Tanner was never technically a "working dog", but it's amazing to suddenly notice just how much he did to keep order around here. The riff-raff element is definitely taking advantage of his absence. There were at least 15 deer hanging out under my deck when I got home last night. The deer are always a nuisance, but they have never been brazen enough to use my house as a scratching post before. Darned vermin. There is a flock of wild turkeys doing laps around the house and a pair of rabbits sunning themselves in the driveway. Intruders everywhere.
My daily walks in the woods, which are a vital part of keeping my own joints working, were just too hard to do all alone. Tessa and the donkeys have had to step up and fill in - which they are thrilled about.
"Maybe we should've gotten rid of the dog earlier if it means more time for US."
"Especially since BEECH leaves are involved! YUM!!!"
"I don't see any beech trees here Ma, let's go find some."
Donkey priorities are a bit different from a Border Collie's.
The only real trouble with taking the donkeys out each day is that now they think they should go out twice a day. Or maybe three times. For four hours each. They start nagging to go out again just as soon as we get home.
Tessa is a big fan of hiking too. She loves going for walks and she has truly mastered the art of beech leaf harvesting. She goes for the bulldozer method.....
Farm Buddy has been doing some work on another farm and has been leaving Scout and Kelsy with me for babysitting duty one day a week.
The equines are great hiking partners (when you can tear them away from the beech leaves), but there's nothing quite like a good dog.
The donkeys have been having a great time with it, but I do cringe a bit watching them. I know my poor dog must be twirling in his grave at the very idea of a basketball in the clutches of donkeys. It is SO against The Rules.
I know this would make him MUCH happier....
We're muddling through.