Monday, March 26, 2012

Shhhhh! It's Quiet Around the Homestead

Gosh it's quiet around here! Harvey and Elizabeth have gone home and I sure miss my little helpers. Lisa and her father in law came to pick up Harvey Saturday and ate breakfast with us. Lisa gave me a beautiful grandma picture frame and 2 sweet cards for my birthday. Later that day Melody and Joseph arrived from her training seminar in Orlando to pick up Elizabeth. They spent the night and took us out to dinner for my birthday. Had a wonderful time with them. Melody and I even got some thriftstore shopping done. Got a call from a neighbor telling me Tinker and Bella had gotten out of the goat pen and were in their yard. By the time we got there they had taken off. They are terrified of gunshots, thunder, and fireworks. There were gunshots and thunder that scared them enough to jump the fence and run. William looked everywhere till dark and never found them. Around 11PM he decided to make one more round to see if he could find them. When he didn't see them and started home he saw Bella on the side of 401 (a busy 4 lane highway). A deputy was there trying to get her to come to him but she was scared and running away. William got her to come to him and he put her inside his truck. Tinker had been caught and was tied next to a barber  shop in the little shopping plaza. William got Tinker in the truck after thanking the deputy and the other 2 deputies that had tried to help and brought the dogs home. It was raining and they were wet, cold, and tired. They were so happy to be home. I sat with them for a little bit after putting them back with the goats.Once the thunder had passed they relaxed and went to sleep. They slept a lot the next day too. We were very blessed they didn't get hit by a car as they do not know about traffic. We have to figure out some way to get them over their fear so they won't run away. Once the dogs were settled William gave me a nice yummy double chocolate birthday cake. I was so tired I didn't eat a piece until the next day but it is rich and yummy!

Cannot believe after the last rain how everything has grown. The leaves are out on all the oak trees. The azalea bushes are in full bloom and the dogwoods are beautiful. My herbs from last year are already out of the ground and growing.


 We have 6 new baby ducks. Momma duck and babies are doing great. Tinker should be having her puppies in 9 more days. The baby bunnies are weaned and ready for new homes. Will be selling them at Tractor Supply the Friday and Saturday before Easter. It's the busy time of year and I am enjoying it. I am dreading the heat and humidity of summer that will soon be upon us as well as hurricane season. Will just have to take and appreciate one day at a time. Hope you are having a beautiful spring and counting your blessings!

6 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

hate that your dogs are so terrified as to put themselves in danger like that! i think we've always had at least one dog that is terrified of storms. poor things...

glad you have a quiet house!

goatpod2 said...

Glad you were able to find Tink and Bella. Our very 1st adult Great Pyrenees we had was terrified of thunderstorms and would escape her pen to come find us but one time she escaped out the window of one of our goat buildings and came up our lane, good thing she didn't get hit by a car since we live on a road that is called "Dangerous Intersection."

We had someone delivering some fencing to us and told us about our dog getting out, she was Deja Vue but the Deja we have now is Deja 2.

Amy

Kelly said...

First, Happy Belated Birthday! Secondly, thank God that the dogs were found and safe. That is amazing in itself. Aren't you happy you live in a place where someone will stop and help? That is a miracle there. We are expecting snow tomorrow and I always think of you. Those lovely flowers make me wish for spring. In time.

dragonfly.garden said...

Peggy,

So thankful your goats came home safely. We have one dog out of five that is terrified of thunder and gunshots, and she gets the others worked up, too. The only thing we've found that takes the edge off is a "calming" pill sold at pet stores for dogs. I wonder if there is anything similar for goats (and herbal blend, maybe?). Obviously it doesn't work for unexpected gunshots, but we dose our pups on July 4th, late in the evening of Dec. 31, and if we know a thunderstorm is arriving.

Happy belated birthday wishes!

Lisa

Betsy from Tennessee said...

HI Peggy, Hope you had a great birthday... That was sweet of William giving you a double chocolate cake!!!!!

I'm sure it was scary not being able to find Tink and Bella for awhile.. Glad you found them --and that they are fine...

Glad you enjoyed your two little helpers..

Get some rest --and eat a piece of cake for me...

Hugs,
Betsy

Terry and Linda said...

Fuzzy HATES Storms...hates them, turns into a shivering clinging dog. Poor old pup!

Linda
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