Cabin Fever

Ranger

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

This month is breaking a century (since 1901) of record-keeping, with colder temperatures and more snow. Unfortunately, neither cold nor snow are letting up. I enjoy witnessing history but not in these worst winter months ever recorded. These days have become strings of being stuck in the house, watching television, dozing off, and fighting attacks of cabin fever.

My faithful dogs doze with me while keeping a paw in reality. The instant I think about going outside to do something with the horses, all dogs are on their feet and noisy to go. I’d invite them more often, but my property isn’t completely fenced and I don’t want a dog wandering near a busy road or a neighbor’s property.

Miles

Miles in many ways seems very contained, but in reality, he’s a fellow with a very strong herding instinct who lobbies noisily to go with me. He wants to help move horses into the barn for hay, and after they’ve eaten, help move them out.

Osix

Osix has high energy and a mind of her own. She’s fun and funny, springs up eager to go anywhere. Outside, she runs back and forth for reassurance that I’m coming along, too.

Louie

Louie’s herding instincts focus on retrieving balls. He loves a ball and insists that I repeatedly throw it for him. I watch to be sure he’s not stealing balls that belong to our neighbor’s dog.

My other “dogs” aren’t typical, but in some ways a little like canines.

Peaches with a slice of pizza

Peaches’ cage is in the living room between ceiling-high picture windows. He can see west to the horses and north to the driveway. He spots all movements outside and barks at intruders. The more intensely Peaches’ screams, the more it’s certain he sees an unknown human, deer, or a stray dog.

Maxwell

Max was an outside-only boy, but over the years that’s changed, and now, he’s inside lots, and totally during this freezing weather while I’m feeding birds. Max watches them intently from windows, and having him inside keeps another species safe in this rough-weather, for wild bunnies are caring for babies.

Gilbert

Gill is a former racing pigeon, a rescue who lives with me, and among my house buddies, the sweetest, least demanding, and most quiet. He’s totally alert to all going on, he’s taught me to appreciate the wild pigeons that I used to take for granted.

Winters that confine like this one are easier to get through with pets to keep company and brighten days.

Dear Readers, Have a lovely day. Diana

5 thoughts on “Cabin Fever

  1. I love these photos. Our animals, too, keep us good company and are couch potatoes for now although we have to get Nick out every day or he is VERY restless. We will welcome some warm weather, thawing, riding, hiking farther, etc! We’re hanging in there, thinking Charlotte Montgomery has the right idea to haul to northern Arizona every winter. Cannot imagine closing this place up, though. Or leaving our kids behind. They might get ideas about moving away?🤔🙋❤ Hugs to all your c😊reatures, great and small. And you. How is your hip?

    On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 4:54 AM Diana’s Morning Blog wrote:

    > trailriderincentraloregon posted: ” Ranger Tuesday, March 05, 2019 This > month is breaking a century (since 1901) of record-keeping, with colder > temperatures and more snow. Unfortunately, neither cold nor snow are > letting up. I enjoy witnessing history but not in these worst winter mo” >

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    1. I’m glad you don’t haul away, it would be very lonesome here. And let’s both remember that few winters are this awful! I’m out of pain, moving around sure-footed and with flexibility, and like you, eager to work regularly with the horses. D.

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  2. Sweet photos of your furry & feathered ‘family’. Don’t think I have ever seen an image of Gilbert, but remember your mentions of him. He’s very sweet looking! Does he get to explore the house outside of the cage?
    Stay warm…K

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  3. Thanks, Karen! Gilbert has one life goal, to fly back to CA. He’s sweet and tolerant, doesn’t enjoy being handled. He was reared for one purpose and that’s to return home. This summer, I hope to build an outside aviary, with shade, space, and stretching room for him during the warm months.

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