Sunday, September 27, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
Back on September 6th, I posted about our Sarah. Sarah had a very loyal friend which I did not mention in the blog. It was a doe that one day when Sarah was alone in the back yard walked up to the fence where Sarah was and they sniffed each other through the fence. Over time they became friends and would each stand on their side of the fence and share space with each other. When Sarah passed away the doe would come to the fence looking for her. She would stand out by the fence and even when I tried to communicate with her she kept coming back.
Those two had some sort of bond that just did not break when Sarah passed away. Last night I was taking the tractor down to the end of our property to get a photo for a blog I'm working on for Mother Earth News. When I got to the cemetery for our past dogs there was a doe standing looking down at Sarah's marker which has her photo. Whether coincidence or if it is the same doe that was Sarah's friend I don't know but there are 7 head stones there and it was clearly looking down at Sarah's. I suspect it may visit that marker often as there is a lot of deer activity in the area. The trail camera is set up just 30 yards from the pet cemetery. I'll let the reader decide but it was the same size as Sarah's friend and it was standing over her marker.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Now that it is getting colder nights the pack rats are looking for their winter lodging. The will nest under the hood of a vehicle, under a deck, in your stacked firewood pile or any nook and cranny that they feel protected from. It is wise to keep the hood of your vehicle propped up and if there is room under your deck to keep it free of debris. Keep your firewood at least 60-80' away from your home.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Sarah's friend was out there to greet her this morning. She was right outside the window waiting for Sarah when I was feeding the dogs. When Sarah was let outside the deer worked her way over toward Sarah but they didn't sniff each other through the fence this morning. I know they were communicating with each other and sure wish I knew what was being said but I don't want to eves drop on their private conversation... Probably lady conversation anyway.
Friday, September 11, 2020
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
My potato plant is also frozen and if the ground froze the potato's probably froze too. Late summer snow storm here in the mountains and our weather is always uncertain. This could be a harsh winter or we might not see snow like this until February. That is why we need to always be prepared for what ever comes our way.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Monday, September 7, 2020
Smoke has invaded according to authorities from California. It is a thick choking smoke that forces us inside. First we were quarantined at home due to the corona 19 virus. Now we are forced further inside due to California burning. Its a good thing we are home bodies to begin with.
Sunday, September 6, 2020
This is a photo of Sarah who has passed away from heart failure three years ago at the age of 13.5. Sarah was the most gentle sweet girl who shows just how resilient and trusting German Shepherds are. Sarah was rescued from a German Shepherd rescue at the age of four. She came from several states away and spent her first few years on a ranch. The ranchers wife had Sarah and her sister Missy as out door dogs. One day Sarah and her sister escaped and chased a calf into a fence where the calf was injured. The husband told his wife he would be back later in the day and if Sarah and her sister were still there he would shoot both of them.
The wife called the local shelter and they came and saved Sarah and Missy and promptly had them transported to the GSD rescue here in Colorado and Utah. Sarah was so traumatized by the ordeal she would run and hide. I was a volunteer for the rescue and the owner called me to see I would adopt her. We went up for a meet and she came out eagerly to meet our two dogs Bozwell and Gypsy. They got along and then she ran and hid under the deck and had to be pulled out. She was for us and we adopted her right then.
It took us two years to help Sarah regain her confidence and over come her fear and panic attacks. The girl that emerged was highly intelligent and as sweet a girl as they get. Gypsy and Bozwell were also instrumental in helping recover. She wasn't over with the trauma however. A few years later she was chasing a chipmunk in the back yard in the morning and by lunch time she went totally blind. We took her immediately to the vet and was told she had a rare eye disease that they believe was caused by high blood pressure.
Both of her retinas had totally detached and were free floating within the eye. A specialist in Colorado Springs was consulted and advised that the condition was permanent and less than a handful of dogs had ever recovered their sight and then only very limited sight. We quickly learned how to care for a totally blind Sarah and she actually remained blind for several weeks. One of the readers of our blog wrote me and said to get bilberry and give that to her as her dog went blind and the bilberry helped restore her sight.
Off I was to the pharmacy for bilberry and shortly after having given it to her one day we noticed Sarah could see again. Off to the vet again where the vet said she couldn't believe it but her eyes were back to normal. Sarah had sight until her demise from chronic heart failure several years later. Carol and I miss Sarah to this day. Sarah was gentle, loving, loyal and a very big lap girl. She had some horrific things happen to her including abuse from her first owner. None the less she emerged in our care as a super good and loyal family member.
The only thing we were unable to help Sarah overcome was the beeping from the heavy equipment when it backed up. That sound sent her into hiding or cowering by our side for protection. Both the vet and ourselves saw a divine miracle when Sarah's eye sight was restored. The vet was speechless when she saw Sarah's retina's reattached and her sight restored. Sarah had hundreds of people praying for her to regain her sight and those prayers were answered. Oh how I miss my sweet girl.
Friday, September 4, 2020
The deer in the photo above is a perfect reproduction of Junior and I suspect he is the grandson of Junior. The characteristics are just too accurate to be coincidence. I wish he could have known Junior as he was a very remarkable deer and to this day I miss his presence in our lives. People make pets of some deer but Junior was much different in that he adopted us and not the other way around.
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Friday, August 28, 2020
They carry disease's and are very smart. They have built in GPS and can find their way back home is a few days if you live trap them. So far I have live trapped 18 of them in the past three weeks. I know I'm trapping the same ones but I don't want to let them go where they will be a problem for others. It is getting hard to find a location where they won't find their way back.
I'm getting pretty familiar with some who have returned to get more peanut butter and a free Jeep ride. Unless we run out of peanut butter this will go on for a few more weeks. I don't like to kill them so we will play the game until one of us has had enough. With their big ears they are cute little guys but they are also highly destructive. About the only way to get rid of them for good is to drive them to the next state. The games now begin......
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Friday, August 21, 2020
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
This time of year we have pack rats trying to get inside or under the house. So far in the past week I have caught 7 in a live trap and I release them where there are no other houses. These rodents can cause a lot of damage if they get under the hood of your vehicle where they chew up wiring harnesses and vacuum lines. Cute as they are they are destructive. The other one stumbled into a snap trap.
So far it is Bruce 8 and pack rats 1. I released one and as he jumped from the live trap I heard him say "race you home" and he ran under the Jeep and disappeared. Pack rat 1..... I set two live traps each night and am constantly looking for their nest area and any way they can dig under the house.
As cute as they are they are destructive and smell terrible. Some years we trap and relocate up to 17 of them.
Monday, August 17, 2020