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Sunshine!

24 May

We’ve had so much rain and so many clouds the last few days, that I’ve not had the opportunity to go walking in pasture.

Today, when I got home from work, however, there was actual sunshine!

I decided to go for a walk and see the goats.

I spotted a bluebird!

I also got to listen to the birds.  There are so many meadowlarks out there.  I swear they’re everywhere.

I also have a lot of bobolinks.  I usually only get to see the males.  Of course, they are still all dressed in their breeding finery and singing their song.  You can check out their song here.

male bobolink

When I do see the females, I always question if I’m right because they look a lot like the female red-winged blackbird.  They are ground nesting birds, so I think it’s good we aren’t making hay off my back hills until later in the summer.  I hope they will keep coming back.

female bobolink

Hopefully the nice weather will continue and give the pasture and yard and fields a chance to dry out a bit.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items at the top of my side bar.

Long Live the Queen

23 May

You might recall we had several goats challenging Minnie Pearl for her position as herd queen–Maggie, Lily, Cinnamon, Penny.

Lily Osboer

Minnie is now retired in the north paddock, so they can’t pick on her.  She’s really showing her age.

Minnie Pearl Saanen

But we finally have a new queen (I think).  I am totally shocked, but our new queen is…Sallie!

Sallie Blackboer

I know!  She wasn’t fighting or challenging Minnie, but she has become the quiet leader.

I’m good with this.  It’s good to have a herd queen too.

Long live Queen Sallie!

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.

The Most Important Puppy Rule

22 May

Sky is a really good puppy despite all of my silly puppy rules.  He is, however, a German Shepard.  If you know the breed, you know they are intelligent, energetic and have have a hard-wired chase instinct.  That’s one reason I wanted a puppy–to work with it and get it to know my cats and accept them.  Even then, there are some that can’t ever be trusted with cats.  The German Shepard cross we had growing up would kill cats other than ours, but there were times she would chase our cats and have to be corrected.

Sky

Unfortunately, I have Rocky.  Rocky does not understand that getting the German Shepard to chase him is not smart. Really not smart.

Rocky

I can’t combat it.  In the last couple of weeks, Sky has become less respectful of the other cats.  Leo doesn’t want to come back downstairs.  He’s more harassing with Bob, who is avoiding coming up to the house.  I’m worried he’s going to just quit coming home.  Poor Snickers gets chased.  Saturday night, I went out to break up the cat fight and didn’t realize Sky followed me out the door.  He joined the chase across the yard, and he ended up grabbing Snickers.  He stopped when I yelled at him, but I thought he had killed Snickers.

Snickers

I can’t do that to my cats.  I can’t risk their lives, and I can’t train Sky with Rocky begging him to play chase.  I am trying to find a new home for him before it’s too late.

Please realize how difficult this is and refrain from offering advice or nasty comments.  Thank you.