Friday, May 01, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

driving with friends...



A beautiful spring day arrived on Saturday.. perfect for hitching up, driving and full filling a promise!!! it's going to be a fun day. My friend Shirley had brought her grand daughter (who loves horses) to the farm for a visit over a year ago. But because I got "stuck at work (post office)" I never got home in time to be with them. We have talked off and on about making up that visit, and today is the day.  Good ol Duke, he hasn't been hitched in months, other than the one Sunday we did get the sleigh out this winter... but this gentle giant always goes with the "flow".. and I knew he would give us all a nice little drive. 


Shirley came and brought not just Casey, but her dad, Mike and her uncle Chris (Shirley's sons). Duke was all hitched and ready to go, so we started out driving about the farm. Casey was joyous and as soon as she got in the cart, she talked about all the things she's enjoy. She was so cute and fun, I could have driven with her all day...she and I went around a few times, and then I asked Shirley if she would like a ride...
Always up for fun and an adventure, Shirley was more than happy to hop in with Casey and I .. and off we went. I have to say we were a bit squished in the forecart.... which is why I really hope that sometime this summer, I find a cart that can carry more people comfortably.... a four wheeled cart with two seats would be perfect....
but we had a nice drive all the same. 

"Uncle Chris" took a ride with me as well.. and Casey a few rides... such fun, this  is what I always think of when driving... to be able to share this with family and friends. Driving along isn't the same as it is with friends...
Casey, after her rides was so excited to help unhitch and asked if she could brush Duke out. I love it when kids want to do "the work" as well as have fun. 
My sweet gentle boy was so good with this little gal, and she wasn't one bit afraid of him.....
She "hit all the right spots".....
and you can just tell how much Duke enjoyed all the attention after his work.....
Since Casey didn't quite want the day to be over... we brought out a "horse" more of her size. 
She was so happy to walk Mocha around the farm (and Mocha enjoyed a taste of that new grass)....
A bit of grooming, warm sunshine, and grass... what more could a "horse" ask for....
Certainly a great day for a little gal who is beginning to love horses, but I have to admit... an even "better day" for a big gal who has loved horses for many years... and sharing them is always the best!!!!!


We have made another promise for another day... and  I will be sure that it happens... next time.. Mocha is going to work......

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

therapy dog!!!!

A couple months ago, I signed Livy and I up for a class that would certify us as a therapy dog team. There are a few organizations that endorse therapy dogs. and they are all good, so I just choose the one that was the easiest for me to attend. "Pet Partners" was once called "Delta" and actually my little Moxie dog was "Delta" certified... but they have changed the name and changed some of their rules, and since it has been so long since I attended their course, Livy and I just started from the beginning. It was divided into two classes.. one just for the handler and then (today) the testing for the dog handler team. 

What I really do like about Pet Partners is, when you are tested, you are tested as a team. So the handler has their own things that they are being watched for, and then of course, the dog has their list of things that they have to be able to do. 

I was more worried about "my work" than I was of Livy!!!! You are scored by either "NP" (not passed)  or a #1.. for done well, but needs improvement  or a #2.. performed perfectly... we only got one #1... and that was because I did not bring a proper brush with me. They want us to have a very soft bristle brush (in case the people you are visiting would like to brush the dog) and I just grabbed a brush out of the grooming basket.. which by no means would be considered "soft"....  

so... we almost had a perfect score!!!! Well.. Livy did have a perfect score... 


Now, I just need to get all our paperwork sent in, and then decide what kind of "visit" we will be doing. I want to continue with the reading program that we did last summer for sure, but I would also like to find a facility that would like to have a therapy dog team come and visit on a regular visit... so, there's some research ahead for us. But either way.. a new adventure with this little gal of mine!!!!