Animal Tales

This page is where you can find all my cute dog, horse, donkey, and chicken stories. Aww.

Example. Horses and donkey

I Discovered Something!

It’s been a great day, for many reasons, and a great weekend. We took Apache out again today, and he was his old self again! He and Spice were very brave when they came upon some people building a new gate between our two pastures. But they had fun. Fiona kept plopping down and rolling … Continue reading “I Discovered Something!”

Fancy Watering Hole

Today is one of those meeting-filled and task-filled days that left me with no blogging time but lunch. So, I just have a few minutes to fill you in on a major improvement for out Hermits’ Rest livestock. I already shared that the chickens’ water now is officially hooked up, and both pens can use … Continue reading “Fancy Watering Hole”

Human-Animal Connection

I’m baffled sometimes about how humans managed to connect so deeply with some other animals. Fiona wanted to see my sister so badly this evening that she barged into the hay area just to be near her. Why? She’s full of love and wanted to share? I don’t know. But I do know equines sense … Continue reading “Human-Animal Connection”

Something Fishy

I got an interesting surprise as I was heading to the office to write a bunch of blog posts. I saw a large group of black vultures (my favorites, because they seem more…attractive than turkey vultures) pecking away at something over by where the pond runoff comes out of the culvert under our driveway (which … Continue reading “Something Fishy”

Mad as a Wet Hen?

I was a bit worried about how the chickens were going to do in all this rain, as I mentioned earlier, so I made a shelter inside the pullet house for the two who like to hide and covered the cage in there. I really was wondering if they’d drown or something, especially with the … Continue reading “Mad as a Wet Hen?”

I Competently Ranched

Actually, my neighbor, Sara, competently ranched and I assisted, but it felt darn good to achieve a series of competent duties. As you may recall from yesterday, Apache reached over the fence and chomped into the tenants’ round bales, nearly ingesting some of the netting. We wanted to nip that habit in the bud. So, … Continue reading “I Competently Ranched”

Self Care and Pottery

I had nothing on my agenda today, so rather than lounge around the house, I decided to do whatever I wanted to. I went over and visited the calves, and got to feed Rip while the new guys were worked on. Then I just sat and watched the chickens. Why not? It’s fun. I got … Continue reading “Self Care and Pottery”

Equine Spa Day?

Trixie the farrier came last evening to check on Apache and Spice’s feet. She’s coming more often while the issues get better. When she was working on Apache, she said she’d never seen laminitis growing out like he is, but it seems to be working. Then she tried to scrape his hoof and it was … Continue reading “Equine Spa Day?”

New Chicken Knowledge

I have both new knowledge about chickens as well as knowledge about my new chickens, so the ambiguity in the post title is appropriate (otherwise, if my friend Bill read my blog, he would pick on me about it). Where am I? Yes! I’ve learned a few things about chickens in the past couple of … Continue reading “New Chicken Knowledge”

Nothing but Goofy Chickens

Here are some fun pictures I got from the game cam. Too bad I didn’t realize I needed new batteries, so some have weird colors. Have fun with these! I hope you like pink!

Happy Farming

Everyone is finally settling in at the ranch. All the chickens seem to get along fine now that they’re free ranging. And a sign of this happiness was we had a three-egg day today, the first since Lacy Legs passed a few months ago. I’m grateful to whichever new pullet is finally laying! They are … Continue reading “Happy Farming”

Hey, Hay!

I think the long saga of me needing hay for Apache is over for a while, at least. It’s nice to have kind Master Naturalist friends to come to my rescue. I thought I was getting square bales from Pamela, who lives nearby, but it turned out her baling guy would make no fewer than … Continue reading “Hey, Hay!”

Bumming with Bovines

I am just going to share what makes life worth living these days, and that’s my charming ranch companions. It’s really fun to go for walks with the cows (and horses). You’re reminded that humans are just part of this world, and that every other living being is also out there having adventures. I didn’t … Continue reading “Bumming with Bovines”

How ARE the Dogs? Lively.

Every so often someone asks for an update on the canines. Unlike the chickens and horses, all the dogs are currently FINE. sure, they have their challenges, but they aren’t bad. Let’s start with the smallest. Vlassic He is doing well and seems happy here. His favorite part of the day is going for rides … Continue reading “How ARE the Dogs? Lively.”

Farewell, Sweet Hen

Well, like I figured, we lost Ginger today. She was the most beautiful of our chickens and the friendliest. I loved to feed her. And she was an amazing egg generator. Once she started, she laid 6 eggs a week. They were huge and dark brown. That huge amount of egg laying was probably her … Continue reading “Farewell, Sweet Hen”

Tired of Rescuing Chickens

This started last night. When I came home, my normally energetic hen, Ginger, was not herself. She was listless and full. She even let me pick her up and hold her. I was immediately worried she had a reproductive problem, since the high egg-production breeds get them. when I set her down, Clarence, the large … Continue reading “Tired of Rescuing Chickens”

Sunset Photo Shoot

Here’s another post high on imagery and low on content. Because I’ve been out as late as possible lately working with the horses, and because the dusty air has made for such pretty sunsets, I decided to do a fun exercise and take pictures of the barn residents and caretakers last night. Have fun with … Continue reading “Sunset Photo Shoot”

Chickens Are a Lot Like Cats

Allow me to share some bird portraits, along with some brief observations. Chickens really remind me of cats. How? Well, they like to chase things and pounce on them. For chickens, it’s bugs. They also like to rest all curled up with their feet under them (I can’t get a photo of this, because they … Continue reading “Chickens Are a Lot Like Cats”

I Love My Horse, Okay?

