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It's been a cold few days. On the farm, that means I need to make sure water is not frozen several times a day and hauling water because the hoses invariably freeze up on me.

I go out and check the bunnies' water 3 or more times a day. In the winter, I use crocks for their water because the water bottles just freeze up, and it is much easier to knock ice out of the hard plastic crocks, though my fingers tend to get a bit cold when I'm doing that.

The dogs... oh, the dogs, they have been dragging all kinds of deer bones and even a skin up the front yard. Poachers have killed some deer either deep in our woods ( unlikely, I think, unless they are crossing fences from another farm) or on someone else's land. Naturally, they also kill squirrels and leave them at the front door. (yuck) They don't eat the squirrels, they just kill them and leave them for us. (Double yuck).

Pat, the confused peahen who was born here last summer, has finally grown out the feathers she needs to be able to fly up to the rafters in the barn at night. One day last summer, I looked outside, and Gunner had poor, petrified Pat between his feet, plucking out some feathers, very gently, one by one. Well, I rescued Pat by running outside and yelling at Gunner, who knew he was doing something very bad, and he let her go immediately. I was afraid she was dead, so I ran over and picked her up, and she was literally frozen with fear for about an hour. So I carried her around with me until she started moving and then I moved her to the old chicken coop (which is fenced all around and over it) with the baby guineas and the little banty chick I found in the barn. She has recovered nicely, and know, finally flies.

Now, peafowl don't fly a lot, but they do like to roost up in high trees or in the rafters of the big barn at night, and if a predator is stalking them, they need to be able to fly away. They are pretty big birds, and they look really funny when they are flying, very awkward, but they get the job done.

First of all, I think the puppies must have a lot of rat terrier in them. Why? Because yesterday, they killed and dragged up out of the woods a huge pack rat, and apparently ate it, because I went out looking for it an hour later (with gloves on and a trash bag), and I cannot find it anywhere! Yuk.

Secondly, we have a peachick. Only one, darn it. Veronica came back from her hidden nest a few days ago with one lonely peachick following behind. Because the puppies were way too interested in the tiny fluffball, I stole it from her to raise in safe captivity. We decided to name it Pat, as Pat can be male or female. Pat is living in a cat carrier at the moment that is in my studio, with a lamp next to it for warmth. Pat is learning to fly, as Pat's wing feathers are growing really fast. The little bird really likes us. He/she is happy to sit on my shoulder, making cute little sounds. It will be interesting to see if Pat will be more approachable than our other 3 Peafowl when he/she grows up.

Short Puppy Update

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They are growing, but they are still awfully small by our standards! Here are some pictures of them with Buffy and Gunner that I took tonight.


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Last Sunday, we had dinner at some Rotary Club friends. They just live a few miles from us - they are in the country, but right next to the city limits. Someone had dumped two puppies in their yard early that morning, and they were trying to find a home for them.

Well, as you know, John and I are suckers, especially for baby critters, so we now have 2 puppies of unknown parentage.

Here is Suellen:

Here is Sissy:

Puppies being trained by Gunner, Buffy and Kiki:

Ducks and rooster hanging around.

Peonies are in bloom.

Puppies are wrestling each other.

Update on dogs

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I haven't been blogging much - Kiki and Gunner were both injured by coyotes on Tuesday night, and much of my time since has been spent in getting them to and from the vet to have their wounds attended to.
John has the story of the battle here.

At least Buffy and the goats and the horses and chickens are all unharmed.  Gunner is reovering rapidly, for he is young and has no fear.

Poor Kiki, though, it having a harder time of it.  Being part bloodhound, she tends to walk around with her nose to the ground.  Unfortunately, because the coyotes nearly tore her lower lip off, this is not helping with her recovery, so she is wearing an Elizabethan Collar to protect her face. 

She is adapting to the collar - she has figured out how to steal the cat's food even while her face is surrounded by a huge cone of silence, and she can eat and drink with the thing on, but she is healing more slowly than Gunner, and poor John has to really fight her to get her to take her antibiotics (she is refusing the pill when wrapped in sausage or cheese or anything!)

Kiki cannot go outside except to potty, and this makes her sad, too.  Especially since it is snowing and she likes to try to catch snowflakes. 

So say a prayer that Kiki recovers quickly.  She is a good, good dog, and I want her to be able to run around with Gunner again as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we continue to keep an eye out for any more coyotes sneaking around so we can shoot them dead. 

We are having our usual mid-winter thaw right now.  Yesterday, it got up to 60 degrees, and after many, many months of waiting for a warm day without gale force winds, Major got the roofing  put on the hen house.  And he did a great job.

Today, I shall endeavor to finish the paint job never finished by someone who got bored doing it.  And then, I want to put up some trim pieces to make it look nice.
Oh, and I also need to get the tractor started to get some round bales out to the horses.  Major has trouble starting it.

Buffy was spayed a couple of days ago.  She has to stay quiet for 7 days.  yeah, that means she is in the house.  We have to walk her nearly every 15 minutes, or so it seems.  She is sleeping on the bed with us, and was kicking me so much last night that I dreamt a bunch of Muslim women were throwing their shoes at me because I am not a fan.

Darling, the tiny chicken, has built her own little nest under the hen house.  She has many eggs there, but I don't know if she will be able to hatch any due to the frigid weather we have been having.  She is definitely broody, though!  She pops out of from under the henhouse once or twice a day, and she flies to my shoulder to get a ride above the big hens to get some chicken scratch.  I let her sit in the bucket of feed while I walk back to the hen house so she can get her fill without having to fight off the behemoth chickens who are clamoring for their fair share.

I have to do a bunch of photography stuff.  I'm going to try to sell my photos at The Taste of Leavenworth on Feb. 28th.  So far, it has cost me $75 for the table and two tickets to get in - so I better have something worth purchasing for the people who pay to go in there.  It is a charitable thing, and the excessive cost for will at least go to help the Leavenworth Historical Society - they really do some nice things with some of the old Victorian mansions in town.  I'm nervous.

I want to take some photos of some of the very old churches in the County.  Maybe those will sell as either note-cards or matted photos.  I dunno.

Well, it is after 8:00 am.  I can't bear to listen or watch the news right now.  This man we elected president is acting too much like a high school student council president for me.

He is selling away our children's future, and I'm furious.

Need to get my yoga dvd and start doing that again, or I'll just have an aneurysm and die from this craziness.

Kiki, the blab

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Gunner, the wonder dog!

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Found this picture, thought I’d post it.

He is our great farm dog. He loves nothing better than to chase coyotes away.

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