I know; the government is shut down. (The American government, I mean. Every other government in the world, including that of Belgium (!) is operating just fine.)
National parks are closed. Garbage isn't being collected (in D.C., which oddly doesn't impact lawmakers nearly enough). Food isn't being inspected. Government websites are dark. America as we know it has become a cold, nightmarish, dystopian novel. A really bad dystopian novel.
But never fear, Friday Cow Blogging is operating as usual! Okay, it's actually operating better than usual, since it's been inexplicably missing the last few weeks. But not for a lack of cows! No, cows have been plentiful in this green and pleasant land, and even more viewable, since the tree service came and cut down trees and branches that formerly impeded our view.
The cows seem to like that they can see us better, too. They've been gathering near the fence, munching on the freshly cut willow branches, and puzzling over the Dog That Barks. They don't seem afraid, just...puzzled.
I don't know if Sparky will ever be the Dog That Doesn't Bark. Frankly, I have more ideas about how to restart the government than I do about stopping a dog from barking (it's much, much easier to teach a dog to do something than not to do something).
Has anyone considered clicker training Congress?
Sigh. Enjoy this cow. And hope she doesn't decide to eat your kind one day, at the end of a very bad dystopian novel.