And, another fine week it has been…
Wow, can you believe this weather? It is “San Diego” in the Midwest. Thankfully though we don’t get the West Coast fires and earthquakes. I could live with this 24/7 -365. It is especially nice to do some outside work without the horrible humidity. Maddie and Sofia are usually really good about hanging around with me but have taken from being pups that love to chill out on the warm driveway to ones who sneak off to the woods when I’m not looking. Add in the 2 Great Pyrenees dogs new to the neighborhood that are allowed to “wander” and end up on my, no Maddie’s and Sofia’s property, and all hell breaks loose. They are very protective of their territory and run full-tilt-boogie after dogs that easily weigh 10 x’s their miniscule weight of 10#. When I finally caught up to them, over an acre away, not knowing if I’d find them dead or alive, Maddie actually had one of the big fluff balls on her back in submission while Sofia was holding her own with the other. Thank heavens they are gentle giants. By the time I got them rounded up and home every one of us were shaking with adrenaline. Then it takes an hour to get the burrs out and check for ticks. Lesson learned, don’t take my eyes off of them for a minute and leashes are now mandatory for after dark. Z and Kos were turned out earlier this week in the same pasture for the first time. They are “brothers” only because I am a common horse “mom.” Z is a lovely, kindhearted 17 y.o. perfect horse and Kos, a gentleman as well, just turned 6. Being fairly new to the barn he has not shared an outdoor paddock with any horse until now. Z established the “rules” that he was the boss really quickly and within 15 minutes they were grooming each other and all was good. Animal behavior is amazing. I’m so lucky to have such great furry friends, large and small that I share a mutual love with.