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Sunday, March 8th, 2009
8:37 pm
Hi There
I just found this community and am wondering if it is still active? Anyone out there that was in Arkansas 4-H?

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
11:11 pm
A Puppy for Christmas
A Puppy for Christmas
 by: Angela Heyburn
So you want to buy the kids a puppy for Christmas. Sounds like a great idea, may even teach the kids responsibility by caring for the puppy.
We could put it in a box and put a large bow around it, pop in a few air holes - what a great surprise for the kids, Christmas morning.
Wrong! This is a very bad idea. Think about things from the puppy's point of view. It is a living creature with needs. Young puppies are only babies afterall. This could be its first night away from its mother and littermates - and you want to shove it in a box for over 12 hours. You will be opening a very soggy package in the morning.
Maybe you won't wrap the puppy in a box, but is it still a good idea to have the puppies' first day at home, on Christmas day? Will you have time to care for the puppy while rushing around? Are you going out to the relatives or are they coming to your place? All the commotion of Xmas Day could be quite upsetting to a baby puppy.
Puppies first day in his new home needs to be a peaceful occasion. You will need to introduce the puppy to his new environment and start the housetraining routine. While you may have bought the puppy for the children to learn responsibility, there will be very few children that are capable of carrying out this task. Are you prepared to see to the puppies needs if the children are not capable of carrying out these chores?
A puppy that is loved and cared for make great companions. Those that are bought on a whim often end up in the pound as their new owners have no idea how to raise them.
Please don't purchase a puppy as a Christmas present. Get your new puppy before or after the holiday period. A reputable breeder will not allow you to take a puppy home for Xmas day.
A puppy is for life. A week or two either side of Christmas day will make the world of difference to the puppy's start in life without the safety and security of its mother and littermates, and you will be able to spend important time with him.

Ask me - Buying a Turtle
Thursday, June 12th, 2008
2:11 pm
Have Pet ... Can Travel
Have Pet ... Can Travel
 by: Gerry Neustatl
If you are reading this, I guess you have a pet, need a holiday and don't want to waste your next hard-earned break watching round-the-clock rubbish on televsion. In days gone many pet owners simply did not go on holidays! "Why", I would ask them, and the answer was always the same: "Because we own a pet."
Fortunately pet owners have more options than they used to. These days you can often take your pet with you. Otherwise you can leave it in a secure boarding kennel or cattery, or even commission a pet minding service to visit and service your pet in its familiar environment. But which option is right for you and your pet?
So now you've taken the first step and put in for some annual leave. Your vacation is coming up... but what are you going to do with the family pet?
Option One: Pet Friendly Holidaying
Taking your pet with you on holidays is an option particularly popular among dog owners whose charges travel well. Gone are the days when travelling "pet friendly" meant rotting linoleum and a leaky roof. Many holiday venue operators now recognise that most pet owners are responsible adults who will look after a nice house in order to be invited back.
When travelling don't forget to take frequent rests, pack water for the travel along with your dog's water bowl, and don't leave your dog to bake in your car! You'll generally also be required to bring your pet's bedding, food and food containers.
Your pet should also be fully vaccinated, wormed and on a current flea treatment program. A first aid kit including tweezers or tick removers as well as antiseptic makes good sense, especially if there are likely to be ticks in the area.
Other pets can make excellent travel companions - cats and horses, for example, are welcomed at many holiday venues these days.
FOLLOW THE RULES: If you will be having your pet with you on holidays there are likely to be conditions. Find out what they are and follow them or you will not be welcomed back!
AVOID THE TELEVISION. Hopefully there isn't a TV there, but if there is, don't turn it on. You can watch TV at home and there are too many exciting things to do with your pet, friends and family, like bush walking, swimming... no, don't reach for the remote control. Make the most of your holiday and enjoy the Great Outdoors!
There are times when you can't take your pet with you, such as overseas holidays, business trips and when you are holidaying in regions that don't permit pets. So what are your options?
Option Two: In Home Pet Minding Services
If your pet is unlikely to fret excessively in your absence it can make sense to leave them in their familiar territory. A Pet Minder can visit your pet in your home or garden, supplying food, entertainment, a walk and maybe even a bath in your absence.
Leaving a pet in the house can even assist with security - who's going to break in when Cujo's guarding the front door?
As an added bonus a pet minder will often undertake additional duties including collecting mail, putting out the garbage and watering the plants. They can often attend to the other members of your family including fish, mice, birds etc.
Keeping up your dog's exercise regime is important. If your chosen pet minder cannot exercise your pet then arrange for a family member or professional dog walker to look after this for you.
When interviewing for a pet minder, it is OK, and expected that you will ask for references.
Not all dogs and cats are suited to staying home while you're away, especially if you'll be gone for an extended period. If your pet is likely to fret terribly, howl through the night, disturb neighbours or go wandering, then a boarding facility might be a better option for your pet's safety and security!
Option Three: Boarding Kennels and Catteries
A boarding kennel or cattery can provide a safe environment in your absence. Your pet will be fed according to the diet that you have prearranged - many boarding services can cater for the fussiest of animals.
Most boarding kennels have excellent exercise options available as well as ready access to a vet in case of emergency.
Know what to look for! Most boarding kennels and catteries are happy to show you through their premises if you make an appointment, but I favour boarding facilities that welcome your inspection without an appointment. Who knows what might get swept under the rug!
Your holiday - Relax and enjoy yourself
Now that your pets are taken care of, go and enjoy your holiday! Hang on a moment... what about the kids?

