Those of you who have horses will understand when I say...
keeping horses clean and groomed is like shoveling sand uphill.
You bathe them....they roll in dirt.
You brush them....they stand out in the rain.
You get their mane or tail brushed out fluffy...another bites half of it off.
You just cannot win.
To overcome this frustration, I have learned to set the bar low.
I have no expectations for my equines to ever look lovely,
so when they just happen to...
well, it's a wonderful surprise.
But I have learned not to enjoy it too much!
You reminded me yesterday with your comments that poor Oakley has not been
getting much press lately.
Perhaps the biggest reason for this is the fact that Sammy is such a camera hog.
And Oakley is always willing to stay in the background.
Then there is also the fact that whenever I pull out my camera and call Oakley,
(unlike Sammy) he retreats...
to a hiding place...
Have you ever seen such a camera-shy dog?
When the camera is back in the bag, though, he is ready to race alongside the gator
always leading the way... never letting me out of his sight.
Oakley is pretty much my shadow for most of the day,
except for the moments when he races off into the woods,
hot on the trail of some critter.
Amazingly, this dog who loves to hunt is exceptionally respectful of all of our
farm animals and birds.
He would not touch a single one of them.
Unlike Sammy, who loves to play chase with the horses,
Oakley has a healthy fear of the horses and always keeps his distance.
If you are new to my blog...
Oakley is a rescue from a kill shelter in Kentucky.
We have had him for 3 years now (his age as well as his history is unknown)
and he is the perfect farm dog.
Oakley is half lab and half cocker spaniel...aka Spanador.
We chose him after receiving an email from a rescue group
on a Saturday...two days before he was scheduled to die.
We all lucked out that day!