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Just watch and listen...
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Katrina    Posted 05-29-2004 at 02:01:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
...and you may notice your animals telling you something. I'm not an animal whisperer/nut case but lately I've slowed the pace a bit and have been paying more attention. Taking a little extra time checking cows and calves has really helped catch things early. For example: Taking the dogs out for the last pit stop before bed, I hear a cow sound just a little different. Not "I'm hungry" or I'm thirsty" but something I couldn't place. Exhausted from a long day fighting the mud and working with surveyors and chasing 4 kids around 100 acres, I was pretty close to chalking that sound up to a new momma cow just keeping tabs on her little one. Learning to know better, I head out keeping the flashlight aimed toward black as night "Otto" in case he decides to come shoot the "bull" with me. Upon closing in on the round pen that is temporary dry ground for the newest pairs, I find 4 very content cow/calf pairs and one pretty fidgety cow. Where is Independent Hudini (#13 believe it or not)? Her calf is gone! I find him on the wrong side of the pen but not close enough to reach momma's udder. Slipping and sliding, we scoot around to the gate and there is momma waiting for him. Suddenly all is right with their world and night is peaceful with quiet grunting, cud-chewing, and low moos from cow to calf. No coyote or other critter will bother them tonight. I can crawl in bed knowing I listened and followed. I am learning as I go to pay attention. Suppose the kids can pick that up as well?

bill b va    Posted 05-29-2004 at 13:09:03       [Reply]  [No Email]

a few years ago a friend of mine called and asked me to come help find a deer he had shot at sun set on his place . he was sure he had killed it but couldn't find the deer. the area was mostly thicket with some trees . by the time i got there it was completely dark . he took me to where he shot the deer and his dog had followed us . well i saw how the dog was acting up and i followed him straight to the deer .

~Lenore    Posted 05-29-2004 at 09:04:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, Katrina.
Sometimes we get in such a hurry nothing gets done.
Watching and listening to our animals, yes.
Possibly doing the same with our family members and children, too.
Reading yours and everyone's thoughts on this, I wonder if the two boys in Columbine's parents had been "listening" to the sounds and actions of their sons, if that disaster might have been prevented.

I also enjoyed Fern's advice on making your steps count by doing something going and coming back.
:-) I try, heaven knows, I try!

KellyGa    Posted 05-29-2004 at 07:22:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, I know exactly what my animals are saying. They don't have to say a word, I can see it in their mannerisms and their expressions on their faces. Even the chickens. :)

Key Words... Fern(Mi)    Posted 05-29-2004 at 04:30:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
.....on slowing down for the country life
"I've slowed the pace a bit and have been paying more attention." If more folks did this Their days would last longer. I seem to get a lot done, probably on, thought filled, slowing down alone. If you have to go out there for a look, take another chore with you. Empty your hands look around, look listen and dream for a moment. Everything alright, do something else that needs doing on the way back. Taking just a momentís extra time you arenít running around accomplishing nothing.
If this isnít making sense,. ask yourself what needs doing later. Then try and plan one jobís purpose lead into the next. Itís like Iím by the shop now, what did I notice needed fixing yesterday. Grab that tool and those materials now and put them in the truck. Making your rounds and a timely stop another little jobís done.
HOWEVER, four kids is a full time job in its self. So take the time to smell the flowers with them. Teach them the names of the different plants, show them the grasses and their names. Show the kids the details of whatís under, by, in front of, behind them. And theyíll have a deeper appreciation of the world about them and beyond. Explain the purposes of all the insects, Even the stinging kind. Bees are not the only pollinators.
AND, above all I congratulate you. You are finally getting the country life.
Have another fantastic day!

Dieselrider    Posted 05-29-2004 at 04:16:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Listen to the animals? First it was the voices in my head -now the animals, next you'll be tellin me I have to listen to my wife!:) Geez, whats the world comin to. LoL.

Donna from Mo    Posted 05-29-2004 at 04:07:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've read books lately by Mark Rashid, who has a different approach to horses. One of the main things he stresses is to listen to your horse (Consider the Horse is one of his books). This has been a whole new approach for me, as I had always been told to "let the horse know who is boss at all times".

Now, when I ride, I sometimes let Blue pick which direction we go, and which road we'll take. If he wants to stop and watch goats cavort for a few minutes, I let him do it. It's been an eye-opening experience, and now my horse is as anxious as I am to go out on the road because it's fun for him as well as for me. Yes, if you listen... animals have plenty to say!

Alias    Posted 05-29-2004 at 02:52:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Katrina, your farmyard experience hints of something Fern would write about. How about that.
It's nice that you chose to share it with us.

My dog talks to me all the time. I can't understand the words but I know what she wants. Her body english has come along way. .....gfp

Katrina    Posted 05-29-2004 at 05:48:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why thank you, Alias. I take that as an extreme compliment. I will never be able to paint the beautiful colorful pictures such as dear Fern but I am happy if I could get my idea across and keep people thinking!

dale anne    Posted 05-29-2004 at 02:28:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know what ya mean about listening....I know all my goats calls by heart!...can tell who is calling out and the different sounds fer hungry,scared or just being a pain in the butt and yelling fer no good reason! also alert me to when Michael comes home...lil guard dogs they are...and chickens I know what they are doing alos according to the sounds...fighting,laying egg or when the dogs are hanging around the pen making them nervous....learn over time and from running out in the middle of the night in yer under roos and coat to findout the dang ole goat is just yelling at another cause she is in the favorite nite spot goats can also tell time 4:00 they start yelling to let me know it's time to be fed...geese are getting to do the same ....good luck....dale anne

Grove r    Posted 05-29-2004 at 03:09:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
By golly...I think you folks are getting the "hang" of country living!! Even silence can have meaning....too much can be a sign that something is amiss, also.......don't stop at listening to YOUR animals....wild life can also tell you reams of what is going on in your back yard. And don't stop at listening...learn to read by sight animal watching something intently....or sniffing the air...they can know long before you, of something out of sorts....and by the by..."horse whispering" is something a little different.......Have a good one. R.E.L.

KellyGa    Posted 05-29-2004 at 07:27:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, one day I was sitting in the yard with the chickens, and their was some black birds over in the trees next door. They were carrying on, but I could tell this was different. A watched the chickens closely, and a few minutes later, a hawk came swooping through the tree the blackbirds were in, scattering them. The chickens ran to me for protection, and that hawk swooped towards me, and I started yelling and slapping my hands to ward him of, he took off needless to say. I knew before it happened that something was wrong though.

Ron/PA    Posted 05-29-2004 at 03:47:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
With a sever hearing impairment from a mis-spent youth I rely on our kritters alot. Inside or out, I usually have one dog in the area and can catch their movement out of the corner of my eye.
The funniest conversations heard around here are when the hummers are out of food. They seem to know Donna's car and when it comes up the driveway the hummers perch near the porch and patiently wait for her to get in the house and refill their feeders. Any other vehicle or person just scatters them.

jeanette    Posted 05-29-2004 at 05:06:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
if you ask my kids about living in the country they would probally say every day seem like an eternity. my cats get their point across they get this 'little timmy fell down the well' thing going on. there are a million hidden treasures every day you just have to know where to look.

Katrina    Posted 05-29-2004 at 05:45:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
These are all exactly what I mean. Every horse looking out across the field...somebody or something is out there that shouldn't be. I'm excited that everyone is taking time to smell the roses and hear the sounds, silence or not.

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