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It’s the little things…






First of all, let me apologize for taking a 2 day hiatus.  The first day, I was just too tired after a huge weekend at work… the next day, our new gardener let the dogs out – so I was frantic all day.  Natty came back.  Good boy!   A neighbor found Vivey mooching off of construction workers near their home.  All is fine now.

Today, I have excellent news!

I have a ‘to do’ list for the horses.  Some of the items on the ‘to do’ list, I cannot do myself.  So I pick a few things at a time and have my neighbor – who is a contractor and has guys with him all the time – come over and spend a few hours.

This morning, I had him:

  1.  Put in a gate at the dogleg of the far pasture so I can block it off with a panel, use it for grooming and then lead the newly groomed horse out the other side.  It would be an area that could be used for any horse, easily, because of the in-out feature.
  2. Fix a few fence boards that were on their last legs.
  3. There was a treacherous T-post that had come undone from the original fencing job.  I had wrapped the sharp head with duct tape (the horses kept playing with whatever cap I put on it) to keep them from poking themselves with it… anyway, it needed to be pulled out and replaced.

VOILA!  These things made me so happy!

Here they are, contemplating the new gate… I wanted to use the dogleg for grooming because it is flat and has shade trees.

This is the very dangerous support T-post that had come away from its wood post. (We live on a hill and it has eroded so much, the fencing is all askew.) I had wrapped the post tip with duct tape because the horses kept taking off its cap.  (Note the sweet birds on the fence.)

New fence boards! They are sitting in front of where they need to go. The previous boards look fine from afar, but they were not so fine up close.

Here are the new boards with superduper screws.

Missy Miss is contemplating the new wood. (Mo is behind her.)

And here we see that the wayward T-Post has been replaced with a wood post. AND, the gate is off the ground – they fixed it!. It is so nice when gates work again!

WHY DON’T WE BUILD A BARN?

Yes… great question.  The biggest reason is the cost.  We are sitting on top of a hill.  There is very little level ground.  We’d have to excavate, build massive retaining walls plus the barn – and all the permits here in California.  For us, this is cost prohibitive.

Why did we purchase this house in the first place?  Well, another good question… It isn’t good for horses; which I didn’t realize when we bought it.   I think we just seized this house out of relief and frustration – To be honest, after 2 years of living apart and 4 years of looking for properties we could afford in this area, we grabbed the first 10 acres we could afford without being challenged by a cash buyer.  We toured it on a very foggy day.  I swear.  It sounds comical, but it is true.  We could not see the acreage due to the dense fog, we could only see the house.  Since we lived 5 hours away, we had to make a decision RIGHT THEN.  For me, I figured 10 acres… how could that not work?  Well, I was ignorant to SLOPES.  Anyway,  we made an offer and it was accepted.

To be fair, we LOVE the area and the town of Paso Robles.  Our house has exceptional 360 degree views.  All that is great.

But, the horse part isn’t so great.  That’s why the fences are always crooked (the slope and erosion) and why I have no area to groom or wash or work or round pen…   So, putting a gate in the dog leg of the pony pasture (flat land because the dogleg is adjacent to the house) will allow me to close off that area for solo grooming, and allow me to take the horse out from that area peacefully for a walk or whatever I can do on that day.

Making the best of it…

The human parts are very nice.

We live in beautiful, sought-after wine country.

Our views are for miles and miles.

Out the back are rolling hills…

Always gorgeous sunsets…

 

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A Dog Who Kept Sneaking into a Dollar General for a Unicorn Toy …






Perfect Sunday story… original here.

Stray Dog Gets Unicorn Plush He Kept Trying to Steal
Credit: Mary Shannon Johnstone

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but apparently, a unicorn — a stuffed purple one at that — is a dog’s best friend.

Animal control officers were called to a North Carolina Dollar General store after a stray dog kept coming into the store and beelining for the toy aisle.

“He went straight for the unicorn, the same one every time,” says Joe Newburn, a supervisor at Duplin County Animal Services.

“It was so strange, one of the strangest calls I’ve ever dealt with,” Newburn adds.

Workers at the Kenansville store (about 80 miles from Raleigh) told animal control officers that they caught the Lab mix darting into Dollar General every time a customer exited. Each time the stray dog made it in, he went to grab the same plush purple unicorn toy.

“Finally, they had to lock the door and called us,” Newburn tells PEOPLE about how animal control became involved in this playful pooch’s story.

Stray Dog Gets Unicorn Plush He Kept Trying to Steal
Credit: Mary Shannon Johnstone

Samantha Lane, the officer who responded to the Dollar General store’s call, was so taken with the dog’s devotion to the unicorn that she bought the $10 toy for the dog. According to Newburn, the canine was happy to head off with Lane once he had his beloved stuffed animal.

Lane brought the dog to a Duplin County Animal Services shelter, where workers named him Sisu after the dragon cartoon character in Disney’s new film, Raya and the Last Dragon.

Stray Dog Gets Unicorn Plush He Kept Trying to Steal
Credit: Mary Shannon Johnstone

“The only thing we can think is that he came from a home where he had a similar stuffed animal or kids in the home did,” Newburn adds.

Shortly after Sisu arrived, the shelter posted a picture of the pup and his unicorn on their Facebook page with a caption that read, “This is what happens when you break into the Dollar General consistently to steal the purple unicorn that you laid claim to but then get animal control called to lock you up for your B & E and larceny but the officer purchases your item for you and brings it in with you.”

Sisu is currently considered a stray intake at the shelter because no one has come forward to claim him, but the pooch obviously loves affection. He spends every night curled up with his unicorn at the shelter.

Stray Dog Gets Unicorn Plush He Kept Trying to Steal
Credit: Mary Shannon Johnstone

“It’s so sweet. It’s amazing. I mean, he’s obviously super smart, and even when we got him to the animal shelter, he’s been very obedient. He sits, shakes. Someone should be looking for him,” Newburn says. “I don’t know of any other reason why he would focus on the unicorn other than he had one at home. If the store had called and said he tore open dog food, that would make more sense but not hunting for a purple unicorn.”

Newburn says the shelter has received numerous calls from people interested in giving Sisu — and his beloved unicorn — a forever home. And it looks like it’s time for the pair to pack their bags because, according to a Friday Facebook post from Duplin County Animal Services, Sisu and his stuffed animal have an adopter and will be moving out of the shelter soon.

Dollar General spokesperson Crystal Luce tells PEOPLE that Dollar General plans to send a “few extra purple unicorns for the adoptive family,” a thank you gift to animal control officer Lane, and a pet food donation to Duplin County Animal Services.

“We are glad to see Sisu is happy with his new toy!” Luce added.

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