Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tempted To Begin A "Mini" Animal Farm.

For all my blogger readers that are getting to know me, I AM (full disclosure) A MAJOR ANIMAL LOVER!!  ...except for reptiles and snakes.

I am a huge dog lover.  Love them in all shapes and sizes.  I have had a special bond with dogs since I was a baby.  When I was two years old, my dad brought home a German Sheppard that we named Rebel.  I remember this dog as a mere toddler.  I loved this dog so much that when we moved from house in Oklahoma City to a small apartment in Dallas, Tx.,we had to leave Rebel behind with a family with a farm. At six years old, I vividly remember crying the entire trip from Oklahoma City to Dallas over the loss of Rebel, my companion and friend.

It has been that way ever since.  I have always had a dog in my life.  Even in college when most do not want responsibility for anything but yourself.  I had a special dog that was given to me by a boyfriend.  She was a Pekingese/Poodle named Ray Ban.  This special dog spent her life as my special companion through the trials and tribulations of a college student, then a young professional in NYC, to a 30+ person married with babies.  Ray Ban lived to be 19 years old.  We went through a lot together.  Thank god should could not speak because the secrets she could have exposed about my college and 20's would have been shameful.

Currently, I have five dogs (yes, you read correctly) and all but two are rescues. Two Pomeranians, two Yorkies, and a Poodle.


These are  my Pommies: Cubby and Cashmere

 Cashmere smilin' and stylin'!!  Cashie is a champion Pom that was given to a rescue I work with because the breeder got sick and could no longer show.  She is so easy going and lovable. 

 Pixie, my 5 pound wonder dog.  She is not a rescue. I got Pixie BEFORE I got involved in animal rescue and learned how many dogs need homes.


 Halloween dress up with Pixie and Spunky, our poodle.poodle   She is so in love with my husband.  When he is home, she never leaves his side.

This is Lilly, my sweet Yorkie, that spent the first four years of her life as a puppy mill dog.  She was abused, never touched, or loved.  She has no teeth because they were pulled to keep her from biting while  breeding her.  She is now a happy and very loved dog.  She never leaves my side.  Lilly is still afraid of men and will only let me pick her up.  Because she was in a cage her whole life, she did not have dog instincts because puppies learn from watching their mothers and litter mates. My other dogs have taught her how to play with toys and run around the yard.  

I also love any wildlife around our house.  Last winter was so snowy and cold that the deer were having a hard time finding food.  They would come to our yard and wait for me to give them apples and bird seed.  I could have 20 deer waiting for food.  (Shh...I am not sure you are supposed to feed them but they were really starving.)

Mother and her baby sharing an apple.

Another mother and baby laying down waiting for me to come home to feed them. One particular deer we called Dopey (because she was so trusting) would rest next to the feeding bowl.  The others would hang back behind trees.  When they saw my white Volvo pull in driveway, all would get up and come to the bowls.  They know my car!!!

Next year, our twin boys will be going off to college and I have been thinking about the Empty Nest phase.  I have been inspired by two blogs to get a menagerie of mini animals.  Patina Farm, which is Brooke Giannetti's blog where she writes about building their beautiful farm in Ojai. California.  Live Sweet Photography chronicles her family life with a precious pig named Pearl , baby goats and more. Here is a sampling of the adorable animals:
Henrietta, a Bantam chicken, at Patina Farm

Henrietta strutting her stuff at Patina Farm

Mini donkey at Patina Farm
Mini donkeys at Patina Farm
This is Dot, a pygmy goat, at Patina Farm
Goldie, a pygmy goat, lives with family Live Sweet Photography

Mini horse
Would love to have a mini horse, too!!



AND NOW WITH A DRUM ROLL MAY I PRESENT PEARL THE  STINKIN'  CUTE PIG!
Pearl - Live Sweet Photography


Pearl at Live Sweet Photography
I can't get enough of Pearl. Lindsey Bonnice's, owner of Live Sweet,  daughter Libby and Pearl are best friends.  Pearl and Live Sweet have over 70,000 Instagram followers that they amuse every day.  I want a pig like Pearl!!

Yes, a mini farm of mini animals would be loads of fun (and work).  This soon-to-be-empty nester has something to look forward to.  In the meantime, I will settle for reading the adventures of Patina Farm and Live Sweet.