Monday, July 24, 2006

Daily Farm Photo 7/24/06: Come to Mama


Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

A lot has been going on with little Cary lately. The Assimilation Process back into the flock during daytime has begun. (And for all of you have been wondering: of course I let her in the door that day she was staring at me through the screen. One, because you know I can't resist her little woolly face, and two, because the last time I didn't let her in immediately, she decided we were much too far apart, and she jumped right through the screen door to get to me. It's okay, though. Last week during our trip to a Big City, we went to a Giant Home Center Store and at the rolls of replacement screen display, I found one that guaranteed it was completely animal proof. Sold! Okay, so it showed a picture of a dog, but it was a big dog, and I figure it should be sheep-proof, too.)

But back to The Assimilation Process. Cary has been grazing for hours at a time out in the yard by herself. She has also been spending time with the flock/Professional Eat Up Crew in and around the farmyard. When they all meander down to the cool shade by the spring or out toward the front field, she follows along just like she should. But no matter where she is, as soon as she hears me calling out to her, she answers with the loudest "MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA" that she can muster. Then (just as all mothers and their lambs do) we call back and forth to one another until she catches sight of me and races as fast as she can into my outstretched arms. And although most people think that sheep say "Baaa," my little Cary really does say "Maaa!"

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33 comments:

  1. I had a little goat like that. She wouldn't let me out of her sight when I was outside. She looked like Bambi, half nubian and half alpine. I loved that little goat.

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  2. I hope you can figure out your movie function on your camera. I would love to see Cary running to you. I am going to put some tiny movies I made on my blog soon.

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  3. Cary is so cute! She must have really missed you, to jump through screen door and all. How about one of those dog flap doors (sheep sized)?

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  4. I knew this was coming. It had to. It's the right thing. But I cry reading the MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

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  5. Now you just need to teach her to say "Uncle Jeeeffff"! :)

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  6. I love Cary. She's so cute. :) I love seeing pictures of her! Keep them coming!

    Jenn

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  7. This is a great picture of Cary. I can almost hear her crying out Maaaaaaa as she was running across the field. The ears are so cute! Sounds like a chapter or another idea for a book. Thanks for the update.

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  8. AWWW--that makes me all misty eyed reading that. Love that picture.

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  9. You're totally playing our heart strings on purpose, aren't you? :)

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  10. That is just the cutest thing. This has to be hard on you, letting her go some. I bottle raised a calf born at our feedlot (where they are an accident, and rarely survive) who grew up to be a mama cow --even as a full grown adult, if I'd bring the milk bottle out she would take it! Then she'd realize I only had water in there and go "Ptooey!" but the sentiment was still there. I hope she stays your baby!

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  11. I am not sure what's more fun about this post -- your relaying new adventures for Cary or the responses you get!
    My neighbor's bottle fed goats, now weaned, still come running when I go out there to see how they are doing. They still try to get to soda bottles though, as that is what was on the other end of the nipples.
    Hope you have a great day!

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  12. What Jeph said. :-)

    Cary brightens my day every time I read about her or see her sweet face!

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  13. I really love this blog. I never comment, but since you posted about my favorite farm animal (Cary, of course!) I had to drop a line. I stare at a computer screen all day at work so it is an immense relief to read about nature and to see your beyoootiful pictures. Keep up the good work!

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  14. Cary's become so popular she needs her own blog! (haha)"...and today I spent with Uncle Dan. He's a pretty cool guy as far as Uncles go. He lets me munch away, and it's better than being left with those mean llamas..."

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  15. Best Cary story since mother's day.

    And I agree with leigh, you have GOT to get the video thing going on the blog.

    I am willing to help with step by step instructions to see Cary running across the field yelling, "MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"

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  16. okay, picturing you and that lamb calling out to each other is just way too adorable.

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  17. When I see my one year-old labrador retriever bounding toward me after a long day apart, my heart just swells. Isn't reciprocal mommy-animal baby love the best?
    Thank you for sharing such adorable and funny photos.

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  18. Oh my, if that isn't the cutest photo. Such a sweet relationship the two of you have and your writing expresses it so well.

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  19. Absolutely agree with Jeph!! Adorable!! :)

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  20. Awww - that is just too sweet!!!

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  21. That was about the sweetest darn thing I ever read. What a great post!

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  22. I love your posts about Cary. She's so completely darling. If you ever get sick of her, I'll take her in!

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  23. I'm reading this out loud to my hubby with tears in my eyes! We love Cary! I can't believe you call back and forth to each other until you find each other . . . that is so precious. What a great story. I haven't had as much time to come here lately, but whenever I do, I'm inspired and touched.

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  24. A girl and her lamb. Do I hear another childrens's book about Cary's adventures on the farm??

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  25. Dear Farmgirl,
    I've just come upon your site through the cute baby tortoise picture on CuteOverload and I have to say that I'm so happy to have found you! Your posts are so inspirational, your prose so imaginative and meaningful, and I love that you've taken Cary into your heart and home. I reside in CA like you previously have, and like many city-girls, I truly will be living vicariously through you! You make me want to fly out of this cramped city today! Keep up the wonderful blogs and pictures, and I do hope you write a children's book soon.
    Best,
    Ming, the Inspired City Gal

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  26. I love your Cary stories! It's completely obvious you treat animals like family - very sweet. You should write a book about life on the farm, not just children's stories...do both!

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  27. Every time I think Cary can't possibly get any cuter you go and post something like that!

    She jumped THROUGH the door?!? Wow! That is one determined child!

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  28. Your Cary stories are precious and really make my day.

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  29. That is just too adorable for words!

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  30. That is the sweetest image imaginable--you calling to each other. I think everyone did a collective, AWWWWWWw!

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  31. When I read your Cary stories, I always think of my grandfather who had a mare that he raised from an orphaned foal. She spent her month or so in his kitchen. Even when she went back to his herd, if she heard his voice she'd nicker and come running. She was at the gate every morning to greet him and followed him everywhere. She had the sweetest foals...

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  32. What a sweet pea. Named those llamas yet?

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  33. This is too weird. I just found your blog--it was truly fate. I am a farmgirl, a writer, and my name is Carrie (sorry, your sheep spells it wrong). Oh, and I love your writing style. Very refreshing.

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