Walk with friends not always a simple stroll

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The Betterhalf and I get lots of comments about our dedication to walking dogs at the Aurora Adopt-A-Pet. While there are those who have a wonderful vision of an early morning stroll with a great relationship from the dogs, nature, physical exercise and humans, there can be kinks in some of those ideal visions.
That kink occurred this past week even though over the years we and most of our canine companions have matched the ideality that has been portrayed.
Cisco (a mixed breed) and I had gone for our morning stroll down a gravel road near the compound simply enjoying our relationship between the two of us. As we rounded a curve we came upon a flock of turkeys and our tranquil morning erupted. Three hens with their broods of approximately 20 poults were also taking a morning stroll.
The dog’s leash went taut; my shoulder socket was stretched; and from that point I was along for the ride. Compounding the problem was the fact the three hens and their poults all headed in three directions. While Cisco was momentarily undecided which direction to pursue all three groups, he rapidly adjusted for all three as they scampered down the road, along a tree-lined creek and through the tall grass. Please note, the turkeys and their broods finally outdistanced and I am sure were reveling in their “outsmartedness.”
Of course, on our return to the kennel area we encountered one hen who found it necessary to make a final appearance. As she turned toward us she appeared to have an expression of, “Maybe better luck next time.”
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Married life would be far easier if wives tread as lightly on their pocketbook as they do on the bathroom scales.
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Some women are putting “ugly” produce in their kitchen. An organization has created a path that markets scuffed, misshaped or surplus fruits and vegetables.
Almost half the fruits and veggies grown go uneaten, according to the United Nations Food and Ag Organization. Some losses occur in the fields. But once harvested a process also takes place where misshaped, scuffed or surplus produce is sorted because they will not draw top prices from the consumer. A national company is now offering “ugly” or “cosmetically challenged” produce at lower prices in large metro markets. The trend hopes to end what is currently estimated as the current 50 percent food waste.
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Conservatives are satisfied with present evils; liberals want to replace them with new ones.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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