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BossStaysHomeDays (tm) Houdini

Morning rounds made. Actually, getting ready to go out for morning rounds, not quite dressed yet, and the Bros sound off. All dogs looking to the south east... towards where their mother is on a line because otherwise she's off to go see the love of her life, Michael. Michael is also the Bro's sire. Michael is also here, and he and Mudge are rather actively discussing the creation of more puppies.

Separate the star-struck lovers, call neighbor Miz Peggy to come pick up Michael. Phone rings before can dial same, it's Miz Peggy, 'Michael is likely on his way there, and I'm following.' Yes, well, such is indeed the case.

Right then, and once that's settled, rounds. Then Houdini and I load up in Forrest NissanPickup and head to Archer for feed. After laying in stocks for the feeder hogs (so called 'cause they're gonna feed her, eh?) and goats, lunch for meself. Then measurements of pavilion frame, break it down, load it up and off to S & K's place, primarily to use the power metalsaw in S's shop but also to visit with friends B for Bron and M. Bron is borrowing S's scaffolding to construct an extension on his and R's house. Are you confused about the tool lending yet?

M is helping Bron transport the scaffolding and also picking up his commission from S, a fold-welded (commonly called Damascus which is a mild misnomer) kukri. It's a big kukri, well balanced and truly a gorgeous piece of smithing. M is a freighter captain, who for various reasons (not the least of them being that piracy is still fairly rampant in Malasia and often his route takes him there) employs some Ghurka as security troops aboard his vessel. There is much more to the story than this, which is basically he treats them with much respect and on a couple of occasions has re-equipped them with locally made kukri after the Ghurka's were disarmed to serve as security aboard an Indian ship. (WTF, disarm the security?). He's frequently dealing with the same fellows. They've presented him with a ceremonial kukri; M wants to rock their boats with this commission piece.

Then cutting down some antler for pavilion buttons (tie-downs) and, once they are all cut, some coat buttons, leaving long enough pieces for S to use for fold-welded folding knives. So very cool!

Back to the Ranch, where the pavilion is set up to check all sizing, and the new sidewalls hung. It is looking quite servicable for the upcoming trip.

Soon time for evening rounds, feeding of the Bros, then feeding of the people. Not sure what we're having tonight. I just know it's going to be tasty.

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kasheesty
Mar. 2nd, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)

I don't comment much but I do love your Tales from teh Ranch! : )
madshutterbug
Mar. 2nd, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Why thank you, ma'am.
wedschilde
Mar. 2nd, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
ooooo. food.
singingnettle
Mar. 2nd, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
Do you want more puppies? If not, might spaying be in order?
madshutterbug
Mar. 2nd, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Puppies are a possibility. MizPeggy expressed an interest in one should it come to transpire, as Michael is also getting along in years now. Border Collies live longer than some breeds, longer than many in their size category. As for spaying, we've thought about it and are just as concerned because of Mamma Mudge's age; she came to live with us as an adult dog in 2004, at least four years old then.

The decision is simplified somewhat by an interesting quirk. Mudge will not stand for any other Dog than Michael. We've seen her discouraging other dogs when they've been positive it is Time.
singingnettle
Mar. 2nd, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Ah, well, all the literature says that dogs don't pair-bond. Apparently Mamma Mudge and Michael don't read the literature. :-)

Yes, I would think that 8 or thereabouts probably is old enough so that spaying would be risky. Is pupping a risk at her age as well?
madshutterbug
Mar. 2nd, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
Possibly. We'll see, first of all needs to wait and determine were she and Michael even successful at starting the process?

Michael may not be so atypical as Mudge seems to be. Don't have as much evidence there. We do have (between us and MizP) a lot of evidence that Michael knows when Mudge is receptive (shall we say?).
singingnettle
Mar. 2nd, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Well, Michael knowing when she's receptive is, as you say, not unusual. Mudge standing for only that one male...that is a little unusual! But I bet not unheard of. After all, their ancestors are animals that pair-bond.
fatfred
Mar. 2nd, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Glad the roof is working out.
I've been busy offline, just catching up.
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