May 23rd 2011 1:25 pm
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Momma Shawna and Kirk Puppers,Joplin Missouri
SPOKE TO SHAWNA AND BILL ON BILL'S CELL PHONE...11 A.M. DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME.. THEY ARE ALIVE AND THE 5 DOGS ARE O.K.
SHAWNA AND BILL HAVE LOST EVERYTHING. SHAWNA WAS HOME WITH DOGS WHEN TORNADO HIT. SHE LAID ON THE DOGS IN THE BATHROOM. ALL THAT STANDS NOW IS 1 BATHROOM WALL. EVERYTHING IS TOTALLY DESTROYED.... HER SON WAS IN KANSAS....HE DROVE BACK AND FOUND SHAWNA. BILL WAS AT WORK AND COULDN'T GET HOME.
THEY ARE AT BILL'S SISTER'S HOUSE. BILL'S MOM IS O.K. SHAWNA DOESN'T KNOW ABOUT HER PARENTS,BROTHER-IN-LAW,SISTER AND HER FAMILY. HER SISTER WAS A PATIENT IN THE HOSPITAL THAT WAS HIT. THEY HAVE NO ELECTRICITY... SHAWNA HAS CUTS AND BRUISES AND IT VERY UPSET. THIS WAS AN F5 TORNADO. MORE STORMS ARE FORCAST FOR TODAY. BILL SAID, THEY HAD BEEN HAVING THUNDERSTORMS OFF AND ON ALL MORNING.
More storms are brewing in Joplin area. Will try and touch bases again with Kirk Puppers before weather worsens. Will post new information. CNN just reported, that FEMA and State Officials have never seen this kind of destruction. The National Guard has been activated. CNN just reported this is the 2nd. worst Tornado ever recorded in U.S. weather history.
The block by block search for survivors goes on. While the weather is bad and is slowing the search down. Pray for all the people and furs in this area of the country. Pray for all the emergency,rescue personnel and emergency assistance services.
They are doing their very best in a bad set of circumstances.
May 19th 2011 4:13 pm
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Popped in to share pictures of our beautiful Pink Azalea .....My human sis and the 2 grandkiddies gave this to Grandma for Mother's Day.
The Red Tulips are from our yard. They are God's gift to Grandma this year. They were snowed on twice,frosted about 6 times, beat by high winds a dozen times,etc...They still bloomed.... She was so happy! Then Grandma took the scissors, we went and cut about 4 dozen for the house. They smelled so Nice! They are on the southside of our house so you can't see them unless you are outside working in the yard.... She rescued a few late blooming pink tulips this week.
High winds all week,since the rain last weekend. Guess what? Statewide rain is forcast for the whole weekend....1.5 to 3" with some areas possibly severe downpour. Grandkiddies Party All Day tomorrow....Last day of school! Gma and Gpa are meeting them in Bismarck this weekend to take them bowling....out for an early supper. Neither of our small communities have bowling alleys, anymore. The whole family were bowlers. Now just No. 1 son, who lives in twin cities bowls leagues and tournaments.
We are on guard duty...Since I can't sneak in as a service pupper! I know Gma is going to Pet Smart for my food. This means....Extra Treats and Toys!!!!!!! Can I may a wish list,Gma???? My birthday is still 2 months away....
Pink Azalea Mother's Day
Red Tulips from Our Yard
May 17th 2011 3:59 pm
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Sometimes, it is very hard to describe to others what living on the Prairie is like... Our pupper pal,Lexie sent this to us. We are going to share it. This is one of the most accurate descriptions of the rural prairie, we've ever read. If you live in one of the Dakotas,Montana,Nebraska,Minnesota or a large part of Canada: you can relate to this writing on "Rain". Life on the Rural Prairie is so different from many parts of the world. Rural Prairie people tend to talk about the weather alot. The weather makes a huge impact in their daily lives. The weather plays a part in almost every aspect of their lives. Surviving the extremes of whatever the current season brings.
The past decade has brought major changes to most of the world, as what are now "Normal Weather Patterns." If, there is such a thing as Normal,anymore????? Right now we are stuck between rainy stretches and horrible high winds. Results have been: Your Spring Work is a good month to 6 wks. behind. Can't mend fences in high winds or you may eat your barbwire....It's difficult to service and repair equipment in this weather,too.
