Decades ago, Val Farmer was giving a talk on rural psychology at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron when a reporter approached him to do a story. Farmer said yes, but wasn’t entirely happy with the way it turned out – and figured he could do better.
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.
Santa Claus has changed in appearance throughout the centuries. He is now a mixture of the Dutch, German, Scandinavian, British and American characters that have represented Christmas. The earliest Santa-like figure was Saint Nicholas of Myra, a fourth-century Greek bishop. He was pictured as a thin bishop in religious clothing.
A Chinese porcelain “chestnut basket” recently was offered for sale at a Virginia auction. We looked at the basket, which appears to be a bowl and underplate, and wondered if the reticulated (cut-out) areas were simply decorative or if they were important because the bowl held chestnuts.
Ants have been sneaking inside warm houses for centuries. Our ancestors did not use poison, but they had a way to keep the ants away from their food.
They made ant traps of pottery or glass designed to keep ants from climbing up the legs of a kitchen or dining room table.
Q: I am looking for a recommendation on a ground cover that would be on a fairly steep south-facing slope. My goal is to get rid of the grass and replace it with something that spreads out and I don’t have to mow. A bonus would be something that has nice color in the fall and attracts bees and butterflies.
Dear Dr. Fox: My 18-month-old black Lab mix (rescued two months ago) frequently has loose stools. Not watery, just loosely formed. This doesn’t seem to bother him, but I am concerned that he will need to have his anal glands cleaned out frequently (as per his vet). He tested positive for giardia and then tested negative after being treated.
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