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  1. jed
    jed November 22, 2017 8:23 am

    Now I’m going to have Partidge Family earworms all day.

  2. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty November 22, 2017 9:01 am

    Poor doggies! But they don’t look nearly as bad as the dogs who try to eat a porcupine!

    The answer to government run “parks” and “monuments” is the same as for everything else. Get the government OUT of it altogether. Private ownership wouldn’t please everyone, at least not at first, but it would eliminate the waste, graft and mismanagement for the most part.

  3. jed
    jed November 22, 2017 9:28 am

    From Kopel:

    The colonists enacted many laws to attempt to control the Indian arms trade, but they were exercises in futility.

    Hunh. Imagine that! Even worse, I’ll bet a lot of those guns were being made by unlicensed manufacturers! The horror!

  4. Claire
    Claire November 22, 2017 10:04 am

    Oh man, I do not even want to think about that. Ava got quilled 13 times before she and I finally learned our lesson, and several of my other dogs had trouble resisting the little quill-beasts. Robbie was a demon who tended to end up with entire mouthfuls of quills, to the point where he couldn’t eat or drink.

    Don’t even ask me about the memorable weekend evening — with all the vets in the area closed — when four of my dogs tore into a porky and Robbie and Ava especially ended up with quills in their mouths, feet, everywhere …

  5. Desertrat
    Desertrat November 22, 2017 10:15 am

    If parklands were privately owned, and operated for profit, what would keep a wealthy individual from buying a park and shutting out any would-be visitors?

    For all the inept policies concerning state and national park usage, it seems to me that government ownership prevents sales to developers for subdivisions in place of wilderness.

    I think of the demise of large ranches, e.g. Grandpa loved it, but he’s gone and the grand-kids want to sell out to whoever has the money. I know of one 4,000-acre ranch near Austintatious that’s now covered with houses. In the 1940s, Mr. Barker never objected to me crossing his fence and wandering around his place–but the grand-kids sold out..

  6. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty November 22, 2017 10:46 am

    Gads! That would be horrible, Claire. Glad we don’t seem to have any porcupines here. Only had to rush a dog to the vet once… after he got sprayed in the mouth and eyes at point blank range by a skunk. No idea how he managed to get that close, but I saw it happen. He was blinded, could hardly breathe, and was simply frantic. I put a blanket around him, stuffed him into the crate in the back of the van, and got to the vet fast. The dog was our champion AKC black Labrador stud, as well as one of the best friends my two boys had… so we were all glad when he came back home smelling a whole lot better, and breathing easy. But I don’t think his vision ever returned to what it had been before.

  7. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty November 22, 2017 10:51 am

    Desertrat, no guarantees at all. But that’s beside the point, of course. The “state” has zero legitimate authority to control those lands in the first place, and is rapidly eliminating use of those lands by anyone – with the possible exception of those “rich” folks you are worried about. 🙂

  8. E. Garrett Perry
    E. Garrett Perry November 22, 2017 11:47 am

    Growing up, my beloved German Shorthair got into the habit of eating bees. Wasps, hornets, honeybees, I think she saw them as something akin to hotwings. I only saw her get apparently stung once, but she never swelled up. Of course, this is also the same dog who loved cognac, ate anything chocolate she could find to no ill effect, and once got into an hilarious 5-minute standoff with her own reflection. She was an odd one.

  9. Claire
    Claire November 22, 2017 12:10 pm

    Oh, she sounds like a charmer, EGP.

    My Ava likes to snap at bees, also. I’m not sure whether she swallows them, but I’ve seen her very obviously be stung by them while they’re in her mouth. She also doesn’t swell up. Or not noticeably.

    But cognac …? LOL! I’ve heard of dogs liking beer, but yours clearly had a taste for the finer things in life.

  10. just waiting
    just waiting November 22, 2017 5:47 pm

    Thanks for the great laugh Claire!

    In 15 years of dogs we’ve never seen a porcupine or skunk, but being beekeepers we’ve had our “ate a bee” moments. Each of our dogs has taken 1 bee out of the air, neither was dumb enough to do it a second time. But poor Ruby looked just like dog 6 this summer when she found out the crunchy things she was licking up in the honey drippings when we extract were bees. Didn’t deter her from getting her honey, just made her more careful.

  11. Shel
    Shel November 22, 2017 6:34 pm

    One of the problems of being pathologically curious is sometimes things keep eating at me. I gots to know. Did the porcupine make it? I suspect the odds were slim.

  12. Claire
    Claire November 22, 2017 7:45 pm

    You know, Shel, I’ve wondered about that, myself. When the four dogs all went after that porcupine, I was at the top of a hill and they were at the bottom in dense brush. I couldn’t get down there and I never saw what happened to the porky.

    The dogs surrounded it and hounded it for at least 15 minutes, which doesn’t sound good for the poor critter — especially with one of the dogs being Robbie. Natural-born killer, that bully-boy. OTOH, I never saw any blood on the dogs. Nor did Robbie have quills in his sides, which he would have, had he managed to get his jaws on the critter and shake it. So maybe porky won that battle.

  13. E. Garrett Perry
    E. Garrett Perry November 23, 2017 12:42 am

    Oh, Baroness was a charmer alright. Too smart for her Daddy’s own good! I blame my younger sister for her expensive tastes in booze, but she’s on her own to explain the bees!
    Never did see a dog get porced, but my parents Golden Retriever got horribly skunked some years back- apparently he surprised the skunk at close range and got ahold of it just as it sprayed… so the skunk funk went straight into his mouth. He was foaming, slobbering everywhere, and as I understand it the vet spent three hours with special toothpaste and tomato juice getting him cleaned up.

  14. Desertrat
    Desertrat November 23, 2017 9:00 am

    Mama Liberty, there is a reason that I don’t object to State control of some lands. If you drive US 90 west from Uvalde, Texas, and then I-10 on past Phoenix, you’ll see several million acres of land that has yet to recover from abuse by private-sector owners. Same for southern Presidio, Brewster and Terrell Counties in Texas, for more millions of acres of “ruined” lands.

    Not that I have much respect for the methodology of management, you understand. 🙂

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