The tractors,plows,packers and other tillage equipment sit waiting for the weather to improve. All the heavy snow we endured this past winter and now we have Red Flag days... This means the wind is out of control...Sometimes, wind will gust at 45,55,65,75 MPH... Do not burn anything! A fire in these winds can burn 10's of thousands of acres, before it can be stopped. Also, if the winds are extremely bad, stay home! Those winds can and have caused semi-trucks, as well as automobiles to crash.....Patience is a very positive character trait. Doesn't do any good to Chomp at the Bit...The natives (born and raised here) are the Most ReZealant people.....(Gma is only 50% prairie stock. She declares herself a Wussie....)The stories she can tell from the past 38 yrs. of rural prairie life are endless....
Maybe this short writing on rain will give you a better picture of what those in ranching and farming, face day in and day out...
by Kathleen Norris (She wrote the book Dakota)
Until I moved to western South Dakota, I did not know about rain, that it could come too hard, too soft, too hot, too cold, too early, too late. That there could be too little at the right time, too much at the wrong time, and vice versa.
I did not know that a light rain coming at the end of a hot afternoon, with the temperature at 100 degrees or more, can literally burn wheat, steaming it on the stalk so it's not worth harvesting.
I had not seen a long, slow rain come at harvest, making grain lying in the swath begin to sprout again, ruining it as a cash crop.
Until I had seen a few violent hailstorms and replaced the shingles on our roof twice in five years, I had forgotten why my grandmother had screens made out of chicken wire for all the windows on the west side of her house.
I had not seen the whimsy of wind, rain, and hail; a path in a wheatfield as if a drunken giant had stumbled through, leaving footprints here and there. I had not seen hail fall from a clear blue sky. I had not tasted horizontal rain, flung by powerful winds.
I had not realized that a long soaking rain in spring or fall, a straight-down-falling rain, a gentle, splashing rain is more than a blessing. It's a miracle.
An old farmer once asked my husband and me how long we'd been in the country. "Five years," we answered. "Well, then," he said, "you've seen rain."
Hope you enjoy this special entry....Rain and wind is messing with my daily hunting time,too! When the wind calms down the rain is suppose to move in, again...Poop scoop on this weeks weather!
Hugs and Kisses, Mazy
May 8th 2011 9:57 am
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I wrote this poem to tell Grandma, how much I LOVE her...
We had a little Mother's Day Poem Contest over at Pups and Purrs. This was so much FUN!!!! Everyone's poem was so unique and different. They were all just Pawtastic! We loved them all!
G obble up the kisses she gives to me.
R ace to the arms that hold and greet me.
A lways plays the games I like is loving me.
N ever scolds me harshly and gives love pats to me.
D elightful adventures taken just with me.
M erriment wherever we happen to be.
A nd I Loves My GRANDMA, cuz first she loved me!
April 27th 2011 12:24 pm
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This morning, Momma Shawna called us after returning home from the Fur Doc. Miss Lucy is Very,very ill...She needs our prayers and support...Princess Lucy is normally very lively and energetic! She leads those Kirk Pupper Boys around by the snout!
Miss Lucy is Momma Shawna's constant companion. She helps keep Momma Shawna fighting her own serious health issues. She took ill very suddenly. Please read the note from Momma Shawna posted below. Help us pray for Miss Lucy's healing....Miss Lucy's dogster I.D. number is: 776648. We have posted a picture of Princess Lucy for you to see. Let's Unite in the Spirit of Friendship and PRAY for this Beloved Fur and her family.....
Thank you Everyone for all your help....Our hearts are heavy with concern and worry... Our house will stand in prayer for our friends.
and Gma K.
MISS LUCY DOGSTER I.D. IS:776648
PRAYER REQUEST AND REPORT ON OUR FRIEND MISS LUCY.....WRITTEN BY MOMMA SHAWNA...
My Lucy Girl has not eaten for 3 days....She has been throwing up....not drinking very much....
Daddy took her to the Vet....Lucy's eyes are
jaundice....Her Vet ran blood tests and tests on her liver. It is not good. Lucy's Liver is enlarged, inflamed, and there is infection, and all the levels were extremely high...*TEARS*...
I am so heart broken, but I have to keep the Faith!
He sent Lucy home with Meds and antibioitics, and if by Friday, she is not eating or showing some
improvement, The vet will do a liver Biopsy to see if it is Cancer....**TEARS**..............
