December 4th, 2005

happy

No sheep today

Well, they are still there, but they are sodden and dripping after last night's wee squall. You can't shear wet sheep.

So all that excitement was for nothing. Next weekend will be Full O Sheep.

Mark passed nidan. Go Mark. ;-)

[EDIT] I have a question about crates, but I don't particularly want to start a huge flamewar in any of the dog communities I belong to. So I'm asking it here in the hopes that someone will be able to answer me without taking it personally and losing their cool at me.

The backstory: I'm watching a bitchfest going on in one community where a particular rabbit breeder is being bawled out for keeping rabbits in a 2 foot by 2 foot cage. Now, if rabbits in the US are roughly the same size as rabbits here (I'm assuming NZ whites are anyway *grin*), they are about 1 foot long, so the cage is twice as long as they are. Lots of people are calling this person a SPO because 'it's cruel to keep rabbits in cages that small.' I looked up the regulations for animals kept in science labs and such and using the formula for dogs, calculated that if your dog is 3 feet long from its nose to the base of its tail, the minimum cage size that's legal is 4 foot by 4 foot. And a lot of the same people that are bitching about the rabbit cages happily crate their dogs in crates that are smaller by percentage than the rabbit cages they detest so much.

Am I missing something? Or can these people just not do maths? What size crate would be considered appropriate for, say, a Border Collie? Please, reasonable people, give me some info so I can get my head around this strangeness.
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