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  1. 11 hours ago, Trigger Mike said:

    I was planning on putting it in my goat fence as dogs killed 2 of my goats and wounded 2 others causing a miscarriage.   I have foxes and coyotes and have neighbors who let their pit bull run free.  I am curious about the expense you mentioned.   Is it due to health issues?  I read that it may be prone to anesthesia but I don't know what that is. 



    Well, in that case: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/8-facts-about-the-anatolian-shepherd-dog/  


    1. They Were Bred to Guard Flocks From Predators

    The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a livestock guardian dog, meaning he is in charge of watching over a flock and protecting the defenseless animals from predators. In modern-day Turkey, where the breed originated, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are still used to guard flocks and property.

    2. This Is an Ancient Breed

    Artifacts dating back to 2000 B.C. describe a dog in the Anatolian region that fits the description of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog: large and strong with a heavy head. The “Book of Job,” which is set in Turkey and dates back to 1800 B.C., describes these large dogs living among the flocks.

    3. They Know How to Survive on Their Own

    Anatolians are extremely independent. They often had to find their own food, so they survived by hunting gophers and other small animals. Their instinct is to take care of themselves and the flock without needing instruction.


    6. They Protect Endangered Species in America

    Anatolian Shepherd Dogs didn't really gain popularity in America until the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed in 1973. The ESA posed a problem: How do we control livestock predators that are now protected species and cannot be killed? The solution was to use livestock guardian dogs like the Anatolian Shepherd Dog, which can easily deter predators from attacking flocks simply by being present.

    7. They Also Protect Cheetahs in Namibia

    Anatolians have been aiding in the cheetah conservation effort in Namibia since 1994. One of the reasons the cheetah population declined so significantly was that ranchers were killing cheetahs to protect their livestock. So Namibia's Cheetah Conservation Fund started a program to encourage ranchers to use Anatolian Shepherd Dogs to protect their flocks, reducing the need to kill cheetahs. The Anatolians have reduced livestock losses by 80 to 100 percent on farms with guard dogs, and the strategy has been extremely beneficial to the cheetah conservation effort.


    The expense, I expect, is just the cost of feeding them.


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  2. 4 minutes ago, Hardpan Curmudgeon SASS #8967 said:

    Space Cadet.   ;)


    Good little juvenile adventure book by Heinlein.   





    Tex Jarman looked at him understandingly. “Your folks always worry, don’t they? I fooled mine—
    packed my phone in my bag.” The slidewalk swung in a wide curve preparatory to heading back; they
    stepped off with the crowd, in front of Hayworth Hall. Tex paused to read the inscription over the great
    doorway. “Quis custodi—What does it say, Matt?”
    “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes. That’s Latin for: Who will watch the guardians?”
    “You read Latin, Matt?”
    “No, I just remember that bit from a book about the Patrol.”
    The rotunda of Hayworth Hall was enormous and seemed even larger, for, despite brilliant lighting at
    the floor level, the domed ceiling gave back no reflection at all; it was midnight black—black and
    studded with stars. Familiar stars—blazing Orion faced the tossing head of Taurus; the homely shape of
    the Dipper balanced on its battered handle at north-northeast horizon; just south of overhead the Seven
    Sisters shone.
    The illusion of being outdoors at night was most persuasive. The lighted walls and floor at the level at
    which people walked and talked and hurried seemed no more than a little band of light, a circle of
    warmth and comfort, against the awful depth of space, like prairie schooners drawn up for the night
    under a sharp desert sky


  3. The diversion to "Yellow Rose of Texas" on Bob's "13 Days" thread got me into the mood for some folk tunes.

    The one that came first to mind, no doubt because of the Rose allusion in the title is "Sweet Rose of Alabama," an 1840s (or maybe 1830s) minstrel tune.



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  4. 6 minutes ago, Cat Brules said:

    If we had had PC’s hard drives an memory sticks then!


