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        10-25-2012, 11:13 PM
      #171
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    So we have not died! Do not worry. I've just been so darn busy with school that the time to write in this journal has been lacking. :( But, I come bearing pictures and stories...so don't hate me? :)

    Aw, arrowsaway, you're sweet. :) She is VERY happy so I can't complain!

    Miss Lacey, she is basically bored out of her mind currently. She's basically taken to being a lil' snot ALLLLLLL the time, I assume to make up for no riding.
    However, today I saw her trot 100% sound in the MORNING (so at her stiffest, right out of her stall!! And she had some major extension going on, it was not mincing steps trot, it was like "COVER GROUND NOW" trot) and in the afternoon! So I'm really hopeful that she might, maybe, be able to come back from this. Obviously I won't be on her for months (I've decided that no matter how sound she looks, she's getting until spring off to really heal whatever is wrong), if I do get back on her, but things are really looking up. She was VERY active (galloped a full 2/3rds of a mile, rearing, chasing the goats, etc) last weekend and I was really worried that she would overdo it but she totally didn't and is sounder now than she was.

    I'm SO thrilled. And even if I never get back on her, at least she is sound (for now) and she's comfy. That's what counts!

    I've been icing her leg everyday which seems to be helping. At least, it's not making it worse! I made her a ghetto polo wrap out of some leftover fleece I had (light blue with rainbow hearts! Haha) and the "ice" is a bag of frozen corn. Sooooo classy.

    I am pretty frustrated with her hooves right now though. They've been growing every which way and at lightening speed (I JUST trimmed them last weekend and bam, they desperately need to be trimmed AGAIN) but I think we're getting somewhere. At least, they looks REALLY good immediately following a trim so...haha

    And mentally Lacey is doing really well. I'm pretty happy about it. She's super thrilled to just be here and it's pretty darn cute. She also has invented a new game called "Chase Goats and Bite Them In The Butt". She thinks it's super super funny. The goats, not so much. However, they put up with her really well and it's just lovely.


    Anyhoo, PICTURES.

    These first ones are from last Friday - some of you may have seen them in my picture thread:

    Leaf fairy!



    UNICORN.



    New stuff from the last week or so:

    Lacey made me a bedding "angel", complete with appropriately placed poop! (her head is the top left corner, body is the lump in the middle, etc)



    LLAMA! I was getting hay out of the car and suddenly, Marina and I had returned to BFF status. Hilarious!



    Cutie patootie!



    This morning, Captain Dorkus, here, apparently decided she would leave her stall. It didn't work out so well for her. She got a bit stuck (try super stuck - getting her out was like a Jenga puzzle with horse legs).
    She waited there for me for who knows how long - there were two poop piles out of her usual 7 for the night. She also apparently turned around while stuck since said poop piles were on either side of her here. Silly girl!
    Solid fences are going up this weekend.

    "This fence attacked ME!!"



    Atti! I got to come home early from school today (early by a whole 45 minutes! Haha) and he was quite pleased. (also, that rumpled spot on his butt? Lacey slobber, yes. Hahaha)



    'Erebody.



    And, in case anyone likes city views, this is the Willamette River that I cross over to get to school...everyday.
    And I really like the railing. Hahaha





    That's all for now, folks! :)
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        10-26-2012, 11:32 PM
      #172
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    I got a video for ya' today!

    And look at Lacey trotting sound. Go her!! Usually she picks up a canter around that corner and sprays me with mud. Today she took mercy on me. What a nice girl.

    It was raining pretty darn hard, and as you can see, that offended Hazel's sensibilities (even while wearing a waterproof blanket!). Atticus and Lacey, however, water "dogs"! Haha I thought Lacey hated the rain...before I met Hazel.
    (and, as you can see, I was in the midst of "Friday cleaning" so the barn was a mess...haha)



    "Rain is the devil's work."



    "Rain = lawl."



    I trained Atticus to give "kisses". However, he was feeling camera shy.



    And it stopped raining for a little while so Hazel made her way out of the barn. However, she was still unimpressed. Poor old girl!




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        11-03-2012, 09:44 PM
      #173
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    This weeks update!

    Basically nothing SUPER exciting has happened all week.
    We did have a ridiculous amount of rain at the beginning of the week and the goats' stall all but flooded. That was fun. However, their beds were still dry and I enclosed Lacey's stall all the way so I could leave the dividing gate open overnight until the water receded, just in case, so there was no chance that they'd end up standing in water.