My Lucy Girl, Oh Dear God, Please Protect my Little Girl....
We ask for your Prayers, Please...POWER OF THE PAW!
The Kirk Family
Thank you once, again....
We Love all of you,
We ask God to Bless
dogster and catster,
Mazy and the Ponderosa Pack
April 23rd 2011 4:26 pm
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We just past our 1 year mark at Dogster. We want to Thank everyone for making this past year so very special for OUR PACK...We've made lots of new furpals....We enjoy peeking into your little corners of the world. Gma says for her, Dgoster and Catster are TERRIFIC STRESS BUSTERS!!! All of Us furs, just like to play....We are All honored to call each of you furiend!
May God Bless Each Of You,
Amazing Grace, Old Baby,
Precious, Angel Sassy Foxie
and our forgetful old Gma K.
April 21st 2011 5:05 pm
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Wednesday about 11p.m. we were getting ready for bed, then everything went CRAZY! Old Baby and I started barking and howling up a storm! I had my big SNOZZ pressed against picture window, trying to find a better view...
Cows and calves were out....They were running all over the place! Gpa jumped up,ran for his outside clothes and boots.
The cattle have already done MAJOR damage to Gma's yard.
Gpa chased those cattle on foot,with the 4-wheeler and the pickup,too. He came back for Coke (not drugs a Soda pop)...
He thought he knew where they rammed through the barbwire.
The top row was an electric fenceline. They shorted out a section. It's pretty hard to fix in the dark, but he tried.
Gma and I waited up until 12:45 and then laid down in bed.
We fell asleep...Imagine that? Gma woke up at 6 a.m. and the lights in living room and kitchen were on. She went to look for Gpa...No Gpa!! She thought, maybe he went to sleep in the sunroom with clothes on...So if, they were naughty again, he could get right out there! NOPE, No Gpa!
Gma flew into her clothes and boots,heart racing, fearing a Cow had run Gpa down or Gpa had a heart attack out there... Gpa saw Gma running and looking...He flashed his pickup lights! He had started to the house about 3 a.m. then another cow decided that fence wasn't going to keep her in...He ended up parking the pickup in that spot and dozing a couple hours until morning.
Yesterday it was 47 and sunny in the afternoon. So, Gpa and I went to fix fence. Gma decided she needed to come and see if there was anything she could do? He had fixed the problem area that allowed the Big Escape! We went to another area that we will be using....Ran 3 new lines of barbwire...A neighbor came along and helped us. This area was some fence the payloader took out this winter moving snow for Gpa in the dark instead of at sunrise.
I sniffed out a frozen mole, the big hunter, that I am! I gave it to Gpa...Thought Gma should cook it for me? We walked and ran in the snow,slush,mud and waterholes. I put on mega miles back and forth as I surpervised....Everyone was Super Pooped last night...We may have ALL snored???? I never have snored, but no one was awake to know if I did or not?????
The heavy snows of this past winter have taken down or loosen many miles of fence. (Everyone is in the same boat!) However, Gpa doesn't have a crew to help. He is by himself,except for me!
Gma hasn't fixed fence on a regular basis for decades. Gpa can't, do it all! So, Gma is going to help fix fence. She's gonna buy herself some fancy pliers with rubber grippers. Then Art and Ritis won't be such an issues. She's going to buy another fence stretcher that isn't as old as she is...That's old! Must have been Great-Gpa's stretcher???? Someone stole this huge bright canary yellow fence stretcher out of Gpa's pickup that Gma bought him. She bought bright yellow so he could see it, if he laid it down in the grass....
The cattle are not happy! Everyone is having trouble keeping them where they should be. It should be warmer,drier and grass should be green and growing fast... They are tired of eating hay! The pastures are not far enough along for them to survive well on just grazing. Took double hay and grain to keep them fed well this winter....We have baby moo-moos everyday now....
The cold damp weather isn't good for them the 1st. twelve hours. They chill easily. After they are a day old, they can take some cold and uck on them....The big 130 pound monster born during that 10" snow made it! He is doing well... Gpa has to use a space heater to warm up any calves that are chilled if born at the wrong time.More wet sloppy weather in the forcast!
This is Your Prairie Princess Ponderosa Reporter signing off until the next big adventure.....
