Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Riding Shotgun

It was a fine if quite nippy morning (38 degrees), but the trap had nabbed another marauding raccoon last night that needed to be dealt with, so Cricket and I loaded him up in the puttputt and took him out to dispatch him humanely.  Afterwards, the scenery was just too nice to pass up, especially when Sharon's cows came running over to see what we were doing
 
 



On A Roll

Cricket was on quite a roll this morning.  After dispatching the raccoon first thing, she posed for a few pictures with the puttputt on a glorious spring morning, then moved right into getting some work done around the place.  First thing - Alfie the yearling bull, now a 'man', dared to walk into the barn.  The barn is strictly off limits for all livestock unless invited (chickens and barn cats the exception to that rule), but with his new manly swagger, he figured that rule no longer applied to him.  So, she took him out of the barn at a smart clip and I managed to grab the camera and get the final two shots before that lesson was finished.  Then, it was time to introduce herself properly to the new Gangsta Girls, which she did nicely, showcasing her ability to go from 'gonna bite your head off, bull-boy' to 'hey, just making sure you know I'm here for you if you need me' in nothing flat.  And, without Ho Dog for the first time in 8 years to dog break the lambs, she took it upon herself to do a little schooling with the flock as well.
 
I didn't do a thing except push the button.  She did it all on her own.  No critter were hurt or even mildly inconvenienced, except the raccoon, who is now on the menu for the vultures, and deservedly so
 
 









Patience

Cricket was in the mood to do some schooling this morning.  Here, she's teaching Bridgette the 3 month old heifer calf on why you do not approach an 8 year old dog that is clearly stating that you should not approach her.
 
Click the first pix to start the slideshow and enjoy!
 
 
 Phase 1.  Bridgette cautiously looks at Cricket, properly in a down that she was told to hold (somewhat of a miracle, that)
 Pretty bold when Cricket's not really looking at her
 All Cricket did was turn her head to look at Bridgette and you would have thought she'd been stung on the nose by a bee, she jumped back so quick
 Sideways look

 A bit harder look as Bridgette gets braver and closer
 The oh so typical Cricket warning look - 'You are TOO CLOSE'
And very appropriate, Cricket merely gets up and reminds Bridgette who really is the boss - 300# of heifer calf, not really.  45# of red tri Aussie - yeah, that one