Introduction and my critters

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Helygen, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. Helygen

    Helygen New Egg

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    Hi everyone,

    I just joined BYC and posted an intro on the Newbie forum but it was suggested that I come and introduce myself and my critters here too! So without further ado...

    My DH and I just moved to Eastern ON from out west and brought all our animals with us! It was quite the epic journey! I had been studying web design on Vancouver Island, so we started off there with 6 dogs, 2 cats, and 3 horses. The dogs and cats traveled with us, and the 3 horses came a bit later with a commercial hauler. We drove across country, picking up our household goods that were in storage in Manitoba, and got to Eastern Canada to move into our new home. It took us from Sunday am to Friday afternoon to do the trip (that includes 30 h in Manitoba to load our possessions onto a U-haul and hit the road again)! We are now all settled on a 14.5 acre hobby farm with an 1878 brick home, and a fantastic little barn. In the spring, we're going to be doing a lot of clearing of brush and downed trees to make big paddocks for the horses, a riding / agility arena, and hopefully a nice chicken coop for me to start a small flock!

    Our dogs:
    Ash, 11 yr old Border Collie female
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    Soot, 9 yr old Border Collie / Sheltie female
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    OneX, 3 yr old Border Collie male
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    Irra, 14 yr old Border Collie / Aussie female
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    Penny, 11 yr old rescued Greyhound female
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    Paprika, 6 yr old Australian Shepherd female
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    Our cats:
    Trout (14 yrs old, black) and Tuna (8 yr old, tabby), our cats
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    Our horses:
    Spike, 17 yr old Canadian Sport horse mare - retired due to pasture injury
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    Willow, 7 yr old Hanoverian/TB mare - she's my dressage horse and was a rescue
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    Fore, 2.5 yr old Canadian Warmblood gelding (Spike's son, he's for sale)
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    So that's the menagerie for now! Hopefully this spring I'll be adding some chickens! And DH wants to get a calf. And I wouldn't be adversed to get some sheep, maybe a pony that needs a retirement home... Our family thinks that we're nuts! [​IMG]
     
  2. spectrumranch

    spectrumranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great animals and pics!
     
  3. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gosh. I want that horse! [​IMG] I want all of them!! [​IMG]
     
  4. Helygen

    Helygen New Egg

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    Quote:Which one? [​IMG]
     
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Picture perfect introduction! Welcome!
     
  6. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Which one? [​IMG]

    I really like the last horse. [​IMG]

    I wish we had room for one [​IMG]
     
  7. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Olympia Washington
    WOW!! Nice looking pet family you have there.

    WELCOME to BYC's. This is a great site for learning about raising chickens and one I came to 6-8 months before getting my first.

    It would be nice to see pics of your house and barn. We LOVE pics here.
     
  8. Mountain Man Jim

    Mountain Man Jim Chillin' With My Peeps

    I love Ash's determination, wow. And, I see the Aussie in Irra (since you mentioned it). Our Aussie has the same "Please, tell we what to do" look.

    Jim
     
  9. Helygen

    Helygen New Egg

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    Thanks everyone.

    Here's our house:
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    And here's the barn:
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    Since that photo was taken, we have replaced the barn doors and have put in some windows (don't have pics yet). We will be doing the siding and more windows in the the spring. Inside we have built stalls for the ponies. In the spring, we will also do my tack/feed room, as well as insulate the upper floor and put in the windows up there.
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  10. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Olympia Washington
    What a picture perfect postcard looking house you have. LOVE IT!!!!! Love the red tin roof and front door.

    Horses look happy in their barn too. Thank you so much for sharing.
     

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