Monday, October 09, 2006

Last week I put a lot of work into rehabbing our chicken shed. I pressure washed the old paint off, took off the old rotted trim and replaced it with new, reframed the door and built a new dutch door (which was a trick because the walls are not plum), put in a concrete step and ramp, repainted the rabbit hutch and the shed- interior and exterior, changing the color from peeling white to neutral greens. I want to do the block pony barn to match before winter, and I hope that I get enough warm weather yet to paint.

Bianca the bunny has not been feeling well and she went to the vet on Saturday for snuffles. She is now in antibiotics 2x a day and seems to be doing better on them. At first I thought the change in her behavior had to do with changing the color of her hutch- but when she developed labored breathing I knew it was more than that.

I'll finish here with some pictures of Speck's frisbee antics. He is such a jock and a joker. We play with him every night and he brings us a lot of joy. He is even developing a backflip- but it's difficult to catch on film.

Speck's herding is also improving as we are now letting the goats go loose out of their small pen to the big horse pasture. Speck is getting better at listening to me when I ask him to gently drive them out of the pen and he backs off when I tell him. He also knows that penning is the goal when we bring them in and he no longer charges inside the pen behind the goats- now he stands proudly at the gate with a grin on his face.


Knit Mongrel said...

Ok, so I am fully coveting your dog. And the work you put into the chicken shed? Definitely makes you one of the coolest women out there. :) Glad you had a good weekend!

peg said...

so is speck a rotti? he definitely looks like it -- and sounds like it too. mine likes to herd the horses, learned by himself with a tad of coaching from us. but he sure won't frisbee (looks at me like i'm nuts when i fling one around) although he'll play "doggie in the middle" until his tongue is down around his knees!

Sarah said...

Speck is a blue heeler, or Australian Cattle Dog. He is unusually small for the breed- only 30 lbs- and he's also much darker than typical. When he was a wee pup he was a bright white color grey with a large single black spot on his back and the eye patches, hence the name "Speck"