Sunday, September 18, 2016

This and That

 A deer was a little too helpful and pulled down a branch heavily laden with apples.
Thunder is helping, how much, I'm not sure.
 Absolutely, "the" best fly catcher! 
Great idea Daphne.
A visitor in the middle of the day.
He ate more cherry tree leaves. Ugh!
Some of the 4H kids did the pre-rodeo show at the Box-Elder County Fair.
Once again, they had a blast.
Henry and Thunder shocking us.
 We still find it hard to believe that they can be this close to 
each other without Henry spoiling the moment.
 Good job Henry!
 Daphne picked up the watering can to water plants and found it extremely heavy.
It was filled....
 Lightning is such a pretty kitty.

Obedience, Agility and Showmanship Trials

 We can rarely get Henry to listen to any of our commands but get him in the ring for 4H and he does listen to Victoria....especially if he gets a time out.
 He is a super fast runner when it comes to the tunnels, 
the A Frame,

and the teeter-totter. 
We think he loves the attention and just the plain fun of running through the course.
Though he is known for getting out of his collar. This time he did it three times.
 He loves the treats too.
Victoria does an amazing job with him.
He ran the fastest course of 38 seconds.
Remy is the 4H mascot. He runs agility professionally and can do the course in 15 sec. He is amazing and Rachel has trained him so well.
 In between trials the kids played games using the agility equipment.
 Even Jill's husband, Mr. Romo from Romo's Mediterranean Grill got in on the game.
 All the kids had a blast together. Every moment they had they played games or walked around the fair together.
Little visitors in the canal behind our area.
 The canal made a perfect place to wash out the tunnel after one of the dogs peed in it.
Everytime that happens, Henry will absolutely not enter that tunnel. 
So we washed it out immediately. It did the trick.
 4H kids love their animals. I came across this little girl taking a nap with her pig.
 4H dogs and kids Rule!

Cache County Fair

 Victoria's 4H Dog group had an awesome three days at the fair this year.
Jill and Rachel, the leaders are some of the most wonderful people we have ever met.
Victoria entered Henry in Obedience, Showmanship and Agility Trials and did very well, especially on the second day when I gave Henry a huge time-out. I took him aside and made him submit. He had to lay all the way on the ground for almost 5 minutes. It was time for him to stop barking at Cocoa every time she looked at him. After that, he ran his quickest agility time and listened to Victoria's commands. We are thinking that I should have given him that time out earlier.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Let the Games Begin!

Kirk finally had time to reset the swings and deck since we moved them last Fall.
The kittens supervised the entire operation from the tree watching his every move.
 These two kittens have more courage and bravery than any cat I have ever seen.
And they have 50 trees to choose from to play in on our property.
 Jacks is like a dog. You have to run him for him to feel like he had a very fulfilling day.
Because we bottle fed him for 6 weeks, he is really quite the gentle guy for being a manly goat.
He has never head butted Victoria. And when he plays with her he is gentle.
 On the other hand.....
He loves to use all his male testosterone on other male beings.
And since there aren't any other male goats to play with he 
settles for the other guys in the family.
 He started the challenge when he had an ADD moment while chasing Victoria....
He saw his buddies playing a board game on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.
 Oooh, Jared teased Jacks.......
 Nothing is sacred with a goat.
They are very agile creatures.
 Off you go bud.....
 Kaleb can usually get Jacks running at full steam.
He loves to rear up and head but you with full power until just before contact,
then he hits you soft. 
 And the crowd cheers from the bleachers!
 He wants front row seating. Now this little guy doesn't hold back when he head butts 
you unlike his Dad.
 Another ADD moment while chasing Kaleb.
 Thunder is attempting to slink down in the grass as low as she can 
so he might...not...see...her....
 Thunder holding her ground.
 She had a look on her face stink!
Thunder saved by ADD once again.
Jacks saw that I had the camera.
He always has to taste the strap.
Yep, it tastes the same as it did before.

Green Canyon to Logan Canyon

Kaleb is always up for a hike. He makes a great hiking buddy.
Though these past few years I have slowed down a little
in my hiking.....or he is getting faster.
We got the bright idea to hike from Green Canyon to Wind Cave in Logan Canyon.
It took us 4o minutes to actually find the trailhead. And then when we did find it 
it was practically under our noses....Duh!
 We started early to beat the heat....that darn Arizona thinking.
We nearly froze our behinds off.
Not to mention the higher elevation. I got dizzy a couple times and had 
to take quite a few rests to even out my breathing.
There were tiny warm breezes that were floating down these little valleys 
on the trail leading down the side of the mountain. 
On these little breezes were tons of butterflies flitting about.
It was very magical.

 The best part about hiking with Kaleb is he likes to look at the same things I do.
Whether it's a wildflower that we haven't seen or like this spider web that we caught 
with the perfect lighting.
 It is incredible how lush and green the north side of the mountain is.
 This was living proof that we made it to the top.
Though we did opt to not go down the other side to Wind Cave.
We literally ran back down to the van.
We felt like monkeys staying low to the ground so we didn't crash.

Tar Baby

This must have been an exceptionally challenging day for Jared.
I came home from somewhere and he is resting on the back porch
waiting for me to catch a glimpse of him.
It's funny,
the dirtier and stinkier he is .....the happier he is.
 And he always wants to hug me when he is this filthy.
The girls hate it when he comes home this disastrous. 
They make him clean the shower and if I find any fragments
 in the washer he has to clean that too.
BTW, if you need to know how to remove tar from hair
try baby oil. It worked like a charm.
Though he still needed a hair cut after this hard day at work.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Out like a light

Cat Woman, aka Daphne, literally knocked Lightning out with her magic touch. 
He was purring his lovely kitten purr when Daphne started to massage the pads on his front feet.
That was all he needed to fall into a deep sleep.
He stayed that way for about a 20 minute cat nap and
 then he was ready to pounce and tumble with his sister.