Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sue Janosek Murphy 8:25am Apr 24
No its too late, he was already put on the slaughter truck hopefully to Canada then Mexico. slaughter has almost doubled since we quit slaughtering them here, its almost 200,000 a year. New Mexico just got approved by usda yesterday to start slaughtering horses again and possibly other plants to follow shortly...good news is... europe is not taking anymore of our horses since horsemeat showed up in their beef so hopefully that will decrease the market.

Anyway I would like to write something about dodger and his storyand how his death was unnecessary, as he was wanted by many and was only sold to the killers to prove a point. Perhaps we can use this to cause more awareness to the public about slaughter and keep the faith ranch. I'm not a very good writer and thought perhaps you might be interested

Conversation History

Sue Janosek Murphy 12:18pm Apr 23
Hi Pat
I have a story that I would like to get out about a horse named dodger that was sent to slaughter for $10 last Saturday despite all of our rescue attempts and was actually done out of revenge because we saved a different horse from this barn. Dodger has that name because he dodged slaughter two times previously and he was renamed Judge...I hope so that one day his killers will be Judged. Please let me know if you are interested in helping me with this project. We are also working on a memorial stone in remembrance of him and all the other horses sent to slaughter. Ok let me know. Thanks

I thought you might like to know this story. It's pretty horrible, especially when it hits that close to home.

Will be back to the blogging asap.


Friday, April 19, 2013

I think this is the perfect way to train a horse.

My writing has given way, this week, to the horse. I hope to be able to get my momentum back next week. I've had the vet out (it's vet day at the barn) and Smokey
is doing a lot better. We're off the Adaquan and will be giving an oral joint supplement. The vet doesn't seem to think there's any risidual effects from the EPM.
Thank goodness for that. I'm still caring for a friend's two horses. I'm thinking about buying one of them, an ex-reiner who is broke to death. That means an old gal
like me can probably ride him without pulling all kinds of muscles I wish I didn't have. Smokey has started back already, but I'm wondering who needs the training more.
I think it's me. i'm afraid to lope--or canter, in the English world. How can that be? That's the most fun.

I'm thinking all kinds of chapter scenarios for Legacy. I've just gotten past chapter 18 where Elena throws the letters at Alex and storms out and, Alex reads the letters.
In the next chapter we find out all kinds of things. My crit partner says I need more action now and less conversation to move the plot forward. I'm thinking a car chase sounds like fun. I wrote one with legacy a long time ago. It would need a great deal of perefial changes, but I don't think I could duplicate the actual chase scene.
I'll have to find it. It's somewhere in the archives.

Sorry, I haven't been keeping up with my blog. I'll try for a little a day. I hope you will all have patience with me.

Take care.


Friday, April 12, 2013


This is Bannerman Castle, by Timeline Photos. Just another possibility for Elena Dkany's castle in Dkany, Romania. However, her castle isn't situated by a lake--there is a river, however. But, should there be a lake?

Pat, who's been working on Legacy of Danger since 1998.

Yes, yes, I know I said I would create a new blog. Hasn't happened yet. I've been busy with Legacy and working with an awesome critique partner,
riding and caring for Smokey (horse) exercising at the local community center and playing cards on my computer. That's the ONLY place I play cards.
Please, I don't want to embarrass or financially bankrupt myself.

Legacy went great up until chapter 18-19 and 20. My partner has pointed out some major structural problems, fortunately the conversations can remain
basically the same, but the order of the conversations have to change. Whew! I'm not sure what to do with chapter 20. Again, I think the changes will be minor, but WHAT to do is another story.

I'm feeling really lousy today headachy, sneezing, coughing and just plain yucky. Just like that past few days in the Midwest. Fortunately, no tornadoes or blizzards, but still. It's damp and nasty. Smokey and my two charges, Mel and Doofis will have to wait another day for me.

Here is something I found on my Facebook page written by Patty Burkhart. I don't know you Patty, but you're up on Facebook and I'm of the age that I'd love this.

