Today I didn't do to much. Mom worked and I got to catch up on my sleep. I don't feel to great but I will be fine. On the down side Rebel, Mom's big St. Bernard is going down hill fast. He has hip dysplasia and today he can't even get up on his own. Mom is really upset and I understand why.
Hey Everyone, It is me again. (Mom) We have had a long week but a good week. Even though we enjoyed the week I think that we had the most fun today when RJ showed his sheep. First let me just say that RJ did just as he was suppose to. His class was the first to show as he was the only Breeding stock in the lamb show. Most People thought Chief was a baby and with the change of the weather he assured them he wasn't. Throughout the week we had answered many questions about everything from Shearing to where to get one. Anyway, This morning RJ was lined up in his box with his back to the judge ... Facing his lambs. (Both Bear and Chief were in the same box) Sorry the photos aren't better but between the laughing and the lighting getting good photos became hard.
He backs out of his box and as he turns to lead Chief to the center of the show ring, We all notice the look on the judges face. It was priceless. He was horrified, Shocked and bewildered all at once. You could see all kinds of thoughts running through his mind.
RJ walks to the center of the ring Chief right with him and drops to one knee and sets Chief up pretty as you please.
The judge looks in horror at our Extention Agent who was sitting there with this huge grin on his face. (Gage is the kind that likes to throw the judges something to shake them up from time to time) The Agent tells the Judge don't worry there is only one you don't even have to choose. The Judge takes the mic and returns to the center of the ring where Chief and RJ are set up and waiting.
The judge was very honest with RJ and said "This is a first for me" He admitted that it was the first time he had ever even seen a Southdown Babydoll in real life let alone judged one. He looked Chief over like he was suppose to while everyone waited quietly to see what he had to say.
When he is done looking like he is trying to judge the lamb, The Judge looks right at RJ and says .... "Son, I am sure this is a fine Specimen" Everyone in the Crowd just busted up. The judge just shook his head and said "Give this boy a first."
RJ got up shook the judges hand and scooped Chief up in his arms and carried back to the box where he tied him up and got a hold of Bear.
RJ then showed Bear in the market class. The Judge just grinned at RJ as he came out of the box and told him now this is the sheep I know and everyone just laughed. RJ even tried for Showmanship with Bear. He didn't win but we all had fun. RJ seemed to have the best time of all and the best news ever .... Bear will live to show again. First let me say that our County is proud to be a no kill show and at the end of the show a lady asked RJ what he planned to do with Bear now that the show was over. RJ told her that he would return him to the sale barn where he got him. She offered to buy Bear for another child to show at the Spring Livestock show in 2012. RJ called the Man who gave Bear to him and explained the offer. The man agreed and Bear gets to live on as someone elses FFA Lamb.
I didn't do as many entries for the fair this year but what I did do I wanted to be good. I put in my Pot that I made. It is for sale with a Blue Ribbon attached to who ever is interested in purchasing it. Then I Made my first Loom and it took First too. I put in a scarf I wove on the peg loom, another first. I put in a photo of my Angora Goat Grover but I guess the Judge wasn't a goat lover because I only got 4th. It was a bueatiful Picture too.
Isn't Grover Just the cutest thing and the photo looks like a pro took it. Oh well! By far my big win came with my Educational Booth. This class is very tough because the Premium is $50.00. It is the highest in the fair with the exception of the welding class where they make medal works worth hundreds of Dollars. Guess What .... I took first with it.
Tomorrow I will be doing the Poultry Show. There I will have twenty Birds and I hope I do just as well.
Okay sorry about that but our computer desided to crash Sunday. Mom got it up and running again and I have alot to tell you but I am tired so I will make it short and sweet. First, Sunday night we went camping and Fished all night. We didn't really catch a lot but we sure had fun in the boat, making smores, and throwing out our lines. Then my chicks have started to hatch. They are the ones for the Poultry Club that are to replace the ones they lost. Then Today was the County Fair Horse show. Ice and I rocked it good enough to bringing home a Trophy in Poles, a second in Barrels and two thirds, one in Western pleasure and one in trail class. That is also enough to Qualify us for Districts again in May. Tomorrow I have to go enter the stuff I made. I have some art stuff and a booth that I am hoping will do well. Then Thursday I enter all the animals.
