Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Dogs

Jasper - 2 yr old Lab/Visla mix - very sentsitive, doesn't like loud noises. If we pull out the vacuum, he hides under the bed. Even his bowl scooting across the floor sends him to the other room!

Kizzi - 5 month old Lab. This is the sweetest puppy!

Weenie (Original name, I know!)- she is two years old

Rylee - The grumpy old broad. She is 11 years old and CRANKY!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011


This week, I had two people contact me wanting advice about getting involved with rescue groups.

The first gal, Kortney, I know only through a barrel racing discussion board, e-mails and Facebook, but we have a good relationship. Kortney was asked to join the Board of a newly formed (or forming) Rescue Organization and wanted to know what she was getting into. Since I have limited experience in this area, I gave her what limited advise I could - to check out and Google the other potential members (to make sure they were trouble transplanted from another state) and to contact experienced rescues for advice and assistance. I recommended she contact Save A Forgotten Equine, specifically Jaime Taft, who is the President and co-founder. Jaime has extensive experience in how to create a rescue from the ground up and also, sadly, has experience with horrific faux rescues. SAFE has become a well respected rescue in Western Washington and has helped hundreds of horses. I am very pleased to be a part of the SAFE "Family" - this is where Roger came from through SAFE-Assisted adoption.

The second gal is Georgette. She contacted me through the same barrel racing discussion board but her interests were a little different. She wanted to help by fostering a rescue horse, but was unsure how to go about it, and what her costs would be. I contact Jet with SAFE who sent me a link to a vet-based organization that could put Georgette in touch with a reputatable rescue in her area. Again, here is where a reputable, respected rescue is a blessing.

Rescues network and talk to each other. In this network, there are very few secrets. They all know who is on the up-an-up, who is a little shady, and who is creating a train-wreck. One thing I have also learned is that if they can't help (due to funding, location, or other reasons) they have contact information for someone who can help. And they share this information gladly. They don't see other rescues as competition, they see them as a resource for helping horses. And that's why they were formed in the first place - to help horses.

I look forward to hearing from Kortney and what she decided on taking the Board position. Her love of horses and her youthful energy makes her a smart choice in my book. And she is just out-spoken enough to call "bullshit" if something goes a little off plumb.

I also look forward to seeing Georgette's new foster. I have fostered several horses and I think that this is my favorite thing to do. I accept a horse, give it love and security, ensure they never know hungry, then when they are physically and mentally put back together, I return them to their owners (the rescue) so they can begin the next chapter of their lives.

My second favorite this to do is board retirees. I get to love on these sweet older horses, but there is no pressure to ride.

Now go hug your horses! If you don't have any, you are welcome to come hug mine!

Friday, November 11, 2011


Me and Mike - 1992

Mike - 1980

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test

On November 9, FEMA, DHS and FCC will conduct the first national test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. This test will kick off at 1 p.m. (CST). The test will be nationwide, running concurrently across all time zones.

This system test is the first of its kind. It is designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the American public. Nothing like it has been conducted in the history of the country. There have been tests in the past but none to all parts of the Nation at the same time. The test will run concurrently on all radio and TV bands and the message will run for three minutes. Most messages in the past ran 30 seconds to 1 minute.

There is great concern in local police and emergency management circles about undue public anxiety over this test. The test message on TV might not indicate that it is just a test. The fear is that the lack of a message of explanation might create panic. Please share this information with your family and friends so they are aware of the test.

Below is additional information, along with two websites, that provide more information such as what people will hear and see during the Test.

During the test, listeners will hear a message indicating "This is a test." Although the EAS test may resemble the periodic, monthly EAS tests that most Americans are already familiar with, there will be some differences in what viewers will see and hear. The audio message will be the same for all EAS participants; however due to limitations in the EAS, the video test message scroll may not be the same or indicate that "this is a test." This is due to the use of the live Emergency Alert Notification (EAN) code - the same code that would be used in an actual emergency. The text at the top of the television screen may indicate that an "Emergency Alert Notification has been issued."

This notification is used to disseminate a national alert and in this case, the test. In addition, the background image that appears on video screens during an alert may indicate that "this is a test," but in some instances there might not be an image at all.

There are several limitations to the current EAS for individuals with access and functional needs. FEMA and the FCC are committed to providing organizations and the EAS community with information well in advance of the test. FEMA and the FCC will further engage the EAS community to better understand the wide range of information and access needs in preparation for the national EAS. IPAWS has been performing outreach to access and functional needs organizations in several different forums, including working groups and roundtables led by the FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, with representation from multiple FEMA program offices, other Department of Homeland Security components, and other Federal Departments and Agencies.

Here are the official links from FCC, FEMA and DHS. This test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System is official and will kick off at Wednesday, 9 November 2011 at 1400 ET