When I Am An Old Horsewoman
I shall wear turquoise and diamonds,
And a straw hat that doesn’t suit me
And I shall spend my social security on
white wine and carrots,
And sit in my alleyway of my barn
And listen to my horses breathe.

I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night
And ride the old bay gelding,
Across the moonstruck meadow
If my old bones will allow
And when people come to call, I will smile and nod
As I walk past the gardens to the barn
and show instead the flowers growing
inside stalls fresh-lined with straw.

I will shovel and sweat and wear hay in my hair
as if it were a jewel
And I will be an embarrassment to ALL
Who will not yet have found the peace in being free
to have a horse as a best friend
A friend who waits at midnight hour
With muzzle and nicker and patient eyes
For the kind of woman I will be
When I am old.

-Author Patty Barnhart

Photo Credit: Just My Tidbits

Patricia Guthrie I don't know Patty Barnhart--But, I'm putting this up on my blog.

Sunday, April 7, 2013


Add element


Got this in an Email and thought I'd share. I don't know who created this, but I can't stop thinking about "Your badge! Show him your badge."

A DEA Agent stopped at a ranch in Texas and talked to an old rancher. He told the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs." The rancher said, "okay, but don't go into that field over there...", as he pointed out the location. The DEA Agent verbally exploded and said, "look mister, I have the authority of the federal government with me!" Reaching into his rear back pocket, the arrogant officer removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher. "See this badge?! This badge means I can go wherever I want... On any land! No questions asked, no answers given! Do you understand old man?!"

The rancher kindly nodded, apologized, and went about his chores. Moments later the rancher heard loud screams, he looked up and saw the DEA agent running for his life, being chased by the ranchers big Santa Gertrudis Bull...... With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it was likely that he'd sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified. The old rancher threw down his tools, ran as fast as he could to the fence, and yelled at the top of his lungs......


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Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Add element

I decided, after a wonderful workshop about blogging on AOL's Chapter One (and Shirley Flannagan) that I would divide up my interests and create a new blog.
It will be connected to "The Cottage of Blog", but will need a new name.

How do divide?

The Cottage of Blog will stay as the writing blog. I'll talk about my WIP Legacy of Danger (which the name--my publisher has approved. I thought it was too common, she thinks differently. I'm glad, because I like the name.)

The other will contain information, tips, musings, photos and some advocacy of horses and dogs. I'm not sure I should include music in this as this was a large part of my life long ago. Maybe I'll need a third one. I could go back into ancient history. But first things first.

I think I'll take off the animal blogs and turn them over to the new blog.

Now anyone have any ideas as to how to CREATE A NEW BLOG? It's been ages since I created the old one. Sigh.

Sounds like some work today.

It will still be on blogspot. I'll have to attach it to my website, which will still include everything. That needs some updating and cleaning too.

If you come to the new blog, you can still help yourself to a blueberry muffing and some coffee. Or should I get a coffee cake in the shape of a horse?

This is kind of scary.

Wish me luck. and please: MAKE COMMENTS!


Monday, April 1, 2013

Hysterical, but just a joke

A young guy from West Virginia moves to Florida and goes to a big
everything under one roof" department store looking for a job.

The Manager says, "Do you have any sales experience?" The kid says "Yeah. I
was a vacuum salesman back in West Virginia."

Well, the boss was unsure, but he liked the kid and figured he'd give him a
shot, so he gave him the job.

"You start tomorrow. I'll come down after we close and see how you did."

His first day on the job was rough, but he got through it. After the store
was locked up, the boss came down to the sales floor.

"How many customers bought something from you today?" The kid frowns and
looks at the floor and mutters, "One". The boss says "Just one? Our sales
people average sales to 20 to 30 customers a day.

That will have to change, and soon, if you'd like to continue your
employment here. We have very strict standards for our sales force here in
Florida . One sale a day might have been acceptable in West Virginia , but
you're not in the mines anymore, son."

