March 1st was National Pig Day...

sheepco(MN z4)March 15, 2007

Take 'em or leave 'em. Pigs are cute, or not, but I have GOT to have bacon at least once in a while :)


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You mean I missed out on eating everything in sight on March 1st! Darn!

That reminds me of 4-H auctions I've seen. I don't know hardly anything about the program but the prospect of raising one animal for slaughter doesn't feel right to me. Meat farmers don't do that so I don't see how that particular aspect of 4-H is teaching the future farmers without the pain of losing 'one' animal that gets a name. I don't attend the auction anymore as one time this young boy had a lamb up for auction and he was silently crying, but the tears were streaming down his face, while the auctioneer was talking about all the wonderful chops this spring lamb would make. I wanted to buy it to give it back to him, but it would have had the same fate anyway no doubt, as farm animals have to serve a purpose if it is how one makes their living. You can't keep feeding them and paying vet bills as if they were pets because they are not pets.

It is a struggle I deal with sometimes - wanting to be a vegetarian and loving meat too much. I spent 6 months as a vegetarian but I eventually had to have meat. That fake meat is not good except two types: Smart bacon is good on a BLT and the Morninstar soy crumbles are good in spagetthi sauce. I didn't eat any other 'fake' meat or cheese items after about a month and made all meals from fruit, beans, and mixtures of vegetables only. I drank chocolate soy milk as I can't stand the regular type (yuk).

Bacon is a huge weakness - what's not to love - fat and salt served extra crispy. I don't cook it often but when I do I can't stay out of it. I cook a pound, lean center cut, for two people and I keep coming back until it is gone, and only occasionally succeed in putting some in the fridge for later. 3 pieces of lean, drained bacon is 70 calories.

Did you know that pigs are smarter than dogs? They also can bite like heck and they are not dirty but like mud on their skin to keep off flies and sunburn.

What is up with National this and that days anyway? Is National Pig Day celebrated by not eating pork and paying homage to the pig, or by eating it? I'll tell ya, watch a slaughterhouse tape and you won't eat it for a while. I used to get crap from some people when I used to hunt deer. People, mostly women, calling me 'Bambi Killer' and I always had one question for them. Do you eat meat? If the answer was yes I would tell them at least I hunt my own food and don't feel good about myself by buying it in those neat little styrofoam packages. Where do these ninnys think it comes from? Picked off trees? Only a solid vegetarian can give me crap in that respect - the rest are bleeding heart hypocrits IMO.


    Bookmark   March 16, 2007 at 11:51AM
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chickadeedeedee(z 6-7 ish Ohio)

Awwwwwwwwwwwww! I missed it! :-(

Please be aware that July 14th (Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm x 13 ! at that date :-) ..... ) Is the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge!

Here is a link that might be useful: Win, Lose or Claw! :-)

    Bookmark   March 17, 2007 at 8:55PM
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what i wouldn't do for a photomorph program and a pic of chicka!

    Bookmark   March 17, 2007 at 11:09PM
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sheepco(MN z4)

Ahh, CD3 you are a wealth of information! I'm jotting that down on my calendar! lol :)

FTM, I dunno, you and a program like that could (no, would!) be dangerous!

    Bookmark   March 17, 2007 at 11:56PM
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chickadeedeedee(z 6-7 ish Ohio)

I don't know if Bernice and her attitude are a plus or not? Would she be more likely to win Miss Curvaceous Crustacean if she gives the crabby judges "The Claw"? LOL!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2007 at 9:23AM
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horton(6 b Ontario.)

If I had a pet pig, I call him "Hairy Trotter", but I don't have a pig.
Nice to know they have their own special day though!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2007 at 8:13AM
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LOL!! @ Hairy Trotter! And you'd need a sign pointing at your house - "Hogwarts". :D

I really do love bacon. But I'd rather not cuddle it before eating it. :)

Bernice is totally crablicious! Hermitiful to the maximum!


    Bookmark   March 19, 2007 at 2:18PM
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Who is Bernice? A hermit crab I take it, but who's hermit crab?

Poor crabs - out there in the sun and wind being mistreated. There are many 'pets' that ought to be banned from sale and the hermit crab is one of them! Sorry, I am anti exotic pets period. Very few people qualify to properly care for other than your basic dog or cat IMO. There is nothing worse than some kid with a tiny hermit crab prison and he forgets to mist and water it daily and in a few days the rotten stench of dead crab. Not pretty. Same goes for Turtle races or any of that ilk. Cruelty as it's best.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2007 at 4:30PM
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chickadeedeedee(z 6-7 ish Ohio)

Bernice is one of our eight HCs. We have had them for almost 2 years. Bernice has an attitude and gives one the cats "The Claw" as she hikes her arm up high if she is disturbed by the cat tapping on the glass. I think it is the HC equivalent of The Finger." Otto, the largest HC doesn't seem to care as he swings in his palm tree.

They do not get misted but have free access to three shallow pools where they can bathe, cleanse and refill their shells with fresh or salt water. :-(

C3D ... not being cruel to the Camp Nappy Crabs

    Bookmark   March 19, 2007 at 6:12PM
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Bernice sounds like quite the personality. That's rare in a hermit crab! LOL

I did not include you in my opinion as I know you take proper care of all in your charge. Unfortunately, not everyone does and hermit crabs are marketed to children as easy and cheap pets which in all reality we know how most of them end up.

I saw many marine hermit crabs when out in California walking through the tidal pools at Vandenburg AFB. They had Fiddler crabs and sea urchins too, among other critters when the tide recedes, leaving the pools. What a naturalist snoopers paradise!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2007 at 9:46PM
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ct, and here i got excited watching barnacles spit water when the waves receeded. :)

    Bookmark   March 20, 2007 at 7:05PM
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FTM - Barnacles spitting water is a great thing to watch! Same with clams, the big chowder kind. My Dad used to make chowder after us kids went clamming and he would sit them in the sink full of cold, clean water, to let them circulate/filter it for a while. I would sneak up to take a peak at them, and when I got up high enough to look over the edge of the sink, they would all slam shut and squirt me me in the eye! LOL

Now here is the kind of crabs I love. Who said they were blue? Caught these myself. CT

    Bookmark   March 20, 2007 at 7:18PM
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Mmmm, DH digs for horseneck clams when he goes over to Dillon Beach. Gadagee (Grandma), rest her soul, had the best clam fritter recipe! I just don't like looking at the horseneck part of the clam. It makes me feel naughty. LOL

Nice crabs!


(From pigs to crabs...only in the world of off-topic forums....)

    Bookmark   March 21, 2007 at 12:21PM
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maybe pork will be a new form of imitation crab? genetic engineering? how's that for incorporating both and staying on topic :)

cute story,ct. there is a great photo for captioning!
oh, and the mention of blue crabs makes me miss my chesapeake bay blue crab tshirt! oh well, i couldn't fit into it now anyway.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2007 at 3:23PM
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the second crab looks like it is ready to pluck out the front crab's "eye."

    Bookmark   March 22, 2007 at 9:38AM
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He's giving him "The Claw" I think.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2007 at 2:06PM
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