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The skinny: Horse dreams dashed, German teen turns to cow Luna

horse sense

The cow jumps over the … well, almost anything

When Regina Mayer's parents dashed her hopes of getting a horse, the resourceful 15-year-old didn't sit in her room and sulk. Instead, she turned to a cow called Luna to make her riding dreams come true. Hours of training, and tons of treats, cajoling and caresses later, the results are impressive: Not only do the two regularly go on long rides through the southern German countryside, they do jumps over a makeshift hurdle of beer crates and painted logs. "She thinks she's a horse," Mayer joked. It started about two years ago, shortly after Luna was born on the Mayers' sprawling farm in the hamlet of Laufen, just minutes from the Austrian border. They started off with walks during which Luna wore a halter. Then Mayer slowly got her more accustomed to human contact and riding equipment. Now, she understands commands such as "go," ''stand" and "gallop." If she feels like it, that is.

crazy in love

Couple plans long walk down aisle

A Michigan couple is planning a truly long wedding march. Joseph Crist and Laura Brunett, both 24, are going to walk some 2,500 miles to get to their wedding in Las Vegas. They told Detroit TV station WJBK they plan to leave Canton Township in Wayne County this month, and they expect the trek to prepare them to spend a lifetime together. They hope to be in Las Vegas by September and marry at nearby Lake Mead.

what ales them

Brewers battle for elf control

A central Pennsylvania brewery is hopping mad over the name given to another brewer's elfish ale. Harrisburg's Troegs Brewing wants Fegley's Brew Works in Bethlehem to stop selling a beer with a name similar to Troegs' Mad Elf Ale. The brewer wants the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel Fegley's trademark on Rude Elf's Reserve. Troegs says the two seasonal beers are likely to cause confusion since they have similar names and are distributed in some of the same areas. Owner Jeff Fegley says Troegs just wants to "monopolize the word 'elf' in advertising its beer."

mating ritual

Warning: amorous amphibians ahead

Toads heeding the call of the wild are migrating, and a group of Philadelphians is again shutting down a road to help them on their way. For the third year volunteers are closing down Port Royal Avenue in the city's Roxborough neighborhood so the toads don't get squished on their way to a reservoir where they mate. Toad Detour head Lisa Levinson says one car can kill hundreds of the libidinous toads.

Compiled from Times wires.

The skinny: Horse dreams dashed, German teen turns to cow Luna 04/05/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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