The kid took his beating, but continued to look at his shoes, so the boss
felt kinda bad for chewing him out on his first day. He asked
(semi-sarcastically), "So, how much was your one sale for?"

The kid looks up at his boss and says "$101,237.65".

The boss, astonished, says $101,237.65? What the heck did you sell?"

The kid says, "Well, first, I sold him some new fish hooks. Then I sold him
a new fishing rod to go with his new hooks. Then I asked him where he was
going fishing and he said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need
a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him a twin engine
Chris Craft. Then he said he didn't think his Honda Civic would pull it, so
I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that 4x4

The boss said "A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a boat
and a TRUCK!?" The kid said "No, the guy came in here to buy tampons for his
wife, and I said, 'Dude, your weekend's shot, you should go fishing.


"Quotes found on the Internet are tough to verify" -- Abraham Lincoln

Friday, March 29, 2013


This is a photo of me and Zuri, my collie who's now playing on The Rainbow Bridge with her siblings. I have two new rescues sharing my home.

I hope the staff from don't object to my putting this on my blog. I give them full credit for this article that came from their popular website
Everything on this list can apply to person to person contact as well.

Things You Can Learn From a Dog

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Our pets can teach us many things - if we're willing to listen. They teach us how to love unconditionally, how to look at each day as a new one, to embrace all the good things and why it really is the simple things in life that we should cherish.

In his book, Souls of Animals, author Gary Kowalski writes about the fundamental lessons pets teach us. ""Without many inborn instincts to guide us, we as human beings need models for how to live. ... In a fundamental way, we need other creatures to tell us who we are."

Here are some basic lessons our pets endeavor to teach us:

1. Always be happy to see those you love.

2. Approach each day and each new experience with enthusiasm (even a walk).

3. Never underestimate the power of praise.

4. Play every chance you get.

5. Don't be afraid to show your joy! When you are happy – show it. Wiggle and wag.

6. Take lots of naps and always stretch and yawn before you get up.

7. Never turn down a car ride with someone you love.

8. Be loyal.

9. Lounge under a tree in the shade on a hot day.

10. Every once in a while put your head out the window and feel the air on your face and hair.

11. Have a favorite toy.

12. Don't hold a grudge.

13. When someone is having a bad day – nuzzle him gently.

14. If you feel like it, shake and let the drool fly.

15. Eat each meal with vigor and enjoy anything that's offered.

16. Sleep in any position you find comfortable.

17. Scratch where it itches.

18. Protect and defend those you love.

19. What you look like doesn't matter – it's what is in your heart (and the way someone rubs your tummy).

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Horse Slaughter Plant Sends Threatening Emails to Journalist from Front Range Equine Rescue

I usually don't post two large posts per day, but this time I thought I had to. Please read about Valley Meat's threatening letters to those opposed to horse slaughter
This post was created by Front Range Equine Rescue. I think it's well worth the read for those who believe in freedom of speech and the welfare of horses.

Today's News



March 25, 2013, LARKSPUR, COLORADO - Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) has received copies of an email sent by the lawyer for Valley Meat in Roswell, NM, threatening criminal prosecution against others for speaking about Valley Meat's plans to begin slaughtering horses for food. Valley Meat, which was previously suspended for inhumane handling of animals it was slaughtering, is aggressively pushing to become the first company in America since 2007 to engage in the inhumane practice of horse slaughter. Valley Meat also employed Tim Sappington, who posted a video in which he curses at animal "activists" and then raises a gun to the head of a healthy horse and shoots the horse on camera. Only after the video went viral, and after Valley Meat's attorney responded with justifications for Sappington's conduct, did Valley Meat finally terminate Sappington's employment.

