BOOK REVIEW Girls Can Be Cowboys Too!

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Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite

Girls Can Be Cowboys Too! by Rose Miller is a non-fiction biographical sketch of women who handle all of the things on a ranch that cowboys do and what their lives and experiences are like. Rose has refrained from using the word “cowgirl” since it does not seem to imply the same level of ranch or animal expertise that the word “cowboy” does. The book is composed of chapters that detail the lives of each of these ranch women from various parts of the US, generally the southwestern part of the US. The stories cover tales that showcase a love for animals, be they horses, dogs, or any animal for that matter, the many jobs that need to get done on a ranch and how these women manage them, their early backgrounds and how they learnt the skills to be ranch women, their love of the land and nature, fighting the inevitable natural disasters at times such as wildfires, animal rescue and preventing cruelty and abuse of animals, and more.

I liked reading Girls Can Be Cowboys Too by Rose Miller and loved that it showcased the relatively little known ranch women or wives who have a huge share in running these ranches. There is a lot of focus on animal and pet stories in this book and issues such as animal slaughter, and animal abuse definitely need to be brought to mainstream society’s attention which this book attempts to do, which I appreciated. The stories range from humorous, to exciting and adventurous, or even sad at times. In short, these stories are more than just events in the lives of these women, but showcase their day-to-day lives and emotions. Rose’s casual and authentic writing style makes this a fun and educational read.

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BLM Announces Its Plans to Destroy the Onaqui Mountain Wild Horse Herd in 2019

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My friend, Bev Petitt photographs these horses regularly. she is in my new book GIRLS CAN BE COWBOYS TOO! Please tweet, call, write, email to stop this.

Straight from the Horse's Heart

BLM Announces Plan to Destroy the Onaqui Mountain Wild Horse Herd in 2019

By Carol J. Walker, Director of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Yesterday the BLM issued a press release on its Decision Record for the Onaqui Mountain Wild Horse Herd in Utah. The BLM says  “The objectives of the approved population control measures are to slow the herd’s population growth and achieve and maintain a balance between wild horses on the range and other public land resources.”

You can read the Decision Record and all the other documents here:

https://go.usa.gov/xQQFE

Their plan is to remove 465 wild horses from the Herd Management Area in 2019 using both bait trapping and helicopters. Currently the population is estimated to be 505 wild horses, but the BLM is estimating that with foals born in 2019 that the population will be at 586, and they want to bring the herd down…

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Working Like a Mule

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THIS IS A RE-BLOG from a friend. The message is terrific whether you are training horses, mules, dogs or your children (smile) or yourself. Enjoy

from a horse

I hate writing, or it seems like I hate writing. I avoid it at every opportunity. And yet when I’m not doing it, I long for it, think about it constantly, imagine what I’m going to write, wonder why I don’t write more, and how to make myself write more. I puzzle over stories and characters and plot lines, imagining how I can piece them together and make them come alive, build an entire universe and elucidate a previously dark corner of human nature. When the time comes to actually write, I’d rather be anywhere else, cleaning the toilet, doing dishes, sleeping, watching movies, playing solitaire, listening to an audio book, petting my animals, clearing brush, building fences, pulling weeds, brush hogging (a particular favorite), ANYTHING but writing. Every molecule of my body says, no, yearns for any other direction, and often gets away with it. And yet, in my…

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FEATHERED QUILL

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NEW COVER

Promotion for GIRLS CAN BE COWBOYS TOO! Fun interview.

https://featheredquill.com/author-interview-rose-miller/

 

Welcome to the World, Puppies!

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Sharing in the hopes it might help find homes for the pups and Dixieland. You can read more about them on her previous blogs. Please think about fostering and adopting. So many dogs, so few homes.

Another Good Dog™

The last time I whelped puppies, it didn’t go so well. It’s been over 18 months since that tragedy, but it still crept into the back of my mind when I watched Dixieland in the whelping box.

Fostering a pregnant dog is exciting and amazing, but it is also terrifying. These dogs come with no history, no prenatal care, lots of stress (theirs and yours), and normally no timeline. I was lucky to have a general idea of when Dixie’s pups were due because of the x-ray she had to check out her broken back leg.

As the days ticked past the ‘due date’,

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Finally– a Rescue!

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I read Cara’s book, I feel her pain. She has a beautiful way with words, so I am going to share her blog and hope others will also share so that more people will see how important it is to FOSTER and adopt, but fostering is a big help in getting a dog rescued and into a loving home. In Prescott AZ we have a new rescue:  AARF That is just getting off the ground. Liz, one of the gals running it is in my new book: GIRLS CAN BE COWBOYS TOO! Please “like” and share this blog so that your friends will be inspired along with us.

Another Good Dog™

After a fun night and day in Nashville with my hubby in which we discovered my book at Parnassus Books (Ann Patchett’s bookstore!), visited a few honky tonks, got some much needed rest, and I bought new cowboy boots (!), we headed to Scott County, VA to visit the shelter that inspired my book.

Back in summer 2016, I was about forty foster dogs in to my rescue adventures when I attended a training seminar with OPH. We heard about how the rescue came to be, how many dogs we had collectively rescued to date (6000, I think it was), and then we heard from some special guests. Rachel and Ashley had come all the way from Scott County, Virginia. Ashley was a volunteer and foster mom and Rachel was a volunteer, foster mom, and rescue coordinator for the Scott County Humane Society.

As I’ve learned, at many rural shelters…

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ANOTHER GOOD DOG a book by Cara Sue Achterberg

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dogs 3 in kitchen

OUR DOGS  Buttercup, Winston, and Lady Bird 

Adopt, foster, rescue?? All good ideas in the land of too many dogs (cats) and not enough homes. Cara Sue started fostering after she lost her “heart dog” and hasn’t stopped  yet. She was up to 50 at the time of the book writing. She is on the East coast and works with a rescue group. Here is her Facebook page for Another Good Dog  and the rescue group/dogs.

Our family has fostered a few cats and dogs, but we were mostly “foster fails” because we just kept them. After loosing Lady Blue our lovely Giant Schnauzer, our home and heart have a big hole. Because I am scheduled to have a hip replacement in October, and then recover, we had decided to wait to get another dog. After all, having four dogs after having five, doesn’t seem like enough! After reading ANOTHER GOOD DOG, I now think we may try our hand at fostering again instead of adopting. There is a new dog rescue in Prescott, AZ: AARF, and Liz, one of the gals running, it is in my new book (soon to be released):  GIRLS CAN BE COWBOYS TOO!   I am sure we will find many possible fosters in her care!

I truly recommend Another Good Dog, it is heartfelt, easy to read, and hopefully will encourage many others to foster, or at least donate. Man’s best friend is calling to us for help!

Also, please consider reading my book about dogs: Dogs, Dogs and More Dogs  ALL my book money is donated to places like AARF.  It is a fun read about how to do some things and how NOT to do others!

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