Article: Spotlight: Lynn Smith (Valleylynn): GREAT article!

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By Nancy Polanski on August 23, 2010

If you want to meet a sweet and loving person with a lifetime of fascinating stories to tell, then let me introduce you to Valleylynn. Have you ever had to defend your family from a bear? Kill a rattlesnake? Encounter an intruder in your home? Feed fish to water moccasins? Me neither. But Lynn has...........

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Aug 22, 2010 7:53 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Thank you Nancy, for another wonderful article and for the interesting and fun people you bring to us.

Lynn, what a blessed and exciting life you have/had! I'm so impressed with the way you dealt with all the snakes. You go girl....I don't do snakes Thumbs down Beautiful pictures, beautiful family, AWESOME article!

Thank you both!

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Aug 22, 2010 8:00 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Glad to do it, Vic. Thanks very much for the comment!

Aug 22, 2010 8:35 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Lynn, what a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing it with us. I had to go back to read your Wild Horse Dream, I loved it when you first wrote it and still do.

Thank you so much for allowing Nancy to Spotlight you.
Aug 22, 2010 8:37 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Nice to know you better, Lynn. But I already knew you were "good people".
Best Regards,
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Aug 22, 2010 9:19 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Thank you all. A special thank you to Nancy and Sharon for encouraging me to write about things in my life. I am now excited about compiling more life stories to put then all in a book format for my children and all the generations to come, so they will have a record of what our life was like. I encourage others to do the same for their families. We don't really appreciate it until we get older it seems. : )
There are great people here to help us accomplish making a memory book for future generations. Thumbs up
Aug 22, 2010 9:51 PM CST
Name: Sharon
You make me smile, Lynn. Thank you.
Aug 26, 2010 11:33 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Great article Nancy!

What a fabulously interesting life you've led! I greatly admire your courage!

I'm more than a little envious of your cattle working experiences. While growing up I'd always wanted to experience a cattle drive first-hand. Smiling

Thanks so much for sharing these insights of your life!
Aug 26, 2010 1:30 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Riding range, separating cows from calves, doctoring, branding/castrating, consist of long days in usually very hot weather, where we lived. Castrating was usually done when the weather cooled down so there is less chance of infection and flies.
The cattle drive time is fun, sometimes difficult. I remember a day I found a cow up in one of the canyons,she was down, and all but dead. Most were blaming it on coyotes. After shooting the cow to put her out of her misery, I looked around for sign and what damage had been done to her. For me everything pointed to a pack of dogs. Coyotes are blamed for much more than they actually do. Consensus was one vote for dogs, 5 for coyotes. Two days later the pack of dogs was spotted taking down another cow and calf not far from where the first cow was found. Pack consisted of an Irish Setter, German Shepard, a mixed breed and a Labrador Retriever. All great ranch dogs from different ranches in the Wenas Valley, miles away from home. Just shows what our wonderful pets are capable of if now given guidance and supervision. All of them were shot. Such a sad day for all.
Aug 26, 2010 2:20 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
That is sad Sad but I understand.

Once when I was walking our mountain with my leashed dogs, we were half way up and down at the bottom, 3 wild dogs started up after us. I had my dogs leashed to my waist so I could use my walking stick as it's pretty steep and as the wild dogs started up, I just put my arms up and my hands like claws and started screaming. Rolling on the floor laughing It worked. Scared them off. Course my dogs were trying to drag me down the mountain to get them. Sheesh...Wild dogs get deer around here.
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