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By feline-ethnobiologist on Jan 9, 2015 at 12:47 AM

Hello Mr. Cow. The only Border Collie around here is a portly house dog. So I took some pictures at an Australian Shepherd Time Trials show, and hope you like them for your birthday. Hope your New Year 2015 "goes by" smoothly for you. Happy Birthday, F-E http://cheezburger.com/8422238464

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By MessiahMews on Jan 8, 2015 at 6:55 PM

Happeh Birdday James! May it be a blessed one!

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By Sylviag on Jan 7, 2015 at 10:43 PM

Howdy! Happy Birthday!. A little late but still before midnight PST :) Hope you had w onderful day friend. http://cheezburger.com/8421438208

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By jadzia23 on Jan 1, 2015 at 1:41 PM

Happy New Year! http://cheezburger.com/8416307968

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By betskand on Jan 1, 2015 at 9:52 AM

No...the occasion is Fiesta (the country's longest-running running continual celebration!). It's actually a Catholic thing about the entrance of Don Diego De Vargas into Santa Fe after the Pueblo Revolt, so it is not universally popular. Anyway, there is a procession that looks like one in Spain from the Cathedral to the chapel in the old cemetery from the 1600s...a week of things that include a reinactment of De Vargas' entrance...a final candlelight walk up a steep hill to the Cross of the Martyrs that overlooks SF. But in the early part of the last century some of the artists who lived here thought there should be a non-religious celebration too. An artist named Will Shuster made a large puppet and called it Zozobra and they burned it. Zozobra got bigger and bigger over the years and now the Kiwanis Club runs it and it's an amazing community thing. And of course the rest of Fiesta is going on around it. One of my favorite parts (also quite old) is the "Desfile de los Niños" down one street along the Plaza and up another. Kids can bring pets and dress up and it's hilarious and sweet. So that's where Zozobra came from. The Zozobra night actually has extended itself to include Native American dances before, since for the native americans the entrance of De Vargas was not such a great thing from some points of view. So the secular part of it has sort of brought the non-Catholic part of Santa Fe into the celebration and we all benefit. It's a time of great community solidarity. By the way, Happy New Year! We had snow last night. I woke up at 4:00 AM (courtesy of the Wiggle) and the large moon was shining on the snow...so bright it was almost like day. Beautiful!

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By furrgetmenot on Dec 31, 2014 at 8:48 PM

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By mamawalker on Dec 31, 2014 at 1:18 PM

:D

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By mamawalker on Dec 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Your friendship is a blessing to me! May 2015 be a blessing to us all!! http://cheezburger.com/8415378944

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By betskand on Dec 31, 2014 at 11:54 AM

I kind of cheated! Actually we burn Zozobra in September...but it was a good "New Year's" sort of picture. But you can still get the chile verde! Poohdence is hard at work as I write...

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By betskand on Dec 31, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Mr. Cow, we are thinking about you (some of us more than others, of course) and wish you could be here for some of Poohdence's New Year's Green Chile Stew! http://cheezburger.com/8415316992

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By Sylviag on Dec 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

I saw online the other day a phtographer had taken some amazing ice structure pictures (can't remember what country). Some were sideways becusee of thewind as it was freezing, Mother Nature can be an amazing artist. Look forward to seeing your pics.

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By betskand on Dec 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

PS. Poohdence says to tell you that her feelings will never change no matter what...

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By betskand on Dec 29, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Hope you had a good one also! Poohdence is bustling around, cleaning the house for the New Year while I sit here in front of the computer. We had a very peaceful and happy Christmas...the best to you in the New Year, Mr. Cow!

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By Sylviag on Dec 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM

I do believe we can forgive you :) That sounds like a really wonderful way to spend Christmas - was there any snow? We had a wonderful Christmas at home with family and friends. Out get away will be a trip to the ocean starting Tues for days. We don't party any more on New Years (usually can't even make it up until 12 :) so this will be a gra way to start the new year. An my very best wished for a much better new year (heck, it can;t get any worse :) Hugz

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By feline-ethnobiologist on Dec 28, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Amen to that! There is always hope.

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By jadzia23 on Dec 28, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I'm glad you had a nice quiet Christmas up in the mountains. Mine was nice except for the relapse of the cold I had thought I had recovered from a couple of weeks ago. I'm sure you'll have a better year in '15 :) I am sorry to hear you need another surgery. Hopefully that will be the last one you need. Do you have any special plans for New Year's Eve and Day? Have a great Sundog :)

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By furrgetmenot on Dec 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Yes, knowing exactly what you mean.. this year HAS to be better than the LAST one.. LOL for BOTH of us!!

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By furrgetmenot on Dec 26, 2014 at 9:46 AM

http://cheezburger.com/8411619584 with love & hugs!

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By feline-ethnobiologist on Dec 25, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Ohai AnOldCowhand! Thanks for being my friend! Mr. Buddy Swipes has a leetle token ob appreciation for you! http://cheezburger.com/8411358464

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By buyerbware on Dec 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Here's this year's carol sung by the Animals of Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZC7zuhkLRU

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