On Christmas Day he was put down. He didn't eat on the 24th, and vomited in the early evening. I let him out side, but he didn't come back in. When i was ready for bed I went looking for him. He came out from under a rose bush and came back in the house. After I had gone to bed I could hear him vomit again. When I got up in the morning I could see he vomited up a blood clot and was bleeding from his mouth. I took him to the emergency vet. They wanted $3000 to look at him I put it on my credit card. They took X-rays and said he had fluid in his abdomen, and would need a ultra sound to know what was wrong. To get that I would need to drive to Marin where it would cost $1,000 and I could spend the night in a Hotel. I said I wasn't going to be driving down there, and I would leave my dog overnight for them to do the ultrasound the next day. They wanted another $2000 before I left. They asked me to call when I got home. I did. Then they called me back a little later and said he went into septic shock, and rather then let him suffer, they put him down. I went back on Tuesday and picked him up to bring him home and bury him. They gave me a $1,620 refund. He was the smartest dog I have ever owned. All my other dogs would let themselves in when they wanted to come in the house, but he was the only one that would open the door from the inside and let himself out.
I live on a coastal ridge on the Sonoma Co California coast. There hasn't been a frost here yet this winter. I live within a Homeowners Association and there are a few 40 acre parcels for sale. I have wondered if there might be folks looking for property that might be interested in moving into the wild. There are Mt lions and bears that show up now and then. Twice I have had a mt lion thin my flock of sheep. The coyote has taken a few too. The soils are quite radical. There is a hill behind the firehouse that is made of chert. That used to be the ocean floor where diatoms collected and were subducted and transformed under heat and pressure into something the Indians could make arrow heads out of. There is also an area on the ranch whee there is a lot of cobble. I thought it was part of an old river bed, but a geologist told me it was glacial moraine. Then there are big boulders 15 - 20' in diameter that made their way here from the Sierras. The San Andras Fault is just a couple miles to the West. And on another near by Homeowners Association there is rock that used to be a volcanic core. There are also sandy soils called Gold Ridge Cap. A type of soil that will support apple orchards without needing summer water.
Well, my best friend has died. He came into my life crawling onto my lap and chewing on my beard. The 25th he got into the truck, then out of the truck and walked to the door of the Vet's but resisted going in the door way. Two people had to come carry him inside. I don't post a lot on DU, but I just wanted to connect with some folks and share my life. Just over 6 years ago I was driving home from visiting my family after Thanksgiving and lost my partner of 40 + years. I didn't share that with DU at the time, but I thought about doing so several times.
Well, I guess I will close this and wish everyone a productive new year.
Eagle East, Coyote South, Brown Bear West, White Buffalo North, Great Spirit, Mother Earth and all my relations; Thank You for the Many Blessings bestowed upon me and show me the path to be a blessing myself.
someone sent me this info, thought I would share it.
Ghislaine Maxwell's childhood friend is Antony Blinken. He is the current US Secretary of State. Antony Blinken's father was Robert Maxwell's lawyer, Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine's father, was outed as a Mossad super spy in 1991.
Check this out:
An oil and gas drilling company from West Virginia is proposing to build a major energy storage project in rural West Sonoma County on part of our beloved Fort Ross State Historic Park, including building a rock breakwater within the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary adjacent to our California State Marine Protected Areas. Join us on Monday, July 17 at 9 am in the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chambers for a public hearing on our Local Coastal Plan, which enables our community to defend our coast from ill-advised destructive proposals like this one .
A friend sent this link and I thought I would share: Brazilian national anthem "Novo Tempo" played by the People's Army marching band at the grand reception for
President Lula in Shanghai
Just thought I would share some local news.
I posted in the lounge a few days ago, but it didn't get much notice. https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181625044
https://kpfa.org/event/dead-to-the-world-marathon-2/ Just thought I would give a "heads up" to the Grateful Dead fans. I always enjoy the marathons.
Is this the start of "The Blob?"
(I don't think I've been here before. I was looking for gardening, and found you first, but I think my story will fit right in here.)
My day, Nov. 12, 2020
I went down hill to town to mail a letter and get some wood chips. I saw there was section that was older and the leaves had composted nicely. I filled my pickup. Came home and was helped by Les and Mary putting it in the garden. They also found more Golden Chanterelles while I was gone. When I went to feed the Llama I saw she hadnt eaten the apples I had given her this morning and I proceeded to step over the fence and check on her. My second step didnt clear the fence. The fence is a very loose fence and it was pulled down as I tried to support myself with it while I landed flat on my back. And its like that isnt enough fun so the feeding box made of 2X6 redwood comes along and hits me in the head. Great, Im still alive and breathing. I roll over, get myself up, put the feeder back and continue to check on the Llama. She is fine, out eating from the abundance of green grass. I went into the garden and watered down a bed Angie and I had planted in garlic and lettuce starts. I dressed the seedlings with the mulch and had noticed the last two sunny days had dried out the top of the soil. I watered that just after sunset and got to see a few clouds brighten up the sunset and a planet light up in the sky
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