You’d think it would be easy…
Just feed horses some hay and fill up their waterers… Easy.
Oh and could you give Tess her special meds? Oh and make sure they are separated … yeah and maybe watch the new one and feed the sick kitty… and couldja just make sure the big dogs have food…
It seems so easy to us since we do it every day… So, OK, well maybe it isn’t that easy to feed other people’s animals, but it isn’t that hard, either… To me, it is a lot of common sense and observation.
So why is it so tough to find a conscientious feeder person?
I think it is because we owners are all so different and particular.
WHY WAS I THINKING ABOUT THIS?
Hubby fell off his mountain bike in Moab, Utah yesterday. It was bad. He literally fell on his head. Luckily, he was biking with his good friend, the spine surgeon. Phew.
Hubby was stabilized and then flown to the best hospital in the area. Needless to say, I had to get there. (He will have surgery today and should be OK.)
I needed someone to feed –
And as usual, there were stipulations… I have a new horse, a sick kitty, a deaf dog and I don’t know how long I’ll be gone.
WHO TO CALL?
All of us around here are always in need of a good horse feeders. (I think I should hand my shingle and do it… but that’s another blog…) Anyway, the issue is that the few animal feeders that we have are all quirky. Of course, so are we. So, you’d think there should be a feeder for all of us.
My quirky thing?… I take issue with things that maybe I shouldn’t.
After all, when I come home, they are all alive. So what if the place is a bit messy? Does a mess really make them less healthy? My horses are all rather messy, come to think of it.
But here’s the deal… One of our regular feeders leaves me notes on what I need to do that would be better. I’m not sure why this bugs me but it does. I guess I should actually consider her revelations instead of feeling put off. She probably knows a few things since she feeds all over the county… If nothing else, I could perhaps find some blog topics from her love notes…
The other feeder has some wonderful qualities. She loves the animals and can fix the water main when it explodes. Good to know… But, she is rather absent minded and will not check to see if the end of the hose is actually in the trough before she fills it – or in her case, fills the ground.
In both of their defense, they’ve been heroes enough times to make me continually call them when I need help.
For example, when we were on vacation, the horses broke through a fence and the absent minded one had her boyfriend come over and fix it.
And the other feeder, the Scribbler, can spot a horse thinking about becoming ill and can nip any onslaught immediately. She really is all over it all the time.
So, what is my issue? I’m Type A. I like it to be done how I do it, which is impossible since no one else lives in my head. Thank God.
THE GOOD NEWS
I have to share the good news in all of the upheaval.
When I got on the tom-toms yesterday and blasted far and wide about needing help with the animals (while I was packing furiously…), several of my neighbors stepped up graciously.
I had an offer to take my elderly dog – which I would love but the people are not really dog people and that wouldn’t be fair to stick them with an old, sickly dog…
I had another friend offer to feed during my entire absence if I couldn’t get any of the ‘regulars’.
I had another friend drive over and make sure Dex (the older dog) was OK and the horses were fed.
And finally, I had another neighbor offer to come and get the injured kitty and his sister (just for company) and doctor him all week for me. NICE.
Sometimes not being able to find a horse feeder will bring out the best in your neighbors – especially if peril is involved.
Obviously Hubby has garnered some good karma in the ‘hood. They are all rallying around him in their own way.
Oh, and I’m sure the animals will survive, too… Even if they aren’t fed to perfection. Miss Persnickety here is taking off her white gloves and leaving the building.
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