TOWNER, N.D. — There are plenty of modern contraptions on the ranch that make our work easier and, mostly, I’m glad to have them. Especially when they work. When they decide to quit running, it’s frustrating, but sometimes the change is an uninvited gift.
Depression is a very real problem for many farmers. Usually farmers and ranchers don’t like to talk about feeling depressed except when joking around. Like, “These prices sure make me depressed.”
There are many kinds of depression.
Dear Dr. Fox: I recently acquired a female Chihuahua from Canine Castaways. She is 5 years old. She can be very timid but gets quite vocal and aggravated when my husband gives me something or touches me.
One vital dimension of marriage is that it provides the sense of security we need to face the major problems of life. It is like having someone in your corner when life gets overwhelming – someone you can turn to for comfort and support.
Dear Dr. Fox: My male Persian cat (a rescue cat) was neutered when he was over 2 years old. He has had oxalate stones removed twice in the past two years. He was thoroughly examined by a veterinarian internist/specialist.
It’s true. The time has come to quit. The time is right. It has been 28 years since I wrote my first column in January 1984 for the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal. I didn’t know what kind of journey I was on or where it would take me. But I began with a sense of mission and that sense of mission has sustained me.
As farmers and cattle ranchers, Val and Mark Wagner never expected to know the intricacies of a vegan diet. “It’s a little hard to stomach when you’re a livestock producer and you’re raising a kid who might never be able to eat meat,” said Mark Wagner, who lives on a farm outside of Monango, N.D., with his wife, Val, and four sons.
Dear Dr. Fox: We recently lost our beloved dog, Ginger, to immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA). We are heartbroken. She was only 8 years old.
We have had dogs all our lives and had never heard of this devastating disease. After researching it online, it seems that it’s fairly common and is possibly brought on by overvaccination.
What makes the Christmas holidays special? For most of us, the religious significance of the birth of Jesus Christ gives meaning to our lives. It is a time for a renewal of faith and Christian charity.
Dear Dr. Fox: We have a 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier who is scratching and rubbing his backside. We have been to three vets and have had his glands cleaned. They provided a spray (CortiSpray), and I use 1 percent hydrocortisone on his raw spots.
I am continually amazed at the number of intelligent, well-meaning couples who fail to communicate and resolve differences in their relationships. On the job, they are great. With their friends, they are great. With each other, they are like squabbling 10-year-olds.
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