It is a densely foggy day with about a 70% chance of rain. No I have not turned into a weather forecaster, this kind of weather prompts me to recall of when I was a little girl living in Garmisch Germany were part of the Bavarian Alps are located on the border of Germany and Austria.
My parents & I were going on a day trip early just as dawn was making its entrance. That very foggy morning was to be my first recollection of falling head over heals in adoration and amazement of an animal. I met an incredibly large, gentle beast of a Draft Horse.
Feathered legs with hooves as large as my head. We had walked over to a stable as we were waiting for my Dad to bring the car around. The town was all cobblestone roads. And the barn/stable was filled with the smell of hay, horse's, leather harnesses & damp wood and dirt.
OK I just know if you are a fan of horses you completely know what I am describing and it is par-fume to us!
I was not scared not one bit when I was given a cube of sugar to hand the giant beast as its soft yet prickly muzzle lipped my hand for the sugar, snorting big clouds out of its nostrils I was enthralled with the gentleness sensing how very small I was in comparison yet feeling completely safe. I never forgot how much I was impacted with love and respect for animals of all types.
It was such a positive experience that whenever it is foggy and rainy I think of how comforting and exciting it was to meet that horse.
But enough of stepping back in time, moving forward I want to share an article from a veterinarian I have also grown to admire & respect over time. Dr Becker continues to keep me aware & up to date on what I consider to be important issues.
Please Click on the link below to read: