Saturday, June 02, 2007
  Fly With the Eagles...
Well, we may not have been flying with the eagles on our 25 mile trip up the mountains and into Strawberry, Arizona, but we were riding where the hawks were flying. As we climbed the mountain, it rose in altitude over 3000 feet during the last 10 miles, taking us, once again, to an altitude of over 7000 feet, At one point, we had two hawks flying right beside us, just over our heads and even below us! What a thrill that was. We were looking down into the valley floor over 2,000 feet below us. It was beyond description. We could see forever and as soon as I can get my pictures off the camera, I will post some for you.
The Arizona Republic ran quite an article on us and an old friend of mine saw the paper when he was in Tucson picking up his son's car to take back to Montana until Jake gets back from Afganistan.Warren and his wife, Sana, are two of my oldest and dearest friends... family really... the kind that are related by the heart rather than by blood. We made arrangements to meet and he came to visit us on his way up to Montana. It was a wonderful visit. I hated to see him go... We are all homesick for family and friends and the pets we left at home. It gets very hard sometimes. We are all doing well, except for this little weird creature that is eating me alive! They are called Cedar Gnats. THEY ARE AWFUL! I look like I have chicken pox. The bites are absolutely maddening! The itch is horrible! I can't wait until I am not in their territory anymore! Marla has quite a few bites that are making her uncomfortable, I think I have a zillion of them, and for some reason, they don't seem to like Edie much! Other than that... we are well and making our way across Arizona. Love to all.... friends, family and pets we have left behind... We miss you all. Andi


I am going to use your Soapbox a minuteā€¦.It is pretty bad that in the year 2007 you cannot even get a CALL BACK from a large animal vet after Hours. I live in Abbeville SC and after numerous calls to 4 Large Animal Vets within a 65 mile radius we still have not had a return call.

I lost a miniature horse and her unborn foal last night. We would have done anything for some help, advice, or returned phone call from a VETERNARIAN.

In case a Vet in the Abbeville SC and Surrounding Areas forgot the following is for you

Yes, the American Veterinary Medical Association adopted the following oath in 1969:
"Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.
I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence."
Safe Travel Carolina Trekkers
Marchelle Taylor
Abbeville SC
Marchelle ... you have got to be kidding?!? I hope you don't mind if I share your message with others. You should send that to Press! That's a real shame and I'm sorry for your loss. I wish we had known...Bobby would've gladly come up to help. Heck, we could have gotten a hotline somewhere. Clemson Equine Dept! I have my Vet's cell number and brother-in-law down the road is a Bovine Gynecologist. We have horse and dairy farm neighbors who would gladly come in the middle of the night to help. We also have a full-fledged 24/7 Animal ER Clinic about 35 miles away. I feel very fortunate. Perhaps the AVMA should require licensed Veterinarians to have "answering services", like real respectable doctors. My heart goes out to you.
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