Fae has declared war against the poultry, for some reason, and the yard has become a battlefield.
The chickens fear her tiny high-pitched wrath.
But the turkeys … the turkeys fight back.
Look how angry the turkey is!!
But look how angry Fae Fae is!!
The turkeys aren’t too bright though, and they can’t seem to tell Fae from Addy, because they chase Addy around as well, and Addy is super offended and shocked every time. Although right now I also want to chase Addy around, because she and Winter tag teamed one of my ducks and killed it yesterday (insert angry face here).
There are some adjustments in progress ’round the farm between the farmy animals. Like, everyone hates the goats (except me).
This is Harvey
And this is Nibbles
Spring also doesn’t hate the goats; she really wants to be friends with them, but Nibbles keeps headbutting her every time she tries to lick him on the nose. She keeps trying though!
Winter doesn’t much care about the goats one way or another; he just wants their apples and he only gets snarly when they try to eat the apples that he thinks belong to him.
Piper fears the goats; apparently Harvey and Nibbles are no smarter than turkeys, for they too mix up the dogs … and the other day Piper was shuffling through the yard doing her daily routine of semi-senile yard-circling when Nibbles headbutted her for no reason at all and scared the bejesus out of her. It took all the rest of the day to convince her to go outside again, and now she goes out and does her business and then hides under the front porch stairs until I come rescue her, even when they are locked up in their own pasture. Nibbles got a spanking for that one! Nobody is allowed to be mean to Piper!
TWooie was at first confused by goats, and his teeny little pea brain has finally come to the conclusion that they are dogs, or at least, just as bad as dogs, so he now hates them and he will bite them. And then he gets headbutted and that makes him even angrier. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle.
Obviously the goats spend most of their time in the pasture, not only because I heavily supervise their yard time around the dogs (I don’t want goaty vet bills, and I don’t want a dog getting gored by goat horns) but because their job is to eat down the weeds, blackberries and knotweed in the field, and not the pots of strawberries on my porch. So they only get to come out in the yard every other evening or so for a romp. They quite enjoy a game of tag with me, and they also enjoy standing on my agility equipment. I like them, even though they smell kinda bad.
Wootie does not like the goats – much like Piper, he is afraid of them (Nibbles also headbutted Wootie for no reason). In fact, Wootie thinks he is in hell right now, because of Demon Goats, and Demon Puppies. He can’t find anywhere safe to go. The puppies are now SUPER mobile and busy, having just turned 6 weeks old, and they run all over the house at will, which drives Wootie crazy as he has a metaphysical restraining order of about 9 feet against all puppies.
This is his “I hate everything about my life” face. But it’s also like my newest new favouritest photo.
Dexter likes the puppies, surprisingly, and is very gentle with them. Although he accidentally ran one over this evening and he felt very very bad immediately. Usually he is very careful about the placement of his feet around the puppies.
That one is the little tan and black female (#1). And this is her twin brother (#2):
This the first born female (#3) – she is like a third bigger than her siblings:
And this is my favourite puppy, the littlest one with the longest legs and the tiniest ears. He’s a real pistol (#4)!
On Facebook a while back I suggested a naming contest for the puppies to raise money for the rescue, where people could pay like $5.00 per puppy to suggest a name and then all the suggested names would go up on the blog for everyone to vote one and the names with the most votes would win and that’s what they would be called (but NOT Puppy McPupface!) Do you guys wanna play? I think it sounds like fun, and also a fun way to raise donations for the rescue. I guess Paypal would be the best way to do it … so if you want to play, you can send your name suggestions via paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org) and a $5.00 donation and we can collect names through, say, July 15th and then hold a vote!
Here are more adorable puppy photos to inspire you ;-)
And here’s a photo of Addy chasing the splashes she’s making in the pool, because it’s pretty adorable!