Fuck! How To Train Your Dog To Heel Off The Leash
Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
6:11 pm
Predator Tropical Fish
Predator Tropical Fish
 by: Nate Jamieson
Some tropical fish, either because of their size, feeding habits, or just their natural behavior, are not suitable for beginners to try and raise in a community tank. These are some of the big and bad, that you may want to avoid until you're more experienced.
Oscar- This native of the Amazon River and its tributaries, is a large fish, reaching 13-14" in length, although it can be sexually mature and laying eggs at 4". They do best in a tank with no "fussy" things like slender plants or ornaments. They prefer a medium texture substrate because they're great diggers, but do like wood or rock platforms that create a cave. The recommended food for Oscars is feeder goldfish, because they basically will eat anything small, that moves. This is why they can't be kept with smaller fish, or livebearers that will have young. Most hobbyists use a special large stick food that absorbs some water and moves with the motion in the aquarium, so it mimics prey.
Jack Dempsey- Another South American native, the Jack Dempsey comes in many of the same dark colors and spotting as the Oscar, featuring greens, brown and gray areas, which may help large species like this to hide amongst the bottom rocks. The Dempsey is similar to the Oscar in other ways as well, being a bottom digger, and preferring caves and wood to rest under. They are also a live feeder that will devour anything that moves, but unlike the Dempsey, they pursue their prey, and are considered to have "attitude" that makes them best suited to a tank of like-minded fish.
Discus- While not the bottomless pits that Oscars and Jack Dempseys are for feeding, the Discus is still a large fish, even at 6", and because of their native Amazon River environment, require a fairly specific habitat. In the wild they lived where trees had fallen into the river, and made their homes under and around the branches. In an aquarium, that means keeping a thick substrate where the light does not reach down to, as well as lots of wood pieces for hiding, and vegetation that goes from bottom to top. They are live feeders as many large fish are, but generally subsist on a diet of shrimp, tubifex and daphnia in good quantity. They are a fish that lives naturally in groups of five or six, and in the home environment, do not take well to upsets or changes in the tank.
Friday, June 9th, 2006
8:00 am
Hey guys. I'm Mallory. I am in 4-h obviously. I live in Florida. I own a thoroughbred/welsh pony named poppy and his showname is brownland's pop top. He is basically a thoroughbred trapped in a pony's body because there is nothing pony about him. He acts like a thoroughbred in everyway. He just turned 15. well tTYl.
Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
9:49 pm
horse in need of riding
Hey, I am a massachusetts 4-Her and my 4-H project horse needs some riding while I am working this summer. He is a 16.2 hand percheron/TB and he needs riding! I have a summer job and he needs to be kept in shape. He is trained in dressage, cross country, and jumping though he has mainly been my mom's trail horse since I left for college. He is located in Ashby, MA and we are surrounded by miles of trails and there is an indoor that can be used a short walk from my house. He is gentle and willing and loves to get out of the pasture! A summer lease or something may be able to be worked out, however he does need to stay on the property as he has EPSM and has diet requirements.

