Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fresh, cool water

Everyone wants to get the first drink of the cool water as I fill the tubs each day. Ezzie, the burro is usually in the middle of those first in line for their drink.-Pat

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Bleach blonde?

BTR Sock Monkey, Myotonic buckling born earlier this year took his sweet time shedding his baby coat. I recently noticed that he looks as though he has bleached out his skirting, along his back and even his topknot. He is already most unusual due to his coloration to begin with.......brown with silver undertones and now the platinum blonde accessories. What a character!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Glorious mud

I dumped what little water was in all the troughs and tubs in Pasture 2 in order to clean them from all the algae which is growing like crazy in this heat. Bollie, the Komondor discovered what I was doing and was so happy to have some cool mud to lay in. Look at that smile on his face! -Pat

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It is so hot and dry here and everyone is miserable including the livestock guardian dogs. Bollie, the Komondor sought refuge under one of the shelters. I couldn't imagine that being cooler since what little breeze there is is blocked on several sides. It does help with the biting flies though.-Pat

Sunday, July 24, 2011

What is this green stuff?

We are in the midst of an ugly drought. No grass or browse left, hay is almost impossible to find. What little was baled here in June got shipped out of state to Texas. Now we are dried up and no hay for the locals. This is the first time in my goat endeavor that I am not sure we are going to be able to find enough to get us through next month much less all winter. Found this photo taken back in May when everything was nice and green from all the rains we were getting. The goats never pass up an opportunity to use the buggy to help them to reach green leaves. That is Camille, nubian/alpine doe, daughter of Cameo from last year with Philicia our LaMancha doe watching, or maybe she is giving instructions! -Pat

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Just a reminder that winter is just around the corner

With the weather being so hot I thought I would post some "cooler weather" photos to help us remember that this too shall pass. -Pat

Friday, July 22, 2011


I mentioned a while back that we had 3 feral kitties. Cinderella is the only one of the three we haven't been successful in taming down or catching to take her and get her spayed. We've worked really hard this year with befriending her and Ms Charlie even gave her a name. She chose the name "Cinderella" for her since she was yellow and had 2 mean step-sisters. Dot and Dash (my boring choice of names) have never cared for poor Cinderella. Actually it is Dash that is the nastiest to her. Dot is usually hanging out around the house looking for an inside job. This photo was the taken the first time I caught her within sight without her turning and running away.~Pat

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The boys are testing the air

It's that time of year..............rut season is cranking up and the boys are starting to put on their cologne and testing the air for the smell of a doe in heat. Phantom was so excited when we brought over more goats to the big boy pasture......unfortunately, they were bucks.........not does.~Pat

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hard working farm dogs

Most people don't think of Yorkies and Biewer Terriers as farm dogs but these two little helpers think they have to be in the middle of all ranch activities. Here they are getting a drink of fresh cool water after checking out the big bucks pasture on Sunday. We moved a couple of bucks over to the Hampton farm and brought a couple of the other big guys home to court some does.~Pat

Monday, July 18, 2011

It's hard being beautiful.............

Little Zappa surprised us with two beautiful daughters this year. Being a youngster herself, Zappa has proven to be a wonderful mother. These two little girls of hers are extra special and if you look closely at them you can see why. Whenever I look at these two I think of 1960's and the big hair on teenagers and women. They look as though they slept in their big rollers all night just to get their ears to stand out just so. Clark is holding his favorite of the two girls. ~Pat

Well you know she not talking about me being beautiful!!  I do like the ears on this one.  I've been told they are called longhorn ears.  That that may be OK for someone that is not a RAZORBACK, but here "longhorn" just won't cut it. To me they are more like airplane ears plus winglets.  This is a longhorn free zone.  Go Hogs!
~ Clark -

Saturday, July 16, 2011

More of TexMaster™ buck, Bending Tree Ranch Cupid's Arrow

I am just tickled pink with Cupid's Arrow. Had to share a couple more photos of the big guy. Some of the does he is currently breeding will be available for sale.~Pat

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cupid's Arrow gets some girls

BTR Cupid's Arrow, TexMaster™ buck born in January of this year gets his first does today. He is so excited and doesn't know which girl smells the best. Can't wait to see what these breedings produce. Arrow is a son of Bending Tree Ranch Clark Gable and Bending Tree Ranch Clementine.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Goats like containers

Pat found Pearl Blossom's two girls hanging out in a feed container.  Kids really love to cuddle up in stuff.  Always cute.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New Hayrack

Got a couple of new hayracks and I am kinda liking them. They aren't roofed like my sling/cradle racks but these I can move around without having to use the tractor. One of the ends opens up so you can slip the hay bale in that way or if you are lazy like me then you just drop the bale in from the top.

The goats love them but of course, they love what is in the rack, not so much what is holding the hay for them. ~Pat

Monday, July 11, 2011

Can you find Dot the cat?

Dot the cat is one of our feral kitties and is the sweetest of the 3 feral kitties we have. She loves the goats and now the chickens too. It is so  hot here this summer and the chickens love to lay in what used to be a flower bed on the east end of the house. Who can have flower beds when you have goats wandering all over? Dot has discovered that if she lays really still and pretends to be sleeping she can hang out with the chickens.~Pat

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mara, her family, and her possibilities

One of the does that Pat has for sale is from a great family.  I love it when you can see the whole family and here's a picture of OCR May, BTR Mara, her daughter BTR Mary.

BTR Mara, dob 3-8-08. Sire S&L Wyatt Earp, Dam OCR May.

Mara and her 2011 buckling, Mark.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Hi, I'm Eli

Things are pretty crazy around here.  The humans that live here are kind of goat crazy, frankly I don't see the reason behind that, but I will try to convey some of what I observe to you so you can make up your own mind.