A Bone to Pick with Equine Laminitis, or How Sophie Shore Spends Her Summers

This is Sophie. Sophie is pretty amazing. She is only seventeen, but she is passionate about horses and horse racing. Sophie is spending part of her summer holiday at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center doing equine laminitis research with Dr. Jim Orsini and Dr. Hannah Galantino-Homer. And if that were not impressive enough,…

Gardening Violence, or How Sunfish Makes Use of His Ridiculously Strong Lips

Alas, poor Nicky and her woes of gardening in Montana in the spring. Being English, she likely thinks of carpeted green fields studded with daffodils, crocus, muscari, friendly hedgehogs, and quaint talking bunnies. Then, of course, she married Barry and moved to Montana and spring has never been the same since. Now she has porcupines,…

Hulk Smash Hands, or You Don’t Want to See Me When I’m ANGRY!!

A couple of years ago, I was puttering through the toy aisle at Target, ostensibly shopping for our godson’s birthday but really wondering exactly what kids find enjoyable these days. I was not a typical girl (my Barbies tended to be missing legs or heads and have “interesting” hair cuts), so children’s toys and the…

Pearl before Swine…

This is Pearl. Pearl is full-blown border collie, papers and everything. While Pearl is bred and has the instincts to be a working dog, she is completely useless in that regard, much to the chagrin of the nice Oklahoma man who bred her. What Pearl does well: Chases squeaky toys in the house Swims in…

My Nephew, the Poo Swirler, or Why Sand Isn’t Good for Horses

Ah yes, a proud moment. My brother sent me this video clip of my nephew, better known as his son, helping him out by swirling an equine exam sleeve filled with poo. The questions I had likely mimic your own, but here they are nonetheless: Why is the nephew swirling poo? Does he swirl poo…

That Hot Pink Squeeze Chute: SOLVED!!!

You know you’ve created something of a monster when people go to livestock expos and start sending you photos of pink squeeze chutes. Like this one spotted by Becky Johnson at the NILE in Billings, Montana. Or this one that my brother found down in Waco, Texas. And it all traces back to Megan, who saw…

Showered with Love, or How Quilts and Cookies Make the Day

A very good friend had her third child in February of 2015. As you might guess, she and her husband were over-the-moon happy, and so am were all of their friends. At long last, one of my Austin friends is having a girl. (I have lots of nieces, and they are delightful, but they live up…