Monday, May 25, 2009

Petting Zoo

You could mistake it out here for a petting zoo with all the new additions to Southfork. I can't wait for you to meet them...

First, this little gem was curled up just like this picture in the middle of an F.M. road by our house. We blocked the road and tried to get it to go off into the woods and find its mom. After much agonizing and debate, we decided to bring it back to the ranch and nurse it to health. There have been several guesses that its anywhere from 2-5 days old. Its name is yet to be determined....

"Pops" giving Isaac the birds eye view. (He calls it "de", that's as close to deer as he's gotten yet)
Here's our ranch foreman showing us how to nurse it, since he's nursed many of foals in his day.


I am not sure if you remember, "Billy" our unoriginal name for a very sweet, loving yet mischievous goat. Well, he had a run-in with the "teaser stud" (now for all you city girls, like me, who don't know what that is- they bring the mares up to that horse to tell if they are in "heat." So basically, this guy gets a lot of teasin' and not a lot of action. Bottom line= he's sexually frustrated.) Billy lost that fight and went to goat heaven. My cousins were eager to get a new ranch mascot, so meet Nick.
My uncle named this angel after our boy, and his name couldn't be more perfect. Meet "Prince Isaac"...


Here's another picture of the goats with my cousin and her friend. Nick is the white one and Simon is the brown one. They are "fainting goats" and several of the guys have tried without relenting to get them to faint. They have tried all kind of antics. What they didn't think of was to bring a one year old out into the stall. Let Isaac loose and Simon froze up like a little popsicle and fell over.

We also had Bailey, Laura's boxer and my "God-dog" (yes, there is such a thing), here for a week while she was cruising to Jamaica and Grand Cayman. She was fun and Isaac was o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d! Seriously. In other words, I heard him say "Bay-ee" about 50 times a day. Here he is demonstrating how has them trained....

Last of all, this year it has been infestation of the turtles. They are everywhere out here. Isaac loves to try to slap their shell and yell "tutu." Meet one of our many hard shelled friends...

Our little furry (and not so furry) friends can't wait to meet you! :)



7 comments:

Jen Sprayberry said...

Sorry to hear about Billy. Sounds like a rough way to go! I love all the animals! Can't wait to come see you all and your petting zoo. We still need to pick a new date. Love you!

The Durham's said...

Now I'm thinking Normangee is the place to be!! I mean, seriously, there is some serious action going on there:) I miss you, friend, and I love ya!

AnnaElise said...

WOW! The deer is so precious! I think you should tack the petting zoo into the option for the locals coming to the community pool. I see big bucks comin :-) Love you!

Anonymous said...

As soon as I get back down South....we're there!!! L Frye

Taylor-Man said...

Lol! I had a serious flash back to our girls night at my house with your cookies. What a memory. I love it. You are such a riot. Practice makes perfect Lil Betty Crocker! Miss seeing you!

Krista

loved said...

Mel,
I have to head to Austin next Friday, June 5th, for a 1 day training. Maybe I could stop by briefly to say hi on the way back?
Call me!
-Bella

Nicole said...

How fun! I want to bottle feed the "de!" :) Are you serious about fainting goats?? Have never heard of them or a teaser stud until I met you! Pretty funny! :) Love you

I wanted to make sure you weren't kidding me so I googled "fainting goats". Hilarious!!
For all of you inquiring minds:
Wikipedia says...
A fainting goat is a breed of domestic goat whose muscles freeze for roughly 10 seconds when the goat is startled. Though painless, this generally results in the animal collapsing on its side. The characteristic is caused by a hereditary genetic disorder called myotonia congenita. When startled, younger goats will stiffen and fall over. Older goats learn to spread their legs or lean against something when startled, and often they continue to run about in an awkward, stiff-legged shuffle.

Who knew?? Melissa Terry did...that sharp, witty city-girl turned country mamma!