Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Guess what? Can you guess? Huh, huh?

Posted Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 9:49 AM
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  • Steve; you have a good heart, but you cannot house all the world's cats!

    -- Posted by lazarus on Sun, Aug 20, 2017, at 9:31 PM
  • While I love all the critters, I know it has to slow down. I feel like I am on a sled heading downhill with no breaks.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 21, 2017, at 7:40 AM
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    Maybe you could put them in a box and sit outside the gate to the horse show and give them away.

    -- Posted by fair share on Mon, Aug 21, 2017, at 8:08 AM
  • Already have my box of apples and pencils but can't give them away. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 21, 2017, at 8:12 AM
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    Maybe the cats could eat the apples? And you could try to grind up the pencils to use for litter.

    -- Posted by fair share on Mon, Aug 21, 2017, at 5:41 PM
  • Not sure about the apples but litter material is good all the time. I just used 40 pounds for the garage cats alone this week.

    How about fish, gold fish? Anyone ready to have an instant goldfish pond? Gotta have it ready when you pick up but we can spare 30 of mixed age. They're all healthy. ;-)

    I ahead of you on this one, not feeding them to the cats. :-)

    What would I do without emoticons or their typed equivalent?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 21, 2017, at 6:28 PM
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    Why not just eat them? But be sure to take off your raccoon coat first. Could get messy. 🍴

    -- Posted by fair share on Mon, Aug 21, 2017, at 8:49 PM
  • I guess our two dogs keep raccoons from raiding the pond. We might lose one fish a year to what appears to be natural causes but one dog is free to roam and the other's leash reaches to the pond so she can go swimming.

    That does not stop them and the opossums from cleaning the cat's dishes most nights. The raccoons love to wash their feet in the water dishes and often carry the dishes to private places so they can eat out of public view.

    Never had a raccoon caught by the dogs but opossums are a different matter. I have to rescue one of them every few weeks. Spotty would kill it but PITA usually just takes satisfaction in keeping it "playin' possum".

    Both incessantly bark however, so I have to go out at various times of night to shoo them away. Sometimes that means picking it up in a grain shovel and carrying it to the edge of the yard. My favorite ones walk away once the dogs are called in, or when I walk toward them.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Aug 22, 2017, at 8:39 PM
  • While we are talking wildlife, Steve, We had a nest of Carolina Wrens hatch out in the back porch nesting box this morning. It is the third nest of the summer, and the latest we have ever seen babies. It is truly amazing. This morning they were smaller than the last joint on my little finger. But they will fly off fully grown in 12 days... one reason we have no cats. I like my wild birds. (the other reason is that the Big Dog just can not tolerate cats)

    -- Posted by lazarus on Tue, Aug 22, 2017, at 9:34 PM
  • I never realized Carolina Wrens laid such small eggs. I wonder if that fast growth has ever been documented with time lapse photography? Amazing isn't it.

    Our dog Spotty has a similar issue with anything that runs swiftly. She can love on and lay with the cats who move slowly,but if one panics and darts away, her hunting instincts kick in and the chase is on.

    That hyper-drive sadly affects our other dog as well. We used to put a muzzle on Spotty so she could run free but one day they teamed up on a cat that was one of the semi-feral bunch.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Aug 23, 2017, at 10:27 AM
  • I am sure the bird that laid the egg did not think it was small at all! The wrens are tiny birds (with big voices.) By last night it looked like the chicks had about tripled in size. Did you know that birds have special growth plates in their bones to accommodate such rapid growth? One of the strong pieces of evidence that birds are actually the surviving dinosaurs was the fossil evidence of the same sort of growth plates.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Thu, Aug 24, 2017, at 7:26 AM
  • Did not know about the growth plates. Might that be so they grow fast or succumb o their environment?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Aug 24, 2017, at 8:11 AM
  • For birds the accelerated growth enables them to produce fully grown young in a matter of weeks. When you have to go through the entire reproduction cycle in a single season, it is the only way to survive. With dinosaurs it was necessary in order to attain such enormous size. Dinosaur eggs are big, but not in comparison to the size of the adults. At a normal rate of growth it would have taken them 100 years to grow up! (100 is not a precise figure)

    -- Posted by lazarus on Thu, Aug 24, 2017, at 8:57 AM
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