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Doggone good duo

August 08, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

A one-minute power struggle between owner and pet ended abruptly for one Sharpsburg girl at the Ag Expo's annual dog show Thursday.

Twelve-year-old Briana Lee stared at her dog Patches and demanded repeatedly that the 4-year-old blue tick Labrador retriever "stay." Patches turned her face away from Briana, but remained seated.

Before the judge could finish timing the pair, Patches rose, shifted her body around and sat back down.

Briana rolled her eyes as she and Patches walked off to the side where they were ordered to wait until the rest of the dogs broke from panting in place.

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The pair won second place for obedience in the girl's class.

Goat grooming


It was hard to tell who was being tortured: The goat who had its head placed between two bars in what appeared to be a guillotine or the woman who was struggling to keep the animal's legs from kicking her.

"This isn't torture," said Stacy Beckly, 19, as she used her body and arms to place one of Gabby the goat's powerful rear hooves back onto the milking table.

The 6-year-old goat, who moved its hooves away from Beckly almost every time the Hagerstown woman grabbed for them, was having her feet washed, polished and covered before being shown in the goat show Thursday night.

Shear excitement


Learning about other animals is one reason horse lover Sally Barnhart enjoys going to the annual Ag Expo.

Barnhart, 60, of Myersville, Md., divided her attention between watching a few children shear a goat and looking at the animal's description tacked to the cage.

"I'm just watching them shear. I don't know, do you shear goats?," she asked.

Barnhart said she lives in the country, but not on a farm.

All in the family


Between three families and their 18 cattle, Paula Smith, who stayed with the cows while her relatives attended shows, remained busy keeping straw and hides dry.

Armed with a pitchfork, Smith picked out straw heaped with manure from beneath standing cows and sifted straw that had become wet from urine. She paced quickly with a loaded pitchfork between the wheelbarrow and the bed.

"I just help," she said as she worked. "There's no way Hannah (her daughter) can wash all six of her cows."

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