Monday, December 13, 2010

Ranch guests: Ian and Lauren part two

Our ever delightful friends Ian and Lauren took a detour on their annual winter trek to visit Ian's folks to spend some time out at the ranch. They both have high stress jobs complete with long hours and a two hour commute in California traffic. We like to think they enjoy the slower pace of ranch life.

Even though it dipped into the single digits and snowed, they are always enthusiastic about chores and visiting all the animals.

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The three little pigs were a bit confused about the snow and skeptical to leave their hog house but came out for a visit anyway.

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Some warm breakfast cereal and pets are usually a good enticement.

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Chipping ice on the water bucket

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After feeding the pigs it was time to check on the cattle and make sure they had water. They had water but they had also let themselves out of the pasture by plowing through a low spot in the fence. Time for an impromptu rodeo and fence repair. The dog lives for impromptu rodeos and will start to make this weird high pitch whine-yelp when she sees stray cows until you tell her it is OK to go get them. She happily obliges!

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Here Lauren faces off with Butterfly. Don't let her small stature fool you; Lauren has a serious knack for showing the cattle who is boss. One wave of those red mittens and Butterfly turned right around and headed back through the fence.

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Lauren showed off her power over the cattle again later when we opened a gate to move a calf back in with the herd. The cows know an open gate means it is time to go through said gate but Lauren put the kabash on that notion and single-handedly kept the entire herd away from the gate with a few flicks of her mittens. She's maxed her "Moving cattle" skill, we will have to get her in the sorting pen next time.

Ian and Lauren may think that they are for a relaxing time filled with the nostalgia for a simpler time. Really though they are ranch hands in training, they just don't know it. Come see us again soon you guys. Lauren's got some cows to sort :)

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