Q is for …


Not only is it Tuxie-Tuesday-on-Thursday but it’s also Thankful Thursday and it’s an appropriate day for “Q”! The two pets I have to share today are both heroes and their humans are thankful for them! There’s a very small Quaker parrot named Willie and a very large Quarter horse named Stormy!

0420 willieWillie, a small lime-green Quaker parrot loves to talk. He calls his human, Meagan “mama” all the time. One afternoon Meagan was babysitting a friend’s two-year-old daughter, Hannah, and while they played and watched TV Willie was in his cage chattering away like normal. Meagan got up to run to the bathroom and left Hannah, happily munching on a Pop-Tart. As soon as Meagan left the room, Willie started screaming and going crazy in his cage. He was flapping his wings and screaming “Mama baby!” over and over as loud as he could. Meagan ran back in the room and saw Hannah on the floor choking and turning blue. She immediately went to the little girl and performed the Heimlich maneuver which dislodged the Pop-Tart. Hannah started breathing again and her color returned. Both Meagan and Hannah’s mom credit Willie for saving the toddler’s life. She said he added the word ‘baby’ to ‘Mama’ on his own and that’s what really got her attention.

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Two wings up for Willie!!! And human kids? You can’t leave them alone like mother cats do; our mom’s leave us alone even while nursing so they can get a break and replenish their tummy’s!

0420 stormySiblings Emma (9-years-old) and Liam (7-years-old) were out one afternoon exploring the woods near their home in Louisiana. Emma was riding her Quarter horse, Stormy, while Liam was on the ground walking ahead on the trail. Stormy became skittish and difficult to control and Emma didn’t know why. All of a sudden, a wild pig came crashing through the undergrowth, stopping barely 6 feet from Liam. The boar was really big with brown bristles and sharp tusks. He was making aggressive clicking noises and making ready to charge at Liam. Meagan yelled at her brother to run but he was frozen in fear. Stormy took charge of the situation. She trotted around and put herself between Liam and the boar and nudged him back toward home. She then moved so her rear end was in front of the boar. With one swift kick, she struck the boar right in the snout. The wild pig squealed in pain and ran away as the kids and Stormy ran in the other direction toward home. Liam and Meagan’s mom said “Stormy took care of those kids and we will be forever grateful.”

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Instead of ride’em, cowboy!! It’s punch’em, Stormy! To tell you the truth I wouldn’t want to get near any horses’ hooves – even on a good day!!!


queen catI hope you enjoyed “Q”. And thank you, Toby, for letting me represent today!!! It’s time to make my Queenly quitting of this blog. Hoping for a quiet evening, BobbieSue



F is for…

Welcome to Finally Friday, Friday Fill-ins, and very apropos, it’s “F” Day!!! Today F for Feedback, Fang and Finder

First up is Feedback started working at radio station WJCO in Jackson, Michigan in 1988. He was adopted from the humane society when he was a 6-month-old kitten and went straight to work as a mouser. Since the radio station was surrounded by cornfields – and where you find corn, you find mice – the station had major issues with chewed wiring and droppings everywhere. He had a never-ending feast of mice, occasionally dropped in on the on-air DJs to say hello and enjoyed fans from Arizona, California and New Jersey. I looked and looked for a photo of him but wasn’t able to find one. Here’s a representative photo from the internet.catfod-mouse_Full


Next I have Fang, a 20-pound cat that was adopted from the local pound by the Grand Prairie, Texas police department. As a mouser, his job was to hunt down the mice who feasted on the evidence in the property room. He was reportedly very good at his job and soon became the official precinct greeter as well. I looked and looked for a photo and more info on Fang, but had no luck. Again, here’s a representative photo from the internet! xcat-with-mouse.jpg.pagespeed.ic.pDCg05GFnj



The last F is for Finder, or Finder’s Key. Finder is an Equine Actor and has starred in a few films. He is a very smart Thoroughbred, full of energy and loves to work. His owner/trainer first worked with him on the movie Seabiscuit and was so impressed he purchased Finder and continued his actor’s training. Finder can be seen in another movie, The Mask of Zorro as well as on a former weekly television series called Wildfire. But the beautiful horse is known mostly for his role as “Joey” in the 2011 Steven Spielberg film, War Horse. Finder was not intimidated by the loud noises, smoke and dust that make up a war film but he is also not a patient, quiet horse. He is active, energized by people, and according to his trainer/owner always has to be moving. He is “the most challenging animal I’ve worked with because he loves when cameras and people are around.” Go get’em Finder!!!0407 finder c Finder & trainer

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War-horse-poster We didn’t see this movie because mom is too sensitive when it comes to animals in pain. 


