Animals

Who you calling a fat pig?

Who you calling a fat pig?

Look, I know my pig is fat.  I get it.  When we first adopted Hogan from a shelter, he was not this fat.  He wasn’t exactly a swimsuit model, but there certainly wasn’t as much of Hogan to love as there is now. Hogan’s weight problem all happened during his first year with us.  I didn’t realize how crafty pigs were and somehow Hogan got on the back porch, tipped over a garbage can full of birdseed and ate it….

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How to have a goat birthday party

How to have a goat birthday party

When I was a kid I used to celebrate my dog’s birthday with a party.  I’d bake a cake and put dog bones in it, then I’d invite the neighborhood dogs over (with their owners) and celebrate.  I don’t ever remember a dog party that didn’t end abruptly in some horrible dog fight over the cake and bones, but still, the spirit of dog fun was always in the air and no one was ever sent to the hospital. And…

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Pickles says “Hasta la vista”

Pickles says “Hasta la vista”

I’ll be the first to admit that our farm is not a well run operation.  Having animals loose all over the place with no clear boundary between human and beast does not exactly create a sense of order and peace.  It creates chaos, confusion and a lot of poop places poop should not be. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I really like getting to know the animals up close and personal and just hanging out with them.  You…

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

I’ve taken so many pictures of Pickles and her baby chicks that I feel like I’m starting to become some kind of chicken paparazzi.  So since today is Easter, a day I consider to be a wonderful celebration of spring, I thought I’d share a few pics. Here’s Pickles with two of her chicks under her wing.  She’s sitting on the rest — Sooooo cute, aren’t they?  You can see a third beak sticking out near her butt. Some of…

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The dead donkey in the car next to us

The dead donkey in the car next to us

So the kids and I were driving back home from the library and we stopped at a light.  Next to us a small truck pulled up — one of those little old work trucks that looks like this — I glanced over at it because I love those little trucks and that’s when I noticed… … a dead donkey in the bed of the truck. It was one of the strangest sights I have ever seen.  It was lying on…

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A pig rescue…

A pig rescue…

I have an amazing story of an animal rights activist that is personal to me in a strange way.  When I was a writer on The Drew Carey Show, there was a man that utterly terrified me.  He was another writer on the show and his name was Sam Simon.  He was insanely well accomplished — legendary in the comedy writing business.  For example, he was one of the creators of The Simpsons.  I can’t say that the two of…

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My morning goat commute

My morning goat commute

Our goats sleep in a shed near our house at night and then every morning someone has to open the shed and walk them down to this big fenced area where they eat all the overrun blackberries and oaks during the day.  Sometimes that someone is Bill and sometimes that someone is me.  The kids can’t do it because the job requires a willingness for the goats to follow and they would never follow the kids.  (Goats have a deep…

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The Farm Report

The Farm Report

This week Bill and Buck are on a camping trip so it’s been me, Em and Aug holding down the farm.  Okay, me really.  I decided to let them slither out of their chores this week because their brother is off having a blast.  Which means I’ve had a lot of eyeballs staring at me for food and belly scratches.  I didn’t realize how much Bill actually did with the animals until now.  Don’t tell him I said that.  I…

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How to get inspiration from a chicken

How to get inspiration from a chicken

As a shy person, I always walk into any given situation and try to blend in.  Try not to make a fuss.  I will quickly assess what’s going on and join in, if possible, whether I like it or not.  If the room is too hot or too cold, I probably won’t complain and if the menu has only meat options and I’m a vegetarian, I just won’t eat.  This, of course, has a lot to do with being shy,…

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New chicks!

New chicks!

We try to have a least 20 chickens in our hen house at all times. This is because we like to get at least three or four eggs every day and since our chickens are free range, we need a ton of hens to make this possible.  Why?  Because if you let your chickens out, they lay eggs not just in the coop, but all sorts of places — under the grill, behind the slide, in the wood shed…  Once,…

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