Thursday, July 30, 2015

Violent June Month

This is my mare, Luna after she got caught in some lose barbed wire fence. Some poachers had crossed our property and had pulled down the wire and it got loose and left it down. Luna got torn open. 

These were deep but not life threatening. We called our vet and she came 2 hours later to stitch up my mare. I kept the wounds cleaned and wet to keep the flesh viable. My vet put in 21 stitches and by the end of July the wounds are healed and only 1 small piece of proud flesh remains.

After the $500 vet call, my husband went out into the woods to fix the fence. He got poison ivy from head to toe and had to go to the doctor for medication. He had a reaction to that and is now doing fine and keeping out of the woods until the fall.

And then there was only one

 Last month I put my pet rabbits outside in their exercise yard. But we came home to find one of our dogs in their yard and the bunnies wet and alive and unharmed. My dog had jumped over and through the wire yard. I think the thunderstorm made my shepherd want to herd the rabbits back to the house.We brought the rabbits inside to dry off and cool off. Then Larry suddenly died and the other two were going stiff. So I grabbed a heating pad and separated them. But an hour later Moe squeaked and had a heart attack. Curly was still doing ok. It was night time and a Vet was not an option. They died of shock and I did not recognize it. Rabbits being prey animals go into shock when stressed or chased. This will kill them as their bodies shut down. The heating pad and small carrier saved Curly's life. He calmed down and warmed up slowly. Curly made it after a tentative week. He is eating and looking for his litter mates. My dogs and  rabbits have always known and been around each other. This could have been avoided if I had put the rabbits back inside the house before leaving. This was a hard lesson to learn.

Good bye Larry

Good Bye Moe

Alone now Curly

Tub Ducking

With all that has been going on this wet spring and wet summer; these two ducklings hatched and were neglected by their over broody mom. So they came inside the house for two months. Every morning they got to swim in our tub so I could clean their cage.

Rowen and a Cayuga ducklings

They are outside running with the flock now. They are still wary of me since I was not their imprinted mama duck. But for a bit I was their foster mom and they got a good start.

Sewing Machine Feet

This is a great link to learn about sewing machine feet and how to use them.