I've been thinking lately about traditions. I suppose it's expected, because in less than five months we'll welcome a tiny new member to our family and spend our time showing her (I'm just going to go with "her" for now) around this place, introducing her to the people who love her and teaching her about the things that make up our everyday lives.
Before Charlie, I never had a dog in the house. I was raised with farm dogs. The ones who chase cows, nip at their heels and roll in manure. Dogs who drink from the lake, cattle tank or puddles in the yard and eat cheap dog food straight from the ripped open bag in the barn.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- There are jobs at the ranch that are truly enjoyable at times. Fencing is generally not one of them.
Fencing at the ranch involves wood ticks, nasty brush, a kazillion horse flies, barbed wire, pliers and a lot of bending over.
As our beloved American flag flies high this weekend and the fireworks light up the night sky, there’s a special group of people in our communities I want to honor. Without skipping a beat, they respond to a call for help. Sometimes there’s a happy ending; sometimes it’s sad. Through it all, their attentiveness is comforting and commendable.
FARGO-Kids from across the state recently converged on North Dakota State University's campus to, among other things, compete in a cook-off using products grown in North Dakota.
The mostly girls and some boys were taking part in the 4-H Extension Youth Conference.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Well, wedding week at the ranch has come and gone. The relatives rolled in, the fences got painted and the ever-changing weather forecast had mercy on the couple hundred people who stood under a big, blue beautiful sky at the ranch in front of the red barn to celebrate love.
TOWNER, N.D. — There are plenty of modern contraptions on the ranch that make our work easier and, mostly, I’m glad to have them. Especially when they work. When they decide to quit running, it’s frustrating, but sometimes the change is an uninvited gift.
Depression is a very real problem for many farmers. Usually farmers and ranchers don’t like to talk about feeling depressed except when joking around. Like, “These prices sure make me depressed.”
There are many kinds of depression.
Dear Dr. Fox: I recently acquired a female Chihuahua from Canine Castaways. She is 5 years old. She can be very timid but gets quite vocal and aggravated when my husband gives me something or touches me.
One vital dimension of marriage is that it provides the sense of security we need to face the major problems of life. It is like having someone in your corner when life gets overwhelming – someone you can turn to for comfort and support.
Dear Dr. Fox: My male Persian cat (a rescue cat) was neutered when he was over 2 years old. He has had oxalate stones removed twice in the past two years. He was thoroughly examined by a veterinarian internist/specialist.
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