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Name: Jorge Villafuerte

Size/Category 20-Gallon Freshwater

Type: Glass

Shape: Standard

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I've had 756 friends visit me.

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06/01/2011 12:00.46 PM
stopping by with a quick hi!
Been super busy, and also laid up a bit due to some stupidity so am trying to catch up. How goes things in your world?

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

03/20/2011 12:38.03 PM Report This Comment
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
I hope you have a nice warm and green and sunny day tomorrow. We are hoping for green tomorrow too as this morning we awoke to a heavy snowstorm! Okay, so it's not strange to have snow in March but we've been having semi warm weather lately and were keeping our fingers crossed that spring was just around the corner. I guess we didn't have the luck of the Irish with us and apparently there must be quite a few more corners till spring is really here.

Someone asked me if I could make summer come. So, I thought on it and replied, "No problem! It might take me a couple of months though." "Why so slow?" you ask? Well, it's not like I've done it before. That's a major commitment!

Talking of major, I finally finished a horse movie on which i've been working on and off since January. It's hard to find time but at least it's done now. I would love for you to take a peek at it. It's called

Pippin: Valiant Protector of Honest Creatures

If you type that into the search engine of YouTube it will be the first movie to come up. I hope you enjoy it! It's a humourous mix of drama and action. And lots of footage of beautiful horses!

Wishing you all the best tomorrow and may the luck o' the Irish be with you. Leaving you a lucky vote!

Come visit me, Pond Creature (Rest in peace, Melian).

03/16/2011 11:07.22 PM Report This Comment
hows the tank?
all fins happy? so far so good around here, the new tank is doing fine, and the old tanks are the same. Always nice when the fishy worlds are behaving! Will be doing some water changes today, and that's the only thing I plan on, other than kitchen chores, otherwise will stay in, keep warm and probably watch a bunch of action movies. My kind of Sunday indeed.

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

02/27/2011 03:47.21 AM Report This Comment
quick vote
and even quicker hello!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

02/24/2011 11:05.17 AM Report This Comment
Hi
Stopped by with a vote for your nice tank.

Come visit me, oceanview & Oceanview2.

02/23/2011 07:29.29 AM Report This Comment
Hello!
Just stopping by with a quick hello and a vote for your awesome colors again. Did you have fun helping set up the PaPa tank?

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

02/23/2011 01:54.02 AM Report This Comment
Hi
Nice tank, did your uncle get you hooked on the fish channel? Cute avatar, voted for you.

Come visit me, oceanview & Oceanview2.

02/17/2011 05:20.56 AM Report This Comment
Love the colors.
left a vote, this tank makes me want to set up another tank.

Come visit me, 55 gallon.

02/16/2011 02:08.51 PM Report This Comment
great avatar
hehe, very funny! Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

02/13/2011 05:25.37 AM Report This Comment
The fish is dead. Long lived the fish.

I guess it was his time to go. The pond water was probably at about 34 degrees and over the course of several days I brought him up to about 50. Then I took him inside the bird room (72 degrees) and he died the next morning. He never came out of his hibernation properly and spat out the peas that I tried to feed him. We figure he was probably in his teens so age was most likely a factor.

I figured that taking him out of the pond would either kill him or cure him. Either way, he'd be out of his misery. Thanks for all your help.

Now onto a more important subject. Namely me! LOL This is best told from my dog's point of view so here goes.

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I do have a very funny story to tell. You won't believe this but mama had to go to the vet! hehe haha Yep, all that torture she puts us through finally turned around and bit her in the butt! (Actually I don't mind going to the vet but don't tell her that!)

You see, she was trimming hooves on Monday. Lots of goat hooves, got them all done and then she started on Pippin's. She was trimming the last hoof and musing to herself that she managed to get through them all without even rasping her thumb when suddenly she felt the knife sink deep (1/2 inch) into the back of hand at the base of her thumb. She gasped and worked really fast to finish that last hoof and put everything away before bleeding over everything.

Poor Pippin wasn't too thrilled with the blood all over his hay so she gave him some new stuff and then went inside to clean herself up. After examining the wound which wouldn't stay shut or stop bleeding she thought she'd just put a stitch in the middle to keep it closed.

Well, everyone thought she was out of her mind and screamed at her to call the doctor. We live in the middle of nowhere and after calling 3x with no answer she had a brainwave. Why not ask the vet?

