Out here in rural America, “working out” is different than large cities. There is no need to go to a gym when there is a pile of fence posts that needs to be sorted and stacked. There is no need to run in the park when you have miles of gravel roads or a wayward … More My New Workout: The Catwalk
There is always that one sibling that insists on doing things differently. This is our litter of kittens from summer-2014. The backwards kitten (“Kit”) is a unique personality. Since this picture was taken, she survived a 10-day solo excursion into the wilds of our farm (when cats disappear that long around here, it is extremely … More Doing Things Differently
His name was Simon and he had gorgeous blue eyes. Although this sounds like the start of a love story, it is not. I had just lost my beloved cat and was looking for a replacement at a local animal shelter. A scruffy brown furball with beautiful eyes peered at me suspiciously–wondering why I would bother … More The Cat Who Could Open Doors
Once upon a time, a kitten was born on a farm. The tabby was much bigger than his litter mates and was soon named “Big Kitten” by a three year old boy. Big Kitten was the boy’s favorite. He would carry the kitten around like a flour sack. The kitten’s front legs hung over the … More A Tale Of a Three-Legged Cat
Because the Internet does not have nearly enough cats. Looks like we might need to transplant this one soon. Mom! He’s touching me!!
I like it under here….I am never coming out…
Almost two years ago, we adopted a puppy from an unexpected litter produced by our neighbor’s dog. When we went over to pick ours, one was aggressive and growly, compared to a bunch of other sweet, mellow fuzz balls. I saw that attitude and had visions of a useful, cattle-herding dog and fierce protector for our … More How to Train a Useless Ranch Dog
A yawn and a stretch is a great way to start each day. Eventually, if you get hungry enough, you will eat from the same dish as the common kitties. Curling up next to a warm car engine might seem like a good idea at the time It is good to tackle large projects but, … More All I Really Needed to Know, I Learned from a Farm Cat
I was trying to get the attention of these kitties for a picture because I thought the snow and black cats would make a nice combination. Instead of getting them both to look, I got them looking at each other with the same pose–almost like they were looking at a mirror image.
Have you ever wondered how farm kids come up with names for pets? The logic of children still astounds me, even after spending many years as a child and now raising three of them myself. Here are some of my favorite farm pet names from over the years. See if you can match up the … More Farm Pet “Match the Name” Game