As many of you know, I am now letting Norma Jean, my 30 year-old Jenny, roam the property from dawn until dusk. I think this freedom is challenging her mind and gives her vast choices throughout the day, which I think enriches her life. I feel she was struggling to maintain status in the herd, but now on the outside, she has clout and is also safe. And, I know she is eating all of her supplements and not rushed at mealtime – very important for her because she had 2 choke episodes while in the herd.
At night, she beds down in the barn.
This arrangement has been fun for her and enlightening for me. I never knew how entertaining it would be to watch NJ make decisions.
(I do remember, long ago, when I put a Go-Pro on the top of her halter and let it run for a half hour. Now THAT was entertaining!
Anyway, it has been truly a joy to watch Norma go wherever she wanted and do whatever she wanted, within reason… I do keep her out of my garden after she fleeced all of my rose bushes…
Yesterday and the day before, I noticed that NJ was in the flower bed outside our front door right around mid-morning.
Hmmmm. This would not be my first.
Well, THIS MORNING, I found her right at my front door, looking in! I let the dogs out and back in, NJ didn’t move. I asked her to move and she actually got closer to the door and just tilted her head outward. I walked away, and she just watched.
Does she want tea?
I’m not sure because I next found her looking into the living room – so maybe she wants to watch TV or read a book. Sigh. Maybe she is just curious. Maybe she can feel the air-conditioning if she stands outside a door. Maybe she always wondered what happened inside the house.
But I’m guessing she’ll be back tomorrow.