On the local radio station’s morning show, good ole Joe always tells us what “days” are being celebrated. And today, Joe informed us that one of the many things celebrated on July 15 is National I Love Horses Day. The radio hosts (Joe and Rose of the Rose and Joe Breakfast Club) also like horses, … Continue reading “I Love My Horse, Okay?”

Guinea Freedom

Sigh, we only have two guineas left, but they are big enough to do okay in the main pen. So, today my sister was here for dinner and got to see them enjoy their first taste of freedom. It’s fun to share bird stuff with her. At first they ignored the open door. They’d just … Continue reading “Guinea Freedom”

Birds Sure Are Resourceful

As hard as it is to find equilibrium these days, I’ve always found my bird watching greatly helpful. Birds just keep going, breeding, eating, being silly. Here are today’s examples. Finch Family Time Over at the Hermit Haus/former church office, I’ve been watching all the birds raising families. The mockingbirds have moved on, but the … Continue reading “Birds Sure Are Resourceful”

More Chicken Housing PLUS

So, how did that chicken coop project we started yesterday come out? Well, while I was crackling the doors, Chris finished the roof and ventilation area. Of course, it needed steps up to the roosting and nesting area. I got busy using up the extra white paint to cover most of the wood surfaces. I … Continue reading “More Chicken Housing PLUS”

Mostly Good Animal News

I hope all of you who celebrate Independence Day in The US have a safe and fun holiday. And now for the news update. Guinea Drama Part 2 I went out to feed the birds yesterday, and lo and behold, there were only five guinea keats. I fed them and was confused. So when Chris … Continue reading “Mostly Good Animal News”

Animal Farm Report

No, this is not a report about a book I read in high school that’s eerily reminiscent of today. I’m just updating on the ranch animals. How’s Apache? We continue to monitor the heck out of him. He’s walking fairly normally, so we will slowly start exercising him. Yesterday Sara and I walked him around … Continue reading “Animal Farm Report”

Cute Animals for Scary Times

Really, I do understand why people are being cautious these days. The rate of coronavirus infections in Milam County has skyrocketed. I have been limiting where I go, and even wearing my mask to cross the street. I ordered a lot of new masks today, too, since I’m wearing them more and getting them dirty. … Continue reading “Cute Animals for Scary Times”

We Got Horse Trouble

Ranch life. It’s always something. We get the chicken situation under control, and the horse situation goes bad, or worse. Here’s how the week with Apache went. He was out in the pasture with the other horses Sunday and Monday. Tuesday I thought I’d try riding him. It was to be a big day! Nope. … Continue reading “We Got Horse Trouble”

More Flock Plus a Cock

It’s a rooster, of course. Since we are down 3 hens (we lost our injured Jewel last week) I wanted more. Bird and Bee Farm keeps running out of chickens, so I despaired of getting more any time soon. But yesterday we got a call from Cindy Rek, who said our turn had come, because … Continue reading “More Flock Plus a Cock”

Apache Love

Why am I writing about my horse relationship issues? Surely very few people who read my little blog are well-meaning but somewhat clueless horse owners like me. Well, the growth you achieve when working with horses (or other animals) spills over to all other parts of your life. I’ve become much more confident at trying … Continue reading “Apache Love”

Horse Detective Work

One thing that happens when your circle contains a lot of former horse trainers is you get a lot of advice when you’re having horse troubles. I am fortunate to have not only Sara’s wise counsel, but also nephew Chris and my friend Mandi to help me think about what could be going on with … Continue reading “Horse Detective Work”

Suna the Brave

Yes, I didn’t write anything yesterday. For one, I had way too many meetings and errands to do. But really, I joined many people I know in being so overwhelmed, appalled, and upset about how black men and people of color in general are being treated in this country that I couldn’t find anything non-incendiary … Continue reading “Suna the Brave”

A Bit of Storm Damage

While I was cleaning the fireplace, a strong storm came through and it rained .7 inches in 15 minutes. And the wind got up to 40 miles per hour. I looked up when I felt some water. Shoot. It was dripping on me. We have to go way up by the chimney and check what’s … Continue reading “A Bit of Storm Damage”

Am I Falling Apart?

Hmm, haven’t whined about things that aren’t really earth-shattering lately. I’ll fix that. And I’ll share random photos, because I don’t have a theme. Generally, I’m a pretty healthy person. I have the occasional ache or pain, thanks to having been alive for so many trips around the sun, but really, I’m pretty good. Even … Continue reading “Am I Falling Apart?”

