One image says it all… cat, horses, dogs.






So yesterday, I heard the dogs barking and whining like crazy people.  Clearly, either they had found the motherlode, were being attacked by ants, or some animal was just outside of reach… you know what I mean.

Yup, I jumped into my boots and ran outside.  I figured I’d find an old skunk who they had cornered, maybe a possum under a car/truck… or perhaps a crow taunting them with cat food.

But no.

Nope.

What I found was this:

I CAN SURMISE… and so can you…

So, obviously, the dogs turned away as soon as I arrived.  “Wasn’t us…”.

The horses are standing united – because they like the cats better than the dogs.  And of course, they love a good taunt just as much as anyone.

And the cat… that cat… this is my only male cat.  He is huge and sweet and SMART.  When I’m walking around, he will grab my leg and actually hold me back for a fraction of a second; he is THAT strong.  Every time he sees me, he meows so loudly and longingly, you’d think he was in love (or that I’m the food lady).

Anyway, that cat had the ultimate tease.  As you can see, he is not worried at all. He knows he can always get away.  He knows that the dogs are just puppies (he’s raised several dogs including Scoutypants) and he’s not afraid of any dogs… and he knows that I’m inside and will come out – like I did – when the dogs go insane with yappitis.

These are the moments that make my day.


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‘I want what she has… ‘. Equines are like kids.






So… I opened the gates to the large field for Dodger and Norma AND Gwen.

Normally, I just open for one of the other … but today, since Dodger and Norma like Gwen (enough), I thought I’d put them out together.  After all, now that Dodger is mostly blind and mostly deaf, he is less confident to go into the field.  If Gwen is there, he feels more secure.

OK, so, instead of letting Dodger and Norma out alone, I opened the lower gates to both fields so they could all be in the large field – together.

BACKSTORY

Dodger and Norma have a fan going during the day… and they have covers from the sun and wind.

Gwen has a nice shelter.  Her feeder is in the corner where Dodger and Norma stand by their fan.  Gwen has watched this daily.

Dodger and Norma like to go to new, SAFE places.

Here we see Dodger and Norma in their original paddock… it has a fan, nice shavings daily and special foods… Dodger is at least 37. Norma is 26

This is Gwen in her pasture next door to Dodger and Norma’s pasture. Her feeder is in the corner (although she throws her hay out – like she did in this photo), next to their fan. (Gwen is talking to Violet.)

SO, I OPENED BOTH OF THEIR GATES AND…they switched.

They simply reversed positions.

Yup.  They went out their gates, into the large field, and then back up to the other horses’ paddock.  Once in position, Gwen sat by the fan and ate the rest of their food –  and Dodger and Norma sat by Gwen’s feeder.

Sigh.

Here we see Gwen in front of Dodger and Norma’s fan, eating out of their feeder. Sigh.

Here are Norma and Dodger in Gwen’s paddock, eating out of her feeder. Nobody took advantage of the opened gates into the huge field.

AND GWEN ATE THE TREE.  DOUBLE SIGH.

Oh and Gwen ate all the Mulberry leaves that she could reach (that the ponies couldn’t) in Dodger and Norma’s pasture.  I forgot about that … I should have figured she’d do that.

Double sigh.

OK, so you can see the broken limb and the fleeced limb…

Here is an upper branch. She must have been on her tippy-hooves to reach this.

 


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