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Down the hatch …

My cats are pretty good mousers which I normally think is excellent, today not so much. I knew he had one cornered and he normally eats them. What made today different is he had in fact just eaten breakfast so wasn’t super hungry. I heard quite a bit of ruckus coming from the kitchen followed by the patter of feet’s running towards the living room. Now if I was more awake I would have realized what was coming I however just sat here like a statue. Snugs (the cat) in an effort not to loose his prize was making a b-line for the living room. Our living room is fenced off for the baby so the dogs don’t run her over. Snuggle pants saw this as an ideal place to play with his very much undead mouse. The cat made it over the fence and I was able to wake up enough before olive our Aussie came flying over the fence after him. Well I thought phew crisis averted until I turned around and to my horror my kid was headed straight for the rodent. I made a dive for the mouse at the same time as my kid. The cat seeing his life flash before his eyes disappeared behind the couch. I am sure that as I snatched that mouse off the floor just moments before my dear sweet child it was relieved thinking it might just be saved. Not so poor creature. This mouse must have had a opossum as a distant cousin because he was quite clearly not as bad off as he made out to be. As soon as I had him he came quite alive which scared the living daylights out of me resulting in me flinging the creature into the dining room. As I saw the mouse flying through the air I realized the it was headed straight for olive. Like a champ this is the one time she catches something that I throw instead of it so gracefully and ladylike having it bounce off her face. Well no amount of me saying leave it or drop it would have saved that critter. As olive puts it possession is 9/10 of the law so she caught it’s hers making her only 10% naughty. Down the hatch that mouse was gone and I’m sure Snugglepants is still behind the couch planning his revenge.

But Why?

While waiting for Purdy to eat her breakfast grain this is an ongoing conversation I have with Purl one of our Lincoln Longwools and my favorite sheep next to Ewestace of course.

Purl:  I see you brought Purdy grain for breakfast again…

Me:  Why yes Purl I did.

Purl:  I see and why do I not get grain?

Me:  Well Purl you don’t need grain to be nice you’re just friendly all the time.  Purdy however will become a feral beast if I don’t bribe her with grain daily.

Purl:  So basically your saying that I should be mean and I will get treats… this seems wrong.

Me:  No, Purl if you were mean that would just mean that I would need to bring the border collie more often to do chores and make you do what I wanted.  Purdy however won’t listen to the dog and she spits.

Purl:  Right new life goal learn to spit!

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Ducks in a Row

Things are finally coming together here, fencing is going up and sheep will be coming home very soon!  Jeff has been installing the fence for our sheep to live in this week digging post holes and pounding in t-posts.  The end of this week we will be bringing home the meat sheep, Ewestace and two other ewe lambs to keep her company.  Then this weekend Jeff and I will be going on a road trip to pick up Purdy the llama to live with our ewes and protect them from hungry coyotes.  We are both very excited to get our llama Purdy neither one of us has had a llama before and it’s very exciting.  We will have a week then for the girls to get comfortable and the following Sunday our big wooly sheep will be arriving as well.  That weekend we will also bring home both the rams who will be living in the bachelor pad with the horses.  We were also lucky to find a very nice little two stall horse barn that is used and we are having moved here for the horses to have.  Ace and Badger will love that they have the freedom to come and go as they please and I will love that I can lock them in their stall in winter if I need to.  We are so excited that everything is coming together and the animals will soon all be home.  Gus will think its christmas when he goes down for an evening walk with me to find sheep of his very own!