Kisses and Huggies, Mazy
April 15th 2011 3:33 pm
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Monday it was 70 and Tuesday it was 60. Wednesday and Thursday it was 45. Monday was Gorgeous! I hunted gophers this week... I had opportunity to chase a couple. I dig and dig at their holes. When tired of digging...My overbite comes in very handy. I use my teeth and jaws as an earthmover... I grab roots and dirt and pull it out of my way...Then I dig and chomp, dig and chomp!
I walked on the county road and practiced with my leash...My harnass came and I do not like it! It fits well...I try to backup and back out of it...This doesn't work, so then I sit down and just don't want to walk at all...Any tips on harnass training??? I had bunnies to chase.... Lots of fresh air! Gma was working in the yard. Raking up dead grass,hay,leaves and twigs. Cleaning up poopie, she missed on poop patrol...All of us Furs have been rolling in the yard....trying to bring in as much dead grass as we can! Baby and Precious like to be brushed but I don't like the brush.
Wednesday, she cleaned the cattle room. We moved our big gas grill and patio furniture from the car garage to the patio. We worked all day to clean all the stuff up. Followed by cleaning up our tracking mess in the house.I've been having alot of
spring tubbie rinses. Then snuggle into a hot fluffy towel.
We were all ready to grill T-bones outside for Gma and Gpa's 38th. Anniversary.....then the weather Soured! A spring storm rolled in...started with freezing drizzle, then a skiff of snow.
We woke up to plenty of new snow cover and snow still falling. The snow stopped about 4p.m. We had about 10" of wet,heavy spring snow.... The other snow had all melted except for the shelterbelts, draws of the hills and low lying areas.
I only went outside to take a peek at the new snow. I just couldn't believe my eyes! We thought spring was finally here?
Listening to the weather..they are saying another storm in the forcast! WowZer! This is Crazy! Rain and snow mix was just reported in the forcast for Sunday through Tuesday...
We cooked our steak inside, our vension steak too! Gma made them a white cake for dessert. I had a nibble of cake, then I had a yammie treat wrapped with chicken filet for snack... Yummy! Yummy! I just love sweet potatoes....
I'm getting extra goodies everyday, as I practice using my pet stairs by the pillowtop bed... I go up and down the stairs like a pro...Last night was the 1st. time I went up the stairs without encouragement or a treat. However, if I get up during the night, I forget and just jump off the bed... Gma says, we will keep working on it...The treats make the practice lots of FUN!!!!
Well, I'd better go.... All of us furs are trying to update our diaries. Gma put up pictures of Precious and her surgery mess... I was with her at the Fur Doc that day....I was real upset over how quiet Precious was for so very long after we brought her home. I wouldn't leave the sunroom. I stood watch over her until she was awake and moving around.... I sure don't want anything to bite me in the hiney!!!! Gma posted my picture of me standing watch over my fursis....
Kisses and Huggies, Mazy
April 8th 2011 4:40 pm
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Well pals, it has been a busy week on the Ponderosa... I've slopped in the mudholes and mucky corrals. I've played in the snowbanks and slushies. I've chased my 1st. gopher of Spring. He had the nerve to set up housekeeping in Gma's yard! I've enlarged his front door trying to dig him out... Going to hang out my shingle: "Mazy, Interior Decorator." Gma said,"go for it Mazy!" Cuz, the cattle found an open gate and stomped Gma's lawn. Looks like someone took a tiller into the yard...Oopsie!
I've been in the tubbie at least 2 times per day, all week. I've trailed rabbits and sniffed deer. Those stinky kitties are still in the culvert at the end of the driveway...I wanna see a stinky kitty....They won't let me go in the culvert and invite them out to play! Gma and I have been walking the county road everyday. We do 2 to 2.5 miles. A good stretch for me.... I'd do more, but Gma's hip is being crabby about our outings.
I saw my 1st. robin the other night. Hundreds and hundreds of geese are flying north everyday... About dark they land on our marshland and honk up a storm! The bald eagles are still here. Lots of mallards have arrived. Little house wrens,barn swallows and finches are coming home. Will be lots and lots of song birds arriving anytime. The hawks are fixing up their nests before they hatch a new batch of chicks. The seagulls and pelicans are back. Yep! That's right, we have seagulls and pelicans... (They fly north to get away from the humid heat. Come fall they go south again, where it is warm. We also have swans and whooping crane). Soon the shelter belts will be alive with a variety of woodpeckers looking for bugs in the trees.
