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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota - Page 14 Ir When your dog's time had a bad set of rear wheels, There is bedside manner of ending one by rational l'I ? DelA'er: oo,oooRs I Mike Rahn [ The good thing about having an unpleasant thing happen rarely is that its pain is infrequent. The bad thing is that you never "get used to it," and you feel the pain all the more when you're forced to confront it. That's one view of' losing a beloved pet that has shared a significant portion of your life. In our case it's a golden retriever who was with us for going on 13 years. That's a ripe old age for a dog; our vet once told us that reaching 15 would be roughly the equivalent of a human reaching the magic century mark. Daisy didn't quite make that milestone. At roughly 85 years by the popular "7 times" dog-to-human formula, she more-or-less permanent gland malfunction, mammary tumors, and a graying, silvery face that made her look like a 70 pound raccoon. Storms terrorized her as an older dog, too. But she had a big heart, and an enthusiasm with an overdrive gear whenever a Frisbee, a tennis ball, or perchance a grouse, was there to be retrieved. I've lost dogs before, in various ways. But I don't think I could get blas6 about being a part of the dog-vet-owner triad when it comes time to put a dog down. I've never seen numbers on how many pet owners choose to be with their animal when it happens. I'm sure my vet could have given me a figure, based at least on her experience. But somehow, at the time, the reporter in me was absent. No curiosity, no objectivity, no interest in any interaction but our own. not only in the practice of human medicine, but also in the practice of veterinary medicine. Or, at least there can be, as was shown by our vet. She and her assistant did not come into the room where Daisy and I waited in a grim or out-of-the ordinary manner. They spoke as soothingly and reassuringly to Daisy as any other visit, as if all we were there for was her annual shots and examination. This was certainly the right thing for Daisy, keeping her as calm as possible. Yet it gave a surreal feeling to the whole proceeding, as if we might prove really to be here for some more innocent purpose. It seemed at the same time both a kindness and a deception, as measured by the standards we're accustomed to in the practice of human medicine. As humans, we value our lives so highly that the thought decision is new and unfamiliar territory. So unfamiliar, that we're apt to second-guess ourselves, even when it's the life of a pet. "Could I, should I, have prolonged this life? Was there another option?" These are the kinds of thoughts that for a time may haunt a person who has deep feelings for a pet whose life they've made a decision to end. A pet does not suffer when its life ends this way. It is like the loss of consciousness for a surgical procedure, but the heart stops and the animal does not regain consciousness. It is so immediate that it's difficult not to imagine that your pet is asleep, and perhaps, in an instant of denial, the illogical, imaginative side of your mind fancies that perhaps this can be undone. But of course it can't, and you must dwell on the reasons that brought you and your pet to this parting, not the comes fantasy of "if only." These days, many pet owners choose to have their loved one cremated rather than buried. In fact, an entire industry has sprung up to serve this trend. Everything from the traditional urn, to lockets and jewelry that contain a trace of your pet's ashes, to hollow duck decoys for a faithful hunting companion. These address a desire to be close to some remnant of a beloved pet. I'm not without sentiment, but I prefer to focus on memories rather than ashes. I especially like to recall lines from an essay by Ben Hur Lampman, entitled Where to Bury a Dog. "If you bury him in this spot, he will come to you when you call, over the grim, dim frontiers of death, and down the well-remembered path, and to your side again. The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master." Either-sex permit required for antlerless deer Deer hunters who use a firearm or muzzleloader and want to harvest an antlerless deer in a lottery deer area must apply for an either-sex permit by the Thursday, Sept. 9, deadline. Nearly half of Minnesota's deer permit areas now are lottery areas, a comparable number from last year, said Lou Comicelli, big game program consultant for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). These permit areas were designated lottery because deer populations in those areas are at or below deer population goals. "Each year, we estimate deer numbers using a population 00i!i!iliiiiiiiiiiii00ii ° Collision Repnir g flame Slmighlenin! • Fosl & Free Computerized Estimates . Gloss Replacement & Repair and see Kerby for that II FRONT END ALIGNMENTII Replace those oll worn out Ball Joints, 41 Tie Rod Ends and Idler Arms I] Over 45 homes on the lot KING OF THE ROAD VA - FHA Conventional model that considers harvest and over-winter survival," Comicelli