My icon is him, if you want more pictures just ask. I am putting down my home contact info as that is where he is located.

IM: xgivemeasignx

Thursday, February 9th, 2006
12:18 am
Here everyone, I'm new to this community and I deicided to post a picture of my 4H club. I've been in horse 4H for five years now, and still goin' strong! Anyway, my club is called Bounday Bit'N Bridle from Grand Forks, BC, Canada. I *will* post some more pictures soon!

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Current Mood: content
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005
2:30 am
So i actually have something to talk about on this journal. Come friday I'll be heading to Atlanta for national 4-H congress. Anyone else going?
Monday, October 31st, 2005
1:11 pm
Monday, September 19th, 2005
1:47 pm
New Community!
Hey! I just started a community for alpacas and llama people. Its pretty much a place to exchange information,ask questions, tell stories and post pictures or whatever. You dont need to actually own or know anything about llamas and alpacas to join, just a curiosity and interest in these animals. If you are interested in joining click on the link below:

Friday, September 2nd, 2005
1:45 am
hello all,
i have no connections whatsoever to 4H, but i was hoping someone here may be able to help me with a goat question.

here's my story- i spent summer 2004 in switzerland on a farm in the alps...they had lots of animals, the mother in the family i worked for made sheep cheese with a bit of goat milk thrown in, and i got to milk the goats. they loved me and followed me around all over the place, esp. cindy...sorry, i'm rambling :p ...so anyway i ended up really liking them, they weren't like the petting zoo type goats i was expecting. someday i'd ike to have some goats of my own, so here's my question; can anybody tell what breed they are?

goat pics under here!Collapse )

thanks in advance!

X posted to goat_owners and (hopefully) goatowners
Sunday, August 21st, 2005
7:06 pm
I Bleed Green: A 4-H community.

I just wanted to let you guys know about the community I maintain, ibleedgreen4h

Hope to see you there.
Thursday, July 28th, 2005
3:56 am
I have a show this weekend, and I entered the reining class. This class is always small so I know as long as I remember the pattern, I can probably go to Districts in it and I don't have to worry about looking like an idiot... BUT!!! I want to go in there knowing something! Yeah its a bit late to train my horse to spin isn't it? But I already have her pivoting half a circle to the right and 1/4 circle to the left(in about 1 hour's work!), but after that she walks out of the pivot, even though I make no movement or change! I know I can't possibly have a proffesional spin, but I'd like atleast 1 out of 4 spins around to be complete, after that maybe we'll perfect all 4... does anybody know how I could possibly get her to keep moving around her hind end instead of twisting her hindquarters around her front before the spin is complete?

I can use any help, even if it won't help before this weekend, maybe I'll make it to districts and can use the advice there! - Thanx~

... I've ridden her again and she's doing nice half circles, but thats all. She wanders off and gets totally messed up after half a circle.
Monday, July 18th, 2005
6:42 pm

We just finished the Cook County 4H fair on Saturday and It was boatloads of fun. Im a 4H alumni, since I turned 19 I can no longer be in the program but Im still involved. So I was a judge for visual arts. Just wanted to send out a word, If you are doing a smaller project-non livestock- make sure you make a good notecard. I cant tell you how many drawings I had to mark down because they put very little of what they learned on a note card. If any of you are new or want to know what a judge expects for the different areas feel free to contact me!