Spring Time Busy

We have been busy here with spring time, not only do we have the two bottle lambs but we also brought all the rabbits home this last weekend.  I love having my bunnies back home where I can spoil them and love on them.  One of our adult breeders Sly got to retire and went to a wonderful pet home.  Sly will have other rabbits to be around as well as cats, I am so happy he went to such a good home!  The lambs are getting big and will probably go back to the farm sometime next week.  I brought Gus and both the bottle lambs out to the farm where we take our herding lessons yesterday to walk and get some energy out.  Gus was beside himself to be back at the farm and didn’t understand why we were not doing any work.  Ewestace and Lamb Chop were excited to run like crazy all over the pasture, both lambs seemed a bit confused by the other lambs nursing off the Ewes which made me a bit sad.  I love both my girls and can’t wait until we can bring them home to our future farm.  I have started packing the house here in town and started planning moving details.  It is only 61 more days until we move (not that anyone is counting)!  The picture below is my future view from the backyard of the farmhouse.IMG_3555

In a perfect world…

houses-nothern-lights-magical-night-northern-lights-winter-cabin-woods-snow-painting-wallpaper-for-desktopIn a perfect world Jeff and I would be sitting in our great room on our super comfy couch with a roaring fire watching a epic movie.  Our dogs would be splayed out on the hardwood floor in front of the fireplace, with kitties scattered roosting on the beams of our log cabin.  Outside it would be gently snowing those huge beautiful flakes of snow.  Our open kitchen would be filled with the smell of pot roast cooking and apple pie.  Our farm home would be very homey and comfortable.  I would have my office in a room overlooking the barnyard where Ace would be frolicking in the snow.  Gus and Olive would have their flock of wooly sheep that we shear and turn into super comfy blankets each year.  We would have a wonderful Jersey cow to milk and make butter, cream, and cheeses with.  This is a perfect world and one day it will be my world because without dreams you are stuck.  I think that it is very important to have dreams you always work towards as if you do not, you will one day wonder where all the time went.

The Herd

Its still darkPicture outside when I hear the quiet thump of a tail on the bed, this is followed by a cold nose on my cheek.  I usually role over trying to continue sleeping, at which point the regal Border Collie in bed with me just lays on my face.   I try to remember he is doing it out of love… I hope.  At this point, the overly large Maine Coon we own hears the commotion.  While still trying to breath through my Border Collie, I now have a 17 pound orange cat kneading my pillow (which includes my hair).  By now the bed is quite lively, little Olive in her crate has noticed we are all awake (but still in denial) and voices her protest of being left out.  At this point, its very hard to ignore all this and we (my husband) gets up to deal with them.  I would not have my life be any other way!  When we go out to feed the rabbits Pete stands on his hind legs greeting us!  If I have managed to stay in bed for all of this when Jeff lets the dogs back inside I am quickly greeted by a border collie covered in snow and now hold no hope in sleeping in…ever again.


One More…

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She waltzed into my heart the second I saw her picture, I fell in love with her over pictures and texts.  When she walked towards me, I knew she was made for me. Olive is not just one more dog for us, she has already attached herself to both Jeff and I’s hearts (it took only seconds).  Olive, also know to me as Squish because she is so incredibly fluffy and squishy is an Australian Shepherd.  Gus and Olive hit it off immediately!  gus was trying to play it cool while Olive just wanted to play (which she expressed by continually running into him).  Olive was at first a little leary of Sheba, because when she first went to meet her she got smacked in the face by Sheba’s tail.  Being the brave little girl she is it didn’t phase her for long!  I am quite certain that sheba has agreed to co-run the house with Olive.  Olive had her very own coming home party (with Greek food since her name is Olive) with our family.  She did great through the night and we are so happy with our little girl.  Check out Great Oaks Aussies they have wonderful dogs!

Welcome!

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 Welcome to Cacia Farms!  We have a tiny plot in upstate NY where my border collie and I raise food for our family.  We have 3 dogs, 3 cats, 4 breeding rabbits and a horse (the horse is boarded off site so he has friends).  I love to raise my rabbits under the ever watchful eye of Gus our border collie.  Gus and I also enjoy watching T.V. and quilting.  We often visit Cherry Hill Training Center where Gus channels his inner border collie to learn to herd sheep.  I hope you enjoy following Gus and I in our journey to provide a healthy and sustainable home for our family.