Monday, February 24, 2014

Burrnie's Big Day

Burrnie had a pretty big afternoon. The original plan was to put him in a separate paddock and stall with Chocula and Daniel, thinking they'd be calm and quiet and not too intimidating.  Turned out Burrnie needed a little intimidation :-o.  He was pretty excited about being out with a couple sheep and was a little too, um, assertive with them.  They were scared half to death, so I headed back to the barn for some "muscle".

Hershey was just what everyone needed.  His calmness was able to reassure Chocula and Daniel that everything was okay and when Burrnie thought he could whip him...he set things straight right quick ;-).  After a couple good cracks, Burrnie decided maybe he'd just settle down a bit and see where that got him.  Also, Burrnie is not at all afraid of Hank and I was afraid that Chocula and Daniel might convince him otherwise.  It was a win-win for everyone.


Then Auntie Reg came out. 


"You've got cookies?"


(Gulp)


And everyone got some hay.  At first Burrnie ate by himself.



But in no time they were all eating side by side.



While they were distracted eating, John and Tim got started on a barn revision so that they could all bunk down in The End Stall Formerly Known As Tim's Boat Storage.  During the summer the roll up door stays rolled up so there is plenty of air moving through.  In the winter all that north wind isn't so welcome. 


They put in a side door that so that the big door can stay shut during the winter :-).  Big thanks to both of them and especially Saint Tim, who's moved his boat outside until we can put Burrnie back in with the rest of the flock sometime next month.


This picture makes me happy :-).


After the door was finished, we needed a big distraction so Tim could hook up and pull his boat out of the barn.  Another cookie party!


Look who's right in the mix :-).



We were very happy with how everything worked out this afternoon.  It wasn't perfect, but it was pretty darn close.  The big boys did a good job letting bad behavior roll off them and I'm pretty sure I know a small red and white burr covered little boy who's going to sleep really well tonight ;-).



29 comments:

Alice said...

Oh my gosh! The pictures are so sweet they make my fillings ache! Auntie Reg sure knows how to throw a welcome to the flock cookie party!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Cookies make everything all better..yeah Auntie Reg:)

The Dancing Donkey said...

Looks like he's going to fit right in:)

Jo said...

OMW Burrnie is so much smaller than the other sheep. You have got me hooked with this story. Bless you all (Auntie Reg esp) for your kindness to a sweet little sheep.

Jean said...

He is so small compared to the other boys from NY. God bless Robin and Andy for the rescue and you and St. Tim for the new home. Looks like he will fit in fine!

Miha Giustina said...

What a sweet baby! How old do you think he is? What is Maisie saying about her new brother?

Miha Giustina said...

p.s.
A sheep 101 question on my part: what breed do you think he is? His face is much more petite and somewhat different than Maisie's....

Is her head really so much bigger than his or is it just that the picture makes it look so (previous post)?

Unknown said...

This makes me so happy. Lucky little sheepie!

I need orange said...

Awwww. Another heartwarming story from Equinox. It sounds like you all are exactly, precisely, what he needed. Thank you. :-)

Suz said...

sigh...smile...joy

Jody said...

Sweet:-)))))

Spinners End Farm said...

A sad story with a wonderful ending. :). A sheep angel you are! I feel the same way about going on vacation.

LannieK said...

Awwwww... :-)

Spinners End Farm said...

p.s. His coloring reminds me of Tunis! Could he be a Shetland Tunis cross? He's really cute.

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

OK, that's my 'good' cry for the day! Treats for sheepies and treats for you coming your way! You and Nistock have definitely earned 'points' to say nothing about Saint Tim turfing his boat out and of course, Auntie Reg. Would love to meet and greet all of you. Noticed Masie is now eating Nilla wafers, better that Cheerios huh?

Fiona said...

I see you fixed his name...I was thinking Arron Burr might suit him! He is tiny..what an amazing lamb tale. Your so good to take him in. I wonder what color his fleece will eventually be?

Wol 'n Draad said...

What a wonderful story! Is'nt it lovely to see how this little one, after being told how things work by the elders, just happily fits in.
He could'nt have found himself a nicer home! :-)
Love, Ineke

Kylie said...

Aww, he's tiny! I'm so glad he's fitting in now. I bet sweet Maisie will welcome him once they're allowed to mingle!
And even though he had such a rough start, that's great he's not afraid of Hank.

Grey Horse Matters said...

Hi, got here from Lori's blog. Glad it all went well this afternoon. They're all so adorable. Good luck with your new addition!

Marcy Doane said...

You can always count on cookies to help set the world straight! There is so much love on your farm. Thanks for sharing.

Stacey at Fearn Abbey Needleworks said...

He's so little! I love him, and all your others. Sheep make the world go 'round!

Michaele said...

I just love the photos and story. I need to get some sheep cookies.

ms lottie said...

I went back and read the rescue story :(
But so cool to see him settling in and doing well. He is so much littler though!

MarmePurl said...

Sheep escapades can always put a smile on one's face. Boys that are semi-well behaved are a very good thing. Humans included.

YarnKettle said...

Oh he is such a wee spindly boy. It is nice to see the big boys will teach him some manners without making it wrestlemania.

Cookies and Aunt Reg really make it home.

Christine said...

Aw. This I love.

He does look very Tunis-like in these pictures. Is it my imagination or does he have a longish neck? Our Tunis at Conner Prairie all have longish necks.

majorasue said...

Yay! Looks like he will fit in wonderfully, and I'm sure the others will tell him how lucky he is to be with you. Tunis or California Red cross would be my guess too, given his coloring and general looks.

Willow said...

I always adore reading the ins and outs of sheep dynamics . One calm one and a cookie , they should try this in congress .lol

Barbara from Nova Scotia said...

Sheep pictures make me very happy! Thank you!

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