Kyla. Jalisco, Mexico July 26, 2002-Anthem, Arizona December 17, 2014

Run A Muck Ranch:

We lost a friend today. I was one of the fortunate ones who met Kyla in person. I wish I got to know her better.

For anyone planting a garden, please plant extra green beans in Kyla’s honor.

Originally posted on kylascott:

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Kaci here with Kali at my side. In Christmas season, there’s a lot of getting and receiving gifts. December 2002, we received a gift from heaven. Today, we had to give her back. In September, we learned that Kyla’s melanoma spread and she had 1 to 6 months left with 3 being most likely. It was three months. For those 3 months, Kyla was pampered-anything for Kyla. Earlier last week, she started going poo in the house even though she had access to the dog run 24/7. We could have lived with that. She also started to not eat her apple that was on top of her food. She was on a pain med that had a side effect of hunger and normally Kyla was very food driven and perpetually hungry so a refusal to eat something was serious. Last Wednesday, the wheezing started when she inhaled. The peeps made…

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Christmas Came Early to Run A Muck Ranch

Y’all know how Crabby and his Main Mutt Morty like to get out into the wilderness.   You should also know how happy Willy gets whenever Crabby and Morty leave.

I found the PERFECT gift for the 3 of them!

 

Parts 1 and 1a were here yesterday.  Fortunately, neither Crabby nor Morty could figure out what was coming next.
Parts 1 and 1a were here yesterday. Fortunately, neither Crabby nor Morty could figure out what was coming next.
Oooohhh!  What could the life vests possibly  be for?????
Oooohhh! What could the life vests possibly be for?????

The Main Event arrived today.

Crabby and Morty have their very own Sea Eagle inflatable kayak!
Crabby and Morty have their very own Sea Eagle inflatable kayak!

 

Crabby tests his rowing technique.
Crabby tests his rowing technique.
Morty says, "Hey, Pa!  It's mine too!  I wanna try it out!"
Morty says, “Hey, Pa! It’s mine too! I wanna try it out!”

 

Yup, I think the boys will have some fun with their new toy!
Yup, I think the boys will have some fun with their new toy!

So, Willy; how do you feel about yet one more opportunity for Morty and your Dad to leave for day(s) at a time?

 

Wooo Hoooo!
Wooo Hoooo!

 

Crabby and Morty will be taking The Sea Woof to Lake Pleasant on Saturday for her maiden voyage.

 

Crabby Puts His Foot Down on Another Rescue

An innocent creature in need presented himself in our driveway this evening and I’m ashamed to say Crabby strongly refused to offer refuge to this latest wayward soul.

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Poor little guy, it's December but it hasn't gotten cold.
Poor little guy, it’s December and he’s still out in the big bad world.

 

The unseasonably warm weather is confusing the snakes.  The temperatures are keeping them awake, but it isn’t warm enough for them to move around at peak snake speed, making them easy pickings for predators and heartless humans.   Additionally, if the weather does decide to turn cold, the snakes above ground will die.   This little guy was very slow, probably on the gravel trying to get warm.

 

He was too heat deprived to defend himself.
He was too heat deprived to defend himself.

 

My original intent, given 1 very cold night could kill him, was to see if we had a ‘habitat’ to put him in, inside the house, where he could be safe from the elements, at least until it was safe to release him – sometime in the spring.

But Crabby is mean, and locked the gates of Run A Muck Ranch against the critter (and me, lest I try to smuggle the little guy in the house).

In the end, I moved the little snake to a shrub that I hoped would provide at least some comfort in his time of need.

 

Slowly inching under a jojoba bush.
Slowly inching under a jojoba bush.

 

After a thorough frisking to insure I wasn’t smuggling in anything slithery, Crabby allowed me back in the house.

Bummer is, the little snake looked like a Larry to me.  As you know, I really want a Larry.

Study Buddies

I’ve been hitting the books pretty hard of late, and sometimes I need a little support and encouragement.

This was my study group last night while I was working on calculations for a specialized diet.

