Archive for March, 2010

How to Embarass a Horse

amywink March 12th, 2010

Will has a very distinctive mane, very wild mountain pony-esque. And so we will have a “country turnout” no matter what–since he is hardly the Formal Morgan type. However, equine fashion dictates that his mane should fall on one side or the other and Will’s mane has a split. Halfway up his neck, his mane falls either to the right, or entirely forward, while the bottom half of mane lies quietly to the left. So this past weekend, Lisa and I worked on making it fall entirely on one side by banding it together after adding a little hair conditioner.

And here are the results:

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Yes. I know. Very amusing. And it amused us as well–though Will was less than amused, mostly at having to stand so long for the banding.

And you know, it totally didn’t work. Next time, lots of gel.

Letting Go

amywink March 10th, 2010

I lost my lucky dog this week. We came to the end together and I made the decision to let go after a sudden and terrible seizure left him no longer himself. I’ve been reading Jon Katz’s blog and his recent comments on end of life decisions for our pets, which seem particularly timely as I knew Tristan’s life was coming to a close. It was the right time for both of us and I am lucky to have no regrets about my decision. But I remain sad and grieving for my 17 year companion, who was, as Edith Wharton said, “the little heartbeat at my feet.”

Tristan, rest in peace.
March 30, 1993-March 9, 2010.

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