And now for Friday Fill-ins! Mom will be answering today because I’m worn out! I’ll see you all tomorrow for Caturday Art and the letter “G”!

1.I don’t understand why Trump is so popular with some folksSince I can’t stand the man and this is not my blog I won’t expound on the subject.

2. My in case of emergency person is  are my mom, sister, and my nephew, Matt. After the London bombings a few years ago I labeled them as ‘ICE’ because the news broadcasters mentioned it and it seemed like a good idea.

3. There is so much noise. Everywhere you go people are talking on their phones, listening to music or playing noisy games. When I come home from work the first thing I do is lay on my bed and listen to the silence for at least 15 minutes. The only ‘noise’ is coming from my kitties’ purrs!

4. I would be lost without God. Enough said.

Tuxie Tuesday presents: C is for Clay Henry and Cicero

C today’s topic here: Clay Henry and Cicero 

image It was very nice of Toby to let me share in some of his challenge duties. He’s taken over staring at Mable and Matilda while I present the “C” subjects.

First we have Clay Henry, who was a goat that resided in Texas. One day in 1986 he was elected mayor of Goat Mountain (aka Lajitas), a super small town in southwestern Texas. Clay Henry wasn’t a shoo-in – he had competition: from a man who lived in Houston, some 500 miles away, a wooden stature of a Native American that stood outside the local trading post and a local dog named Buster. Mayor Clay served until his death at the very old age of 23, in 1992. His major claim to being famous was not that he was mayor but that he loved beer. His citizens always made sure he got his daily ration of beer – and then some!

Being the most powerful goat in town, Clay Henry started a political dynasty that continues on. After the original Clay, next came his son, Clay Henry, Jr. who served until 1998. And then Clay Henry the Third who began serving in 1998. The most recent update Toby found was in 2008, Clay Henry III was still serving as mayor and fortunately sired a son, Clay Henry IV, before being rudely castrated by a local drunk. (The drunk was caught and arrested; Clay Henry recovered.) Maybe this is why Toby didn’t want to share this with you – it brought back memories of being neutered!!0404 mayor ClayHenryHe’s almost a tuxedo goat!!!


A skewbald* draft horse named Cicero began his working career in the lowly profession of a milkman’s horse. He was known as Paddy then and lived in Edinburgh, Scotland. Paddy and his owner delivered milk to many houses in town, one of which was Holyrood House, where Queen Elizabeth stays when she visits Edinburgh. One day on their usual route, they found their way blocked by a very noisy royal parade. Paddy reportedly watched with interest, and, not being bothered by the noise and commotion of the troop, music, drums, other horses and the crowd, the large horse stood completely still until the parade passed by. A few days later the milkman received a letter from the queen’s Household Calvary. It seems a colonel of the Calvary noticed Paddy standing calmly unmoved as the parade passed and they were looking for horses that were able to remain calm in the midst of chaos.0404 cicero aThat’s quite the parade!!


In 1968, Paddy was on his way to the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace in London to begin months of training. He was renamed Cicero and promoted to the lofty profession of Drum Master’s horse. He paraded with the Life Guards, the queen’s bodyguards, and spent 10 years in parades carrying 2 118-pound drums plus the Drum Master. When he retired in 1979, Cicero was (and still is) one of the longest serving drum horses.0404 cicero b Look at those hooves – they’re huge!!! Also, I hope you notice Cicero is walking on his own with no one guiding him. Very smart horse.
*Skewbald is a British term and is a color pattern of horses. The North American term is ‘pinto’. A skewbald horse has a coat made up of white patches on a non-black base coat, such as chestnut, bay, or any color besides black coat. Skewbald horses which are bay and white (bay is a reddish-brown color with black mane and tail) are sometimes called tricolored. These horses usually have pink skin under white markings and dark skin under non-white areas. Other than color, it is similar in appearance to the piebald pattern. Some animals also exhibit coloration of the irises of the eye that match the surrounding skin (blue eyes for white skin, brown for dark).

029Thanks for stopping by! Now I can get back to Mable & Matilda. Mom says I’m obsessed with them. I don’t know what that means. I only spend every moment of every minute their door is open staring at them. She told me this morning I’m going to lose weight because I forget to eat! Toby will be here tomorrow with the letter “D”.

Love you! BobbieSue 


X-tra Special Horses!

