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April 12, 2009


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The deer from yesterday look like white-tailed deer. I base this on my keen powers of observation that their tales were white. And they're pretty common.

I thought they may have been just young bucks that hadn't developed antlers, but those deer appeared to be lacking the necessary equipment for buckhood.

Hi, two thoughts on Fred's breath: (1) check his mouth to be sure he doesn't have anything wrong like an abscessed tooth or any other issues with his teeth or mouth, like a foreign object stuck in his mouth or growth of some kind in his mouth - though you would probably have found that during teeth brushing. (2) Have you changed his diet or treats etc? Maybe he's getting table scraps he doesn't normally get? It's my understanding as a dog owner (from what I've read etc) that bad breath is not really the norm for a healthy dog so it could be he's got something going on with his digestive system if his mouth looks good. I have read that bad breath can come from deeper down the pipes than the mouth. Since this seems to be a new issue for Fred, I would definitely look into it further.

I have read that dogs with things like abscesses may not be eating normally and that you can tell there is a problem, but I had a cocker spaniel who had an abscess and it was only discovered during a regularly schedule teeth cleaning one year. He never showed any sign if being in any pain and it certainly never stopped him from eating so I had no idea he had a problem.

Anyhow, that's all the pearls of wisdom I can muster after an afternoon with the in-laws. Hope it helps!

If you are driving up to Taos, you'll pass thru a town called Tesuque (sp?). It's a bit hard to find, but stop by the Tesuque Market for lunch or a snack. Terrific food, and I still think about the pumpkin empanadas in the bakery. Yep, they were that good. Enjoy!

Our beagle Lola recently came down with particularly bad doggy breath. We tried to brush her teeth more methodically and found a spot she didn't like us hitting that ended up being an abscessed tooth too.

We also give our beagles Greenies which probably won't help acute smelly breath, but seem to help with bad breath over the long run.

Jim writes, "Imagine being Joan and having to listen to all this inane chatter. Don't even get me started on the subject of why people back into parking spaces."

Well, you could always talk about insurance.

Btw, I always think about our discussion at dinner whenever I see someone backing into a space. Unless you can do it as quickly as you can pull straight in, and most people aren't even close, then don't. Can you tell I'm originally from NY?

You mean you don't buy a car for the cup holders?? BTW,you really need good ones if you're going 105mph! And thanks for sharing.

Jim -- male deer shed their antlers every year in late winter or spring and then they grow back in the summer.

Thanks for all the Fred's Breath advice. His breath, while still not great -- has much improved...over the last day or so, but I"m going to check him for any teeth issues tomorrow... just in case. He is probably also ready for a pro-teeth cleaning. Ahhh something to look forward to on our return. Both dogs love the greenies.. but they are so darn fattening I try not to give them to many.

I am so curious. What would be the ideal meal that would earn 5 stars on Jim's nutrition rating? How do you define 5 star nutrition? Because I have some ideas of meals that I would call 5 star in that arena, but what about you? Were you given guidelines by your nutritionist for stars?

Joan-- What's a rabbit who loses his tea while flying on Easter? A Passover Rabbi! HAHAH!


I was going to suggest Greenies as well, though they are on the expensive side. Unfortunately, the cheaper imitation ones don't work as well.

Also, nice work with the LCPS mention!

You may not be heading further north from Four Corners, but there's a beautiful NYT piece that is worth a read: http://travel.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/travel/12outback.html?em - "America's Outback - Southern Utah."

The author, Tony Perrottot, follows in the footsteps of a 19th century explorer across Utah's Grand Staircase from Kanab to the Colorado river.

There is a certain freedom you can feel in southern Utah, both physically and spiritually. Some of my ancestors, Mormon pioneer immigrants fleeing persecution, crossed these vast canyons on foot on their way south from England to Salt Lake City to Mexico. I have often wondered what went through their minds as they must have recognized the contrast between the mossy, lush farmlands of England and the thirsty canyons of the great southwest.

Our family called this area home for many months as we lived in our primitive southern-Utah cabin for three months every summer. It is truly one of the most extraordinary places on earth.

Hey, Joan, one more thing on the dog breath issue and then I'll leave it alone: "Talk To Me" treats - try those if you come across them. My dogs love them and they are small, and are fed like any other treats you feed. Might be a calorie saver for them compared to the Greenies.

Sometimes if I am super busy I just go right in for the bonus beagle photos. Love these.
Miss Kathy

Here's a second on hitting the Escalante area of Southern Utah...it is in the middle of nowhere, but you won't find a better meal than at Hell's Backbone Grill or a nicer place to stay than the Boulder Mountain Lodge in Boulder, UT (http://www.boulder-utah.com/).

Here's a pic of us visiting Calf Creek Falls (mentioned in the story) http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilanasage/1738673544/

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