In response to the inflammatory video, there has been an international outcry and articles written by many journalists. Since 2011, journalist Vickery Eckhoff has written over fifteen articles about the tragedy and dangers of horse slaughter for publications such as Newsweek and In response to her recent inquiry to Valley Meat, the company's lawyer responded:

To whom it may concern:
You are receiving this correspondence because you communicated to a person associated with Valley Meat Company, LLC a degratory [sic], defamatory or threatening statement or aided in deciminating [sic] the information necessary to conspire to do the same. . . . Because of the statements you have made it is my recommendation [sic] that you retain your own legal counsel. At this time any communications you made that threaten or harass any person associated with Valley Meat Company will be referred to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security for investigation and prosecution under the Animal Enterprise Terroism [sic] Act (SEE BELOW). Neither Valley Meat nor the Law Office of A. Blair Dunn will tolerate threatening or defamatory statements and will contemplate civil action against any individuals or groups that persist in that type of activity.

"This email, apparently sent to multiple individuals by Valley Meat's counsel, demonstrates the approach of this company trying to restart the unnecessary and cruel practice of horse slaughter in America - lash out and intimidate anyone who questions Valley Meat's practices," says Hilary Wood, President of Front Range Equine Rescue. "This is just a continuation of prior practices when Valley Meat sued us and others for defamation, because we publicized true statements made by public agencies regarding Valley Meat's violations of New Mexico environmental laws. I hope that more journalists address this attempted suppression of First Amendment rights, and expose every aspect of the shocking realities of horse slaughter."

With respect to the Sappington video, Ms. Wood stated: "While the conduct of Valley Meat's former employee demonstrates true malice, the death that each horse will suffer if any company begins slaughter will almost make Sappington's actions look merciful. Investigative reports and documented violations from American and foreign slaughterhouses consistently reveal the blatant cruelty inherent in commercial horse slaughter."

Media Contacts:

Hilary Wood/FRER, 719-481-1490

Front Range Equine Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit working to end the abuse and neglect of horses through rescue and education. Since 1997, FRER has assisted thousands of horses through its rescue and educational programs. Many of FRER's rescued horses are obtained directly from livestock auctions and feed lots, which without FRER's intervention would have shipped to slaughter. Dedicated to the horses - On the web at


Hosting Workshop Tonight

Tonight, I'm hosting a workshop on Writer's Oasis. The topic will be: Critique Partners, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Most of it will be taken from my blog (see below)
As most of you writers already know, you can have the crit partner from heaven or the crit partner from hell. You can have some that know grammar and will probably stick to that or a partner that can see the details and know where you need to show more of the action, description, format errors, responses and other things I can't even think of right now.

Those two are invaluable. You might not find them in one partner. If you do, they're gold. If you can find one of the two, they're silver. Use them.

Then, there are the bad. They mean well. They try. They may flood you with their own errors and you have to be careful to know which are correct and which are not.
I always worry about falling into that category. Am I helping or hurting my partner, his/her voice or style? Am I giving the wrong advice? Am I putting in words
they wouldn't use? It doesn't mean that partner (or me as an example) is useless. It means you have to decide what advice is good for your story and what is not.

The worst are those partners that are the ugly ones. Those writers have an ax to grind against: certain people they don't like (personal), certain books or genres they don't like, those trying to get rid of the competition and those that just have a grudge against the world in general. They are the ones who will pick you to death until you want to scream "uncle" and not write another word for six months. They do come along. And no, I don't remember who they are, nor any of the books they've written. Perhaps they never got published. I won't be unkind and say I hope not. Most advanced writers can tell right away and politely ditch them. Some beginning writers think their writing sucks, they have no potential and want to give up. That's nasty and dispicable. (in my opinion)

It's sometimes hard to distinguish, unless you know better. The novice with no concept of grammar or feel for story line might need someone to tell them, "get yourself to a good grammar book or grammar class and learn your craft." That may sound cruel, but it is merely tough love. I've needed it. So, have some I've critiqued. So are they the ugly crit partners? No. They are probably the good ones. The ugly ones I'm talking about are the ones that put a downer on everything you do. Your story sucks, your charactrs suck, your grammar sucks, you suck, your family and dogs suck. You get my meaning. Believe it or not, there are always somethings that are right with a story, if nothing more than the germ of a good yarn. Wow, this story has potential. I like where _______________________ etc. Then you can go into the grammar errors that you notice and their simplified style. He went to the store. He met Lucille. She said "hell." that's where you need to offer a few suggetions. Hmmm. LIke read a lot more books. Take a workshop or class. But do it tactfully and in such a way that the writer believes he has enough potential to warrant taking such a class.

