Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Couple Of Cute Stories


It was actually supposed to be Three Cute Stories, but by the time I walked from the barn to the house, I've forgotten one, so here's two.

Late yesterday afternoon I walked up to Stella's to see her last batch of honey - 48+ jars!  She and I sat and talked for awhile and as the sun went down I said I needed to get back down the hill and do my evening chores.  As we walked out onto her back porch, still talking, Peabody heard me from all the way down at our barn and started yelling at me.  I was late with his supper.  I hollered back.

"Pea-body!"

"Baaaaaaaa-a-a-a-a!"

"Pea-body!"

"Baaaa-a-a-a-a-aaaaaa!"

And Stella and I laughed ourselves silly.  It was amazing he still had the strength to yell that loud in his famished state ;-).  Poor silly Peabody.

This afternoon a friend came out to ride with me.  As we led Hickory and Gato out to the arena I had to explain why all the white buckets I use for riding markers were set out all over....not on purpose.  Well, not on my purpose.  

I'd picked up all the buckets when I mowed last and stacked them next to the extra jump standards just inside the arena gate.  A few days later I found several of them out in the arena.  Not a tooth mark on them, so I assumed the wind had tossed them.  I picked them up once again and the next day...back out in the arena.  No wind, but again, not a tooth mark on them.  

Usually if Hank hauls off something plastic there are plenty o' tooth marks ;-).  He likes "treasures" and if they are small, like a McDonald's coffee cup, he buries them in his Treasure Area aka the creek bank.  If they are big, he makes them small enough to bury.  The bucket situation was quite curious, but by that point, I felt like it had to be Hank.

Tonight, as I was finishing up evening barn chores, I caught him.  One by one moving each bucket back out into the corner of the arena.  I'm not sure what he's thinking as he unstacks each bucket and carries it where he wants it, but he definitely has a purpose.  And when he got them all set out, he walked away.  Things that make you go hmmm.....

21 comments:

  1. That's funny .... gotta love Hank.

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  2. Funny dog! You disturbed his sense of order! Maybe he treats them gently because they are small and white like lambs.

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  3. Awww...Hank is just having a OCD moment :)

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  4. Well, duh! He knows you'll never collect rainwater if they're stacked like that. Silly human.

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  5. Hmmmmm indeed. Keep us posted if you discover the purpose

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  6. What a hoot! I don't know which story is funnier. But Hank really takes the cake!

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  7. You have quite the cast of characters there. Hank has an artistic side - he was decorating. Finding the feng shui of the field.

    Gotta love Peabody. "Come onnnnn! What are you waiting forrrrr???"

    Thanks, fun stories.

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  8. Wonderful stories. If we only knew what animals think.
    I'm sure that Hank knows what he's doing.
    Dog's always know. Dog's rule.

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  9. Awwwwwe, the Peabody story is so endearing. He knew your voice and you knew who was calling you. Maybe he was worried since you were gone too long.

    Hank is creating order in his world. Or maybe he is repurposing the buckets. Would love to see what would happen if you just left them where he put them to see if he rearranges them further. Silly Hank ;-)
    Both get extra treats for being so darn cute!

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  10. This post totally made my day. Thank you for writing it. :)

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  11. Hank is telling you you need to get serious about dressage on Hickory! ;-)

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  12. My goats talk to me like that expecially my little Ditto. She always says Hi.
    Hank is a gem!

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  13. Hank must think they are sheep of some sort and he has to make sure they are fed and out where he can keep an eye on them.

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  14. Thanks for starting my day off with a smile :))
    Loved the stories!

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  15. The story of Hank and the buckets cracked me up! He wanted his world to be just right and those buckets stacked all neatly was not right in his world. Funny!

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  16. Animals are so fascinating - I could just hear the "conversation" between you and Peabody! And wouldn't you just love to know what is going on in Hank's orderly mind?

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  17. I wonder what would happen if you rode the buckets as he placed them? I wonder if he would then rearrange them? Riding might become most interesting!

    Leah

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  18. That is too funny. I wonder what his ultimate plan is.

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  19. What fun stories--THANKS for the grin on a cold day in Virginia! :-)

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  20. What adorable stories! Love them both. Who says animals don't have hearts and souls....and work ethics!

    Cindy Bee

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