In search of ponies: Animals have own ways of dealing with wind

Since the dawn of man, spring has been celebrated, often because it’s a pleasant exit from winter and also because it is the season that represents life’s potential. In between the intermittent cold and warm spells, green shoots sprout from little dried up bits of plants that nature seemed to have discarded in the cold […]

In Search of Ponies: Animals can eat themselves to death

Feeling a little stuffed? Having just survived the Thanksgiving holiday, you may be beating yourself up from that comfy spot on the couch, filled with guilt about how much food you managed to consume despite your best intentions. Even sitting there with your belt loosened, entertaining the thoughts tumbling around in your head about another […]

In search of ponies: Animals capable of humanistic traits

The mare’s struggle quickly turned to quiet relief the moment she nuzzled her newborn foal on the ground beside her. In that one instant, she changed and the change was as real as the fragile creature next to her, her focus switching from centered on self, to being centered on her offspring. As I watched […]

Scars mark life of working with animals

I never claimed to be a cowman and I’ve got the scars to prove it! Frostbit fingers, baler twine blisters, and an odd scrape in the side of my head where the hair won’t grow back from when my good ol’ horse slipped down on an ice slick on the calving lot. I went out […]

Youngsters put 113 animals up for sale at livestock show

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Kevin Wilson Somewhere at the Curry County Fair, a food court customer might have noted some sticker shock when they paid $8 for that once-a-year turkey leg. But as far as invoices go, the food court has nothing on the act of charity and support for youth agriculture that goes on a five-minute walk west […]

Animals testament to God’s love

“Can we keep him mommy, can we keep him?” We awakened one morning hearing pitiful “meows” of a hungry, frightened baby kitten. Three eager little boys rushed to the door and scooped him up. “Just until we can find a good home,” I answered firmly. We never looked for a home, but in the back […]

In search of ponies: Death part of owning animals

“What did you kill this week?” It’s the question I hear every week when I turn in my column for editing — asked in jest of course. In response I usually joke back that I’ve set a limit of one a month or some such thing. But it does highlight an often unspoken truth about […]

Much to be learned from animals

I am always amazed at the many blessings and gifts God has bestowed upon mankind. I am also fascinated with Adam’s intelligence in being able to name every animal. “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to […]

Rewarding reading: Keep your kid reading this summer

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Disney FamilyFun magazine Encourage your kids to read all summer with an add-a-bead bookmark. At the beginning of the summer, buy beads that your child will find enticing: letters that spell out his name, for example, or some shaped like bugs or animals. Tie one plain bead to the end of a yarn lace, and […]

Wild horse, burro adoptions set

A three-day wild horse and burro adoption is scheduled to be held at the Curry County Event Center July 14 through 16. Offering more than 50 animals, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management begins adoption bidding at $125. Adopters must be qualified through an approved application which is available on site. To qualify, an adopter […]

Animals safe with country kids

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

Police say they’re here to protect

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Alisa Boswell Calling in a sighting of stray animals, pulling over speeding vehicles and chasing down criminals with outstanding arrest warrants are all in a day’s work for Portales Police Department Sgt. David Meeks. “If we have high crime levels in one particular area, we will increase our patrol over there,” Meeks said. “But for […]

Working animals help with ranch

Glenda Price One of the grandest sights in the world, in my opinion, is watching a cow dog at work. A bird dog is just as neat. Riding a champion cutting horse or barrel racing horse is an extra special thrill because you and the animal are doing something exciting together. Guide dogs that work […]

In search of ponies: Co-worker explains dressing up pet

Sharna Johnson Once upon a time I remember rescuing a stray cat from neighborhood girls who had dressed him in doll clothes and put him in a baby stroller. From my perspective at the time, they may as well have been torturing the animal and he desperately needed my intervention. Years later dressing animals is […]

Hand-free device better on animals

Glenda Price My friend and I were strolling through the local farmers’ market one day, when she suddenly began talking. I tried to answer her, even though I really didn’t know what she was talking about. This went on a few minutes — her talking, then me talking — when she finally turned toward me […]

Imprinting leads to confused animals

Glenda Price Animals don’t understand mirrors, so they think they are just like whoever feeds and protects them when they’re young. Psychologist types call this “imprinting.” We had a pet chicken when I was a kid that we kept in a little pen of her own. Her name was — ready for something imaginative? Sorry. […]

Attention completely unintended

By Glenda Price: State columnist I agreed to do the chores for several days. Nothing to it, I thought. Not exactly. The animals’ pasture is being irrigated, so everybody is in the pens by the barn. Five show lambs are in the back pen and three older dry ewes occupy the front pen. An old […]

Dreams shape children’s futures

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Sometimes the world is best seen through the eyes of a child, where the world of wonder is still all encompassing, where the harsh limits of reality have not yet begun to intrude into one’s life space. Such a view is still capable of believing, for example, in a magical […]

Concept of giving not lost on farm

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The week before Christmas the farmer announced to the animals that he would not be giving them the traditional cheese and sausage box. The pig was relieved. The farmers suggested instead they should draw names. “Does that include non-domesticated animals, too?” asked the armadillo. “Yes, But only warm-blooded,” was the […]

‘Jingle Bell Classic’ prepares contestants for county fairs

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County is hosting a contest for 4-H members this weekend that should be a learning experience for children as well as their animals. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is a steer and heifer jackpot. The contest is […]