Around here, we’ve got horses who think they are donkeys, donkeys who act like dogs, dogs who love cat toys, and cats that chase dogs. It’s a regular madhouse, but it definitely keeps us amused. We like to say that if you need some good Friday night entertainment, pull up a lawn chair and watch the critters around here, because sometimes they are just plain C-R-A-Z-Y.
For instance, let’s take a look at our dog, Dixie Doodlebug. She is nuts, I mean obsessed-kind-of-crazy, for cat toys. If it squeaks, is on a string, or heaven forbid has catnip, she is all over it. When the cats try to play with the toys, she watches intently as if to say, “Whoa, what’s up? Those are mine.” She can destroy a cat toy in two seconds flat, and searches closet nooks and crannies for a stowed away gem. You can often catch Cowboy saying, “Doodlebug, you are not a cat!”
Which leads me to the cats. Grizzly thinks there is simply no better dog to torment than the gentle and slightly neurotic Goober. While dogs may chase cats in childhood storybooks, that’s not always the case around the farm. Occasionally, Goober will find is inner dog and believe he is big and bad enough to chase a cat, and goodness knows he should as he is 70 pounds and counting. Enter Grizzly. Grizzly loves nothing more than to pop over the top of the sofa and grace Goober with a few swift smacks on the head, reducing Goober to a shaking pile of wimpy dog. Which is hilarious, because when it comes to strangers, large animals, or anything he thinks may be a threat, he is all over it. As long as it’s not a cat that is up close and personal.
Now for the equines on the farm, both horses and donkeys. Let’s just say they are all kinds of entertaining. You can often find our horse, River, forsaking his horse buddies for some gal pal time with his two favorite donkeys, Mama Rose and Sweetie Pie. He’s twice their size and five times as fast, but he loves nothing more than grazing and kicking up his hooves with the donks.
And everybody’s favorite donkey, Sweetie Pie, is probably just as guilty of not knowing her true identity as any of the other farm critters. Sweetie Pie follows you around the farm like a dog, and best of all has been known to chase a car or two down the driveway. There is nothing funnier than driving down the road with a rear-view window full of donkey nose and ears. But be careful, don’t step on the brakes or you’ll have a Sweetie Pie in the back seat, not that she’ll mind. When folks come over and are getting things in and out of their cars, we often have to shoo Sweetie Pie away as she is primed to take a seat.
It’s never a dull moment around here, filled with phrases like “Sweetie Pie, you are not a dog,” and “River is running with the donkeys again,” and the ever popular, “Grizzly stop tormenting Goober!” But whether they know if they are dogs, cats, donkeys, or horses, I can guarantee that they all know that they are loved and that they rule roost. It’s good to be a critter at the farm!