I've been affiliated with good critique groups. Those that have many writers working on the WIP (work in progress) The best one I found was the RWC Critique group for romance writers. I found some excellent resources in that group. You have to critique two others before they will critique you. So, you have to spend some time with them. "Critting" can be an excellent way to learn, as much, as being critiqued. Romance Writers Community is a group I'd recommend for romance writers. AS I write in that genre, I fit in the mold. There are other groups, many in fact, that are excellent across the genres. You have to look them up and look at the stories to know if you'd fit.

Today, I go exercise at the Community Center, then on to the barn to take care of Smokey. Then home to work on another chapter in "Legacy." I'm onto the chapter that gets dicey because that was the beginning of the "meddlesome middle" where I got lost. Now, I have to get found. My next chore is last minute preparations for the workshop. I might just use some of what I said here.

Take care and happy writing.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Albert Schweitzer and Animals

"The greatness of a Nation, can be judged by the way in which it's Animals are treated. Albert Schweitzer

Thursday, March 21, 2013

As you all probably know, I'm an advocate for the horse. (and other animals) Right now, certain states and the US Government are creating laws that would once again
make slaughter houses legal. They are rounding up the mustangs in the west and either auctioning them off to individuals or . . . I know it's illegal to slaughter
these wild horses, but, from what I read and understand, covertly, they are selling them to "kill" buyers. Karen Hansen Downs is an advocate against horse slaughter
and she wrote a pot in Facebook that I wanted to share with you.

Karen Hansen Downs
Karen Hansen Downs updated her status:

"You a taxpayer I am getting totally sick of bailing people out!! We had to bail out the banks during the mortgage crisis...they loaned out the money! We had to bail out the people who tried to live above their means. We have to pay for all the people who refuse to get a job. We pay millions of dollars to agriculture. I get the whole ag thing, we do after all consume the product. But now the Ag industry and horse breeders want us to bail their asses out due to their bad business planning! I am sorry folks, but disposal of your animals is your problem! It is not the problem of the American taxpayers. It is YOUR cost for owning and being in the business of horses. Quite simply put...who makes money on this venture? Horse breeder overbreeds, race horse owners have a losing stock, AQHA depends on registrations for money. They have surplus...they sell their surplus to a slaughter dealer, they make money. The dealer in turn sells to the slaughterhouse, he makes money. They slaughterhouse sells the product (overseas. It is illegal in the U.S. for consumption). The slaughterhouse makes money. All subsidized by the citizens of the U.S. Where in this equation do you see a benefit to the American people!? NO ONE makes money on this but the people directly involved! And BIG AG want us to pay our tax dollars to have the USDA inspect a product the American people do not even use! Even if you are a horse hater, hopefully you can understand business! To the varied horse associations, cattle ranchers, private horse owners out there that support horse slaughter ...SHOVE IT!!! It is the cost of owning a horse and the cost of doing business and I do NOT want to pay for your disposal methods!!!!"

Monday, March 18, 2013


I received GOOD NEWS from my veterinary clinic today. My horse, Huntin a New Flame, AKA Smokey is free and clear of EPM (Equine Protaoal Myloencephalitis). The new Oraguan 10 (Decoquinate) and Levamisole combination worked. We've been battling this since he was diagnosed in 2009. We thought the Marquis (drug) had cleared it up--and it had, for a time. Recently, he relapsed. Since 2009 new drugs have come on the market Two Decoquinate/levamisole worked. After a second blood test (SAG Eliza testing)
the results came back NEGATIVE. There is no active infection.

