This site is about my life as a farmgirl, wife, mother and grandmother. We have a beautiful granddaughter and the cutest grandson. We own two farms in Craig County Virginia, leasing one and raising beef cattle on the other.
It’s taken me a month to write this because I start crying! In January 2004 this little lady was given to me from my husband for a Christmas gift.
Due to the fact that it has taken me two weeks to get this far in the post I will just show you some of our pictures of her as she grew. It’s just too hard to put into words what a special dog/pet/family member she was!!
For about three weeks or more my daughter and her family have been losing a lot of sleep! The culprit:
Jippy seems fine during the day but at night around 11:00 he can’t seem to lay for any length of time on his tummy. He pants from then until 5:00 or 6:00 in the morning. He wants to be snuggled, ears rubbed and he’s constantly up and down. This behavior is causing the entire family to lose sleep which is much-needed when you are working away from home or going to school which applies to all in the house!
Heather asked me to meet our vet at her home on Thursday and Doc Bowman couldn’t find anything physically wrong with Jippy except for being a little overweight which he has been for over a year. She drew blood and hoped to have the results back by today.
Me and Papa decided to give them a big break last night and I kidnapped him and brought him to our house to spend the night. He was quiet and seemed content to be with us and usually is going outside a lot to look for his “mommy” but he didn’t last evening.
We went to bed at 11:00 and he snuggled right in close to me and was fine until 12:00 and he jumped up like something had hold of him. He turned his head toward me and tucked his head under my hand and I started rubbing his ears (both) and it settled him unless I stopped. We did this until about 2:00 and then he wanted to take a potty break. I let him out and he stayed for about 15 minutes. Once he came in he was restless and constantly panting. At time he would get under the bed covers and crash for a 10-15 minutes with no panting and then he would come out from the covers and get right in my face panting and acting like he needed to tell me something. He continued wanting both ears rubbed and they were hot. This makes me think there’s something in his ears. I tried to listen and feel for any tummy rumblings and sometimes I did but not enough to think he had a belly ache. We’ve all been careful about what he eats since this started. I felt so sorry for him and wished he could talk!! Papa slept until 5:00 this morning and let him outside to potty and then sat in the living room with him the rest of the morning watching westerns together. I don’t know how Heather, Joel and Victoria have gotten any rest in the last few weeks. Hopefully, Doc Bowman will find the answer in the blood work and fix the issue quick. Flu season is all over the state and my kids need their rest to fight that off and stay healthy!
Hubby is trying out a new coonhound and her name is Mischief! She’s quite poor in these pictures and her new home with us will be a castle compared to where she came from. She’s four years old and he hopes to use her as a young trainer to train his 18 month ladies. He’s taken her out four times and is pleased but won’t know for sure if he’ll keep her until he can run her a couple nights with the young girls and maybe a night out with his eight year old. She’s a beautiful dog but she HATES cats, so Cuddles and Fuzzy have learned quick to disappear when she’s lose from he pen. More updates lady on this pretty lady.
Sassy has this full coat right now and it’s as curly as I’ve ever seen it but she is absolutely miserable. She’s way too fat but the coat makes her pant all night which makes all of us lose sleep. On Thursday she made a trip to “Classy Pets” in Salem for a new “do”!
We’ve also cut down on her food and are feeding her venison jerky with a half portion of her dogfood and more water. Now, that I’m losing weight she goes on some of my walks with me which is good for her as well but she is almost 11 years old and I don’t expect her to keep up like I used to keep up with her.
You will have to click the pictures to see what she is up to. She sure had me fooled!
When I first saw the photos that hubby took, I thought Sassy had a cigarette in her mouth!
The chew bone she has in her mouth is a very light tan and normally she doesn’t eat them. But when Jippy is visiting anything given to him and not eaten right away becomes property of the madam of the house. She is such a character and has had our full attention while the my daughter and family are on vacation and we are taking care of Jippy for them.
