Invasion of the privacy snatchers, by Ron Hevener. A dogs kennels story,among other professional pets stories and true article to read.
"On With The Show" ... Another Morning
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  I hold the filly and pet her from head to tail, rubbing my hands in small circles like Linda Tellington Jones teaches us to do. The way Larissah does as she nuzzles this filly that I hope will someday race far and wide across the country and in other countries as well … Will those countries still be there, I wonder? … Oil prices climb to all-time high … stock markets react … warships moving toward Asia …
I go back to Honey Babes and brush her, remembering when she first came here. “You were pretty skinny,” I say, brushing her bright Chestnut hair and untangling her flaxen mane. (Just between you and me, she’s made up for it since then and I’m ready to call Weight Watchers). She munches on a carrot and I put the saddle on her as a car pulls up next to the barn. Sandy’s right on time for our morning ride. We’ll go out on the trails. We’ll see a few wild rabbits, maybe a deer or two, and gallop as fast as we can up the mountain. We’ll laugh and talk about business and life and what we must do today. We’ll be young and free and overflowing with ideas. Sandy’s going to a polo seminar this weekend and, as we ride, she practices swinging her arm like a polo player. Her horse, Rhazzle, doesn’t seem to mind. But, I notice his lower lip flapping the way it does when he’s worried. Sandy and I have ridden like this since we were kids and she is the one who inspired the character “Sassy” in my novel “Fate of the Stallion.” … Drought takes France, U.S. Midwest, Portugal, Spain …
  The ride is over, good-byes are said and I pedal out the lane. Maxine and Bonnie and Ken and Jared will be arriving soon to clean up the kennels, feed the dogs and work in the studio. This farm we’ve brought to life, this very unusual place with its books and music and the animals that model for the collectible figurines we’ve made for so many years is like other places where animal lovers make “their own world.”
Are animal lovers aware of political and scientific events swirling around us? Most of us are, and a lot of us discover that raising animals – showing them, caring for them (and sometimes following their example) – is a way for us to keep such things in perspective. For Mamie the cat, nothing in the world is more important than the sound of mice, bugs and fluttering birds among the tall grass growing along the fence that (as far as she is concerned) belongs only to her. She doesn’t clutter her mind with things like taxes and laws and international affairs as she plays in the long grass. Mamie is a healthy cat.
The mare and her foal, the German Shepherd by her master’s side, the cows in the barn … their world is what they see around them, and what they know to be real. The value of the dollar or the pound or the yen doesn’t bother them. The ranting of presidents, premiers and kings has no emotional effect on them, either. The grave warnings of scientists do not scare them or blow them off course. Animals walk with kings or commoners with the same confidence, the same steady sense of well being. There’s a healthy lesson in that: a truth to carry us all day over the mountain on a mare named Honey Babes, flying through the trees with Harry Potter’s white owl at night and into the hope of the next morning. There will be another morning, they promise. There may be all kinds of political monsters out there. But, as long as there are horses, wild cats and dogs, there will always be another morning and something to love. Sitting here with a cup of green tea, my bare feet propped on the sleeping dog under my desk, and reading your letters, I’m sure of it.

Ron Hevener @
Author, “The Blue Ribbon” and “Fate of the Stallion”
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