Now, we have to battle bone spurs, but the good doctor gave him his first shot of Hylauronic Acid, which, I know, has helped many horses. The bone spur showed up in the XRay. This medication will coat the joints and take out the rubbing of the bone spur against the other bone.

Life may now go back to normal. Poorer, but happy.

Going to a writing online workshop now.

God bless and thank you Lord for Smokey.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Jesus' Ethnicity forwarded from Sheldon Sharpless at WPHB Radio

This came from my brother's Facebook page. It was forwarded to him by Sheldon Sharpless at WPHB Radio. Hope nobody is offended. Personally, I think it's great.

Arguments as Jesus' Ethnicity (and sex?) -- forwarded from Sheldon Sharpless at WPHB Radio . .
My Cajun friend had 3 good arguments that Jesus was a Cajun:
1. He liked to serve fish to his friends.
2. He could make his own wine.
3. He wasn't afraid of water.

My Black friend had 3 good arguments that Jesus was Black:
1. He called everyone "brother."
2. He liked Gospel.
3. He couldn't get a fair trial.

My Italian friend gave his 3 equally good arguments that
Jesus was Italian:
1. He talked with his hands.
2. He had wine with every meal.
3. He used olive oil.

My California friend also had 3 equally good arguments that
Jesus was a Californian:
1. He had a beard.
2. He walked around barefoot or in sandals all the time.
3. He started a new religion.

My Irish friend then gave his 3 equally good arguments that
Jesus was Irish:
1. He never got married.
2. He was always telling stories.
3. He loved green pastures.

But, my women friends have the most compelling evidence that
Jesus was much like a woman (and maybe why more women are in church in Sunday?):

1. He fed a crowd at a moment's notice when there was no
2. He kept trying to get a message across to a bunch of men
who just didn't get it.
3. And, even when he was dead, he had to get up because
there was more work to do.

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Friday, March 15, 2013


H.R. 1094: To prohibit the sale or transport of equines and equine parts in interstate or foreign co
Weigh in and send your message to Congress about H.R. 1094: To prohibit the sale or transport of equines and equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for human consumption.

This post came from Karen Hansen Downs, an advocate for the ban on mustang roundups and horse slaughter. I thought it inciteful.

I know many of you are probably sick of seeing my posts regarding horse slaughter. I am not going to apologize as this is a matter of great concern to me, and should be to you. Even if the welfare of horses is not a priority to you, the integrity of the U.S. food supply and use of tax dollars should be! I am sure you are all aware of horse meat that has entered the EU food chain. Not just horse meat, but horse meat contaminated with drugs not meant for human consumption. The consumption of horse meat is not even legal in the U.S. due to the use of these drugs. We don't even use it in dog food any longer. As far as taxes. We would pay taxes to have our USDA inspect horses to be sent to other countries, when they are already strapped inspecting the existing food animals in our own country!. (Scary isn't it! We can't eat it, but we will willingly feed it to other countries!!!) 4 States are currently seeking to reopen horse slaughter facilities here in the U.S. Our food supply is indeed in danger of being contaminated. Please read these posts and sign the petitions. Educate yourself!!! We are currently in a position to stop this at a Federal level, but we need your support! Please call your State Senators and Representatives and ask them to support S.541/H.R.1094-The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act. Thank

Thanks Karen for permission to post


I taught at South Central Community Services, a therapeutic day treatment center for emotionally disturbed children for a number of years, as a music therapist.
I can attest that these children need an ear to listen to them and a voice to champion them.


A Dog's Purpose

I found "A Dog's Purpose" by Bruce Cameron on the Barnes and Noble website. I haven't read it yet, but it looks like a keeper.

I can testify to this. There's nothing that makes me feel better than my dog's paw up agains my hand or on my thigh, or his face pressed close to mine. Well, maybe almost nothing. My boyfriend and horse make me feel pretty terrific too.

Thursday, March 14, 2013