And soil chemistry ~ probably one of the most important classes of all in the series. If you know your soil composition and what is has and what it lacks, you are definitely in business. Plants need nutrients to grow, thrive and repel pests and disease. Bottom line ~ get your soil tested. Have I had my soil tested? No. Will I have it tested now? Yes. This little step can make all the difference in how your plants will perform.
OK ~ I am off of my soapbox for the week. Now can I bend your ears about this week's news? Gonna make this S&S (short and sweet). We had to say a final goodbye to our red doberman (Toby) this week. And at the age of only eight years, this was a really "sucky" thing to have to do (for lack of a better word ~ that's how we feel). Her back legs have been bad for a few years due to some torn and irreparable tendons. Well, last Friday night she did it again (that dang stray cat led her on). Spent all last weekend trying to haul her 97 pounds around ~ she had all she could do to get up. The saddest thing I have ever seen was her out in the yard, laying on the lawn because she KNEW the steps were just too much for her. Needless to say, Monday's visit to the vet was all bad news ~ nothing to be done. What's more, the vet said that Toby was hiding the worst of the pain as only dogs can do. Mark took her in, so when I got home from work ~ no Toby.
Nov 2, 2007 | 3:50 PM PST
KeeWee, my heart aches for you and your family. There is nothing quite as special as a pet.
My neighbor has a wonderful Australian Sheep Dog that I call my own. Sheila and I have had a love affair over the fence for years. I love Sheila, but she is getting old now and I know she may not last many years or even months into the winter. I will shed tears over my little friend when her time comes. Linda B
Nov 2, 2007 | 8:08 PM PST
Keywee, I can certainly empathize. We had to put down our cat of over 15 years earlier this year. Going blind and losing weight because it was too difficult to navigate to her food, it was just selfish to make her keep doing that. It must have been even worse for you since Toby was so young. My condolences.