Friday, June 24th, 2005
12:28 pm
hey! found this comm just bumming around! im ashley and im 17 and i just joined 4H in my area! i live in PA. my horse is a reg. paint [w/ quarter horse blood] named spice it up. he is 8 years old and a buckskin! he does it all and is my everything...we show mainly competitively in hunters right now, but soon many many other things!!! heres a few pictures of him!
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Sunday, June 19th, 2005
12:28 am
4-H Forestry
So, I get the feeling that this is okay to post here, but if it's not feel free to, er, slap me or something.

My brother and his forestry team won state. Yay for them! They now get to go represent Alabama at the 4-H Forestry National Competition in Weston, West Virginia. I got to have this opportunity a few years ago, and let me tell you, it is tough. Alabama is THE best team in the nation, and when I say that, I'm totally serious. Out of the 20 or so years that Alabama has been competing, they've won it 14 times. We're going on our 7th or 8th straight year to win it. It's getting to the point where other states don't even want to show up anymore.

Teams measure trees to estimate the total volume of salable wood in an area of land in board feet (cruising timber). They do this with a tool called a Biltmore stick. They also learn how to identify trees, how to identify common forest insects and diseases, learn to interpret a topographical map, use a compass to determine direction and estimate distance by walking, and participate in a forest evaluation where the team is given a hypothetical scenario and asked to determine what forest practices would be best used.

In addition to all these "practical" knowledge and skills, the team has a lot of actual studying to do as they prepare for a forestry quiz bowl something like jeopardy. Believe me, you have to know A LOT of seemingly innocuous facts about trees, forest, and forest management practices.

It may sound REALLY geeky, and it is. But believe me, people get really into it. Roger, our county's coach, has been coaching winning forestry teams for many years. The Alabama/Coosa County has a reputation to uphold, even if most people in the state (or the county!) even don't know about it.

The state competition is around the 1st of June, and then the winning team has June and July to prepare for nationals. Most of Samuel's teammates have been doing this since they were 9 years old and this is their first year to compete on the senior level.

I and three other girls won it 2 years ago: I was the top individual scorer that year. You can read all about us (and see a picture!) in this link:
Holly is cool, baby, but this is an ugly picture of her.

And, I have a picture of the will-be 2005 National Forestry Champions cut hereCollapse )

Current Mood: chipper
Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
8:22 am
Does anyone out here do Showmanship with their horsies?? I do and i love it, i think its fun, but then again i have had a ton of people tell me i am weired.....So what do you guys think????Also i asked this earlier but iam gonna ask again, does nayone do Liberty with there horses????I find that also a ton of fun!

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, April 24th, 2005
5:57 pm
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Wednesday, April 20th, 2005
2:21 pm
Well i havent updated in a while, so here goes. I have been worjking a lot with my horses, as we have a hsow in may, and i geta clip them soon!! Woot, and Shadows driving has been alrigght, hes a brat, so its an uphill battle. Yeah nad Oreo is just the perfectest little fat angel. The only problem? Hes fat. BAHAH yeah nayways, i hope i get a new show halter for my birthday, if i do, i will post pictures! And i will be buying another harness soon, a Betathabne one, thus my collection will be up to 4! Four harnesses, and one horse to drive with, go figure hey? (what can i say? i have an addiction)hehe yessah but for whaqt i want to do, i need this harness, so there *sticks out tongue at any that think i am crazy nad a harness junkie. hehe ok then thast it for now mans, nad i will talk to yall later

Current Mood: bouncy
Friday, April 15th, 2005
6:40 pm
Had a pretty easy day at school, just had capp and band..lol really easy just beofre the weekend. Came home nad drove Shadow, which was grand. He was being a brat for the first few minutes, but then totally mellowed out. Didnt work him hard, just walking and a littel bit of trot to get him back into it. Then Played with Oreo, and made him run his fat butt all over the place lol.So thast about it. See y'all around
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