 

That patch of bare space between DASH! and Willy was my spot.
The patch of bare space between DASH! and Willy was my space. 

 

While the rest of the group really didn’t help very much, my ever attentive William took copious notes for me.

 

Special Offer From SamDoum Art to Run A Muck Ranch Followers!

I just received an e-mail from Samara, the amazing artist at SamDoum Art with an exclusive offer for Run A Muck Ranch friends!

From Samara:

“I’m currently offering 25% off on all pet portraits for all Run A Muck fans who find me through your website. All they will need to do is click on the pet portrait badge on your blog and that page will direct them to my pet portrait Etsy shop. Then, while completing their order, all they’ll need to do is enter the Promocode  “RUNAMUCK25″. The offer lasts until January 1st, 2015. But it’s a good idea to order as soon as possible in order to ship before the Christmas deadline, for those purchasing as a gift for someone else.”

 

Run A Muck Ranch's Gracie painted by SamDuom Art.
Run A Muck Ranch’s Gracie painted by SamDuom Art.

 

The SamDoumArt badge is the first widget below the header on this blog, titled Pet Portraits,  with the Macaw on it – also painted by Samara.

 

 

Run A Muck Ranch's Mortimer painted by SamDuom Art
Run A Muck Ranch’s Mortimer painted by SamDuom Art

This is the PERFECT gift for any dog mom, and most dog dads, on your Christmas list!

 

Hannah, the winner of Run A Muck Ranch's Facebook contest for internationally adopted dogs.
Hannah, the winner of Run A Muck Ranch’s Facebook contest for internationally adopted dogs.

 

 

 

Another Video For You: My Bionic Pet

I watched a way interesting and way fun documentary on prosthetics for the 2 and 4 leggeds with scales, fur and feathers in our lives.

If you happen to have 52 minutes to spare, I promise it’s worth the watch!

My favorite Bionic Pet is Chris P. Bacon, the pig.  Gotta love the name!

The link to the video is below.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/my-bionic-pet/my-bionic-pet/8696/

For the life of me I don’t understand why anyone would pass up on a scratch and dent critter.   Seems it’s only a matter of time before a beast missing or needing to be missing a body part or 3 will turn up on Run A Muck Ranch’s door step.  If and when that happens, you can be rest assured a fun life will  be guaranteed!

Never underestimate the value of scratch and dent critters!

 

Run A Muck Ranch Yields to the Space Saving Masters

I’ve posted many a pic, and a few posts, showing how the Run A Much Ranch dogs excel at making the most of small spaces.

Nimwits piled on top of each other, series of multiple spoons, and other such cute, cuddly, compact postures have been shared with pride, me believing our dogs were the masters.  I was wrong.

I humbly yield the Space Saving Masters Title to the Bull Terriers in this video, with extra accolades going to the black and white one.

 

A Call to Action, Not Dog Related

I happened to have an early work day today, and decided to come home and veg out on the couch while watching TV.  We have Netflix, and highlighted on the menu was a Netflix original movie, Virunga.  The description was of a documentary depicting the life of rangers in the Virunga Park, Congo, with an emphasis on the protection of mountain gorillas.    Who doesn’t love gorillas, right?

You have to watch it. You have to sit through every second of it. If you don’t have Netflix, sign up for the free month, watch the movie, then cancel your subscription.  It’s worth it.  Trust me.

Trailer:

http://virungamovie.com/player/

Virunga isn’t a story of a group of rangers trying to protect a park and it’s mountain gorillas.  It’s a story of what we, the citizens of the world, have allowed to happen, over and over,  due to our apathy.

SOCO is a UK problem – and I implore any UK followers to join any call to action against this greedy corporation.

For the US followers:  Walmart, the Koch brothers, pretty much any politician, and the list goes on – your well being isn’t even on their radar.  It’s all about money and power.  As long as you are good sheep and do what you’re told, getting all excited about the possibility of saving pennies, they’re very happy making billions.

Stop being sheep.  Be aware of how the top earners make their money and what sacrifices others have to make in order for that to happen.