Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Dogs & Deer in our Peaceable Kingdom :-)
Our various dogs and resident deer have always enjoyed a harmonious relationship. We've sometimes jokingly called our place "Almosta Ranch," but I think I'll change that to "Ahimsa Ranch!" :-)
Here are some very recent photos of Punky and the girls on the patio. Punky hangs out there frequently because she knows it provides a good chance to cajole treats out of me, and the girls go out there in the winter and bad weather to go potty. And so worlds you'd think would collide merely mingle merrily instead, because that's just how it's done here at Ahimsa Ranch! ;-) ...
It was very cold out, so Tess and Josie wanted in NOW!
Punky seems to be studying their technique for getting inside.
Another very cold morning. Willow also wanted in NOW! But I asked her to wait just a second so I could take this picture. She's such an agreeable girl, she obliged me - just not very happily!...
I love her "I can't believe you're making me do this" look,
and Punky's friend peeking in from the far left of the photo!
This peaceful co-existence has gone on for years. The following pictures are of Jane Doe, the incomparable matriarch of the white-tail clan who share this place with us. We last saw Jane in Feb '08, and while we think and hope she may have just relocated after the wildfire that destroyed their prime habitat behind our house the previous August (especially since several members of her family disappeared at about the same time), we miss her presence greatly every day. She was especially special.
Here Jane and Willow engage in a friendly competition for alfalfa cookies, while Jane's young son Peanut looks on (don't worry, he got some cookies too!)...
Nom, nom, nom - everybody loves alfalfa cookies! :-)
No, your eyes do not deceive you... that's Jane in the dog run with two members of our former pack o'dogs (now abiding at the Rainbow Bridge*), Tater (L) and Pris (R)...
Pris & Tater's ho-hum nonchalance ~ just too cool for school.
Jane usually followed us around while we did our morning and evening chores, and on this particular morning BW had left the dog run gate open for a few minutes while he went to get something, and in waltzed "herself." I happened to step out onto the deck to ask BW something and saw Jane there instead, so I grabbed my camera. I needn't have hurried ~ she made a habit of it after that, often following us through the gate. (She'd follow us into the garage sometimes too, but usually just a few feet. Garages are scary!) BW used to joke that one day he just knew he'd come home from work to find Jane reclining on our sofa, eating bon-bons and reading trash novels! It wouldn't have surprised me. Though I think Jane would have been reading something classier and more sophisticated. :-)
And here are Jane and Willow, starring in a home movie. I made this video for my friend Annie in France (which is why you'll hear me addressing her in it) because she loved the photos of Jane I'd been sending her and told me she'd never seen a deer in person...
*P.S. Even if you already know about the poem "The Rainbow Bridge," I encourage you to check out the link I provided. It takes you to a very touching production of the poem. (Though I dislike the use of the word "pet" and its implied ownership of a fellow being, I do love this poem!)
And Molly - I'm almost certain I saw Bruno! :-)
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"