I had a half grown squirrel playing in my yard this week. He was way up in the top of a 65 yr. old cottonwood tree. He sat up there chattering up a storm. He wouldn't come down and play tag! Gpa sold a bunch of cattle. Now, he doesn't have to carry so many buckets of grain everyday...Means more hunting time with Gpa...Yippy!
My fur stairs to put by the pillow top bed came. This new training game is pretty COOL! I go up the 3 stairs...get a treat! Down the 3 stairs, get a treat..... We do this 3 or 4 times a day...Cuz, I'm a doxie, Gma wants me to stop jumping off the big bed! I've been ringing my brass bell on the front door...wanting to go out the front door! Not happening, yet! The frontyard is on the westside of the house...Still alot of snow out there.... My big tractor tire sandbox is still buried in the snow. I love digging in my sandbox!!!
Now that Spring is unfolding...I'm busy,busy,busy! Soon as the last of the snows goes: Gma and I will be outside 3/4 of most days. We have tons of outside work to do. This little doxie loves to TOAST and ROAST.... THAT'S HOW I GOT THE NICKNAME :
TAR BABY! I can hardly wait until the patio furniture and the gas grill come out of the garage..... Loves, my vension off the gas grill! BBQ time, BBQ time....soon it will be, BBQ time!
OMD! It's suppertime..... Gotta run....Kisses and Hugs, Mazy
March 30th 2011 1:56 pm
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Old Baby reporting for Gma, Precious and Our Pack. We would like to thank everyone for their prayers. Thank you for all the kind notes and pressies sent to Precious…. We appreciate each and every one of them….Gma and Gpa are calving now and a freezing rain is in tonight’s forecast. Gma doesn’t know if, she can write each FUR a personal thank you note. Our pack sends Big Licks, Butt Wiggles and Meows to each of you!
We’d like to report that Precious is eating, drinking and taking care of her business. We are so pleased! She has the glittery sparkle back in those deep large green eyes. Amazing what a mega dose of big gun antibiotics can do to knock an infection back and break a fever. Of course, this only helped the old kitty, because, WE HAD ALL THOSE POWERFUL PRAYERS IN OUR CORNER. BTW- Gpa was most upset that he didn’t know she had been bitten….Since, she spends her evenings on his lap snoozing….
He wonders which mature barn kitty had the kahoonas to take the Queen of the Ponderosa On?????
Shaving one’s hip and part of their tail makes things look worse than they are….The two 1” incisions are nasty looking. They are still draining which is good. They do not stitch them up, so they will drain and heal from the inside out….Choosing to use a shot of antibiotics instead of daily pills for 10 days. Takes the infection down faster…..Also, Precious is a stinker even with a pill popper, when it comes to oral meds….We have pictures to post as soon as we can work it into our day.
By bedtime last night…she knew, she was home. She was thirsty and hungry. We gave her a little water and food. She spent the night curled up on the loveseat in the sunroom.
Her appetite isn’t normal (usually that of a LION!) but she is eating….
She is upset with Gma because, Gma has her contained in the Sunroom. (14x20) She can not roam the house with the drainage. We will have a good size mess in the Sunroom in a few days. Either this or sit in the medium size dog crate… She Hates to be Crated! She can’t go into the dirty cattle room due to the open wounds….She wants in there to climb up into the open rafters and sit in the fiberglass insulation. Gma thinks fiberglass in those wounds would cause new problems. She is not pleased with Gma! Gma also wants Mazy to let her rest and take it easy. Mazy is mad because the door on the Sunroom is shut.
Gma said, “it is better that Precious and Mazy, be Upset with Her than with Grandpa…” You know the Momma figure, always has to be the bad guy, when it comes to the unpleasant stuff….
I’m a little extra WARM due to the closed door….which allows more heat to stay in the Entry which is my bedroom. However, this old gal knows, nothing is done in this House without a Good Reason…. It was 39 for the high today. I laid on the back steps awhile to cool off! Freezing Rain Tonight!!!! Will Winter Ever End? Still lots of snow on the ground…. Gpa has been trying to sell beef calves for weeks and weeks…. The weather and breakdowns keep the job from being done. This family is a bunch of tough old birds….Just like Timex watches…Stomp on them and they keep right on ticking!!!
What Awesome Pawsome Pals We have!
Love You All…..Kisses, Old Baby
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