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Run With The Big Horses?


Bonus Friday photo! Because I found it on the web site of a Professor of Medieval Culture at The Citadel.

by Kimberly A. Cook

Spring fever is really hitting. I’ve been working on tech and writing issues all week. And @#$%^ tech is winning. Not in a good way. So I went looking for some horse porn to settle my nerves and found Frederik The Great! Again.

Sigh. Tried to get one of my fav clips from the movie “Ladyhawke” where Rutger Hauer rides into the church. YouTube only had the church fight scene, not their entrance. Entrances are everything! So the bonus photo instead. You’re welcome.

I first became aware of Friesian horses due to that movie. They were bred for battle way back in the day, believed from Friesland province, Netherlands in the 16th century.

When Hauer rides into the church on that gorgeous horse, real name Goliath, I melted. Completely. Hauer isn’t too shabby to look at either.

Yes, Frederick looks like the horse version of Fabio and that too is fabulous. I covet my personally autographed Fabio poster to this day. It’s framed. Two words. Naked biceps.

So in honor of all pets honored this week, here is Frederick The Great to help us all run free and get our minds off everything! Except “Ladyhawke” and Fabio that is.

Happy Quirky Friday and have a great, safe weekend!

If you want to check out the Professor’s armor review of the film, here:


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Celebrate National Pet Day?


This is how Spec Ops Cat trained for National Pet Day. This was grueling training on March 31st. Full on nap maneuvers. Very impressive skill level.

by Kimberly A. Cook

I’m behind in my writing duties since I was waiting on Spec Ops Cat hand and paw for yesterday’s National Pet Day. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Part of his present included me spending a long lunch with family having chai tea, chicken cranberry walnut salad on a croissant and a huge cookie.

Such sacrifice on my part. Leaving home so he could nap in silence was really his gift. (I write fiction for a reason.)

He celebrated his special day by waking me up with a 5:20 a.m. hairball. Always providing me with gifts. Such a giver. But he is my roommate, buddy and vice president of security operations, so he earns his keep.

Did you celebrate your pet yesterday? Feel free to do it today and every day. Make sure to ration those treats; no matter how much they beg.

Spec Ops Cat thinks he has a magic food bowl. Since he will chow down his wet gravy food too fast, I give him a tablespoon at a time in the morning to slow his gobbling. Works great.

But he tries to use “bowl patrol” during the rest of the day before dinner. If he stares at the bowl long enough, then looks at me, maybe more food will appear out of the heavens.

Know that feeling when you’re watching tv and you feel target lock? Turn my head into the kitchen and yup, bowl patrol. He’s giving me “the look.” He has plenty of dry food, but he’s a gravy guy.

Hug your pets and treasure them while you can. I’ve had four friends lose their loving buddies in the past five months.  Heart breaking. I’ve informed Spec Ops Cat he is not to go along with that crowd. As usual, he wasn’t listening to me, but napping in a sun spot.

Hug your fur babies today and every day!

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Up For A Joust?

by Kimberly A. Cook                  (Twitter@   WarriorTales)

In line with this week’s romance theme, thought it time to check out a joust. While in the Air Force Reserve in the summer of 1990 I spent a couple months working at The Pentagon. One weekend a fellow officer and I rented a car and drove to a Renaissance Fair with horse jousting. I pretty much parked my butt in the bleachers the entire day and watched.

The Tennessee jousters in this video are true athletes and horse folk. Check it out, but don’t try this at home.

Have a safe weekend and Happy Quirky Friday!

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Kindess One Horse At A Time

by Kimberly A. Cook                      (Twitter@  WarriorTales)

Today I learned something about Oregon I never knew; we have an amazing horse sanctuary in our state. I wanted to find a video on YouTube about our wild horses. The feeling to run free has set in something fierce with the past two months of crazy weather leading to a case of Stockholm snow syndrome.

Instead my YouTube travels came across this beautiful place. I am in love with the Duchess Sanctuary and its mission. Check out their story and pass it along.

For women considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to deal with menopause, read about the Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU) industry and what is done to female horses to make those drugs. Just say no to HRT – it hurts horses

New motto: FIash to save horses. My hot flashes never felt so good. Have a Happy Quirky Friday and hug a horse today!

Here is the website: http://www.fundforanimals.org/duchess-sanctuary/




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Can You Blow Bubbles In The Pond?

by Kimberly A. Cook                (Twitter@  WarriorTales)

Ran around like a maniac getting things done yesterday ahead of the heat wave. Today it’s supposed to be 99 degrees and maybe 98 tomorrow. Way too hot for us Oregonians. Our little web duck feet crack! Time to go into full mosey mode.

These horses have the right idea about how to spend this weekend. Stand in the pond and blow bubbles. I had no idea horses liked to blow bubbles. Learn something every day.

Have a great weekend and Happy Quirky Day After Friday! Stay cool!

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