    Lacey's doing super well! Her leg, I think, is recovering really nicely. I'm still icing it daily but if I miss a day it's really not terrible. It might be a little swollen after I forget to ice it but nothing terrible and the swelling goes away as soon as she starts moving around.
    Her eyes are also doing FANTASTIC. She's been 100% flymask-less overnight for the last few weeks and we've actually had a few days, in the daytime, where she hasn't worn a mask all day and been fine! Longterm though that's still a bit sketchy since she'll have a 24hr mask-less period and then act like she really NEEDS a mask the next day (signalling that her eyes hurt). But at least she's doing THIS well! I cannot complain.

    GUESS WHAT!? I have TWO videos for ya AND some pictures!!

    The first video is everybody getting let out of their pen/stall in the morning. I wonder if Lacey is happy about that...I just can't tell!


    And then, I was scratching Lacey and she was scratching Atti. CUTEST IN THE WORLD.
    (also, as you can see at the beginning - she has no flymask on and it's TOO bright for her poor peepers. Poor dear!)


    Then some pictures!

    "LET.ME.OUT. I HAZ COLLAR."



    Lacey has recently started a new "thing" where she "helps" me fed in the morning. She's hilarious.
    "Maaaaaybe you won't notice if I snag Hazel's grain??"







    Trotting up the hill to the gate...She had been cantering really gorgeously but of course dropped down to a cute trot AS SOON as the camera was ready. Jerk!



    Atticus=CHAIR KING.



    I bought Atti a halter yesterday. He HATES it. Muhahaha.
    However, I feel like it's important that he learn to lead via a halter and via his collar so HAH. And really, after wearing it around for 15 minutes then discovering that treats basically ran from the sky if he gives to facial pressure...I think he decided it wasn't so bad after all.







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        11-17-2012, 01:19 AM
      #174
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    We're ALIIIIVE, I promise! I don't feel very alive but apparently I am.
    Things have been so hectic. With the time change, I'm feeding in the dark during the week and feeding in the daylight in the morning. Personally, I would prefer feeding in the morning-dark to the night dark since that would mean I could take more time to do things in the evening (since I have to hurry off in the morning) but I guess that's something to know for when I schedule my classes for next term.
    I'm going to be scheduling classes next week and hopefully I'll be able to shrink my lunch break (from noon-2) and make it so I can come home earlier...even 30 minutes would be nice. As it is, I'm lucky to be home by 5:30 and with no electricity in the shed = fuuun.
    Anyway, I don't need to complain. It's really not bad. I'm loving being downtown everyday. I feel so at home there. I wish there were more trees but I've worked out a path down to the train (which I take home everyday) that takes me through a park and past some really gorgeous buildings. And I just walk through there and pretend I'm on a trail ride. Hahaha!

    Funny story from a week or so ago: I had been trying my hardest to keep my animal self under wraps just because it's one of those things that just doesn't stop once it appears and I really wanted to be a bit less of "The Animal Girl"...you know? I mean, I love having people call me when they have an animal question or see a bird they think is pretty and assume I know the kind it is (which I generally do...haha) but I wanted to play at normalcy for a while.
    Anyway, so this girl in my history class was talking about a wedding she's involved with and she mentioned that there were "hay" bales everywhere. I had seen a picture and they were not hay bales, they were straw. So of course, that just spews out. Then, this girl and my three other history class friends, are like "I've always wondered what the difference between hay and straw is! Do you know?"....and of course, I DO know and I just HAD to share.
    Then, after class, one of my history class buddies ended up walking with me down to the train and on our way there, we passed this really pretty red Doberman. We started talking about it and I mentioned that it was a Doberman, he hadn't realized that, etc etc etc.

    My secret is out. Now I'm the Horse/Goat/Animal Encyclopedia Girl. Always.
    I think the worst part of that "job" is when ya don't know something. I always feel like I let the asker down... hahaha


    On the animal front, everyone is doing really well!
    Atticus is being a regular pain in the patootie but he is 7-8ish months old - so right in his "teens" and of course, he can't just let them go without spending some time as a bratty teenager, RIGHT?!
    Lacey's still enjoying the mostly retired life. She really likes her lessons and her favorite part of the day is when I let her out of her stall and she gets to run (of course) but all in all, she's doing well.

    And I have pictures! :)

    LLAMA. You know you've missed her. She has not missed you...apparently..what a jerk! Haha



    "Good morning!!"



    Mr. SassyPants: "PLAY WITH ME, WALL!!!"



    Boom! Out of her stall and on to the...racetrack?



    Herd.



    Run Atti, run!



    Hello, sir.



    See? Atticus is going insane. Such a silly boy!






    Run, everyone!!



    Gotta follow Lacey-mom!



    Hazeeeel. I adore this goat. So much.




