Puppy names

Since the puppies were born on Earth Day.  I wanted to give them Earth-related names.  I’ve settled on the following names: Mica which is derived from the Latin word micare, meaning “to glitter”; Delphin is of Greek origin, and its meaning is “dolphin.” The Greeks believed that Delphi was the earth’s womb; the dolphin’s shape […]

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The best milking ever …

I’m finally getting the hang of it and I think I now know where we are going to set up a milking area for Gwen.  Until we get the area covered (which shouldn’t be too big a deal [yea, right!]), I can use it when the weather is good, but if it’s raining, I’ll need […]

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Red Thread

I came across this Chinese Proverb today: “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but it will never break.” How true … Wally and I often speak of the people we’ve met over the years: how we met them; […]

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Crisis averted!

Yesterday, I picked up a tube of Fastrack Jump Start gel to try to get Gwen eating better. Jump Start is a source of live (viable) naturally-occurring microorganisms; a source of protease which can hydrolyze proteins and a source of amylase which can hydrolyze starch. The ingredients are: Vegetable oil, egg product, dried chicory root, […]

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Frustrating!

I hate not knowing if I’m doing the right thing or not.  I hate the learning curve involved with learning how to take care of a different animal. I think I might have overfed Gwen two days ago and now she’s not interested in eating much grain.  I’ve tried several different types of grain mixtures, […]

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Grain, revisited …

When I picked up Gwen, the owner of the dairy told me that I should be feeding her about 25 pounds of grain a day.  Wally had to pick my jaw up from the ground when he said that.  I suppose if I want six or seven gallons of milk from her a day (which […]

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Milking a cow …

is a whole lot harder than milking a goat!  Our cow, Guinevere, has been nothing but patient.  It’s a good thing.  It only took me about a hour to milk her Sunday morning.  Sunday evening was much better.  This morning was a mixed bag.  I think she’s already put on weight. Pictures later today. We […]

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