Tag Archives: German Shepherd

Lazy Days of Summer

12 Jul

I have been quite busy this summer, but everyone else around here seems to be taking it easy this summer.

Betty Lou

Sky

Athena

Bob

Anubis

Tony

Sidney

Sky

Poki

Snickers

Mary

Must be nice!

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Heat Advisory

30 Jun

Welll, we’ve had pretty decent temperatures this summer, but we are now in excessive heat.

Our feels-like temperatures are well over 100°F (37.78°C).  That is really hard for the animals.

Victoria

I spend most of my day checking everyone and making sure they have clean water.

Cookie’s girls: Chiffon and Marge

For the most part, everyone was doing well.  My usual few goats stay up in the barnyard.  I think they might have just figured out that they’re going to get some sweet feed.

Penelope

The llama girls were doing well.  They were feeling cranky enough to keep spitting.

Aurora

Tony is one that had me worried.  He was open mouth breathing.  I tried bribing him to come into the garage.

Tony Llama

I could have had all of the goats in there with me.  They have no problems walking through an open door when you show them that there’s food on the other side of it.  Tony.  I had to halter, and he still wouldn’t let me lead him through.  I was skidding in his poop pile that he had to make right in the doorway.  During all this struggle, he wasn’t acting too stressed, so I left him.  Then I saw him out in the sun trying to eat.  I suggested eating under a shade tree, but he’s a dude.  Then he was back inside panting again.  Once again, I tried bribing him, and this time, I got him to come into the garage!

It’s cooler and he has cool concrete to lie on and a cool bucket of water, and I even turned the air conditioner on.  It’s still set to 80º F (26.67ºC), but it is better than outside.

The birds are the other animals that don’t like the heat.   The geese are fine.

The chickens don’t tolerate the heat well though.

I was glad that I remembered I had frozen a bag of tomatoes at the end of the garden season when I was sick of canning.  Guess who enjoyed a nice frozen treat. It didn’t take long for them to figure out they were nice and cold.

I also moved Mama Phoenix outside after the sun was on the other side of the barn.  This let her have a bit of breeze.

Hopefully, we can get back to more normal temperatures soon.

Sky

Until then, Sky says he’ll be lounging in the air conditioning.

Moving and Birthing

18 Jun

I decided I had to move my moms from the two buildings where they were penned to the north paddock.

Daisy and Dahlia

Unfortunately, I still have a lot of my March babies up there.

Bubbles, Sacagewea, Moira, Squanto, Angela, John and Tootles

That means it’s kind of crowded and going to get eaten down, and I don’t have enough shelter if we get bad storms. I’d have to go out and move someone.  I’m thinking aobut letting Bubbles and a couple of other kids back with the big herd, but I don’t want to put kids out there to reunite with their moms to be sold in just a couple of weeks.  We’ll see how it goes.

Bubbles (these kids never stand still)

It wasn’t too bad to get everyone moved up there.

Bambi and Lucky

I also spent a big part of the day putting chicken wire on the panels between the yard and barnyard. Pepe was a good little helper.  He was nibbling my ear and being pretty sweet.

Pepe

The chicken wire was necessary though because the little babies just zip through the cattle panels like nothing, and Sky would treat them like they were a funny-colored short-tailed squirrel.  That would  not be good.

Sky

I really had to get them moved because I did not have room for poor LilyAnn.  I had to shut her in because she had her kid!

LilyAnn and her baby

She had one big boy.

Ringo

I think his name is Ringo (because of the little ring of white around his one front ankle.

Vinnie

Now we’re just waiting on Vinnie.  Come on, Vinnie!  I want to sleep!