I Taut I Taw

Springtime is when the varmints become more active. Mounds from moles and gophers begin appearing out of nowhere. Aside from the critters disturbing the roots of the grass we are trying to grow, they create ankle-breaking depressions(dangerous for cattle and humans) in the grazing areas. Continue reading

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Home Base

Black and white dog sleeping in back of Gator.Pulling the Gator into the driveway after the morning chores across the river, Butler the dog was sure that there was more work to do since we did not park inside the shop.

For the next two hours he stayed vigilant (as he napped) so we didn’t drive off without him.

Both dogs consider the Gator to be home base no matter where we are or what we are doing. We could be in the riparian zone along the river, out in the hay field, in the deep woods of the hillside, or fixing fence along the perimeter, the Gator is their ticket to adventure and they will not wander far from their home base.

Dog On Duty

While we were busy with the riparian seedlings, the dogs had time to snoop around. Butler and Jackson enjoyed the sunny weather to scout around the understory of large cedar and Douglas Fir trees that line the river and they splashed around at the edge of the water line.

When I took a break from planted and looked around to see what they were up to, I found that Butler had tired himself out and decided he was due for some quiet time.

Black and white dog gaurding seedlings.He stationed himself right in the middle of the riparian planting in a brilliant spot of sunlight. He appeared to be on guard duty white he took his breather from the more strenuous job of scouting out the local critters that could damage our tender trees.

The day of planting went well and I did go back and straighten the leaning seedling after I looked at the picture and realized the problem.

 

If He Only Knew

Jackson our ‘wild child’ dog is able to wait patiently when he knows that it will be soon time for us to start up the Gator for chores, especially when it’s feeding time.

Black and white dog in cargo bed of Gator.If he only knew that mere feet below his snout, a black kitten was also waiting for the signal for dinner time to begin on the farm.

The kitten was waiting as patiently as the dog, and knows what is coming since the order of mealtime is run in a pattern.

The motor of the Gator starting sends cattle, dogs and cats into frenzied anticipation with copious amounts of saliva as they anticipate their upcoming meal. (Come to think of it, my tummy starts rumbling about that time of day knowing that our dinner time follows the critters meals.)

Dog Log

Black and white dog on log pile.You would think that Jackson the dog would have been tired after spending the day running the woods while we were scarifying the clearings and bringing turns of timber down the hill.

But being tired didn’t stop him from finding a high vantage point on the top of the log pile in the landing. Once up there he spent several minutes looking each direction just in case there was something about that needed to be chased down. There has been a gray squirrel that has been hiding around the log pile and both dogs spend hours running around and around trying to lure the critter out of its secure hiding hole under the pile.

Jackson always runs on logs. He is very good at it and he does it for fun. It surprised us when he posted up on this tallest vantage point over 5 feet in the air.

A Great Time To Be A Dog

The dogs act nearly manic as we release them from their tethers. It becomes a race to see which fruit tree they go to first. Jackson heads to the nearest plum tree and starts hoovering as quickly as possible, while Butler prefers a ripe apple or pear to begin his day.

Before long, both dogs are all hopped up on natural sugar and it becomes hard to get them to settle down to get in their positions on the Gator until we start the motor. In an instant both dogs settle in and expect to ride across the road before being allowed to follow the same ‘fruit circuit’ as the main herd.

They check the plum trees and the apple trees, the pear and the crab apple before they make a crazy dash to catch up with the Gator as we motor across the bridge.

All in all, it’s a pretty good day for the dogs.