Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Rainey, Rainey Day
The fleas and ticks are so bad here and the dogs recently got a bad case of ear mites that I took the matter into my own hands and bought a medicine to put on the dogs to take care of all of the issues. The owner wasn't doing anything about addressing the issue so I did. When the medicine came in I told him and he paid me back but I am the one who applies the medication. As I told you earlier if you do not socialize your dog how are you going to treat them when they need something. Well I could put medication on Nick and Nina but Maddy was going to be another issue. She is so leary of any object coming at her. It was really a challenge to get the medicine in her. I did but it wasn't easy and it is a challenge each month to do it again. I hope that things will change in the near future. I tried to brush her the other day and I got in a couple of strokes but she just isn't ready yet. Some day I hope. I actually hope that she will plop herself down on the ground like her sister did. One can always hope right? I work with the dogs whenever I can. I am an animal person and nothing will ever change that.
Speaking of animals we have so many different creatures on the ranch. The ground squirrles are starting to come out and our bird population is so much more diverse this year. Right now we have a Canadian Goose sitting on her nest and we hope to have goslings in a couple of weeks. This goose is the same one that nested here last year and she can back again and is using the same nest. I think that is so cool. We watch her every chance we get. Her mate is so good at keeping everything focused on him. He stays at the other end of the pond attracting us towards him and away from her. We also have a pair each of Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Mallards, Buffel Heads and Wood Ducks. We hope all of them are nesting here but who knows. In the nesting box outside my office window we have a starling couple nested up and looking forward to their babies. I hope to make a few more nesting boxes for our Bluebird population and anyone else who will nest up here.
The lizards started to come out with the warm weather last week and I am sure we will be seeing more of them. I was sad the other day because when I was weed whacking out at the front entrance to the property I accidently injured a rather large lizard. He looked to be reasonably okay and scurried off so I hope he/she healed up and will be fine. I hate to hurt anything but accidents do happen. Yesterday I had the pleasure of watching an American Kestrel pair above the lower pond. They hung out for quite a while. At least long enough for me to see them clearly and identify them accurately. They are really cool looking. The ones I was observing had what looked like eyes on the back of their head so you couldn't really tell from which direction they were looking. I am sure this must have something to do with faking their prey out.