said. "We then used that information to determine which areas would be designated as lottery." In lottery deer areas, firearms and muzzleloader hunters may only harvest a buck unless they apply for and receive an either- sex permit, which allows them to harvest an antlerless deer. For 2010, all firearm and muzzleloader hunters must apply if they want to take an either-sex deer. Successful applicants will be able to take an antlerless deer in that area only during the season listed on the application. Fall color reporting begins Sept. 2 on DNR website: Catch the shimmering wave of autumn color as it ripples across the state during the fall season. As they have for the past several years, Minnesota state park staff will provide weekly updates on the progression of color in the area, beginning this week, as a public service. The fall color reports, to be updated by noon every Thursday beginning Sept. 2, are posted on Minnesota Depattmbnt of Natural Resources (DNR) website at The information is also available by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The reports will include percent of color change, peak color projections, flowers and grasses in bloom, and the mix of colors people can expect to see. Online traffic to the fall colors pages has grown steadily over the past three years. The fall color pages were viewed a total of 356,227 times between Sept. 14 and Nov. 6 last year. Most online visitors went on to look at individual park pages for camping information and driving directions, and another large percentage went on to look at hunting information. Members of the media use the fall color site in their weather reports or pick up on stories related to where the best viewing will be. Others use it to make travel decisions, then upload their fall color photos to the site when they return from a trip to a Minnesota state park. Surplus fall wild turkey licenses available Sept. 13: Fall wild turkey hunting licenses that remain after the landowner and regular lottery drawings will be available at noon on Monday, Sept. 13, at Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) license agents and online at Leftover permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Surplus fall turkey licenses also will be also be available online at noon on Sept. 13. Until noon on Sept. 20, hunters who were not chosen in the fall turkey permit lottery may purchase a uslicense. After noon on Sept. 20, people who did net.apply in the lottery may purchas'e a license. Because hunting access in many zones is limited, hunters should obtain landowner permission before purchasing a leftover permit. For 2010, the fall hunt has been changed to a single 30-day season running from Saturday, Oct, 2, to Sunday, Oct. 31. Hunters may check the availability of leftover licenses or the status of their lottery applications on the DNR website at turkey. DNR seeks designs for Minnesota's 2011 walleye stamp: Wildlife artists can submit entries for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) 2011 walleye stamp from Monday, Oct. 11, through Friday, Oct. 22. Designs should be securely wrapped and enclosed in an envelope or other container. The words "Walleye Stamp" should be clearly marked on outside of the container. Late entries will not be accepted. The walleye (Sander vitreus) must be the primary focus of the design. Other fish species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interaction between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota's lakes and rivers. Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Any entry that contains photographic products will be disqualified. Entries will be accepted via mail and in person at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road, in St. Paul. Mailed entries should be addressed to 2011 Walleye Stamp Contest; DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife; Box 20; 500 Lafayette Road; St. Paul, MN 55155-4020. The contest, which offers no Prizes, iS open to Minnesota residents nnly. Winning artists usually, issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to walleye stocking and stocking related activities. A contest entry form and reproduction rights agreement, which grants the DNR the fight to use the design for the stamp image and other promotional, educational, and informational purposes related to walleye, must be signed and submitted with the design. Judging will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, at DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. For complete contest criteria and information contact the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020, and online at Upcoming Itasca State Park programs DNR question of the week Q: It is well documented that less than 1 percent of Minnesota's native prairies remain intact. What is the significance of those that remain and of prairie landscapes as a whole? A: Nearly half of all of Minnesota's rare and endangered species live on prairies, which make preserving these complex ecosystems critical to protecting the state's natural heritage. 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