Monday, April 20, 2020

Happy 10th Gotcha Day, Monty!

Our red-headed trickster has been with us for ten years!  Happy Gotcha Day, Sweet Boy!
Iz good boy!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Great Goosecapade

If you follow us on either Facebook or IG than you have already seen my parade of posts on the Great Goosecapade.  I thought I’d fill you in on a few of the details....

Early this morning I spotted Baron poking around the edge of the property, when all of the sudden he threw his head up and took off for the forest.  Right behind him was something I originally thought was a raccoon or cat.   My first thought was he was being attacked by a rabid animal.

Turns out Baron had angered a momma goose with a gosling.  The goose turned her attentions to Rosie, who was napping and started attacking her.   Rosie is very large and older, getting up quickly is not possible.  This is where I ran outside to help my horses.

I wish I had a little time to take more photos.   By now, Aaron had woken up due to the dogs barking.  Harlow was ready to take on that goose!

We got the dogs back in the house and with a little wrangling, some well timed opening of gates, and some very long poles, got the goose and gosling out of the pasture, through the yard, and on their way to the creek.

Both Baron and Rosie have goose bites and are very stressed - you can see in this photo how worried he is. 
Is the goose gone, Momma?

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Another little sneak peak....

In which we find raccoon prints on the trail...

I took the lead after that, as the undergrowth in the forest was quite thick and full of brambles.  Harlow followed behind me, occasionally calling for help when a bramble caught in her coat and she couldn’t pull herself free.  It wasn’t long before I spotted something that I thought Harlow would be interested in.

“What is it, da Momma?” she asked, looking at the tracks in the damp soil.  

“Raccoon tracks,” I told her.

She looked puzzled.  “What is a raccoon?” 
“Well, it’s an animal that has a mask and a striped tail.”  I pulled out the notebook.  “Let’s make a note of it, and you can look up raccoons when we get home.”  I carefully wrote “10:03am – found raccoon tracks.”

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A sneak peak to Harlow's book.... ;)

One rainy day, Harlow looked at me and said, “We should go exploring, da Momma!”

I looked at her and said, “Where should we go?”

“To da forest,” she said.
I looked out the window at the forest that surrounded our little house.  Since moving to the Pacific Northwest we had done very little exploring.  “Okay, when do you want to go?  Now?”

“Oh no, da Momma,” she said, wisely, “We need to prep!”

…and prep she did.  It took weeks to prepare, and I wondered if it was a nod to her beloved hobbit stories.  She made lists and carefully checked items off.  She packed crackers if we needed nourishment, cookies if we wanted to celebrate, and jerky because she likes it.  We had bandanas, compasses, and maps, although I did note the maps were drawn by her and in crayon.  She packed a small bag of her favorite treats, simply because she suspected she’d be a good girl along the way. 

She made sure the camera was secure and ready to go.  It was important to document our trip, she told me.
I made sure we had a first aid kit, and a comb and scissors incase her golden fur became tangled in blackberry.

“What do you think we will find?” I asked her.

“Moose, da Momma,” she said.  “…and wolves and bear…  …and maybe treasure?”

“Could be,” I scratched her behind her ear. “We will make sure to take a lot of pictures of all the things we see.

On a lovely summer morning we started out.  She led the way through the gate into the pasture.
"Which way should we go?" I asked her.

She consulted one of her paw drawn maps.  It was her favorite, done with red crayon, and had little figures of us on it.  "We should go dat way, da Momma." She pointed up the hill.  "We will enter da forest behind the barn."  She smiled up at me, "I also has a cookie for da Baron."  She and my beautiful black Friesian stallion had always been friends.  It didn't surprise me that she'd bring him a treat.

We spent several minutes with Baron, Harlow and him standing nose to nose and me scratching him on his back.  He wished us luck on our trip and said he'd be waiting for us to come home.  With a final pat on his neck we headed behind the barn, to where the forest grew up thick and tall.

It didn’t take us long before we found our first traces of wildlife – deer scat on the trail.  Harlow looked up at me and said “Da Momma!  Write dis down!  All da famous explorers keep notes.”

I dug through the bag and found the notebook she had put in there, and soon realized she had only packed a box of crayons.  Using a bright red one, I carefully noted “8:32am – spotted deer poop”.

Harlow was quite pleased.

Monday, October 1, 2018

September Chewy Influencer - a bit late! #chewyinfluencer

Due to end of year budget at work, our September Chewy Influencer review is just a bit late...

In September we decided to try Stella & Chewy's Freeze-Dried Raw Wild Weenies!  ...but, da Momma actually didn't know what to do with them...
Our pups were excited about this box the moment the mail lady dropped it off.  They smell good, look good, and our pups loved them.  The problem?
Crispy goodness!
What was I supposed to do with them?  They come like the photo above.  Do I feed as is?  Or do I soak them, like other Stella & Chewy's products?  The bag had no instructions.  The first attempt was dry.  Our pups ate them, but seemed a little confused.  I decided our next try I'd soak them.
Drop it, Momma!
That was the key!  In five minutes, they rehydrated and caused our pups to celebrate!  Of course, this won't work if you want to put these treats in your pocket, but it was nice to put them in a cup of water, let them soak for a few minutes (or an hour if you da Momma forgets about them) and have a tasty treat ready for when the dogs come back in.
Insert nom here.
As an added side bonus, the water the weenies left behind?  The dogs absolutely loved it.  I used it as a topper to their kibble and they ate ever bite!  Not bad for our picky eaters.
We highly recommend Stella & Chewy's Freeze-Dried Raw Wild Weenies and will definitely be giving them to our pups again. 

Disclaimer:  How Sam Sees It has not been compensated for this product review. We received a product to review.  We have no connection with the brand and were not influenced in our opinions. Our opinions are strictly our own.