First, before anything else, thank you all for your thoughts and support. I know in my head it was the best thing to get rid of a potentially diseased chicken, for the benifit of the others, but that doesn't make the heart feel better... Anyway.
I am trying to get myself into my book, as in, actually researching and WRITING it. To wit, I have been finding out a lot about cattle brands in Oregon. This is a relatively minor point in my book, but I want to make sure that I don't 'step on toes' if I put a specific brand. So, what do you do when you want to use a brand? You email the Oregon Department of Animal Health, and ask!
I didn't know if I would get a response, but I did. (Same day, even!) Turns out the brand I had planned on using was already taken, but presently expired. (You have to pay to continue to use a brand.) The gal, bless her, said that since this would be for writing, and not actually attatching said brand to a cow that I own, that I should contact the Secretary of State, because she thinks it would more a matter of copyright ownership, rather than a brand, per se. So, I have an email to the Secretary of State, we shall see...
The goofy permutations of what I thought would be a simple question!
Aaaannnd, scale day. Ok, I am up a pound. MY FAULT. Been nibbling too much, not salt, just nibbling. So I need to knock that off! (Whack!) Anyway, on the plus side, so to speak, I have been decreasing the time I take to do my 7 rounds from an hour and a half to just over 50 minutes, and I am thinking of adding one more round, for 8.
Rudee may not appriciate this. He is getting to the point, he is just not excited after 6 rounds. I am not sure how to deal with him. He's not a young dog, so I suppose it might be that. But right now, I think it's that "Yoo hoo, I got winter coat and it's too dang warm" syndrome. He is a trooper, and I am trying to brush him, so hopefully he won't have too much problem.
But dang, it is so hard to brush a wiggle!