Saturday, July 23, 2011

Animal Crackers - Baby It's HOT out there...

It has been another rough week with the goats. I really hate to report that Ashley baby one was just too weak. I keep telling myself that it was a miracle that he survived the 14 hour birthing, but it still guts me when we loose one. Between him being so weak and the heat, it was just too much. I had a few ask if it was normal to have triplets. Yes, in fact Paintbrushes last babies were quads. Quads - Triplets and Twins are all pretty normal. And with normal temps we would never have lost all the babies we have this year. A tragic part of "ranching" and having livestock. But it just totally guts me - I hate it....   But lets move on to happier news.

Scarlet and Rhett have been hot. and weak, but they are doing much better - stronger and Wednesday evening they were actually bouncing around the pen a bit, and looking like "normal" little kids. Made my heart feel so wonderful to watch. I got up early Friday morning to get photos before it got hot -
Scarlet.  She is stunning isn't she. I think she is going to end up a gorgeous, red girl. I think her name is just perfect!

 Now Rhett... hmm... well Isn't there an Actress named Rhett?? Hubby and I have been going nuts trying to figure out who "she" was... you see.... well the Vet Tech is the one that checked off Boy or Girl as the babies were born. I never "peeked" to check for myself that morning. Well You see... Rhett... "he" is a "she"!!!!!! Now we loved him as a boy, but as a GIRL!! WOW, she is stunning with blue eyes and WE CAN KEEP HER! (remember all boys have to go) I tried and tried to get her to get up and come out of their barn for some cuter photos, but she wanted to sleep in.....
 After I took all my photos and went back in, I looked out the window and saw her bouncing around. Figures... But she is still totally gorgeous! I am still checking on them every couple of hours, especially during the hottest part of the day. Hubby says I am just worrying too much, these two are going to be fine, but really do you blame me?

How about a totally healthy little dude?
Louie... Our little 4th of July baby. OH this guy is a little stud in the making. He thinks he is 10 feet tall, and runs the pen. Thinks he runs the pen. We don't tell him differently, it is just too cute to watch him. I have nick named him... Bobby Hill.. LOL do you know who he is? Ok if you do that is funny....  short and stout.

Donkeys...
Mr. Carlos - well this weekend we have a gentleman coming to see him. Him and one other little boy - he wants to purchase two guys to run with his cattle. We are going to miss Carlos and whatever little guy is chosen to go with him. But this is the nature of "raising animals" and OH my these guys are going to have a fabulous new ranch to live at. So I am happy for them, and happy that our overcrowded Frat house will have a little space. I'll let you know who ends up moving on with Carlos next week --

I went over to the Sorority pen to visit the gals...
Lydia... wow she is turning red! And just gorgeous. Her Mom Lacey has a touch of red look to her, but I still can't believe how pretty Lydia's coat is turning. You really can't totally know for sure their coloring until they are a couple of years old, and loose their baby fur.
Her best buddy is Marissa... Look at that face, love those spots. Raffie does make pretty spotted babies doesn't he, well I guess Marissa's Mom gets credit too... she is Pattie, our big spotted female. Guess they make a good pair. Cuz Marissa is a pretty thing!
I looked up and all the other girls had surrounded some fresh hay that "Dad" had just thrown into the pen. MMM yummy... fresh green hay...

and even if they don't "need" it - they get to roam the entire property and have their choice of anything. "Dad" always makes sure to give our Three Standard Stooges breakfast every morning. (the term is lovingly used.. three stooges you know) 
Puppies... ok, now this photo looks so sad - the following two photos look so sad. But sometimes things are necessary - even puppy prison. 
You see, now escape over the top of the doorway to their puppy pen. So the gate must remained closed... Look at that pout...  You think this face is sad??? take a look at this one....

Oh I so want to let them both out and just let them have total run of my house! I know be strong - Darn they are cute! Precious is still available... any one interested?

I still let Libbie into the pen :0) She is still feeding them some, not as much, she is weaning them. But she still needs some Mommy time right? About 2 minutes and she is barking to be let out though... Mom is just about ready to let these kids leave her nest. Almost.......

Hope you all have a wonderful Weekend -
HUGS and-

12 comments:

Kittie said...

Those two little faces are heartbreaking. I used to get those kind of looks with my two little poodles when I would crate them while I went to work. Precdious pics.

Marie said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. Terrible to lose the little youngsters. Wonderful pictures this week. Take care
Love n hugs
Marie

Bernice said...

Love your blog - have been following it for over a year now - so about time I leave a comment. All the animals are just beautiful, I especially have a soft spot for donkeys - trying to convince DH that it would be good for mowing the lawn! He thinks 4 chickens and a cat are more than enough! I've just set up my own blog but don't really know what I'm doing!

LORRAINEB said...

I love when I get to start my day looking at all of your furbabies. I'm so sorry you lost one. Nature is not always kind.
This is the Rhett you're thinking of
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Butler_(comedian)
I always found her amusing but didn't know she had substance abuse problems.

Lucy said...

so sorry to hear about your loss :(

Helen said...

Hi Michelle, so sorry to hear you lost Ashley. The other babies look great. You made some beautiful photos again this week. The puppies are very adorable (although they are in prison; but sometimes it is necessary....) I love the face of Precious and hope you will find a good home for her as well. I am too far out (Europe) and with a German Shepherd and a Siberian Laika in the house (and some other little animals as well) it is already a bit crowded. Hugs

Carol Dee said...

More great pics o the kids! So sorry about your loss. Sure hope the weather cools soon. Hugs...

Kirsten Alicia said...

Wonderful, gorgeous pics Michelle. I am sorry about Ashley.

Lori said...

Wasn't it Rhett Butler the comedienne? These are the cutest animals! Too bad getting them to Hawaii would be a major undertaking.

Linda w said...

sorry about your loss. I just love viewing your family on saturdays. thank you for sharing them.

stamping on...

Shelly said...

I'm so sorry that you lost Ashley. Hugs to you and hubby.

I'd take Precious in a heartbeat if I could have another dog. Her little face pulls at my heart strings. :)

Thanks for sharing another fabulous batch of Animal Crackers pictures. I look forward to them every week.

Rufus said...

I'm sorry for your sad news. But I love Scarlet's boots! She's gonna be a real beauty. Ahhhh those puppies faces are so sweet!! Yes there is a female Rhett, but darned if I can think... maybe it will come to me.
Try to stay cool,
R/