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 presidents today George Washington (1789-1797), Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), Andrew Jackson (1829-1837), John Tyler (1841-1845), Zachary Taylor (1849-1850), Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865), and Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877).

Nelson and Blueskin
President George Washington had many horses but his favorites were his two war-time mounts, Nelson and Blueskin. Nelson was a chestnut or pale brown gelding with a white blaze. He was much calmer under cannon fire and would come whenever Washington called him.  On October 19, 1781 General George Washington rode Nelson into Yorktown to accept the surrender of General Cornwallis – even though paintings suggest it was his grey stallion, Blueskin. Because of his white coat, Blueskin is the horse most often portrayed in paintings.  Blueskin was half Arabian, sired by Ranger; Ranger was also known as Lindsay’s Arabian and was said to have come from the Sultan of Morocco. After the Revolutionary War was over, both horses retired to Mount Vernon.
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Washington on Nelson, maybe?

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General Washington and Blueskin

President Thomas Jefferson’s favorite riding horse was Caractacus. He was foaled on May 7, 1775, the offspring of AllyCroker (mare belonging to Jefferson) and Fearnought (stallion belonging to William Dandridge).  In 1781 when Jefferson was the Governor of Virginia, the British army came close to capturing him but he managed to elude them with Caractacus’ help.

Possible Portrait of Caractacus

Sam Patch
President Andrew Jackson’s favorite mount was a white horse named after one of America’s first celebrities, Sam Patch, famously known for jumping over Niagara Falls and to have survived. (click on the link above of Wiki info!)
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Sam Patch

The General
President John Tyler was an excellent horseman and before he became president, Tyler would ride his favorite horse, The General, all over Charles City County, Virginia keeping his legal circuit appointments. The General was a faithful companion for twenty years and when he died, Tyler had him buried on the property of his Sherwood Forest Plantation. He wrote the epitaph, Here lies the body of my good horse, “The General”. For Twenty years he bore me around the circuit of my practice, and in all that time he never made a blunder. Would that his master could say the same!”
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Representative vintage painting

Old Whitey
Before he became president, Zachary Taylor rode a shaggy white horse called Old Whitey into many battles during the Mexican-American War. Old Whitey was not bothered by anything on the battlefield – he ignored the screams of men and the booming cannons and guns. After seeing Taylor through many victories on the battlefield, he was able to retire when President Taylor moved into the WH. Old Whitey grazed on the WH lawn and visitors would take a piece of his tail hair with them for good luck. Poor Whitey’s luxurious tail was eventually plucked into a limp mop. When Taylor died, Old Whitey had the honor of being the Riderless horse in the funeral procession.
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Old Whitey

Old Bob
In his pre-presidential years Abraham Lincoln rode his faithful horse, a sorrel named Robin, or ‘Old Bob’ on his circuit as a lawyer. When President Lincoln moved to the WH he left Old Bob to retire in Springfield. Later after Lincoln’s assassination, Old Bob was brought to Washington and walked in the funeral procession.

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My mom wouldn’t mind having this horse model!!

Jeff Davis
General Ulysses S. Grant’s war mount was a black horse named Jeff Davis. He was so spirited that he was almost unmanageable. After the war and while in the WH Jeff Davis remained one of Grant’s favorite horses. (And yes, mom does find it curious that Grant’s favorite horse – his battle horse – had the same name as the Confederate States’ President Jefferson Davis. Hmmm)
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Jeff Davis is on the far right.




Hamsters, Hounds and Horses

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H is for Hamsters, Hounds and Horses

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Our Presidents for today: George Washington (1789-1797), John Adams (1797-1801), Andrew Jackson (1829-1837), James K. Polk (1845-1849), Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865), U. S. Grant (1869-1877), Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909), John F. Kennedy (1961-1963), and Ronald Reagan (1981-1989).