    That is all! I hope you guys (ladies) are all doing super well! :)
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        11-17-2012, 03:25 AM
      #175
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    So good to hear from you.
    It's so hopeless. You might as well accept that you'll always be that "animal girl". Could be a lot worse.

    I am kind of that animal girl, too. Such that my friend called me once to try and save a wild baby bunny that her cat had partially eviscerated. At first , I said no way it can survive, best to kill it painlessly. So, I thought suffocating it would be easiest. I tried to do this, but the darn thing kept coming back to life as soon as it seemed to be dead., Doing this more than twice was more than I could stomach. Thinking that if it wanted to live that badly I would try to fix it, I took it home. I cleaned out the bit of gut that was hanging out of it's tummy, pushed it back in (it was getting dry at this point) and clipped the fur away from the wound so I coudl close it wiht a butterfly bandage. But, it wouldn't hold, so I was trying to stitch it closed, (all this time torturing the poor lil' critter) when hubby came home . He askes me what I am up to and when he saw the state of the baby bunny, he said we needed to euthanize it.
    But I tried, I said. Let me, says he. He takes the bunny out to the garage and in a blink, smacks its'; head against the wall. Instant death. Now , why didn't I think of that? But, I thought I could save the bunny. Nope.
    But that's how Animal Girls think.
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        11-17-2012, 05:20 PM
      #176
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    Oh Caroline! That's such a sad story! But I can totally see that happening to me! We do just think like that, I guess!
    That's so freaky that it kept coming back to life...so freaky. I'm glad your husband took care of it, I wouldn't have thought of that either!

    And yeah, I totally know what you mean about accepting the animal girl side of myself.
    It was mostly that I was basically running an social experiment to see how people reacted to me, at a brand new school where I knew maybe 2 people initially, if I were myself minus animals. I have concluded though that people like seeing what makes you "you" - at least, with the people I've met, they all seemed a little standoffish (in a "sizing the new person up" sort of way) prior to finding out what makes me tick and now that they know where my passion is, they're quite a bit warmer. Verrry interesting.
    I'm such a nerd.

    It's almost Christmas break (for a whole MONTH!) so hopefully I'll be able to update more often for a while. That'd be ideal.
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        11-18-2012, 08:20 PM
      #177
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    So good to hear from you.
    It's so hopeless. You might as well accept that you'll always be that "animal girl". Could be a lot worse.

    I am kind of that animal girl, too. Such that my friend called me once to try and save a wild baby bunny that her cat had partially eviscerated. At first , I said no way it can survive, best to kill it painlessly. So, I thought suffocating it would be easiest. I tried to do this, but the darn thing kept coming back to life as soon as it seemed to be dead., Doing this more than twice was more than I could stomach. Thinking that if it wanted to live that badly I would try to fix it, I took it home. I cleaned out the bit of gut that was hanging out of it's tummy, pushed it back in (it was getting dry at this point) and clipped the fur away from the wound so I coudl close it wiht a butterfly bandage. But, it wouldn't hold, so I was trying to stitch it closed, (all this time torturing the poor lil' critter) when hubby came home . He askes me what I am up to and when he saw the state of the baby bunny, he said we needed to euthanize it.
    But I tried, I said. Let me, says he. He takes the bunny out to the garage and in a blink, smacks its'; head against the wall. Instant death. Now , why didn't I think of that? But, I thought I could save the bunny. Nope.
    But that's how Animal Girls think.
    You ain't right!
    (FYI, use super glue next time for small suture work, it will only sting for a moment and just make sure not to glue the gut to the wound edges... or your fingers.....not that I would know... or anything.)
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        11-18-2012, 11:59 PM
      #178
    Weanling
    Yes superglue is good for that! That's what it was originally invented for anyway.
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        11-19-2012, 12:04 AM
      #179
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    Wallaby, I just love that pic of the three of them galloping across the field. I swear that if I didn't know who Hazel was I would think her a dog running with the group.
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        11-19-2012, 07:45 AM
      #180
    Foal
    I absolutely love reading about Lacey and the G's...its something I always looks forward to. I don't have a horse of my own but when my boyfriend(doesn't understand my horse obsession) asks what I'm doing I answer him with this one, "Oh nothing, just checking up on my horse." LOL. I'm pretty sure my favorite boyfriend/Lacey moment was the time I was watching a video of Lacey and my boyfriend couldn't figure out what a noise was on the video. After laughing hysterically for the second time around he finally asked what it was. He looked at me like I was crazy when I told him it was Lacey farting!

    Oh, I also can't believe how big Atticus has gotten since you've had him. I didn't realize how big normal goats can get since I only deal with my friend's pygmy goat. I think the pic of him playing with the wall is beyond cute. Hope you and your's have a spectacular Thanksgiving!
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