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Pepper and Ivy

So…..on July 4, Lois posted a video to the farm’s Facebook page of Pepper the baby goat and Ivy, a friend’s new Corgi puppy.

We all watched in disbelief as it went “viral”!!  Click here for the Wikipedia page about what constitutes a viral video.

At this time, it has “reached”  over 180,000 people!! It’s been shared over 1200 times!! Thank you to all who participated in this madness. It seems to have spread some much-needed joy around the interwebs. Keep it up!

Facebook Link Pepper and Ivy

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If you think that’s awesome, check out the one Jill got of my Grandspawn and Pepper. Funny stuff. Here’s a link to the FB videos page for CCC. 

Better yet, subscribe to the CCC YouTube channel. 

Best option of all…come visit!!

  • Make your own amazing memories and take your own photos and videos of the shenanigans down on the farm.
  • Kiss a llama.
  • Keep the goat from eating the hydrangea.
  • Tell Lois you googled “Queen of Poo” and saw her picture.
  • Pack a picnic or grab Subway and meet a friend under the lean-to for lunch.
  • Snuggle Gladys, the Wonder Chicken or a baby bunny.
  • Remind Laura she will always be Employee of the Month.
  • Shop in the Farm Store–upcycled items, antiques, art, jewelry and more goodies to remember your visit by.

You don’t have to have kids to visit. Just get your butt here before you waste the whole summer. Day Pass admission is only $6, and a Season Pass ($25) is a great value.The farm is open to the public three days a week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday in the summer), but can also be rented for field trips, birthday parties, reunions, weddings, proms, etc.

A season pass is also a great way to help support the farm. That $25 can buy a bag of pig chow or llama lunch for this winter. Remember the motto at the Dollar Barn? “We don’t do this to make money; we do this to make friends”? Our new motto is, “We don’t do this to make money; we make money so we can do this.”

What exactly is “this”? Glad you asked.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help society reconnect with each other, animals and the land itself.

Vision Statement

Our greater vision is for every person to have something of nature to connect with – be it animal, plant or even the stars.  I want to save our country and our world.  I want every person to do better.  Consume less, discard less, purchase more wisely, grow something.

 

Now, LET’S UNPLUG AND GO OUTSIDE!!!!

 

KD Images

Who knew Kathy Duame of Cook was such a talented artist?? We didn’t, until she sent us a lovely card with a hand-painted black Angus cow on it. Lois just had to give her a call about selling said cards in the Farm Store. Kathy had several of the originals scanned and printed on postcards, which sell for $2 at the Farm Store at Cook’s Country Connections. The plan is to make them into greeting cards, too. Someday! Also, the originals are for sale, too, for just $7.95 each.

Here’s a sampling:

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Trail Cam Fun

When Mr. Wonderful got me my first trail cam for my birthday, I was ecstatic! As the baby of the family, I’m always scared I’m going to miss something, and since shooting my first deer a few years ago, I am hooked on hunting. It was perfect.

One of the first things I learned about shooting with trail cams is that it requires patience, my least-favorite virtue.  In order to get any good shots of wildlife, you have to set them and then leave them alone. For days, sometimes! However, with the whole Stupid Rheumatoid Arthritis thing, sitting in the woods waiting for things to wander by isn’t an option.

Another thing it requires is stubbornness, aka sisu.  Why? Because 90% of the trail cam photos I get are crap. Even with the infrared sensor that is supposed to only trigger the shutter if something with a pulse comes by , I get lots of duds.

Be prepared for three hundred photos like this:

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and this:

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to get some like this.

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Here’s the rest of that story: Easterpalooza

I am SO sick of this view of the pit. I had a camera set up for a week and got nothing.

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Trail cams are a good way to catch thieves, also. We put one on the guinea nest and guess what we found?

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An egg-sucking dog. Literally. GUS!!

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Look at that fuzzy butt!

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And he totally annihilates any possible defense of  “plausible deniability” with this uber-guilty shot of him licking his lips.

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Turd!

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My sister had this hidey-hole on her property that she’d always wondered about.

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Now we know a snowshoe hare lives there. Toews knew it was a bunny, but he can’t speak Human very well.

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I get lots of shots of my nutjob neighbor/sister and her friend Jill and her spawn. Usually I remember to tell them where the cameras are so I don’t get any embarrassing pics of them peeing in woods. My brother-in-law threatened to moon the cameras once. I told him, “Go ahead; you have a Facebook page now.” 😀

Then there was this post, called Another Mysterious Burrow.

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It still drives me buggy that I can’t tell what this is.

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Sometimes the game of finding the cameras.

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This is about the only way I can get a pic of Paul. He has this aversion to being photographed.

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Youngest Spawn does not.

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I hate having my picture taken. Even by the trail cams.

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I sifted through thousands of picture of this sapling before I had one of a half-shed deer.

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We were so excited to get this shot!

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Do you have trail cams? Any favorite shots to share? Any tips to save money, time, or steps?? Come on, share with the class!

 

 

More trouble with chickens….

This farming stuff is tricky business.

