Tuesday, July 1, 2014

About The Cookies


We started with the cookies when Sunshine was a baby.  We are not really treat feeders and probably would never have started with the sheep treats unless we'd had to.  Now we have to keep treats on hand all the time because we are scared to run out they have us well trained.


Tilly was happy to demonstrate to the new kids what cookies were all about.  You can see that Baaxter was an early convert.  Actually, he got started on "cookies" in the house.  He loves baked corn chips.  I can't even remember how that got started.  Then it became Cheerios.  Don't try sneaking a bowl of cereal while he's around. I wish I'd gotten a picture of him standing up on the cabinet door stealing Cheerios from my bowl.  Tim's still trying to forget it ;-).


  • The cookie of choice tends to be vanilla wafers.  Preferably not low fat and now Dr. Barron brings regular wafers because she's scared they have her well trained.  
  • On days that vanilla wafers aren't the cookie of choice, you should offer graham crackers
  • For the days that the sheep want salty treats rather than sweet, you need to keep butter crackers on hand (again because "they have us well trained").  
  • Sometime saltines are best (and probably the healthiest of the choices, but I'm not sure that that isn't just relative ;-).

A few more important cookie feeding facts:

  • If one sheep touches a cookie, no other sheep will eat it.  Well, except Graham.  He'll eat anything.
  • Stale is better - leave the box open.
  • Lila will act like she has zero personality until the cookies show up.  Then she begs like Weaslie.  
  • Maisie does not like cookies.  She might eat a graham cracker.  She will always eat Cheerios.  From the box.  

I'm sure there are more "rules" and I'll add to this list as I think of them.  For now, signing off from the land of "living the dream" where it's incredibly hot and humid and the sheep have us, um, well trained.

20 comments:

Far Side of Fifty said...

Sounds like no crackers, chips or cookies could go stale around your place. I thought of you today..58 was the high:)

Tombstone Livestock said...

Yup, 'Nilla wafers are a hit here too, but their favorite is really any flavor of Fruit Newton, Brandy will stand on her hind legs and put her front feet on some part of your body to keep anyone else from the cookies.

How many names do you have in the hat for the new boys, need to be something to go along with Baaxter Black theme.

Alice said...

Graham sticks work well with your sheep. Also one more rule is to be sure to keep the box up out of reach when not treating the sheep. Graham has been known to acquire a box all by himself. Gotta love him!

The Dancing Donkey said...

If only we humans were half as good at training our animals as our animals are at training us:)

Lisa Waterman said...

Snorted each time I got to a "crossed out" place. Thanks for adding a bit of levity to a long day!

Michelle said...

I'm pretty sure if I ever started the cookie thing, Shetlands could figure out how to get IN the house, tie us up, and run off with the goodies. Nope; not going there! ;-)

RMK said...

Ummm .. are we the only ones using animal crackers?!? Must be a Pennsylvania thing since they originated in York, PA. We got started with animal crackers when our donkey was delivered with one of those giant containers from a discount store! Then just refill the container with a giant bag of animal crackers ... and they are low fat too. None of the barn residents have figured out how to unscrew the lid yet. ;)

thecrazysheeplady said...

Animals eating animals??? ;-D

Lady Locust said...

Valentine & Dolly preferred Better Cheddars - they might save you in a pinch if you run low on cookies:) They are just too smart aren't they?

Pam said...

Love this post. Nothing like a flock of stampeding sheep after they've heard the rattle of a cookie box...

LannieK said...

Nilla waffers are the best... opps... (there's a reason I don't keep them in the house)
I think our animals, no matter how long their legs, have us well trained :-) I can't get a jar of peanut butter out without one of the cats running, but 'cat treats', you must be kidding! "Those are for cats!"
(Trying to send the cool weather your way. It was 48° at 8am - my lavender is like 4" tall!)

RuusVerd said...

My littles also like their crunchies stale, wonder why that is?

kippy said...

Had no idea sheep liked cookies!
May I suggest one of the new lambs be named Baambi?

Fiona said...

How Is Maisie?

Susan said...

I am afraid to introduce mine to nila wafers. They are NUTS about graham crackers, however, and very fond of raisins. And lettuce. And oyster crackers. Maybe I should try Cheerios, as at least they are smaller...it is rather amazing how fast they can train you, isn't it?

Tammy said...

Animal crackers here as the treat of choice (i.e. the cheapest biggest bag available) but they also like the cheapo oatmeal (no raisins) cookies. They love any kind of bread product as long as it's not spicy (sweet is way okay).

It can get dangerous out there and I always have my back to the fence when distributing treats!

Tammy

Jan baby said...

Yesterday, I took a moment to decide which treat to give your sheep after looking at the full shelf in the feed room dedicated to only boxes of treats! You are well trained.

sophy0075 said...

Sounds like you have your goodies all figured out for Halloween!

Shirley said...

What? Lila lambie with no personality? How can that be!!!
Maisie- well she dares to be different.

Kim said...

Ours eat animal crackers. One of our boys insists that it's cannibalism. Haha. They are the cheap ones from Sam's Club, you know the ones in the huge plastic jar. Neighbors buy them for our sheep too. They get lots! Bet they would love vanilla wafers.

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