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September 16, 2001

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Dixie, the Pet of the Day
Name: Dixie
Age: Eight years old
Gender: Female
Kind: 1/4 Arabian 3/4 Quarter Horse
Home: Roseau, Minnesota, USA
   Dixie is special to me because she is my best friend! We went to millions of shows in the year 2000 and eventually bonded. We had a lot of good times together, but also some very sad tragedies. When we bought Dixie, she was going to be my laid-back gaming horse. But, after my horse Shawno bowed a tendon, Dixie had to replace her in the pleasure line of work. We worked and worked all summer long, and eventually practice paid off. At the County Fair, we placed 2nd in the State Fair Line-up and qualified for state.

    About seven weeks before the state fair, Dixie got a little cut on her leg, which was scarred from a past accident. We thought nothing of it and put a bandage on to keep it clean and keep off dust and bugs. At the NRSC show we went to, she was being a little snotty and I didn't know why. But soon we would find out... At four weeks before the state fair, Dixie's leg literally exploded. It turns out that infection was building up under the skin from the first cut. The infection finally had to get out and that caused the explosion. My mom later found Dixie in the pasture walking around with her bloody leg. We thought for sure that Dixie would not be able to be shown at state.

    After three weeks of careful bandaging and care, Dixie was well enough to go to state! As it turns out, Dixie has had a great year at state and is now a happy little mare belonging to my youngest brother. She is one lucky horse!

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