    The drives would be crashed and the memory sticks "somewhere where I'll be able to find them."  :lol:


    Folk music and what is behind it is a fascinating subject.  Some based on actual events and people, some on local legend which may or may not be based on fact, and some nonsense like Dan Tucker.    


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    The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a breed of dog that originated in Turkey; named after the peninsula of Anatolia which forms a large portion of Turkey's national territory. The dog is rugged, large, and very strong, with good sight and hearing that allow it to protect livestock. Wikipedia
    Life expectancy: 13 – 15 years
    Height: Female: 28–31 inches (71–79 cm), Male: 29–32 inches (74–81 cm)
    Weight: Female: 88–120 lbs (40–55 kg), Male: 110–140 lbs (50–65 kg)




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  6. 55 minutes ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

    That’s what I was thinking as well after reading the link I posted. 



    LOL!  You must have been searching and doing your cut and past just as I hit "Submit Reply" since we posted the same link.

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  7. 24 minutes ago, Cat Brules said:

    My question is: “How would “they” know anything like that for sure?”  I guess it mattered 170 years ago. 


    Likely rumor and gossip.   


    My comment was more to point out something that most people don't think about when they hear that song, mostly because when it was presented on shows like The Lawrence Welk Show Rose was usually presented as a very blonde sweet young thing. 


    I would love to read your paper on the song.

  8. 24 minutes ago, irish ike, SASS #43615 said:

    Oh boy! Not watching this stuff gives me time to do things that are important.



    Like watching hockey?  Women's Curling Championship is coming up, March 14 - 21. :D

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  9. 17 minutes ago, Cat Brules said:

    The Alamo has a lot of property enclosed by low walls (now).
    I’m unsure now, as to what it looked like (what?) in 1846 or 1847?.

    if you go there, I think there’s several “layouts” of the original Alamo, it’s property, and its surroundings.


    As an aside, I believe that right close nearby, is the building where there existed a whorehouse where, “The Yellow Rose of Texas” held court.


    She's the sweetest rose of color this darky ever knew, 
    Her eyes are bright as diamonds,they sparkle like the dew; 
    You may talk about your Dearest May, and sing of Rosa Lee, 
    But the Yellow Rose of Texas beats the belles of Tennessee.”


    Cat Brules



    Interesting thing about that song is that, depending on what source you want to believe, the "Yellow Rose" might have been either a quadroon or octoroon.  

    And now I'm going southward, for my heart is full of woe,
    I'm going back to Georgia, to see my Uncle Joe.
    You may talk about your Beauregard, and sing of Bobbie Lee,
    But the gallant Hood of Texas played hell in Tennessee.

  10. 1 hour ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

    Joe, we stopped putting those seed bells out when we lived in NC. They would bust the thing up and haul it away in short order. 


    Usually the Scrub Jays or Acorn Woodpeckers drive them away within a few minutes.  Interesting thing is that since the squirrels ate most of the pine cones (OK, pine nuts from the cones) on that tree (and littering the sidewalk with the spent scales) they haven't been around the feeders.  That might change this summer.

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  11. 5 minutes ago, Cold Lake Kid, SASS # 51474 said:

    We'uns still got winter.

    And snow.

    Lottsa snow.



    Hmmm...last snow in Santa Rosa was in '02 I think.  That's down in the town.  Got maybe 3 inches.  The Santa Rosa Mountains got a dusting down to about 1500 feet last year - more than a dusting at the highest points (~2200 feet)  where it was maybe 5 or 6 inches.  Got some in 2018 too.  

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  12. On 2/23/2020 at 12:42 PM, Alpo said:

    I re-read all the time. And every time I re-read, seems like, I see something I missed the first time around.




    Or the 4th or 5th time.  Or something that I understood I'll take in a different way because of something else I had read.  



    I see stuff like that all the time on just about every board I'm on. People see nothing strange with watching a movie again and again, or watching television reruns. But reading a book more than once seems totally WRONG to many people.


    Then, if you mention it like that, you get either a blank look of incomprehension or a, "Well that's different!"  
    No, it is the same thing.

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