President John F. Kennedy’s WH was the only one that recorded hamsters in residence. But, alas, they did not fare well. As anyone who has had the little creatures knows, they are notorious escape artists. Apparently one or more escaped and ended up in the President’s bathtub where one of them drowned. The two that we know by name, Debbie and Billy, had babies; Billy being an aggressive father killed his hamsterlings and Debbie, the protective mother, attacked Billy. They both died as a result of their injuries. (Representative photo.)
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President George Washington loved his hounds and kept meticulous records of them. He named them (sources think) according to their personalities. Get a load of these names: Tipsy, Sweet Lips, Drunkard, Mopsey, Taster, Cloe, Tipler, Forester, Captain, Lady Rover, Vulcan, Searcher, Truelove, and Ragman.  His records show that he owned French hounds, greyhounds, newfoundlands, briards, spaniels, terriers, a Dalmatian named Madame Moose, and toy breeds as well. The American Kennel Club credits President Washington to be the father of the American Foxhound as he bred his French and English hounds with his black and tan hounds and eventually developed the breed.
One recorded story from Washington is that his hound Vulcan was extra hungry one day, snuck into the kitchen, stole a whole ham off the table, dashed back to his kennel with servants chasing him the whole way and ate the whole thing. (Vintage illustrations.)
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President Washington also kept a stable full of fine horses for hunting, pleasure riding, carriages and field work. We know at least three of their names: an Arabian stallion, Magnolia and his two war mounts Nelson and Blueskin. We’ll talk more about Nelson and Blueskin later in the month.
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President John Adams had a favorite horse named Cleopatra. Adams also built the first WH stables. (Image from HBO’s series “John Adams.”)cleopatra John-Adams-MiniSeries-Paul-Giamatti-Horse
President Andrew Jackson kept racing horses but under the name of his son-in-law, A. J. Donelson, in order to avoid criticism from his detractors. Two of his champion stallions were Truxton and Doublehead. While in the WH he had three racing fillies, Bolivia, Emily and Lady Nashville. Jackson also had a war horse that we will talk about later as well.
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President James K. Polk was reputed to have learned to ride before he could walk and was an avid horseman but the names and breeds of his horses are lost to history. There weren’t any illustrations of Polk on horseback that I could find, so here is what he looked like.
President Abraham Lincoln had several horses during his (short) lifetime. His favorite horse, Robin, or, “Old Bob”, we’ll talk about him later; but the horse he rode while in office was known as Old Abe.
President Ulysses S. Grant’s favorite saddle horse was Cincinnatus; Egypt and St Louis were perfectly matched carriage horses. Julia was a buggy horse and a fast stepping racer; the President would disguise himself, take Julia out and challenge other buggy drivers to a race. The one time he lost, he lost to a delivery boy for a local butcher. Grant didn’t like losing so he bought that horse and named him Butcher’s Boy. From then on, when he wanted to race, it was him and Butcher’s Boy against everyone else!cincinnatus  usgrant

Vintage photo of Cincinnatus

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Vintage Photo of Egypt, Cincinnatura and St Louis

President Theodore Roosevelt enjoyed riding and reportedly did so every day. In the WH stables he kept the horses Jocko Root, Renown, Yagenka, Wyoming, Roswell, Rusty, and Gray Dawn. But his favorite mount was said to have been Bleistein.
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Vintage photo of TR on unknown horse.

President Herbert Hoover had a favorite horse named Billy.
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President Hoover used this photo of him and Billy as part of a Christmas greeting.

First Lady Jackie Kennedy was an excellent horsewoman from early on. The President didn’t ride because of his allergies; but Jackie taught her children to ride. One day in 1962 the President of Pakistan, Ayub Khan, gave Mrs. Kennedy a jet black gelding named Sadar. She referred to Sadar as her “favorite treasure.”
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25 Sep 1962, Middleburg, Virginia, USA — First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy holds the reins of a horse [Sadar], while the president of Pakistan, Mohammad Ayub Khan, strokes its muzzle. They stand on the grounds of the Kennedy country estate in Middleburg, Virginia, on September 25, 1962. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Another famous horse associated with President Kennedy was named him Black Jack and  was the riderless horse in the funeral procession of President Kennedy. And, because my mom loved horses as a child, it is the only part of the funeral (which was broadcast on tv) she remembers. Black Jack also served as the Riderless Horse at the funerals of Pres.’s Herbert Hoover and Lyndon B. Johnson and General Douglas MacArthur. Go to EquineInk for a very informative article about Black Jack. I did find a discrepancy in sources – one said Sadar was the Riderless Horse; others say it was Black Jack. After reading the above article, I’m leaning toward Black Jack and not Sadar.


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President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy loved riding and did so whenever they were at their ranch in California. No Strings, a quarter horse was the First Lady’s favorite and El Alamein, an Arabian, was the President favorite. They also had another quarter horse, Dormita; 3 more Arabians, Gwalianko, El Saraf and Catalina; and a Peruvian Paso named El Primero Tentiente. The horses free grazed on the ranch and were rarely stabled.
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President Reagan with Queen Elizabeth


Riderless Horse, York, with President Reagan’s boots, in the President’s funeral procession.