Saturday, October 12, 2013

Guaranteed To Melt Your Heart

I took a super sweet iPhone picture of Maisie and Hank the other day (probably my all time favorite) and posted it on Twitter. I had taken a few shots with the "real" camera too and hoped I'd gotten the same or better, but the late afternoon sun was so bright even in the shade that I couldn't say for sure.  I finally downloaded the pictures and wheeeee :-D.


Weaslie and I had walked out towards the Frog Pond to see what everyone was up to.  Hank was happy to see us coming.  Note Hershey grazing nearby...but Daniel and Chocula, no way!  I'm not sure what makes some sheep love Hank and some sheep scared.  That's Renny in front, Lila and Henrietta on the right and Maisie behind the tree.

Of all the NY sheep, only Marcel and Hershey have loved Hank.  And they love him dearly.  The rest, even though they were all raised the same and have had the same experiences, have never, even after all these years, accepted him.  Rebecca Boone "plays" with him sometimes, but honestly I'm not sure she's playing.  Hank thinks she is though, so that's our story... ;-).

I sat down under the big sycamore tree, leaning back against the fence.  Weaslie busied herself in the creek and Hank came over and cashed out next to me.  Eventually the rest of the sheep headed back to the barn, but Maisie decided to stay out with us and wandered over.


Maisie loves Hank.  Hank loves Maisie.  And while he won't let her eat from his food bowl, he will let her eat his grass pillow :-).




And if your heart wasn't already in a big puddle, a Hank kiss :-).


I was a little surprised to see that Renny had stayed out with Maisie and Hank.  Renny doesn't fall into the dog=bad camp, but is a little cautious around Hank.  She has good reason!  I think she understands him though and appreciates his hard work.  And he takes good care of her...and everyone else...even if they don't think so ;-).

Have a good weekend!

24 comments:

Miha Giustina said...

Oooohhh.....! This is one of my most favorite posts ever!:-) And now let me go back and look at the pics again:-)!

I do that often; a second. third, and fourth look:-)).

Auntie Reg said...

What a wonderful picture/story about Hank and Maisie. The sheep and Hank appreciate the time you spend with them in field for sure. Renny is showing her trust in you and Hank. Why can't the world live in harmony and trust?

Tombstone Livestock said...

So sweet, Maybe we need to elect Hank president. Don't you just wish the rest of the world would be so peaceful and bucolic.

Willow said...

Don't you just love being witness to those kind of moments ! Beautiful, simple pleasure.
Our mini horse Honey Bee and our little terrier Gabby are like that together. I always feel so privileged to witness them together in those moments :)

Michelle said...

Your posts make me happy....a dog and his sheep....sounds like a good book to me.
Or calendar. :o)

I need orange said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

So sweet. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Far Side of Fifty said...

So sweet gotta love that Hank he is one heck of a dog.I think he understands the sheep just like you:)

Stacey at Fearn Abbey Needleworks said...

Very, very sweet. Beautiful photos. We need more lambies and dogs like Hank in the world!

p.s., Doodle has practiced his hugging. He can jump quite high up now. We call him Doodle the Dolphin. We're all preparing for Hug a Sheep Day! :-)

Sheepmom said...

Love the Hank kiss! So glad some of those sheeps are grateful and friendly to him. Is Hershey going gray already or a trick of the camera? I like the pale yellow grass seed heads in the pics - they look like glitter or sparkles, like magic!

Alice said...

Oh that last photo put a lump in my throat!!! Too tooo precious!!!

Alice said...

Amend: that would be photo # 5.

Lori Skoog said...

I can see why you love this. Hank is such a special dog. He and Amasie are a great team.

Tyche's Minder said...

Hank. :).

Our photos said...

Beautiful dog and sheeps photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

Spinners End Farm said...

A sheep congress would be helpful...

Anchor Cottage said...

That is a Sunday story if I ever heard one!

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

AHHH, YES, Big Puddle!
OK, I'll vote........sheeps for congress, hmm, I'd better quit while I'm ahead..........

Leanne Coppola said...

Love!!!!!!

Leanne Coppola said...

Love!!!!!!

Leanne Coppola said...

Love!!!!!!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Adorable of all!! Can't believe Maisie is so grown up!!

Denise said...

Ah these are beautiful pics of the girls and Hank. What a good boy he has turned out to be.

Shirley said...

Awww, puddled heart here!

Stephen Andrew said...

I can't believe Maisie is SO big. She looks like a real sheep now! What a great moment you captured.

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