So, the long and short of it is that the vet stitched her up and everyone who works there crowded around in fascination to see the deed done. The vet told her if she wasn't good she'd have to wear the cone of shame! hehe

Kermit and I got to go along for the ride. I wanted to put a leash on mama and lead her in but she made me stay in the car. I was laughing all the way home!

The best part? No charge. Mama's thinking about switching clinics...

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Leaving a vote for you and I hope you're smiling!

Come visit me, Pond Creature (Rest in peace, Melian).

02/10/2011 11:33.32 PM Report This Comment
Thanks for Stopping by
Thanks for stopping in and voting. I noticed that you have a south American Dwarf Puffer in the photo below, I have three in mt tank as well. Love the avatar! Dropped a vote as well!

Come visit me, Reef Keeper.

02/10/2011 07:42.30 AM Report This Comment
hi
added a background and fish
new pictures soon

Come visit me, Jorge Villafuerte.

02/09/2011 04:10.30 AM Report This Comment
Thank you!
Left a vote for your pretty tank. Have a great day!

Come visit me, Damsel.

02/07/2011 11:56.53 PM Report This Comment
Hi
Sweet tank, here is a vote for you.

Come visit me, oceanview & Oceanview2.

02/06/2011 07:14.55 AM Report This Comment
Pippin is King

Today's mini fact is that Pippin, my favourite mini horse in the whole wide world, is king of Horse Channel! At least for a month.

Words cannot express how much I have enjoyed this campaign and I'm glad to read that all my loyal friends both old and new have enjoyed it too. The best part of this month was sharing my love of mini horses, and Pippin in particular, with all of you. I'm glad that some of my passion has rubbed off onto you!

I have to admit that I kind of got into the groove of things. Writing a mini fact every evening for the past 31 days has become a part of my routine. On the other hand, going to bed really late has too and it will be kind of nice to relax a bit next month. Don't worry, I'm not going anywhere. I will still be blogging but just not as intensively. And please note that I answer each and every blog I get. It just may take me awhile to reply.

In the beginning of January I started out with the intention of writing a mini fact each day, featuring a daily video, and set a goal for 10,000 votes. Frankly, I wasn't sure if I would have enough mini information to last that long but there are still a couple to spare! Nor did I think I could keep up the pace and I thought my vote goal was a bit optimistic. But, with your help and enthusiasm we not only reached but exceeded all expectations. Thank you so very much!

We did have some sadness this month though with Lightning passing on but that sadness was mixed with the joy I felt at seeing the outpouring of sympathy and love for Joyce that everyone showed. At some stage we will all feel that sadness and I hope that each and everyone of us has friends like that with whom to share that burden.

Again, thank you so much for your votes, your notes, but most of all for your friendship. I'm grateful to my old friends and thrilled to have made so many new ones. And for those of you who came from other channels, please feel free to continue to stop by Pippin's page every so often. He loves the attention!

Leaving you a vote of simple gratitude!

P.S. I had planned on having a fancy horse themed action movie ready to share today but that was my one goal that I simply couldn't achieve. It is partially done but I ran out of time. Stay tuned!

Come visit me, Pond Creature (Rest in peace, Melian).

02/01/2011 11:35.22 PM Report This Comment
My Training Method

Well, today I'm going a bit off track. I thought it might be interesting if I wrote briefly about my training methods. Of course, I could be wrong but if that's the case it's a free country and you are free to delete my blog!

I grew up around animals or trying to be around them. My sister (not the riding one but my parrot one) and I both had the training impulse. If it could walk and breathe it could be trained. If it couldn't walk it would be eaten but that's another story.

I remember keeping snails and training them to search for treats. Undoubtedly they were probably fine finding treats for themselves but that didn't faze me. I kept a mouse hidden in my room for months and my parents never found out. I trained him to do all kinds of tricks!

Eventually I got the one animal I had always wanted. Someone gave our family an 18 year old horse, Cinders. She knew all the tricks and taught me more than I could ever teach her. A couple of years later I was ready to move on and got my very own 2 year old thoroughbred filly, Juniper. She was straight off the track and I thought she was perfect. She was the love of my life, my once in a lifetime horse. (Sorry, Pippin!)

