Portuguese Water Dog, Gun Hunting Dog

April 21, 2009

The Portuguese Water Dog is known as a “gun dog” used for hunting water fowl. Maybe some people think water dogs make great surfer dogs.  It’s true they love the water, but they also love the hunt and the discipline it takes to become a professional hunting dog.

Portuguese Water Dogs are very “labor” intesive animals. They need regular vigorous exercise, so they are not for the weak of heart.

Me, when I get my next dog, it’s going to be an old dog with no tricks that like to sit in the sun and not think. Now that’s a pet!!!


Top Hats

April 20, 2009


Designer Top Hats are my favorites. Here is a peek at my newest creation.

Actually it is my daughter’s pet bird, who loves to sit on your head while you work her Curves on Monroe Street in Madison Wisconsin.

I have spent the last week helping out with her Curves Place. Lucy, who is really a male is in mourning for his mate who died over the last weekend.  Maybe I just look like an old bird, or he really likes my shampoo.

Shorthorn Cattle of Southern Wisconsin

April 11, 2009

The Shorthorn Cattle are an exceptional beef breed, with defined carcass and muscle mass that creates might fine tasty steaks.  Originating in the North East of England in the late 18th century, it was developed and managed for both the meat and milk needs of the England countryside.

With their meat and milk quality surpassing those of more moderate breeding, the Shorthorn Cattle quickly became the breed for optimal and dependent performance. With their quick adaptability, the Shorthorn Cattle has become a popular breed on a global market.

This desperate ranchwife is always wondering why a person can’t go to the supermarket and pick up a Shorthorn Cattle Rump Roast for family gatherings. After all, we can choose vegetables from California, or Mexico, Ginsing from China, or even noodles from New York. I know the Angus Beef Marketing board has spent gazillion bucks on making sure we can buy beef that is “Angus”, so come on Shorthorn Cattle Ranchers, shell out the $$ and get your products on our shelves with your name!

One question for you folks out there raising Shorthorn Cattle, are their horns really short? er, or do they even have horns?

Being a “horn” person, I convinced my husband that I would love one of those sets of  “longhorns” for over the fireplace. He must have misunderstood me, cause now I have about 50 Longhorned Cattle roaming these hilly pastures. “Go for it honey” git yur horns for over the fireplace” he says…hm men, you can’t live with them, and you can’t live without them!

Normande Cattle, The Great Steak

April 9, 2009

Normande Cattle Built Strong

Normande Cattle Built Strong

Normande Cattle is a breed that looks like it is all steak! While doing some research recently, I came across this picture of a Normande Cattle breed.

Being a Desperate Ranchwife myself, I was intrigued with this Normande Cattle Breed.  Seems they were originally brought to Normandy by the Viking conquers in the 9th and 10th centuries. Wouldn’t want to be in the bottom of that ship!  In a  span of  a thousand years,  these Normande Cattle were bred and evolved into a dual purpose breed to meet the milk and meat needs of the people of northwestern France.

Of course, by the time the Allied forces invaded Normandy during World War II, the breed had become almost decimated. So much for a great steak with creamy alfredo sauce!

Normande Cattle have since been exported world wide, with South America being the most popular place of growth.

The Normande Cattle Breed, with their sound feet and legs, can travel long distances over rough terrain to very economically graze the forages and native roughages.

Guess this Desparate Ranchwife is going hunting for a great steak to add to this hilly outpost of the ozarks! P.S. Wild hog hunting starts this week! Back to the woods! Um, yum!