Thinking a smile all the time will keep your face youthful.
Frank Gelett Burgess
Well I never thought I would ever say that I am growing tired of snow, something that I love but we have enough already and I am a bit weary of breaking trail every time I go out snowshoeing. It is the end of February and I just keep asking myself how much longer can it last. I thought I would post something that brightened our weekend around here on the farm and possibly will do the same for those of you who find themselves snowbound or sunless or both.
The past weekend was a flurry of activity even without the snow which is now blowing as I sit here Monday morning, no sun and blowing snow….. yes indeed I have to say, that is getting old.
It was Oma’s 90th Birthday Party and people were coming from far and wide to celebrate the occasion. Among all the guests and family reunions we finally met a very special visitor from the suburbs after only seeing baby photos online, her name is Keela and she is adorable. Niece A wanted to show us the new addition to her family and I have to say I was smitten as soon as that tiny little slobbery tongue caressed my hair and my ears as we rolled around on the floor playing. That tickling of my bare toes pushed me over the edge. Even with a cold day outside this tiny ball of soft cuddly multi-coloured fur bouncing across a floor where many puppies have run long ago had brought smiles and laughter, warming all our hearts, just what I needed. Oh now I want my very own cute cuddly ball of fur.
Keela is an Australian Shepherd and yes she came to the right place as you know we have cows to herd at times, and I must not forget to mention cows with hats, making them even more special. The cows are way back in the bush this time of year so Keela did not really get to see them because I am sure she would have gotten lost in those massive snow banks while trying to find her way back there. I did catch her a few times looking longingly out the kitchen window. She was no doubt dreaming of the day she will be coming back, the cows which I am sure she could see off in the distance will be right behind the house and she would get to use her natural instincts of herding.
I was a little sorry we did not have any doggy toys for Keela but she did have a ball to retrieve and that kept her occupied for a time. Actually the very first day all she did was stretch out on the mat by the door with her nose sniffing my Red Leather Cowboy Boots. She did not seem to be very interested in anything else, it must have been a long night for her and she was obviously tired. The next day she was full of Puppy curiosity and activity and kept us laughing.
The herding instinct is bred into these dogs and since the humans were not in any way manageable she had to go seek out things that she could round up. I had forgotten about the 100% wool that was sitting in a bowl beside my blue knitting chair until Keela was seen coming out from behind with one colourful ball of yarn in her mouth. She proceeded to drop it, OK I retrieved it, and then it was all we could do to stop her from corralling and fetching more. Oh yes it seems our Little Keela the Australian Shepherd was herding 100% sheep wool.
She is so adorable, this is just what I needed to get through this snowy no sunshine day, memories and photos of this cute little wool herding ball of fur that seems to really enjoy the snow. See you in the Spring Keela the cows will be waiting and possibly the 100% wool too.
Oh I just heard a rumour that there may be a very important job for Keela in the summer. Do the words “Ring Bearer” sound interesting?
She made you smile too, didn’t she?