I like having my chickens free to do as they choose during the day.  They eat bugs and seeds and they look kinda cute bopping around the farm.

The problem with chickens being loose, is that a few of them have it in their heads to lay their eggs outside of their nest boxes.  This makes every other day a bit like Easter.  We have enlisted the help of local kids to stalk the chickens like little ninjas to find the day’s haul.

Once the nest is located it is best to put a “dummy egg” or two in the nest .  Chickens are dumb, but they aren’t that dumb.  If they go to lay a second egg in a nest and find the first egg gone, they will move on and find another spot to lay….this results in more  ninja neighbor kids stalking chickens…  You can see the problem.  For crying out loud, I have a zoo to build….I can’t keep hunting down dang eggs every day.

Most of the summer we have had a chicken with a cozy nest spot in the corner of the old root cellar nestled in my lilies.

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Lately though the dummy eggs were coming up missing…what the heck?  Is there a fox stealing the eggs?  Some other predator?

Sissy and her trail cam to the rescue!  Within minutes we had our perpetrator.

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That fuzzy little butt looks awfully familiar….GUSGUS!!!!!

Remember what happened to the chicken caught eating eggs….

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Our dogs and cats are our personal pets and not “exhibit animals”.  That doesn’t mean you won’t see them bopping around the farm but interactions with them will be unlikely.

GusGus is quite the character.

halloween costumes2011 008He never really liked his role at the Cook Dollar Barn.

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He and Walli are half siblings and are Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

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Corgi’s are herding dogs and this is one area where GusGus is superior to his sister.  He absolutely – positively – LIVES for chasing Feta back into the pasture. And squirrels into the trees.  And naughty ponies away from the fence.  He is the talker of the bunch….sassy even.  He has a bark that makes my ears bleed.

All his flaws aside, he was one darn cute puppy!

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Stanley

Stanley is our barn cat.  He came to the farm the winter of 2012 – his name was “Kitty” but my friend’s daughter thought he should have a better name.  When asked what a better name might be, she said, “I don’t know…like Stanley or something”.   Good enough for me.

Stanley isn’t considered an “exhibit animal” but he is a cat, and wanders wherever he pleases.  He may or may not stroll through and say “hi” while you’re here.

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I was worried that he wouldn’t want to stay here, but said I would give it a try.  JaiJai had been an absolute brat to our other cats.

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As it turns out, Stanley is the perfect barn cat for the farm.  He doesn’t run from the Ginormous White Slobbering Dog…or any of the other dogs for that matter.

A cat that doesn’t run – doesn’t get chased.

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Genius!

Sophie

Sophie is the newest (and LAST) dog to come to the farm (at least for a long long time).  She is another Great Pyrenees. Because logic says, if you have one that doesn’t work for it’s intended purpose, you should get another one.      🙂

Sophie is a working dog and as such won’t be an “exhibit animal” but since she lives here on the farm, she gets her 15 minutes of fame!

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So here was the thought process:

  1. JaiJai needs a partner.  The corgis are too small and just not that much fun for him.
  2. Hopefully this one will have some natural instinct.  (Cuz it’s pretty darn obvious that he doesn’t.)
  3. If nothing else, we have provided her with the farm environment she needed.

See – perfectly logical.

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Thus far we haven’t been able to really test Sophie’s aptitude for the whole Livestock Guardian Thing yet – another visit to Dr Fisher at Vermilion Vet Clinic to take care of this no-risk-of-having-puppies business and we will be on a roll.

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We will keep you posted!

Jai

JaiJai  (short for Ginormous White Slobbering Dog) joined our family the summer of 2012. (Click here for the first post about Jai, “What You Should Know About Great Pyrenees”.)   He is a giant white adorable ball of horribly naughty fluff.

Our Great Pyrenees are working dogs and not “exhibit animals”.  Unfortunately you won’t be able to have this monster on your lap, but then again….is that really unfortunate?

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The Great Pyrenees, as a breed, are NOT for everyone and they were NOT bred to be pets.

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They are livestock guardian dogs. (Here’s the Wiki link for more info on the breed.) In theory, anyway.

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They bark, they are stubborn, they wander, they jump,

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they do things on their terms,

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and as I have said before, you will spend more on grooming than you will spend on your next car.

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Jai is a dog that someone decided they just had to have.  And then sadly they decided that he was too big,

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OR he was too loud, OR too strong,

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OR too expensive to feed, OR too energetic, OR too destructive,

Jai Stanley OR waay too much to groom OR some other such thing….  And so, they left him tied to a tree to die.

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Thankfully he was rescued from a certain and unpleasant death.  Jai will spend the rest of his days here on the farm.  He will never be “without” again.

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BEWARE:  Here is where I jump up on my soapbox:  If you are going to get a pet for your family research the species and the breed.  Be honest…will you have the time, money, energy and space to share with this new member of your family for possibly the next 15 years or more?  8 MILLION dogs  are killed in this country EVERY DAY.  And frankly I just can’t adopt any more.

Hopping off soapbox now…..

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PS: Take a ride up the driveway and see Jai’s favorite perch in this cool YouTube video.

Chop chop. Loveyabye!