Friday, July 5, 2013

Follow-up Friday: Steve King, Farm Stories and More

I'm happy to be joining Heart Like a Dog in the follow-up Friday blog hop this week.  This is the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.  Hosted by FUF creator, Jodi at Heart Like a Dog and co-hosted this week by Jodi Chick of Kol's Notes.

First, something that just didn't seem to warrant a whole blog post.
Thankfully, Representative Steve King's proposed amendment to the US Farm Bill went down to defeat.  The amendment would have repealed existing state laws and halt future state efforts to mandate humane standards of care for animals.

It was aimed at California's recent law requiring all eggs imported into that state come from hens provided the same protections as California hens:  enough living space to move around, lie down, stand-up and extend their limbs.  [Most egg producing hens are crammed into cages with 3-4 other hens and only provided enough living space equal to an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper per hen.]

Ironically, the United Egg Producers, which represent the ownership of 95% of US egg-laying hens, was not even in support of King's amendment.

You may remember Steve King.  He's the same Congressman (from Iowa) who defended dogfighting and opposed a federal law to prohibit attendance at dog fights.

Now, for some follow-up...
Hope After the Storm - Oklahoma Tornado Pet Adoption Event July 13
This morning is the last chance to register for this event.  OK Humane will be drawing names for invitation recipients today at noon.

My Fox Trotter mare, Lady, with her newborn - hours old - foal, Ditty.
Cowboys and Rodeos: Dog Song Saturday
This song selection reminded me that a long time ago, I promised some farm stories here on the blog about our horses, cattle, ducks, geese, etc.  

Unfortunately, most related photos are either in another pc which refuses to transfer the jpegs to a zip drive or are not digital and I'm too lazy busy to scan them.   At any rate, stayed tuned.  Farm stories are coming with or without photos.

Cat Jewelry on Sale  and  New Dog Breed Pins
Thanks to all of the folks who took time to leave such lovely comments about my work.  I appreciate it!
I haven't blogged about my jewelry for awhile.  However, you'll see more posts like this in the near future.  Not only have some told me I don't talk about my For Love of a Dog jewelry enough, it is a mistake on my part not to, because it is a good marketing tool for my business.  So, expect to see an increase in shameless self-promotion here.

Monday Mischief: Vole Hunting with Rudy and Rosie
This was one time I actually had the camera ready and the good sense to use it.  What you're seeing here really is the relationship of these two at work.  Rosie is the queen.  She has Rudy wrapped around her little paw.  If Rudy was out there alone, as soon as he knew he'd been caught, he'd have slunk away.  

Rosie wants to hunt voles and "play" with them?  Fine by Rudy!

Keeping Cool
I have to say... Emma is right.  First ice cubes are something only dog moms can appreciate :-)

There will be Jolly ball involved in our 4th of July celebrating!

It is the early morning of July 4 as I write this.  Given the dog daddy's invalid status health issues, we're planning a quiet, lazy day.  I'm hoping it will be warm enough to swim because Rosie has a new float (which I'm hoping will work to induce her to leave the safety of mama's arms.)

When our neighbors begin World War III  shooting fireworks, we'll be in the house with the dogs, music or TV on to cover up the noise, draperies closed and filling Kongs.  I've got a stack of books I want to read, so I can hardly wait to start my holiday.  Hope ya'll had a good one!

That's my follow-up for the week.  Join the hop and let us know what you've been up to!


  1. Thanks for joining the blog hop Sue, great follow-up!! That rep King is a piece of work isn't he? I remember when he was against the dog fighting bill. It amazes me that he still remains in office. I'd like to see more people seeking food alternatives, looking towards their local farms, maybe then we could get some real change.

    Hope the dog daddy is feeling better and you have a peaceful and wonderful holiday.

    1. I can't even say what I think about Steve King in public, Jodi.

      Thanks for your kind wishes for the dog daddy. He's still dealing with his body's rejection of the stent he received after his heart attach a year ago and trying to avoid open heart surgery. He is one sick cookie.

    2. That really stinks! My mom had by-pass surgery back in 1990 and then 2 years ago (?) had a valve replaced. Man she had a hard time recovering from that valve replacement.

      Sending your hubby warm thoughts, good wishes and doggie kisses.

  2. Great FUF, Ditty is cute as a bug. Have a great weekend.

    1. Thank you, JoAnn. Ditty is a charmer and was the last foal my Lady gave me :-)

  3. I hope you all had a great day.
    I don't chase voles - I leave that to my cats, but it does look fun!

    1. Our cat, Skeeter, tells me she is in retirement, Clowie. Have to say, it was our previous cat, Petey, who kept our place free of mice and voles!

  4. Hope you have a great holiday weekend. My mom has to work but that's ok, we have friends staying with us so we can chill out together waiting for her to get back and play with us :)

  5. There was a time when I thought I had to see all the fireworks every 4th of July. Now I'm quite content to cuddle up with my dogs in a closed off room and catch up on summer reading. We do change, don't we?

    1. Jan, we do, don't we?! I really enjoyed my evening with the pups.


    I caught a break this year for the 4th. Most of my family was gone and no one forced me to sit in a field and be eaten by mosquitoes last night. It was AWESOME to lie in bed with a book and read, instead.

    1. :-D Thanks, Flea, for the encouragement! I've been putting them off... blaming "no photos" ... and thinking I'll find the time to scan some. No more. Farm stories are coming. That's a promise.

      I'm with you. AC comfort with the dogs... I didn't miss the fireworks or the mosquitoes! :-)

  7. That's good that his proposed amendment didn't go anywhere!

    Bring on the self-promo! :)

    Great FUF post. Hope you had a nice calm 4th! It was LOUD here for almost an entire hour because we live close enough to hear 8 different big fireworks shows, but luckily Rita did really well.

  8. Hope you had a relaxing 4th. I am also looking forward to the weekend. :)


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