If you’ll remember, back in April I had an orphan calf, named Annabelle. She was orphaned because her mom died shortly after her birth. A few days before this, we got a new puppy we named, Gyp. Gyp was barely six weeks old when we got her and she made up with Annabelle quickly. They played in the yard together and it was fun watching them run after each other.
About two, maybe three weeks after this, we had another cow deliver a dead calf and she had so much milk and was grieving her calf bad. Hubby decided to try a little trick he learned a long time ago and tricked the mama cow into taking Annabelle within 12 hours of losing her own calf. Mama was happy, Annabelle was happy, we were happy but little Gyp was not allowed to play with Annabelle anymore. Annabelle’s new mom did not like dogs around her little one.
We played with Gyp as much as we could and Sassy our cocker spaniel did not like this rowdy pup at all. BUT, one of our new hounds, Roxie, loved horsing around with her and now that Gyp has gotten used to her, they are tried and true friends. This is great for us because hubby is hoping that Roxie will teach Gyp all the tricks of running coons. Everyone is happy!! Here’s the two at play and we can’t believe how much baby Gyp has grown. In one month, she has tripled size and doubled her weight.
Sassy is our “little” blonde cocker spaniel that makes our bed her bed!! Over the last few summers Sassy has made it habit of running, playing and rolling in tall grass and I guess because she love the coolness of it and she’s hunting for mice. She’s a good mouser but she never eats them. On occasion during these outings, we have gotten some nasty ticks off of her. That’s another reason we try to keep her sheared so it makes it easier to fine them and to treat her so she won’t get them at all.
Anyway, it seemed like there were some places where we removed the ticks that she got a hard smooth bump afterwards. The most noticeable one was on her back and we always warned our groomer of them whenever she went to get a haircut. Early in the spring we had the vet here for some cattle issues and he checked her out while he was here. Dr. Wall advised us that the cyst on her back which had gotten about the size of a dime and about a 1/2″ thick needed to come off and he was more concerned about the ones she had on her belly which were smaller but turning black.
Hubby called the doc’s office and made the appointment for the 9th of May and he had to have her there at 8:00. He said while he filled out a mountain of papers for her surgery, Sassy took a tour of the office and got to know everyone. Sassy has such a wonderful temperment and never meets a stranger. Hubby left her there and met me at an eye appointment and took me to breakfast and we ran some errands.
We got a call from Dr. Kelly around 10:30 and he was taking her in for the surgery and wanted to know if we wanted the cysts biopsied and we told him no. We’re not wealthy and have gone through cancer and heart problems with our dogs before. It’s not cheap and we felt like lots of love and attention would be better than putting her through chemo or radiation. The vet’s office called a little after noon to let us know the surgery was over and Sassy had woke up from the anesthesia and we could pick her up around 3:00. She was still groggy when he picked her up and a little unstable. We had to give her antibiotics twice a day which we finish tonight. The cyst on her back has 10 stitches in it and the ones on her stomach had at least two stitches each. The cyst on her back we are told was nothing to worry about but the other’s are very suspicious. He told us that they probably won’t come back where they’ve been removed but to expect more.
She seems to be doing fine and we’ve been very careful to make sure she doesn’t jump up in her bed or go out and get the stitches wet. She never once seemed to be in pain and likes all the attention she getting. We’ve always spoiled her rotten and plan to continue to do so. I want what time she has with us to be as happy as humanely possible. Keep her in your prayers, please! Here’s some baby pictures through current time of our precious little girl!
Now that Annabelle has a new Mom, I thought I would share a few pictures of her and Gyp at play. They won’t be able to do this anymore because the new Mom doesn’t like any other animals near her baby. Annabelle minds her Mom really well though she will still let her come to me for a good rub down. Here’s the babes at play before the final adoption.
They chases each other with Gyp nipping at her heels and Annabelle tolerated Gyp constantly licking her face when she could get to it.
This is the blog for our little farm in Skagit county. Here we have Shetland sheep and Nigerian Dwarf goats. In addition we have donkeys, cattle, pigs, chickens, geese, and peafowl. The blog describes the weekly activities here.