Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Have Ritz.... Will Travel

Yesterday was the perfect day for adventures.
Another perfect spring day, with Hubbs home to help...
we set out to give all of our animals stimulating experiences.

With Ritz in hand, we led the sheep down to the bee yard to graze in some lush vegetation.
As long as Gracie has a halter on, she will follow me anywhere

(as long as I have Ritz treats for her).
Her girls will follow wherever she goes.

Since the pigs' favorite treats are Ritz as well,
we thought it might be fun to walk the pigs up to the goat yard to graze on their lush grass.

They followed, without a problem 

and were happy join the goats.

By noontime, they were waiting at the gate, however,
ready to come home again.

Once again with Ritz in hand I walked ahead calling them and giving treats when they reached me.

A couple of times they veered off course...

but were easily corralled again with the rustling of the pack of crackers.

On we went...

until finally reaching the safety of the pig yard.

Once the weather turns warmer, we will no longer be able to make these trips to the goat yard,
as there is no shade... and no piggy pool for cooling off.

I try to be as caring about our animals mental health as I am about their physical health.
A little adventure now and then keeps them mentally challenged...
and prevents boredom.
As a result, I think we have some pretty happy animals!

As for the rest of the day... I spent some time in the garden and mowing the grass.
I didn't have the heart to mow this area around the barn...

you can see it is full of violets.
I just love violets... and will enjoy their presence just a little longer!

I am head over heels in love with Spring right now.
Everything is so breathtakingly beautiful!


  1. home again, home again, jiggitty jig! haha! those pigs are smart! spring is miraculous for sure.

  2. I'd follow you for some ritz!

  3. I love that you're leaving the violets to bloom another day! How beautiful they are.
    And getting back on track by the rustling of the cracker pack - perfect! Your love of the animals shines through - the concern for their mental health as well as their physical comfort.
    You're the best!

  4. I too, need some stimulating experiences and I love Ritz crackers...

  5. You take wonderful care of your animals. They are just thriving. Thank you for this.

  6. diane in northern wisApril 18, 2017 at 9:31 PM

    Thanks for the great blog Bev. Just love watching your animals trying out new pastures to graze and following you everywhere with your ritz crackers! I know that you take wonderful care of all your animals. Love your blog and often your great videos too. Happy Easter week to all who abide at your farm!

  7. I am almost there . . .
    Ready to say DITTO . . .
    To being over the moon in love with spring . . .
    Almost . . .


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