Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
It's been some years now that local St. Louis communities have gone through the process of debating the pros and cons of residents raising chickens in their backyards. Agreements were reached and chickens have taken up space in many yards without much ado. Now the issue has crossed the river into Belleville where city officials will be discussing a proposed ordinance to allow residents to do the same.
There is so much material to be had on chicken farming in suburbs, all of it St Louis local, that it should not be difficult for Belleville alderment to reach an agreement to allow it.
"Residents and aldermen against the idea have said they are concerned about the smell, noise and diseases that come with raising chickens." This is a similar argument heard initially in most places but for the most part has been proven wrong as long as the city makes certain the ordinance has clear guidelines for chicken care. People who want to do this must understand it does take work, it's not like you can board chickens when you go on vacation.
No roosters is important as is some sort of screening along the property line and good up keep. But the east side is coming late to backyard chicken farming, it seems to have gone off fairly uneventfully on the St. Louis side.
Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/02/02/3036603/chicken-supporters-want-to-raise.html#storylink=cpy
Celebrated the 5th anniversary of our adopting him by taking him to Collinsville with me, the place his life began. I have to say, he has never been overly thrilled about going there, but does not want me to go without him either.
There he was at the door watching as I got ready to go to a Collinsville Progress meeting.
And, on the way back to St. Louis we went through Danny's Car Wash. His first time for this.
Five years ago today we adopted Ferdie from Dirk's Fund Golden Retriever Rescue and brought him to his new home on the seminary campus. January of 09 was a tough month for Ferdie after being dumped at a curb in a Collinsville neighborhood on one of the coldest and snowiest nights that month. From there people in that neighborhood got him to the Bilhartz animal shelter where Bob from Dirk's located him and took him to his place. Dale and I had seen him in the Collinsville shelter but Bob beat us to him. While at Dirks he was neutered and finally allowed to be adopted by us. He was with us 3 days when we realized he'd developed pneumonia and was back at a vet for treatment. But after recovering he settled in to his new home with great joy.
His early story can be found in the comments by Tracy in the first link, one of the neighbors who tried to get him in out of the cold after being dumped.
At Christmas I linked a bunch of Ferdie pictures for Bob to look at and see how Ferdie's life is now, and you can see them by clicking the Ferdie to Bob message at the top left of the blog page.
Last night Jay Leno had on a woman named Anastasia who owns a Jack Russell Terrier, a dog who has picked the Super Bowl winner the last two years and has a 75% correct rate over the years. He does this by popping balloons in the color of the two football teams.
This is one of the best things I've seen in a while. Of course it's been a hard January weather wise so maybe that's why this seems so refreshing. A neighbor of ours has a Jack Russell and I can totally believe what I saw in this video.
The horror! Not just purebreds this year in New York City, the Kennel Club will allow some mixed breeds. But for agility trials, not for show. I mean, they won't just let dog into the show ring. If they were were honest they'd admit that many of the purebred dogs who compete each year began their breed history as a mix of at two different breeds.
How was that for a sentence?
It would be nice if dog show officials would begin to see breeds like the Golden Doodle as just as worthy to compete in a category as say, the Golden Retriever.
Records kept from 1850 to 1890 at the Guisachan estate of Dudley Marjoribanks, first Lord Tweedmouth, near Inverness, Scotland, record the development of the original strain of Golden Retrievers.
Lord Tweedmouth bought "Nous" in 1865, the only yellow in a litter of black Wavy-Coated Retrievers. From a cousin living near Berwick, on the Tweed River, he acquired "Belle", a Tweed Water Spaniel. This now-extinct breed was a hardy type used for retrieving and known for their intelligence, courage, and ability in water. In two litters, Nous and Belle produced four yellow puppies. Later breedings incorporated more Tweed Spaniel and Wavy-Coated Retriever, and a red setter.
This is just one example, but most purebred dogs at Westminster do come from a mixed line of breeds way back in their history. One day we'll see the Golden Doodle or Cock a Poo.
Here's a picture of Ferdie's best friend Booj as a puppy. Now tell me this doesn't look as good as any pure bred.
I came over to Collinsville today with more than a little anxiety over whether or not the sub zero temperatures this week might have frozen our water pipes. It wouldn't have been out of the realm of possibility since our basement bathroom gets pretty cold. But thankfully everything is fine, water running at normal pressure.
But. Oh boy, the snow really drifted across our deck and driveway.
There's no opening the back door and it is really just too much to try and remove because the sun has begun to harden and soften until it is like moving a ton of bricks. But it is supposed to rain and that should help .
On the front porch snow was piled up but not nearly as deep as the back. I did see, darn it, animal footprints in the porch snow and a bit of what is most likely...RACCOON pee.
After Critter Control trapped and took away 19 animals from our property we still have them! What is the deal with this anyway?
Dale's fond of making fun of me when I moan about having to troop around in the bitter cold because Ferdie needs time to go out and do his business. "I need a dog", he sing songs to me, reminding me of my exact words 5 years ago.
So I have a wonderful dog who also needs bathroom breaks in the cold and snow, snow so high he can't squat to do his business so we keep wandering through the cold until he's forced to just use any old place. I feel sorry for him and other dogs who are up to their hips in snow and can't get a scent or or spot they're comfortable with.
It'll be nice when some of this melts or it warms up enough to be bearable outside. Today is currently minus 5 and will go down for awhile as the day goes and then up to maybe 0 according to the weather guys. But the sun will be out. Hurray.
It's been a long time since I've seen homes with dogs tied up or confined to a yard 24 hours a day, but there must still be dog owners who keep their pets totally outdoors. However. This is not the week to think they can take it because of their fur and all. Even the winter type dogs like malamutes etc don't function well when the temperature drops into the 20's and the coming days will be seeing sub zero temps.
So bring the dog in, at least to a garage or basement. Mayor Slay is also speaking for the local dogs as he warned at a press conference today that, "pets left out in bitter cold will be confiscated, owners "cited".