This post is a brief tribute to a few of the animals we've lost lately.
Fluff was not just an all-around fabulous barn cat.... she was our favorite barn cat. She had the sweetest disposition, and loved following us around as we did chores every day. As is common with farm animals, we're not sure what happened to her. She didn't show up in the evening to eat, and when I didn't see her the next day, I knew she was no longer with us. There are so many predators out here -- coyotes, owls, and numerous other threats. Even though Fluff was a very savvy cat - she seemed to realize the dangers - something finally caught up to her.
We miss her all the time.
The recent heat proved too much for our little Ameraucana hen, Midge. I noticed her in a corner of the coop last Monday evening, but later when I checked on her, she was up on the roost with the rest of the birds, so I thought she was doing better. Alas, the next morning she was laying on the floor beneath the roost. No more bluish-white eggs to add variety to our dozens, just brown eggs now. Perhaps next year we'll add a few hens to our flock. For now, 4 hens and a rooster-that-will-not-be-with-us much longer is enough.
At any rate, just thought I'd mention that even though we love our life out here, sometimes it's not all rosy like I might paint it. True farm people are used to these occurrences I'm sure, but let's remember.... I'm not a true farm person! I'm a fake, a fraud.... I'm a city gal relocated to the country, and add to that my love for animals, then it makes it tough for me when something happens to one of the creatures in our menagerie.
Even with the doses of real life, though, I still love our prairie life and wouldn't trade it for a minute of city living, nosireeeee!!