/04/2012 - 3:23 PM

if you maintain a pool an aquarium will be nothing, especially if you consider the air conditioning :)


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