Mad! Glad! Resourceful!

Why not cram three completely different stories in one blog post? Sure, I’m a wordy person, after all. Plus, I have stuff to do and it’s a beautiful day, so here goes. Mad! So, we need to wear scrubs at the Hearts Homes and Hands office much of the time, and the first ones I … Continue reading “Mad! Glad! Resourceful!”

Gracie Lou Who?

Ya know, it’s been a long time since we got Penney. We need another dog. Look, it’s Gracie Lou! Stop laughing. It’s actually Kathleen’s dog that they brought back from Yorktown. She’s getting up there in age, bit still perky and cute. She’s a dachshund mixed with maybe a Maltese. We are so glad she’s … Continue reading “Gracie Lou Who?”

Bloom Where You’re Planted

Those of you who haven’t been quarantined your whole lives have probably heard this saying before. It’s the first thing that popped into my head when I saw that today’s UU Lent word is bloom. It being spring in glorious central Texas, you see blossoms everywhere. They look especially vibrant this year, since it’s been … Continue reading “Bloom Where You’re Planted”

Reaching Out/Reaching Up

I was surprised to see reach as the UU Lent word of the day, but then I realized it’s really appropriate for me, and probably for many of us right now. Reaching Out For me “reach out” is most important. It’s no longer optional to reach out to friends and family, but mandatory. With so … Continue reading “Reaching Out/Reaching Up”

Who Supports Whom?

I was thinking about support even before I saw that it was the UU Lent word for today. Right now pretty much everyone needs support, right? Times are so confusing for everybody. Still, many of us are called on to support others. And sometimes the people we support need us to support them, too. My … Continue reading “Who Supports Whom?”

We Have the Freedom to…umm

Perhaps today is not the best day to talk about freedom, but that’s what the UU Lent calendar said to talk about. Freedom’s always been a hard topic for me, even without being confined to quarters/office and following so many rules and regulations (our home health agency gets new guidelines from the State every day, … Continue reading “We Have the Freedom to…umm”

Playing! Fun! Okay!

Today’s word for UU Lent is play. Great choice, since Lee and I are taking a birthday present road trip to visit a new place and see some relatives. It’s my gift to him. We hope to get Lee relaxed and me out looking at water. Fun. I’ve always tried to incorporate play into my … Continue reading “Playing! Fun! Okay!”

Chickens Like Toys

The new chickens have ended up being a very popular addition to the Hermits’ Rest collection of animals. Even Lee has been seen sneaking out to give them some treats. Lee’s brother, Jim, who is staying in an RV in our garage area, mowed the grass this weekend, and made sure when he went by … Continue reading “Chickens Like Toys”

A Visit Cut Short

I was about to start writing this, when I got more and more annoyed at a phoebe flying around me. It got SO loud. I looked up, and she was sitting right on the porch with me. Missed that photo op! Speaking of photos, you might enjoy a visit to the Master Naturalist blog, where … Continue reading “A Visit Cut Short”

Loitering Livestock

Yesterday I ended up spending a lot of time around the resident cattle, even when intending to hang out with the horses and Fiona. It was all fun, though, and a great reminder of some of the things that are common on a ranch that aren’t common for city folks. For instance, I was walking … Continue reading “Loitering Livestock”

Ginger Hen Genetics

I couldn’t remember the breed of chicken our new brown one, Ginger, was. I knew if I just saw it, I’d remember, but it wasn’t listed on the Bird and Bee Farm website. Chicken-loving friends to the rescue! Cheryl pointed out on Facebook that she is an ISA Red. I got her so that I’d … Continue reading “Ginger Hen Genetics”

Doggie Doo, Oh Poo

Oh, look. Here’s my dog, Vlassic, sound asleep in his doggy bed. Isn’t that sweet? Look at how he is not wriggling, squirming, or digging his nails into anything. What a great dog. As an added bonus, there isn’t dried up cow dung all over his collar, either. Mmm, that was fun to clean off. … Continue reading “Doggie Doo, Oh Poo”

Who Wants Dog News?

Of course, YOU want dog news (especially if you are Don L., the dogs’ biggest fan). I’m here to share that the battle between Vlassic and Penney is finally settling down. We haven’t had even the slightest grr sound from either of them in a few weeks now. They run and play outside like the … Continue reading “Who Wants Dog News?”

Holiday for Harvey

Whew. I was not a hermit today, as I spent a fun bit exhausting day surrounded by people. But I did fine, laughed a lot, and made it through dinner for nine people at the ranch table this evening. The highlight of the day came toward the end of the delayed present opening. For some … Continue reading “Holiday for Harvey”

Ha Ha! Today Didn’t Suck!

What do you know! A group of people determined to have fun despite setbacks CAN do it. My little department at work is like that little engine that could in the kids’ story. We just keep on doing good stuff and having a mostly positive attitude. We had three people with sickness or sick children, … Continue reading “Ha Ha! Today Didn’t Suck!”

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