Anyway, I set about teaching her the basics and learning them myself at the same time. I would set goals. I wanted her to do perfect dressage, jump high, and obey my move. I would get frustrated when my plans didn't work out and things weren't perfect. It was then that I got the revelation of just stepping back and finding out what was good for her and what her capabilities and limitations were. And mine too.

We as humans like to plan ahead but when we're working with a horse or any other animal for that matter, we have to realize that the horse doesn't plan ahead and may not comply according to the meticulously worked out schedule in our heads. And perhaps they're not even suited to jump 7 feet high or perform a perfect piaffe.

So, my philosophy changed. I still believe that anything can be trained and that we should set goals but we should have flexible goals and be willing to change our plans on a dime. I believe that every horse can do every discipline but will not excel at all of them and some may not excel at any. But the aim is to bring out their talents to their best potential and the only way to do that is to let the horse tell us.

I used this method for teaching Pippin from the start and he ended up by surprising me and making me reach my goals for him sooner rather than later. Because I didn't push him his knack for picking things up highlighted each session and we both enjoyed every moment. I use the same methods for teaching my dogs tricks, turning their natural quirks into tricks.

Come visit me, Pond Creature (Rest in peace, Melian).

01/28/2011 12:26.15 AM Report This Comment
Well, I got carried away. Sorry! What I wanted to say briefly is, set flexible training goals and enjoy the process. When things don't work out turn to something that does and then go back and try again. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that the positive consequence of working with something familiar will put your horse in the right mood to try something new!

Today's featured video is: The Great Goat Caper. Yes, it mainly features our goats but Pippin is in there too. If you like cute baby animals you'll like this. Goat kids are among the cutest babies.

http://www .you tube.com /wat ch? v=D OQS BNo PppY

Another sunny spring day here! Sorry about all of you who are dealing with too much snow. We usually have too much snow this time of year too but since I bought sleigh runners for Pippin's cart we haven't seen more than a few snowflakes. We figure that next year we'll buy a toboggan and enjoy another snow free winter. The year after that? Skis…

Leaving many thanks and a vote.

Come visit me, Pond Creature (Rest in peace, Melian).

01/28/2011 12:25.05 AM Report This Comment
I'm glad you finally got your profiles set up! I left a blog on your other one but I guess you didn't see it. Very nice new tank and cute puffer. Looking forward to seeing more photos. I assume the puffer is in a different tank?

Good luck with the mid terms! Below is Pippin's daily blog. And thanks for all your support this month. Galadriel

Minis don't sweat it

This is something I had been wondering about and I decided to do a little research. Whenever I ride Prince or Eddie in the winter their coats are literally dripping with sweat and take a lot of scraping and brushing before they can be released back into their pens on a cold day.

Taking Pippin out in the same temps and for longer rarely induces any sweating. I just figured it's because he's fitter than they, which he is. But after driving him at a working trot for 8 miles in 50 degree weather and on returning home finding that only his chest was slightly damp I began to suspect there was more to it. Plus, I had read that donkeys don't sweat much despite their thicker coats.

And sure enough, miniature horses have a much more efficient thermostat than large horses. Of course, they sweat when they need to especially in the full heat of summer. The only time I really notice Pippin sweating is in spring when we get a sudden 100 degree heat wave and he still has his winter woolies.

Today's featured feature features Pippin snow jumping!

Mini Snow Jumping

http://ww w.you tube. com/w atch ?v=X OmJ CtN7 nxA

I took the dogs and Pippin on a bike ride this evening. Got to take advantage of this beautiful sunny weather! I hope you're all doing fine and here's another vote. Thanks so much.

Come visit me, Pond Creature (Rest in peace, Melian).

01/27/2011 01:14.55 AM Report This Comment
Go Uncle
HAHAHAH yes we should!!

Come visit me, Jorge Villafuerte.

01/26/2011 02:01.17 PM Report This Comment
Go Nephew
Good for you. When you put the heater in we can start stocking your tank with some Red Wags and Mollys

Come visit me, RickFern & RickFern 2.

01/26/2011 01:45.44 PM Report This Comment
like the bright blue
what kind of fins do you keep in there? Thanks for the visit!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

01/26/2011 09:00.47 AM Report This Comment
i will be more active on fish channel and will not let my fish die!

Come visit me, Jorge Villafuerte.

01/25/2011 03:40.17 PM Report This Comment
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