Moo-eauty is in the eye of the beholder

Ever since my first $ 5 velvet tiger bought at a flea market when I was 12, I’ve been a fan of animal art. My mother, whose taste runs more to lighthouses and anything by Thomas Kincaid, was flummoxed but tolerant, as long as I kept it all in my room and away from her floral landscapes.

People who come to my house these days are unsurprised at the amount of animal art we have. Sure, it’s not the only thing we have on our walls, but in the grand scheme of things one could easily deduce we like little creatures. Wooden giraffe. A bronze cat. A painting of Emmett. What I did not have, however, was a cow. It wasn’t something I thought about, or laid long nights awake thinking, “You know what I need here in this house? A depiction of a bovine.” 

And yet when I saw it, I had to have it.

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I’m not sure what exactly about this cow (her name, according to the title, is Geraldine) appealed so much to me, but her face just instantly made me smile. It’s that combination of guilelessness, mild interest, and derpiness that I can’t resist. She has Brody’s eyes and Kekoa’s nose.

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HELLO I AM A COW

My husband, who had already moved past this piece in the small beachside store and was looking at candlesticks, saw me going back and forth, back and forth in front of the painting as it hung out by its lonesome out on the front porch.. He looked at the price tag. It was priced to moo-ve. Geraldine had been out to pasture for a bit, apparently.

“You like it, don’t you?” he asked.

“I do,” I said.

“Where would you put it?” he asked.

“I don’t know. Maybe the hallway outside the kids’ rooms?”

A few hours later, I left Geraldine reclining in the entryway while I gathered the kids, who would surely delight in this whimsical piece of colorful art soon to be greeting them every morning.

“What’s THAT?” asked my son dubiously.

“It’s a cow,” said my daughter. “I think.”

“YES it’s a cow,” I said. “Isn’t it cute?”

“……um, sure,” said my daughter. “Where are you going to put it?”

“In your hallway!” I said, as my son wrinkled his nose. “Or did you have a better idea?”

“It should totally go in your bedroom,” said my daughter. “It’s perfect for there.”

My son agreed. “We were going for a Frozen/Minecraft thing upstairs,” he reminded me. I think it’s fair to say tastes skip a generation. My husband looked briefly horrified at the thought that this would not be secreted upstairs but would in fact greet him each and every morning, staring him down as he brushes his teeth, but to his credit he recovered quickly.

Clearly, Geraldine and I are meant to be together, a face only a veterinarian could (does) love. I have placed her assertively across from the doorway to the bedroom so the second you open the door you are greeted with Geraldine’s quizzical face.

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Nobody puts Geraldine in the corner.

Everyone’s a critic these days. Ah well.

 

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Q&A: What does ‘topical issue’ mean?

Question by : What does ‘topical issue’ mean?
For my highest level LAMDA acting examinations in Devised Performance I need to write a script to do with a topical issue. What is a topical issue? Is racism and drugs one??
Thank you! If you have any ideas on what I could base my script on (preferably something very original) the please post!!
Thanks again, yahooers :)

Best answer:

Answer by Ms. Worth
A topical issue is one that is the “hot topic” of the day.

The Tiger Woods story is a topical issue — everyone is talking about that topic.

Global warming is a topical issue.

Possibly early release of prisoners is a topical issue, and piracy.

Drugs and racism are never out of the news for long, so they are considered topical — just not LSD use by hippies (not topical any more!)

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Dog Trail: Poetry, sheer poetry

People often email me things in the hopes I’ll share them: contests, stories, pictures, YouTube videos that tickled their fancy. Sometimes I share them, when I know it’s something you would enjoy.

I love to write poetry and I think you all know that. I even have a tag: “Bad Poetry.” My poems are bad, but lovingly crafted. I know this. But the other day I opened an email from a writer, a real live good one, and it was just beautiful and I think you all would really like it. It’s about a black labrador. Here’s a snippet:

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On our hill there was a trail to the moon.
Our black dog found it, beat it into the ground with his paws.
It could be supposed that he hated moons,
that his ferocity was more than dutiful,
but we’ll never know.

Do yourself a favor and head on over to Literal Latte to read the whole piece. Then tell me if you loved it as much as I did! A + + + + + + +

Shared for no reason other than a love of a beautiful turn of phrase.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Emmylou Harris Honored by Best Friends Animal Society

She’s garnered 13 Grammy Awards over the course of her music career by tugging at our heartstrings with timeless tunes, and now singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris has received an award for…



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Texas Terri Bomb

A few nice scabies images I found:

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Image by Man Alive!
Texas Terri Bomb performing with the Damned (Brian James/Rat Scabies version) at the 100 Club, London, on Thursday the 7th of June 2012

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Toby and Ylan

This is Toby – a three month old Staffordshire bull terrier pup who lives in Gorbio village. In the third photo you see him running across the square with Ylan. Is there anything nicer than a young boy and a young dog happy together. 

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Search-and-Rescue Bloodhound elected mayor of Colorado town

It was a tight race. Buster the cat was in the lead just a few weeks ago, but at the 11th hour supporters of Pa Kettle the Bloodhound pulled out the stops—and the cash—to give the office of mayor of Divide, Colorado to the soulful Bloodhound. The mayor race is part of a creative fundraiser by the Teller Regional Animal Shelter, a no kill shelter. In this election cash equals votes, one dollar buys a…
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We’re Spring Cleaning Here on DogTipper!

It’s spring cleaning time here on DogTipper! With our site now passing 10,000 pages, we’re doing a little virtual housecleaning and rearranging of furniture. One big change will be a move…



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Cattle scab: First Scots case since 1980s found in Borders

Cattle scab: First Scots case since 1980s found in Borders
Psoroptic mange is caused by mites. Tests on a calf at a Borders farm have confirmed the first case of cattle scab in Scotland since the early 1980s. The disease, also known as psoroptic mange, is caused by mites that pierce the animal's skin to feed.
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St Boswells vets confirm Scotland's first case of Cattle Scab on Borders farm
Properly known as Psoroptic Mange it's caused by mites that pierce the skin to feed which causes immense irritation in the infected animal. Clusters of Cattle Scab have been found in Wales, south west England, in Yorkshire, in Ireland and mainland
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Cattle Scab found in Borders
Psoroptic mange, also known as cattle scab, is caused by mites that pierce the animal's skin to feed, causing immense irritation. The mite pierces the cow's skin to feed Credit: AHVLA. Clusters have been found in Wales, South West England and Yorkshire
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MROSD concerned about rodenticide's effect on local bobcats
Studies by the National Park Service in southern California indicate that outbreaks of mange in animal populations is a result of exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides. These poisons weaken animals' immune systems and make them less able to fight mite …
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Dog Meets Hedgehog | Video

Omigosh this is so sweet! Cute dog Nimbus wants to play with Poki the hedgehog!! The hedgehog is so adorable. Hope this video brightens your day like it did mine!!!

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