Today was okay. Mom was off this morning and we had kind of a lazy day with only School and Naps. Then when Mom got off work she took Dad and I out for some fun. No it wasn't a rodeo. She took us Bowling. Turns out Mom can even Turkey. That means she got 3 strikes in a row. (okay 5 but it is only called a turkey for every three strikes you get in a row.) We all had fun. Mom has this funny way of Saying SWEET ... when she puts the ball right where she wants it. The only thing I didn't like is that those shoes they make you were gave me a blister. Oh well, it was worth the fun.
With this being Mom's only day off this week we were busy. We went to Granny's to start the day off. Then we made it home in time for the propane man to come and set us up to take our Winter delivery. While Mom was out side with him she noticed a mud puddle and it hasn't rained in awhile. You got it a water leak. Then to top all that off we have chicks hatching and we took Slicket to the Barn so she can start settling in now that her stitches are out. Oh and I started cleaning out the Tack room too. Mom cleans it out every Spring and Fall and Dad and I mess it up all the time so I thought I would get a jump on Mom this year. She was really proud of me too....
Today I thought everything was going pretty good. First Mom had to take her work van into the shop and she took me with her. I got to eat lunch with her and our extention Agent. It was cool then when Dad got home Mom was on her second shift at the shelter and I got to rope with Dad. All that was great until tonight when I went to give Jimmy and Jamie their Bottles. They both have a cough and Jimmy the littlest one could really stand on his own. Mom had a meeting and when she called to tell me she was on her way home I told her what was going on. She got Dad out to the stall with one phone call. We all worked to get him going again. He got a couple of shots and in his bottle we hid Vitamins and Minerals. Then we figured that it was the colder nights getting him down as it has been in the 50s here for the last two nights and it was staying in the 70s. So we took and made a thicker bed of hay and put a heating lamp in the shed. That should keep him warm and since calves stay warm by shivering we took the shiver away with the lamp and gave more hay he can munch and lay on so Mom thinks by morning He will be good as new. Jamie has a cough but she is up and doing okay but we gave her a shot just to make sure. I am not sure if I like this weather change so much it got so cold so fast. One night made a lot of difference around here.
I am posting this video but it isn't really to watch. Close your eyes and just listen. It is really short and it is the sound Mom loves to hear. She says she finds a sense of Peace in it.
Right now Mom is having it kind of rough at work and I am really missing her. She has worked 7 days in a row every shift. I really hope she gets some help soon. What a mess but Mom tells me she does it, not for anyone, but for the love of the animals. And you know they love her. I can't wait for her to get a day off. Just me and her like it always has been. I know it is selfish of me but sometimes I can't help it. I am a kid you know?
Well, It is Labor Day weekend so you know that I had to get some labor in. Yup, you got it I worked a bit this weekend. First Dad and I spent a day helping Mom at the shelter. She needed to Dog proof a few outside runs for her. It was pretty cool. We used Cattle and Hog panels to make sure they couldn't get out of those pens by coming through the chainlink fence. I also got to see Mom work with some Dogs that had no human contact. They were puppies so it was cool but they sure did yell alot even though Mom wasn't hurting them. The Momma Dog on the other hand now lets Mom pick her up and walk her on a lease but no one else. I even helped take apart the shelter's dryer and clean out awhole lot of lint from the back so it would work better. It was fun but yes it was work. Dad got called into work today so I hung out at the house and watched old John Wayne movies. Did you know that in the old days movies weren't 2 hours long?
Oh and one more thing. The weather has been great today. It was cool and windy ... Mom says she is ready for fall. It is her favorite time of the year..... Okay that isn't the one more thing!! I wanted everyone to know that if all goes well, We will shear the Goats on Sept. 20th.
I know I said I would post pictures of Jimmy yesterday but I ended up at a Rodeo until the early morning hours. Dad and I both roped but I didn't do any good. So here are the pictures I promised.