How hard it is to take Septemberstraight—not as a harbingerof something harder. Merely like suds in the air, cool scentscrubbed clean of meaning—or innocentof the cold thing coldly meant. It leaves us by degreesonly, but for one who seessummer as an absolute, Pure State of Light and Heat, the heightto which one cannot raise a … Continue reading It was September, that golden month
The craving hit hard and fast as I watched my young Australian Cattle Dog/Border Collie struggle to control her legs. Her brain and body were not communicating. I had rushed her to the vet to find that she was having a reaction to medication. There was a chance that the affects could be offset with … Continue reading Quitter
Jolene does not care for the ‘no dogs in the barn rule” Recently I moved to be closer to my parents and the horses. I now take the horse and barn care every Sunday evening. Tools of the trade Dad’s art work and feeding instructions Inside View Pete (in the drawing above) and old Moe.
Fear, grief and dogs
Jolene I have a sick pup. Jolene had been lethargic for a couple of days, but yesterday when she refused breakfast, I took her to the vet. I was worried because she was not her usual enthusiastic self that jumps with joy as I carry a cup of kibble to her bowl. Sick pups are … Continue reading Fear, grief and dogs
We were touring the skeletal remains of corn fields in search of Sandhill Cranes, but we did not hear any bugle calls or see large birds in flight. It seemed the winter visitors had already migrated to their next residence. Occasionally a fleck of ice would mix with the drizzle hitting the windshield of the … Continue reading Redbud
Go On or Miss Out
I was in my 40’s before I had to cross a suspended bridge. I did not like it. I still don’t like it. This is why I have a rule, if I pass one, even if it is not on the trial I am on, I have to cross walk across the bridge because I … Continue reading Go On or Miss Out
Old dog, old horse and old parents.
My bother B flew in from Colorado early last week. Our parents are getting older. B and I both want to spend time with and help the parents. B stated working to clean up areas around the farm and I joined him later in the week. We want to get the house to a place … Continue reading Old dog, old horse and old parents.
When you are chosen, say YES
It was a hot September, Saturday afternoon when I went with my Dad to pick up the Amish farrier. When we arrived, he was in the shed finishing up a previous client, a blue speckled gray mule, so we would have to wait a bit. His five children were shed where he worked with new … Continue reading When you are chosen, say YES
Look for the blessings
When life sucker punches you with then horrible, rotten no good stuff, God/Goddess leaves you blessings as well. The bad hurts. The blessings get you through the pain. Look for the blessings. Crying and carbs are good things. The ones that love you know how bad you are hurting and they have empathy for you. … Continue reading Look for the blessings
A Broken Arm, Cancer Season, Mercury Retrograde and Dog Trainingo
Blue Heelers (Australian Cattle Dogs) are smart, high energy, alert, protective and loving towards their “herd.” They require lots of exercise and training. They can be aggressive towards other dogs and strangers. They are not ideal for condo living. I have read that it can take four years to train one. I have found this … Continue reading A Broken Arm, Cancer Season, Mercury Retrograde and Dog Trainingo