|Bet you didn't know goats can be trained to beg for sweet feed.|
I could barely contain my smirk, thinking of the two horses, two cats, two goats, three sheep and flock of chickens waiting at home. What's one more animal?
|Our girls have ridden everything from horses to rams, camels, donkeys, cows and elephants.|
It's probably a little of both.
There are certainly plenty of lessons to be learned from animals, especially critters who are both farm animals and pets.
Every day, we go out together and make sure they have fresh food and water and are dry, warm and healthy.Jelly Bean and Aloysius and various other poultry were eaten by some cunning predator. Our favorite cat RJ had an untimely death and Magnus' twin brother Cardigan died young from a tetanus infection. Our neighbors cows are raised for beef so it's no mystery where our hamburgers and steaks come from and more than once the cats have drug in their prize after a hunt. The death of an animal is always a somber event but my girls understand it's part of life because they've witnessed it first hand.
Marny, Milly and Murphy and someday I hope to breed Dancer. In the spring, there are plenty of bird nests to peak in and we've watched the chicks grow and fledge in a matter of weeks.
My girls certainly aren't afraid of poo and know how to get their hands dirty while working hard.
|Helping shear Milly.|
Sure, I've got my hands full but I like it that way, children, animals and all.