Yesterday's balmy afternoon temperatures (20 degrees) gave us
the motivation to get out for a walk.
It was time to do some of the afternoon chores, so we headed out on foot with the dogs.
On the way to the barn we stopped to check on the ducks at the pond,
and found our new little girl, Laverne, with her wing feathers frozen fast to the ice.
She was in obvious distress.
(Witnessing this, I did not have the presence of mind to snap a photo, of course!)
Hubbs, without even thinking, headed out onto the pond...
crawling on his stomach to more evenly distribute his weight.
He quickly worked his way to the edge of the water
(kept from freezing by an aerator)
and freed Laverne's wing.
She happily jumped right into the water...
Hubbs is my hero.
While I was busy thinking of ways to get to the middle of the pond,
he had already scurried out onto the ice.
What a guy!
He loves our animals as much as I do.
After the excitement, we continued our rounds...
checking on everyone.
The horses and donkeys were happily scratching through the snow for what
vegetation they could find...
hey had already eaten the hay that we had put
in the front pasture for them.
The chickens were out enjoying the sunshine in the goat yard.
And Jill was smiling with the warmth of the sun.
The pigs emerged for their Ritz treats.
The sheep have been unfazed by this cold weather...
spending their days munching away.
After all the excitement, it was time to sit in front of the fire and finish this project...
with my favorite buddies by my side...
contentedly dreaming of warmer times.