Back to work for me this weekend....... The mares are already pining for the pasture they will not get this weekend as I have to work and it's their lock-up time. I've been giving them the pasture already this spring and they have been quick to gobble up every little green shoot of grass they can find. I'm glad I'm letting them out early this year. As last year , I waited to get real lush grass and really had to restrict them and then ended up with too much clover out there. Last fall we deweeded and fertilized and this year, I introduced them before it gets out of hand, like I used too. They appreciate it, however, they'll be pissed at me this weekend.
This started as an "Aawww..." moment as I just looked out of my window to see our neighbor, Art and his grandchildren, all boys taking a peek at my goats and horses. Then I noticed the children, all just under school aged hop off the quad and start showing their butts to the goats and spitting towards the horses. I was in a state of shock! Wrong message to send a kid, in my opinion. Learning to love an animal brings on empathy and compassion towards others. We like Art, he's a good neighbor to us and I don't mind them coming over to check out the animals, but I know Art is not a great lover of animals and so do our dogs, but man, I was shocked.
Jackson has now got his appointment for the big "O". He will have his little nutter butters removed on April 1st, and this is no Aprils fools joke. But he is starting to assert himself towards the other dogs and not always taking "No" from them as the answer. It is time.