MARLEY-LILLY PAD-MINNIE

6 09 2013

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MARLEY AND ME

MARLEY AND ME

MARLEY

First let me say that I Love that little guy.  But he has become a danger on the farm, through no fault of his own.  I came to the end of my tether when we cleaned the barn and he rammed my knee hard so hard that I couldn’t get up and I screamed.  Luckily there was help in the barn.  It will take some time for this tired and worn knee to recover.  There are two choices when you have a sheep like Marley one is something I could never do and the other is to separate him so there is no physical contact.  Even though my barn is small I can do this and he will have his own outside area near the other sheep or I can leave him with the other sheep and just have another area set up for when I am working in the barn and when I will be away.   

 I have had other troublesome animals in the past and have two others now.  Angus is a difficult cat he grew up in a big family of cats but always wanted to be an only cat he chases other cats and surprises them but they have learned how to handle him either by finding a place where he doesn’t go or fighting with him.  The other is the rooster Hazel.  Thank goodness he is a Bantam and very small.  But he will attack you in a second.  It’s just annoying.   Roger one of my favorite sheep was rammy at one time.  He was sick as a lamb and needed extra care.  It took a little time  but a squirt bottle did the trick  with him and he was a kind and loving sheep till his death at age 17. No one wants a 300 pound ram chasing after them.

I have e-mailed a Shetland Sheep breeder in Vermont and am awaiting a reply from them but I think the course of action I will take will be the best all around.  He had a bad start in life, being abandoned by his mother and no contact with sheep so he couldn’t learn lessons that are very valuable to becoming a good sheep.  Living for a few years as a dog was the worst thing that could be done to him it encouraged bad behavior.  He will have a good life.    He will not ever be able to hurt me or anyone else again, and can be himself.  He will receive love and attention as he does now but I won’t be put into a position to get hurt again.

I am going to purchase an easy to carry squirt bottle and keep it near the door to the barn.  I will get in the habit of carrying it and that may do it for him.

LILLY PAD and MINNIE

Lilly Pad went home yesterday.  Chris’s Father and I met at Staples.   She had an enjoyable summer with new sights a bird fly way right by her window and she even caught a mouse while she was here.  I will miss her, she is an extraordinary cat, but she will be back on holidays soon.

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 Her room will always be ready.  Minnie sits on the bureau every night waiting for Chris!

MINNIE BISBEE

MINNIE BISBEE

Last night the temps dipped down into the 40’s and my hands got cold just being outside a few minutes feeding the hens this morning..  Next week we are suppose to have temps in the 80’s with humidity.  I hope all my green tomatoes ripen during that time I have hundreds on the vine just waiting!!!!!  Meanwhile I bought a half bushel of beets and will get them pickled and canned soon.

I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you so much for reading my blog.  Welcome  to all my new blogger friends.           Carole


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6 09 2013
Anne Wilson

Can you get cheap bananas? if so place them under your tomatoes they will ripen them in no time.

7 09 2013
wspines

Yes there is a store that sells the cheap thanks so much for the idea. I will do it. I sent the cat nip and sweet annie in todays mail. Let me know when you get it. The jewel weed has not gone to see yet will send you some when it does.
Carole

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