Winter has arrived here on the farm. I don’t care when the calendar says “winter begins”. Winter begins for me when the days are cold, the nights are colder and snow blankets the landscape. It is pretty with the white covering over the earth, trees and buildings. But it does make it a bit harder when we are dealing with livestock, chickens and the dogs. Chores take longer and the dogs don’t stay out as long on potty/exercise breaks.
The big dogs don’t seem to mind the cold as they are all breeds with double coats and extra insulation. Plus they have a hay filled barn to nap in during the day should they choose to. They all sleep inside at night.
The horses get plenty to eat (food is energy to keep them warm) plus they’ve got an added layer of body fat and thick winter coats to keep them warm.
Ben is getting spoiled. Every morning he goes out to potty and explore the yard while I do morning chores. And then he watches and waits for me to invite him inside to lounge by the fire. He absolutely loves the winter and the snow. But with his old joints, he sure is enjoying the wood stove. He naps inside for part of the day and then get too warm and goes back outside for a while.
Posts might be kind of sporadic here on the blog for a while since we don’t currently have puppies to share. And with my dear mother-in-law currently in the hospital after her extensive stroke (prayers appreciate), we’re kind of overwhelmed with concern for her and everything involved with that right now.
I’ll post when I can. Thanks for following and for understanding ❤️