Thanks everyone! Sharol, that little Chi boy is very cute - I hope he finds a good home. I used to foster but found it hard due to the fact the dogs don't understand its a foster home. I had one little dog I had to foster for 3 weeks while he was undergoing a course of meds. He thought this was his new home and bonded hard to me, following me everywhere. When we returned him to the humane society ready for adoption, I felt like I'd broken his heart. My DD volunteered in the spay/neuter department of that humane society and the first thing that had to happen was his neuter so she was with him all day. She said he just sat in his kennel and mourned being returned there. After that I decided I couldn't do it any more....
In any case I now have a dog pack....one of the things that has happened in the past couple years that keeps me busy. We went from two dogs to five in 13 months. First was a little companion dog for me and more recently two LGD puppies who are now 6 months (male) and almost 5 months (female) old. Dogs, dogs everywhere, but they all have their role and get along great and they're all really good dogs.
Danz, you asked about livestock. We had three sets of goat twins born within days of one another (the last two sets were only hours apart). They are now two weeks old and at that cute stage where they leap and bound all over the place. The six of them are one big pack of siblings who stick together and play while the moms doing boring adult stuff like eat hay. Unfortunately one of the does doesn't believe in raising twins. Both last year and this year she accepted the firstborn, rejected the second. I am forcing her to raise the second anyway, but that means I have to go out and hold her multiple times each day while the kid nurses. Even with that I found the kid wasn't gaining near as much weight as her twin due to not having access to the milk "at will" so I started supplementing her. She knows the routine. When I go out she runs to her mom and as soon as I secure the mom, she dives under to nurse. Once the doe cannot be held any longer, the kid turns to me, ready for her bottle. We have Jersey cows that we milk every morning so I have a ready source of fresh, raw milk available and the kid will suck down anywhere from 8-12 oz at a time now, depending on how much she got from her mother first.
Meanwhile a couple of the other kids got in on the action. Their mother does not appear to have enough milk so even though she is a very attentive mother and lets them nurse frequently, they acted hungry all the time. They started hanging around while I bottle fed, and finally one day when I had a little left over after Reject was done, I offered it to them. They decided they like the supplemental milk so now when I carry bottles out, I carry out three bottles, with 10oz each in them and get mobbed. While feeding one, the others are chewing on fingers and sucking on my clothing, anxious for it to be their turn to get the bottle.
Anyway, between cows, sheep and goats, I am outside a lot and busy most of the time. I love it though! Speaking of which.....I should get dressed and head out to milk the cows.