Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Baxter Black: Dog Emotions
It is my observation dogs feel certain basic emotions such as affection,
fear, confusion and joy. I’m not sure they’re capable of feeling
sadness or jealousy or if they can get their feelings hurt. But I think a
dog can get embarrassed. Take the Sunbeam clippers to a long-haired dog
and see if he doesn’t slink off behind the barn.
We bought a few acres in the
country but rented in town until we built our house. Boller, my good
cowdog and companion, stayed in the backyard but lived to go out to the
He would know when I was
getting ready to leave. He’d wait by the front door vibrating like a bow
string. I’d tease him a little, then say, “Go get in the pickup.” I’d
open the door, and he’d streak across the grass and driveway, then
catapult into the back of the pickup.
One winter morning, I was
preparing to drive out and split some wood. Boller was tuned up and
ticking similar to a two-dollar watch. I peeked out the door when I
released him. We’d had an ice storm. The trees hung heavy with icicles,
and the concrete driveway was similar to a mirror. Boller shot across
the frozen grass, reached the driveway, set his hind legs to spring
skyward, hit the ice and slid similar to a statue of a dog praying,
directly into the side of the pickup.