Winter I get, but Fall is my favorite season! The temperatures are still warm enough not to need jackets but not too hot, and there generally isn't the wind that we get in the Spring. I look forward to Fall all year long.....
Karen, you crack me up and yes, your DH is a keeper. It is so great to find a good one. I knew I had it made with mine when a pet rat I was very fond of was sick. I was concerned about her staying warm enough at night so brought her in bed with me and DH rolled over to pet her too. We both prefer not to have animals in the house since we moved, since at the last house it was crazy at times with cages here and there and cats and dogs everywhere, along of course with volumes of shed hair and the occasional barf to clean up. But I know if I really had to bring one in, he'd be fine with it.
Schellie, so sorry about the ticket - that is unbelievable. I hope you are able to get to the bottom of it. Would it be worth going to court to explain the situation and ask for a pardon from the ticket? If you were a habitual offender I wouldn't expect them to show leniency but if it the first time the dogs have been at large, I think they might. I'm really surprised you got a ticket right off the bat. I had an issue one time at the old place where we put the dogs in the backyard before leaving for the evening and didn't notice as we drove off that one of the side gates was open. When we got home we did have a warning taped to the front door for the dogs being at large but that was all it was - just a warning.
Danz, sorry about the Lemon Cuckoo, but Hawkeye, glad the Denagard is working so well. I would be willing to buy some of that bottle from you if it is such a large bottle. Keep in mind that many medications are only good for a certain amount of time and then lose their effectiveness so if you don't use it up in that time, you might have to trash it.
Well, my day started out great and then went downhill. Last night I put the two pet dogs in the chicken yard and also let Tory in to wander around and get a feel for it but then pulled her out before closing it up for the night. I started to walk up to the house, realized Tory wasn't with me, and turned around to see her standing at the gate next to the other two dogs. This morning when I went out she was in the same position! I'm sure she didn't stay there all night long but I was glad that she was hanging around with them rather than off roaming the neighborhood.
So, feeling rather chipper I went to make coffee. DS came out to sit on the porch with me to drink coffee and we saw Cyrus running down the yard, with the guineas right behind him. I thought nothing of it - until I watched him run back the other way with the guineas still behind him and realized they were chasing him. DS and I went to the chicken yard and for 30 minutes had to stand between Cyrus and the guineas to keep them away. The poor thing was getting exhausted from being chased and when they caught him, sometimes they would grab his wing and hang on so he'd be dragging them while he tried to run. He is such a gentle soul that he runs instead of turning around and flogging them. I'm so disappointed in the guineas because they were raised with the flock and up until this morning I have not seen a single instance of them bullying the chickens, even though I had read that guineas sometimes will. The weird thing is they have singled out Cyrus and stalked him all morning long. The rest of the chickens mingle around with the guineas without an issue but whenever they spot Cyrus, the chase is back on. I worried about him getting heat stroke from all that running as the day gets warmer, so when the guineas went into the coop to get something to eat, I shut the door to give him some peace. It will be hotter for them in there but I've checked on them a few times and they seem fine. I gave them water and food. The only problem is, now the hens can't get in to lay their eggs. I'm hoping when the day is a little warmer I can let them back out and they will have lost interest in chasing during the hot part of the day.
But, (and I hope this doesn't upset anyone to hear), I value Cyrus more than I value those guineas. I never minded, or even really noticed the noise but DH has commented a few times on how loud they can be and said he wouldn't care if I got more chickens but could happily live without the guineas. So, given their obsession with eliminating Cyrus, I've decided it is time we found out what guinea tastes like. I've already processed one but couldn't catch the others. I'm debating whether to go to Walmart and try to get a fishing net so I can catch the rest, or just wait until after dark when they are on the roost. The problem with that is that it leaves me processing in the dark which doesn't appeal a great deal. Karen, I need some of your chicken wranglers! I asked DS if he fancied himself a guinea wrangler but he said he didn't think he'd be very good at catching them.